30+ Handpicked Netflix Prison Movies You Should Watch Right Now


If watching prison movies and series on Netflix is your thing, well, today, I’ll be showing you the 30+ best movies that are based on prison stories, both real-life and fictional, that you can find and start watching right now on the Netflix app.

Netflix prison movies

And without further ado, let’s get started. #enjoy.

…But before then, kindly take note that by the time you’ll be reading this article & in Netflix’s usual tradition, some of the movies listed here might not be available in your location, or even worse, completely removed from the platform, so just in case you couldn’t find some of them on your Netflix’s app.

The best Netflix prison movies for 2023

Below Zero20211h 46m
All Day and a Night20202h 1m
40 Sticks20201h 32m
Spenser Confidential20201h 51m
Capone20201h 43m
Miracle In Cell No. 720192h 12m
The Platform20191h 34m
Escape Plan: The Extractors20191h 37m
On My Skin: The Last Seven Days of Stefano Cucchi20181h 40m
A Twelve-Year Night20182h 2m
Freedom At Midnight20182h 18m
Escape Plan 2: Hades20181h 36m
Brawl in Cell Block 9920172h 12m
Shot Caller20172h 1m
Papillon20172h 13m
13th20161h 40m
I Am Not Your Negro20161h 33m
The 4th Company20161h 49m
Inside The World's Toughest Prison2016 - 2021TV Series
60 Days In2016TV Series
The Fear of 1320151h 36m
Riot20151h 27m
Get Hard20151h 40m
Selma20142h 8m
Convict20141h 50m
Orange Is The New Black2013 - 2019TV Series
Wentworth2013 - 2021TV Series
Escape Plan20131h 55m
The Experiment20101h 36m
The Next Three Days20102h 13m
Law Abiding Citizen20091h 49m
Felon20081h 44m
Bronson20081h 32m
Big Stan20071h 45m
Half Past Dead20021h 38m
The Green Mile19993h 9m
The Shawshank Redemption19942h 22m
Prison on Fire19871h 38m
Escape From Alcatraz19791h 52m
Midnight Express19782h 1m
Papillon19732h 31m
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Miracle in Cell No. 7

Official trailer.

I will make myself clear here, if you know you can’t hold back tears when watching very emotional movies, then this movie is not for you, as this movie will bring out the crybaby in you.

The movie has received many recommendations and reviews from fans all over the world and even won 9 awards since date of its release in 2019.

It talks about a story of a mentally ill father who was wrongly accused of murdering his own daughter and later thrown into prison afterward.


So, if you’re looking for one of the best prison movies you can find on Netflix, then this is it, Miracle in Cell No. 7.


13th or The 13th is no newcomer when it comes to prison movies, as it is even one of the most-watched and user rated movies in this category of movies, and it is directed by Ava DuVernay, the same director of the movie “Selma”, which is still listed in this category.

It talks about the thirteenth amendment of the US constitution that abolishes slavery, except used as a punishment for committing a crime, and so far, this movie has won over 32 awards since the date of its release in 2016.

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Watch now: Shot Caller, now available on Netflix.

On My Skin

On my skin is a movie based on a true-life event, and it aims to dig into the practice of police brutality in Italy.

A man, Stefano Cucchi, got arrested for a minor crime, and he will later be found dead in his cell due to the severe beating he received from the policemen while in cell, his family will later go on a hunt to find out the truth behind his death.


So far, On My Skin has won 14 awards since its release in 2018, so, if you crave Netflix prison movies, you should look at this.

The Platform

The Platform is a mixture of Sci-fi, horror, and thriller all coming together to make up some of the best prison-inspired movies you can find on Netflix right now.

The film is set in a vertical prison system with one cell per level, and two inmates in a cell. Only one food platform, and two minutes per day to feed. The residents at the top cells get to eat as much as they want, with each level getting only the leftovers from the previous ones.

So, that will be all, you can refer to the table above to see all of the movies we have hand picked for you and listed in this article.

Kindly tell us which of them is your best movie by leaving a comment in the comment section below, and if you find this post interesting, kindly give it a thumbs up by sharing it, and always, I’ll see y’all tomorrow, #peace out.

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