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Time in Prison

Or, "Life in The Big House". The prison film has proved to be a popular subject for cinema and many superb titles are represented in this canon of work. Here the human spirit is often shown to thrive in what are generally hostile and oppressive settings. There are the tales of the 'wrongly accused man' protesting his innocence, the 'race against time' thrillers to save the condemned from execution, and the 'prison as hell' where your worst nightmares have come true. There are also the comedies where the familiar prison 'cliches' are parodied, and the science-fiction variants that show the possible shape of things to come... Now, go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Pictured: Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in "The Shawshank Redemption".

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

6.5/10
Director: Richard Thorpe
Starring: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy

Elvis Presley goes to prison for accidentally killing a man in a bar fight, and is signed to a musical contract following his performance on a TV show... Read more

Jailhouse Rock ( Blu-ray ) (1957)

6.5/10
Director: Richard Thorpe
Starring: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Dean Jones, Jennifer Holden

Elvis Presley goes to prison for accidentally killing a man in a bar fight, and is signed to a musical contract following his performance on a TV show... Read more

Killer: A Journal Of Murder (1996)

6.4/10
Director: Tim Metcalfe
Starring: Cara Buono, Robert Sean Leonard, James Woods, Ellen Greene, Robert John Burke, S...

Set in the 1920s, this powerful true story centers on a Jewish Leavenworth prison guard, Henry Lewis, who attempts to befriend convicted killer Carl P... Read more

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

7.4/10
Director: Hector Babenco
Starring: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga

Two prisoners in a Latin American jail, one a Spartan revolutionary leader (Raul Julia), the other a movie-obsessed homosexual (Best Actor Academy Awa... Read more

L'argent ( Money ) (1983)

7.5/10
Director: Robert Bresson
Starring: Christian Patey, Vincent Risterucci

Aka 'Money'. Bresson's classic film, adapted from a story by Tolstoy, tells of the tragic chain of events which ensue when two schoolboys pass a forge... Read more

Last Ride (2009)

6.7/10
Director: Glendyn Ivin
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Tom Russell, Anita Hegh, John Brumpton, Sonya Suares, Kelton Pell

Australian director Glendyn Ivin's feature debut is a beautifully drawn, mood-filled drama describing the troubled relationship between a father and s... Read more

Leo (2006)

6.5/10
Director: Mehdi Norowzian
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Hopper, Sam Shepard, Elisabeth Shue, Justin Chambers, Deb...

After being released from prison, convicted felon Stephen (Joseph Fiennes) attempts to get his life back on track while helping a young pen-pal cope w... Read more

Let's Go To Prison (2006)

6/10
Director: Bob Odenkirk
Starring: Will Arnett, Dylan Baker, David Koechner, Chi McBride, Michael Shannon, Dax Shep...

Career crim John Lyshitski (Dax Shepard) has a big grudge against the man who has sentenced him to jail so many times and has his revenge all worked o... Read more

Life (1999)

6.7/10
Director: Ted Demme
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence

Focuses on jailbirds Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence over five decades beginning in Harlem in 1930, where hustler Murphy and bank teller Lawrence are... Read more

Live Flesh (1997)

7.4/10
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri, Liberto Rabal, Penelope Cruz, Angela Molina

During a fight with his junkie girlfriend, police intervene and an officer is shot. Six years later the wrongly convicted Victor is shocked to learn h... Read more