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The Best Documentaries About Drugs

List RulesDocumentary 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 drug documentaries? 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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    clash1977 addedBilly Corben
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    ActorsKelly Hughes, Alfred Spellman, Jenna Reeves, Billy Corben

    Released2006

    Filmmaker Billy Corben recalls Miami drug wars of the 1970s and '80s, when Colombian drug lords turned the relatively quiet Florida city into a breeding ground for violence and excess. Corben  ...more
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    DMT: The Spirit Molecule

    Mitch Schultz
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    ActorsJoe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst

    Released2010

    DMT: The Spirit Molecule is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Mitch Schultz.  ...more
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    Justin Hunt
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    Released2007

    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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    HaylieCorbett addedElaine McMillion Sheldon
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    ActorsNecia Freeman, Patricia Keiller, Scott Lemley

    Released2017

    Heroin(e) is a 2017 documentary short film directed by Elaine McMillion. Three women fight to break the cycle one life at a time.  ...more
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    The City Addicted to Crystal Meth

    Geoffrey O'Connor
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    ActorsLouis Theroux

    Released2009

    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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    Meth Storm

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    Maryann DeLeo, Richard Farrell
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    Released1995

    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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    HaylieCorbett addedMatthew Heineman
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    ActorsEnrique Peña Nieto

    Released2015

    Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.  ...more
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    ActorsLouis Theroux

    Released2010

    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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    Facing the Habit

    Magnolia Martin
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    Released2007

    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 addiction. A
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    HaylieCorbett addedAlison Klayman
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    ActorsEben Britton, Wendy Brown, Anjan Chatterjee

    Released2018

    Take Your Pills is a 2018 documentary film directed by Alison Klayman. The film explores the rise of Adderall use among students, athletes, and working professionals.   ...more
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    Reindeer Spotting – Escape from Santaland

    Joonas Neuvonen
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    ActorsJani Raappana

    Released2010

    Reindeer Spotting – Escape from Santaland is a 2010 documentary film directed by Joonas Neuvonen and written by Sadri Cetinkaya, Joonas Neuvonen and Venla Varha.  ...more
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    HaylieCorbett addedEugene Jarecki
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    Released2012

    The House I Live In is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.  ...more
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    The Drugging of Our Children

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    TV Junkie

    Matt Radecki, Michael Cain
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    7

    Released2006

    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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    Recovery Boys

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    Montana Meth

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    Warning: This Drug May Kill You

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    Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

    Eve Marsom
    11
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    Released2016

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    The Trade

    Drea Cooper
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    Released2009

    The Trade is a 2008 short drama film written by Jason Headley and directed by Drea Cooper.
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    Prescription Thugs

    Chris Bell, Josh Alexander
    10
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    Released2015

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    The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD

    Martin Witz
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    Released2011

    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.  ...more
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    Hairkutt

    Ben Scholle, Curtis Elliott
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    ActorsCurtis Elliott, Anthony Dorsey, Bryant Johnson, Maurice Bradley

    Released2005

    Hairkutt is a 2005 documentary film by Curtis Elliott and Ben Scholle.  ...more
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    ActorsBo Butterworth

    Released2019

    The Legend of Cocaine Island is a 2018 documentary film, directed and produced by Theo Love. An urban legend about a duffel bag of cocaine buried in the Caribbean leads a misfit band to hatch a  ...more
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    The War on Drugs

    Sebastian J. F.
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    Released2007

    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 poppy  ...more