Arguably, the most universally loved movie of all time: ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. It is a film that actually flopped at the box office when it first released but slowly over time it has garnered a cult following all around the globe. What exactly about ‘The Shawshank Redemtpion’ makes people love the film so much is unknown, but my best guess — apart from its shocking but feel-good ending — is that ultimately it is a film about a common man who beats the system and gets free. In a way, his redemption is also audience’s redemption. In any case, here is the list of movies similar to The Shawshank Redemption that are our recommendations. You can watch many of these movies like The Shawshank Redemption on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. The Escapist (2008)
A group of motley prisoners decide to break out of high security jail for varied reasons of their own. The leader of the pack is Frank who wants to meet his dying daughter. The group also involves a street fighting thief, a drug dealer and a newbie. Between their freedom stands the ruthless king of the cell – Rizza. The twist in the climax which is heavily inspired from the civil war short story ‘An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge’ is the deal clincher here.
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9. Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Visiting Alcatraz I realized why nobody could escape it. And I was in awe of Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers. Because they were the only people who broke out of Alcatraz. Clint Eastwood starred ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ is a cinematic reenactment of the actual incident where the escapees made papier-màché dummies resembling their faces and fled the island on rafts made of raincoats. It’s said that apart from their clothes on the bank of San Francisco bay, no trace was ever found of the prisoners.
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8. Midnight Express (1978)
Based on a true story of an American student in a Turkish prison, this fetched Oliver Stone his maiden academy award for best adapted screenplay. Widely criticized for its brutal and vividly graphic content as well as anti-Turkish theme, it also garnered universal acclaim and multiple awards. Jailed for life for the possession of Hashish, the protagonist makes numerous attempt to flee the prison and gets thwarted every single time, eventually succeeding in a dramatic fashion.