Read Cool Hand Luke
Luke is sent to a prison camp, where he gets a reputation as a hard man. The head of the gang hates him, and tries to break him by beating him up. It doesn’t work, and he gains respect. His mother dies, and he escapes, but is caught, escapes again, and is caught again.
Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson were nominated for the 1968 Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. They didn’t win, tho George Kennedy did win for best supporting actor.