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, bleak, serious, interesting and harsh films and TV shows about / with addiction, life is a bitch, drugs, storytelling, dialogue, drug addiction, drinking, nudity (full frontal - brief), pornography and depression 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), Christiane F. (1981), Gia (1998), Candy (2006), Filth (2013), Nurse Jackie (2009), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Shame (2011), Trainspotting (1996).

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, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, basketball, juvenile delinquency, friends, anguish, sport ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 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, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addiction, depression, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, insanity, degradation, drug use ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.6
 21K
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, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, teenage life, friendship, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug dealing, youth, prostitution, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west berlin west germany, west germany, poland ...
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 7.0
 40K
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 ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, drug abuse, fashion, strong sexual content, model, mental illness, lesbian romance, aids, heroin, supermodel, nightlife ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york
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 7.2
 42K
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, addiction, drug abuse, destructive relationship, obsession, marriage, life is a bitch, junkie, lovers, artist, theft, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, sydney australia
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 7.1
 98K
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, cynical, sexual, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, insanity, strong sexual content, losing-it hero, cocaine, antisocial behavior, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, hamburg germany, new orleans
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 7.7
 24K
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, dark humor, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: addiction, nurse, hospital, drugs/alcohol, doctors and patients, workplace situations, friendship, drug abuse, staff, against the rules, conflict, ethics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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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, sweet, ridiculous ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: shopping, fashion, love and romance, addiction, overnight success, rise to the top, temptation, fashion industry, city life, journalism, money problems, debt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, london
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 7.2
 178K
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, strong sexual content, introspection, sexual dysfunction, sexuality, explicit sex, sex, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 8.1
 617K
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, dark humor, captivating, psychedelic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, existentialism, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, drug addiction, society, self destructing, surrealism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, london, europe, edinburgh scotland, england
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 6.6
 9K
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, self destructing, escape from reality, teenage boy, addiction, youth, teenage life, life is a bitch, humiliation, gay teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, europe
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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, mentally unstable, human nature, misfit, social misfits, drinking, job seeking, bar fight, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, texas
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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: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, love and romance, haunted by the past, grief, best friend, starting over, marriage, coping, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.0
 63K
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gambling, addiction, crimes, casino, gangsters, human nature, moral dilemma, family relations, dishonesty, race against time, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, usa, nevada ...
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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, twists and turns ...
Plot: drug abuse, neo noir, undercover, losing-it hero, addiction, fighting crime, law enforcement, conspiracy, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia, split personality ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 8.5
 42K
The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
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, hospital, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, realism, gory, surgeon, medicine, workplace situations, power relations, society, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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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 addiction, drug addict, addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, destructive relationship, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
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 7.0
 29K
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: drug addiction, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, punk, destructive relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), dwarf, vandalism, s&m, domestic violence, punk rock ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, england, london, europe, usa ...
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 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, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, righting the wronged, fighting the system, public health, legal action, against the odds, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, year 1999, year 1998
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
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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, dark humor, captivating, biting, realistic ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, success, greed, corruption, ambition, wall street, stock broker, cons and scams, millionaire, yuppie, american dream ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1983 ...
Place: new york, usa, italy, switzerland, manhattan new york city ...
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 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, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking, teacher, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 6.6
 9K
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, parasite, body horror, hallucination, brain, drug abuse, monster, junkyard, murder, surrealism, love triangle, brain damage ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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 5.9
 13K
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, suspense ...
Plot: zombie, addiction, secret, advertising, campaign, rivalry, deadly, discovery, chaos and mayhem, brain, investigation, parasite ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
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 8.4
 528
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, fashion, lust, sex, sexual attraction, model, money, virginity, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, addiction, drug addiction ...
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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, therapy, self destructing, casino, romance, unlikely relationship, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, nevada
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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: sex addict, addiction, friendship, rehabilitation, couple relations, sex therapy, couples, father son relationship, doctor, support group, recovery, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
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 6.8
 78K
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, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, addiction, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, theft, makeover, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, life is a bitch, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
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The Woman Who Drinks (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: À la veille de ses derniers instants, une femme se remémore son passé d'alcoolique. Elle revoit toute sa jeunesse dont une cuite qui, à 46 ans, lui a coûté tout ce qu'elle avait. «La solitude, le vieillissement sont des thèmes qui ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: addiction, alcohol abuse, drunkenness, life is a bitch, fall in love, social differences, elderly, infidelity, aging, crumbling marriage, couples, womanizer ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: canada, quebec
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 7.0
 2K
The Cleaner (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After hitting rock-bottom from his own addictions during the birth of his twins, William Banks strikes a tentative deal with God. In exchange for a second chance, he vows to kick his addictions and dedicate his life to helping others. Now, along ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: addiction, belief, hopes, life is a bitch, going straight, rescue, human nature, family life, family relations, father son relationship, father daughter relationship, drug rehab ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Down to the Bone (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, infidelity, rehabilitation, cocaine, dysfunctional family, going straight, human nature, working class, drug abuse, family life, destructive relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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