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, melancholic, interesting, intense, talky and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with drug addiction, addiction, drug addict, nudity (full frontal - brief), drug abuse, drugs, drug use, storytelling, heroin and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as drug addiction: Beautiful Boy (2018), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Blow (2001), Trainspotting (1996), Christiane F. (1981), Less Than Zero (1987), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Gia (1998), Gridlock'd (1997), T2 Trainspotting (2017).

List of drug addiction movies

 7.3
 61K
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: rough, captivating, sentimental, based on true events, non-linear
Plot: drug addiction, teenage boy, methamphetamine, drug rehabilitation, stepmother stepson relationship, missing son, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, boy, pursuit, drug rehab ...
Place: san francisco, new york, los angeles
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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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 7.6
 247K
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, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug addiction, rise and fall, drug dealing, drug abuse, drug cartel, drug use, gangsters, friendship, cocaine, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
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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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 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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 6.4
 19K
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, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, hedonism, friendship, college, coming of age, prostitute, decadence, cocaine, addiction, downfall, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, palm springs california ...
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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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 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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 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, addiction, drug abuse, 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, stylized, captivating, exciting, thought provoking ...
Plot: drug addiction, blackmail, junkie, friendship, addiction, heroin, theft, extortion, revenge, redemption, betrayal, reunion ...
Time: 2010s, 70s, 80s, year 1979, year 1974
Place: scotland, bulgaria, scottish highlands, edinburgh scotland, london ...
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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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 5.9
 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: thought provoking, melancholic, captivating, rough, sentimental
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, brother sister relationship, drug abuse, heroin addict, surprise party, addiction, female director, drug use, drug addict, drug withdrawal, netflix ...
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 6.1
 47K
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 rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, starting over, going straight, siblings relations, doctors and patients, addiction, family relations, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 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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Patrick Melrose (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 302 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the Patrick Molrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Style: ironic, psychological, suspense, captivating, surreal
Plot: drugs/alcohol, dialogue, drug addiction, father son relationship, depression, loneliness, alcohol abuse, mental illness, violence, dysfunctional family, traumatic childhood, ambition ...
Time: 2000s, 1960s, 1990s, 90s, 60s ...
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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: psychological, realistic, sentimental, captivating
Plot: drug addiction, rehabilitation, addiction, drugs, alcohol abuse, fall in love, introspection, self destructing, clinic, clothed female naked male, downfall, society ...
Time: year 1993
Place: usa, minneapolis minnesota
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 7.2
 210
Byvshie (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Story about drug and alcohol addict rich girl Yana. Meeting psychologist Ilya changes her life.
Style: suspense, sincere, uplifting, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug addict, drug addiction, love triangle, life support, friends, clinic, rich poor, drugs/alcohol, rich and poor, eternal youth, supportive parent, barefoot woman ...
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 6.0
 1K
Perfect High (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Star high school dancer Amanda's life spirals out of control when she starts abusing painkillers with her new friends.
Style: tense, thought provoking, sentimental, psychological, captivating
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, addiction, high school, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, stealing money, drug dealer, overdose, loss of friend, danger, crimes, friendship ...
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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, favoritism among siblings, family secret, self destructing, estrangement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii, california
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 7.6
 301K
Lord of War (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world's most ...
Style: clever, cynical, realistic, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: arms dealer, corruption, arms dealing, smuggling, cold war, greed, millionaire, interpol, human nature, rise and fall, criminal heroes, pride and honor ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1984 ...
Place: bolivia, europe, africa, brooklyn new york city, beirut lebanon ...
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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, family in crisis, incestuous relationship, suicide, funeral, family secret, drug addiction, death in the family, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
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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, sincere, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: mother daughter relationship, motel, friendship, little girl, eviction, drug addiction, children, social services, mother child separation, female friendship, parent child relationship, single mother ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida, orlando florida
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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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 6.8
 150K
From Hell (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Frederick Abberline is an opium-huffing inspector from Scotland Yard who falls for one of Jack the Ripper's prostitute targets in this Hughes brothers adaption of a graphic novel that posits the Ripper's true identity.
Style: gothic, tense, scary, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, jack the ripper, who done it, crimes, graphic violence, a vision, psychic, police investigation, police detective, life is a bitch, freemason, prostitute ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1880s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom, east end london ...
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 5.3
 10K
Lovely Molly (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 99 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, husband wife relationship ...
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, filmmaking, couples, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, small town life, starlet, downfall, rise to the top, actor's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new england, paris france, manhattan new york city ...
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 5.0
 72
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: sexual, rough, sincere, gloomy, sexy ...
Plot: drug addiction, sexual content, looking for love, self discovery, human nature, addiction, destructive relationship, rock, love affair, religions or cults, friends, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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: 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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 5.1
 299
The Unraveling (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Michael is a basically decent guy with a pregnant girlfriend, great friends - and one massive drug problem. Because he missed his own Las Vegas bachelor party being too stoned, his four besties decide to kidnap him for a weekend of roughing it in ...
Style: scary, suspense, thought provoking, disturbing, unusual plot structure
Plot: heroin addiction, drug addict, drug addiction, heroin addict, heroin, friends, bachelor, drug dealer, bachelor party, drug abuse, drugs, junkie ...
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Driving Not Knowing (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An estranged poet attempts to rekindle a complex relationship with a strung-out musician during a weekend in rural nowhere; their toxic past, however, won't be so easily forgotten.
Style: touching, psychological, sexy, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: drug addiction, gay, love, poetry, gay couple, love and romance, society, gays and lesbians, gay lead character, youth, gay love, couples ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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