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Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Crime, Drama

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  alcoholism,  abuse,  escape,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:questioning authority,  mullet haircut,  chain gang,  hard boiled egg,  eating contest,  escape from prison,  prison escape,  boxing match,  escape attempt,  prison break,  prison guard,  prison,  heroic death,  budding friendship,  failure to communicate,  torn picture,  chili powder,  traffic signal,  dying friend,  isolation cell,  purpose in life,  against the system,  sadistic warden,  conflicted hero,  bound in chains,  tiredness,  bluffing,  aimlessness,  hard labor,  parking meter,  talking to god,  bloodhound,  death of hero,  against the odds,  deliberate cruelty,  deep south,  tarmac,  forced labor,  anti conformity,  rebelliousness,  mullet,  burp,  name change,  tracking,  belch,  stubbornness,  authority,  death of title character,  smile,  exhaustion,  antihero,  guts,  endurance,  banjo,  dignity,  famous line,  main character shot,  jumping into water,  christ allegory,  heat,  famous score,  betting,  atrocity,  wager,  car wash,  sweat,  corporal punishment,  southern u.s.,  outsider,  dead dog,  repeated scene,  running away,  hit in the face,  drifter,  barbed wire,  main character dies,  atheist,  arrogance,  death of protagonist,  chain,  bet,  shovel,  confrontation,  stealing a car,  nickname,  social commentary,  rebellion,  magazine,  vandalism,  survivor,  killing an animal,  egg,  poker,  freeze frame,  loss of mother,  pig,  threat,  contest,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  snake,  boxing,  prisoner,  axe,  death of mother,  rural setting,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  underwear,  shootout,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  gun,  dog

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:escape,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:escape attempt,  stealing a car,  poker,  loss of mother,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  gun,  dog

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Papillon (1973)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Papillon (1973)

A semi-fictional account of 'Henri Charriere' (qv)'s time in the penal system in French Guyana - some of it spent on infamous Devil's Island - is presented. It's the early 1930s. Charriere - nicknamed Papillon because of his butterfly tattoo - and Louis Dega are two among many who have been convicted in the French judicial system, they now being transferred to French Guyana where they will serve their time, never to return to France even if they are ever released. A safe-cracker by criminal profession, Papillon is serving a life sentence for murdering a pimp, a crime for which he adamantly states he was framed. Dega is a wealthy counterfeiter, who expects his well-to-do wife eventually to get him released. On Papillon's initiative, Papillon and Dega enter into a business arrangement: Papillon will provide protection for Dega, while Dega will finance Papillon's escape attempt. As Papillon and Degas' time together lasts longer than either expects, their burgeoning friendship ends up being an important factor altering their original plans, needed as they work with and against others who are trying to achieve their own goals, sometime conflicting with Papillon and Dega's. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:escape attempt,  escape from prison,  hard labor,  forced labor,  jumping into water,  famous score,  sweat,  corporal punishment,  running away,  pig,  fugitive,  prisoner,  tough guy,  prison,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  gun

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:chain gang,  chain,  escape from prison,  prison break,  banjo,  famous score,  nickname,  pig,  fugitive,  boxing,  rural setting,  fistfight,  underwear,  photograph,  based on novel,  dog

Lock Up (1989) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:escape from prison,  prison escape,  escape attempt,  prison guard,  sadistic warden,  freeze frame,  anti hero,  prisoner,  tough guy,  fistfight,  prison,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  dog

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Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

The true story of three inmates who attempt a daring escape from the infamous prison, Alcatraz Island. Although no-one had managed to escape before, bank robber Frank Morris masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again. This is why Escape From Alcatraz (1979) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  abuse
Story:prison escape,  prison guard,  sadistic warden,  magazine,  prison,  prisoner,  axe,  tough guy,  fistfight,  shower,  based on novel

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:prison escape,  escape attempt,  prison break,  prison guard,  drifter,  stealing a car,  freeze frame,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  shower,  photograph,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death

Midnight Express (1978)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Midnight Express (1978)

On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American 'Billy Hayes (I)' (qv) is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich, and one of the senior prisoners having already served seven years, an Englishman named Max, the latter two also in for hash related charges. One prisoner not befriended is Rifki, who wields power in the prison as the unofficial eyes and ears for the guards. As Billy, his family and his girlfriend Susan attempt through legal and diplomatic channels for Billy's release, Max tells him that the only way out is to "catch the midnight express" aka escape, which is what Jimmy is continually trying to do. When Billy's situation changes, he becomes more desperate in every sense of the word. It seems as if Billy has only two options: to let the prison ultimately figuratively then literally kill him, or to somehow regain control of his life through whatever means available. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  abuse,  escape,  friendship
Story:prison guard,  prison escape,  escape attempt,  tarmac,  famous score,  corporal punishment,  barbed wire,  freeze frame,  pig,  prison,  prisoner,  sunglasses,  underwear,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  gun,  dog,  death

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:christ allegory,  nickname,  rebellion,  freeze frame,  loss of mother,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  snake,  prisoner,  axe,  death of mother,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  prison,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  dog

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:escape
Story:escape attempt,  prison guard,  stealing a car,  anti hero,  prisoner,  axe,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:chain gang,  prison guard,  stealing a car,  threat,  fugitive,  anti hero,  prisoner,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  photograph,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  gun

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The Experiment (2010)
Drama, Thriller

The Experiment (2010)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:prison guard,  authority,  hit in the face,  killing an animal,  threat,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  prisoner,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  prison,  shower,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel

Natural Born Killers (1994) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:prison escape,  prison guard,  mullet,  stealing a car,  social commentary,  freeze frame,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  snake,  prisoner,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:freedom
Story:prison guard,  betting,  bet,  killing an animal,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  underwear,  shootout,  prison,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  gun

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Out Of Sight (1998)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Out Of Sight (1998)

A career bank robber busts out of jail (Clooney) with the help of his buddy (Rhames) and kidnaps a US Marshal (Lopez) in the process. When the two cons head for Detroit to pull off their final big scam, the Marshal is put on their case but she finds she is attracted to one of them and has second thoughts about bringing them in. (Read More)

Story:prison escape,  boxing match,  prison guard,  freeze frame,  boxing,  prisoner,  axe,  sunglasses,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. This is why Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Story:boxing match,  famous line,  famous score,  sweat,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death

Easy Rider (1969) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Adventure, Drama

Easy Rider (1969)

Two young "hippie" bikers, Wyatt and Billy sell some dope in Southern California, stash their money away in their gas-tank and set off for a trip across America, on their own personal odyssey looking for a way to lead their lives. On the journey they encounter bigotry and hatred from small-town communities who despise and fear their non-conformism. However Wyatt and Billy also discover people attempting 'alternative lifestyles' who are resisting this narrow-mindedness, there is always a question mark over the future survival of these drop-out groups. The gentle hippie community who thank God for 'a place to stand' are living their own unreal dream. The rancher they encounter and his Mexican wife are hard-pushed to make ends meet. Even LSD turns sour when the trip is a bad one. Death comes to seem the only freedom. When they arrive at a diner in a small town, they are insulted by the local rednecks as weirdo degenerates. They are arrested on some minor pretext by the local sheriff and thrown in jail where they meet George Hanson, a liberal alcoholic lawyer. He gets them out and decides to join them on their trip to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  alcoholism,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:aimlessness,  death of hero,  tarmac,  anti conformity,  rebelliousness,  death of title character,  outsider,  drifter,  arrogance,  social commentary,  anti hero,  prison,  death

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Escape Plan (2013)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:prison escape,  escape attempt,  prison guard,  prison,  sadistic warden,  authority,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  prisoner,  axe,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death

Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:escape
Story:christ allegory,  betting,  wager,  bet,  social commentary,  rebellion,  prisoner,  axe,  tough guy,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  dog,  death

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:prison guard,  tracking,  stealing a car,  nickname,  fugitive,  anti hero,  prisoner,  axe,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:prison escape,  prison guard,  forced labor,  christ allegory,  main character dies,  death of protagonist,  social commentary,  loss of mother,  prisoner,  axe,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  fistfight,  shootout,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death

Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, Sport

Rocky IV (1985)

Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Russian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance. (Read More)

Story:boxing match,  boxing,  endurance,  famous line,  famous score,  sweat,  arrogance,  social commentary,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  axe,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  photograph,  death,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  dog

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drunkenness
Story:death of title character,  christ allegory,  barbed wire,  main character dies,  death of protagonist,  stealing a car,  social commentary,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  axe,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  dog,  gun,  death

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The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:prison escape,  prison break,  sadistic warden,  atheist,  prisoner,  prison,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  gun

Das Experiment (2001) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Drama, Thriller

Das Experiment (2001)

The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and rather emphatic. But soon quarrels arise and the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority. (Read More)

Story:prison break,  prison guard,  authority,  confrontation,  rebellion,  prisoner,  sunglasses,  prison,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  death,  gun

Pompeii (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Pompeii (2014)

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. This is why Pompeii (2014) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967). (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  escape
Story:escape attempt,  chain,  social commentary,  survivor,  loss of mother,  anti hero,  prisoner,  axe,  death of mother,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  prison,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  death,  dog

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El Mariachi (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:prison escape,  prison guard,  drifter,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shootout,  prison,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  gun,  dog

Get The Gringo (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Get The Gringo (2012)

Heading toward the Mexican border, a getaway driver disguised as a clown and his wounded accomplice try to escape the American Police with a loot of over $2 million hidden in the trunk of the car. In a desperate attempt to break through the thick border fence, the driver crashes the car, the accomplice dies and he inevitably gets apprehended by Mexican Police officers Romero and Vasquez who want the money just for themselves. As the only American inmate in the infamous "El Pueblito" Mexican prison, which resembles more of a small village of convicts rather than a usual prison, the driver quickly gets the nickname "The Gringo" and finds out first hand how rough it is to be a stranger in the perilous world of Javi, the ruthless crime lord who runs the prison. Sooner or later, the Gringo will form an alliance with a 10-year-old kid whose peculiar immunity in this mad place will efficiently keep him alive, only to realise that in this pit, everyone knows about the $2 million. In the end, with an order issued for his execution and knowing that his time is short, will the Gringo manage to save himself and the kid's family, get his money and ultimately escape once and for all from the El Pueblito? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:prison escape,  outsider,  nickname,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  prison,  prisoner,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shootout,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  gun

Horns (2013) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Horns (2013)

After Iggy's long-time girlfriend is murdered and the whole town agrees he is the killer, he awakens one morning with horns and the townspeople soon confess their sins. Once knowing the sins of the people, he is facing the true killer of his beloved girlfriend.

Themes:alcoholism,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:antihero,  outsider,  repeated scene,  death of protagonist,  chain,  confrontation,  magazine,  loss of mother,  snake,  death of mother,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death

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Chugyeogja (2008)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Chugyeogja (2008)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.

Themes:escape
Story:shovel,  social commentary,  killing an animal,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  punched in the face,  underwear,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  dog,  death

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. This is why Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967). (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  escape,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:name change,  nickname,  social commentary,  vandalism,  killing an animal,  threat,  punched in the face,  underwear,  prison,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)
Drama, War

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  abuse,  escape
Story:escape from prison,  corporal punishment,  rebellion,  prisoner,  rural setting,  punched in the face,  underwear,  shootout,  prison,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  dog,  death,  gun

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Public Enemies (2009) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Romance

Public Enemies (2009)

This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:escape from prison,  prison escape,  prison break,  prison guard,  main character shot,  betting,  main character dies,  stealing a car,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shootout,  prison,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  gun

Homefront (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:confrontation,  stealing a car,  threat,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  axe,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  death

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Themes:escape
Story:escape attempt,  prison guard,  main character shot,  anti hero,  prisoner,  tough guy,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cigarette smoking,  dog,  death

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The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one. This is why The Way Of The Gun (2000) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:drifter,  stealing a car,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  shower,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  gun,  death

Dark Places (2015) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dark Places (2015)

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  escape,  drunkenness
Story:repeated scene,  running away,  nickname,  survivor,  killing an animal,  threat,  axe,  death of mother,  rural setting,  prison,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  dog,  gun

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Western

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The west is becoming civilized and when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run. Over rock, through towns, across rivers, the group is always just behind them. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch has another idea, "Let's go to Bolivia". Based on the exploits of the historical characters. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:death of title character,  main character shot,  famous score,  main character dies,  death of protagonist,  freeze frame,  fugitive,  anti hero,  snake,  rural setting,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  character name in title,  bare chested male

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The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Crime, Horror

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:escape attempt,  death of protagonist,  stealing a car,  freeze frame,  pig,  fugitive,  anti hero,  axe,  death of mother,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  shootout,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  dog

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)

A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Together, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Story:main character dies,  confrontation,  nickname,  social commentary,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  gun

Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Action, Crime, Music, Thriller

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It's a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc's plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby's skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music? This is why Baby Driver (2017) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:escape attempt,  prison guard,  stealing a car,  loss of mother,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  death of mother,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  shootout,  prison,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  death,  gun

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Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. (Read More)

Themes:freedom
Story:prison guard,  main character dies,  vandalism,  prisoner,  punched in the face,  underwear,  prison,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  gun,  death

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:escape
Story:escape attempt,  stealing a car,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  dog,  death,  gun

The Last Castle (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Last Castle (2001)

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. (Read More)

Story:prison guard,  sadistic warden,  betting,  wager,  corporal punishment,  death of protagonist,  bet,  confrontation,  prison,  prisoner,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death

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Rescue Dawn (2006) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:prison break,  prison guard,  endurance,  survivor,  snake,  prisoner,  prison,  title spoken by character,  gun,  death,  dog

Life (1999)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Life (1999)

In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi's infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. They'd served 65 years for a murder they didn't commit, framed by a local sheriff while buying moonshine whiskey for a Manhattan club owner to whom they owed money. In flashbacks we see this odd couple thrown together (Ray is a fast-talking con man, and Claude is a serious man about to start work as a bank teller), the loss of Ray's watch (sterling silver, from his daddy), the murder and trial, the hardships of Parchman, and the love-hate relationship of Claude and Ray as they spend 65 years bickering and looking for a way to escape. This is why Life (1999) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:prison escape,  escape attempt,  prison guard,  southern u.s.,  poker,  fistfight,  prison,  death

L'instinct De Mort (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

L'instinct De Mort (2008)

Mesrine: Killer Instinct -- the first of two parts -- charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France's notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on. Mesrine was helped along the way by beautiful and equally reckless Jeanne Schneider (CA(C)cile de France), a Bonnie to match his Clyde. Mesrine made up his own epic, between romanticism and cruelty, flamboyance and tragedy. (Read More)

Story:prison escape,  escape attempt,  prison break,  prison guard,  isolation cell,  shootout,  prison,  gun,  death

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U.s. Marshals (1998)
Action, Crime, Thriller

U.s. Marshals (1998)

When a prisoner transport plane crashes, one prisoner, Mark Sheridan, skillfully escapes and saves lives at the same time. Deputy Sam Gerard and his team of U.S. Marshals pursue relentlessly, but Gerard begins to suspect that there is more to the exceptional fugitive than what he has been told. Meanwhile, Sheridan struggles to avoid capture while seeking answers of his own. Until the final scene, both Gerard and Sheridan are in jeopardy of the unknown. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:prison escape,  fugitive,  prisoner,  bloodhound,  confrontation,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  photograph

Yip Man 2 (2010) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Yip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, the film was directed by Wilson Yip, and stars Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role. Continuing after the events of the earlier film, the sequel centers on Ip's movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. He attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from other practitioners, including the local master of Hung Ga martial arts. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:boxing match,  authority,  christ allegory,  repeated scene,  social commentary,  rebellion,  vandalism,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death

The Condemned (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Condemned (2007)

The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. (Read More)

Themes:freedom
Story:social commentary,  survivor,  contest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  title spoken by character,  death

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