Escape From Alcatraz

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Escape From Alcatraz is a 1979 Hollywood prison Escape film starring Clint Eastwood in the lead role. Based on a J. Cambell Bruce’s non-fiction novel of the same name, the film is a dramatic version of the 1962 prison escape from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island.

Stalag 17

Stalag 17 film

Adapted from a Broadway play, Stalag 17 is a war film about a group of American airmen captured and held in a German World War II POW camp. The main plot of the film is centered on finding the mole within their own team after the suspicious leak of information. The film features a multi-star cast of William Holden, Don Taylor, Robert Strauss, Neville Brand, Harvey Lembeck, Peter Graves, and Otto Preminger.


Scum 1979 film

Directed by Alan Clarke, Scum is a 1979 British crime film and features the story of a young offender named Carlin, who is convicted to spend his time at a British Borstal for rehabilitation. The film focuses on the life of Carlin at the Borstal and his rise among the ranks at the top of the inmates’ pecking order highly aided by violence. The film tries to attract the attention of the authorities about the flaws in the Borstal system.


Sleepers 1996 film

Sleepers is a 1996 American crime drama film that is focused on the revenge plot by a group of four childhood friends on the guards at Wilkinson Home for Boys. When they were young, these childhood friends were held at the Wilkinson Home for Boys for a prank that got serious. While there, they are systematically abused and raped by the guards which lead to an emotional trauma for these kids and they plan to seek revenge on the brutality they faced using the same system and laws that initially led them to it.

Escape From New York

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Escape From New York is a 1981 American dystopian era based film featuring the 1997 Manhattan Island of the New York City as a maximum security prison. The film is about finding and rescuing the President of the United States, who is held captive by the prisoners after the Air Force One crashes within the prison premises.


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Bronson is a 2008 British fictionalized biographical drama film starring Tom Hardy in the titular role of Bronson. The film follows the life of notorious prisoner Charles Bronson, who in spite of being born to a respectable middle-class family turns to the world of crime and spends almost all his adult life in solitary confinement.


cube life inside the jail

Cube is a Sci-Fi psychological thriller movie directed as well as co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film features a quest for the inmates, who find themselves trapped in a giant multi-roomed cube, where they need to overcome the new and inventive death traps in every section. The film is a part-horror, part murder mystery as the film gets more deadly for the prisoners who survive the initial death traps.

Escape Plan

Escape Plan film on prison escape

Escape Plan is the story of a Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone). He is a prison security expert and He breaks prison to check the security level of the prisons. In order to escape he use his knowledge skills and get help from the inside. Escape Plan is a prison Break film. It shows how Ray Breslin can break any prison and He can escape from any prison in the world.

The Experiment

The Experiment 2010 film

Based on the Stanford prison experiment of 2001, The Experiment is an American thriller starring Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace and Cam Gigandet in pivotal roles. The film is about a mock set up, where a group of 26 individual volunteers is chosen to play prisoners and guards, to study the prison life and psychology behind the violence within the prison worlds. The film gets exciting as both the groups try to intimidate each other to act in violence, so the other team wins.

The Longest Yard

The Longest Yard 1974 film

The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports film starring Burt Reynolds as Paul ‘Wrecking’ Crewe. The film is mainly focused on a football game played within a prison, between the inmates and the prison guards. Owing to the popularity of the film’s plot and concept, it has been remade three times later on.

Con Air

con air film on Jail

Although not a prison movie entirely, Con Air is about the prison escape plan by a group of prisoners, while they are being transferred to another location by Jailbird, a C-123K transport prison aircraft. The group hijacks the plane through some pre-planned plays and take the guards as hostages. Now, everything depends upon the Former Army Ranger, Cameron Poe, who is among the prisoners being transferred but has no role in the escape plan. Whether he stops or gets along with the escape forms the rest of the story.

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