Best Netflix Prison Movies You Should Watch in 2023

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December 12, 2023

We all love a good prison movie or series. From those that show life on the inside to daring prison escapes, there are a lot of great options out there.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) is certainly one of the best in the genre of all time and a cult movie you should watch. It tells the story of a wrongly accused and convicted inmate, Andy Dufresne, who was sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary. It is a classic, must-watch movie and is still considered one of the best on the IMDB.

However, this movie is not availabel on Netflix. If you have Netflix subscription, luckily, there are many excellent prison movies and series on Netflix.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best prison movies and series on Netflix you can stream right now!

The Informer(2019)

Recruited by the FBI, ex-con and former special operations soldier Pete Koslow uses his covert skills to try and take down the General – the most powerful crime boss in New York. When a sting results in the death of an undercover cop, Pete suddenly finds himself caught in the crossfire between the mob and the FBI. Forced to return to prison, Koslow must now come up with a plan to escape from the clutches of the law and the General to save himself and his family.

Below Zero(2021)

When a prisoner transfer van is attacked, the officer in charge must fight those inside and outside while dealing with a silent foe: the icy temperatures.

All Day and a Night(2020)

A young man considers the people, circumstances, and system that set him on the path leading to his incarceration in the same prison as his father.

40 Sticks(2019)

When their prison bus crashes in a forest on a rainy night, a group of criminals finds themselves battling wild animals and a mysterious killer.

Spenser Confidential

To unravel a twisted murder conspiracy, a former police detective returns to Boston’s criminal underworld.

Miracle In Cell No. 7(2019)

Amidst martial law, small-town shepherd Memo gets framed for murder and sentenced to death. At his prison, his fellow inmates come to see his golden heart, mobilizing to try to save his life and reunite him with his daughter, Ova.

The Platform(2019)

In the future, prisoners housed in vertical cells watch as inmates in the upper cells are fed while those below starve.

On My Skin: The Last Seven Days of Stefano Cucchi(2018)

A man is arrested for a minor crime and mysteriously found dead in his detention cell. In one week’s time, a family is changed forever.

A Twelve-Year Night(2018)

Before becoming the Uruguayan president, José Mujica and other political prisoners fight to survive 12 years of solitary confinement and torture.


Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

The Raid 2

After surviving a bloody fight with powerful gangsters, rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais) thinks he can resume a normal life. However, his exploits during that fateful incident have attracted the attention of criminals even more deadly than the last. His family at risk, Rama has no choice but to go under cover. He gets himself thrown in prison, where he befriends the son of a prominent crime kingpin. Rama must lay his own life on the line to finally destroy the criminal empire.

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Inside The World’s Toughest Prison

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons is a television documentary series available on Netflix. The documentary shows life in 19 prisons around the world, mostly from the prisoner perspective but also including the perspective of prison guards and others interacting with the prison system. The series’s seventh season was released on 15 September 2023.

A journalist travels to different locations to explore the imprisonment process of various societies. In the Philippines, the featured prison is Rizal Jail, where inmates perform dances and cook for each other. In Poland’s Piotrkow Prison, he experiences intensive guard and riot training and spends time in Piotrow’s most extreme isolation cell. He also discovers what conditions are like at El Hongo prison in Mexico and Danli Prison in Honduras. Other facilities are visited in Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine and Belize. Throughout the episodes, the host reveals the struggles of each institution as the guards attempt to reform criminals and prisoners adjust to life on the inside.

Orange Is The New Black

Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.


Prison Playbook

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Every month, there are some titles leave Netflix, as you can see, the above film Miracle In Cell No. 7 has left Netflix on Mar. 12, 2023. To save your favorite Netflix titles forever, the best way is to download them to MP4.

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