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The Green Mile (1999)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

The Green Mile (1999)

Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift.

Themes:sadism,  redemption,  racism
Locations:cemetery
Characters:christianity
Period:1930s
Story:prison guard,  louisiana state penitentiary,  handshake deal,  spiritual healing,  death row,  killing a mouse,  dead mouse,  guard prisoner relationship,  double barreled shotgun,  pump action shotgun,  sadistic prison guard,  prison life,  reference to wild bill hickok,  reference to st. christopher,  hit on the back of one's head,  urinary tract infection,  fire hose used on a person,  reference to billy the kid,  breaking someone's fingers,  thunder and lightning,  grabbed in the crotch,  magical negro stereotype,  three piece suit,  religious medal,  shaving someone's head,  pail of water,  cross pendant,  electrical storm,  water closet,  charred body,  state penitentiary,  reference to mae west,  lap dissolve,  forced perspective,  spitting in someone's face,  red paint,  cigar box,  christian subtext,  death row inmate,  man slaps a man,  cell block,  feet on desk,  materialization,  deliberate,  cornbread,  denouement,  nickel,  kneed in the crotch,  dragging someone,  truncheon,  grabbed by the throat,  catatonic state,  year 1935,  padded cell,  racial injustice,  based on the works of stephen king,  male bare feet,  wetting oneself,  male tears,  yelling for help,  comb,  fire hose,  urinating on someone,  belching,  sponge,  extrasensory perception,  broken finger,  cajun,  motivational,  baton,  healer,  solitary confinement,  brain tumor,  warden,  weeping,  social injustice,  fedora,  electric chair,  child rape,  suspenders,  overhead camera shot,  capital punishment,  frenchman,  christ allegory,  psychic power,  cure,  wrongful conviction,  nursing home,  coward,  death penalty,  n word,  strait jacket,  pocket watch,  coughing,  telling someone to shut up,  film projector,  southern u.s.,  staircase,  fire extinguisher,  louisiana,  handshake,  poetic justice,  drugged drink,  murder of a child,  tragic hero,  barbecue,  healing,  convict,  mental hospital,  miracle,  nostalgia,  mental institution,  compassion,  blockbuster,  hammer,  crucifix,  mouse,  shot in the stomach,  monologue,  terminal illness,  murderer,  spirituality,  racial slur,  prison,  execution,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  toilet,  prisoner,  gay slur,  criminal,  color in title,  revolver,  supernatural power,  jail,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  urination,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  title spoken by character,  african american,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder

The Experiment (2010)
Drama, Thriller

The Experiment (2010)

Themes:sadism
Story:guard prisoner relationship,  sadistic prison guard,  prison life,  prison guard,  baton,  solitary confinement,  nursing home,  fire extinguisher,  prisoner,  gay slur,  punched in the face,  urination,  prison,  knife,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback

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Dead Man Walking (1995)
Crime, Drama

Dead Man Walking (1995)

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  racism
Locations:cemetery
Story:execution,  death row,  murderer,  prison guard,  death row inmate,  solitary confinement,  capital punishment,  death penalty,  southern u.s.,  louisiana,  blockbuster,  crucifix,  prisoner,  criminal,  jail,  shot to death,  prison,  knife,  title spoken by character,  african american,  murder,  flashback

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  racism
Period:1930s
Story:racial injustice,  solitary confinement,  tragic hero,  convict,  compassion,  spirituality,  racial slur,  criminal,  jail,  shotgun,  shot to death,  prison,  title spoken by character,  african american,  flashback,  murder

Lock Up (1989) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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:sadism
Story:sadistic prison guard,  prison guard,  solitary confinement,  warden,  electric chair,  convict,  racial slur,  prisoner,  criminal,  jail,  shotgun,  prison,  knife,  murder,  flashback

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Crime, Drama

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man's unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red. This is why The Shawshank Redemption (1994) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:prison,  prison life,  prison guard,  feet on desk,  based on the works of stephen king,  solitary confinement,  warden,  wrongful conviction,  poetic justice,  convict,  hammer,  false accusation,  prisoner,  revolver,  jail,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  three word title,  murder,  flashback

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. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Period:1930s
Story:pump action shotgun,  prison life,  prison guard,  racial injustice,  southern u.s.,  false accusation,  criminal,  jail,  prison,  surprise ending,  african american,  murder,  flashback

The Longest Yard (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Sport

The Longest Yard (2005)

Paul "Wrecking" Crewe was a revered football superstar back in his day, but that time has since faded. But when a messy drunk driving incident lands him in jail, Paul finds he was specifically requested by Warden Hazen (James Cromwell), a duplicitous prison official well aware of Paul's athletic skills. Paul has been assigned the task of assembling a team of convicts, to square off in a big football game against the sadistic guards. With the help of fellow convict Caretaker, and an old legend named Nate Scarborough to coach, Crewe is ready for what promises to be a very interesting game. It's only the warden and the guards who have no idea who or what they're up against, with Paul the driving force behind the new team. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:warden,  prison guard,  solitary confinement,  death row,  convict,  racial slur,  prison,  no opening credits,  jail,  murder

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Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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.

Story:n word,  barbecue,  racial slur,  execution,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  gay slur,  criminal,  revolver,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  african american,  murder,  flashback

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:sadism
Story:prison guard,  n word,  barbecue,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  prisoner,  revolver,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  prison,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

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

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:redemption
Locations:cemetery
Characters:christianity
Story:christ allegory,  miracle,  compassion,  crucifix,  racial slur,  execution,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  prisoner,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback

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Bronson (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Bronson (2008)

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. (Read More)

Themes:sadism
Story:prison guard,  urinating on someone,  solitary confinement,  strait jacket,  handshake,  toilet,  prisoner,  jail,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  prison,  murder,  flashback

The Life Of David Gale (2003) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life Of David Gale (2003)

When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.

Locations:cemetery
Story:capital punishment,  death row,  wrongful conviction,  death penalty,  barbecue,  execution,  false accusation,  jail,  prison,  surprise ending,  murder,  flashback

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

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption,  racism
Story:prison guard,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  criminal,  revolver,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  urination,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  knife,  based on novel,  murder

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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.

Themes:redemption
Story:double barreled shotgun,  pump action shotgun,  poetic justice,  shot in the stomach,  toilet,  gay slur,  criminal,  revolver,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  murder

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. This is why Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:prison guard,  death row inmate,  solitary confinement,  death row,  convict,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  criminal,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

Chopper (2000) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Chopper (2000)

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a murder sentence in prison. His book, From the Inside, upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Story:prison guard,  convict,  prisoner,  criminal,  jail,  shotgun,  face slap,  urination,  prison,  knife,  murder

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The Hateful Eight (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... (Read More)

Themes:racism
Story:n word,  drugged drink,  crucifix,  shot in the stomach,  racial slur,  false accusation,  toilet,  prisoner,  criminal,  revolver,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  african american,  flashback,  murder

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)

Period:1930s
Story:criminal,  solitary confinement,  capital punishment,  wrongful conviction,  death penalty,  blockbuster,  execution,  prisoner,  gay slur,  jail,  prison,  knife,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  murder

Instinct (1999)
Drama, Thriller

Instinct (1999)

Nearly two years after having gone amiss in Africa, renowned anthropologist Dr. Ethan Powell is caught committing a crime and subsequently imprisoned in a Florida mental institution, where aspiring psychiatrist Dr. Theo Calder takes over his important case. Dr. Powell, who has been with a group of gorillas during all that time, is not talking at all and seems to be living in a dreamworld. Very slowly, Dr. Calder manages to reach Ethan Powell and starts finding out why Ethan killed two of the poachers. Yet Theo's case is not just about why the murders have happened, but also about how Dr. Powell became the being he is in the first place. With Ethan's silence broken, Theo is introduced into a world beyond common human comprehension: The true nature of being. He learns that mankind's control of everything is a mere illusion and that the true values of existence can't be found so easily. Ethan changes Theo's view of things forever. (Read More)

Story:sadistic prison guard,  prison guard,  grabbed by the throat,  motivational,  baton,  convict,  mental institution,  compassion,  prisoner,  revolver,  face slap,  urination,  prison,  african american,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback

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Out Of Sight (1998) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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. This is why Out Of Sight (1998) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999). (Read More)

Story:pump action shotgun,  prison guard,  cross pendant,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  criminal,  revolver,  jail,  shotgun,  prison,  based on novel,  flashback,  murder

Monster's Ball (2001)
Drama, Romance

Monster's Ball (2001)

Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers. (Read More)

Themes:racism
Story:prison guard,  electric chair,  nursing home,  death row,  racial slur,  prison,  execution,  african american

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.

Story:prison guard,  convict,  shot in the stomach,  racial slur,  execution,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  criminal,  shotgun,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  murder

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Gothika (2003)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Gothika (2003)

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. (Read More)

Story:criminal,  prison guard,  cell block,  solitary confinement,  electric chair,  mental hospital,  mental institution,  murderer,  false accusation,  prisoner,  supernatural power,  shotgun,  prison,  surprise ending,  knife,  murder,  flashback

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
Drama

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. (Read More)

Story:nursing home,  pocket watch,  southern u.s.,  barbecue,  nostalgia,  color in title,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  african american,  based on novel,  murder,  flashback

The Fugitive (1993)
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. This is why The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999). (Read More)

Story:prison guard,  prison,  overhead camera shot,  wrongful conviction,  death penalty,  death row,  convict,  compassion,  blockbuster,  murderer,  execution,  false accusation,  revolver,  jail,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

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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:sadism,  racism
Story:sadistic prison guard,  prison guard,  prison life,  frenchman,  murderer,  racial slur,  prison,  toilet,  prisoner,  jail,  face slap,  urination,  title spoken by character,  murder

Stolen (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stolen (2012)

In New Orleans, the notorious bank thief and family man Will Montgomery steals $10m with his partners Vincent, Riley Jeffers and Hoyt. However, he has an argument with Vincent in the runaway and Hoyt leaves Will behind. He tries to flee but the FBI agent Tim Harlend organizes a manhunt and Will is captured, but he burns the stolen money to get rid of the evidence against him. Eight years later, Will leaves the prison and he goes to the house of his teenage daughter Alison Loeb, who has issues against him. Alison leaves Will alone in a coffee shop and takes a cab to go to a session with her shrink. However, a couple of minutes later, Will receives a phone call from Vincent, who is presumed dead, telling that he has abducted Alison and will kill her unless he receives the $10m of the last robbery. Now Will has twelve hours to find a way to rescue his daughter from the hands of the psychopath Vincent. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:pump action shotgun,  yelling for help,  broken finger,  barbecue,  shot in the stomach,  criminal,  revolver,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  urination,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

The Last Castle (2001) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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)

Themes:sadism
Story:warden,  prison guard,  baton,  solitary confinement,  convict,  prison,  prisoner,  criminal,  shotgun,  shot to death,  knife,  murder

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Kill List (2011)
Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Kill List (2011)

Story:pump action shotgun,  murder of a child,  hammer,  shot in the stomach,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  knife,  murder,  flashback

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. This is why Live By Night (2016) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  racism
Locations:cemetery
Period:1930s
Story:fedora,  n word,  crucifix,  racial slur,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  criminal,  revolver,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  based on novel,  murder

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:sadism
Story:prison guard,  prison,  solitary confinement,  warden,  convict,  shot in the stomach,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  gay slur,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  knife,  murder,  flashback

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The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Characters:christianity
Story:brain tumor,  cure,  healing,  terminal illness,  spirituality,  execution,  no opening credits,  supernatural power,  jail,  prison,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

Natural Born Killers (1994)
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:sadism
Story:prison guard,  solitary confinement,  death row,  murderer,  prisoner,  gay slur,  criminal,  jail,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  urination,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  flashback,  murder

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)

Locations:cemetery
Story:pump action shotgun,  prison guard,  poetic justice,  racial slur,  prisoner,  criminal,  revolver,  jail,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

For the last 8 years the brothers have been living with their father on a sheep farm deep in isolated Ireland. One day their uncle tells them that they have been framed for the murder of a Bostonian Catholic priest. The boys must return to Boston to not only clear their names but find the men who framed them. This is why The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999). (Read More)

Story:double barreled shotgun,  crucifix,  shot in the stomach,  racial slur,  prisoner,  gay slur,  revolver,  shotgun,  shot to death,  prison,  murder,  flashback

The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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:sadism
Story:criminal,  prison guard,  christ allegory,  telling someone to shut up,  drugged drink,  tragic hero,  convict,  blockbuster,  no opening credits,  false accusation,  prisoner,  revolver,  jail,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  title spoken by character,  african american,  murder

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  redemption
Story:jail,  prison guard,  prison,  truncheon,  cure,  strait jacket,  drugged drink,  blockbuster,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  criminal,  color in title,  punched in the face,  surprise ending,  three word title,  knife,  based on novel,  murder

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Fallen (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Fallen (1998)

Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. (Read More)

Story:execution,  prison guard,  overhead camera shot,  death row,  handshake,  murderer,  false accusation,  prisoner,  criminal,  revolver,  supernatural power,  punched in the face,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  murder

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:redemption
Locations:cemetery
Story:prison guard,  terminal illness,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  gay slur,  revolver,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shot to death,  prison,  african american,  flashback,  murder

Assassin's Creed (2016) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Assassin's Creed (2016)

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. This is why Assassin's Creed (2016) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999). (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:prison guard,  death row inmate,  baton,  death row,  convict,  execution,  no opening credits,  prisoner,  criminal,  punched in the face,  shot to death,  prison,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

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The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:sadism
Locations:cemetery
Characters:christianity
Story:male tears,  healer,  film projector,  healing,  shot in the stomach,  revolver,  supernatural power,  punched in the face,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

Drive Angry (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Thriller

Drive Angry (2011)

John Milton is up against the clock: Jonah King, the leader of a Satanic cult, has murdered Milton's daughter and kidnapped her baby. In three days, King and his followers will sacrifice the child at midnight. Milton picks up the trail in Oklahoma as well as rescuing a waitress named Piper from her brutal, two-timing fiance. There are odd things about Milton: his driver's license is out of date, he has a very strange gun, and he's being pursued by a man in a suit who carries FBI ID and calls himself the Accountant. Piper, who's lived a life on the sidelines, has to piece things together on the fly as they close in on King. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Story:double barreled shotgun,  pump action shotgun,  louisiana,  healing,  no opening credits,  revolver,  supernatural power,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot to death,  prison,  knife,  murder,  flashback

Solace (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Solace (2015)

A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins), works with an F.B.I. Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an F.B.I. Special Agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. (Read More)

Story:brain tumor,  psychic power,  drugged drink,  tragic hero,  terminal illness,  murderer,  no opening credits,  revolver,  supernatural power,  shotgun,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  knife,  murder,  flashback

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15 Minutes (2001) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:sadism
Locations:cemetery
Story:fire extinguisher,  prisoner,  criminal,  punched in the face,  shotgun,  face slap,  urination,  shot to death,  prison,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder

Yip Man (2008)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation. This is why Yip Man (2008) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999). (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  redemption,  racism
Period:1930s
Story:christ allegory,  tragic hero,  compassion,  blockbuster,  punched in the face,  face slap,  shot to death,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

Sin City (2005)
Crime, Thriller

Sin City (2005)

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. (Read More)

Themes:sadism,  redemption
Story:solitary confinement,  electric chair,  overhead camera shot,  tragic hero,  crucifix,  execution,  gay slur,  revolver,  punched in the face,  face slap,  urination,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  knife,  title spoken by character,  murder

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The Color Purple (1985)
Drama

The Color Purple (1985)

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Themes:racism
Period:1930s
Story:racial injustice,  child rape,  blockbuster,  racial slur,  color in title,  face slap,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  african american,  based on novel

The Fisher King (1991) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The Fisher King (1991)

After hearing a popular DJ rail against yuppies, a madman carries out a massacre in a popular New York bar. Dejected and remorseful, the DJ strikes up a friendship with Parry, a former professor who became unhinged and then homeless after witnessing his wife's violent death in the bar shooting. The DJ seeks redemption by helping Parry in his quest to recover an item that he believes is the Holy Grail and to win the heart of the woman he loves. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:catatonic state,  yelling for help,  belching,  strait jacket,  telling someone to shut up,  mental institution,  compassion,  gay slur,  shotgun,  face slap,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Story:pocket watch,  murder of a child,  execution,  criminal,  revolver,  supernatural power,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot to death,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  murder,  flashback

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