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The Best Prison Movies on TCM

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 TCM.

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1. The Night of the Hunter

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8.0/10
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82/100
Released: 1955
Crime, Drama

What it's about: In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

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

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2. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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7.5/10
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76/100
Released: 1963Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the madcap adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.

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

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3. Major Dundee

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6.8/10
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65/100
Released: 1965Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure

What it's about: During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.

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

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4. Ladies They Talk About

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6.7/10
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44/100
Released: 1933
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A moll, imprisoned after participating in a bank robbery, helps with a breakout plot.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).