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The Green Mile (1999)
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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.

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

Dead Man Walking (1995)
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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:
execution redemption racism prison murder 
Locations:
cemetery 
Story:
prison guard solitary confinement capital punishment death penalty death row southern u.s. louisiana blockbuster crucifix murderer prisoner shot to death knife title spoken by character flashback 

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The Experiment (2010)
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The Experiment (2010)

Themes:
sadism prison murder 
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 knife title spoken by character based on novel β€¦flashback  (See All)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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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. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption prison murder 
Mood:
poetic justice 
Story:
prison guard feet on desk based on the works of stephen king solitary confinement warden wrongful conviction convict hammer false accusation prisoner revolver jail shot to death surprise ending three word title β€¦flashback  (See All)

Lock Up (1989) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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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 L…eone never sees the light of day. (Read More)

Themes:
sadism prison murder 
Story:
sadistic prison guard prison guard solitary confinement warden electric chair convict racial slur prisoner criminal jail shotgun knife flashback 

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Malcolm X (1992)
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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 prison murder 
Characters:
african american 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
racial injustice solitary confinement tragic hero convict compassion spirituality racial slur criminal jail shotgun shot to death title spoken by character flashback 

Life (1999)
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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 prison murder 
Characters:
african american 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
pump action shotgun prison life prison guard racial injustice southern u.s. false accusation criminal jail surprise ending flashback 

The Longest Yard (2005)
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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 ski…lls. 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 prison murder 
Story:
prison guard solitary confinement warden death row convict racial slur no opening credits jail 

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Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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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:
execution prison murder 
Characters:
african american 
Story:
n word barbecue racial slur no opening credits prisoner gay slur criminal revolver punched in the face shotgun shot to death surprise ending three word title knife flashback 

Bronson (2008)
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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 prison murder 
Story:
prison guard urinating on someone solitary confinement strait jacket handshake toilet prisoner jail punched in the face shotgun flashback 

Brick Mansions (2014)
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Brick Mansions (2014)

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

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Ben-hur (2016)
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Ben-hur (2016)

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

The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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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:
prison murder 
Story:
prison guard overhead camera shot wrongful conviction death penalty death row convict compassion blockbuster false accusation revolver jail punched in the face shotgun shot to death surprise ending β€¦title spoken by character flashback  (See All)

Instinct (1999)
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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 g…orillas 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)

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

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48 Hrs. (1982)
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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:
racism murder 
Characters:
african american 
Story:
convict blockbuster murderer racial slur prisoner gay slur revolver jail shotgun shot to death surprise ending knife title spoken by character 

The Hateful Eight (2015)
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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 murder 
Characters:
african american 
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 β€¦knife flashback  (See All)

True Crime (1999) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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True Crime (1999)

Steve Everett, Oakland Tribune journalist with a passion for women and alcohol, is given the coverage of the upcoming execution of murderer Frank Beachum. His attractive colleague Michelle died in a car accident the night before. Bob Findley, Steve's boss and husband to Steve's current affair, wants… him dead and gone as soon as possible. When Steve stumbles across the possibility of Frank Beachum being innocently on death row, Bob feels his time to have come. Now Steve only has a few hours left to prove the innocence of Frank and to be right with this theory, as he definitely will be history if he's not. (Read More)

Themes:
execution prison murder 
Story:
warden capital punishment death row murderer false accusation revolver based on novel 

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Escape Plan (2013)
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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 prison murder 
Story:
prison guard solitary confinement convict shot in the stomach no opening credits prisoner gay slur punched in the face shotgun shot to death surprise ending knife flashback 

The Firm (1993)
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The Firm (1993)

Mitch McDeere is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by 'The Firm' and made an offer he doesn't refuse. Seduced by the money and gifts showered on him, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murde…red. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He has a choice - work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan... (Read More)

Themes:
prison murder 
Story:
prison guard southern u.s. louisiana drugged drink barbecue convict blockbuster prisoner revolver jail shotgun shot to death surprise ending title spoken by character based on novel 

Criminal (2016)
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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:
redemption prison murder 
Story:
prison guard death row inmate solitary confinement death row convict no opening credits prisoner criminal punched in the face shotgun shot to death surprise ending knife title spoken by character flashback 

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Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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Blood Father (2016)

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

Running Scared (2006)
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Running Scared (2006)

After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things go wrong for Joey after a neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find that kid and the gun before the police and the mob do.

Themes:
racism murder 
Story:
pump action shotgun broken finger shot in the stomach racial slur no opening credits toilet shotgun face slap shot to death surprise ending knife 

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
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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 murder 
Mood:
poetic justice 
Story:
double barreled shotgun pump action shotgun shot in the stomach toilet gay slur criminal revolver punched in the face shotgun face slap shot to death surprise ending 

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The Fisher King (1991)
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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 murder 
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 flashback 

Chopper (2000) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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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.

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

Tango & Cash (1989)
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Tango & Cash (1989)

Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can't stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught with the murder weapon at the scene of the crime, the t…wo have no alibi. Thrown into prison with most of the criminals they helped convict, it appears that they are going to have to trust each other if they are to clear their names and catch the evil Perret. (Read More)

Themes:
prison murder 
Story:
pump action shotgun prison guard wrongful conviction convict mouse racial slur prisoner revolver punched in the face shotgun three word title title spoken by character 

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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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 prison murder 
Story:
prison guard 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 

Monster's Ball (2001)
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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:
execution racism prison 
Characters:
african american 
Story:
prison guard electric chair nursing home death row racial slur 

El Mariachi (1992) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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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 tryin…g to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

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

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Suicide Squad (2016)
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Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has deter…mined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Themes:
sadism redemption supernatural power prison murder 
Characters:
african american 
Story:
prison guard louisiana tragic hero convict blockbuster racial slur no opening credits prisoner criminal revolver punched in the face shotgun shot to death surprise ending knife β€¦title spoken by character flashback  (See All)

Midnight Express (1978)
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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 ident…ifying 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:
sadism racism prison murder 
Story:
sadistic prison guard prison life prison guard frenchman murderer racial slur toilet prisoner jail face slap urination title spoken by character 

Papillon (1973)
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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 convicte…d 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:
execution prison 
Period:
1930s 
Story:
solitary confinement capital punishment wrongful conviction death penalty blockbuster prisoner gay slur criminal jail knife title spoken by character based on novel 

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Out Of Sight (1998) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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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 tho…ughts about bringing them in. (Read More)

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

The Dark Knight (2008)
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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 n…ew 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)

Subgenre:
christ allegory 
Themes:
sadism prison murder 
Characters:
african american 
Story:
prison guard telling someone to shut up drugged drink tragic hero convict blockbuster no opening credits false accusation prisoner criminal revolver punched in the face shotgun face slap shot to death β€¦surprise ending three word title knife title spoken by character  (See All)

The Life Of David Gale (2003)
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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.

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

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Fallen (1998)
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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 Azaze…l 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)

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

Assassin's Creed (2016) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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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 knowle…dge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. (Read More)

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

Double Jeopardy (1999)
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Double Jeopardy (1999)

When Nick Parsons appears to be murdered his wife Libby is tried and convicted. Six years later Libby is paroled and with the help of Travis Lehman (her parole officer) she sets out to find her son and the truth behind the "murder".

Themes:
prison murder 
Locations:
cemetery 
Story:
prison guard cajun wrongful conviction southern u.s. prisoner revolver shot to death knife title spoken by character 

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Solace (2015)
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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. Speci…al 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)

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

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
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Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must wor…k together to fight off the attacking gang members. (Read More)

Themes:
sadism prison murder 
Story:
prison guard death row coughing convict prisoner revolver jail punched in the face shotgun shot to death knife 

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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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:
execution prison murder 
Story:
prison guard convict shot in the stomach racial slur no opening credits prisoner criminal shotgun shot to death surprise ending 

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Strange Days (1995)
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Strange Days (1995)

Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Lenny investigates a…nd is pulled deeper and deeper in a whirl of blackmail, murder and rape. Will he survive and solve the case? (Read More)

Themes:
racism murder 
Story:
pump action shotgun crucifix murderer racial slur no opening credits revolver punched in the face shotgun face slap shot to death surprise ending knife flashback 

Natural Born Killers (1994)
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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 me…dia sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:
sadism prison murder 
Story:
prison guard solitary confinement death row murderer prisoner gay slur criminal jail punched in the face shotgun face slap urination shot to death surprise ending three word title β€¦knife flashback  (See All)

Gothika (2003)
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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 rape…d 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)

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

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A Prophet (2009) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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A Prophet (2009)

Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brecourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who… with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named Cesar Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate. This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Arab, and the Muslims who now mistrust him. But as time goes on, Malik works to save himself while in prison, while setting up his life post prison on his own terms. Both his demon and his salvation in prison is the specter of one of the first people he really got to know during his incarceration. (Read More)

Themes:
racism prison murder 
Story:
prison guard solitary confinement convict murderer racial slur prisoner gay slur criminal jail punched in the face face slap shot to death title spoken by character flashback 

Near Dark (1987)
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Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:
sadism redemption supernatural power murder 
Story:
double barreled shotgun cure healing shot in the stomach criminal revolver punched in the face shotgun face slap shot to death surprise ending knife 

Revolver (2005)
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Revolver (2005)

After seven years in solitary, Jake Green is released from prison. In the next two years, he amasses a lot of money by gambling. He's ready to seek his revenge on Dorothy (Mr. D) Macha, a violence-prone casino owner who sent Jake to prison. He humiliates Macha in front of Macha's lieutenants, leaves…, and keels over. Doctors tell him he has a rare disease and will die in three days; Macha also puts a hit out on him. Loan sharks, Zack and Avi, demand Jake's cash and complete fealty in return for protection. Jake complies, and through narration and flashbacks, we watch him through at least three days of schemes, danger, and redemption. Who is his greatest enemy? (Read More)

Themes:
sadism redemption prison murder 
Story:
pump action shotgun prison life solitary confinement hammer revolver shotgun shot to death surprise ending flashback 

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Live By Night (2016)
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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 spe… (Read More)

Themes:
redemption racism prison murder 
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 surprise ending three word title knife β€¦based on novel  (See All)

Gran Torino (2008) is one of the best movies like The Green Mile (1999)
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Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 19…72 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:
redemption racism murder 
Characters:
african american 
Story:
n word tragic hero barbecue compassion blockbuster racial slur no opening credits gay slur revolver punched in the face shotgun shot to death surprise ending knife title spoken by character 

The Fountain (2006)
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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)

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

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