The Top 3 Escape Movies That Any Cinema Lover Should See

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The Top 3 Escape Movies That Any Cinema Lover Should See

There are some sectors in the entertainment industry with an immense level of popularity and appeal to the consumers, and there is the movie industry. It has long established itself as not only one of the most lucrative industries in the world, but it has also penetrated the markets with millions, and even billions, of consumers.

Movies come in various genres, be it action, sci-fi, romance, or horror and be equally appealing to the cinema-goers. But there are certain genres that are, in general, more suspenseful than their counterparts.



I’m talking about the escape movies, of course. They provide a mix of suspense and challenge – a mix whose effectiveness in attracting viewers can hardly be overestimated. In fact, this combination is so popular in this industry that they’ve become the main reason why escape rooms are so popular among millions of consumers. Whether it’s an Escape room in London or in the US (which is at the forefront of this industry for the number of escape rooms), they have a massive consumer base that is increasing day after day.

So, without further ado, let’s check out the top 3 escape movies that are definitely worth watching:

1.  The Great Escape (1963)

In a world of escape movies, the number one amongst the number ones is definitely The Greatest Escape. This is the movie that combines all the action, suspense, as well as humor and cultural references that can make any cinema lover happy for seeing it. The Great Escape isn’t only about how a group of WWII prisoners planned and executed their escape from a Nazi camp;

No, the movie has other virtues like the portrayal of the clash of cultures, some of the most memorable quotes, and our favorite Steve McQueen. And don’t forget the memorable soundtrack from Elmer Bernstein.

2.  Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Shawshank State Penitentiary is one of the cruelest and most vile places one can possibly find themselves. And that’s where Andy Dufresne is sent for murdering his wife and his lover for two life terms. Like any prisoner in any movie, Andy claims that he’s been convicted on false charges (although, he really is).

This is an escape movie that isn’t entirely focused on a plan to somehow leave the prison. No, Andy forms a relationship with Morgan Freeman’s character Red and they both experience the real brutality of the prison. The movie is about how even in such conditions, a person can find the true meaning of their lives.

3.  Rescue Dawn (2006)

Starring Christian Bale, the movie Rescue Dawn is about how a man can get through the most brutal and cruel conditions a jungle can put them in. Dieter Dengler (Bale), who is a US pilot during the Vietnam War, crashes down over Laos and becomes a hostage of enemy soldiers.

Dengler experiences the worst possible treatment any man can experience: he is constantly beaten, starved, forced to eat cockroaches, and so much more. But he manages to maintain his sanity and even plan a masterful escape. This plan includes not only the escape from the immediate prison camp but also the jungles of Laos, which is even crueler.

An unconventional take on prison escape

All in all, the above-mentioned three movies take the issue of prison escape somewhat counter-intuitively. On the one hand, they clearly recreate all the challenges and hardships accompanying the planning and execution processes of prison escape.

On the other hand, however, these movies reflect the perseverance of human spirit and an unbreakable will of staying alive, while still maintaining humanity. In The Great Escape, for example, this is reflected in the cultural clashes and humorous exchanges, in Shawshank Redemption, it can be seen through the relationship of the two lead characters, and in Rescue Dawn, it’s visible in the main character’s undying hope for life.


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