The Top 20 Prison Movies of All-Time

The setting chosen for a movie makes a significant difference to the viewing experience of the audience. The main locations used are a vital aspect of the storyline and contribute to viewers engaging with the action that is taking place in the movies. One type of setting that has been used in many films are prisons and these have been the primary location in which films are set in all genres of movies, from dramas to action films. Prisons are an exciting setting to use as they provide huge scope for storylines and action in a movie. There are many prison movies that have been a big hit with moviegoers and critics alike. Here are 20 of the top prison movies of all-time.

20. Cell 211

‘Cell 211’ is a Spanish prison film that was released in Spain under the name ‘Celda 211’. It was directed by Daniel Monzon who also co-wrote the film with Jorge Guerricaechevarria. The movie starred Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Moron, Marta Etura, Carlos Bardem, Lusi Zahera, Vicente Romero, and Fernando Soto. The concept of the film is based on Francisco Perez Gandul’s novel about a prison riot. In the film, viewers side two different sides of a prison riot from the perspective of opposing sides. One view is that of the inmate leading the revolt and the other is the view of a young guard who is trapped in the riot. In an attempt to survive the ordeal, the guard poses as one of the prisoners. This film received critical acclaim from international critics.


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