Best Prison Films of All Time
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Hollywood is a little overrun with prison and jail house flicks but, the ones on the list below, separate themselves from the pack for a multitude of reasons. The prison scenes in these films are very horrible and represent how it is really. Some people in jail re. I hope you enjoy my selections as to the top prison films ever produced.
1. The Green Mile: Stephen King wrote this film starring Tom Hanks and the late Michael Clark Duncan. Duncan is accused of murder and sent to death row but, he did not do it. The guards are in for a shock when they realize this big man on the green mile is a miracle worker. Of course, the killer known as Billy the Kid is an integral part of this movie. The movie is a one of a kind prison film with a great plot and even better acting.
2. The Shawshank Redemption: Tim Robbins plays as Andy a man sent to prison for killing his wife, a crime he did not do. He befriends Red, played by Morgan Freeman, and after years in prison and many hardships he finally breaks out and escapes. This movie is horrific in many ways but it shows humanity as it is also. Robbins chisels his way through his prison cell wall for 20 years before making it out.
3. Escape from Alcatraz: Clint Eastwood plays as Frank Morris a man sent to Alcatraz Maximum security prison after having escaped from other prisons before. In this movie based on the true story, of the only people to ever escape Alcatraz you will be on the edge of your seat in the final scenes. Did they drown in the waters, get eaten by sharks or escape the island prison in San Fransisco?
4. The Hurricane: Denzel Washington plays as Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, a boxer who was imprisoned for 20 years for a murder he did not commit. The decision was finally overturned and Carter was vindicated in this movie based on true events.The movie shows Carter imprisoned and his court trial to be free which was dramatic to say the least..
5. Cool Hand Luke: Paul Newman and George Kennedy star in this movie set in the Florida Penal System. Luke, played by Newman refuse to play by prison rules and pays an awful price for being hard headed. In the end not only do the inmates respect Luke but the guards do as well.
6. Dead Man Walking: Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon star in this film where Penn is a prisoner on death row for murdering two people. Until his execution date, he maintains his innocence and you learn about his soul. This was a true tearjerker and Sean Penn did an excellent playing the convict.
7. Lock Up: Sly Stallone is in a minimum security prison about to be released but his sworn enemy from the past, the warden, played by Donald Sutherland, has a grudge and Sly is staying in prison for good unless he can find a way to freedom. In the end the warden gets put in the electric chair. One of Sly Stallone's best ever screen performances without a doubt.
8. The Great Escape: Steve Mcqueen and James Garner are pow's being held in a German prison during world war 2. This is a true story that describes the escapes from Nazi prisons in Germany and Poland.
9. American History X: Edward Norton stars in this prison film about racism and learning right from wrong. The film is very deep and many flashes occur in the movie filmed in black and white for effect. Norton was nominated for an Academy Award and he really deserved it.
10. Prison Break: The Final Break: This is more or less two hours added to the 4 seasons of the show. This film shows prison escapes but, it also shows the aftermath when you are hunted. Unbelievably, there are twists and turns even at this final season. I was very surprised to see that Micheal passed away.
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The Prison Break television show ran for 4 complete seasons and it was a great show. Also, a movie followed season 4. This series was excellent and the film was pretty good also. It shows the inside of the prison system and the convicts on the lamb. All the guards in the prison were as crooked as the felons were. The first two seasons were realistic and intense from start to finish.
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