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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. Little Dieter Needs to Fly

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8.0/10
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74/100
Released: 1997
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story: a German lad surviving Allied bombings in World War II, postwar poverty, apprenticed to a smith, beaten regularly. At 18, he emigrates and peels potatoes in the U.S. Air Force. He leaves for California and college, then enlistment in the Navy to learn to fly. A quiet man of sorrows tells his story: war, capture, harrowing conditions, escape, and miraculous rescue. Where did he find the strength; how does he now live with his memories?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Shout Factory TV & Tubi TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Shout Factory TV & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Going Places

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7.3/10
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74/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeoisie holds dear, whether it’s cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive hairdresser, joins them as lover, cook, and mother confessor. She’s on her own search for seemingly unattainable sexual pleasure.

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

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3. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

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7.1/10
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73/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

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 watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & ConTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (PlayStation Store).

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4. The Man with the Golden Arm

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7.4/10
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72/100
Released: 1955
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms & Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Secrets of Cinema & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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5. The Arbor

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7.3/10
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68/100
Released: 2010
Documentary, Biography

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 & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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6. The Count of Monte Cristo

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64/100
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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7. Poison

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63/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Drama, Independent

What it's about: Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what Richie was like and what led up to the shooting. In the black and white "Horror," a scientist isolates the elixir of human sexuality, drinks it, and becomes a festering, contagious murderer; a female colleague who loves him tries to help, to her peril. In "Homo," a prisoner in Fontenal prison is drawn to an inmate whom he knew some years before, at Baton juvenile institute, and whose humiliations he witnessed. This story is told in dim light, except for the bright flashbacks.

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

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8. The Man in the Iron Mask

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48/100
Released: 1939
Action & Adventure, History

What it's about: Tyrannical King Louis XIV learns that he has an identical twin brother, Philippe, who was raised from birth by his late father's trusted friend D'Artagnan and his faithful musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. After Philippe falls for the king's betrothed, Spanish Princess Maria Theresa, Louis imprisons him, forcing his brother to don an iron mask that will slowly suffocate him -- and it's up to D'Artagnan to rescue him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Shout Factory TV & Kanopy).

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9. The Night Visitor

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47/100
Released: 1971Rated: PG
Crime, Thriller

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 popular subscription service (Prime Video & Fandor) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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10. Women's Prison

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Released: 2002
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 watch free online (SnagFilms), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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11. Amnesty

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6.2/10
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42/100
Released: 2012
Drama

What it's about: Amnesty is a 2011 Albanian movie directed by Buyar 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 relationship has to end because both their spouses get amnesty from the government. What happens next is shown in usual east european movie style.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms & Tubi TV) & stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Fandor).

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12. Shopping

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Released: 1994Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

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 (Shout Factory TV & Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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13. The Thieving Hand

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39/100
Released: 1908
Comedy, Fantasy

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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14. The Break

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37/100
Released: 1963
Crime

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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15. Werewolf Rising

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37/100
Released: 2014
Horror

What it's about: Desperate for a break from big city life, Emma heads to her family's cabin deep in the Arkansas hills. As she settles in for some much-needed R&R, she learns that something unspeakable lurks in the surrounding darkness. As the full moon rises, a bloodthirsty werewolf emerges from the shadows, slaughtering everyone in its path and revealing a sinister underworld Emma never knew existed. Thrown into a fight for her life, and her very soul, Emma will need to escape these big bad woods before it's too late.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & ConTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. The Sun Sets at Dawn

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36/100
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 popular subscription service (Prime Video & Fandor), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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17. Ten Violent Women

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3.1/10
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19/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Action & Adventure, LGBTQ

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 (SnagFilms & Tubi TV) & stream on a subscription service (Fandor).