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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      fb510611586: Some may see it as preachy anti drug propaganda and the stylization is debatably excessive but Aronofsky has undoubtedly created a g
      Reviewed 13 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 5 months days ago
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      fb1110743267: ovie after the first ten minutes, but as I continued to watch, I found it to be a very good look at drug addiction and the sad downward spiral that accompanies it.
      Reviewed 5 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
    Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King) directed this colorful, stylized, pseudo-psy... read morechedelic $21-million adaptation of the 1971 Hunter S. Thompson classic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream, about stoned sportswriter Raoul Duke, Thompson's alter ego, on a wild drug-crazed road trip, a paranoid plummet into the belly of the beast, with his pal, lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Originally serialized in Rolling Stone (November 1971), the book catapulted Thompson headfirst toward the Kerouac-Mailer-Capote pantheon and jump-started the entire movement of "gonzo journalism." Carrying a suitcase of drugs, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp with shaved pate) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) drive a red convertible across the Mojave from L.A. to Vegas, where Duke has an assignment to cover the Mint 400 desert motorcycle race. As the drugs kick in, Duke ventures into voiceover, filling in the blank spots and narrative gaps. "This is not a good town for psychedelic drugs," says Duke, but even so, they consume vast quantities, eventually escalating to ether. Duke notes that with ether "you can actually watch yourself behaving this terrible way, but you can't control it." The two trash their hotel room, and Gonzo goes back to L.A. Thinking the hotel room holocaust will lead to an arrest, Duke begins a drive back to L.A., but after an odd encounter with a highway patrolman (Gary Busey) and a telephone conversation with Gonzo, he returns to Vegas to cover the District Attorney Convention on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in the glitzy Flamingo Hotel. This time the drugged-out duo trash their Flamingo room. The crazed carnival atmosphere segues into a carney casino, Bazooko's Circus, where a barker (Penn Jillette) spiels amid aerialists, clowns, and a rotating carousel bar. Gonzo worries over runaway teen Lucy (Christina Ricci), who paints portraits of Barbra Streisand. Soon the hallucinations begin: Duke sees Gonzo transmogrify into a demon with breasts on its back, and an acid vision of a Vegas bar features large legit lounge lizards (courtesy of monster makeup man Rob Bottin). Flashbacks depicting Duke's intro to the drug scene jump back to love-Haight relationships in San Francisco's Summer of Love. Cameos and guest stars include Mark Harmon, Cameron Diaz, Flea, Lyle Lovett, Harry Dean Stanton, Ellen Barkin, Tobey Maguire, and Hunter S. Thompson himself. The film features a Geffen Records soundtrack mixing rock of the period with Vegas lounge tunes. Over the years, various script adaptations came and went as did numerous talents; people connected with past efforts to film Thompson's book include Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and writer-director Alex Cox. Shown in competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
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      fb1008742212: ents of that prove challenging to Terry Gilliam who in his wisdom of capturing the energy rush of a drug experience fails to add any heart to the story and so it essentially becomes a bombarding acid
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
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      2. A drug addict who thinks any film related to the use of them is cool.

      3. A troll - you delight in try
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
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      fb539411532: It started off great but the drug binging got old too quick for me, the second half of the movie bored me. 3/5
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
  • 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 5 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 13 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 6 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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      fb667249896: . The whole drug violence portion of his endeavor is whitewashed, but the overall result is ok. It is refreshing
      Reviewed 13 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 15 months days ago
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      fb100000145806738: e as Jung's sympathetic father, Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens is almost in recognizable as a fellow drug dealer...this has one of tje most heartbreaking endings in movie history...sadly the director,
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
  • Layer Cake

    Layer Cake (R, 2005)

    Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman
    A mechanic in the British drug trade finds himself caught in the middle of some dangerous circumstan... read moreces in this crime thriller. XXXX (Daniel Craig) is a nameless go-between in the British mob who buys drugs from underground wholesalers and them sells them to street dealers, keeping the system flowing and making a tidy profit in the process. XXXX is looking forward to getting out of the game, and has displayed both smarts and caution in how he's handled his business, but before his overseer Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) will let him go, he has a couple of favors that need to be done. First, Eddie Temple (Michael Gambon) is a mob boss whose daughter has gotten hooked on hard drugs and run away from home; Jimmy needs XXXX to find them girl and bring her to him before Eddie's men can get hold of her. Second, Dragan (Dragan Micanovic) is a Ecstasy wholesaler who has had a large shipment stolen by Duke (Jamie Foreman); Jimmy wants XXXX to get the Ecstasy back to Dragan, but Duke isn't eager to sell and Dragan is becoming impatient. Between these two matters, XXXX isn't so sure he'll get out of the business alive, especially after he finds himself falling for Duke's nephew's girlfriend, Tammy (Sienna Miller). Layer Cake marked the directorial debut for Matthew Vaughn, best known as a producer for Guy Ritchie's lad-centric crime movies. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb619917674: . Daniel Craig should stick to the Bond movies for which he is best known seeing him play a drug dealer doesn't really do much for him. That being said my advice is to skip it.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb100002290927142: A good, if rather confusing, crime movie about a British drug dealer. Too many characters and subplots and too many twists, though.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • rexem
      rexem: Snatch clone, about the drug dealing. Interesting made, although I feel like something is missing..
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • A Scanner Darkly

    A Scanner Darkly (R, 2006)

    Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Rory Cochrane
    The war on drugs has been lost, and when a reluctant undercover cop is ordered to spy on those he is... read more closest to, the toll that the mission takes on his sanity is too great to comprehend in director Richard Linklater's rotoscoped take on Philip K. Dick's classic novel. With stratospheric concern over national security prompting paranoid government officials to begin spying on citizens, trust is a luxury and everyone is a suspected criminal until proven otherwise. Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) is a narcotics officer who is issued an order to spy on his friends and report back to headquarters. In addition to being a cop, though, Arctor is also an addict. His drug of choice is a ubiquitous street drug called Substance D, a drug known well for producing split personalities in its users. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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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 31 days days ago
    • MrMarakai
      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 23 months days ago
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      fb711745816: . Sadly, I was disappointed. It was very slow moving, and you'd have to be a drug user to comprehend some of the sub-plots. Way too far out there for me to enjoy.
      Reviewed 16 months 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
    • eternaldelirium
      eternaldelirium: The reality of drug addiction is not at all glamourous, and Candy proves it.
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
    • SJMJ91
      SJMJ91: b> Australia

      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 4 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
    Set against the backdrop of the bloody battle waged between New York City cops and the Russian mafia... read more in the 1980s, director James Gray's period drama tells the tale of an emerging club manager whose family ties to law enforcement make him a target for the city's most dangerous criminals. Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) manages one of Gotham's hottest clubs, but being in the club scene often means turning a blind eye to blatant criminal activities. Realizing that his career -- and perhaps his life -- could come to a sudden end if anyone discovers that his father, Bert (Robert Duvall), is the deputy chief of police and his brother, Joseph (Mark Wahlberg), is a rising star on the force, Bobby struggles to keep that sensitive information from everyone except his devoted girlfriend, Amada (Eva Mendes). Russian kingpin Vadim (Alex Veadov) is a ruthless criminal who is willing to permanently silence anyone who dares cross him -- regardless of whether the person is a stranger on the street or a lifelong member of the family. When the Russian mafia declares all-out war against the NYPD, conflicted Bobby is forced to choose between his life of luxury and the family that he has worked so fervently to separate himself from. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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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 4 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 23 months 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 23 months 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)

    Jimmy Papiris, Leonardo DiCaprio, 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
    • 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 20 months days ago
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      fb710455200: Leo's drug-addled turn in this early film was proof he was destined for greater things.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb500931000: . They really capture the hopelessness of full on drug addiction and the pain and anguish of withdrawal. Brilliant!
      Reviewed 17 months days ago