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, gloomy, melancholic, harsh and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, drinking, drinking alcohol, redemption, alcoholic, depression, storytelling, dialogue and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Sweden, Denmark and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as alcohol abuse: Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Barfly (1987), Crazy Heart (2009), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Flight (2012), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), Smashed (2012), 28 Days (2000), All Things Fair (1995), Ironweed (1987).

List of alcohol abuse movies

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: 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, depressing, sincere, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, self destructing, prostitute, social misfits, addiction, loneliness, suicide, casino, romance, human nature, unlikely relationship, love at first sight ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, nevada
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 7.2
 19K
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, semi serious, humorous, melancholic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, addiction, poet, bartender, human nature, mentally unstable, social misfits, misfit, drinking alcohol, drinking, profanity, job seeking ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas
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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: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: alcohol abuse, teachers and students, adultery, teacher student relationship, teacher, school, youth, hopes, introspection, friendship, rafting, flirting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
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 7.2
 85K
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, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: musician, alcohol abuse, country music, journalist, loneliness, singer, redemption, hopes, financial problem, alcoholic, country singer, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, nashville tennessee, texas, santa fe 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, secretary, rehabilitation, addiction, alcoholic, drinking alcohol, drinking, violence, party, public relations, romance, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.3
 331K
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: psychological, tense, captivating, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: air disaster, airplane, pilot, courage, alcohol abuse, stewardess, porn actress, investigation, heroic, drugs/alcohol, lifesaver, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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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: alcohol abuse, family in crisis, alcoholic, family, family values, rehabilitation, romance, life is a bitch, weakness, addiction, yuppie, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, mexico
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 6.8
 17K
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, twists and turns, sentimental ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, support group, addiction, alcoholic, rehabilitation, profanity, irresponsible, introspection, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 6.1
 46K
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, touching, sentimental, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: drug rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, starting over, going straight, siblings relations, doctors and patients, addiction, family relations, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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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, tense, contemplative ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, forbidden love, teacher student sex, extramarital affair, older woman younger man sex, teenage sex, sex with teenager, teachers and students, sex with a minor, alcohol abuse, female teacher, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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Gloriously Wasted (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Finland
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Juha Berg is a 30-year-old hopeless drunk in the Kallio neighborhood of Helsinki. Juha doesn't have the first intention of changing his way of life - just the opposite. He really enjoys sundry sexual relationships, adrenalin-inducing violence ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching, sexual ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, fall in love, love and romance, best friends, starting over, hopes, drinking alcohol, alcoholics anonymous, drinking, alcohol, friends, sex scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, helsinki finland
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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, cynical, suspense, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, youth, innocence lost, family life, parents and children, society, love and romance, eccentric family, fall in love, pregnancy, family relations, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, soviet union, ussr, moscow russia
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 6.6
 2K
12 oz. Mouse (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 15 min.
TV show
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, avant garde, offbeat ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, escapades, animal life, mouse, surrealism, drunkenness, beer, conspiracy, espionage, odd couple, fish, absurdism ...
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 7.1
 103K
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: surreal, cynical, sexual, semi serious, bleak ...
Plot: dark humor, addiction, drug abuse, cocaine, antisocial behavior, self destructing, losing-it hero, insanity, murder, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, hamburg germany, new orleans
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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: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
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 7.0
 27K
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, greenwich village manhattan new york city, long island
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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, cynical, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, addiction, haunted by the past, writer's life, clinic, life is a bitch, hopes, unfulfillment, depression, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
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 5.2
 200
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: emotional, psychological, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: alcohol abuse, recluse, rise and fall, unfulfillment, addiction, ambition, life is a bitch, art, destruction, rock, breakup, painter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: sincere, serious, surreal, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, self destructing, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, redemption, parents and children, addiction, alcoholic father, father son relationship, alcoholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe
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 7.1
 14K
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, contemplative, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, drinking alcohol, drinking, bar, ice cream truck, alcohol, small town, unemployment, down on your luck, self discovery, human nature, mechanic ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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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, funeral, suicide, 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: humorous, semi serious, disturbing, surreal, dark ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, clown, false accusation, rescue, dark humor, nothing goes right, frame up, crimes, disorder, murder, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, 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, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, melancholy, loneliness, life is a bitch, love and romance, downfall, couples, family problems ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe, versailles
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 4K
The Bench (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Kaj is a stubborn man with a great deal of pride. The former chef lives in a council flat. He has wasted his life and is now on a council job training scheme for the long-term unemployed, where he refuses to let the foreman of the activation project ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, starting over, parents and children, alienation, family reunited, family problems, elderly, life is a bitch, working class, class differences, father daughter relationship, domestic violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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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: psychological, serious, realistic, touching, suspense ...
Plot: skinhead, alcohol abuse, society, life is a bitch, crimes, family problems, racial slur, couples, hopes, misfit, youth, gang ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 8K
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, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, boxing, comeback, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing match, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
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 7.3
 21K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, 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, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, parents and children, ira, alcohol abuse, injustice, unemployment, human nature, society, family relations, irish, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, europe, usa ...
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The Drinky Crow Show (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
TV show
Story: The Drinky Crow Show is an American animated television series created by Eric Kaplan and Tony Millionaire, based on the latter's comic strip Maakies. The pilot episode aired on Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim on ...
Style: humorous, not serious, adult animation, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alcohol abuse, crow, friends, escapades, bird, birds, disorder, battles, adventure, sarcasm, nothing goes right, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
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 7.0
 136K
Bad Santa (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Style: humorous, cynical, entertaining, clever, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dark humor, anti heroes, holiday, anti hero, alcohol abuse, christmas, cons and scams, heist, thief, robbery, pretense, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, usa, milwaukee wisconsin, phoenix arizona, miami
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