|List of the Best Prison Movies of all Time|
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Tops on any list.
The Blues Brothers (1980) - Of course they'll never get caught. They're on a mission from Gyod! Also features one of the best soundtracks in film. Don't bother with any of the sequels however.
Papillon (1973) - Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman at their best. "Hey you bastards, I'm still here".
Cool Hand Luke (1967) - Stars Paul Newman, but the star of the show is George Kennedy with his Oscar winning performance as best supporting actor.
The Longest Yard (1965 - TV) - The 1974 version starring Burt Reynolds, not the 2005 version starring Adam Sandler.
Escape From Alcatraz (1979) - Clint Eastwood plays Frank Morris, the only man believed to have escaped from the rock. Morris's method was even proven possible on Mythbusters.
American History X (1998) - Powerful film that tackles racism and hatred head on.
Bad Boys (1983) - The version with Sean Penn not the one with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.
The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) - John Frankenheimer direction that features Burt Lancaster as Robert Stroud, a prisoner who was probably the most famous inmate ever to reside on Alcatraz.
The Deer Hunter (1978) - Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken in the 5-time Academy Award winner. Though not a prison movie per se, it certainly features on the most oppressive and intense POW scenes in film.