Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, dir.) (1967). The story of an inmate at a southern prison farm, this film portrays a bygone era of corrections, illustrating the power of total institutions and a unique prison culture.
The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, dir.) (1994). Based on a short story by Stephen King, this film set in a mid–twentieth century New England prison shows the challenges faced by inmates and staff within the culture of the institution.
Straight Time (Ulu Grosbard, dir.) (1978). This film follows a recently released inmate as he adjusts to life in the community on parole, including the challenges of reintegrating into free society.