The Best Documentaries About Drugs 

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Updated October 9, 2019 723 votes 188 voters 42.7k views 49 items

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 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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Cocaine Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
clash1977 added Billy Cohen

Released: 2006

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

Released: 2007

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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DMT: The Spirit Molecule Mitch Schultz

Actors: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst

Released: 2010

DMT: The Spirit Molecule is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Mitch Schultz.
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Kevin Booth

Actors: Ron Paul, Joe Rogan, Ralph Nader, Tommy Chong, Dennis Kucinich, + more

Released: 2007

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 City Addicted to Crystal Meth Geoffrey O'Connor

Actors: Louis Theroux

Released: 2009

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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The Drugging of Our Children

Released: 2005

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The Future of Weed

Released: 2013

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Facing the Habit Magnolia Martin

Released: 2007

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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Kings of Cannabis

Released: 2013

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Actors: Joe Rogan, Marc Emery, Jeffrey Miron, Adam Scorgie, Norm Stamper

Released: 2007

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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Maryann DeLeo, Richard Farrell

Released: 1995

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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Danny Horan

Actors: Louis Theroux

Released: 2010

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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Waiting to Inhale

Released: 2006

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
Montana Meth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
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TV Junkie Matt Radecki, Michael Cain

Released: 2006

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
Meth Storm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
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The War on Drugs Sebastian J. F.

Released: 2007

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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Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime Ken Ausubel

Released: 1987

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 Audrey Brohy, Gerard Ungerman

Actors: Ed Asner

Released: 2002

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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White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug Travis Senger

Released: 2010

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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The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD Martin Witz

Released: 2011

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 Joonas Neuvonen

Actors: Jani Raappana

Released: 2010

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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Irena Salina

Released: 2008

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
Cartel Land is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
HaylieCorbett added Matthew Heineman

Actors: Robert Hetrick

Released: 2015

Heroin(e) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About Drugs
HaylieCorbett added Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Actors: Necia Freeman, Patricia Keiller, Scott Lemley

Released: 2017

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