Most Popular Prison Library Movies and TV Shows
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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )
TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.
4. The Reader (2008)
R | 124 min | Drama, Romance
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
Votes: 217,990 | Gross: $34.19M
5. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
Votes: 105,078 | Gross: $43.00M
6. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.
Votes: 87,327 | Gross: $2.04M
7. The MacKintosh Man (1973)
PG | 98 min | Thriller
A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.
9. The Escapist (2008)
Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's ... See full summary »
Votes: 15,872 | Gross: $0.01M
11. The United States of Leland (2003)
R | 108 min | Drama
A young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives.
Votes: 21,857 | Gross: $0.34M
12. The Wendell Baker Story (2005)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Luke Wilson plays a good-hearted ex-con who gets a job in a retirement hotel. Three elderly residents help him win back his girlfriend as he lends them a hand in fighting hotel corruption.
Votes: 5,443 | Gross: $0.13M
13. The Hard Word (2002)
R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time. Crime can most certainly pay, if you "know wot I mean?" However when sex and ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,438 | Gross: $0.42M
14. Mourir d'aimer... (1971)
GP | 101 min | Drama
A love story between a teacher, Daniele, 32 years and one of her students Gerard, 17 during the heated atmosphere of May 68. Daniele is a fiery young woman, very involved politically. ... See full summary »
17. Caged Men Plus One Woman (1971)
97 min | Crime, Drama
Elliot is a loser who robbed a bank and landed in jail after being setup by his girlfriend. As the new guy, Elliot is considered fresh meat and encounters inmates trying to make him their own at every turn.
Sleeper Cell (2005–2006)
TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Darwyn Al-Sayeed is a Muslim ex-con who has just been released from prison and finds his way to an Islamic extremist named Farik, who recruits him to join a terrorist sleeper cell planning an attack in Los Angeles.
The Wire (2002–2008)
TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Trying to let go of police work and return to his marriage, McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe. The detectives look into Sobotka and his money. For his union, Sobotka tries to ... See full summary »
Disturbing the Peace
TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime
Mackay is temporarily away on a promotion course, but Fletch's joy is short-lived when he finds that the replacement is 'Napper' Wainwright, an extremely harsh officer who makes Mackay look... See full summary »
Bad Girls (1999–2006)
46 min | Crime, Drama
Fenner claims he was raped during his time in prison to get Di off his back. Arun suffers as Janine teams up with Buxton. Dr Nicholson continues his gold digging pursuit of Sylvia.
Close to Home (2005–2007)
TV-PG | Drama
When a kidnapped prison librarian is found, Annabeth must resolve inconsistencies in her story in order to prosecute the correct perpetrator.
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The team works to exonerate a Marine serving a life sentence for murder after the discovery of a 50-year-old tape recording of the victim.
TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Lt Cedric Daniels lets it be known he is going to leave the department. McNulty pursues the identity of the Jane Doe found floating in the harbor. A pair of young longshoremen, Frank ... See full summary »
Murder by Moonlight
Not Rated | 51 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Convicted felon Mike Carr attends college under a prison rehab program. The incarcerated crime boss John Flatow forces Carr to ferry information to and from his outside people. Cannon agrees to help Carr break free of Flatow's control.
The Simpsons (1989– )
Orange Is the New Yellow
TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy
Marge lets Bart go to the park alone because he's too irritating, then she ends up getting arrested for leaving him unsupervised.
The Blacklist (2013– )
The Judge (No. 57)
TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Red investigates Jolene's life; Liz and Ressler go after a criminal known as The Judge, who incarcerates the ones that put innocent men away.
The Untouchables (1959–1963)
Three Thousand Suspects
52 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Just as a prisoner is about to turn stool pigeon, he is shot by someone on the inside. So Ness transfers a con from another prison to find the killer.