The 15 Best Prison Movies

A setting such as a prison, jail, work farm, or what have you is fertile fodder for drama, character, and plot in a story.  So it's no surprise that there have been a lot of films made with that setting as a centerpiece.

Gunaxin has compiled a list of the fifteen best, including one I would be riveted to every time it aired on HBO in the 80's: Bad Boys starring Sean Penn, which landed at number seven on the list.
Shortly after portraying everyone’s favorite surfer dude Jeff Spicoli, Penn signed up to play a teen hood sent to a rough and tumble juvenile detention center reserved for the baddest of the bad. Gritty and brutal, this movie is not for the faint of heart.

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Good list but missing two classics; Sly's Lock Up and Tom Selleck's An Innocent Man.
I haven't seen either of them in over 10 years so they could be shit now, still, I'll stick with them out of stubbornness
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I agree with Douglas, how the heck can they leave out American Me? That has to be one of the more 'real' prison movies out there.

Along with Blood In, Blood Out.
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