School of the Hard Knocks: Prison Movies

No matter the movie, prison is a place you don't want to be.

Half Past Dead 2 (2007)\r

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Half Past Dead 2 (2007) - Twitch (Kurupt) and Burke (wrestler Bill Goldberg) are an unlikely pair, caught in between a brewing gang war in prison. (Photo: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Doing Hard Time (2004)

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Doing Hard Time (2004) - When a loving father loses his son in a brutal shootout, he devises a plan to enact revenge on the criminals responsible by going to prison. (Photo: Destination Films)

Animal (2005)

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Animal (2005) - James "Animal" Allen (Ving Rhames) is sent to prison, with the ultimate expectation that he will never change. After meeting an imprisoned revolutionary, Allen manages to turn his life around and upon his release, makes it his goal to turn his son's life around. (Photo: Animal Film LLC)

Lockdown (2003)

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Lockdown (2003) - A decorated college student gets sucked into a life behind bars after a drug dealing friend's dangerous lifestyle gets them both in trouble.  (Photo: Evolution Entertainment)

Life (1999)

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Life (1999) - Two friends are framed for a crime they did not commit and sentenced to life in prison. Unlike most prison movies, Life is a comedy that showcases how the two inmates manage to deal with their time in system and how they attempt to beat it by escaping. (Photo: Universal Pictures)

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The Green Mile (1999)

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The Green Mile (1999) - A prison guard in the Deep South must determine what to do with a death row inmate who has the magical power to heal people. (Photo: Castle Rock Entertainment)

Shawshank Redemption - In Shawshank Redemption, starring Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins managed to dig his way out of prison by covering his holes with pictures of women. In real life, two prisoners broke out of Union County Jail in New Jersey in 2007 by doing the same thing. (Photo: Castle Rock Entertainment)

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - After being framed for the murder of his wife and her lover, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) must adjust to life in prison and quickly learns of the systemic corruption taking place. (Photo: Castle Rock Entertainment)

South Central (1992)

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South Central (1992) - An ex-gang member changes his life while in prison. Upon his release he realizes he must quickly remove his son from the same turbulent neighborhood that influenced him as a youth. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

American History X (1998)

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American History X (1998) - A neo-Nazi sent to prison for murder makes a startling reformation. Upon his release he must stop his younger brother from making the same mistakes that he did. (Photo: New Line Cinema)