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The Best Drug Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite films where drugs are a central part of the story and portrayed well.

What are the top movies about drugs? When it comes to making a story "edgy," drugs are the weapon of choice in popular cinema. Be it pot movies, cocaine movies, heroin films or any other type of drug, Hollywood has made a movie about it. This is a list of the best drug movies of all time, including films about drug dealers, drug traffickers, drug use, and drug abuse. It may not be all the drug films ever made, but these are the greatest. Vote for your favorite drug movie, or add any that you don't see listed..

For other interesting movie lists check out the cult movies, psychological thriller movies, college movies, and epic movie list. Aside from drug movies, there are plenty of other genres that are sure to get you intoxicated.
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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham
Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis, Cocaine And Methamphetamine. Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher, Eddie Adams, ...more
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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
SuzannaSimeone added Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee
Limitless is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Neil Burger and starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro. It is based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.
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Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps
Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana. Next Friday is a 2000 American stoner comedy film, and the sequel to the 1995 film Friday. This is the first film to be produced by producer Ice Cube's film production company Cubevision. The ...more
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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
gavinwallmowspam added Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more
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City of God is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele
Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis And Cocaine. City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more
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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader
Drugs Portrayed: Cocaine. Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for ...more
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Party Monster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Chloë Sevigny
Drugs Portrayed: Crack/Cocaine, Heroin, MDMA, LSD And Ketamine. Party Monster is a 2003 American factually based drama directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and starring Macaulay Culkin as the drug-addled "king of the Club Kids". The film ...more
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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson
Drugs Portrayed: Cocaine And Marijuana. True Romance is a 1993 American film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with a supporting cast featuring Dennis ...more
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Alpha Dog is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard
Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis. Alpha Dog is a 2006 American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2006, with a wide release the following year on ...more
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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
ErinElizabeth added Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin
Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis, Vicodin, LSD And Quaaludes. Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more
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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter
Drugs Portrayed: Inhalants Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more
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SLC Punk! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Jason Segel, Matthew Lillard, Devon Sawa
Drugs Portrayed: LSD, Oxycodone, And Marijuana. SLC Punk! is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by James Merendino. The film is about the young punk rock fan Steven "Stevo" Levy, a college graduate living in Salt ...more
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Crank is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam
Drugs Portrayed: Fictional Drug Beijing cocktail, Cocaine, Epinephrine, "Hardcore Haitian Plant S**t", Methamphetamine And Cannabis. Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The plot centers on a ...more
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall
Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis. The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more
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Cheech & Chong's Next Movie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
ChrisMay added Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens, Cheech Marin
Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis, Cocaine, LSD And Various Pills And Ajax Cheech & Chong's Next Movie is the second feature-length film by Cheech & Chong, released in 1980 by Universal Studios, and directed by Tommy Chong.
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The Salton Sea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
StacyCrazeegurlMauffray added Val Kilmer, Meat Loaf, Danny Trejo
Drugs Portrayed: Methamphetamine. The Salton Sea is a 2002 American neo-noir thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso, and starring Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio. Filming was done in Mecca, California and the Salton Sea.
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Clerks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
but chickens double d added Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier
Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also appears in the film as Silent Bob. Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson ...more
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Easy Rider: The Ride Back is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda
Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis, Cocaine And LSD. Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through ...more
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Go is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Katie Holmes, Melissa McCarthy, Timothy Olyphant
Drugs Portrayed: MDMA, Marijuana And Cocaine. Go is a 1999 comedy film written by John August and directed by Doug Liman, with three intertwining plots that happen to involve one deal. The film stars William Fichtner, Katie Holmes, Jay ...more
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Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis
Drugs Portrayed: Hashish, LSD And Marijuana. Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, produced by David Puttnam and starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. ...more
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How High is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies
Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana. How High is a 2001 stoner film starring Method Man and Redman, written by Dustin Lee Abraham, and director Jesse Dylan's debut feature film. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film ...more
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Enter the Void is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
BraedynMills added Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé, Sara Stockbridge
Tobbaco, Dmt, Caffiene, your mommas p***y juice.  Enter the Void is a 2009 English-language French fantasy drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé and starring Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, and Cyril Roy. Set in the neon-lit ...more
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Candy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
oceanforever7 added Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush
Candy is a 2006 Australian romantic drama film, adapted from Luke Davies's novel Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction. Candy was directed by debut film-maker Neil Armfield and stars Heath ...more
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Kids is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine
Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Nitrous Oxide, MDMA, Cocaine And Ghb Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film ...more
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Sid and Nancy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke
Drugs Portrayed: Heroin, Methadone And Marijuana. Sid and Nancy is a 1986 British biopic directed by Alex Cox. The film portrays the life of Sid Vicious, and his relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Despite failing to recoup its ...more