Prison Movies Ranked

Movies where the primary setting is inside a prison or a POW camp. Films that are about convicts but don't take place in prisons do not get included (sorry Con Air). Films about convicts who escape or go to prison but most of the film's action is not set in prison also don't get included (sorry A Clockwork Orange, Deer Hunter, Jailhouse Rock, etc). These are just the ones I've seen.

  • The Great Escape

    1

  • Grand Illusion

    2

  • Cool Hand Luke

    3

  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    4

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    5

  • A Man Escaped

    6

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    7

  • Shoeshine

    8

  • Le Trou

    9

  • Papillon

    10

  • Escape From Alcatraz

    11

  • Rescue Dawn

    12

  • Caged

    13

  • The Green Mile

    14

  • Midnight Express

    15

  • Stalag 17

    16

  • Brute Force

    17

  • In the Name of the Father

    18

  • The Hill

    19

  • Riot in Cell Block 11

    20

  • Bronson

    21

  • Birdman of Alcatraz

    22

  • A Prophet

    23

  • Chicken Run

    24

  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

    25

  • The Longest Yard

    26

  • The Prisoner of Shark Island

    27

  • Hunger

    28

  • Chopper

    29

  • Brubaker

    30

  • Scum

    31

  • King Rat

    32

  • The Hurricane

    33

  • Bad Boys

    34

  • Starred Up

    35

  • The Big House

    36

  • Kiss of the Spider Woman

    37

  • The Big Doll House

    38

  • San Quentin

    39

  • Holes

    40

  • Dead Man Walking

    41

  • The Criminal Code

    42

  • Fortress

    43

  • The Last Castle

    44

  • Undisputed

    45

  • Stir Crazy

    46

  • The Escapist

    47

  • Lock Up

    48

  • Hart's War

    49

  • Life

    50

  • Escape Plan

    51

  • The Longest Yard

    52