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.
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Directed by: Terry GilliamFear 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 from... more
Directed by: Ted DemmeBlow 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 on... more
Directed by: Darren AronofskyRequiem 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 the... more
Directed by: Danny BoyleTrainspotting 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 the... more
Directed by: Brian De PalmaScarface 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 drug... more
Directed by: Gus Van SantDrugstore 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
Directed by: Scott KalvertThe 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 name.... more
Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg1971
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). 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.The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino in his second film appearance. The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne,... more
Directed by: Jonas ÅkerlundSpun 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 Eugene,... more
Directed by: Paul Thomas AndersonBoogie Nights is a 1997 American historical drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Back when love was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic adult... more
Directed by: Gerald PottertonHeavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated anthology science fiction fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of Heavy... more
Directed by: Tamra DavisHalf 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 and Neal... more
Directed by: Fenton Bailey, Randy BarbatoParty 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 tells the story... more
Directed by: Steven SoderberghTraffic 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
Directed by: Harmony KorineSpring Breakers is a 2012 American film directed by Harmony Korine. While enjoying their spring break in Florida, four college-aged girls meet an eccentric local person who introduces them to a world... more
Directed by: Alex CoxSid 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 production... more
Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael Bacall... more
Directed by: Larry ClarkKids 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 debuts. Kids... more
Directed by: Lili Fini ZanuckRush 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 go in... more
Directed by: Ridley ScottAmerican 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
Directed by: William BeaudineUp in Smoke is a film directed by William Beaudine released on Dec 22, 1957.... more
Directed by: Alan ParkerPink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.... more
Directed by: Clint EastwoodBird is a 1988 American biographical film, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood of a screenplay written by Joel Oliansky. The film is a tribute to the life and music of jazz saxophonist Charlie... more
Directed by: Neil ArmfieldCandy 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 Ledger,... more
Ben Is BackLucas Hedges, Julia Roberts
Directed by: Peter HedgesBen Is Back is a 2018 drama film directed by Peter Hedges. When the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve, his mother (Julia... more