Top 10 Prison Break Movies

We offer you to get acquainted with the list of the most exciting films about prison escapes, some of which are based on real events. The plot of each picture is permeated with incredible tension, intrigue and unpredictable moves. So, what films should you pay special attention to?

Three Days to Escape (2010)

John lived a happy family life, but everything changed when his wife went to prison on suspicion of murder. Now Lara is forced to be imprisoned while her husband takes care of his son on his own and looks for a way to prove her innocence in the case.

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When it becomes clear that all the evidence is too serious and the lawyer will not help, John changes his strategy. He devises an escape plan for Lara, knowing that he will have to risk everything to do so.

Original title:
The Next Three Days

Actors:
Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Beh …

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+

Escape Plan (2010)

One of the most dynamic and exciting American prison break films, which became the beginning of an exciting trilogy. Ray Breslin is a very observant and erudite person who can crack any security system. He proved his skills more than once in practice, testing prisons in different parts of the United States.

When the hero is offered another dangerous mission, he agrees without a doubt and ends up in the Tomb prison under an assumed name. However, Breslin soon realizes that there was no question of any testing – the enemies simply decided to get rid of him.

Original title:
Escape Plan

Actors:
Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caviezel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+

I want to jump. Superheroes (2017)

Caught in prison for the production of legal drugs, Pietro Zinni and his team are waiting for a court verdict. At the same time, the terrorist Mercurio intends to blow up one of the Roman buildings.

The protagonist accidentally learns about this criminal plan. To stop the madman, Pietro needs to reunite with his friends. The gang begins to think over an escape plan, trying not to draw too much attention to themselves.

Original title:
Smetto quando voglio: Ad honorem

Actors:
Edoardo Leo, Valerio Epri, Paolo Calabresi …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+

Moth (2017)

The plot of this prison break film is based on real events. An experienced burglar, nicknamed Moth, is serving a life sentence for a murder he had nothing to do with.

The guy ends up in a colony built on Devil’s Island in French Guiana. All prisoners know that it is impossible to escape from here, but Moth is ready to take the risk by joining forces with another prisoner.

Original title:
Papillon

Actors:
Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Roland Muller…

Country:
Czech Republic, Spain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+

Team-A (2010)

Murdock, Baracus, Pretty Boy and Smith work for the US Army on various missions. During another operation, they find themselves in Baghdad and suddenly become victims of a conspiracy. The detachment is blamed for the death of the general and sent to prison.

While behind bars, the heroes realize that the true killer is still at large. Friends are eager to find the criminal and clean up their tarnished reputation, and for this the team will have to make an escape.

Original title:
The A-Team

Actors:
Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
12+

Through (2012)

The events of this science fiction film take place on the MS1 orbital station. In this space prison there are thousands of prisoners, immersed in a state of suspended animation. When there are rumors that illegal experiments are being carried out on criminals, the government gets involved.

The president’s daughter is sent to the station with a team to sort out the situation. But due to an unexpected incident, the inhabitants of MS1 come out of suspended animation and plan to break free by any means.

Original title:
Lockout

Actors:
Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+

Escape from the Gulag (2001)

One of the best films about escapes from prisons and camps, based on a true story. The German Clemens Forell was sentenced to imprisonment in Kolyma. For several years he worked hard in the mine and eventually decided to run away.

The hero will not only have to find a way to deceive his guards, but also go through kilometers of Siberian forests, having known terrible hardships and trials. However, for the sake of gaining freedom, Clemens is ready for anything.

Original title:
So weit die Füße tragen

Actors:
Bernhard Betterman, Iris Böhm, Anatoly Kotenev…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Clyde Shelton is an ordinary American who survived the tragic death of his family. The gangsters involved in the drama ended up in the dock, but soon they managed to get an acquittal. The protagonist realizes that he is faced with injustice and decides to take justice into his own hands.

Soon Shelton is in the field of view of the police and he is sent to jail. Clyde declares that if his conditions are not met, he will kill representatives of the law enforcement system himself, without leaving prison. To the surprise of the detectives, it turns out that the prisoner in unknown ways is able to carry out his threats.

Original title:
Law Abiding Citizen

Actors:
Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Mini…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+

Oh, where are you, brother? (2000)

Everett McGill ended up in prison, but this does not suit him at all, because there is an unfinished business left in the wild. It would seem that escape is the most obvious way out of the situation, but the problem is that the guy is chained to two other prisoners.

McGill has to tell his comrades in misfortune that he stole a huge amount of money that needs to be urgently hidden. The hero invites the guys to unite and try to get out to freedom together.

Original title:
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Actors:
George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson …

Country:
Great Britain, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
12+

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Closes the list of the best prison escape films is the cult drama about the accountant Andy Dufresne, based on real events. Once in Shawshank for a crime he did not commit, the hero is faced with a previously unknown side of life.

Andy learns injustice and cruelty, but does not become stale in soul and tries to find evidence of his innocence. Gradually, Dufresne realizes that he is not ready to spend the remaining years in this oppressive place, and he has only one way out – escape.

Original title:
The Shawshank Redemption

Actors:
Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 9.1, IMDb – 9.3

Age restrictions:
16+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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