It’s a curious thing: as much as the average person tends to shy away from the idea of maximum security prisons or the hardened criminals who inhabit them, a good prison film seems to be a constant draw. And the bigger, badder, and more unbelievable the prison, the more people can’t seem to get enough.

The genre gets a new spin this week with Escape Plan, pitting a career prison-escapee against the most secret and secured prison on the planet, but even that claim is hard to make given the ones that have preceded it on film and TV.

With that in mind, we put together the following list of 10 Coolest Fictional Prisons.

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