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, harsh, interesting, serious, stylized and talky films and TV shows about / with drug abuse, drugs, addiction, drug addiction, life is a bitch, storytelling, brutality, dialogue, life philosophy and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Germany 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), Spun (2002), Trainspotting (1996).

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, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, drug addiction, life is a bitch, 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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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, cult film, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug abuse, lsd, american dream, hallucination, journalism, hitchhiker, surrealism, cocaine, addiction, road trip, lawyer, drugs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 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, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, basketball, antisocial behavior, anguish, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 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: dark humor, serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, friendship, drug addiction, addiction, loss of friend, overdose, thief, couples, robbery, group therapy, pharmacy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, portland oregon
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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, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, fashion, drug abuse, model, strong sexual content, mental illness, lesbian romance, heroin, aids, supermodel, lesbian love ...
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, psychological, surreal, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, losing-it hero, addiction, neo noir, disorder, society, fighting crime, law enforcement, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 7.2
 43K
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, marriage, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, obsession, junkie, lovers, artist, theft, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, sydney australia
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 7.1
 100K
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, surreal, cynical, sexual, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, insanity, self destructing, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, cocaine, antisocial behavior, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, hamburg germany, edinburgh scotland, new orleans
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 6.8
 36K
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, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: methamphetamine, older woman younger woman relationship, drug abuse, drugged, drug snorting, s&m, porn magazine, addiction, stripper, profanity, drug dealing, self destructing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
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 8.1
 624K
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, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, drug addiction, society, self destructing, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, london, europe, england
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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, teenage life, friendship, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug dealing, youth, teenage prostitution, prostitution ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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 7.6
 237K
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: atmospheric, serious, 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, 60s, 90s, 50s, 80s ...
Place: california, latin america, mexico, usa, colombia ...
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 7.5
 9K
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: bleak, rough, sincere, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, estrangement, inheritance, family relations, life is a bitch, redemption, family problems, reunion, loner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen, berlin germany
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 7.4
 519K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: 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: captivating, clever, intellectual, cerebral, psychological ...
Plot: intelligence, superhuman powers, ambition, rise to the top, success, prodigy, life turned upside down, drug abuse, greed, rags to riches, overnight success, writers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.9
 234K
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, cocaine, strong sexual content, addiction, sex, fame, lifestyle, showbiz, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: usa, los angeles, 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 addiction, drug addict, 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
 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, gloomy, captivating, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, 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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 6.3
 53K
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, buddies, drug dealing, college, goofy hero, farce, drug use, lifestyle, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 8.6
 4K
The Corner (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 376 min.
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: serious, rough, emotional, bleak, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, drug dealing, heroin, teenage life, lifestyle, social decay, going straight, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, african american ...
Time: 90s
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 8.3
 722K
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, cocaine, mafia, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gunfight, mob boss, drug cartel, rise and fall, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia ...
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 6.9
 19K
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, rise and fall, society, rising to stardom, self destructing, overdose, ambition, celebrity culture, human spirit, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.5
 8K
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: realistic, rough, serious, stylized, tragic ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, urban ghetto, violence, hip hop, life philosophy, character study, life, crime, crimes, criminal's revenge, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, 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, hopelessness, civil war, doctor, hardship, loneliness, morphine, urban decay, society, rivalry ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: russia
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 7.2
 82K
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, hippie, musician, fame, star, mentally unstable, nervous breakdown, party, lsd ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969, year 1966 ...
Place: california, usa, new mexico, los angeles, paris france ...
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 7.2
 8K
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, kidnapping, chief of police, police chief, ransom, police corruption, life is a bitch, law enforcement, crimes, on the run, buddies, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, mumbai india
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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: gloomy, disturbing, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: drug abuse, coming of age, white trash, hitchhiking, heroin, suicide, injury, prison, poverty, runaway, punk, truck driver ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada
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 7.1
 29K
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: tense, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: methamphetamine, drug abuse, neo noir, violence, drug lord, death of wife, vengeance, crimes, crime, double life, working undercover, nothing to lose ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, 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: college, drug abuse, love triangle, virginity, rape, virgin, college life, lifestyle, romance, youth, sex, gay slur ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new hampshire, amsterdam, barcelona spain, florence italy, paris france ...
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 6.9
 14K
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, friendship, going straight, rehabilitation, overdose, crimes, life is a bitch, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
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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, cocaine, decadence, addiction, nightlife, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, new jersey
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