7 Epic Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption

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7 Epic Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption
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So you’ve just finished watching The Shawshank Redemption and now you’re looking for the same epicness in another movie? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ve shared a list of 7 Epic Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption.

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best movies and probably the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) in cinema history. The movie also bags the highest rating for a movie with a score of 9.2 on IMDB.

It is almost impossible to recreate the legacy that this masterpiece of a movie left us with but we’ve curated a list of 7 other great movies that come close to the epicness of The Shawshank Redemption. Check the list down below.

  • Escape from Alcatraz
  • Papillon
  • The Great Escape
  • Unbroken
  • The Escapist
  • Midnight Express
  • Escape Plan

Read along the article to know more about these epic movies that you can watch after The Shawshank Redemption.

7 Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption

Now that you’ve seen the list, without further ado, let’s dive right into the heart of the article by getting to know more about why these movies deserve to be on our list of must-watch prison-break drama films.

1. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Why it deserves to be on this list of Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption?

You must have heard of Alcatraz, one of the most secure prisons of its time. The Escape from Alcatraz is a movie based on true events where three prison inmates attempt an escape from the maximum security prison on the island of Alcatraz.

The plot of the movie revolves around Frank Morris, a criminal with an exceptional I.Q. who orchestrates the whole escape from a prison that was labeled as impenetrable. Follow through the movie to find out how Frank and the other two inmates escape from this infamous prison.

Runtime: 1h 52min

IMDB ratings: 7.6/10

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan

Director: Don Siegel

2. Papillon (2017)

Why it deserves to be on this list of Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption?

Papillon is a biographical drama and an adaptation of the 1973 film of the same name. The movie follows the storyline of a safecracker from the Parisian underworld, Henri Papillon Charrière who is wrongly convicted for murder.

The events of the movie follow Papillon who makes multiple attempts to escape from the notorious penal colony in French Guiana, in the hope to regain his freedom. Witness one of the best prison break movies as Papillon plans his escape journey from the Devil’s Island.

Runtime: 2h 13min

IMDB ratings: 7.2/10

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Roland Møller, Rami Malek

Director: Michael Noer

3. The Great Escape (1963)

Why it deserves to be on this list of Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption?

The Great Escape is an adventure war film set around World War II. Considered as an all time classic movie, The Great Escape depicts the events of an escape plan of the allied prisoners-of-war from a German camp.

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The plot of the movie revolves around a group of prisoners of war led by Roger Bartlett (a.k.a Big X) and British Group Captain, Ramsey in an attempt to tunnel their way out of the secured German camp and break out around 200+ allied prisoners. 

Runtime: 2h 52min

IMDB ratings: 8.2/10

Cast: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough

Director: John Sturges

4. Unbroken (2014)

Why it deserves to be on this list of Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption?

Unbroken is an American war film based on the book ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption’ by Laura Hillenbrand. The plot of the movie centers around the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who later joined the armed forces during World War II.

After surviving a near-fatal plane crash during the war, Louis along with his two crewmates are captured by the Japanese navy. Witness Louis on his journey as he fights back against the odds in an attempt to survive the war.

Runtime: 2h 17min

IMDB ratings: 7.2/10

Cast: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Director: Angelina Jolie

5. The Escapist (2008)

Why it deserves to be on this list of Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption?

The Escapist is a drama thriller revolving around the life of Frank Perry, a convict serving life imprisonment without parole. After completing 14 years of his life sentence, Frank receives a letter regarding the near-death experience of his daughter.

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The plot of the movie follows Frank planning an escape from the prison along with a group of misfits. Watch the movie to know if Frank makes it out of the prison in a shocking series of events.   

Runtime: 1h 42min

IMDB ratings: 6.7/10

Cast: Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Seu Jorge

Director: Rupert Wyatt

6. Midnight Express (1978)

Why it deserves to be on this list of Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption?

Midnight Express is a prison drama film based on the non-fiction book ‘Midnight Express’ by Billy Hayes. The version of the film received criticism on how the Turkish characters were represented. 

The plot of the movie revolves around an American student, Billy Hayes, who is caught for smuggling drugs while boarding an International flight. Follow Billy on his journey as he tries to survive through the hell-like conditions of the prison before deciding to escape.

Runtime: 2h 01min

IMDB ratings: 7.6/10

Cast: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins

Director: Alan Parker

7. Escape Plan (2013)

Why it deserves to be on this list of Similar Movies to The Shawshank Redemption?

Escape Plan is an action thriller prison break film that also happens to be the first movie to pair the dynamic duo of Stallone and Schwarzenegger. The plot of the movie follows Ray Breslin, a prison-security tester, who gets incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison.

Witness an action-packed flick as Ray joins hand with Emil Rottmayer, a fellow prisoner, and the duo attempt to break out of the most secure prison in the world. This movie is the first installment of the Escape Plan series.

Runtime: 1h 55min

IMDB ratings: 6.7/10

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Director: Mikael Håfström

Wrapping Up

With this, we’ve come to the conclusion of our article on movies similar to The Shawshank Redemption. We hope you have a great time watching these movies. Let us know your favorite pick from the list in the comment section below.

Feature Image Credit: The New York Times


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