Addiction movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant addiction movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic, interesting, bleak and harsh films and TV shows about / with addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, dialogue, storytelling, pornography, drinking, brutality, drugs and depression plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
addiction
 1190
addiction movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as addiction: Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Gia (1998), Christiane F. (1981), Filth (2013), Candy (2006), Nurse Jackie (2009), The Knick (2014), Suicide Room (2011), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009).

List of addiction movies

Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, depression, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction, downfall, insanity, destructive relationship, degradation, hallucinations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
Is relevant ?
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Style: emotional, disturbing, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, teenage life, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, basketball, juvenile delinquency, friends, antisocial behavior, anguish ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 38K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, melancholic, factual ...
Plot: lesbian, addiction, strong sexual content, drug abuse, fashion, model, mental illness, aids, lesbian romance, heroin, supermodel, nightlife ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 20K
Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, teenage life, friendship, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, drug dealing, life is a bitch, youth, destructive relationship, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, berlin germany, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
 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
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 41K
Candy (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and ...
Style: touching, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, obsession, marriage, life is a bitch, lovers, artist, theft, professor, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, mcdonald's restaurant, sydney australia, melbourne australia
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 23K
Nurse Jackie (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 27 min.
Story: Every day is a matter of life and death in a hectic New York City hospital, but for Nurse Jackie that's the easiest part. Between chronic back pain that won't quit, and a personal life on the constant edge of collapse, it's going to ...
Style: tragicomedy, semi serious, cynical, realistic, dark humor ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: addiction, nurse, hospital, drugs/alcohol, doctors and patients, workplace situations, friendship, conflict, against the rules, staff, drug abuse, ethics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 40K
The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: addiction, doctors and patients, hospital, life is a bitch, surgeon, workplace situations, gory, medicine, realism, power relations, society, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 8K
Suicide Room (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dominik is an ordinary boy. He's got loads of friends, the hottest girl in school, rich parents and money to spend on brand-name clothes. But one innocent kiss with a mate changes everything. He begins to isolate himself from the outside world, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: suicide, isolation, fictional reality, teenage boy, escape from reality, addiction, self destructing, youth, humiliation, life is a bitch, teenage life, gay teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, europe
Is relevant ?
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping-a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can't quite get her foot in the door-until ...
Style: feel good, light, humorous, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: shopping, fashion, addiction, love and romance, rise to the top, overnight success, fashion industry, temptation, city life, money problems, debt, lack of money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, london
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 596K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, captivating, dark humor, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, friendship, social misfits, existentialism, society, counterculture, drug rehabilitation, crimes, self destructing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london
Is relevant ?
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, haunted by the past, love and romance, grief, best friend, starting over, tragic event, coping, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Style: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, addiction, losing-it hero, neo noir, law enforcement, fighting crime, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia, split personality, unfulfillment ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
Is relevant ?
 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
Is relevant ?
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, rough, serious, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug addict, love, betrayal, destructive relationship, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 28K
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, along for the ride. Along the way, the ...
Style: captivating, gloomy, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, heroin, punk, destructive relationship, dwarf, vandalism, domestic violence, punk rock, bassist, music band ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, new york, europe, london, usa ...
Is relevant ?
 6.0
 61K
The Gambler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Literature professor Jim Bennett leads a secret life as a high-stakes gambler. Always a risk-taker, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Staying one step ahead, he pits his creditor against the ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, casino, gangsters, dishonesty, moral dilemma, human nature, race against time, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california, usa, nevada ...
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 173K
Shame (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Brandon is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life ...
Style: sexual, sincere, psychological, dark, touching ...
Plot: pornography, sexual relations, sex addict, sexuality, introspection, strong sexual content, sexual dysfunction, addiction, masturbation, suicide attempt, human nature, sexual attraction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
 6.8
 22K
Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, law firm, lawsuit, courtroom, public health, legal action, righting the wronged, fighting the system, against the odds, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1998
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
Is relevant ?
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, biting, captivating, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: rise and fall, money, success, corruption, ambition, cons and scams, yuppie, wall street, greed, hotshot hero, american dream, blind ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1987, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, bahamas, switzerland, italy ...
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: addiction, support group, alcoholic, rehabilitation, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking, teacher, elementary school, awkwardness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 8K
Brain Damage (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A normal, average guy who lives in New York City becomes dependent on an evil, disembodied brain.
Style: dark humor, surreal, semi serious, scary, humorous ...
Plot: addiction, hallucination, brain, drug abuse, parasite, monster, junkyard, murder, body horror, surrealism, brother brother relationship, brain damage ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 5.9
 12K
The Stuff (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Weird yummy goo erupts from the earth and is discovered by a couple of miners. They taste it and decide to market it because it tastes so good. The American public literally eats up the new dessert sensation now known as the Stuff but, ...
Style: suspenseful, humorous, satirical, absurd, offbeat ...
Plot: zombie, addiction, secret, advertising, deadly, rivalry, campaign, discovery, chaos and mayhem, brain, investigation, parasite ...
Time: 80s
Place: mine, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
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
Is relevant ?
Thanks for Sharing (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction.
Style: humorous, captivating, touching, melancholic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, friendship, sex addict, rehabilitation, couple relations, sex therapy, couples, father son relationship, doctor, recovery, support group, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 76K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, sincere, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, addiction, peer pressure, juvenile delinquency, theft, makeover, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, kids in trouble, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 6K
Repeaters (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A gritty mind-bending thriller about three twenty-somethings who find themselves in an impossible time labyrinth, where each day they awaken to the same terrifying day as the preceding one.
Style: mind bending, psychological, tense, clever, surreal ...
Plot: addiction, time travel, group of friends, time loop, introspection, youth, rehabilitation, redemption, hopes, life is a bitch, repeated event, drug addict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
Is relevant ?
 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
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 2K
Morphine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The year is 1917. We are in the Russian countryside. It is the middle of freezing winter. A pale young, newly educated doctor arrives. Having to deal with one medical challenge after another he soon becomes the center of everyone's attention. ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, hopelessness, doctor, civil war, loneliness, hardship, morphine, urban decay, society, doctors ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: russia
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 452
Hidden Truths (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Intending to aid her family, a beautiful young girl accepts the job in a prominent model casting agency, only to discover their girls are also hired for something else.
Style: sexy, captivating, exciting, thought provoking, suspenseful
Plot: older man young girl relationship, female nudity, sex, lust, model, sexual attraction, fashion, virginity, money, addiction, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, drug addiction ...
Is relevant ?