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The Best Documentaries About Addiction 

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Updated September 25, 2018 493 votes 233 voters 32.6k views 36 items

List Rules Documentary films about addiction and addictive drugs.

This list is of the best documentaries about addiction ha been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with a lot of independent films. What is the best documentary about addiction? Vote up your favorites below or add a documentary that focuses on the topic of addiction, if it isn't already on the list.

As you vote, the order of the list will change to see which documentaries about drug addicts come out on top. This list currently includes titles such as Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, and The Wet House.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate those watching the film. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.
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Drugs, Inc. 2013
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Black Tar Heroin: the Dark End of the Street 1999

Actors: Tracey Helton, Alice McMunn

Directed by: Steven Okazaki

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The Oxycontin Express 2009

Actors: Mariana van Zeller

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The Life of Junkie Junior 1987

Actors: Junior RIos

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Montana Meth 2007

Directed by: Eames Yeates

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World's Scariest Drug: the Devil's Breath 2012
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2007

Actors: Joe Rogan, Marc Emery, Jeffrey Miron, Adam Scorgie, Norm Stamper

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Detox or Die 2003
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The Wet House 2001
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Sex, Lies, and Cigarettes 2011
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The Secrets of a Drug Dealer 2012
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Healing Cancer With Cann... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Addiction
Healing Cancer With Cannabis 2013
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2007

Actors: Ron Paul, Joe Rogan, Ralph Nader, Tommy Chong, Dennis Kucinich, + more

Directed by: Kevin Booth

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Thin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Addiction
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Dr. John Marks and the C... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Addiction
Dr. John Marks and the Chapel Street Segment 1990
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Ibogaine - Rite of Passage 2004
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Weed 2013
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Baja Smugglers 2013
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Swazi Gold 2014
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Amateur Armstrongs 2013
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Strain Hunters 2011
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Glut: the Untold Story of Punjab 2011
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Swansea Love Story 2010

Directed by: Leo Leigh, Andy Capper

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What's the Score? is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About Addiction
What's the Score? 2011

Actors: John Alford, John Altman, Keiron Beghani, Calum Best

Directed by: Justin Smith

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Kings of Cannabis 2013