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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. The Pianist

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8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo95%
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94/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

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

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2. A Clockwork Orange

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8.3/10
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92/100
Released: 1971Rated: R
Crime, Cult

What it's about: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the mercy of the state and its brainwashing experiment designed to take violence off the streets.

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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3. Ex Machina

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7.7/10
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90/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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4. Cool Hand Luke

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8.1/10
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89/100
Released: 1967Rated: PG
Crime, Drama

What it's about: When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison's dreaded solitary confinement cell, "the box," make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers.

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. Incendies

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8.3/10
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87/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

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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6. Black Hawk Down

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7.7/10
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86/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Showtime), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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7. 13th

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8.2/10
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83/100
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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8. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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7.8/10
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82/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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9. The Breadwinner

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7.7/10
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79/100
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 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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10. The Fear of 13

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7.7/10
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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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11. Hairspray

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7.0/10
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75/100
Released: 1988Rated: PG
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Ample teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" -- and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation.

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

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12. Traitor

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7.0/10
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72/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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13. The Last Castle

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6.9/10
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71/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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14. Suite Française

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7.0/10
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71/100
Released: 2014
Drama, Romance

What it's about: France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk, the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war.

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

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15. Death Race

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6.4/10
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70/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Terminal Island, New York: 2020. Overcrowding in the US penal system has reached a breaking point. Prisons have been turned over to a monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees jails full of thugs as an opportunity for televised sport. Adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for violence and a spectacular, enclosed arena come together to form the 'Death Race', the biggest, most brutal event.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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16. Son of a Gun

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6.5/10
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67/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

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 popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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17. G.O.R.A.

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8.0/10
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64/100
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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18. Dark Places

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6.2/10
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61/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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19. Chronicle of an Escape

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7.2/10
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61/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: The true story of four men who narrowly escaped death at the hands of Argentina's military death squads during the 1970s is brought to the screen in this thriller. In 1977, Claudio Tamburrini (Rodrigo de la Serna) was a goalie for a minor-league football team when he was abducted by members of the Argentine military police and taken to an unofficial detention center on the false suspicion that he was a terrorist. Over 30,000 people lost their lives at the hands of Argentinean authorities under the military junta that ruled the country between 1976 and 1983, and as he was tortured by intelligence agents looking for information he didn't have, Tamburrini fully expected to become another victim. After many sessions of brutal torture, Tamburrini and his fellow captives Guillermo (Nazareno Casero) and Tano (Martin Urruty) were being readied for execution when, in a final desperate act, Tamburrini dove out a window during a rainstorm.

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

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20. Get Santa

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6.3/10
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59/100
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 $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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21. Ariel

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7.6/10
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57/100
Released: 1988
Drama, Independent

What it's about: Taisto Kasurinen is a Finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned...

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

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22. Kaththi

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8.0/10
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56/100
Released: 2014
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Kathiresan aka Kaththi, a criminal, escapes from the Kolkata prison and comes to Chennai, where he comes across his doppelganger Jeevanandham, fighting for his life after being shot at by unknown men. Kathir decides to pass off as Jeeva and make away with a lump sum amount but once he realizes who Jeeva really is, Kathir turns a crusader.

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

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23. Reindeer Games

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5.7/10
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54/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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24. Small Crimes

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5.8/10
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52/100
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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25. Savage Dog

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4.9/10
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50/100
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 stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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26. A Violent Prosecutor

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6.6/10
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48/100
Released: 2016
Drama, Crime

What it's about: After a prosecution lawyer is framed and convicted for murder, he tries to catch the real murderer from jail with the help of a con artist.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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27. Jailbait

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4.3/10
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48/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A gritty coming of age thriller about a young girl sent to juvenile prison for the murder of her abusive step father. The film follows Anna Nix's journey into the dark world of an all girls jail where she discovers complex relationships, drugs, mental illness and her eventual search for redemption.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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28. The Prison

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6.5/10
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48/100
Released: 2017
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: An imprisoned ex-police inspector discovers that the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate running a crime syndicate and becomes part of the crime empire.

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

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29. Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

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5.3/10
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46/100
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 $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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30. Jailbreak

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5.5/10
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40/100
Released: 2017
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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31. Mo'nique: I Coulda Been Your Cellmate

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6.1/10
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39/100
Released: 2007
Comedy, Stand-up & Talk

What it's about: Mo'nique visited a women's prison and performed her stand-up comedy for the inmates. I Coulda Been Your Cellmate is as much a documentary as it is a performance film.

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

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32. The Basement

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3.7/10
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39/100
Released: 2018
Horror

What it's about: A seemingly innocent man is abducted by a notorious L.A. serial killer, who forces his victims to switch roles with him so that he can enact his own capture, torture and murder.

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

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33. Bangkok Hell: Nor Chor - The Prisoners

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5.7/10
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32/100
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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34. Incoming

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3.3/10
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30/100
Released: 2018
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The International Space Station is now a prison - the ultimate black site. No one's getting out. And no one knows it's there. But when the imprisoned terrorists take over the Station and turn it into a missile aimed at Moscow, only a shuttle pilot and a rookie doctor can stop them. Their task is complicated by a rogue CIA agent (Scott Adkins) who has his own plans for the station and the terrorists within.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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35. A Yellow Bird

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5.5/10
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29/100
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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36. Larceny

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3.6/10
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28/100
Released: 2017
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: After being busted for a heist, a former CIA contractor is sent to a Mexican prison. His former CIA boss offers him freedom if he can break into the prison vault and steal $50 Million.

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

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37. Black Site Delta

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3.8/10
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28/100
Released: 2017
Action & Adventure

What it's about: A group of military prisoners must fight off a terrorist attack on their prison which, unbeknownst to them, is a cover for a secret drone control facility.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).