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The list contains the best, new and most relevant drug abuse movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, harsh, talky, stylized, melancholic and serious films and TV shows about / with drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, life is a bitch, drugs, dialogue, brutality, storytelling, mentor and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as drug abuse: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Gia (1998), Boogie Nights (1997), Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive (2011), Nirvana (2008), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Candy (2006), Jesus' Son (1999).
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Boogie Nights
Drama
USA
155 min.
 7.9
Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive
Biography, Drama
Russia
128 min.
 6.5
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6 Balloons
Drama
USA
74 min.
 5.8
A Futile and Stupid Gesture
Biography, Comedy
USA
101 min.
 6.8

List of drug abuse movies

Requiem for a Dream
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: depressing, atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, degradation, downfall, depression, destructive relationship, existentialism, drug use, heroin addict, drug addict ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.0
 36K
Gia
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: rough, erotic, melancholic, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, fashion, supermodel, rise and fall, model, drug addiction, fame, terminal illness, loneliness, depression, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
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 7.9
 211K
Boogie Nights
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: stylized, captivating, intense, sentimental, talky ...
Plot: pornography, rise and fall, drug abuse, porn industry, addiction, drugs, loneliness, drug addiction, showbiz, sex, life philosophy, rags to riches ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive
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, dramatic, based on true events, suspenseful ...
Plot: musician's life, artists and showbiz, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, society, wiretap, kgb, near death experience, concert, on the road, love and romance ...
Time: year 1979, 20th century, 70s
Place: soviet union, russia
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 6.0
 339
Nirvana
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Young Alisa is fed up with her life in Moscow, and moves to St. Petersburg. Her roommates in the collective flat are two junkies, Vel and her boyfriend Valera the Dead Man. First they fight, but soon the two women form a friendship. Together they ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, rough, captivating, touching ...
Plot: friendship, life is a bitch, love triangle, drugs/alcohol, drug abuse, hopes, neo noir, crime, urban, crimes, danger, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Drugstore Cowboy
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 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, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, heroin, redemption, friendship, drug addiction, hospital, going straight, overdose, drugs, on the road, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, portland oregon
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A Scanner Darkly
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: surreal, stylized, clever, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: drug abuse, surveillance, addiction, schizophrenia, cyberpunk, drug addiction, drugs, undercover cop, paranoia, surrealism, existentialism, undercover ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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: surreal, cynical, stylized, clever, humorous ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, journalism, marijuana, drugs, paranoia, culture clash, hotel, road trip, surrealism, on the road, desert ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
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 7.3
 39K
Candy
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, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, romance, artist, mentor, marriage, drug addiction, drugs, dreams, prostitution, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, mcdonald's restaurant, sydney australia
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 7.0
 7K
Jesus' Son
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, gloomy, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: drug abuse, redemption, addiction, heroin, drugs, drug addiction, hospital, drinking, on the road, apocalypse, realism, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, phoenix arizona, iowa, mexico, chicago illinois
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 6.7
 7K
Brain Damage
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: humorous, dark humor, surreal, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: addiction, gory, drug abuse, drugs, blood, gore, male nudity, splatter, farce, drug addiction, stylish, monster ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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The Basketball Diaries
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: realistic, disturbing, bleak, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, basketball, rebellion, drug addiction, drugs, pornography, drinking, brutality, friendship, teenager ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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Permanent Midnight
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ben Stiller plays comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, drug addiction, dysfunctional family, drinking, hollywood, writing, drugs/alcohol, writer's life, drugs, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
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 6.4
 16K
Less Than Zero
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, gloomy, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, friendship, drugs, drug addiction, high school, downfall, drinking, self discovery, adaptation, book, weed ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, beverly hills
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The Rules of Attraction
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
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, sexual, semi serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: college, drug abuse, multiple storylines, love triangle, drugs, virginity, drinking, sex, suicide, drug dealing, postmodernism, marijuana ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florence italy, barcelona spain, europe, rome italy, switzerland ...
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 8.2
 561K
Trainspotting
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: stylized, disturbing, realistic, bleak, clever ...
Plot: friendship, drug addiction, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, cult, surrealism, drugs, violence, depression, british, marijuana ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, london, edinburgh scotland
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 6.9
 17K
Basquiat
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, serious, rough, realistic, cerebral ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug addiction, artist, art, heroin, drugs, friendship, mentor, overdose, creativity, homeless, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.2
 28K
The Salton Sea
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, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, addiction, vengeance, drug abuse, neo-noir, identity, drug addiction, revenge, violence, corruption, murder, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Clean and Sober
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, touching, talky, sincere, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, drinking, drug addiction, downfall, drugs, redemption, human nature, tragedy, depression, introspection, crime gone awry ...
Time: 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
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 7.2
 75K
The Doors
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: music, drug abuse, rock and roll, addiction, music band, drugs, drug addiction, death, mentally unstable, insanity, artist, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1949, year 1971 ...
Place: california, usa, miami, venice beach california, new mexico ...
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 7.4
 8K
Nil by Mouth
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, harsh ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, drug abuse, addiction, heroin, working class, violence, drugs, drinking, father son relationship, realism, poverty, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london, europe
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 6.1
 4K
The Trip
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Paul Groves, a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John, a self-styled guru who's an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, psychological, psychedelic ...
Plot: drug abuse, marijuana, surrealism, male nudity, drugs, life & death, self discovery, rock and roll, weed, pornography, runaway, drug addiction ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: tokyo, california
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 7.1
 41K
Naked Lunch
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: surreal, psychological, sexual, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug abuse, writing, addiction, drug addiction, drugs, surrealism, paranoia, jazz, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, homosexuality, psychiatry ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, north africa
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 6.8
 34K
Spun
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: addiction, drug abuse, drugs, drug addiction, pornography, male nudity, drugs/alcohol, buddies, weed, gay, social misfits, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 6.3
 14K
Party Monster
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was a world like no other. Into this candy-colored, mirror ball playground stepped Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special. Under the watchful eye of veteran club kid James St. James, Alig quickly rose ...
Style: stylized, serious, offbeat, realistic, enigmatic ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, murder, drugs, drug addiction, gay, social misfits, crime, friends, drug dealing, aids, rise and fall ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, indiana, usa, california, new jersey ...
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 7.6
 182K
Traffic
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, 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: realistic, clever, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, police corruption, corruption, heroin, surveillance, marijuana, organized crime, drugs, drug addiction, politics, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, california, ohio ...
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 5.9
 3K
Rated X
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60's. After creating such legendary porn films as "Behind the Green Door" and "Inside Marily Chambers", they later ...
Style: serious, rough, tense, realistic, intense ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, murder, pornography, rise and fall, drug addiction, drugs, brothers, mafia, drinking, rags to riches, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa
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Lady Sings the Blues
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, dramatic, factual ...
Plot: jazz, music, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, rags to riches, prostitution, murder, blues, musician's life, holiday, mentor ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: harlem, usa, cross country, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Another Day in Paradise
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A vending machine robbery by small time thief and drug addict Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel (James Woods) to patch him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends ...
Style: talky, realistic, tense, cynical, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: crime, violence, drug abuse, addiction, murder, drugs, brutality, drug addiction, drinking, heroin, crime gone awry, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
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 7.1
 21K
Human Traffic
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: All that exists now is clubs, drugs, pubs and parties. I've got 48 hours off from the world, man I'm gonna blow steam out of my head like a screaming kettle. I'm gonna talk cods hit to strangers all night. I'm gonna lose the plot ...
Style: realistic, witty, humorous, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: friendship, drug abuse, drugs, drinking, hip hop, drugs/alcohol, city life, urban, paranoia, male nudity, marijuana, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: london, england, wales
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