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The Best Drug Movies of All Time

Updated January 8, 2021 45.9k votes 9.2k voters 1.4m views204 items

List RulesVote 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 good 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 use this list to find movies like Blow.

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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  • Trainspotting1
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    Trainspotting

    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny 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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  • Dazed and Confused2
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    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Drugs Portrayed: Cannabis, LSD
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  • The Wolf of Wall Street3
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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas4
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz

    Released1998

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Mescaline, LSD, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Ether, Amyl Nitrate, Opium, Hashish, Hash Oil, Adrenochrome .
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  • Pulp Fiction5
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Drugs Portrayed: Cocaine, Heroin And Marijuana.
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  • Requiem for a Dream6
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    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto

    Released2000

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Drugs Portrayed: Heroin, Cannabis, MDMA, Uppers
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  • Blow7
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    Blow

    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz

    Released2001

    Directed byTed Demme

    Drugs Portrayed: Cocaine And Cannabis.
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  • Goodfellas8
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Drugs Portrayed: Cocaine And Pills.
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  • Friday9
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    Friday

    Ice Cube, Meagan Good

    Released1995

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Pcp.
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  • Half Baked10
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    Half Baked

    Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart

    Released1998

    Directed byTamra Davis

    Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Cocaine, Crack And Heroin.
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  • Up in Smoke11
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    Up in Smoke

    Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin

    Released1978

    Directed byLou Adler, Tommy Chong

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    Pineapple Express

    Seth Rogen, James Franco

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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  • American Gangster13
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Drugs Portrayed: Heroin And Cocaine.
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  • The Basketball Diaries14
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    The Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

    Drugs Portrayed: Heroin, Cocaine, Cannabis.
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  • A Clockwork Orange15
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Drugs Portrayed: Several Fictional Drugs In The Form Of A Milk cocktail Called Moloko Plus.
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  • Drugstore Cowboy16
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    Drugstore Cowboy

    Heather Graham, Matt Dillon

    Released1989

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Drugs Portrayed: Hydromorphone, Oxymorphone, Morphine, Amphetamines, Diazepam, And Cocaine.
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  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle17
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    Released2004

    Directed byDanny Leiner

    Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, MDMA, Cocaine.
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  • Super Troopers18
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    Super Troopers

    Lynda Carter, Brian Cox

    Released2002

    Directed byJay Chandrasekhar

    Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Psychedelic Mushrooms, LSD.
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  • Spun19
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    Spun

    Mickey Rourke, Debbie Harry

    Released2003

    Directed byJonas Åkerlund

    Drugs Portrayed: Methamphetamine.
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  • Training Day20
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Crack Cocaine, And Pcp.
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  • Pink Floyd – The Wall21
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    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Parker

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  • The Doors22
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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Drugs Portrayed: LSD, Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis And Peyote.
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  • The Hangover23
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    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper

    Released2009

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Drugs Portrayed: Ghb, Rohypnol.
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    Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

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    Traffic

    Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Drugs Portrayed: Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Crack Cocaine.
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