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A list of the best drug abuse movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This drug abuse movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about drug addiction are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about drug abuse and addiction you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous drug abuse movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these drug abuse movie titles for more information about the films.

The list you're viewing is made up of different items like Less Than Zero, Drugstore Cowboy and other movies featuring substance abuse and/or drug addicts.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies about drug addiction?" and "What is the greatest drug abuse movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular drug abuse movies that frequently chronicle the perils of drug addiction, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these drug abuse movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good drug abuse movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
PeteBoyle added Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 2000

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more

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Fear and Loathing in Las... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
blues68 added Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted ...more

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
PeteBoyle added Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Trainspotting is a 1996 British comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. Based on ...more

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Blow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ted Demme

Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book for the screenplay. It is based ...more

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
PeteBoyle added Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the 1932 film. In 1980s Miami, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) rises up and becomes a powerful ...more

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Drugstore Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Heather Graham, Matt Dillon, William S. Burroughs

Released: 1989

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Drugstore Cowboy is a 1989 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Van Sant and Daniel Yost, based on an autobiographical novel by James Fogle. Matt Dillon stars in the title ...more

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Spun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
blues68 added Mickey Rourke, Debbie Harry, Brittany Murphy

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonas Åkerlund

Spun is a 2002 American dark comedy-drama directed by Jonas Åkerlund from an original screenplay by William De Los Santos and Creighton Vero, based on 3 days of De Los Santos' life in the ...more

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The Basketball Diaries ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1995

Directed by: Scott Kalvert

The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg from the non-fiction work of the same ...more

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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ridley Scott

American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas. An outcast New York City cop (Russell Crowe) is charged with ...more

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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mike Figgis

Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage, who has ended his ...more

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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Half Baked is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Tamra Davis

Half Baked is a 1998 American stoner comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. The film was directed by Tamra Davis, co-written by Chappelle ...more

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

Released: 1995

Directed by: Larry Clark

Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film ...more

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more

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Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mario Van Peebles

New Jack City is a 1991 American thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more

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Sid and Nancy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke

Released: 1986

Directed by: Alex Cox

Sid and Nancy is a 1986 British biopic directed by Alex Cox. The film portrays the life of Sid Vicious, and his relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Despite failing to recoup its ...more

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Candy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush

Released: 2006

Directed by: Neil Armfield

Candy is a 2006 Australian romantic drama film, adapted from Luke Davies's novel Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction. Candy was directed by debut film-maker Neil Armfield and stars Heath ...more
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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
blues68 added Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Released: 1987

Directed by: Marek Kanievska

Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for ...more

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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan Parker

Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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Panic in Needle Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
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1971 
 The film portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" (the nickname of Sherman Square on New York City's Upper West Side near 72nd Street andBroadway).[3] The film is a love story between Bobby (Pacino), a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen (Kitty Winn), a restless woman who finds Bobby charismatic. She becomes an addict, and life goes downhill for them both as their addictions worsen, eventually leading to a series of betrayals.
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Party Monster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Chloë Sevigny

Released: 2003

Directed by: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

Party Monster is a 2003 American factually based drama directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and starring Macaulay Culkin as the drug-addled "king of the Club Kids". The film ...more

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The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort. An ambitious stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio) tells ...more

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
RichardBeecher added Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Gregg Allman

Released: 1991

Directed by: Lili Fini Zanuck

Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel written by Kim Wozencraft. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric as two cops in the 1970s who ...more

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Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drug Abuse Movies
Greg Akeley added Dick Elliott, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey

Released: 1957

Directed by: William Beaudine

Up in Smoke is a film directed by William Beaudine released on Dec 22, 1957.

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