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, melancholic, interesting, bleak, serious and talky films and TV shows about / with addiction, drug addiction, storytelling, drugs, dialogue, life is a bitch, depression, drinking alcohol, drinking and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as addiction: The Basketball Diaries (1995), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Gia (1998), Christiane F. (1981), Filth (2013), Candy (2006), Shame (2011), Nurse Jackie (2009), Barfly (1987), The Knick (2014).

List of addiction movies

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, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, teenage life, downfall, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, basketball, antisocial behavior, coach, juvenile delinquency, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
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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, depressing, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, insanity, depression, hallucination, drug trip, destructive relationship, downfall, drug use ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.0
 43K
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, melancholic, sexual, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, drug abuse, lesbian romance, fashion, model, strong sexual content, drug addiction, heroin, mental illness, aids, lesbianism ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
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 7.6
 23K
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, disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, drug abuse, downfall, juvenile delinquency, drug addiction, teenage life, friendship, youth, drug dealing, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west berlin west germany, west germany, poland ...
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 7.1
 105K
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: addiction, dark humor, cocaine, drug abuse, antisocial behavior, insanity, self destructing, losing-it hero, murder, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, hamburg germany, edinburgh scotland, new orleans
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 7.2
 45K
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, emotional, surprise ending, romantic, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, junkie, marriage, life is a bitch, obsession, lovers, artist, theft, painting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, melbourne australia
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 7.2
 189K
Shame (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada, USA
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, erotic, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Plot: pornography, sex addict, sexual relations, addiction, masturbation, explicit sex, sexuality, sexual dysfunction, strong sexual content, introspection, sex, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 7.7
 25K
Nurse Jackie (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 27 min.
TV show
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, cynical, semi serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nurse, addiction, hospital, drugs/alcohol, doctors and patients, friendship, workplace situations, drug abuse, against the rules, conflict, staff, dark humor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 7.2
 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, human nature, mentally unstable, social misfits, misfit, drinking, drinking alcohol, bar fight, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas
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 8.5
 45K
The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
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, rough, psychological, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, life is a bitch, hospital, doctors and patients, realism, workplace situations, surgeon, drugs/alcohol, gory, medicine, society, nurse ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.1
 653K
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, psychedelic, captivating, semi serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, drug addiction, addiction, surrealism, dark humor, life is a bitch, social misfits, counterculture, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, london, europe, england
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 6.1
 68K
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: psychological, suspenseful, tense, rough, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, gangsters, moral dilemma, human nature, casino, gambling debt, family relations, dishonesty, race against time, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, nevada, usa ...
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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, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, life is a bitch, loss of spouse, funeral, love and romance, haunted by the past, grief, best friend, starting over, coping, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, realistic, motivational, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, corruption, success, dark humor, greed, corporate crimes, deception, stock broker, rags to riches, money laundering, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987 ...
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, big ben london, manhattan new york city ...
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 6.6
 10K
Suicide Room (2011)
Genre: 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, suspense ...
Plot: suicide, teenage boy, escape from reality, self destructing, gay, gay teenager, addiction, fictional reality, youth, life is a bitch, teenage life, cyberspace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, europe
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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, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug addict, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
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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, romantic, ridiculous, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: shopping, fashion, love and romance, overnight success, addiction, rise to the top, debt, lack of money, city life, temptation, fashion industry, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, london
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 8.7
 426K
House (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.
Style: clever, witty, cynical, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: prodigy, doctor, dark humor, patient, mastermind, talented, human nature, hospital, loneliness, riddles and clues, loner, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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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, melancholic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, addiction, self destructing, prostitute, social misfits, 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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 6.5
 8K
Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A tough, Jewish ex-con just released from prison crosses a powerful drug dealer and former prison rival in his return to a life of crime.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, stylized, tragic ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, urban ghetto, violence, hip hop, life philosophy, character study, life, crime, crimes, criminal's revenge, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, new jersey, california
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 7.0
 30K
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: cult film, gloomy, captivating, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: punk, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, destructive relationship, love affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), punk music, rock and roll, vandalism, domestic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, england, london, europe, usa ...
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 6.8
 83K
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, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, peer pressure, coming of age, kids in trouble, underage drinking, addiction, juvenile delinquency, friends, family problems, friendship, life is a bitch, theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 23K
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, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, against the odds, public health, righting the wronged, legal action, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1998, year 1999
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
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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, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 710
Hidden Truths (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, lust, fashion, sex, sexual attraction, model, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, virginity, money, addiction, drug addiction ...
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 6.9
 3K
Pure (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rehabilitation, drug abuse, addiction, going straight, friendship, family relations, prostitute, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
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 6.6
 10K
Brain Damage (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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: surreal, semi serious, scary, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: body horror, addiction, hallucination, parasite, dark humor, drug abuse, monster, junkyard, murder, surrealism, brain damage, love triangle ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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The Queen's Gambit (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 395 min.
TV show
Story: In a Kentucky orphanage in the 1950s, a young girl discovers an astonishing talent for chess while struggling with addiction.
Style: captivating, psychological, suspense, unusual plot structure, visually appealing ...
Plot: chess, genius, child prodigy, addiction, girl power, drugs/alcohol, prodigy, female protagonist, girl, orphanage, orphan, champion ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, europe, kentucky, mexico, las vegas ...
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 5.9
 15K
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, parody, satirical, absurd ...
Plot: zombie, addiction, secret, advertising, campaign, deadly, rivalry, discovery, chaos and mayhem, investigation, eating, explosion ...
Time: 80s
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
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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, sex addict, friendship, rehabilitation, couple relations, sex therapy, couples, father son relationship, recovery, doctor, support group, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
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