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The Best Prison Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

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 Kanopy.

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1. Cube

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7.2/10
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78/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Science-Fiction, Mystery

What it's about: A group of strangers find themselves trapped in a maze-like prison. It soon becomes clear that each of them possesses the peculiar skills necessary to escape, if they don't wind up dead first.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (fuboTV & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

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7.6/10
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76/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, she gets closer and closer to her goal. But will her actions lead to the relief she seeks?

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

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3. Sleepers

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7.6/10
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78/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.

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

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4. Bronson

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7.1/10
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75/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy, Dox & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. The Great Escape

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8.2/10
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80/100
Released: 1963
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

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

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6. I Love You Phillip Morris

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6.6/10
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71/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Romance, LGBTQ

What it's about: Steve Russell is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris. Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being with Morris regardless of the consequences.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Starred Up

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7.4/10
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71/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: 19-year-old Eric, arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father. As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist, who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Peacock & 3 others), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Maze

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5.9/10
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60/100
Released: 2017
Crime, Action & Adventure

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 (Prime Video, Hulu & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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9. A Man Escaped

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8.3/10
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70/100
Released: 1956
Thriller, Drama

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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10. Brute Force

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7.6/10
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65/100
Released: 1947
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Timeworn Joe Collins and his fellow inmates live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins' dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains?

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

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11. King of Devil's Island

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7.5/10
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66/100
Released: 2010
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, 1915. On the island Bastøy, outside Oslo, a group of young boys aged 11 to 18, are held in an institution for delinquent youth, notorious for its sadistic regime. One day a new boy, Erling, arrives, determined to escape from the island. After a tragic incident, he ends up leading the boys in a violent uprising. When the boys manage to take over the island, 150 soldiers are sent in to restore order.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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12. Animal Factory

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61/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Suburbanite Ron is spoiled, young and not overly worried about the marijuana charges leveled against him. But, after being made out to be a drug dealer, he faces a five-year jail sentence in San Quentin State Prison. Physically frail and unaccustomed to his rough surroundings, Ron is primed to fall victim to sexual predators and bullying guards – that is, until he's befriended by Earl, a veteran inmate who finds meaning in protecting the vulnerable new kid.

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

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13. Son of a Gun

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6.4/10
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65/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch, but protection comes at a price.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Murder in the First

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66/100
Released: 1995Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in complete darkness, only to emerge a madman and soon to be a murderer. The story follows a rookie lawyer attempting to prove that Alcatraz was to blame.

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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15. Scum

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7.6/10
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82/100
Released: 1979Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'. This film is a re-make, by the same director and writer, of a 1977 BBC teleplay banned before broadcast [see Scum (1991)].

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

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16. Down by Law

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7.7/10
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72/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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17. Breath

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6.9/10
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57/100
Released: 2007
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A condemned prisoner slowly falls in love with the married female artist who decorates his prison cell. Jin is a convicted killer awaiting execution on Death Row; Yeon is a lonely artist locked in a loveless marriage.

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

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18. The Woodsman

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7.2/10
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70/100
Released: 2004Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A paedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV, IMDb TV & The Roku Channel) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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19. Papillon

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7.2/10
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75/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Henri “Papillon” Charrière, a safecracker from the Parisian underworld, is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, where he forges a strong friendship with Louis Dega, a counterfeiter who needs his protection.

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

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20. The Informer

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6.6/10
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71/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: In New York, former convict Pete Koslow, related to the Polish mafia, must deal with both Klimek the General, his ruthless boss, and the twisted ambitions of two federal agents, as he tries to survive and protect the lives of his loved ones.

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

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21. 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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22. 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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23. The Defiant Ones

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7.6/10
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67/100
Released: 1958Rated: PG
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Two convicts—a white racist and an angry black man—escape while chained to each other.

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

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24. Clemency

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6.5/10
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61/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

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

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25. A Prayer Before Dawn

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Released: 2018Rated: R
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world of drugs and violence, he finds his best chance to escape is to fight his way out in Muay Thai tournaments.

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

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26. The Invisibles

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7.2/10
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59/100
Released: 2017
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Four young Jews survive the Third Reich in the middle of Berlin by living so recklessly that they become "invisible."

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Vudu & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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27. King of New York

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7.0/10
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71/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

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

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28. Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands

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7.4/10
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67/100
Released: 2004
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Tony is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy & Warriors Gangsters) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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29. 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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30. Down by Love

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5.8/10
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55/100
Released: 2016Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A man, a woman. A prison director, his inmate. An impossible love, a true story.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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31. The Prison Within

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9.0/10
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46/100
Released: 2020Rated: R
Thriller, Documentary

What it's about: Survivors of violent crimes and prisoners incarcerated for murder connect to undergo astonishing transformations, liberating themselves from the debilitating constraints of trauma, and shattering preconceptions of "us and them."

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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32. The Hurricane

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7.2/10
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57/100
Released: 1937
Action & Adventure, Romance

What it's about: In the colonial era, island native Terangi (Jon Hall) spends a blissful honeymoon with his bride, Marama (Dorothy Lamour). Soon after, however, their relationship is torn asunder when Terangi is sent to prison for punching a prejudiced white man. Prominent members of the community -- including the governor's wife, Mme. De Laage (Mary Astor), petition the governor for clemency, but he refuses to budge. However, all pretense of law and order are soon shattered by an incoming tropical storm.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy).

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33. German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

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8.4/10
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56/100
Released: 2014
Documentary, History

What it's about: On the 29th September 1945, the incomplete rough cut of a brilliant documentary about concentration camps was viewed at the MOI in London. For five months, Sidney Bernstein had led a small team – which included Stewart McAllister, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock – to complete the film from hours of shocking footage. Unfortunately, this ambitious Allied project to create a feature-length visual report that would damn the Nazi regime and shame the German people into acceptance of Allied occupation had missed its moment. Even in its incomplete form (available since 1984) the film was immensely powerful, generating an awed hush among audiences. But now, complete to six reels, this faithfully restored and definitive version produced by IWM, is being compared with Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog (1955).

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

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34. Paradise

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7.0/10
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56/100
Released: 2016
Drama

What it's about: The historical drama set during the Second World War centres on three people whose paths cross: a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French resistance, a French collaborator and a high-ranking German SS officer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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35. Short Eyes

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7.1/10
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56/100
Released: 1977Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City’s infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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36. That Cold Day in the Park

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56/100
Released: 1969Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Frances Austen, whose well-appointed apartment overlooks a park in Vancouver, one cold day, observes a rain-soaked young man on a park bench whom she assumes is homeless. Hoping to repress her loneliness, Frances invites ‘the boy’ inside her home to get warm and ends up encouraging him to stay. The young man accepts her every hospitality—food, clothes, profuse conversation, and a room of his own. Little does she realize that her guest is not the person he appears to be. Nor, for that matter, is Frances the woman that she appears to be.

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

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37. Who We Are Now

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54/100
Released: 2018
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Recently released from prison, Beth is working with her public defender to get her son back from her sister, who was awarded legal custody while Beth was incarcerated for ten years. Soon after, Beth forms an unlikely alliance with Jess, an idealistic young protégé of the public defense team, who decides to take on Beth's cause whether she likes it or not.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Sundance Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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38. Middle of Nowhere

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54/100
Released: 2012Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

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

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39. Five Fingers for Marseilles

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6.2/10
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53/100
Released: 2018
Drama

What it's about: Years ago, the young Five Fingers fought for the rural town of Marseilles against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, Tau, one of them, returns to Marseilles, seeking only a peaceful life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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40. The Work

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7.8/10
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59/100
Released: 2017
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

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

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41. Romuald et Juliette

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6.9/10
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59/100
Released: 1989
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: A company president gets framed with a food-poisoning scandal and the only person who can help him is the evening cleaning-woman, who always seems to be at the right place at the right time.

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

poster
kanopy

42. Cell 364

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6.8/10
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43/100
Released: 2020
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: While Germany sits as one of the major democratic models, an ex-prisoner of the Stasi delivers from his former cell a frightening testimony that questions the sustainability of our contemporary democracies.

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

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kanopy

43. Choice of Arms

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7.0/10
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54/100
Released: 1981
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Two men break out of prison; a rival gang ambushes them. One is mortally wounded and tells the other, Mickey, to take him to the estate of a retired robber, Noel, who lives in comfort with his lovely and beloved wife, Nicole. The man dies, and Mickey, a menacing hothead, demands money of Noel. A few days later, Mickey returns to the estate, shoots up a dinner party and threatens them again. Noel sends Nicole to an hotel and goes to his old gang to help him hunt down the dangerous Mickey. Mickey has other problems, too, including heartache for a daughter he hardly knows. Young, eager cops tail Nicole, and all are on a complicated collision course.

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

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free
amazon_prime
hoopla
+ 3

44. They Call Us Monsters

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7.1/10
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53/100
Released: 2016
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Behind the walls of the Compound, LA’s most violent juvenile offenders await their trials. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters. Who are they to you?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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kanopy

45. Karmen Gei

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6.2/10
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63/100
Released: 2001
Musical, Drama

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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kanopy

46. House of Whipcord

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5.9/10
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51/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Drama, 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).

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hoopla
kanopy

47. Breathing

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7.0/10
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56/100
Released: 2011
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A 19-year-old is coming out of prison and trying to build a new life but he can't deal with his guilt.

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

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free
kanopy
tubi_tv
+ 1

48. Apprentice

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6.5/10
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54/100
Released: 2016
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. Aiman lives with his older sister Suhaila in a modest housing estate. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim. Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic Rahim is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman. When Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. Aiman tells Suhaila of his new job position, but Suhaila becomes upset, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Aiman knew this all along. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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kanopy

49. Caesar Must Die

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7.3/10
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59/100
Released: 2012
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die (Cesare Deve Morire), the scripted documentary shows inmates at a prison in Rome rehearsing for a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

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

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free
hoopla
kanopy
+ 3

50. The Seventh Fire

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6.1/10
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45/100
Released: 2015
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy & Docurama) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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