30+ handpicked prison movies to watch on Netflix

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.

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Below Zero20211h 46mTV-MA6.2/10
All Day and a Night20202h 1mR5.8/10
40 Sticks20201h 32m6.7/10
Spenser Confidential20201h 51mR6.2/10
Capone20201h 43mR4.7/10
Miracle In Cell No. 720192h 12mTV-148.2/10
The Platform20191h 34mTV-MA7.0/10
Escape Plan: The Extractors20191h 37mR4.4/10
On My Skin: The Last Seven Days of Stefano Cucchi20181h 40mTV-MA7.3/10
A Twelve-Year Night20182h 2mTV-MA7.5/10
Freedom At Midnight20182h 18m7.4/10
Escape Plan 2: Hades20181h 36mR3.9/10
Brawl in Cell Block 9920172h 12mNot Rated7.2/10
Shot Caller20172h 1mR7.3/10
Papillon20172h 13mR7.2/10
13th20161h 40mTV-MA8.2/10
I Am Not Your Negro20161h 33mPG-137.9/10
The 4th Company20161h 49m6.2/10
Inside The World's Toughest Prison2016 - 2021SeriesTV-MA7.1/10
60 Days In2016SeriesTV-147.6/10
The Fear of 1320151h 36m7.6/10
Riot20151h 27mNot Rated5.2/10
Get Hard20151h 40mR6.0/10
Selma20142h 8mPG-137.5/10
Convict20141h 50mNot Rated5.4/10
Orange Is The New Black2013 - 2019SeriesTV-MA8.0/10
Wentworth2013 - 2021SeriesTV-MA8.6/10
Escape Plan20131h 55mR6.7/10
The Experiment20101h 36mR6.4/10
The Next Three Days20102h 13mPG-137.3/10
Law Abiding Citizen20091h 49mR7.4/10
Felon20081h 44mR7.4/10
Bronson20081h 32mR7.1/10
Big Stan20071h 45mR6.2/10
Half Past Dead20021h 38mPG-134.7/10
The Green Mile19993h 9mR8.6/10
The Shawshank Redemption19942h 22mR9.3/10
Prison on Fire19871h 38mR7.3/10
Escape From Alcatraz19791h 52mPG7.6/10
Midnight Express19782h 1mR7.6/10
Papillon19732h 31mR8.0/10

Movies to watch immediately

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 the data 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.

Watch now: Shot Caller, now available on Netflix.

On My Skin

On my skin is a movie based off 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, which 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 the date of its release in 2018, so, if you crave Netflix prison movies, then you should definitely take a 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 feed 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 that 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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