10 Best Death Sentence Movies

Thursday, February 24 by T. Cousin

If you enjoy films about capital punishment, you don't want to miss the 10 best death sentence movies listed below. You should watch these ten movies about people who have been given a death sentence.

  1.  "The Accusing Finger" (1936). This capital punishment film is a psychological thriller. A district attorney with a "burn them all" philosophy finds himself framed and sent to death row with some of the same men that he sentenced to die.
  2. "Yield To The Night" (1956). This death sentence movie involves a love triangle. It is the story of a man who falls in love with two women which fuels one of the the women to murder the other in a jealous rage, landing her on death row.
  3. "Kill Me If You Can" (1977). This is a movie about the manipulation of capital punishment by a prisoner. It is the story of how a convict, while on death row, studies law and successfully delays his execution for twelve years.
  4. "Daniel" (1983). This movie deals with the effects of capital punishment on a family. The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of the adult children of a husband and wife who were convicted of being Russian spies and sent to death row.
  5. "Dance With A Stranger" (1985). This movie is the slightly fictionalized account of the last woman to be sent to death row in England. It is the story of Ruth Ellis, a prostitute who kills her high society lover in a jealous rage.
  6. "Just Cause" (1995). This capital punishment film is a thriller. The story follows a legal expert who comes to the aid of a man on death row after finding evidence that proves his innocence. But, the overeager sheriff has no plans of letting his prisoner go free.
  7. "A Lesson Before Dying" (1999). This capital punishment film is set in the 1940s. The story follows a wrongly convicted man on death row and the teacher who counsels him as he awaits execution.
  8. "Monster's Ball" (2001). This capital punishment movie is also a love story. It follows a former death row guard who unknowingly falls in love and starts a relationship with the wife of a man that he helped execute.
  9. "The Passion Of The Christ" (2004). This is a historical film about capital punishment. It is the story of Jesus Christ and how he was condemned for blasphemy, brought before Pontius Pilate, and sentenced to death.
  10. "Capote" (2005). This capital punishment film is based on a true story. Author Truman Capote questions his own actions while interviewing a convict on death row, because he plans to write a book about the man who would be executed before it would be published.