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The Best Documentaries About Drugs

Updated August 10, 2021 1.4k votes 244 voters 49.5k views60 items

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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    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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    Matt Radecki, Michael Cain
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    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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    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, opponents...
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    Damaris Lüthi, Ulrich Grossenbacher
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    Released2006

    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 nominated for "Best...  more
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    Released2010

    White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug is a documentary film directed by Travis Gutiérrez Senger in 2010....  more
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    Murray Nossel, Roger Weisberg
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    ActorsOssie Davis

    Released2002

    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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    ActorsMitch Credle, Koe Rodriguez

    Released2021

    Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Stanley Nelson. In the early 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a tsunami,...  more

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    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
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    Released2008

    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 water and...  more
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    Marko Škop
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    Released2006

    Other Worlds is a 2006 documentary film written and directed by Marko Škop....
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    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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    Released1989

    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....  more
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    ActorsPatrick Radden Keefe, Andrew Kolodny, Mark Ross, Anne Lembke, Lynn Webster

    Released2021

    The Crime of the Century is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. The film follows the opioid epidemic in the United States, and the political operatives, government regulations...  more
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    Renny McCauley
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    Released2009

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    Released2013

    Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded is a 2013 documentary crime fiction film directed by Billy Corben....  more
  • 43

    ActorsRussell Brand, Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse

    Released2012

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    Samuel Miron, Stephen Scott Scarpulla
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    Released2015

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    ActorsASAP Rocky, Carrie Fisher, Nick Offerman

    Released2020

    Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is a 2020 documentary film directed by Donick Cary. Through comedic retellings of celebrity hallucinogen use alongside a thorough investigation of...  more
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    Eva Müller, Michael Schmitt
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    ActorsMaximilian Schmidt

    Released2021

    Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord is a 2021 American-German documentary film directed by Eva Müller and Michael Schmitt. Max S. reveals how he built a drug empire from his childhood bedroom in this...  more
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    Jessica Earnshaw
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    ActorsJacinta, Caylynn

    Released2021

    Jacinta is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Jessica Earnshaw. Jacinta, an incarcerated woman who has followed her mother in and out of jail, hopes to break free of the cycle of drug...  more
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    Carlo Ledesma, James Colquhoun
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    Released2008

    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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    Released1978

    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 people...  more