Alcohol abuse movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant alcohol abuse movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, psychological, humorous, gloomy and touching films and TV shows about / with alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, alcoholic, friendship, dysfunctional family, family problems, redemption, drinking, addiction and drug abuse plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as alcohol abuse: Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Barfly (1987), Flight (2012), Filth (2013), A Monkey in Winter (1962), Wolfy (2009), Ironweed (1987), Sara (1997), Get Him to the Greek (2010), On the Edge (2001).

List of alcohol abuse movies

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Style: sincere, captivating, depressing, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, prostitute, addiction, loneliness, depression, suicide, social misfits, therapy, casino, romance, human nature, unlikely relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa, los angeles
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 7.3
 17K
Barfly (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Downtrodden writer Henry and distressed goddess Wanda aren't exactly husband and wife: they're wedded to their bar stools. But they like each other's company- and Barfly captures their giddy, gin-soaked attempts to make a go of life ...
Style: talky, touching, humorous, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, addiction, poet, bartender, mentally unstable, human nature, misfit, social misfits, drinking, job seeking, bar fight, money ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas
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 7.3
 306K
Flight (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip ...
Style: tense, emotional, psychological, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: pilot, air disaster, stewardess, alcohol abuse, airplane, courage, trial, addiction, airplane accident, investigation, confession, drinking problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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 7.1
 95K
Filth (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A bigoted junkie cop suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.
Style: dark humor, surreal, sexual, cynical, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, strong sexual content, losing-it hero, cocaine, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, insanity, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, hamburg germany, new orleans
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A Monkey in Winter (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of a man who has stopped drinking- and then dreaming- and who thanks to a young man who tries to forget a lost love in alcohol will turn drunk again during an exciting night.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alcohol abuse, couples, buddies, friendship, small town life, partners, alcoholic, world war two, drinking, post war, nightlife, daydreamer ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: france, europe, english channel, normandy
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 7.1
 901
Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional character, alcohol abuse, negligence, neo realism, family relations, sex addict, addiction, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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 6.7
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, best friends, parents and children, rich and poor, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, twists & turns, family relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
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 6.5
 2K
Sara (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Forty-something Leon is an alcoholic, ex-special forces barely scraping by when he's hired by a mobster to protect his 16 year old daughter. Not only does Leon have to clean up his act, but also handle the romantic advances of his ward and the ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, sincere
Plot: love affair, love and romance, sex with a minor, girl man relationship, danger, forbidden love, age difference, fall in love, alcohol abuse, teenage life, woman in danger, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: poland
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The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student and the stress of educating teenagers. Geographer, as the ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, cynical, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher student relationship, teachers and students, adultery, alcohol abuse, school, youth, introspection, hopes, teacher, friendship, infatuation, flirting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
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Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Pinnacle records has the perfect plan to get their sinking company back on track: a comeback concert in LA featuring Aldous Snow, a fading rockstar who has dropped off the radar in recent years. Record company intern Aaron Green is faced with the ...
Style: not serious, humorous, cynical, road movie, satirical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: musician, lifestyle, showbiz, plan gone awry, disorder, on the road, musician's life, friends, celebrity culture, alcohol abuse, intern, comeback ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, new york, los angeles, california, usa ...
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 7.0
 4K
On the Edge (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.
Style: psychological, touching, serious, talky, sincere ...
Plot: mentally unstable, mental institution, human nature, friendship, life is a bitch, fall in love, love and romance, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, romance, youth, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
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Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1983)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After several years in an insane asylum, Evelyn, the keeper of the Mountaintop Motel, is released and resumes doing business. She kills her young charge out of anger, but convinces the police it was an accident - and pushed into insanity, she then ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychotronic, suspense, serious ...
Plot: murder, slasher, alcohol abuse, mentally unstable, hotel, curses spells and rituals, serial killer, psychopath, isolation, mystery, family in danger, maniac ...
Time: 80s
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 6.6
 2K
12 oz. Mouse (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 15 min.
Story: 12 oz. Mouse revolves around Mouse Fitzgerald, nicknamed "Fitz", an alcoholic mouse who performs odd jobs so he can buy more beer. Together with his chinchilla companion Skillet, Fitz begins to recover suppressed memories that he once had ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, surreal, semi serious, avant garde
Plot: alcohol abuse, mouse, espionage, animal life, escapades, odd couple, fish, late night, beer, absurdism, surrealism, drunkenness
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Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological, clever ...
Plot: rehabilitation, secretary, alcohol abuse, drinking, addiction, violence, party, public relations, alcoholic, romance, destructive relationship, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco, usa
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The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an effort to tap into his original talent, a wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing.
Style: touching, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, writer's life, hopes, alcohol abuse, family relations, redemption, single parent, vacation, artists and showbiz, disability, misfit, dog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 5.5
 864
My Zinc Bed (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A recovering alcoholic becomes involved with his boss's wife, a former cocaine addict.
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, sexual
Plot: addiction, going straight, self discovery, friendship, obsession, downfall, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, manipulations, writer's life, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.0
 6K
Julia (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Mexico, Belgium
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An alcoholic becomes involved in a fellow A.A. member's plan to kidnap her young son from the boy's wealthy grandfather.
Style: disturbing, psychological, twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, money, ransom, crime, insanity, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, loneliness, mental illness, anger, pursuit, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, europe, england, san diego california, tijuana mexico
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16 Years of Alcohol (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 16 Years of Alcohol is a 2003 drama film written and directed by Richard Jobson, based on his 1987 novel. The film is Jobson's first directorial effort, following a career as a television presenter on BSkyB and VH-1, and as the vocalist for the ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, touching, suspense ...
Plot: skinhead, society, family problems, crimes, life is a bitch, couples, teenage life, hopes, youth, addiction, gang, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland
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Lightning Bug (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this drama thriller set in the South, a young boy named Green (Bret Harrison) longs to escape his unhappy life but feels trapped in his hometown. A gifted special-effects makeup artist, Green has big dreams of working in Hollywood. But the ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, biting
Plot: family problems, social relations, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, small town, youth, hollywood, small town life, dysfunctional family, religion, abuse, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 13K
Shameless (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits - and humor - on a rough Manchester council estate. Whilst they won't admit it, they need help and find it in Steve, a young middle class lad ...
Style: humorous, emotional, realistic, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: working class, family problems, dysfunctional family, gay teenager, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, parents and children, single father, social misfits, life is a bitch, grownups, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, northern england, europe, manchester
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All Over the Guy (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A contemporary romantic comedy exploring the unlikely pairing of two 20-somethings thrown together by their respective best friends in hopes of igniting their own romance.
Style: sentimental, feel good, light, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: gay, friends, love, opposites attract, alcohol abuse, odd couple, looking for love, gay friend, sex, storytelling, romance, homosexuality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
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My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support ...
Style: touching, realistic, uplifting, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: support group, hopes, human spirit, coping, friendship, self discovery, alcohol abuse, family problems, against the odds, drug abuse, rehabilitation, family in crisis ...
Time: 30s
Place: usa
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 7.2
 36K
Disenchantment (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Set in a ruined medieval city called Dreamland, Disenchantment follows the grubby adventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon.
Style: humorous, dark humor, entertaining, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: adventure, demon, goofy hero, family relations, princess, kingdom, friendship, elf, destiny, teenage girl, fantasy world, alcohol abuse ...
Time: middle ages
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Once Were Warriors (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
Style: emotional, realistic, tense, sincere, serious ...
Plot: domestic violence, suicide, funeral, rape, unemployment, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, violence, indigenous, incest, ghetto, tattoo ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 174K
Shameless (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. When Frank's not at the bar spending what little money they have, he's passed out on the floor. ...
Style: humorous, biting, dark humor, emotional, offbeat ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, gay teenager, family problems, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, life is a bitch, siblings relations, parents and children, teenage sex, youth, bipolar disorder, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Where Hope Grows (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, he ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, humorous ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, mentally challenged, misfit, redemption, optimism, family problems, human nature, parents and children, alcohol abuse, small town, cause and meaning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kentucky, usa
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Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, amnesia, police chief, memory loss, crimes, investigation, terminal illness, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty, psychopath, alcohol abuse, mind game ...
Time: 80s
Place: massachusetts
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 154
Women Women (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The fantasies and dreams of two over-the-hill actresses are intertwined with their realities, as the two roommates struggle to survive their day-to-day lives in the expensive and difficult world of Paris.
Style: semi serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: aging, actor's life, best friends, midlife crisis, ambition, desire for fame, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, alcohol abuse, friendship between women, actress ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france
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 7.0
 2K
Little Vera (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A story about a young woman, Vera, who is somebody, living the life of a troubled teenager in the time right before the end of the Soviet Union. She lives in a very small Russian apartment with her mother and father, however being this close to each ...
Style: serious, rough, cynical, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: youth, innocence lost, parents and children, family life, alcohol abuse, society, eccentric family, love and romance, pregnancy, temper, father daughter relationship, sex ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 536
Frozen (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's two years since the mysterious disappearance of Kath Swarbrick's older sister Annie, but Kath remains haunted by a need to know what happened. When police investigations wind down, Kath continues the search herself. She gets nowhere ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing person, sister, drowning, therapist, family problems, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, isolation, afterlife, life is a bitch, down on your luck, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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