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The Best Prison Movies on Sundance

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 Sundance.

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1. The Color Purple

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7.8/10
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81/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker.

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

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2. Stir Crazy

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6.8/10
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69/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: New Yorkers, Skip Donahue and Harry Monroe have no jobs and no prospects, so they decide to flee the city and find work elsewhere, landing jobs wearing woodpecker costumes to promote the opening of a bank. When their feathery costumes are stolen and used in a bank robbery, they no longer have to worry about employment—they're sent to prison.

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

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3. Young Guns II

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6.5/10
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66/100
Released: 1990Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure

What it's about: Three of the original five "young guns" — Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), Jose Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland) — return in Young Guns, Part 2, which is the story of Billy the Kid and his race to safety in Old Mexico while being trailed by a group of government agents led by Pat Garrett.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Sundance) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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4. Escape from L.A.

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5.7/10
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64/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his daughter, part of a resistance movement, steals the control unit for a doomsday weapon, Snake again gets tapped to save the day.

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