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.
Released: 2006Cocaine 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
DMT: The Spirit MoleculeMitch Schultz
Actors: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst
Released: 2010DMT: The Spirit Molecule is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Mitch Schultz.... more
Released: 2007American 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
Actors: Necia Freeman, Patricia Keiller, Scott Lemley
Released: 2017Heroin(e) is a 2017 documentary short film directed by Elaine McMillion. Three women fight to break the cycle one life at a time.... more
- 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
Released: 1995Watch 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
Actors: Robert Hetrick
Facing the HabitMagnolia Martin
Released: 2007Can 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...
The Drugging of Our Children
Actors: Eben Britton, Wendy Brown, Anjan Chatterjee
Released: 2018Take 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
Released: 2012The House I Live In is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.... more
Warning: This Drug May Kill You
Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?Eve Marsom
The TradeDrea Cooper
Released: 2009The Trade is a 2008 short drama film written by Jason Headley and directed by Drea Cooper....
Prescription ThugsChris Bell, Josh Alexander
Actors: Louis Theroux
Released: 2010America'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
Actors: Bo Butterworth
Released: 2019The 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
The City Addicted to Crystal MethGeoffrey O'Connor
Actors: Louis Theroux
Released: 2009The 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
Actors: Ron Paul, Joe Rogan, Ralph Nader, Tommy Chong, Dennis Kucinich
Released: 2007American 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
Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a CrimeKen Ausubel
Released: 1987Hoxsey: Quacks Who Cure Cancer? is a 1987 film directed by Ken Ausubel....
Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War FailureAudrey Brohy, Gerard Ungerman
Actors: Ed Asner
Released: 2002This 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....
The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSDMartin Witz
Released: 2011The 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