The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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List Criteria: Only movies about drug use or trade

A list of the best drug abuse movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This drug abuse movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about drug abuse are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about drug abuse you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous drug abuse movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these drug abuse movie titles for more information about the films.

The list you're viewing is made up of different items like Less Than Zero, Drugstore Cowboy and other movies featuring substance abuse and/or drug addicts.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best drug abuse movies?" and "What is the greatest drug abuse movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular drug abuse movies that frequently chronicle the perils of drug addiction, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these drug abuse movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good drug abuse movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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    Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Blow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts

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    Spun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Mickey Rourke, Debbie Harry, Brittany Murphy

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    Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

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    Traffic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

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    Drugstore Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Heather Graham, Matt Dillon, William S. Burroughs

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    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

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    The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis

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    Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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    Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Dick Elliott, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey

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    Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

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    Easy Rider: The Ride Back is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Candy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush

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    New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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    22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah

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    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Gregg Allman

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    Panic in Needle Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Panic in Needle Park 1971  The film portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" (the nickname of Sherman Square on New York City's Upper

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    Flight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle

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    Kids is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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    Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter

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    Sid and Nancy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke

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    Party Monster is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Chloë Sevigny

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    Reefer Madness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young, Harry Harvey Jr.

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    Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy

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    Altered States is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

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    Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Paris Hilton, Christina Applegate, Val Kilmer

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    The Panic in Needle Park is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Raúl Juliá

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    Clean and Sober is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Morgan Freeman, Michael Keaton, M. Emmet Walsh

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    The Salton Sea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Val Kilmer, Meat Loaf, Danny Trejo

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    Gridlock'd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Lucy Liu, Tupac Shakur, Thandie Newton

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    Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands

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    Shrink is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Ashley Greene, Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey

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    Christiane F. – We Children fr... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    David Bowie, Natja Brunckhorst, Jens Kuphal

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    Human Traffic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Andrew Lincoln, John Simm, Danny Dyer

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    Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco

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    Forest Whitaker, Keith David, Sam Robards

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    Permanent Midnight is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Elizabeth Hurley, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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    The Man with the Golden Arm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker

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    Tommy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Elton John

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    MacArthur Park is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Rachel Hunter, Julie Delpy, Ellen Cleghorne This is a story about crack addiction in the park MacArthur where drug abusers get high out in the open.  its crazy how the main character tries to see his son but is continually stopped or

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    When a Man Loves a Woman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies

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    Meg Ryan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andy Garcia

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    The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies


    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

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    Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Gary Morton

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