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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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Fear and Loathing in Las... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Mescaline, LSD, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Ether, Amyl Nitrate, Opium, Hashish, Hash Oil, Adrenochrome . Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted ...more

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Drugs Portrayed: Heroin, Opium, Ecstasy, Amphetamines, Valium, Hashish, Morphine, Diamorphine, Cyclozine, Codeine, Temazepam, Nitrazepam, Phenobarbitone, Sodium Amytal, Dextropropoxyphene, Methadone, Nalbuphine, Pethidine, Pentazocine, Buprenorphine, Dextromoramide, Chlormethiazole.

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Blow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ted Demme

Drugs Portrayed: Cocaine And Cannabis. Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book for the screenplay. It is based ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Drugs Portrayed: Cocaine, Heroin And Marijuana. Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 1993

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis, LSD Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including ...more

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
MichelleBee added Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 2000

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Drugs Portrayed: Heroin, Cannabis, MDMA, Uppers Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more

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The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Clark Benson added Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Released: 2013

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Drugs Portrayed: Cocaine And Pills. Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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Half Baked is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Willie Nelson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tamra Davis

Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Cocaine, Crack And Heroin. Half Baked is a 1998 American stoner comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. The film was directed by Tamra Davis, co-written by Chappelle ...more

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Pineapple Express is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
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Released: 2008

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Pineapple Express is a 2008 American buddy stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green. A process server (Seth Rogen) and his marijuana dealer (James Franco) are forced to flee from ...more

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Cheech & Chong's Up ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

Released: 1978

Directed by: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong

Up in Smoke, directed by Lou Adler, is Cheech & Chong's first feature-length film, released in 1978 by Paramount Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, ...more
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Friday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

Released: 1995

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Pcp. Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr, and John ...more

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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Drugs Portrayed: Heroin And Cocaine. American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

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The Basketball Diaries ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1995

Directed by: Scott Kalvert

Drugs Portrayed: Heroin, Cocaine, Cannabis. The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg from the non-fiction work of the same ...more

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Drugs Portrayed: Several Fictional Drugs In The Form Of A Milk cocktail Called Moloko Plus. A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Harold & Kumar Go to... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
John Cho, Kal Penn, Fred Willard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Danny Leiner

Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, MDMA, Cocaine. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is a 2004 American stoner comedy film directed by Danny Leiner. Best friends Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) decide to go to the fast food ...more

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Super Troopers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Psychedelic Mushrooms, LSD. Super Troopers is a 2001 comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, written by and starring the Broken Lizard comedy group. Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen and Brian Cox co-star while Lynda ...more

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Spun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Mickey Rourke, Debbie Harry, Brittany Murphy

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonas Ã…kerlund

Drugs Portrayed: Methamphetamine. Spun is a 2002 American dark comedy-drama directed by Jonas Åkerlund from an original screenplay by William De Los Santos and Creighton Vero, based on 3 days of De Los Santos' life in the ...more

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The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

Released: 2009

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Drugs Portrayed: Ghb, Rohypnol. The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film, co-produced and directed by Todd Phillips and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is the first film of The Hangover trilogy. The film stars ...more

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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

Released: 2001

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Crack Cocaine, And Pcp. Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more

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Drugstore Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Heather Graham, Matt Dillon, William S. Burroughs

Released: 1989

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Drugs Portrayed: Hydromorphone, Oxymorphone, Morphine, Amphetamines, Diazepam, And Cocaine. Drugstore Cowboy is a 1989 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Van Sant and Daniel Yost, based on an autobiographical novel by James Fogle. Matt Dillon stars in the title ...more

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Kelly Hu

Released: 1991

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Drugs Portrayed: LSD, Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis And Peyote. The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which emphasizes the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. It was directed by Oliver Stone.

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis, Cocaine And Methamphetamine.

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Crack Cocaine. Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more

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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drug Movies of All Time
SuzannaSimeone added Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee

Released: 2011

Directed by: Neil Burger

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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