Best new Prison movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best prison movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Peter Sattler & David Mackenzie our new prison genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

Prison life intrigues audiences. ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ has been number one on the top 250 IMDb list for ages. In recent years, there have been several gripping prison movies as well, that we summed up below.

New prison movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018


Best prison movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 prison movies

  • Papillon

    DIRECTOR: Michael Noer
    CAST: Charlie Hunnam Rami Malek Tommy Flanagan

    A remake of the 1973 classic is in the making! And Rami Malek (Mr Robot) plays the lead role. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 12th, 2018

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Best prison movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated prison movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • 13th

    DIRECTOR: Ava DuVernay
    CAST: Melina Abdullah Michelle Alexander Cory Booker

    film that documents a true and detailed account of events and situations that expose the US prisons and prison system and also reveals the history of still prevalent... Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 7th, 2016

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  • Une Prophete

    DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard
    CAST: Tahar Rahim Niels Arestrup Adel Bencherif

    The film features the situation of a person trapped in a foreign captivity; it depicts the struggle and courage of an Arab boy who is imprisoned in a French prison. Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 26th, 2010

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  • King of Devil’s Island

    DIRECTOR: Marius Holst
    CAST: Benjamin Helstad Trond Nilssen Stellan Skarsgård

    The story depicts brutal and inhumane conditions on an island prison in Norway; a new inmate leads all his companions into an uprising against the apathetic and cruel... Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 17th, 2010

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  • Starred Up

    DIRECTOR: David Mackenzie
    CAST: Jack O'Connell Ben Mendelsohn Rupert Friend

    Eric is a violent and dangerous criminal who is shifted to the adult wing where he meets his father who tries to convince him to participate in a therapy program so as to... Read more

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 26th, 2014

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  • Leonera

    DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero
    CAST: Martina Gusman Elli Medeiros Rodrigo Santoro

    A heart-touching rendition of prison life that showcases the bond of motherhood as a mother separated from her child struggles to raise her son from the prison. Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 29th, 2008

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  • Camp X-Ray

    DIRECTOR: Peter Sattler
    CAST: Kristen Stewart Peyman Moaadi Lane Garrison

    The flower of love and friendship sometimes flourishes even in the driest of the deserts; an assigned soldier at the Guantanamo Bay befriends a prisoner and bears deep... Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 17th, 2014

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