Documentary The Best Documentaries About Drugs  

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List Rules Documentary films about drugs and the drug trade.

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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 Billy Cohen 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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Justin Hunt 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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Mitch Schultz

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Kevin Booth 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 Geoffrey O'Connor 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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The Drugging of Our Children

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Facing the Habit Magnolia Martin 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 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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Danny Horan 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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Maryann DeLeo, Richard Farrell 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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The House I Live In is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
HaylieCorbett added Eugene Jarecki The House I Live In is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.

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Cartel Land is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
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Recovery Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
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Prescription Thugs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
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The Trade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
HaylieCorbett added The Trade Drea Cooper The Trade is a 2008 short drama film written by Jason Headley and directed by Drea Cooper.

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Heroin(e) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
HaylieCorbett added Heroin(e) Elaine McMillion Sheldon Heroin(e) is a 2017 documentary short film directed by Elaine McMillion. Three women fight to break the cycle one life at a time.

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Take Your Pills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
HaylieCorbett added Take Your Pills Alison Klayman 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.

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Montana Meth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
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Meth Storm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
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Warning: This Drug May Kill Yo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
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TV Junkie Matt Radecki, Michael Cain 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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Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime Ken Ausubel Hoxsey: Quacks Who Cure Cancer? is a 1987 film directed by Ken Ausubel.