Top 147 Die Hard in a Prison Films/Shows

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1. The Rock (1996)

R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer

Votes: 300,699 | Gross: $134.07M

2. The Last Castle (2001)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

A court-martialed General rallies together twelve hundred inmates to rise against a corrupt and sadistic warden.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton

Votes: 67,443 | Gross: $18.21M

3. Escape Plan (2013)

R | 115 min | Action, Thriller

49 Metascore

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 218,667 | Gross: $25.13M

4. Lockout (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

48 Metascore

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Directors: James Mather, Steve Saint Leger | Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan

Votes: 90,941 | Gross: $14.33M

5. Con Air (1997)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Colm Meaney

Votes: 264,789 | Gross: $101.12M

6. Half Past Dead 2 (2007 Video)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime

Former WWE & WCW World Champion Bill Goldberg and hip-hop group Tha Dog Pound's Ricardo "Kurupt" Brown push life to the limit in this explosive sequel to the 2002 hit movie Half Past Dead.

Director: Art Camacho | Stars: Bill Goldberg, Kurupt, Jack Conley, Robert Madrid

Votes: 1,855

7. Tango & Cash (1989)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.

Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance

Votes: 91,748 | Gross: $63.41M

8. Evasive Action (1998)

R | 91 min | Action, Thriller

When Redwood Federal Penitentiary closes, there are going to be several hundred prisoners looking for a new home. Several of the most dangerous, all killers, will be transported by train to... See full summary »

Director: Jerry P. Jacobs | Stars: Dorian Harewood, Ray Wise, Roy Scheider, DeLane Matthews

Votes: 390

9. Ghosts of Mars (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Jason Statham

Votes: 49,361 | Gross: $8.43M

10. Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne, Maria Bello

Votes: 71,758 | Gross: $19.98M

11. Prison Break: The Final Break (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Michael and Sara wed, but the happiness is short-lived when the Feds apprehend her for the murder of Michael's mother, Christina. Once a hit is ordered on Sara, the team reunite to break out the increasingly vulnerable target.

Directors: Kevin Hooks, Brad Turner | Stars: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, William Fichtner, Amaury Nolasco

Votes: 22,765

12. Black Sea Raid (2000)

R | 82 min | Action, Drama

Renegade CIA agent Rick Halsey assembles a team of special forces operatives to rescue a Russian nuclear scientist held in a fortified mental institution behind enemy lines.

Director: Jenö Hodi | Stars: Daniel Bernhardt, Marina Mogilevskaya, Aleksei Begas, Michail Bekoev

Votes: 88

13. Assault on Dome 4 (1996 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The mad terrorist Alex Windham takes over a small scientific community on another planet and forces Dome 4's inhabitants to build him some bombs. Windham is unaware, however, that ... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Po | Stars: Joseph Culp, Bruce Campbell, Jocelyn Seagrave, Brion James

Votes: 371

14. A Warden's Ransom (2014)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The new female warden of a high-security prison faces challenges when an inmate puts up a bounty to anyone who can break him out of jail.

Director: Mike Elliott | Stars: Diane Neal, Jodelle Ferland, Devon Sawa, Melissa Marie Elias

Votes: 331

15. Death Race (2008)

R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane

Votes: 191,786 | Gross: $36.32M

16. No Escape (1994)

R | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson, Kevin Dillon

Votes: 17,932 | Gross: $15.34M

17. Fortress (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

In a future, private underground prison/Fortress, the inmates are computer controlled with CCTV, dream readers and devices that can cause pain or death. John and his illegally pregnant wife are inside but want to escape before birth.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 26,558 | Gross: $6.74M

18. Fortress 2 (2000)

R | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7 years after the original Fortress movie, Brennick along with the rebels are captured and sent to a new, more sophisticated fortress prison, in outer space.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Beth Toussaint, Willie Garson, Aidan Ostrogovich

Votes: 6,277

19. Timelock (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In the 23rd century, a penal colony in a distant galaxy falls into anarchy when an inmate loads a virus into the computer system. While cryonic suspension was used to control the most ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Munic | Stars: Maryam d'Abo, Arye Gross, Jeffrey Meek, Ricco Ross

Votes: 357

20. Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

After security expert Ray Breslin is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin's girlfriend is also captured.

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, 50 Cent, Jin Zhang

Votes: 8,479

21. Desperate Measures (1998)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Frank Conner is an honest police officer who desperately needs to save his son's life. However, after losing all hope, he finds out that a criminal Peter McCabe in jail is his only savior.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 15,337 | Gross: $13.81M

22. Guilty as Charged (2000 TV Movie)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure

The Pentagon sends their top soldier to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of two dozen soldiers.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Antonio Sabato Jr., James Remar, Duane Davis, Yuji Okumoto

Votes: 389

23. The Human Shield (1991)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, War

An ex-Marine who was hired to train Iraqi soldiers to fight Iran returns to Iraq as a CIA agent to free his brother, who has been imprisoned there by a renegade general.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Tommy Hinkley, Hanna Azoulay Hasfari, Steve Inwood

Votes: 405

24. Spy Game (2001)

R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

63 Metascore

Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 139,216 | Gross: $0.03M

25. Maximum Revenge (1997)

R | 78 min | Action, Crime

A policeman, unjustly sentenced and sent to a maximum security prison, discovers terrorists have planted a nuclear bomb in the prison. The terrorists hope to trick the U.S. into a ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Paul Michael Robinson, John Lazar, Landon Hall, Neil Delama

Votes: 176

26. Half Past Dead (2002)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

23 Metascore

This movie tells the story of a man who goes undercover in a hi-tech prison to find out information to help prosecute those who killed his wife. While there he stumbles onto a plot involving a death-row inmate and his $200 million stash of gold.

Director: Don Michael Paul | Stars: Morris Chestnut, Steven Seagal, Matt Battaglia, Ja Rule

Votes: 14,083 | Gross: $15.36M

27. Prison Break (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 444,013

Seasons 1, part of Season 2 rescue and Seasons 3 and 5.

28. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 165,915

Season 1 has a federal detention center takeover.

Season 3 has a prison takeover.

29. GoldenEye (1995)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

65 Metascore

Years after a friend and fellow 00 agent is killed on a joint mission, a secret space based weapons program known as "GoldenEye" is stolen. James Bond sets out to stop a Russian crime syndicate from using the weapon.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

Votes: 228,718 | Gross: $106.60M

30. Hard Rain (1998)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

The nephew of an armored-truck driver tries to prevent three million dollars from being taken by a local rival gang during a catastrophic flooding caused by a severe storm.

Director: Mikael Salomon | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver

Votes: 31,060 | Gross: $19.82M

Police station prison briefly featured in key scene.

31. Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Years after he fought his way out of an inescapable prison, Ray Breslin has organized a new top-notch security force. But when one of his team members goes missing, Breslin must return to the hell he once escaped from.

Director: Steven C. Miller | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Xiaoming Huang, Jesse Metcalfe

Votes: 24,584

32. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

Votes: 324,445 | Gross: $195.04M

At very beginning

33. Kill Zone 2 (2015)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

While undercover officer Kit is taken prisoner by the syndicate, he befriends his keeper and discovers an organ trafficking ring.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Tony Jaa, Jing Wu, Simon Yam, Jin Zhang

Votes: 5,613

34. Lockdown (1990)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Cop is framed for murder and sent to prison.

Director: Frank Harris | Stars: Richard Lynch, Chris DeRose, Chuck Jeffreys, Elizabeth Kaitan

Votes: 51

35. Death Warrant (1990)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

34 Metascore

In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, Cynthia Gibb, George Dickerson

Votes: 16,268 | Gross: $16.85M

36. Riot (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action

Police officer, Jack Stone purposefully orchestrates a robbery in order to be thrown into a prison where notorious Russian criminal is. Balam's more than just a criminal;. He, likewise, is ... See full summary »

Director: John Lyde | Stars: Matthew Reese, Dolph Lundgren, Danielle C. Ryan, Chuck Liddell

Votes: 2,386

37. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Udo Kier

Votes: 52,311

38. Cell 211 (2009)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Director: Daniel Monzón | Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón

Votes: 61,131

39. Locked Down (2010)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Danny, a respected cop, is setup after an investigation goes wrong. While laying low in his new jail cell, Danny is forced to get involved in the inmates underground cage fighting circuit. ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Zirilli | Stars: Tony Schiena, Rashad Evans, Vinnie Jones, Dwier Brown

Votes: 2,447

40. Revenger (2018)

101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A former police investigator decides to go to a prison island to revenge the brutal killings of his family.

Director: Seung-Won Lee | Stars: Je-Heon Choi, SooJin Jeong, Bruce Khan, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 2,823

41. Hard Justice (1995 Video)

R | 88 min | Action

When A.T.F. agent Nick Adams (David Bradley) goes undercover in a prison to unravel the mystery of a fellow agents death there. Warden Pike (Charles Napier) and his pet goons are involved ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: David Bradley, Charles Napier, Yuji Okumoto, Clabe Hartley

Votes: 365

42. Confessions of a Pit Fighter (2005)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama

Confessions of a Pit fighter is a character driven action film about regret, consequences and the triumph of the human spirit. Eddie Castillo is a quiet man. He has survived seven years of ... See full summary »

Director: Art Camacho | Stars: Armand Assante, James Russo, Flavor Flav, John Savage

Votes: 221

43. The Experiment (2010)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

Director: Paul Scheuring | Stars: Adrien Brody, Cam Gigandet, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace

Votes: 49,653

44. Ricochet (1991)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A District Attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 15,267 | Gross: $21.76M

45. Ring of Death (2008 TV Movie)

R | 82 min | Action, Crime, Drama