Drug abuse movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant drug abuse movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, interesting, harsh, stylized, serious and talky films and TV shows about / with drug abuse, drugs, addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, storytelling, brutality, dialogue, runaway and drinking alcohol plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as drug abuse: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Gia (1998), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Candy (2006), Filth (2013), Trainspotting (1996), Spun (2002).

List of drug abuse 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: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, insanity, depression, hallucination, drug use, drug trip, downfall, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their ...
Style: psychedelic, surreal, clever, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: drug abuse, lsd, hallucination, american dream, road trip, journalism, hitchhiker, surrealism, cocaine, drugs, addiction, lawyer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
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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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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dark humor, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, loss of friend, overdose, thief, couples, robbery, group therapy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: usa, portland oregon
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 7.0
 42K
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, fashion, drug abuse, lesbian romance, model, strong sexual content, heroin, mental illness, lesbianism, aids, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
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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, neo noir, psychological, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: drug abuse, losing-it hero, undercover, disorder, addiction, society, fighting crime, law enforcement, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia, hallucination ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 7.2
 44K
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, marriage, life is a bitch, junkie, obsession, lovers, artist, theft, painting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, melbourne australia
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 7.1
 104K
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: dark humor, addiction, drug abuse, cocaine, antisocial behavior, self destructing, losing-it hero, insanity, murder, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, hamburg germany, edinburgh scotland, new orleans
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 8.1
 646K
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, surrealism, drug abuse, drug addiction, addiction, social misfits, dark humor, life is a bitch, counterculture, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london, england
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 6.8
 37K
Spun (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Over the course of three days Ross, a college dropout addicted to crystal-meth, encounters a variety of oddball folks - including a stripper named Nikki and her boyfriend, the local meth producer, The Cook - but all he really wants to do is hook up ...
Style: rough, stylized, semi serious, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: older woman younger woman relationship, methamphetamine, drug abuse, self destructing, drugged, drug snorting, porn magazine, drug trip, s&m, strong sexual content, addiction, stripper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, las vegas
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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, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, downfall, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, destructive relationship, youth ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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 7.6
 245K
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 use, drug cartel, cocaine, gangsters, friendship, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
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 7.5
 10K
Submarino (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, rough, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, estrangement, family relations, life is a bitch, redemption, family problems, inheritance, reunion, confession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, europe, copenhagen, berlin germany
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 7.9
 245K
Boogie Nights (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a ...
Style: captivating, touching, sentimental, stylized, talky ...
Plot: pornography, porn industry, drug abuse, rise and fall, sex, cocaine, drugs, addiction, strong sexual content, fame, showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 8.3
 764K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, mafia, mob boss, cocaine, drug cartel, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gunfight, rise and fall, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, miami beach, usa, bolivia ...
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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, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, 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
 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, nudity (full frontal - brief), punk music, rock and roll, vandalism, dwarf, s&m ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, england, london, europe, usa ...
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 7.4
 536K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract ...
Style: clever, captivating, intellectual, cerebral, philosophical ...
Plot: intelligence, ambition, superhuman powers, rise to the top, success, prodigy, life turned upside down, life changing experience, overnight success, greed, drug abuse, resourceful ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.2
 55K
How High (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Multi-platinum rap superstars Redman and Method Man star as Jamal and Silas, two regular guys who smoke something magical, ace their college entrance exams and wind up at Harvard. Ivy League ways are strange but Silas and Jamal take it in a stride ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, funny, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: marijuana, stoners, drug abuse, youth, drug dealing, college, buddies, drug use, cannabis, goofy hero, farce, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.
Style: stylized, humorous, melancholic, entertaining, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, college, defloration, love triangle, virginity, rape, virgin, romance, lifestyle, youth, college life, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new hampshire, amsterdam, dublin ireland, rome italy, europe ...
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We Children from Bahnhof Zoo (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Czech Republic, Italy
TV show
Story: Six teenagers fight for their dream of happiness and freedom, leaving behind all the problems with parents, teachers and others. Christiane, Stella, Babsi, Benno, Axel and Michi throw themselves into the heady nights of Berlin, without limits or ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, psychological
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, youth, friends, escapades, society, adolescence, social issues, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, drugs, relationships, social problems ...
Place: berlin germany
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 5.8
 32K
54 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shane, a Jersey boy with big dreams, crosses the river in hopes of finding a more exciting life at Studio 54. When Steve Rubell, the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Shane from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: disco, drug abuse, nightclub, nightlife, lifestyle, addiction, drugs/alcohol, clubbing, party, father son relationship, bartender, money ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, bahamas, manhattan new york city
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 8.6
 5K
The Corner (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 376 min.
TV show
Story: The Corner presents the world of Fayette Street using real names and real events. The miniseries tells the true story of men, women and children living amid the open-air drug markets of West Baltimore. It chronicles a year in the lives of ...
Style: emotional, serious, rough, realistic, bleak
Plot: drug abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, drug dealing, heroin, teenage life, social decay, lifestyle, going straight, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, african american ...
Time: 90s
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 7.6
 199K
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, drug dealer, drug abuse, addiction, war on drugs, marijuana, drug cartel, organized crime, drug dealing, profanity, interracial sex, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: mexico, ohio, washington d.c., latin america, usa ...
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 6.9
 20K
Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, captivating, realistic, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, artist, art, rise and fall, society, rising to stardom, self destructing, overdose, ambition, human spirit, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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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 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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 7.2
 3K
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: drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, civil war, doctor, hopelessness, hardship, loneliness, morphine, urban decay, society, repression ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: russia
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 7.2
 86K
The Doors (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, factual, surreal ...
Plot: music band, singer, hallucination, drug abuse, lsd, rock and roll, musician, fame, star, mentally unstable, nervous breakdown, party ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1949, year 1966 ...
Place: california, usa, paris france, britain, new mexico ...
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 5.5
 872
Amphetamine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Openly gay banker Daniel debates whether to return to Australia or stay in Hong Kong when he meets Kafka, a straight swimming instructor. The young men fall in love, believing that their love can bridge anything, despite their difference in ...
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: gay, drug abuse, love affair, haunted by the past, self discovery, addiction, tragic love, gender, life is a bitch, couples, destiny, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
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