8 Totally Captivating Prison Movies

Caged (1950): An early entry in women-behind-bars genre, "Caged" explores the corrupting influence of prison, focusing on a 19-year-old woman locked up after a botched bank robbery.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957): A war movie defying expectations, depicting the war of wills between British P.O.W. Colonel Nicholson and his captor, Colonel Saito, with stellar acting and captivating restraint.

Escape From Alcatraz (1979): Clint Eastwood stars in this prison classic, vividly imagining the real-life escape from Alcatraz Island in 1962, leaving the whereabouts of Frank Morris unknown.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Adapted from a Stephen King story, this beloved film portrays the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker refusing to surrender his soul while serving consecutive life sentences.

Penitentiary III (1987): Part of a series by Jamaa Fanaka, this prison movie is notable for the Midnight Thud fight, featuring Danny Trejo and showcasing captivating fight scenes.

Con Air (1997): A prison-on-a-plane movie with Nicolas Cage leading a star-studded cast, including John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, and Ving Rhames.

The Great Escape (1963): A classic war film, fictionalizing the heroic escape of British POWs from a Nazi prison camp during World War II, featuring the iconic motorcycle sequence.

Clemency (2019): A powerful prison saga starring Alfre Woodard, focusing on a prison warden overseeing executions and dealing with the emotional toll.