addiction The Best Documentaries About Drugs  

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List Rules Documentary films about drugs and the drug trade.

This list of the best documentaries about drugs has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with a lot of independent films. What are the best documentaries about drugs? Vote up your favorites below or add a drug documentary you love that isn't already on the list.

As you vote, the order of the list will be change to see which documentary about drugs comes out on top. This list currently includes titles such as Facing the Habit, Kings of Cannabis, and The Future of Weed.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate viewers. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.
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Cocaine Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
clash1977 added Cocaine Cowboys Cocaine Cowboys is a 2006 documentary film directed by Billy Corben and produced by Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben through their Miami-based media studio Rakontur. The film explores the rise ...more

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American Meth American Meth is more than a movie, it's a movement. Narrated by Val Kilmer, this documentary explores the devastation this drug is unleasing on America, and provides a glimpse into how it ...more

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American Drug War: The Last White Hope Ron Paul, Joe Rogan, Ralph Nader American Drug War: The Last White Hope is a 2007 documentary by writer/director Kevin Booth about the War on Drugs in the United States.

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The Future of Weed

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The City Addicted to Crystal Meth Louis Theroux The City Addicted to Crystal Meth is a British documentary by Louis Theroux. It was televised on 9 August 2009. Theroux filmed his documentary in Fresno, California which has one of the highest ...more

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Kings of Cannabis

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Facing the Habit Can a root that grows in West Africa successfully treat heroin addicts and break the cycle of addiction? Dave is a former stockbroker whose life has spiraled out of control due to heroin ...more

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The Drugging of Our Children

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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Joe Rogan, Marc Emery, Jeffrey Miron The Union: The Business Behind Getting High is a 2007 Canadian documentary film directed by Brett Harvey. Its theatrical run was limited to film festivals.

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Waiting to Inhale WAITING TO INHALE examines the heated debate surrounding marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States. As patients demand laws to protect their right to use medical marijuana, ...more

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America's Medicated Kids Louis Theroux America's Medicated Kids is a British documentary that was televised on 18 April 2010. The Louis Theroux documentary ran for 60 minutes. The documentary follows Theroux as he travels to one of ...more

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High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell Watch the true story behind The Fighter in this riveting and critically acclaimed documentary, which features Christian Bales' character from the blockbuster film.In blue-collar Lowell, ...more

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TV Junkie TV Junkie is a documentary that chronicles Rick Kirkham's drug addiction. Its filmmakers, Michael Cain and Matt Radecki, sifted through the video-diary footage to piece together the story of ...more

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White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug is a documentary film directed by Travis Gutiérrez Senger in 2010.

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Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime Hoxsey: Quacks Who Cure Cancer? is a 1987 film directed by Ken Ausubel.

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Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure Ed Asner This gripping documentary takes an in depth look at the Colombian Drug war and the failed U.S. efforts to make an impact on the trafficking to America.

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Why Can't We Be a Family Again? Ossie Davis Why Can't We Be a Family Again? is a 2002 American short documentary film directed by Murray Nossel about two African American brothers in Brooklyn struggling to reunite with their mother, a ...more

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The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD is a 2011 documentary film. The film brings the coincidental discovery of the drug LSD by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in 1943.

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Reindeer Spotting – Escape from Santaland Jani Raappana Reindeer Spotting – Escape from Santaland is a 2010 documentary film directed by Joonas Neuvonen and written by Sadri Cetinkaya, Joonas Neuvonen and Venla Varha.

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Hairkutt Curtis Elliott, Anthony Dorsey, Bryant Johnson Hairkutt is a 2005 documentary film by Curtis Elliott and Ben Scholle.

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Crack USA: County Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
Crack USA: County Under Siege Crack USA: County Under Siege is a 1989 American documentary film directed by Vince DiPersio and Bill Guttentag. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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The War on Drugs The War on Drugs is a film documentary on the War on Drugs. It shows how the War on Drugs is being fought on various fronts: In Colombia the film follows the efforts to eradicate the coca and ...more

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Radiance: The Experience of Light Radiance: The Experience of Light is a 1978 short debut film created and narrated by filmmaker, Dorothy Fadiman. The film documents the presence of light as a universal symbol for “Spirit”, to ...more

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Hippie Masala Hippie Masala: Für immer in Indien is a 2006 Swiss documentary film directed by filmmaker Ulrich Grossenbacher and anthropologist Damaris Lüthi. In 2007, the film was one of five ...more

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Flow: For Love of Water Flow: For Love of Water is a 2008 documentary film directed by Irena Salina produced by Steven Starr and co-produced by Gill Holland and Yvette Tomlinson . The film features interviews with ...more

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Favela Rising FAVELA RISING documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá ...more

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The Beyond Within

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Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World Cori Brackett

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Hofmann's Potion Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass

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Grass Grass: History of Marijuana is a 1999 Canadian documentary film directed by Ron Mann, premiered in Toronto Film Festival, about the history of the United States government's war on marijuana in ...more

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Food Matters Food Matters is a 2008 documentary film about nutrition. The film presents the thesis that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, ...more

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Human Resources Jalil Lespert, Marie Cantet, Félix Cantet Human Resources is a 1999 French-British film directed by Laurent Cantet. As the title implies, the subject of the film is the workplace and the personal difficulties that result from conflicts ...more

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Other Worlds Other Worlds is a 2006 documentary film written and directed by Marko Škop.

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster* Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a 2008 documentary film directed by Christopher Bell, about the use of anabolic steroids as performance-enhancing drugs in the United States and how this practice ...more