10 Great Escape Movies

Saturday, March 5 by Flora Richards-Gustafson

When planning a movie marathon with 10 great escape movies, be prepared for a night of thrilling action sequences. Not the best movies for those on moral high horses, escape movies are typically about prisoners or would-be prisoners escaping the clutches of the law. Use the following list for some great escape movie ideas:

  1. "The Shawshank Redemption". In this movie, Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins play two prisoners at the Shawshank Prison. Robbin’s character, Andy, makes a daring escape from the fortress’ walls. The friends’ acts of decency help the two bond and find redemption, the ultimate escape from guilt.  
  2. "Ocean’s Eleven". Brad Pitt, George Clooney and a star-studded crew play characters who attempt to rob a casino with wit, fast moves and intelligence. The audience watches as the crew attempts a great escape while casino security keeps a close eye on them.
  3. "Bonnie and Clyde". This classic film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway romanticized the infamous bank robberies of the violent duo, their gang of followers and their various escapes from the law.
  4. "The Usual Suspects". Starring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne and Chazz Palminteri, this movie is about a man’s tall tale of prisoners whose hearts are set on revenge, leaving the audience to wonder who is criminal mastermind Keyser Söze.
  5. "Inglorious Basterds". Directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, this movie is set in World War II and is about a group of Jewish-American soldiers who instill fear in the hearts of Nazi soldiers in France and a Jewish refugee who seeks to avenge the slaughtering of her family after her great escape as a child.
  6. "Ferris Buhler’s Day Off". Starring Matthew Broderick, Ferris sets plans in motion and escapes to have a day off school with his best friends in downtown Chicago. With minutes to spare, the audience is kept on the edge of their seats to see if Ferris makes it home before his parents catch his lies.
  7. "The Goonies". Set on the scenic Oregon coast, this movie is about a group of teens that try to escape with found pirate treasure stolen by the thieving Fratelli family so they can save their neighborhood.
  8. "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Directed by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, this epic film portrays an archeologist’s quest to acquire the biblical Arc of the Covenant and make a great escape before the Nazis find the artifact.
  9. "Star Wars: A New Hope". Another film directed by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, Hans Solo and his crew find themselves in an enemy ship’s trash compactor as they attempt to rescue Princess Leia from Darth Vader and make a great movie escape.
  10. "Cool Hand Luke". Starring a young Paul Newman, this movie is about the adventures of Luke Jackson, a prisoner notorious for his many escapes. With the prison staff trying to break Luke in every way possible, the audience has to wait and see if he can escape death.
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COMMENTS

  1. March 5, 2011 10:12 pm

    Gaspar Guiterrez

    hum what about THE GREAT ESCAPE?????