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The Best Documentaries About Drugs

Updated August 10, 2021 1.3k votes 239 voters 48.8k views59 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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    Cocaine Cowboys

    Billy Cohen

    Released2006

    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 of...  more
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    DMT: The Spirit Molecule

    Mitch Schultz

    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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    American Meth

    Justin Hunt

    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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    Meth Storm

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    Heroin(e)

    Elaine McMillion Sheldon

    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 Union: The Business Behind Getting High is a 2007 Canadian documentary film directed by Brett Harvey. Its theatrical run was limited to film festivals....  more
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    High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell

    Maryann DeLeo, Richard Farrell

    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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    Cartel Land

    Matthew Heineman

    ActorsRobert Hetrick

    Released2015

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    Facing the Habit

    Magnolia Martin

    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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    The Drugging of Our Children

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    Take Your Pills

    Alison Klayman

    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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    Montana Meth

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    Recovery Boys

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    The House I Live In

    Eugene Jarecki

    Released2012

    The House I Live In is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Eugene Jarecki....  more
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    Warning: This Drug May Kill You

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    Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

    Eve Marsom

    Released2016

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    The Trade

    Drea Cooper

    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

    Released2015

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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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    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 City Addicted to Crystal Meth

    Geoffrey O'Connor

    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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    ActorsRon Paul, Joe Rogan, Ralph Nader, Tommy Chong, Dennis Kucinich

    Released2007

    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....  more
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    Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime

    Ken Ausubel

    Released1987

    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

    ActorsEd Asner

    Released2002

    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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    The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD

    Martin Witz

    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