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, serious, talky, interesting, harsh and stylized films and TV shows about / with drug abuse, addiction, drugs, drug addiction, life is a bitch, storytelling, dialogue, mentor, drinking and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as drug abuse: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Gia (1998), Candy (2006), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Filth (2013), Trainspotting (1996), Christiane F. (1981), Boogie Nights (1997).
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama
USA
118 min.
 7.7
Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance
Australia
108 min.
 7.3
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Gigantes (2018)
Crime, Drama
Spain
50 min.
 7.5
6 Balloons (2018)
Drama
USA
74 min.
 5.8

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, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, hallucinations, depression, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.0
 36K
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, erotic, melancholic ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, fashion, lesbian, mental illness, nightlife, lifestyle, heroin, strong sexual content, aids, model, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
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 7.3
 40K
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: realistic, emotional, gloomy, serious, sexual ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, artist, marriage, life is a bitch, lovers, love and romance, fall in love, obsession, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, mcdonald's restaurant, sydney australia, melbourne australia
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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, rough, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, downfall, heroin, friends, innocence lost, life is a bitch, teenage life, basketball, rebellion, adolescence, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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: dark humor, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, robbery, motel, friendship, addiction, overdose, drugs/alcohol, urban, hat, junkie, superstition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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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, captivating, atmospheric, surreal, semi serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, journalism, american dream, on the road, escapades, hallucinations, drugs, road trip, culture clash, eccentricity, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
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 7.1
 90K
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, sexual, surreal, cynical, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, strong sexual content, losing-it hero, drug abuse, self destructing, anti heroes, cocaine, alcohol abuse, drugs/alcohol, police investigation, life is a bitch, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, hamburg germany, edinburgh scotland
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 8.2
 566K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 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, semi serious, rough, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, heroin, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, society, crimes, misfit, drug addiction, surrealism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london
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 7.6
 19K
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: gloomy, bleak, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: downfall, heroin, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, friendship, society, drug dealing, prostitute, lifestyle, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, west berlin west germany, berlin germany, west germany, poland
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 7.9
 213K
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: sexual, captivating, sentimental, touching, stylized ...
Plot: pornography, drug abuse, strong sexual content, rise and fall, porn industry, innocence lost, sex, cocaine, addiction, rags to riches, hollywood, showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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: psychological, surreal, stylized, offbeat, bleak ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, surveillance, addiction, working undercover, future dystopia, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, fighting crime, law enforcement, society, disorder ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 7.4
 474K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, intellectual, psychological, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: intelligence, prodigy, life turned upside down, rise to the top, superhuman powers, success, drug abuse, addiction, ambition, greed, experiment, millionaire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.8
 34K
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: stylized, semi serious, rough, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, drug dealing, crimes, methamphetamine, drug snorting, older woman younger woman relationship, porn magazine, s&m, bondage, masturbation, stripper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.1
 164K
Side Effects (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
Style: psychological, clever, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, mental illness, psychiatrist, obsession, doctors and patients, depression, life turned upside down, addiction, deception, conspiracy, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 8.3
 633K
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: serious, exciting, rough, epic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug dealing, gangsters, cocaine, drug abuse, rise and fall, organized crime, gunfight, mafia, criminal heroes, rise to the top, rivals ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
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 7.6
 218K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
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: realistic, stylized, gloomy, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, drug lord, drug dealing, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, gangsters, cocaine, blind ambition, criminal heroes, ambition, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: latin america, california, colombia, mexico, usa ...
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 48K
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, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: stoners, drug abuse, buddies, youth, farce, college, drug dealing, marijuana, goofy hero, cannabis, pot, pimp ...
Time: contemporary
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 7K
Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 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, serious, realistic, tragic ending, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, urban ghetto, violence, life philosophy, character study, life, hip hop, crime, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california
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 7.1
 26K
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: serious, gloomy, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, destructive relationship, drug abuse, heroin, drugs/alcohol, rise and fall, love and romance, couples, life is a bitch, music band, love affair, punk ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, england, europe, britain, usa ...
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 7.2
 28K
The Salton Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After the murder of his beloved wife, a man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her ...
Style: bleak, tense, clever, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, neo noir, dual identity, crime, neo-noir, vengeance, addiction, identity, heroin, cocaine, ex convict, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, 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, biting, captivating, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, wall street, cons and scams, strong sexual content, drugs/alcohol, millionaire, corporate crimes, greed, workplace situations, stock broker ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, manhattan new york city, italy ...
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 18K
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: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: drug abuse, friendship, basketball, overdose, creativity, graffiti, sex, drug addiction, heroin, painting, rise and fall, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 16K
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, gloomy, serious, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, hedonism, decadence, cocaine, college, coming of age, addiction, prostitute, downfall, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
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 7.3
 7K
Shaitan (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Five substance-abusing friends decide to fake a kidnapping in order to bribe a police constable for covering-up a hit-and-run accident.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, kidnapping, hit and run, ransom, media circus, cocaine, suicide attempt, police chief, crime, drugs/alcohol, alcohol abuse, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, mumbai india
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Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Russian poet, singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was an idol of the 1970s and '80s. In 1980, at the age of 42, he passed away during the Moscow Olympic Games. This is the story of his last great love as handed down to his son from a family ...
Style: realistic, serious, based on true events, dramatic, emotional ...
Plot: musician's life, artists and showbiz, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, society, wiretap, near death experience, concert, kgb, on the road, love and romance ...
Time: year 1979, 20th century, 70s
Place: russia, soviet union
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The Poker House (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Agnes and her two sisters struggle through a day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: drug abuse, coming of age, rape, gambling, pimp, siblings relations, small town, down on your luck, family in crisis, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 70s
Place: iowa, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 2K
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, gloomy, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, countryside, life is a bitch, innocence lost, doctors and patients, power relations, social relations, coping, urban decay, drug addiction ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: russia
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The Good Thief (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A compulsive gambler plans the heist of his life - a priceless collection of art from the world-class Casino Riviera in Monte Carlo.
Style: clever, exciting, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, casino, drug abuse, gambling, betrayal, alarm, retirement, card game, drug withdrawal, forgery, gambler, painting ...
Time: contemporary
Place: french riviera, monte carlo, france, europe, cambodia ...
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 7.0
 7K
Love Liza (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson Joel turns to huffing gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: drug abuse, suicide, model airplane, addiction, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, sadness, mother-in-law, down on your luck, life is a bitch, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, usa
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Out of the Blue (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dennis Hopper is a hard-drinking truck driver who loses control of his truck under the influence and slams it into a busload of screaming children. After serving his five year jail sentence, Hopper finds his daughter, Cebe (Linda Manz), the love of ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, tense, disturbing
Plot: drug abuse, coming of age, runaway, punk, hitchhiking, heroin, truck driver, prison, suicide, poverty, young heroes, teenage girl ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada
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