Drug addiction movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant drug addiction movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, rough, melancholic, talky, interesting and serious films and TV shows about / with drug addiction, addiction, drug addict, drug abuse, drugs, death, drug use, drinking, nudity (full frontal - brief) and heroin plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Mexico and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as drug addiction: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Beautiful Boy (2018), Sid and Nancy (1986), Trainspotting (1996), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Less Than Zero (1987), Blow (2001), Gridlock'd (1997), T2: Trainspotting (2017), The Florida Project (2017).

List of drug 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, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addiction, depression, downfall, drug use, destructive relationship, degradation, drugs/alcohol, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.3
 50K
Beautiful Boy (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After he and his first wife separate, journalist David Sheff struggles to help their teenage son Nic, who goes from experimenting with drugs to becoming devastatingly addicted to methamphetamine.
Style: captivating, sentimental, rough, based on true events, non-linear
Plot: drug addiction, teenage boy, methamphetamine, drug rehabilitation, stepmother stepson relationship, missing son, father son relationship, pursuit, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, boy, drug rehab ...
Place: san francisco, los angeles, new york
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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, captivating, gloomy, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, punk, destructive relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), punk music, s&m, vandalism, dwarf, domestic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, london, england, europe, usa ...
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 8.1
 627K
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, drug abuse, addiction, social misfits, drug addiction, life is a bitch, friendship, counterculture, society, self destructing, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, london, europe, england
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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, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, destructive relationship, young lovers, life is a bitch, couples, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
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 6.5
 18K
Less Than Zero (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, hedonism, friendship, college, coming of age, prostitute, decadence, cocaine, addiction, friends, graduation ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, palm springs california ...
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 7.6
 238K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, cocaine, drug cartel, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug use, gangsters, friendship, organized crime, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: california, latin america, mexico, usa, colombia ...
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 6.9
 15K
Gridlock'd (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, addiction, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, overdose, treatment, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
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T2: Trainspotting (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie.
Style: intense, thought provoking, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: drug addiction, revenge, friendship, addiction, junkie, heroin, theft, blackmail, violence, extortion, redemption, betrayal ...
Time: 2010s, year 1979, year 1974, 80s
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, bulgaria, london, amsterdam ...
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The Florida Project (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
Style: touching, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: motel, friendship, drug addiction, little girl, mother daughter relationship, children, eviction, social services, mother child separation, female friendship, parent child relationship, poverty ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida, orlando florida
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Patrick Melrose (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the Patrick Molrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Style: ironic, psychological, suspense, captivating, surreal
Plot: dialogue, drugs/alcohol, drug addiction, depression, loneliness, ambition, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, violence, lifestyle, misfit ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 90s, 1990s, 2000s ...
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 5.8
 4K
6 Balloons (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Over the course of one night, a woman drives across LA with her heroin addict brother in search of a detox center, with his two year old daughter in tow.
Style: melancholic, thought provoking, sentimental, captivating, rough
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, brother sister relationship, drug abuse, heroin addict, addiction, surprise party, female director, drug use, surprise birthday party, drug withdrawal, stoned ...
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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, exciting, captivating, 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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A Million Little Pieces (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young drug-addled writer approaching the bottom of his descent submits to two months of agonizing detox at a treatment center in Minnesota.
Style: realistic, psychological, sentimental, captivating
Plot: drug addiction, rehabilitation, addiction, drugs, self destructing, introspection, fall in love, clinic, clothed female naked male, society, downfall, alcohol abuse ...
Place: usa
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 7.0
 41K
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, fashion, drug abuse, model, strong sexual content, mental illness, lesbian romance, heroin, aids, supermodel, lesbian sex ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
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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: disturbing, rough, serious, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, life is a bitch, teenage life, drug abuse, friendship, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, youth, teenage prostitution, prostitution ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, talky ...
Plot: wedding, dysfunctional family, drug addiction, sister sister relationship, wedding preparations and rituals, addiction, family problems, life is a bitch, estrangement, favoritism among siblings, family secret, self destructing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii, california
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August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, incestuous relationship, suicide, funeral, family in crisis, family secret, drug addiction, family relations, death in the family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
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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, addiction, going straight, friendship, drug abuse, prostitute, family relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes, youth, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
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 5.3
 9K
Lovely Molly (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Newlywed Molly moves into her deceased father's house in the countryside, where painful memories soon begin to haunt her.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, scary
Plot: haunted by the past, drug addiction, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, nobody believes, woman in danger, isolation, addiction, drug abuse, deadly, newlyweds, psychosis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young ladies in show business.
Style: cynical, serious, rough, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: showbiz, terminal illness, drug addiction, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, couples, filmmaking, rise to the top, actor's life, downfall, love and romance, starlet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new england, paris france ...
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 4.8
 60
Horsey (1997)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Delilah Miller is looking for an anchor in her life. She starts a romance with rock musician Ryland Yale, but soon it shows he can not be such an anchor - he's possessive, undependable and even a heroin addict.
Style: sincere, sexual, rough, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: drug addiction, gays and lesbians, sexual content, looking for love, love affair, destructive relationship, addiction, drug abuse, self discovery, twentysomething life, introspection, rock ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada, africa, morocco
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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: dark humor, clever, realistic, motivational, biting ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, corruption, success, ambition, greed, wall street, stock broker, cons and scams, american dream, rags to riches, yuppie ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1987 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, switzerland, italy ...
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 6.7
 1K
Diane (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Diane is a devoted friend and caretaker, particularly to her drug-addicted son. But as those around her begin to drift away in the last quarter of her life, she is left to reckon with past choices and long-dormant memories.
Style: rough, thought provoking, captivating, melancholic
Plot: mother son relationship, drug addiction, friendship, memory, family relations, old woman, religion, dying, depression, nurse, church, husband wife relationship ...
Place: usa
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 6.5
 8K
Nowhere (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The third film in a trilogy by writer-director Gregg Araki. Described as "90210 on acid", the film tells the story of a day in the lives of a group of high school kids in Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead.
Style: surreal, futuristic, stylized, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: apocalypse, youth, friendship, social differences, drug addiction, opposites attract, social misfits, society, love triangle, teenage life, estrangement, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, southern california, cambodia
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 7.1
 38K
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, baseball, police corruption, drug addiction, redemption, masturbation, gambling, catholicism, corruption, drinking, rape, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 194K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: drug lord, addiction, marijuana, drug cartel, drug abuse, organized crime, drug traffic, drug dealer, drug dealing, profanity, fighting crime, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: mexico, ohio, washington d.c., latin america, usa ...
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The Infiltrator (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
Style: suspense, tense, realistic, based on true events, factual ...
Plot: money laundering, drug lord, drug cartel, undercover, money, death, fear, investigation, secret agents, drug addiction, addiction, federal agent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, 70s
Place: usa, latin america
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 12K
Psycho Raman (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in present day Mumbai the story follows the life of a serial killer Ramanna who is inspired by an infamous serial killer from the 1960s Raman Raghav. His strange obsession with Raghavan, a young Cop keeps growing as he closely follows him ...
Style: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, tense, rough
Plot: serial killer, murder investigation, drug addiction, investigation, chase, violence, drugs, police detective, psychopath, murder, psychopathic killer, psycho killer ...
Time: 2010s, year 2013, year 2015
Place: mumbai india, bombay india, india
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Being Charlie (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Charlie is a troublesome 18-year-old who breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, but when he returns home to Los Angeles, he's given an intervention by his parents and forced to go to an adult rehab. There, he meets a beautiful but ...
Style: melancholic, touching, sincere, exciting, sentimental ...
Plot: drug addict, drug use, drug addiction, father son relationship, love, teenager, friendship, politics, drug rehab, society, family relations, love and romance ...
Place: los angeles
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