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The Best Documentaries About Addiction

Updated May 28, 2021 611 votes 242 voters 33.7k views46 items

List RulesDocumentary 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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    12

    World's Scariest Drug: the Devil's Breath

    2012
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    37
    11

    Black Tar Heroin: the Dark End of the Street

    1999

    ActorsTracey Helton, Alice McMunn

    Directed bySteven Okazaki

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    50
    39

    Drugs, Inc.

    2013
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    22
    10

    The Oxycontin Express

    2009

    ActorsMariana van Zeller

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    22
    10

    The Life of Junkie Junior

    1987

    ActorsJunior RIos

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    15
    4

    Thin

    2006

    ActorsShelly Guillory, Brittany Robinson, Alisa Williams

    Directed byLauren Greenfield

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    20
    10

    Montana Meth

    2007

    Directed byEames Yeates

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    12
    6

    Detox or Die

    2003
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    9
    3

    The Secrets of a Drug Dealer

    2012
  • 10

    ActorsJoe Rogan, Marc Emery, Jeffrey Miron, Adam Scorgie, Norm Stamper

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    10
    4

    Sex, Lies, and Cigarettes

    2011
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    11
    7

    The Wet House

    2001
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    9
    6

    Healing Cancer With Cannabis

    2013
  • 14

    ActorsRon Paul, Joe Rogan, Ralph Nader, Tommy Chong, Dennis Kucinich

    Directed byKevin Booth

  • 15

    ActorsJames Woods, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid

    Directed byFrank Pierson

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    6
    3

    Dr. John Marks and the Chapel Street Segment

    1990
  • 17
    6
    4

    Clearing the Smoke: the Science of Cannabis

    2011
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    6
    4

    Weed

    2013
  • 19
    5
    3

    Mexico's Drug War

    2010
  • 20
    5
    3

    The Overtaken

    2012
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    4
    3

    Drug Frenzy

    2013
  • 22
    3
    3

    What's the Score?

    2011

    ActorsJohn Alford, John Altman, Keiron Beghani, Calum Best

    Directed byJustin Smith

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    3
    2

    Amateur Armstrongs

    2013
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    1
    0

    Amy

    2015

    ActorsAmy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett

    Directed byAsif Kapadia

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    1
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    ActorsNecia Freeman, Patricia Keiller, Scott Lemley

    Directed byElaine McMillion Sheldon