The Green Mile (Frank Darabont, dir.) (1999). Based on a novel by Stephen King, this film explores broad questions of justice in a story set on a prison's death row.
Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins, dir.) (1995). Based on a true story, this film recounts Sister Helen Prejean's experience as spiritual adviser to a death row inmate.
Murder in the First (Marc Rocco, dir.) (1995). The fictional story of an inmate at the federal penitentiary at Alcatraz, this film raises questions about what philosophies ought to underlie punishment in such a maximum-security correctional institution.