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The Best Prison Movies and TV Shows on Fandor

Finding a good Prison 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 Prison movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Fandor.

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1. Women's Prison

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6.5/10
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45/100
Released: 2002
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Spanning 18 years in an Iranian women's prison, this follows two women: the new prison warden, a tough as nails devout Muslim who has served in the army on the Iraqi front, and a young midwife, Mitra, who is serving her sentence for killing her mother's abusive husband. In the early years, Mitra is repeatedly punished as the warden tries to break her. This includes punishment for delivering a baby in the prison cell while all of the prison staff has taken shelter during an Iraqi bombing. The warden's attitude starts to change after 8 years, when Mitra tries to protect a new inmate from rape at the hands of her older cellmates. When the baby comes back in 1991 as a 17 year old delinquent, Sepideh, the warden respects Mitra enough to protect the girl.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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2. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

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7.1/10
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64/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Hard man Ricky is incarcerated in a futuristic prison where ultra-violence is his only means of survival in the corrupt, sadistic system. He must battle his way quite literally 'through' the feared 'gang of four', and undergo multiple tortures before facing the governor in one of the goriest climaxes ever seen.

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

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3. Mesrine: Killer Instinct

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7.5/10
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70/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

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 (Tubi, Plex, PopcornFlix & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Fandor & 2 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. The Count of Monte Cristo

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7.4/10
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58/100
Released: 1934Rated: PG
Thriller, Romance

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 watch free online (IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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5. Dolemite

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5.8/10
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59/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of Jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, Vudu & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Fandor & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Amnesty

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6.2/10
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45/100
Released: 2012
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Amnesty is a 2011 Albanian movie directed by Bujar Alimani. It’s a story about two people who meet up in jail when they come for monthly visits of their spouses. They fall in love after becoming witnesses to a wedding in jail but their relationship has to end because both their spouses get amnesty from the government. What happens next is shown in usual Southeast European movie style.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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7. The Arbor

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7.3/10
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55/100
Released: 2010
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. Andrea Dunbar wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing on the notorious Buttershaw Estate in Bradford and was described as ‘a genius straight from the slums.’ When she died tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, Lorraine was just ten years old. The Arbor revisits the Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up, thirty years on from her original play, telling the powerful true story of the playwright and her daughter Lorraine. Also aged 29, Lorraine had become ostracised from her mother’s family and was in prison undergoing rehab. Re-introduced to her mother’s plays and letters, the film follows Lorraine’s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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8. Concrete Night

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6.4/10
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50/100
Released: 2013
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A 14-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger generations, and the ways we do it.

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

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9. The Consequence

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7.2/10
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48/100
Released: 1977
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Thomas is the son of a prison warden. He falls for and seduces Martin, who is older and one of the prison inmates. After Martin is released, They try to build a relationship and a life together but, no one will let them alone.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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10. The Night Visitor

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6.6/10
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52/100
Released: 1971Rated: PG
Crime, Horror

What it's about: An insane Swedish farmer escapes from an asylum to get revenge on his sister, her husband and others.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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11. Girls in Chains

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4.6/10
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40/100
Released: 1943
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A fired teacher (Arline Judge) finds work at a girls reform school and helps a detective (Roger Clark) on a case.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Epix & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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12. Ten Violent Women

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3.4/10
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28/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Eight women miners get fed up with their lifestyle and decide to try crime. After successfully pulling off a jewelry store robbery, they are busted by narcs when they try to buy cocaine. The eight get sent to a prison where a butch head guard uses the prisoners for her own deviant pleasures. Two of the women manage to escape and then get mixed up with a shah who had a scarab ring stolen in their jewelry heist.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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13. Enemy of the Law

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5.6/10
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37/100
Released: 1945

What it's about: Charley Gray is about to be released from the state penitentiary after serving a long term for the robbery of a government gold shipment. The gold was never recovered, so the Texas Ranger chief has Ranger Panhandle Perkins planted in the prison as Charley's cell-mate in the hopes Charley will tell him where the loot is buried. Charley has a map of the location but is afraid it may be discovered so, while Panhandle is asleep, he draws a copy of it on the sole of Panhandle's foot. Charley then destroys the map but intends to keep "Panhandle" close to him upon their release from prison. Charley makes Panhandle accompany him back to the town where the rest of the hold-up gang is holed up. They go to the saloon owned by Steve Martin, also a member of the hold-up gang, but Charley was the one who buried the loot before he was captured and Charley has no intentions of divulging the location of the gold. Written by Les Adams

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

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14. The Sun Sets at Dawn

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6.1/10
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41/100
Released: 1950
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A reporter investigates the story of a young man who may have been wrongly convicted and sentenced to be executed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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15. The Break

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5.9/10
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37/100
Released: 1963
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A group of inmates escape from Dartmoor prison. They hide out in the English country side but are doggedly chased by police.

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

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16. The Thieving Hand

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6.7/10
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45/100
Released: 1908
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: A one-armed street peddler notices that a well-to-do man has dropped his ring, and the peddler returns it to him. The wealthy man is very grateful, and to show his appreciation he takes the peddler to a 'Limb Store', where he pays for a new arm to be attached where his own is missing. But the man soon finds out that his new arm seems to have a will of its own, as it does some things that cause him considerable embarrassment.

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

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17. Biggie & Tupac

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6.8/10
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57/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Sundance Now).

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18. Shopping

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5.4/10
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53/100
Released: 1994Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: A dark, hip, urban story of a barren and anonymous city where the underclass' sport of choice is ram-raiding. An exciting game in which stolen cars are driven through shop windows to aid large-scale looting before the police arrive. For Tommy, it's a business, but for Billy and Jo, it's a labour of love. As the competition between Tommy and Billy grows more fierce, the stakes become higher and the "shopping" trips increasingly risky.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Shout Factory TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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19. Even Dwarfs Started Small

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6.9/10
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78/100
Released: 1970
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature of fully liberating the human spirit, as both commendable and disturbing elements of our nature come forward. The film shows how justifiable revolt may be empowering, but may also turn to chaos and depravity. The allegory is developed in part by the fact that the film is cast entirely with dwarfs

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Shout Factory TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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