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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,  heroic death,  budding friendship,  failure to communicate,  torn picture,  traffic signal,  chili powder,  purpose in life,  dying friend,  isolation cell,  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,  burp,  mullet,  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,  prison,  shower,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  dog,  death,  gun

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 from prison,  escape attempt,  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

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

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

Midnight Express (1978) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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 beco… (Read More)

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

Lock Up (1989)
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

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

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. (Read More)

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

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

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

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

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,  dog,  death

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

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

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

The Experiment (2010) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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

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

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,  gun,  dog,  death

Children Of Men (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  escape,  drunkenness
Story:christ allegory,  betting,  social commentary,  rebellion,  vandalism,  survivor,  killing an animal,  egg,  anti hero,  prisoner,  underwear,  shootout,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  gun,  dog,  death

48 Hrs. (1982) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

48 Hrs. (1982)

Oddball cop and tough guy, Jack Cates is the only survivor of a cop shooting and in hunting down the murderer collects Reggie Hammond from jail for 48 hours. Hammond is oddly motivated to help. The killer is searching for his stash of cash. Cates and Hammond who have the Black-white, cop-crook thing to work out make surprisingly good partners as they navigate through the city looking for their suspect. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism
Story:chain gang,  prison escape,  prison break,  survivor,  prisoner,  tough guy,  fistfight,  shootout,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  gun

Public Enemies (2009)
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

Easy Rider (1969)
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

Lionheart (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sport

Lionheart (1990)

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:betting,  barbed wire,  stealing a car,  nickname,  fugitive,  anti hero,  boxing,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  dog

Rocky V (1990) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Drama, Sport

Rocky V (1990)

Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town. (Read More)

Story:boxing match,  mullet,  sweat,  barbed wire,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shower,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
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. (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 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. (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

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:prison escape,  escape attempt,  prison guard,  conflicted hero,  famous line,  christ allegory,  famous score,  social commentary,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  axe,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  dog,  death

Rocky II (1979) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Drama, Sport

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? (Read More)

Story:boxing match,  against the odds,  famous score,  sweat,  hit in the face,  nickname,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  dog

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

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Drama

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  abuse,  escape,  drunkenness
Story:death of hero,  authority,  barbed wire,  main character dies,  death of protagonist,  anti hero,  prison,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  death

Titanic (1997)
Drama, Romance

Titanic (1997)

84 years later, a 100 year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiance, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  escape,  friendship
Story:name change,  famous line,  famous score,  drifter,  main character dies,  arrogance,  social commentary,  survivor,  poker,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  prisoner,  axe,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  gun

The Devil's Rejects (2005) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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

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. (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

Jack Reacher (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher (2012)

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:parking meter,  drifter,  stealing a car,  threat,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  prisoner,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  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

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

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

Carlito's Way (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Carlito's Way (1993)

A Puerto Rican ex-con pledges to stay away from his former drug dealing ways but finds himself being dragged back by his past connections and the naive machinations of his lawyer and best friend. Hoping to raise enough money to get away from New York, Carlito Brigante takes on the job of running a nightclub, renews an affair with a dancer but old associates and old instincts suck him back into a world of violence and mistrust. (Read More)

Story:prison escape,  death of hero,  death of title character,  main character shot,  main character dies,  death of protagonist,  anti hero,  tough guy,  shootout,  prison,  character name in title,  based on novel,  death

The Killer (1989)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Killer (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

The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drunkenness
Story:escape from prison,  prison escape,  prison guard,  fugitive,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death

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. (Read More)

Story:escape attempt,  chain,  social commentary,  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

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,  gun,  death

A Perfect World (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Perfect World (1993)

After escaping from a Huntsville prison, convict Butch Haynes and his partner Terry Pugh kidnap a young boy, Philip Perry, and flee across Texas. As they travel together, Butch and Philip discover common bonds and suffer the abuses of the outside "Perfect World." In pursuit is Texas Ranger "Red" Garnett and criminologist Sally Gerber. (Read More)

Story:prison escape,  main character shot,  main character dies,  fugitive,  anti hero,  tough guy,  underwear,  prison,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship

Fight Club (1999) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Drama

Fight Club (1999)

A nameless first person narrator ('Edward Norton (I)' (qv)) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla ('Helena Bonham Carter' (qv)), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he associates himself with Tyler ('Brad Pitt' (qv)) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:anti conformity,  burp,  belch,  confrontation,  rebellion,  vandalism,  freeze frame,  threat,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  boxing,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  gun

Creed (2015)
Drama, Sport

Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... (Read More)

Story:boxing match,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death

Run All Night (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drunkenness
Story:death of protagonist,  stealing a car,  freeze frame,  fugitive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  anti hero,  boxing,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  shootout,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death

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

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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,  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,  death,  dog

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