Guide to Grindhouse Genres: Women In Prison

by Mewsdragonball | created - 04 Oct 2012 | updated - 07 Oct 2012 | Public

Women In Prison Sexploitation subgenre films

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1. Ten Violent Women (1982)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

3.1
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A group of women miners get fed up with their lifestyle and decide to try crime. After successfully pulling off a jewelry store robbery, they fail to sell the jewelry and are forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Sherri Vernon, Dixie Lauren, Sally Alice Gamble, Georgia Morgan

Votes: 330

2. 1,000 Convicts and a Woman (1971)

R | 92 min | Drama

4.4
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The daughter of a British prison governor returns from an American finishing school, and chases after the inmates her her Dad's prison.

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Alexandra Hay, Sandor Elès, Harry Baird, Neil Hallett

Votes: 102

3. 99 Women (1969)

Unrated | 86 min | Crime, Drama

4.8
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New inmate Marie arrives at an island prison in the women's sector and receives the number 99. The inmates are controlled by the sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz and Governor Santos and ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge, Herbert Lom

Votes: 1,054

4. Amazon Jail (1982)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action

3.8
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Young women in the Amazon are kidnapped by a ring of devil-worshipers, who plan to sell them as sex slaves. Some of the women escape, but are pursued into the jungle by their captors. The ... See full summary »

Director: Oswaldo de Oliveira | Stars: Elizabeth Hartmann, Maurício do Valle, Sandra Graffi, Lígia de Paula

Votes: 522

5. Bad Girls Dormitory (1986)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Horror

4.1
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Inmates at a women's prison run by a corrupt warden and her gang of sadistic guards plan a breakout.

Director: Tim Kincaid | Stars: Carey Zuris, Teresa Farley, Natalie O'Connell, Rick Gianasi

Votes: 237

6. Nu ji zhong ying (1973)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.8
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A nurse in a Japanese women's POW camp during World War II masterminds an escapee.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Birte Tove, Lieh Lo, Hsieh Wang, Terry Liu

Votes: 376

7. The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Anitra Ford, Candice Roman, Teda Bracci

Votes: 1,671

8. The Big Bust-Out (1972)

75 min | Action, Thriller

5.0
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Seven beautiful women in a high security prison set the stage for a big bust out.

Director: Ernst Ritter von Theumer | Stars: Tony Kendall, Monica Teuber, William Berger, Gordon Mitchell

Votes: 115

9. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown, Brooke Mills

Votes: 1,728 | Gross: $10.00M

10. Black Mama White Mama (1973)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden

Votes: 2,146

11. Caged Heat (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

5.4
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In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Juanita Brown, Erica Gavin, Roberta Collins, Ella Reid

Votes: 1,640

12. Caged Women (1982)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller

4.8
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Emanuelle goes undercover into a prison to expose the corrupted officials who are brutalizing the inmates. Emanuelle is shocked by the horrors and humiliation the prisoners are subjected to... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Maria Romano, Ursula Flores

Votes: 496

13. Chain Gang Women (1971)

R | 85 min | Crime, Thriller

4.2
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A murderer escapes from a chain gang, forcing his co-inmate to go along. The latter's girlfriend helps, but gets raped by the aggressive prisoner. The desperate duo next invades the home of an older farmer and his teen-aged wife.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Michael Stearns, Robert Lott, Barbara Mills, Linda York

Votes: 176

14. Chained Heat (1983)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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Linda Blair plays Carol, a young woman who must serve 18 months in prison after killing a man (by accident). The prison turns out to be brimming with decadence, corruption and sleaze, where... See full summary »

Director: Paul Nicholas | Stars: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Sybil Danning, Tamara Dobson

Votes: 1,788 | Gross: $6.15M

15. Bust Out (1973)

75 min | Drama, Thriller

5.3
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The Browns take their Catholic high school students on a picnic. As one student sneaks to her boyfriend, two others seduce escaped convicts who rape the fourth. Mrs. Brown and her husband fall victims to their prudence.

Director: John Hayes | Stars: Ric Lutze, Ralph Wain, Myron Griffin, Candy Samples

Votes: 74

16. Quartier de femmes (1973)

97 min | Drama

5.2
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A lawyer finds out that a young couple convicted of murder was in fact framed for the crime and goes to the prison with the hope of freeing them and learns the events that happened to the two from a fellow prisoner who helped them escape.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Andrés Resino, Geneviève Robert, Dennis Price, Rosa Palomar

Votes: 149

17. Ebony, Ivory and Jade (1979 TV Movie)

Drama

5.0
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Mick Jade, a former tennis bum-turned-Las Vegas song-and-dance man, doubles as a private eye with two female dancers, Ebony and Ivory, in which the trio go undercover to protect a lady ... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Bert Convy, Debbie Allen, Martha Smith, Donald Moffat

Votes: 20

18. Femmine infernali (1980)

93 min | Adventure, Crime, Thriller

5.1
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A women's prison camp is located deep in the tropical rain forest. Sadistic guards and a warden from hell make life almost unbearable for the inmates, and any infraction of the rules is ... See full summary »

Director: Edoardo Mulargia | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson, Cristina Lay, Cintia Lodetti

Votes: 390

19. Five Loose Women (1974)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.8
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Five inmates break out of a remote minimum security prison for women. Four are hardened convicts, the fifth was wrongfully convicted. As the authorities chase them down, the cons terrorize or kill anyone who gets in their way.

Director: Stephen C. Apostolof | Stars: Jabie Abercrombe, Rene Bond, Tallie Cochrane, Donna Young

Votes: 197

20. Girls in Prison (1956)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.6
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Anne Carson, meeting the seamy side of prison life, finds that everyone thinks she knows where un-recovered bank loot is.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Richard Denning, Joan Taylor, Adele Jergens, Helen Gilbert

Votes: 151

21. Hong fen bing tuan (1982)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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A group of women with various criminal skills are thrown into prison during World War 2. They escape and proceed to head off to destroy a chemical lab in a well fortified valley.

Director: Yen-Ping Chu | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Hui-Shan Yang, Sally Yeh, Joyce H. Cheng

Votes: 116

22. Helga, la louve de Stilberg (1978)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

3.9
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Vicious warden Helga runs the castle penitentiary Stilberg for female political prisoners with an iron fist. Stubborn and recalcitrant new inmate Elisabeth Vogel, who's the daughter of a ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Payet | Stars: Malisa Longo, Patrizia Gori, Claude Janna, Dominique Aveline

Votes: 167

23. Perverse oltre le sbarre (1984)

82 min | Action

5.0
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A woman murders her boyfriends and steals some diamonds he has smuggled. She gets found out though, and locked in a prison with an evil sadistic lesbian warden. She immediately sets about ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Siragusa | Stars: Ajita Wilson, Rita Silva, Linda Jones, Alessandro Freyberger

Votes: 74

24. Detenute violente (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action

3.2
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Julia, a famous physician, infiltrates a prison in an attempt to find a witness to her sister's killing, but instead she becomes the victim of a sadistic warden's sexual brutality.

Director: Gianni Siragusa | Stars: Ajita Wilson, Rita Silva, Linda Jones, Alessandro Freyberger

Votes: 156

25. The Hot Box (1972)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.8
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Hot action and lust in the steamy tropical jungle, as heroines break out of a women's prison and start a local revolution.

Director: Joe Viola | Stars: Carmen Argenziano, Andrea Cagan, Margaret Markov, Rickey Richardson

Votes: 155

26. Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976)

R | 85 min | Thriller

5.2
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In the vast deserts of the Middle East, the lascivious tigress Ilsa joins the white flesh slavery ring of a maniacal sheikh overlord.

Director: Don Edmonds | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Max Thayer, Jerry Delony, Uschi Digard

Votes: 2,220

27. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.2
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Ilsa is an evil Nazi warden at a death camp that conducts "medical experiments". Ilsa's goal is to prove that women can withstand more pain and suffering than men and therefore should be allowed to fight on the front lines.

Director: Don Edmonds | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Knoph, Tony Mumolo, Maria Marx

Votes: 6,226

28. Wanda, the Wicked Warden (1977)

90 min | Horror

4.6
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A desperate young woman goes undercover to infiltrate the brutal warden Ilsa's mental health facility for the sexually deviant women, after the mysterious disappearance of her sister.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Tania Busselier, Lina Romay, Eric Falk

Votes: 1,826

29. Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977)

R | 85 min | Horror

4.9
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In 1953, nestled deep in the unforgiving Siberian Tundra, the Stalinist Gulag 14 is a purgatory under the command of the brutally seductive tormentor, Ilsa. More than two decades later, the camp's sole survivor thirsts for retribution.

Director: Jean LaFleur | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Michel-René Labelle, Gilbert Beaumont, Jean-Guy Latour

Votes: 1,377

30. Love Camp 7 (1969)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller, War

3.6
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Two female Army agents go undercover at a Nazi prison camp to get information from a scientist being held there.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Bob Cresse, Maria Lease, Kathy Williams, Bruce Kimball

Votes: 656

31. The Muthers (1976)

R | 83 min | Action, Drama

4.9
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A band of female pirates go undercover at a prison camp on a coffee plantation to rescue their leader's sister.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Jeannie Bell, Rosanne Katon, Trina Parks, Jayne Kennedy

Votes: 295

32. Prison Girls (1972)

X | 93 min | Drama

3.9
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Six female prisoners are given a weekend furlough to prepare them for their upcoming parole. While out, they all have miscellaneous sexual experiences, some good, some bad. One returns to ... See full summary »

Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Jacqueline Giroux, Annik Borel, Tracy Handfuss, Maria Arnold

Votes: 317

33. Reform School Girls (1986)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

5.2
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Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny will stop at nothing to escape but she also has to deal with Charlie the bully.

Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Linda Carol, Wendy O. Williams, Pat Ast, Sybil Danning

Votes: 1,768 | Gross: $2.51M

34. Hellhole Women (1981)

Unrated | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.8
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A newlywed couple in love finds a seemingly desolate place to park the car and make love. Soon, they will face the fearsome warden Magda Urtado's cruel reality.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Ajita Wilson, Andrea Guzon, Ursula Buchfellner, Antonio Mayans

Votes: 781

35. Sweet Sugar (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

5.7
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Prostitute Sugar is set up by a corrupt politician. She is convinced of the futility of appealing her case in the courts and signs on to a chain gang run by the notorious Dr. John who ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Levesque | Stars: Phyllis Davis, Ellaraino, Timothy Brown, Pamela Collins

Votes: 294

36. Terminal Island (1973)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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It's every man and woman for himself on an island where convicted murderers are dumped, rather than kept in prison.

Director: Stephanie Rothman | Stars: Don Marshall, Phyllis Davis, Ena Hartman, Marta Kristen

Votes: 625

37. Strike of the Tortured Angels (1982)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action

3.3
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A group of women in a prison rise up and revolt against their savage jailers.

Director: Roy Rosenberg | Stars: Susan Lee, Stella Jone, Laura Sode-Matteson, George Bill

Votes: 96

38. Women Behind Bars (1975)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Thriller

3.9
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A small-time hood brings the attention of the law with an insurance scam and diamond theft, but things become even more interesting when his moll murders him and is slammed behind bars ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Lina Romay, Martine Stedil, Nathalie Chape, Roger Darton

Votes: 447

39. Women in Cages (1971)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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American women prisoners in a foreign country. Sex and action.

Director: Gerardo de Leon | Stars: Judith Brown, Roberta Collins, Jennifer Gan, Pam Grier

Votes: 1,082

40. Women in Cell Block 7 (1973)

R | 81 min | Crime, Drama

4.9
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A woman goes behind bars in order to save her father's life.

Director: Rino Di Silvestro | Stars: Anita Strindberg, Eva Czemerys, Jenny Tamburi, Cristina Gaioni

Votes: 151

41. Women of Devil's Island (1962)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.3
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Female prisoners are shipped to Devil's Island penal colony. They are indoctrinated into the prison life from abusive guards and then a new prison governor arrives with planned reforms.

Director: Domenico Paolella | Stars: Guy Madison, Michèle Mercier, Federica Ranchi, Marisa Belli

Votes: 165

42. KZ9 - Lager di sterminio (1977)

97 min | Horror, Thriller

4.7
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A prisoner is forced to serve as a doctor's assistant, giving her a front row seat for the horrible goings-on. There's the experiment to revive Nazi soldiers who have frozen to death by ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Ivano Staccioli, Ria De Simone, Nello Riviè, Gabriele Carrara

Votes: 318

43. Women's Prison Massacre (1983)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Drama

4.9
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Emanuelle, a reporter, comes just a little too close to exposing a corrupt official, and is sent to prison on trumped-up charges. In the prison, the inmates are constantly humiliated and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Ursula Flores, Maria Romano

Votes: 672