The 10 Best Escape Movies, From The Shawshank Redemption to Cool Hand Luke

"The Shawshank Redemption" isn't the only movie about the Great Escape. Check out these other inspiring examples.

A good escape movie will leave you with a pit in your stomach. You feel restless knowing that one wrong move could upend the perfectly planned plan, allowing you to evade authorities and free yourself from anything that stands in your way. The more complex the plan, the more invested we are in the success or failure of the jailbreak. Here's a list of some of the movies that featured some of the top escapes in the movie.

Escape From New York (1981)

When Escape from New York premiered in 1981, it was set in the near future in 1997. Maybe a bit dated, but John Carpenter's tale of Manhattan turned high-security prison is one of his best films. Snake Plisskin (Kurt Russell), a convicted bank robber turned hero, is on a mission to navigate the lawless New York borough to save the President of the United States (Donald Pleasance), who crashes on Air Force One in New York after being kidnapped by a gang of rogue prisoners in the middle of the Big Apple. The late Isaac Hayes was brilliant as the Duke POTUS hostages in exchange for their freedom.

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

When Clint Eastwood isn't busy playing Dirty Harry or making spaghetti westerns, he's hatching a plan to escape America's most notorious prison. Long before Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage made it to Stonehenge, Clint was busy escaping Alcatraz. His character, Frank Morris, executes a plan that has worked out every inch of the daring plan. From making paper dummies to fool prison guards to squeezing through the tightest corners, he takes two fellow inmates and tries to do something no one has done before - get off the island and swim in shark-infested waters Safe to San Francisco.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Ellis Boyd Redding (Morgan Freeman) or "Reed" said it best: "He had a quiet way of walking and talking that was not normal here. He wandered, like A man in a park is so carefree in the world, it's like he's put on an invisibility coat that protects him from the place." Of course, he's referring to Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins ), he mistakenly Sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife and her lover. The Shawshank Redemption is not only one of the best escape movies, but certainly one of the best ever made. A banker's sweet redemption after two decades in prison is a cinematic masterpiece. Did we mention the double snub for Freeman and Robbins at the Oscars the following year? Now we have. Freeman was nominated but didn't win, and Robbins wasn't even invited to walk the red carpet.

Victory (1981)

With the World Cup coming to an end, we couldn't help but include this brilliant prison break starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Bailey as prisoners of war in a Nazi concentration camp. A sinister plot begins when the head of the facility (Max von Sydow) organizes a soccer match between imprisoned international allies and an international group of their Nazi captors, It will test the resolve of the prisoners as they attempt to use the exhibition as cover to make a heroic escape from the brutal clutches of the Third Reich regime.

The Great Escape (1963)

With an amazing ensemble cast, including Featuring Hollywood icons such as Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Cobain and Charles Bronson, The Great Escape is a remarkable classic that details a group of The escape of the prisoners of war held in Germany! ! A complex plan involving the digging of a long tunnel beneath the prisoner-of-war camp was only half the battle, with American and British prisoners working together, as the group also had to find a way to escape safely from behind enemy lines once they surfaced .It is rare to see so many talented actors in today's movies.

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Alexandre Dumas' groundbreaking revenge novel about Sir Edmund Dantès (Jim Caviezel) is also a great escape movie. In The Count of Monte Cristo, when a simple man harbors the simple desire to marry the woman he loves, Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk), is mistakenly arrested and Imprisoned, he toiled in a dank dungeon while Mondego married the unwitting Mercedes. It took years for Edmund to regain his freedom and implement a brilliant plan to exact sweet revenge on those who tried to steal His life and his loves.

Papillon (1973)

Steve McQueen's 1973 escape classic, Papillon, makes yet another fantastic escape movie. Nicknamed "Papillon" by his fellow inmates for his butterfly tattoo on his chest, the film is based on the true story of Henri Charrier, a young man wrongly convicted of murder A liar who will stop at nothing to escape a labor camp in French Guiana, South America. He teams up with notorious forger Louis Degas (Dustin Hoffman). The two worked together to formulate a plan to find sweet freedom.

A Man Escaped (1956)

While we're talking French-themed prison break movies, this one based on the true story of a POW and French Resistance fighter, André de Viny Fontaine is the oldest, but perhaps the best of its kind. The story of Fontaine, played by Francois Leterrier, outlines an elaborate prison escape when he is assigned a new cellmate by Nazi prisoners in World War II At that time, he suffered a major setback. With the various weapons forged by himself and the psychological blueprint inch by inch of the Montlucburg prison, he decided to take his new inmates with him. Trying to sneak out from under the noses of the Germans.

Escape from Pretoria (2020)

Memo to Daniel Radcliffe - You are not at Hogwarts anymore, Harry! In the 1970s, freedom fighters Tim Jenkin (Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webster) were brutally jailed for spreading pro-integration and anti-apartheid literature in South Africa. Abuse by warden and staff. In "Escape from Pretoria," Jenkin leads three prisoners through the labyrinth of a dank prison, past security, and straight out the front door, armed with an assortment of homespun keys. Mark Leonard Winter also shines as Leonard Fontaine, a French prisoner caught up in the chaos of apartheid who plays a role in his escape. indispensable role.

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

The chain gang boss (Strother Martin) in Cool Hand Luke insists, "What we have here, is a failure of communication!" Maybe he's right, but that doesn't stop Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) from ) becomes a habitual rule-breaker in this epic epic set in the scorching sun of a Florida prison yard. With the mentality of "do not succeed at first, try again", Luke escaped many times and was caught back. His rebellious character led to many Time is in the hole, but he is not broken as he continues to find his way out of the prison again and again. The iconic role cemented Newman's status as one of the most iconic leading men in film history.

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