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The Best Prison Movies and TV Shows on Hulu

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 Hulu.

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1. GoodFellas

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8.7/10
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96/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

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

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2. The Green Mile

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8.6/10
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94/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.

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

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3. Prison Break

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8.3/10
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90/100
Year: 2005-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.

Where to Watch: 87 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 89 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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4. Arrested Development

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8.7/10
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88/100
Year: 2003-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Comedy

What it's about: The story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.

Where to Watch: 76 episodes (84%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hulu). 68 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Escape from Alcatraz

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7.6/10
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86/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once - by three men never heard of again.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others). Coming soon to Prime Video on May 31st, 2020 (PDT).

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6. 24

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8.3/10
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85/100
Year: 2001-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 9
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: 24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each 24-episode season covers 24 hours in the life of Bauer, using the real time method of narration.

Where to Watch: 205 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 205 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. The Shield

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8.7/10
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84/100
Year: 2002-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.

Where to Watch: 90 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 92 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. We Need to Talk About Kevin

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82/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Sony Crackle, PopcornFlix, Tubi & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, Sundance Now & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Megamind

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82/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Children

What it's about: Bumbling supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.

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

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10. Chicken Run

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7.0/10
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81/100
Released: 2000Rated: G
Animation, Family

What it's about: Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Ginger the chicken along with the help of Rocky the American rooster decide to rebel and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy and their farm of doom.

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

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11. The Next Three Days

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77/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG-13
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Demolition Man

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77/100
Released: 1993Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Simon Phoenix, a violent criminal cryogenically frozen in 1996, escapes during a parole hearing in 2032 in the utopia of San Angeles. Police are incapable of dealing with his violent ways and turn to his captor, who had also been cryogenically frozen after being wrongfully accused of killing 30 innocent people while apprehending Phoenix.

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

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13. Chicago P.D.

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8.1/10
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77/100
Year: 2014-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: A riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city's street crimes and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city's major offenses - organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (1%) are available to watch free online (NBC). 130 episodes (86%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & fuboTV). 38 episodes (25%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Oxygen, NBC & USA). 150 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. For Life

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74/100
Year: 2020-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: A prisoner becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (46%) are available to watch free online (ABC). 13 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 7 episodes (54%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (ABC).

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15. The Unit

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74/100
Year: 2006-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A covert team of special forces operatives risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe, while their wives maintain the homefront, protecting their husbands' secrets.

Where to Watch: 69 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 69 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. Man on a Ledge

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6.6/10
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69/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The NYPD dispatch a female police psychologist to talk him down. However, unbeknownst to the police on the scene, the suicide attempt is a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever pulled.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Breakout Kings

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7.3/10
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67/100
Year: 2011-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Driven by the fact that there are few things more dangerous than a prisoner who has just escaped, and tired of following protocol and resorting to outdated methods of law enforcement, veteran U.S. Marshals Charlie Duchamp and Ray Zancanelli are taking an unorthodox approach to their work: using former fugitives to catch fugitives.

Where to Watch: 23 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 23 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. 60 Days In

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67/100
Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Comedy, Documentary

What it's about: An unprecedented look at life behind bars at Indiana's Clark County Jail as seven innocent volunteers are sent to live among its general population for 60 days without officers, fellow inmates, or staff knowing their secret.

Where to Watch: 62 episodes (71%) are available to watch free online (A&E, Tubi & IMDb TV). 73 episodes (84%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & fuboTV). 18 episodes (21%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (A&E). 84 episodes (97%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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19. Prisoners of War

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65/100
Year: 2010-2020Seasons: 2
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: After 17 years in captivity, Israeli soldiers Nimrode Klein, Uri Zach, and Amiel Ben Horin return home to the country that made them national icons. They work to overcome the trauma of torture and captivity while settling back into their interrupted family lives. Meanwhile, the military psychiatrist assigned to them finds discrepancies in the soldiers' testimonies, and launches an investigation to discover what they are hiding.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 10 episodes (42%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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20. Maze

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5.9/10
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65/100
Released: 2017
Drama, History

What it's about: Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

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

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21. Banished

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64/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, History

What it's about: At its heart, Banished is a story of survival. Though it is set in the stark historical reality of the founding of the penal colony in Australia in 1788 after the arrival of the First Fleet, it is not the story of Australia and how it came to be. Rather, it is a tale of love, faith, justice and morality played out on an epic scale in a confined community where the stakes are literally life and death.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & BritBox). 7 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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22. Foxfire

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6.2/10
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59/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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23. Racer and the Jailbird

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6.3/10
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56/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: When Gino meets racing driver Bénédicte, it's love at first sight. But Gino has a secret. The kind of secret that can endanger their lives.

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

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24. Behind Bars: Rookie Year

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7.7/10
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53/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Reality

What it's about: An original docuseries following novice correctional officers as they begin their careers inside the walks of one of the most perilous prisons in America, the Penitentiary of New Mexico.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 8 episodes (40%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 19 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (A&E). 20 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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25. Raze

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5.2/10
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51/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: After Sabrina is abducted, she finds herself in an underground lair, forced to do battle with other innocent women for the amusement of unseen spectators. Each of these reluctant warriors has something to lose, but only one will remain when the game is done.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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26. Some Kind of Hero

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5.8/10
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51/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: A Vietnam vet returns home from a prisoner of war camp and is greeted as a hero, but is quickly forgotten and soon discovers how tough survival is in his own country.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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27. Dead Boss

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6.6/10
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45/100
Year: 2012-2020Seasons: 1
Comedy

What it's about: Helen Stephens is wrongly sentenced to 12 years in prison for murdering her boss Eric Bridges, the managing director of Entirely Tiles. Although she is sure that it will only be a matter of time before this mistake is rectified, everyone around her seems to be conspiring to keep her behind bars. Lawyer Tony is incompetent, sister Laura wants her flat, and fiancé Justin - her alibi - has disappeared. Colleague Henry seems to be the only one willing to help, but he has an ulterior motive.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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28. Backtrace

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43/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: The lone surviving thief of a violent armored car robbery is sprung from a high security facility and administered an experimental drug.

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