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The Best Escape Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

Finding a good Escape movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Escape movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Kanopy.

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1. Room

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8.1/10
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92/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. A Man Escaped

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8.3/10
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79/100
Released: 1956
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: A captured French Resistance fighter during World War II engineers a daunting escape from prison.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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3. Down by Law

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7.8/10
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78/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. Mesrine: Killer Instinct

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7.5/10
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76/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Max Manus: Man of War

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7.3/10
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73/100
Released: 2008
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Max Manus is a Norwegian 2008 biographic war film based on the real events of the life of resistance fighter Max Manus (1914–96), after his contribution in the Winter War against the Soviet Union. The story follows Manus through the outbreak of World War II in Norway until peacetime in 1945.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. The Trip to Bountiful

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7.5/10
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71/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as "home."

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Shout Factory TV & Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Shout Factory TV & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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7. A Farewell to Arms

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6.5/10
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66/100
Released: 1932Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A tale of the World War I love affair, begun in Italy, between American ambulance driver Lt. Frederic Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley. Eventually separated by Frederic's transfer, tremendous challenges and difficult decisions face each as the war rages on.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix, SnagFilms & Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Dove Channel, Secrets of Cinema & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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8. He Walked by Night

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7.2/10
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64/100
Released: 1949
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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9. The Count of Monte Cristo

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7.5/10
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63/100
Released: 1934Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to revenge himself on them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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10. It Always Rains on Sunday

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60/100
Released: 1947
Crime, Drama

What it's about: During a rainy Sunday afternoon, an escaped prisoner tries to hide out at the home of his ex-fiance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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11. The Front Page

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6.7/10
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60/100
Released: 1931Rated: PG
Comedy

What it's about: Hildy Johnson is an investigative reporter is looking for a bigger paycheck. When an accused murderer escapes from custody, Hildy sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime. But when he finds the criminal, he learns that the man may not be guilty. With the help of his editor, Hildy attempts to hide the convict, uncover the conspiracy and write the scoop of his career.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & TCM) & rent or buy from $7.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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12. Karmen Gei

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6.0/10
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57/100
Released: 2001
Musical, Romance

What it's about: Bizet's Carmen gets a modern adaptation. Seducting, provocating, sensual. All the ingredients for a perfect drama. With her charm, Karmen gets out of many situations.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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13. We're No Angels

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7.5/10
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57/100
Released: 1955
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: Three convicts escape from prison on Devil's Island just before Christmas and arrive at a nearby French colonial town. They go to the store of the Ducotels, the only store that gives supplies on credit. They initially intend to take advantage of them but have a change of heart after they find the family is in financial troubles.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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14. Savannah Smiles

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7.2/10
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55/100
Released: 1982Rated: PG
Comedy, Family

What it's about: The young daughter of a politician runs away due to lack of attention. She hides in the car of two not too bright crooks who are slowly converted into parent figures as the police web closes down on the supposed kidnappers.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Dove Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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15. The Emperor Jones

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6.4/10
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52/100
Released: 1933
Drama

What it's about: Unscrupulously ambitious ,Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and, through bluff and bravado, finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Starz, The Criterion Channel & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz & Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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16. The Adventurer

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7.4/10
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46/100
Released: 1917
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The daring convict no. 23, known as The Eel, escapes from prison and, after mocking his inept persecutors, saves the lives of three people in peril: a beautiful girl, her mother and an annoying suitor, only to get exhausted and almost drowned. Once he regains his strength at Judge Brown's home, he participates on an upper-class social party where he competes with the suitor for the favors of the charming Miss Brown. But prison guards are still after him…

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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17. A Cottage on Dartmoor

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7.6/10
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44/100
Released: 1929
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant is enraged by the attentions that his manicurist girlfriend pays to a customer. He threatens the customer with an open razor and lands in jail.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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18. Turkey Shoot

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5.9/10
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39/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Drama, Cult

What it's about: In the near future, after an unspecified holocaust, survivors are herded into prison camps. There, they are hunted for sport by the leaders of the camp. Paul, one of the newest prisoners, is determined not to go down as quietly as the others.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix & Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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19. House of Whipcord

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5.9/10
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38/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Horror

What it's about: Somewhere in the middle of the English countryside a former judge and a group of former prison warders, including his lover, run their own prison for young women who have not been held properly to account for their crimes. Here they mete out their own form of justice and ensure that the girls never return to their old ways.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $5.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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20. Journey Among Women

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5.7/10
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37/100
Released: 1977
Drama

What it's about: Nine women convicts escape from a prison hell-hole and dare to create a savage world free of man.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Google Play).

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21. Monte Cristo

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6.6/10
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35/100
Released: 1922
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A film adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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22. Brain Dead

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5.1/10
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34/100
Released: 2007
Horror

What it's about: The story of six people caught in the unusual (except in horror films) predicament of being stranded in a deserted fishing lodge with a host of alien-infected, mutant amoeba-controlled zombies at their doorstep.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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23. Madness

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5.6/10
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32/100
Released: 1980
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An escaped convicted murderer invades the cottage of a man, his wife and the wife's sister, whereupon he proceeds to torment this already dysfunctional trio with rape and violence.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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24. The Flight

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6.9/10
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31/100
Released: 1977
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: When Dr. Schmith's proposal for international research on infant mortality is rejected, he decides to leave East Germany and strikes a deal with an escape agency that promises him a leading position at a children's hospital in West Germany. But then the decision is reversed: the project is approved and his international colleagues want Dr. Schmith to head the GDR section. Moreover, he falls in love with his new colleague, Katharina. Schmith initially tries to ignore the arrangements he made with the escape agency, but they blackmail him. Things soon turn deadly...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).