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, melancholic, gloomy, emotional and harsh films and TV shows about / with alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, alcoholic, dialogue, storytelling, redemption, drinking, mentor, dysfunctional family and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy 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), Crazy Heart (2009), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), 12 oz. Mouse (2005), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Pollock (2000), The Still Life (2006).

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: sexual, sincere, captivating, depressing, melancholic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, prostitute, addiction, loneliness, suicide, social misfits, self destructing, therapy, casino, romance, unlikely relationship, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, nevada, usa
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 7.2
 18K
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, human nature, mentally unstable, misfit, social misfits, drinking, profanity, job seeking, bar fight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas
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 7.3
 319K
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: air disaster, alcohol abuse, pilot, courage, porn actress, stewardess, airplane, addiction, airplane accident, investigation, confession, drinking problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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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, thought provoking, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: alcohol abuse, teachers and students, adultery, teacher student relationship, school, youth, hopes, introspection, teacher, friendship, rafting, infatuation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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 7.2
 83K
Crazy Heart (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son. But can he leave behind an ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: musician, country music, alcohol abuse, journalist, loneliness, singer, redemption, financial problem, hopes, alcoholic, life is a bitch, musician's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, phoenix arizona, houston texas, new mexico ...
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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: realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, suspense ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, secretary, addiction, alcoholic, drinking, public relations, violence, party, romance, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco, usa
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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior.
Style: sentimental, emotional, intense, sad, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, family, family in crisis, family values, romance, life is a bitch, weakness, husband wife relationship, addiction, yuppie ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, mexico
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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: surreal, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, avant garde ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, animal life, escapades, mouse, surrealism, beer, drunkenness, espionage, conspiracy, odd couple, fish, late night ...
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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, human nature, lifestyle, actor's life, family life, drug abuse, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
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 7.0
 26K
Pollock (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, artist, painting, alcohol abuse, art, bohemian life, rise and fall, supportive spouse, addiction, lifestyle, self destructing, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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 5.2
 199
The Still Life (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Fueled by original music by members of Guns N' Roses, Bad Religion, No Doubt, Skid Row, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Hootie & The Blowfish and more... The Still Life tells the story of artist Julian Lamont who struggles to pick up the pieces of ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, serious
Plot: alcohol abuse, recluse, rise and fall, unfulfillment, ambition, addiction, life is a bitch, art, destruction, rock, breakup, painter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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All Things Fair (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 130 min.
Story: This film is set in 1943 when the whole of Europe was embroiled in WWII. It deals with attraction of a 15 year old boy Stig to his teacher Viola. The whole movie revolves around the sexual encounters between Stig and Viola and how he eventually ...
Style: sexual, sexy, touching, sincere, tense ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, teacher student sex, forbidden love, older woman younger man sex, female teacher, extramarital affair, teenage sex, sex with teenager, teachers and students, world war two, alcohol abuse, sex with a minor ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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We're All Christs (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Adaś Miauczyński, a Polish intelectual, has severe alcohol problems which affect his relationship with his son Sylwek.
Style: surreal, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, self destructing, family relations, life is a bitch, addiction, family problems, redemption, parents and children, alcoholic father, father son relationship, alcoholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, poland
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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, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, human nature, buddies, life is a bitch, parents and children, rich and poor, best friends, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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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, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: youth, alcohol abuse, innocence lost, parents and children, family life, society, eccentric family, love and romance, fall in love, pregnancy, family relations, temper ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
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 6.0
 43K
28 Days (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs ...
Style: realistic, emotional, melancholic, compassionate, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: drug rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, addiction, going straight, starting over, rehabilitation, introspection, doctors and patients, self discovery, clinic, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 7.1
 13K
Trees Lounge (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, realistic, psychological, touching ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, bar, drinking, ice cream truck, alcohol, small town, couples, self discovery, unemployment, mechanic, dull life, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 16K
Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: sincere, touching, depressing, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: support group, addiction, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, rehabilitation, profanity, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking, teacher ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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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: rough, emotional, realistic, sincere, tense ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, domestic violence, suicide, funeral, rape, unemployment, dysfunctional family, violence, family relations, indigenous, alcohol, ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
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Shakes the Clown (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even more, and his boss threatens him with unemployment if he ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, disturbing, surreal ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, clown, false accusation, rescue, nothing goes right, frame up, crimes, disorder, murder, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, on the run, hostage ...
Time: 90s
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The Fire Within (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Alain Leroy is a recovering alcoholic who decides to end his life, but first decides to visit his friends in Paris one last time, in an attempt at finding a reason to continue living.
Style: bleak, gloomy, contemplative, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, melancholy, loneliness, downfall, couples, mental illness, family in crisis, redemption ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe, versailles
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Brideshead Revisited (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Morocco, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Based on Evelyn Waugh's 1945 classic British novel, Brideshead Revisited is a poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, alcohol abuse, friendship, catholicism, love and romance, couple relations, fall in love, couples, love triangle, understanding, society, friends ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: england, morocco, venice, europe, london
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 7K
Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, comeback, boxing match, rivalry, ambition, sport, athlete's life, unfulfillment, introspection, boxing, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
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 7.3
 20K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, alcohol abuse, parents and children, injustice, unemployment, society, human nature, family relations, irish, loss of sibling ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, europe, usa, america ...
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The Mighty Angel (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Hungary
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A shocking story about addiction and attempts to overcome it. The script is based on Jerzy Plich’s excellent novel “The Mighty Angel” (alternative title: "The Strong Angel Inn"). Jerzy (Robert Więckiewicz) is a writer and a heavy ...
Style: serious, realistic, cynical, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, writer's life, clinic, hopes, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, depression, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 3K
Wah-Wah (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, South Africa
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set at the end of the 1960s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from United Kingdom, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, till he's 14. The film is largely based on Richard ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, semi serious
Plot: alcohol abuse, divorce, parents and children, family problems, youth, crumbling marriage, couple relations, eccentric family, love and romance, boarding school life, child's point of view, stepmother ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1972 ...
Place: africa, south africa
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One Too Many Mornings (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Fischer can't remember the last time he woke up without a hangover. He lives in a church: a real one. Where people baptize, marry, pray and die. It's an ideal situation for a young guy with no aspirations: if he locks up the church, he can ...
Style: humorous, captivating, light, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, church, wedding, self discovery, friendship, reunion, odd couple, addiction, redemption, buddies, vandalism, beach ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 5.7
 9K
Airport 1975 (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: "Something hit us...the crew is dead...help us, please, please help us!" With these terrifying words, 22 of Hollywood's greatest stars find themselves aboard a pilotless jumbo jet headed on a collision course with destruction in the ...
Style: psychotronic, suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: airport, airplane, stewardess, alcohol abuse, catastrophe, airplane accident, survival, aviation, rescue, pilot, helicopter, guitar ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., united states, salt lake city utah ...
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Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Story about the remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic homeless man, whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, addiction, haunted by the past, tragic hero, drugs/alcohol, human nature, homeless, abuse, institution, life is a bitch, suicide attempt, friendship between men ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england
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 6.7
 3K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, working class, abusive father, debt, theft, money, teenage life, redemption, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
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