Five of the Best Escape Movies

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Escape movies are a mixture of thrill, suspense and adventure. A mix that when put together correctly, can create an all-round entertaining movie. Escape movies are unique because they usually have an element of truth in their stories. Perhaps they are based on actually events, or are about a criminal that once lived. Listed below are 5 of our favourite movies about escaping.

Public Enemies

Public Enemies is set in The Depression of 1930s America and is based on the book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34 by Bryan Burrough. The movie documents the end of notorious American criminal, John Dillinger’s (Johnny Depp), life. In the midst of a series of bank robberies, Dillinger is caught by the Feds. He is faced with the challenge of not only escaping prison but escaping his own gang affiliated reputation. Public enemies is a thrilling yet romantic movie that will no doubt have you day dreaming of your own steezy escape fantasy!

Escape from Alcatraz

Based on a true story, Escape from Alcatraz is one of the most famous escape movies of all time. Set in the Alcatraz Island prison in America, Clint Eastwood stars as Frank Morris, a criminal famous for his many escapes from different prisons. During his time in Alcatraz Morris along with some buddies find a thrifty way to escape and sail their way off the island in a makeshift raft. Although the raft was actually found, the bodies of the inmates were not. The Alcatraz prison was soon closed after the events that the movie is based on happened.

The Great Escape

This film is set in World War II and is one of the most epic escape tales out there. Starring Steve McQueen, The Great Escape tells the tale of several prisoner’s attempts to escape the concentration camp they are held in in Nazi-occupied Poland. They plan to escape through a series of intricate underground tunnels with over 200 others in the camp. This is based on a true story, which only creates a greater sense of reality and increases the suspense and excitement of the movie. A definite must-see!

The Shawshank Redemption

Released in 1994 The Shawshank Redemption has been described as ‘life changing’ and ranks above Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump on the AFI’s top 100 movies list. Andy Baker who is played by Tim Robbins is wrongfully convicted of a double murder and serves time in the Shawshank State Penitentiary where he meets fellow inmate Ellis “Red” Redding who is played by Morgan Freeman. Andy Baler attempts to escape after being imprisoned for seventeen years. This movie has everything a great escape movie needs and more.

Chicken Run

Chicken Run is the kind of kids’ cartoon you can watch as an adult and still be entertained. The stop motion feature follows several chickens’ lives in their concentration style home. One hen named Ginger tries again and again to escape but is always thwarted by the farm owner’s dogs. It is only when the chickens realise that their evil owner Mrs Tweedy has purchased machinery to make pies out of them that all of the chickens jump on board (quite literally!) in an attempt to escape their farm once and for all. Yes, it is a cartoon movie about chickens but it is also a clever movie about hope and daring, two key elements of any awesome escape!

Do you have a favourite escape movie? Share it in the comments below!

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