In the year 2023, a new type of prison has been created. The prison is called an “escape room” and it’s designed to keep prisoners from escaping. This concept was originally introduced in Japan but now they have been popping up all over the world.
The escape movies in order is a list of the best prison movies that you can’t escape from.
Prison films are a popular cinema genre that includes many subgenres. To be considered for this list, a film must be both tonally and practically focused on the escape, emphasizing the circumstances that force the escape, the process of planning and strategizing the escape (including through teamwork), the actual escape, being pursued or recaptured, and/or a general atmosphere of fear, fascism, paranoia, and injustice.
There are a number of jail movies available. While some films utilize fantasy and science fiction to produce magnificent works of escapism, prison films make an attempt to portray the drama that occurs in our real world. Anyway, keep reading to learn about the best 40 jail movies you really must see.
1. Getting Out of Alcatraz (1979)
Alcatraz is one of the most well-known prisons in the world. It is currently a tourist attraction and museum situated just off the coast of San Francisco. It served as a prison from the 1930s through the 1960s and is full of interesting tales. The story of how the three prisoners managed to escape is told in this film. It is regarded as one of the best films of all time, and it stars Clint Eastwood.
The true story of three prisoners attempting a daring escape from the infamous Alcatraz Island prison. Despite the fact that no one had ever escaped before, bank robber Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) planned and executed a meticulously planned and ultimately successful escape. This ostensibly impenetrable federal prison, which housed Al Capone and Robert “Birdman” Stroud, was only broken three times in twenty-nine years by three missing prisoners.
2. Use of Force (1947)
The gritty melodrama focuses on the terrible reality of the American prison system in the 1940s and remains relevant 70 years later. A 1947 film noir about life behind the gates of Westgate Prison, the gritty melodrama focuses on the terrible reality of the American prison system in the 1940s and remains pertinent 70 years later.
Warden In Westgate Penitentiary, A. J. Barden is a weak man, and the institution is really controlled by Captain Munsey, who controls the convicts via violence, fear, and treachery. The prisoners lose their privileges when Captain Munsey orders Tom Lister’s execution, and the rest of the cell R-17 gang, headed by Joe Collins, is sentenced to hard and insanitary work in the drain pipe.
In his effort to escape, Joe uses a strategic combat strategy, assaulting the penitentiary’s tower from the outside with his soldiers and from the inside with Gallagher’s squad. However, the plan fails, ending in bloodshed.
3. Alcatraz’s Birdman (1962)
While the protagonist, Robert Stroud, is based on a real event, the 1962 prison film “Birdman of Alcatraz” is largely exaggerated. Stroud (also portrayed by Burt Lancaster) was a convicted murderer who spent the bulk of his life in solitary confinement in Kansas’ Leavenworth Prison and the namesake Alcatraz, as shown in the film.
Robert Stroud had a series of confrontations with guards and other prisoners while incarcerated in Leavenworth. When Stroud kills a guard, he is sentenced to death, but his sentence is reduced to life in solitary prison thanks to his mother’s emotional intervention.
He stumbles upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard one day while serving his sentence in boredom and sadness. Stroud takes an interest in bird care fast, which gives him a new purpose in life but also leads to new conflicts with prison authorities.
The Shawshank Redemption is the fourth film in the Shawshank series (1994)
This picture, which is based on another Stephen King book, is so well-liked that some consider it to be one of the best films of all time (not just of prison movies). After being convicted of killing his wife and her lover, Andy Dufresne becomes the protagonist of the story. When movie buffs think of the prison genre, this is often the first film that comes to mind.
For the death of his wife, Andrew Dufresne, a hotshot banker, is condemned to Shawshank Prison. Over time, he retains his optimism and gains the respect of his fellow inmates, especially long-term criminal “Red” Redding, a black marketeer, and gains power inside the prison. Andrew ultimately achieves his objectives on his own terms.
The Great Escape is number five (1963)
The Great Escape, a three-hour epic based on true events about a group of Allied(/Antifa) prisoners trying to escape a Nazi POW camp, has it all—and everyone!
A group of allied escape artist-type POWs has been incarcerated in a “escape-proof” camp. Their leader plans to wipe out a large number of people at once. The prisoners outsmart their jailers to construct the escape tunnel in the first half of the film, which is a comedy. The second half is a thrilling journey as they attempt to flee occupied Europe by plane, rail, and boat.
Luke, the Cool Hand (1967)
Paul Newman has a long and illustrious filmography, but “Cool Hand Luke,” a 1967 prison drama, may be his most enduring film. Newman plays Lucas “Luke” Jackson, a nice and polite prisoner who, despite his best efforts, can’t stay away from the chain gang and out of jail.
Lucas Jackson is a born world changer, a guy with more guts than intelligence who refuses to follow the rules. After being committed to a prison camp for a misdemeanor, Luke rapidly gains respect and becomes a hero.
He had some fun in prison doing things simply for pleasure, but when his mother died, the Bosses placed him in the box for fear that he might attend the funeral. When he gets away, he runs and runs and runs, and the bosses try to catch him, but he refuses.
7. Get Out of New York (1981)
Crime has spiraled out of control in the future, and Manhattan in New York City has been turned into a maximum security prison. All of the city’s bridges have been mined, a massive wall has been built along the beach, and a strong police force army has been stationed there to capture or kill any fugitives. The President onboard Air Force One is forced to evacuate in an escape pod while en route to a summit conference between China and the Soviet Union when a female terrorist seizes control of the plane and crashes it into a downtown building.
Ex-soldier Snake Plissken, a new prisoner, is offered his freedom if he enters, frees the President, and finds a tape with crucial conference information. Snake agrees, but in exchange for his assistance, he is given a tiny but very explosive microcapsule, which will only explode if his mission is successful. For the sake of his own life, Snake must go into a decaying city filled with immoral criminals and succeed.
Papillon (number 8) (1973)
The film “Papillon,” written and produced by Dalton Trumbo and starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, tells the tale of two men who try to avoid imprisonment in French Guiana again and over again. Despite its hefty production expenses, “Papillon” easily outperformed its budget, earning more than $53 million in theaters.
Based on the true tale of Henri Charriere, often known as Papillon (French for “butterfly”) (the character even sports a large tattoo of a butterfly). Papillon, a petty thief, is falsely convicted of murder and sentenced to life in a French prison colony known as “Guiane” (French Guiana, South America). Papillon is eager to get away, but each attempt is met with difficulties, and he is eventually recaptured. After being condemned to solitary confinement, he continues to try to escape.
9. Plan of Evacuation (2013)
Ray Breslin is a well-known specialist in the field of maximum-security prison escape operations. He runs a company with Lester Clark and works alongside Abigail and Hush, two of his coworkers. Breslin’s escape plan is built on three key principles: familiarity with the layout, sticking to the routine, and gaining internal or external support for the escape. After that, he gives his client a report detailing the system’s flaws. Jessica Miller, a CIA operative, pays Breslin and his team $5 million to assess a cutting-edge institution.
Breslin accepts the challenge, only to find out that he has been tricked. Hobbes, the cruel prison ward, takes particular care to Breslin, following his client’s orders and breaking Breslin with his right arm Drake. Inmate Rottmayer, on the other hand, forms a friendship with Breslin and helps him in planning an escape strategy and determining who betrayed him. Will they be able to achieve their goals?
Experiment No. 10 (2001)
The film is based on the infamous “Stanford Prison Experiment” of 1971. A fake prison is set up at a research center, complete with cells, bars, and surveillance cameras. For two weeks, twenty male volunteers will act as prisoners and guards.
The ‘prisoners’ are separated and must follow ostensibly simple rules, while the ‘guards’ are told to keep order without resorting to physical violence. Everyone has the right to depart at any time and lose all of their money. Both parties’ attitudes are uncomfortable and aggressive at first. Quarrels break out fast, and the wardens must resort to increasingly harsh penalties to maintain order.
The Longest Yard (#11) (1974)
The 1974 comedy “The Longest Yard” has been remade three times, but that is no judgment on the original. The film stars Burt Reynolds as Paul “Wrecking” Crewe, a former NFL quarterback who is imprisoned for stealing a sports car and assembles a team of inmates to play football against the prison guards.
After being caught shaving points to bet on games, former football great Paul Crewe (Reynolds) spirals out of control. After making some bad decisions, Crewe is condemned to jail, and the warden wants him to coach their semi-pro team. After refusing to comply with the senior guard’s forceful order, Crewe finds himself among the dregs of prison work.
Finally, the warden decides to repurpose him, giving him the task of putting together an all-inmate football team for a practice game versus the guards. Crewe rallies his soldiers and puts the guards through their paces in a full-fledged guard-on-prisoner football match.
Midnight Express (#12) (1978)
Billy Hayes, an American college student, is arrested trying to smuggle drugs out of Turkey on October 6, 1970. Turkish courts found him guilty and sentenced him to almost thirty years in prison.
The jail environment is deplorable in every aspect, with a ruthless prison officer called Hamidou in command, who delights in tormenting the inmates for any cause. Hayes has two options for release: his lawyer, family, and the United States government, or the “Midnight Express.”
The Green Mile (#13) (1999)
It’s just another day on the Green Mile for jail guard Paul Edgecomb. That is, until John Coffey, the gargantuan, is sent there. Despite his appearance as a massive giant, Coffey is a kind spirit. Edgecomb learns that there is more to Coffey than meets the eye while keeping an eye on him.
In the Name of the Father, 14 (1993)
Based on the true story of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), a Belfast teenager unjustly convicted of bombing two pubs outside of London with his family and friends. A tale about a father and his kid fighting for justice in order to clear his father’s reputation.
Con Air is number fifteen (1997)
Few people live their lives to the fullest like Nicolas Cage did in 1997. Incredible CON AERIAL AND FACE/OFF. He plays Cameron Poe, a “recently paroled ex-con and former United States Ranger” on his way to a new life of liberty.
Cameron Poe, a distinguished Army Ranger, visits his wife Tricia in Alabama, only to find a few drunken regulars at the bar where she works. Cameron kills one of the drunks accidentally and receives a seven-year term for involuntary manslaughter. He is now eligible for parole and can see his wife and daughter again.
Unfortunately for Cameron, he is forced to fly on the same prison jet as some of the country’s most dangerous criminals, who have taken control of the plane and are planning their escape. Cameron must find a way to stop them while keeping his composure. Meanwhile, US Marshal Vince Larkin is assisting Cameron in evading and apprehending the criminals led by Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom.
Bronson is 16 years old (2008)
In 1974, a brazen 19-year-old named Michael Peterson planned to make a name for himself by attempting to rob a post office with a sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams.
Peterson was soon apprehended and sentenced to a seven-year jail term. He had already served 34 years in jail, including 30 years in solitary confinement. Michael Petersen the child went away at this period, and his famous alter ego, ‘Charles Bronson,’ took center stage. Bronson’s views on celebrity society are scathing.
Get the Gringo, No. 17 (2012)
A getaway driver on his way to the dry Mexican border with almost $2 million in cash hidden in his trunk finds up in the infamous “El Pueblito” jail. The driver soon gets the nickname “The Gringo” as the sole American detainee in the dangerous village of inmates, and learns firsthand what it’s like to be a foreigner in a world of criminals.
To live in this pit, where everyone knows about the big prize, the Gringo will need to form an unusual alliance with an unusual ally: a streetwise ten-year-old kid with a remarkable immunity in this crazy atmosphere. Will the Gringo be able to rescue himself and collect the money now that he has a huge target on his back and a limited amount of time?
A Prophet (18.) (2009)
For assaulting police officers, Malik El Djebena, an illiterate eighteen-year-old Franco-Algerian, was sentenced to six years in prison. Malik finds himself alone and without money in a corrupt and dangerous society split between Corsican and Muslim gangs.
César Luciani, a prominent Corsican gangster, coerces him into murdering the Muslin Reyeb, then backs him up and protects him inside his gang. Ryad becomes Malik’s buddy and teaches him to read and write. They become the best of friends. Meanwhile, César hires Malik to help him run his shady gambling business outside of prison. Malik also learns how to distribute drugs and works his way up César’s mafia’s hierarchy.
Citizens Who Obey the Law (2009)
Clyde Shelton’s family is brutally murdered. The criminals have been caught. District Attorney Nick Rice, on the other hand, has only circumstantial evidence as a consequence of the flawed process. He arranges for one of them to testify against the other as a consequence. When Shelton hears about this, he is furious.
The convicted person is set for execution ten years later, but something goes wrong, and his execution is bungled, and he suffers. The machine has been tampered with, they find. The other, on the other hand, is found dead, brutally killed. Rice suspects Shelton and makes plans to have him arrested.
Shelton agrees to a plea deal with Rice at first, but then changes his mind. Shelton seems to be blaming the whole system and waging war on it, pursuing everyone involved in his family’s case. Rice has no choice except to stop him, but Shelton is far ahead of him.
American History XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (1998)
While this film does not primarily take place in prison, it is a result of imprisonment. The film features two brothers who are involved in neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. The person attempts to safeguard his sibling from further indoctrination by these destructive groups after being imprisoned and rehabilitated. The film is not only very popular, but it has also been used for educational purposes all across the United States.
Derek Vinyard is a skinhead and a white supremacist gang leader. For killing two black men who tried to steal his vehicle, he was sentenced to three years in prison. He has the opportunity to reflect on his life while in prison, and when he is released, he vows to avoid the hate and bigotry of his past. He separates himself from the gang and attempts to lead a normal life. On the other hand, his previous actions and prejudices may have had an impact on his younger sibling.
12 Monkeys (number 21) (1995)
James Cole, a delusory prisoner in a 1990 mental hospital who claims to be a time traveler from the distant year 2035, feels compelled to complete his important mission: to rescue the world from a deadly viral virus capable of annihilating billions.
When Cole’s psychiatrist, Dr. Kathryn Railly, suspects that there is more to him than meets the eye, a fateful encounter with another prisoner, the crazy Jeffrey Goines, sets in motion a chain of inexplicable events, balancing the past and present, sanity and insanity. Is the world Cole so eloquently describes genuine or is it just a painful yet subjective hallucination?
22. Where Have You Been, Brother? (2000)
The film follows Ulysses Everett McGill and his friends Delmar and Pete through their picaresque adventures in 1930s Mississippi, largely modeled on Homer’s “Odyssey.”
They’ve broken free from a chain gang and are on their way to Everett’s home to collect the buried cash from a bank robbery when they run into a series of strange characters. A cyclops, sirens, bank robber George “Baby Face” Nelson (enraged by his name), a governor campaigning and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet warn the three that “the wealth you seek shall not be the treasure you find.”
Shot Caller (#23) (2017)
Jacob is living the good life, with a rewarding job and a loving family. His life, however, is turned upside down when he is sentenced to prison as a result of a tragedy. On the inside, he quickly learns that he must adapt to the harsh circumstances of the prison system. Will Jacob be able to make amends if he is let free, or will his choices lead to his death?
24. a convicted felon (2008)
Wade Porter, a family man, is living the American Dream with his fiancée Laura and their son Michael: they have a beautiful home, he has obtained a loan to grow his company, and they are ready to marry. Wade unintentionally kills a burglar who broke into his home in the middle of the night while mowing his lawn, turning their dream into a nightmare.
When he is taken to trial, he accepts the prosecutor’s plea bargain and is sentenced to three years in prison. An incident happens on the bus, and Wade is wrongfully charged and moved to the highest security wing, which is led by the dishonest Lieutenant Jackson. Wade’s cellmate, John Smith, who was sentenced to life in prison for avenging his family’s death, befriends Wade, provides important advice, and gives Wade hope that he will be reunited with his family.
Ray Breslin, the “Houdini of Breakouts,” is tasked with recovering Daya, the kidnapped daughter of a famous Hong Kong computer tycoon, from the impenetrable Latvian prison known as the “Devil’s Station.”
Ray and his team—Hush, Trent DeRosa, and the businessman’s bodyguard, Bao—must get into the fortified compound before the determined kidnapper starts killing the hostages. This time, though, it’s personal, and Ray has a new reason to win at any costs. Is it even feasible for the Extractors to do this?
Dead Man Walking (No. 26) (1995)
“Dead Man Walking” was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Susan Sarandon, Best Actor for Sean Penn, and Best Director for Tim Robbins.
A convicted murderer and the nun who befriends him on Death Row. The portrayal of meticulously drawn individuals and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes clock down to the condemned man’s execution evokes powerful emotions.
While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean appeal to the governor or the courts for a stay of execution, scenes from the horrific act are intercut, ultimately exposing the truth about what happened. In addition to providing practical help, the nun aspires to reach out spiritually and serve as a salvation guide.
Sleepers (number 27) (1996)
A prank is perpetrated by four Hell’s Kitchen teenagers, resulting in the death of an elderly man. The four companions are sentenced to at least one year at the Wilkinson Center in upstate New York, where they suffer beatings, humiliation, and sexual assault at the hands of the guards who are meant to protect them. A fortuitous meeting thirteen years later leads to an opportunity for revenge against the Wilkinson Center and its guards.
28. The Last Castle is a story about a castle that has (2001)
Colonel Winter, the warden of the highest security military jail where three-star General Irwin is sent, can’t help but respect the highly decorated and seasoned soldier. For noncompliance during a mission, Irwin has been demoted from his job, but not from his fame. Colonel Winter, who controls the prison with an iron fist, admires the General immensely but uses completely different methods to keep order.
After a short while, Irwin notices Winter’s cruel treatment of the inmates. By taking control of the institution and eliminating Winter’s haughty attitude, he wants to teach him a lesson. It may be too late for Winter to win when he chooses to join what he still believes to be a game.
The Rock is number 29. (1996)
A band of renegade Marine commandos kidnaps 81 tourists in exchange for a stockpile of chemical weapons. Their leader, a former highly decorated general, has sought a $100 million ransom payment as restitution for the families of Marines slain in covert operations, and has therefore been refused reparations.
Alternatively, he has threatened to fire fifty rockets laden with the deadly VX nerve toxin onto the San Francisco Bay area. To penetrate the terrorists’ defenses on Alcatraz and remove the rocket threat before time runs out, an elite S.E.A.L. squad is formed with the help of a Federal Bureau of Investigation chemical warfare specialist (Stanley Goodspeed) and a former Alcatraz escapee (John Patrick Mason).
The Escapist (number 30) (2008)
Frank Perry is a fourteen-year-old inmate who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of release. He is eager to reconnect with his estranged daughter before it is too late after she is diagnosed with a fatal disease. He devises a daring escape plan and joins a dysfunctional band of escapists – misfits with specialized skills who are united by their desire to escape their hell hole life. Much of the action takes place below in London’s tunnels, sewers, and waterways.
Hurricane No. 31 (1999)
Rubin Carter, a boxer unjustly convicted of triple murder in 1966, was memorialized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “The Hurricane.” Carter was eventually freed in 1985, and Denzel Washington played him 14 years later in “The Sixteenth Round,” a film directed by Norman Jewison and based on the boxer’s life.
The development of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, an African-American boxer who overcame a tough childhood to become a serious contender for the middle-weight boxing title, is chronicled in this documentary. However, his dreams are shattered when he is accused with triple murder and condemned to three life sentences. Despite his status as a celebrity and his persistent attempts to prove his innocence via his memoirs, he has grown disillusioned after years of futility.
This changes when a young African-American boy and his Canadian mentors read his book and are persuaded enough of his innocence to work for his acquittal. Hurricane and his pals soon learn, however, that they are up against a racist system that has profited from the tragedy and has no intention of changing it.
The Defiant Ones (number 32) (1958)
The Defiant Ones is one of those well-intentioned, old-school analyses of American race relations that blames racial tensions on “mutual hatred” rather than systemic white supremacy.
When the truck carrying them is sideswiped and forced off the road during a severe rainstorm, two convicts, white John ‘Joker’ Jackson and black Noah Cullen, escape. They hate each other, yet their ties bind them together and force them to work together. Their goal is to travel 60 miles north to the station where Noah used to work and board a train that, hopefully, still runs on that route.
While the local Sheriff tries to apprehend them – despite the efforts of a well-intentioned but rule-obsessed and humorless State police captain – Joker and Noah form a unique bond and show a degree of devotion that is atypical of their situation.
The Old Man and the Gun (number 33) (2018)
The film is based on a New Yorker story by David Grann on Forrest Tucker, a real-life serial jail escapee and career bank robber.
Forrest Tucker has spent his whole life as a criminal, an expert escape artist, and a proficient bank robber, despite his outward appearance. Tucker’s immaculate strategy is undeniably built on his impeccable appearance, his unwavering belief in never resorting to violence, being polite, and stealing just enough money, all while wearing a big grin on his lips.
Following a successful robbery, Forrest meets Jewel, a damsel in distress, and the two fall in love. Dedicated Forrest and his gang, on the other hand, have already caught the attention of Detective Hunt, who sets out on a mission to find and arrest the thieves. Is Tucker capable of forsaking his old ways and changing for the sake of Jewel’s good intentions?
The Grand Budapest Hotel is number 34. (2014)
Wes Anderson’s most pastel film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a master at replicating the various aesthetics of Weimar-era Eastern Europe, with a jailbreak scenario that is both funny and nerve-wracking.
Previously, the Grand Budapest Hotel was situated in the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe, in the former Republic of Zubrowka. Mr. Zero Moustafa, the hotel’s elderly owner, told a writer about the hotel’s history when he was staying there during the off-season many years ago (F. Murray Abraham). He tells the young writer about his purchase of the hotel and M. Gustave, the property’s original concierge (Ralph Fiennes).
Young Zero (Tony Revolori) is a lobby boy at the time, and Gustave takes him to a will reading after one of their regular guests passes away. She leaves Gustave a valuable painting, but when the woman’s son challenges the will, Gustave and Moustafa seize the painting, setting off a sequence of events that leads to Moustafa’s present predicament.
The Fugitive, No. 35 (1993)
Helen Kimble, a well-known Chicago physician, has been brutally murdered in her own home, according to Dr. Richard Kimble. Kimble was arrested by the police and charged with murder. Kimble was then tried, found guilty, and condemned to death (without Justification). Kimble’s vehicle, however, crashed on the way to jail.
Kimble is currently on the run after eluding arrest. Deputy Samuel Gerard of Chicago is pursuing Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble starts his investigation to find out who killed his wife and to apprehend Gerard and his gang.
36. A Man Managed to Flee (1956)
The riveting prison escape drama by Robert Bresson will increase your pulse rate to dangerously high levels. It follows Lt. Fontaine (François Leterrier), a French Resistance fighter imprisoned during WWII, as he tries to escape a Nazi detention camp, frightened and weak.
Lieutenant Fontaine, a captured French Resistance fighter, is held in a lonely Nazi prison in Lyon, France, awaiting a death sentence for espionage. Faced with starvation and paralyzing fear, he must create a daring escape plan, complicated by the question of who to trust and what lies outside the confines of the prison.
37. I’m an American (1992)
While “American Me” is not an accurate depiction of the Mexican Mafia’s power grab in the California Prison System during the 1950s and 1960s, it is a fascinating story of Montoya Santana, a Los Angeles teen who joins a gang and spends the most of his life in prison. The criminal thriller, directed and starring Edward James Olmos, received excellent reviews at Cannes but did not earn enough money to pay its $16 million budget.
This epic portrayal of Chicano gang life in Los Angeles spans thirty years and focuses on a young man named Santana, who starts his gang with his friends Mundo and the Caucasian-but-acting-Hispanic J.D. For a break-in, they are immediately imprisoned. Santana reverts to his old ways and is sent from reform school to prison, where he spends eighteen years as the head of a powerful gang both within and outside the institution. When he is finally freed, he tries to make meaning of his life’s violence in a world that has changed dramatically since he was last there.
I’m a fugitive from a chain gang, number 38. (1932)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is a depressing early talkie film about an aimless WWI veteran (Paul Muni) who ends up ruining his entire life after robbing a bank—for which he is sentenced to prison, assigned to a chain gang, and eventually escapes—only to discover that, even once free, he has no future.
Returning soldier James Allen becomes a vagrant after refusing to return to the old industrial grind. As a consequence of his innocent participation in theft, he is railroaded into a very harsh chain gang. After finally escaping, he finds work in the construction sector… Marie, his avaricious lover, threatens to expose him if he does not marry her. Things quickly spiral out of control when he meets and falls in love with Helen.
Stir Crazy (number 39) (1980)
In “Stir Crazy,” Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor play two Hollywood hopefuls who are unjustly convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to 125 years in jail. Of course, the two comedians continue to create mayhem behind bars in this 1980 comedy directed by Sidney Poitier, which grossed more than $100 million in the United States, more than any other film made by an African-American at the time.
After being unjustly accused of bank robbery, Skip and Harry are caught and imprisoned in a western jail. The warden finds Skip’s natural talent to ride broncos in time for the next inter-prison rodeo, and the two eastern boys struggle to adapt to their new life.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (number 40) (1985)
The film “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” directed by Brazilian Héctor Babenco, is based on the same-named novel by Manuel Puig from 1976. Hurt was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA for his portrayal as transgender prisoner Luis Molina in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” a tale of revolution, love, and betrayal set in a Brazilian jail.
In South America, Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui share a prison cell. Valentin is imprisoned for political reasons, while Luis, a transsexual guy, is convicted of immoral behavior. Valentin tries to concentrate on the issue at hand, while Luis makes love flicks to escape reality. During their time together, the two men establish a mutual respect and understanding.
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