Top 10 Women’s Prison Movies

Films about a female colony usually strike with the cruelty that the weak half of humanity is capable of. The choice of the viewer is presented with a different genre palette of such films: from drama and thriller to musical comedy. We bring to your attention a selection of the best works, among which there are films about a women’s prison based on real events.

Four minutes (2006)

Traude Kruger is an elderly intelligent woman who gets a job as a piano teacher in prison. Several inmates begin attending her classes, including the extraordinarily talented Jenny.

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The teacher wonders how such a wonderful gift can coexist in the personality of this cruel criminal. She decides to help the prisoner develop her talent and allow her to perform at concerts.

Original title:
Vier Minuten

Cast:
Monica Bleibtreu, Hanna Hertzsprung, Sven Pippig

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+

Double miscalculation (1999)

The heroine of this film about a women’s prison wakes up on a bloodied yacht, on which she and her husband went on a cruise. In this position, Libby is found by the Coast Guard, and the woman is handed over to the police. Her husband cannot be found on the yacht.

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Libby is imprisoned for the murder of her husband. Already in the colony, the heroine finds out that her husband is alive, but is not going to help her at all. The staging of his own death brings a man decent money and at the same time allows you to get rid of his wife.

Original title:
Double Jeopardy

Cast:
Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood

Country:
USA, Germany, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+

Orange Is the New Black (2013)

The heroine of this series, Piper Chapman, is a native of Connecticut who moves to New York. Her former close friend is involved in drug smuggling and leaves incontrovertible evidence in the woman’s house.

One day, the police appear on the threshold of Piper’s home and accuse her of aiding smugglers. A woman is imprisoned for 15 months, where she adapts to survive in an unfamiliar and dangerous environment.

Original title:
Orange Is the New Black

Cast:
Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+

Ruined Palace (1999)

An American film about a women’s prison tells the story of high school graduates Darlene and Alice. After receiving the certificates, the heroines go on vacation to Thailand, where they intend to celebrate the beginning of adulthood.

At the resort, they meet a pleasant young man who gives them boundless confidence. A few days later, the girls are detained at the airport with a large consignment of drugs. They are sent to a Thai prison known for its unbearable conditions.

Original title:
Brokedown Palace

Starring :
Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
12+

Chicago (2002)

A boring and monotonous life pushes the heroine of the musical Roxie Hart into the arms of a man who promises her a dizzying career on stage. When the girl realizes that it was only a trick to lure her into bed, she kills her lover with a gun.

Within the walls of the prison, she meets her idol – singer Velma Kelly, who also ended up behind bars on charges of murder. The interests of the bitchy prima donna are represented by a renowned lawyer, whose help Roxy also hopes to help.

Original title:
Chicago

Cast:
Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere

Country:
USA, Germany, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
16+

Live First (2009)

The multi-part Russian film about a women’s prison and a zone is based on the real story of a woman who went through the horrors of Stalin’s camps. Vera is a simple Soviet girl who studies diligently and believes in a brighter future.

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But along with the first love, disappointment comes to her. Vera is unjustly accused of a crime and sent to prison. Behind bars, she meets criminals whose hearts are hardened by captivity.

Cast:
Svetlana Bakulina, Anatoly Rudenko, Nikita Zverev

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9

Age limit:
16+

In Your Arms (2004)

Anna gets a job as a priest in a women’s colony, where she meets Kate. There are rumors about this prisoner that she has the gift of healing. Anna soon finds out that she is pregnant. She and her husband have been unsuccessfully trying to have a baby for several years, so the news of pregnancy surprises the heroine.

The examination reveals that the child has chromosomal defects. A woman is offered to have an abortion, otherwise her child may be born mentally retarded. But Anna hopes for a miracle and thinks that she needs to turn to Kate for help.

Original title:
Forbrydelser

Cast:
Ann Eleonora Jorgensen, Trine Dyurholm, Nicolaus Copernicus

Country:
Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+

Burn! (2017)

The main character of this Russian film about a women’s prison works as an overseer. Alevtina has a unique voice that is embarrassing to show in public. One day, a prisoner records the warden’s singing on her phone and uploads the recording to the Internet.

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A woman is noticed and invited to Moscow to participate in the main song contest of the country. Alevtina wants to change her life, but is afraid. She seeks help from the same prisoner who was a successful singer in the past.

Cast:
Inga Oboldina, Victoria Isakova, Anna Ukolova

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+

Sympathy for Lady Revenge (2005)

One day, 19-year-old Lee Geum-ja comes to the police and claims that she is guilty of kidnapping and killing a schoolboy. This act is forced by her partner, on whose hands the death of the child. The girl is sent to prison for thirty years.

In the colony, Geum-ja wins a special position with her kindness and earns the nickname “Kindhearted”. For many years, the heroine hatches a plan, wanting to take revenge on the person who is guilty of her separation from her daughter.

Original title:
Chinjeolhan Geumjassi

Cast:
Lee Yong-ae, Choi Min-sik, Kim Shi-hu

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
18+

Revenge of the Deceived Woman (2004)

The list of the best films about a women’s prison is completed by an Indian crime drama about a modest girl Sarika, who thanks fate for meeting Karan. The case goes to the wedding, but suddenly the heroine is accused of aiding terrorists and put behind bars.

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Beloved promises to help, but disappears from her life. The warden of the women’s colony does everything to complicate the fate of the new prisoner. For Sarika, the prison turns into a survival school that changes the character of the girl.

Original title:
Ek Hasina Thi

Cast:
Saif Ali Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Seema Biswas

Country:
India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
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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