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The Best Prison Movies and TV Shows on HBO

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 HBO.

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1. The Night Of

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8.5/10
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89/100
Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Oz

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8.7/10
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84/100
Year: 1997-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 6
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where ingroups - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.

Where to Watch: 56 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 56 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Brubaker

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65/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Undisputed

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Released: 2002Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten years in Sweetwater. WHen these two giants collide in the same prison, they fight against each other disputing who is the real champion.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Let's Go to Prison

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Released: 2006Rated: R
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: When a career criminal's plan for revenge is thwarted by unlikely circumstances, he puts his intended victim's son in his place by putting him in prison...and then joining him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Against the Wall

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Released: 1994Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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7. The Longest Yard

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Released: 1974Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' semi-pro football team to a national championship.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. The Hurricane

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72/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock), stream on a subscription service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Longford

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58/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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10. Blue Ruin

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73/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: When the quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news, he sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. However, he proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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11. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning

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Released: 1985Rated: R
Action & Adventure

What it's about: Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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12. Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

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53/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Sandra Bland was a bright, energetic activist whose life was cut short when a traffic stop resulted in a mysterious jail cell death just three days later.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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13. The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer

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Released: 1992
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, loving father--and ruthless killer of over 100 people. You'll meet him in this powerful documentary that features one of the most vivid and disturbing interviews ever recorded--taped behind the walls of the prison where Kuklinski is serving two consecutive life sentences for multiple homicide.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality

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Released: 2019Rated: R
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: An intimate portrait of Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who for more than three decades has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. O.G.

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53/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Louis Menkins is five weeks away from being released after 26 years in prison. He is faced with the decision to put his own release at risk in order to protect a young man named Beecher from growing gang controversies.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $9.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. The Iceman and the Psychiatrist

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Released: 2004
Crime, Documentary

What it's about: For the third time, HBO cameras go inside Trenton State Maximum Security Prison--and inside the mind of one of the most prolific killers in U.S. history--in this gripping documentary. Mafia hit man Richard Kuklinski freely admits to killing more than 100 people, but in this special, he speaks with top psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz in an effort to face the truth about his condition. Filled with more never-before-revealed confessions, it's the most chillingly candid Iceman special yet as it combines often-confrontational interview footage between Kuklinski and Dietz with photos, crime reenactments and home movies that add new layers to this evolving and fascinating story.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Martin Lawrence: You So Crazy

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51/100
Released: 1994
Documentary, Comedy

What it's about: Stand up comedy by Martin Lawrence, filmed in the Majestic Theater in New York City. Martin Lawrence talks about everything from racism, to relationships, to his childhood.

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

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