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Best Drug Movies

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream (R, 2000)

    Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald
    Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., this gritty drama concerns four people trapped by their addi... read morections. Harry (Jared Leto), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) are impoverished heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY, while Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Harry dreams of scoring a pound of smack, from which he could make enough money to open a clothing boutique with Marion, but so far he and his friends can barely scrape by supporting their own habits. Meanwhile, Harry's mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn), who spends her days watching television, is told she has the opportunity to appear on her favorite game show; wanting to lose enough weight to fit into her favorite red dress, she visits a sleazy doctor who gives her a prescription for amphetamines. Soon Sara has a drug habit of her own that is spiraling out of control. Requiem for a Dream was directed by Darren Aronofsky, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Selby; it was Aronofsky's second feature, following his acclaimed independent film Pi. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      mattmarx91gmailcom: .

      It shows the harsh reality of drug addiction through great performances and simple yet impactful cinematography. This movie won't
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
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      fb510611586: Some may see it as preachy anti drug propaganda and the stylization is debatably excessive but Aronofsky has undoubtedly created a g
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
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      The movie starts off with four main charecters living a rather easy life either selling drugs or taking drugs or watching tv. Just like a Tarintino movie, it's broken up into 3 main parts
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (R, 1998)

    Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Craig Bierko, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey
    Journalist Raoul Duke and his lawyer Dr Gonzo drive from LA to Las Vegas on a drugs binge. They nomi... read morenally cover news stories, including a convention on drug abuse, but also sink deeper into a frightening psychedelic otherworld. As Vietnam, Altamont and the Tate killings impinge from the world of TV news, Duke and Gonzo see casinos, reptiles and the American dream.
  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting (R, 1996)

    Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin Mckidd, Robert Carlyle
    Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and fewer ambitions, lives in economical... read morely depressed Edinburgh. Like most of his friends, Renton is a heroin addict who loves the drug's blissful nothingness; financing his habit also provides excitement and challenges that his life otherwise lacks. Renton's two best friends are also junkies: Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), a snappy dresser obsessed with James Bond, and Spud (Ewan Bremner), a guileless nerd who suggests Pee Wee Herman's debauched cousin. Renton and his pals also hang out with Begbie (Robert Carlyle), a borderline psychotic who loathes junkies even though he drinks like a fish. After one too many brushes with the law, Renton kicks heroin and moves to London, where he finds a job, a flat, and something close to peace of mind. However, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud all arrive at his doorstep on the trail of a big score, leading Renton back into drugs and crime. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb27612041: Certainly not for the faint of heart but a stern realistic portrayal of severe drug addiction and the consequences which follow it; with a touch of dark humor.
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
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      fb512750598: Drug-abuse drama, made famous by that anti-piracy ad where the bloke said "No trains in it, suppose
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
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      It's edgy,it's cool,it's a whole lot of drugs and life while dealing with the consequences. Danny Boyle respects us enough to combine dark c
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
  • Blow

    Blow (R, 2001)

    Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens
    Following the life of cocaine-trafficking pioneer George Jung in a way that recalls Martin Scorsese'... read mores Casino, Blow recounts the man's days from his 1950s childhood in Boston to his downfall in the 1980s. George (played by Johnny Depp) begins his life as the son of Fred (Ray Liotta), an earnest breadwinner, and Ermine (Rachel Griffiths), who frequently walks out on them in pursuit of a more fulfilling life. When George moves west to California in the late '60s, accompanied by best pal Tuna (Ethan Suplee), he becomes an entrepreneur in the marijuana business, which soon spreads to the East Coast as well, with girlfriend Barbara (Franka Potente) smuggling the product during her stewardess shifts. George is arrested in 1972 -- at which time Barbara dies of cancer -- but George finds a new ally in Diego (Jordi Molla), who proposes the idea that he become the American conduit for Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis). George flourishes in the heyday of the disco era, and falls for Mirtha (Penelope Cruz), a self-serving bombshell who eventually has a daughter with him. Trouble escalates as the FBI threatens to bring George and his crew down, while he desperately tries to be a stable parent to his young offspring. Blow also features Paul Reubens and Max Perlich in featured roles. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi
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      fb100001276915292: rom Johnny Depp, the film is very enjoyable and entertaining, but does feel like a retread of other drug movies.
      Reviewed 24 days days ago
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      fb667249896: . The whole drug violence portion of his endeavor is whitewashed, but the overall result is ok. It is refreshing
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
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      fb58903559: . The movie doesn't gloss over the monotony and downside of being a drug smuggler/distributer AND family man. While his occupation affords him a Lavish Lifestyle, Jorge
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
  • Layer Cake

    Layer Cake (R, 2005)

    Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman
    Just as a successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, e... read moreyes an early retirement from the business, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings.
  • A Scanner Darkly

    A Scanner Darkly (R, 2006)

    Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Rory Cochrane
    Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, an undercover cop, Fred, is one of ma... read moreny agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, Fred sets up an elaborate scheme to catch Bob and tear down his operation.
    • fb100000501535944
      fb100000501535944: of Phillip K Dick's book of the same title he dedicates the story to a list of friends lost through drug abuse. One of those being his wife, another one actually being himself.

      Obviously this is a v
      Reviewed 16 days days ago
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      fb544991281: . It's a total mind melter. I watched this completely drug and intoxicant free and felt like I left with a contact buzz.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      MrMarakai: ob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) an undercover cop, is given the assignment to bring down a vast network of drug distribution dealing in "Substance D" - which is highly addictive and mind altering. He fully i
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Candy

    Candy (R, 2006)

    Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tony Martin, Noni Hazelhurst
    A free-spirited art student and a roguish poet find their addiction to each other taking a back seat... read more to their taste for heroin in director Neil Armfield's intensely personal tale of recreational drug use gone bad. When Candy (Abbie Cornish) and Dan (Heath Ledger) first fell in love, they both thought they had found all they ever needed in life. Despite financial hardships, the pair sustained themselves on the vibrant life force that burned blindingly bright as it promised an invincible future. Their intoxicating romance a blissful altered state of which heroin played only a minor role in the beginning, Candy and Dan soon decide to strengthen their bond by marrying and starting a family. Their manufactured Eden gradually becomes an uncontrollable inferno, however, as Candy's parents slowly pull away due to the pain of witnessing their daughter's slow slide into oblivion, and even chemistry professor Casper (Geoffrey Rush), who was at first complicit in their experimentation, admits that Candy and Dan's blind devotion to the drug is now forever ingrained into their commitment to one and other. As the marriage deteriorates right along with Candy's increasingly fragile mental state, Dan must make the difficult decision to either rescue her or pull away in hopes that the clarity of separation will finally empower her to break free of the addiction that binds her. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      eternaldelirium: The reality of drug addiction is not at all glamourous, and Candy proves it.
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
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      Candy is a hearbreaking film that can be quite hard to watch because of the drug addiction and the suffering that Dan and Candy went through. It is a very powerful film from th
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • dominique7516
      dominique7516: .Realistic depiction of life as a drug user,tough to watch at times.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • We Own the Night

    We Own the Night (R, 2007)

    Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall, Antoni Corone
    At the height of a bloody 1980s struggle between New York City police and a Russian mob that targete... read mored law officers and their families, the NYPD hung "We Own the Night" banners in precinct houses and stepped up their efforts.
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      fb860740401: . It creates a dramatic piece intertwining family with drugs and the police, thus, your average cop action flick. However, what sets this movie a little bi
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
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      fb551727298: y (Robert Duvall) and his brother is Jospeh (Mark Wahlberg), and they aer leading a war against the drug dealers of Brooklyn. They are after Marat's nephew, Vadim (Alex Veadow), who is pretty much the
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1339111733: f a battle between his brother and father who are both NYPD police officers, and a ruthless Russian drug dealer. Director/writer James Gray, shows us the conflict between the brothers but never reall
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Drugstore Cowboy

    Drugstore Cowboy (R, 1989)

    Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James LeGros, Heather Graham, James Remar
    The operative word in Drugstore Cowboy is "drug". Matt Dillon plays the leader of a group of dopehea... read moreds who wander around the country robbing pharmacies to feed their habits. Dillon's chums include doltish James Le Gros and teen-age junkie Heather Graham; also along for the ride is Dillon's wife Kelly Lynch. Their nemesis is cop James Remar, whom Dillon takes perverse delight in humiliating. When one of the young addicts dies of an overdose, it promps Dillon to try to go straight, a task complicated by wife Lynch's determination to stay high and by the corrupting presence of an ex-priest, played by Naked Lunch author William Burroughs. Drugstore Cowboy was director Gus Van Sant's breakthrough picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • The Basketball Diaries

    The Basketball Diaries (R, 1995)

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jimmy Papiris, Nick Gaetani, Bruno Kirby, Alexander Gaberman
    Very loosely based on the memoir of the same name, The Basketball Diaries transposes the late '60s a... read moredolescence of writer/artist Jim Carroll to some unspecified time period at least 15 years later, further confusing the timeframe with three decades of rock music, some by Carroll himself. Jim (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his Catholic school chums are on the hottest basketball team in New York, but their friend Bobby (Michael Imperioli) languishes in the hospital with leukemia. In-between typically boyish adventures, Jim scribbles in his notebook and experiments with sex and drugs. His group of friends begins to disintegrate after coach Swifty (Bruno Kirby) not only makes a pass at Jim, but also catches him and his pals using drugs on the court and kicks them off the team. Out of school and on the streets, Jim turns tricks, betrays friends, robs stores, and deals drugs to feed his heroin addiction. Not even the efforts of former addict Reggie (Ernie Hudson) can cure Jim. Mark Wahlberg appears as one of Jim's basketball and drug buddies, while Carroll himself makes a memorable cameo as an addict who describes the almost Catholic rituals of shooting heroin. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi
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      butterbuglb: to it, it was bigged up to me, and was said to be a true and accurate insight into heroin addiction/drug addiction. But I didn't find it very accurate at all, not all addicts go around mugging people
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
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      fb626865805: One of the most in depth movies on drug addiction with young teens I have ever seen. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a tremendous performance.
      Reviewed 3 days days ago
    • Shedoesntevengohere
      Shedoesntevengohere: The movie succeeds in showing the crazy life and downfalls that the hard drugs can bring in a life. The probable basketball star that gives in and can't shake the addiction
      Reviewed 2 years days ago