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 touching films and TV shows about / with alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, alcoholic, drinking alcohol, redemption, addiction, depression, dialogue, storytelling and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Sweden, Russia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as alcohol abuse: Barfly (1987), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Flight (2012), Crazy Heart (2009), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), All Things Fair (1995), Smashed (2012), Trees Lounge (1996), 28 Days (2000), 12 oz. Mouse (2005).

List of alcohol abuse movies

 7.1
 20K
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, bartender, poet, mentally unstable, human nature, misfit, social misfits, job seeking, bar fight, money, paramedic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas
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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: depressing, sexual, captivating, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, loneliness, addiction, self destructing, prostitute, social misfits, suicide, casino, romance, human nature, unlikely relationship, love at first sight ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, los angeles, nevada, usa
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 7.3
 347K
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, heroic, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: airplane, air disaster, alcohol abuse, pilot, courage, stewardess, disaster, addiction, court, investigation, lifesaver, airplane accident ...
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, cynical, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: alcohol abuse, teachers and students, adultery, teacher student relationship, teacher, school, introspection, hopes, youth, friendship, flirting, infatuation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
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 7.2
 89K
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, country music, alcohol abuse, loneliness, singer, journalist, country singer, alcoholic, redemption, music business, financial problem, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, houston texas, new mexico, texas ...
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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, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: alcohol abuse, alcoholic, family, family in crisis, family values, rehabilitation, romance, life is a bitch, weakness, addiction, yuppie, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, denver colorado, mexico
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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, touching, sexy, erotic, tense ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, forbidden love, teacher student sex, older woman younger man sex, extramarital affair, teenage sex, teacher student relationship, older woman teenage boy relationship, female teacher, sex with teenager, forbidden sex, teachers and students ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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 6.7
 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: addiction, alcohol abuse, support group, rehabilitation, alcoholic, irresponsible, introspection, life is a bitch, hopes, husband wife relationship, teacher, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 7.1
 16K
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, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, small town, couples, mechanic, dull life, irresponsible, sexual content, human nature, unemployment, self discovery, down on your luck, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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 6.0
 49K
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 addiction, alcohol abuse, starting over, going straight, rehabilitation, doctors and patients, siblings relations, addiction, family relations, life is a bitch, self discovery, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 6.5
 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, semi serious, humorous, avant garde, adult animation ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, escapades, mouse, surrealism, animal life, drunkenness, beer, espionage, conspiracy, odd couple, fish, absurdism ...
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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, alcoholics anonymous, addiction, secretary, rehabilitation, alcoholic, public relations, romance, couples, family problems, destructive relationship, human nature ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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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: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, haunted by the past, writer's life, clinic, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes, depression, destructive relationship, writers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
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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, serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, self destructing, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, addiction, parents and children, redemption, alcoholic father, father son relationship, alcoholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, poland
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 6.7
 9K
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, human nature, rich and poor, parents and children, buddies, best friends, life is a bitch, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
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 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, gloomy, bleak
Plot: alcohol abuse, parents and children, starting over, alienation, working class, family problems, family reunited, elderly, life is a bitch, class differences, father daughter relationship, hospital ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen
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Gloriously Wasted (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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, humorous, touching, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, fall in love, starting over, best friends, love and romance, hopes, friends, alcoholics anonymous, political persecution, arrest, thirty something, drunkard ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, helsinki finland
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 6.9
 2K
Little Vera (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 110 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, suspense, disturbing, rough, cynical ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, youth, innocence lost, family life, parents and children, society, love and romance, eccentric family, dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, fall in love ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia
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 7.0
 108K
Filth (2013)
Genre: Action, 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: cynical, surreal, sexual, semi serious, bleak ...
Plot: dark humor, addiction, antisocial behavior, drug abuse, cocaine, insanity, losing-it hero, self destructing, murder, strong sexual content, life is a bitch, hallucination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, hamburg germany, new orleans
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 7.2
 9K
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, boxing, comeback, athlete's life, sport, ambition, rivalry, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing match, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
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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, redemption, lifestyle, actor's life, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
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 7.0
 28K
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: emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: painter, artist, alcohol abuse, painting, art, bohemian life, supportive spouse, rise and fall, addiction, self destructing, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, year 1949, year 1950 ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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 4.7
 218
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, psychological, emotional, captivating, serious
Plot: alcohol abuse, recluse, rise and fall, unfulfillment, addiction, life is a bitch, ambition, destruction, art, rock, breakup, painter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 8.6
 229K
Shameless (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
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: biting, emotional, humorous, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, gay teenager, teenage life, youth, juvenile delinquency, teenage sex, sex scene, homosexual ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.0
 1K
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, realistic, serious, tense, neorealism ...
Plot: life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, alcohol abuse, little girl, family relations, negligence, mother daughter relationship, loneliness, human nature, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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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, tense, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, domestic violence, suicide, rape, unemployment, dysfunctional family, funeral, family relations, tattoo, ghetto, ethnic, rebellious youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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
Place: plymouth
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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, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, melancholy, loneliness, unfulfillment, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 60s, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe, versailles
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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: alcohol abuse, skinhead, alcoholic, society, life is a bitch, crimes, family problems, racial slur, misfit, youth, hopes, gang ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland
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 7.3
 22K
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, sentimental ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, parents and children, injustice, unemployment, alcohol abuse, youth, family relations, irish, human nature, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, europe, usa ...
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