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The Best Prison Movies on Netflix

Finding a good Prison movie 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 of all time streaming on Netflix.

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1. 13th

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8.3/10
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87/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Documentary, Crime

What it's about: An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

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

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2. Good Time

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7.4/10
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85/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail.

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

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3. Cape Fear

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7.3/10
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82/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Thriller, Crime

What it's about: Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.

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

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4. The Breadwinner

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7.7/10
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80/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Animation, Family

What it's about: A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan, ruled by the Taliban, disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

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

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5. Shot Caller

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7.3/10
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80/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.

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

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6. The Fear of 13

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7.6/10
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77/100
Released: 2015
Documentary, Crime

What it's about: After 23 years on Death Row a convicted murderer petitions the court asking to be executed, but as his story unfolds, it becomes clear that nothing is what it seems.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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7. A Twelve-Year Night

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7.6/10
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75/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Uruguay, 1973. Having been crushed by the military dictatorship, surviving members of the Tupamaro guerillas are imprisoned and tortured. They must find a way to endure the coming 12 years.

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

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8. The Longest Yard

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7.1/10
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73/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

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 popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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6.6/10
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72/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja, courageous Lucian leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor. Determined to break the king's enslavement of his people, Lucian faces off against the Death Dealer army in a bid for Lycan independence.

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

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10. Gridiron Gang

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6.9/10
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71/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

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

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11. Avengement

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6.5/10
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71/100
Released: 2019
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: While on a prison furlough, a lowly criminal evades his guards and returns to his old stomping ground to take revenge on the people who turned him into a cold blooded killer.

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

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12. G.O.R.A.

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8.0/10
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69/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: A slick young Turk kidnapped by extraterrestrials shows his great « humanitarian spirit » by outwitting the evil commander-in-chief of the planet of G.O.R.A.

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

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13. Double Jeopardy

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6.5/10
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67/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

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

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14. Night Comes On

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6.6/10
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67/100
Released: 2018
Drama

What it's about: Angel is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister that could destroy their future.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Prime Video, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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15. Lockout

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6.1/10
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66/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent , whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.

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

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16. Get Santa

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6.2/10
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63/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG
Comedy, Family

What it's about: A father and son must team up to save Christmas when they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage, having crashed his sleigh and found himself on the run from the police.

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

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17. The 4th Company

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6.2/10
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61/100
Released: 2016
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Zambrano is a young criminal with the only hope of joining the legendary prison American football team known as The Dogs of Santa Martha. His hopes end up involving him with organized crime since The Dogs, who are also known as The 4th Company, a squadron of inmates at the service of the administration that controls the jail, its vice and its privileges. Corruption and crime have no limits; they ravage the city with car thefts, bank robberies and other crimes under the auspices of the authorities, the story takes place during the López Portillo presidency and his men.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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18. Savage Dog

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4.9/10
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58/100
Released: 2017
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A story set in Indochina in 1959, a lawless land controlled by the criminal class: Vietnamese warlords and European war-criminals. Den-Dhin-Chan Labor Camp is run by four such dangerous men. The worst prison in the land, it is here that an Irish, former-champion boxer Martin Tillman has made a name for himself fighting tournaments, on which wealthy criminals gamble in high stakes events. When Tillman is due for release, he just wants to return home, but the corrupt forces running the jail will do everything in their power to keep him locked down. When all that Tillman holds dear is taken away in a vicious act of violence, he is forced to confront the men responsible and take his revenge. The birth of a legend.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Prime Video & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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19. Miracle in Cell No. 7

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7.5/10
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58/100
Released: 2019Rated: G
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Joselito (Aga Muhlach) is a mentally-challenged man who is wrongfully charged with sexually assaulting and murdering a little girl. In prison, he becomes friends with his fellow inmates and together they form a plan to smuggle his young daughter (Xia Vigor) inside the cell! Years after, his daughter (Bela Padilla) becomes a lawyer and is determined to prove her father's innocence.

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

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20. Revenger

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5.7/10
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58/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Hell-bent on avenging the murder of his family, a former detective infiltrates a remote island that serves as a prison for vicious death row criminals.

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

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21. Jailbreak

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5.4/10
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55/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: What started as a simple escort mission will soon turn to chaos as the prisoners of Koh Kla take over the prison grounds. A special task force [Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Tharoth Sam] gets trapped in the prison will have to fight their way out for survival, to protect a key witness [Savin Phillip].

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

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22. Small Crimes

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5.8/10
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53/100
Released: 2017
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder - returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind.

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

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23. Riot

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5.2/10
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52/100
Released: 2015
Action & Adventure, Documentary

What it's about: Copper Jack Stone purposefully orchestrates a bank robbery in order to be thrown into prison with the notorious Russian kingpin Balam. Balam is more than just a mob criminal; he's a very cunning and dangerous lord who controls the police force from behind bars. Balam lives in prison as a cover for his real power, which is King of the city. His cell is a lavish private room built specifically for him, inaccessible to most in the depths of the prison structure. Even the warden fears venturing into his area of the prison. However, even surrounded by his loyal henchmen and guards in his sectioned off fortress, Balam doesn't know Jack is coming for him to avenge his family, who Balam murdered in cold blood. Balam is tough... but Jack is tougher.

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

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24. Convict

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5.3/10
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51/100
Released: 2014
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Set in the dark and old Parramatta prison built by the original convicts our lead character Ray a war veteran finds himself serving 18 months for manslaughter after defending his fiance. He soon realizes that the prison boss has it in for him and does everything possible to break Ray even going after his fiance.

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

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25. Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

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5.2/10
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50/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Mystery

What it's about: Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson infiltrates a maximum security prison to take down legendary driver Frankenstein in a violent and brutal car race.

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

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26. Never Heard

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5.4/10
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49/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Drama, Family

What it's about: After Aaron is charged with murder, he uses the power of prayer to help prove his innocence turning his life around and saving his son Jalen from the street life before it is too late.

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

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27. Blessed Benefit

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6.7/10
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44/100
Released: 2017
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Imprisoned on an unfair charge of fraud, a mild-mannered Jordanian contractor discovers that prison has its own rhythms, rules, and economies — and he soon begins to carve out a position for himself in this place where fraud isn’t a crime so much as a way of life.

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

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28. A Yellow Bird

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5.5/10
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36/100
Released: 2016
Drama

What it's about: It is an unwelcome homecoming for Siva, a Singaporean-Indian ex-convict, haunted by a tragedy in his past. Released after eight years behind bars and dejected by his mother’s coldness, he leaves home in search of his ex-wife and daughter. His old friend denies any knowledge of their whereabouts and instead leads him back into crime. Finding him sheltering in ‘void decks’ (the open public access corridors found beneath government-built residential housing in Singapore), the police force him to meet with a social worker; a woman also dealing with her own fears.

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

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29. Bangkok Hell: Nor Chor - The Prisoners

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5.5/10
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33/100
Released: 2002
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Ray's life is turned upside down when he is jailed for the accidental vehicular homicide. Life behind bars is bitter and violent. Over crowding, male rape, and drug abuse are the order of the day. The warden offers him a way out from this daily torment by working for him. He does his job well but he soon begins to realize that many of those incarcerated are innocent or victims of bad circumstances - but what can he do to help and how much danger is he placing himself in?

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

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