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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".

100 Feet (2008)

5.5/10
Director: Eric Red
Starring: Famke Janssen, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pare, Ed Westwick

Marnie (Famke Janssen) is in prison for the murder of her abusive husband, but is granted early release on the condition she remain under house arrest... Read more

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

8.3/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Miriam Karlin, Patrick Magee, Malcolm McDowell, Adrienne Corri

Stanley Kubrick's dark, dazzling, ironic tale of an ultra-violent future filled with marauding gangs, decaying cities and bizarre technologies. Follow... Read more

A Clockwork Orange ( Blu-ray ) (1971)

8.3/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Miriam Karlin

Stanley Kubrick's dark, dazzling, ironic tale of an ultra-violent future filled with marauding gangs, decaying cities and bizarre technologies. Follow... Read more

A Prophet (2009)

7.9/10
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim

Acclaimed as one of the best films of 2009, 'A Prophet' ('Un prophete') details the gritty prison career of nineteen-year-old French-Arab Malik (Tahar... Read more

A Young Prisoner's Revenge (2002)

Director: Mu Deyuan
Starring: Zhao Youliang, Chen Si Cheng, Xi Mei Juan

A fifteen year old boy is charged with a robbery, in order to reduce his sentence the family offer the judge a bribe, but unbeknowns to them the lawye... Read more

Alien 3 (1992)

7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Charles S Dutton, Lance Henriksen

This third installment in the hit series finds Sigourney Weaver's weary Ripley landing on a dark prison planet inhabited by male criminals, killers an... Read more

Alien 3 (Blu-Ray) (1992)

7.7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Charles S Dutton, Lance Henriksen

INCLUDES BOTH THEATRICAL CUT AND ASSEMBLY CUT. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the only survivor when she crash lands on Fiorina 161, a bleak wa... Read more

American History X (1998)

8.5/10
Director: Tony Kaye
Starring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott Gould, Avery B...

A hard-hitting drama about former skinhead Edward Norton who, having been released from prison after serving three years for the shooting of two black... Read more

American History X ( Blu-ray ) (1998)

8.5/10
Director: Tony Kaye
Starring: Avery Brooks, Beverly D'Angelo, Edward Furlong, Edward Norton, Elliott Gould, Fa...

A hard-hitting drama about former skinhead Edward Norton who, having been released from prison after serving three years for the shooting of two black... Read more

American Me (1992)

7.2/10
Director: Edward James Olmos
Starring: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Pepe Serna

A brilliant directorial debut by Edward James Olmos in depicting thirty years in the life of an East Los Angeles Latino family. Olmos stars as the piv... Read more