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

List ranges from Tropic Thunder to Black Dynamite and more.

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

Various bits of information are included with these popular illegal drug trade movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these illegal drug trade movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good illegal drug trade movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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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 a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more
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American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more
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Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas
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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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Illegal Drug Trade Movies
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Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more
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Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, produced by David Puttnam and starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. ...more
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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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The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was ...more
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Maria Full of Grace is a 2004 joint film production between Colombia and the U.S. written and directed by Joshua Marston, who went on to win the Independent Spirit Award for Best First ...more
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Sicario is a 2015 American crime-thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. An idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña
The Mule is a 2018 American crime film directed by Clint Eastwood. Leo Sharp (Clint Eastwood), a 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran, is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine ...more
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Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film written, produced and directed by Ben Stiller.
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Susan Sarandon, Edward Norton, Keri Russell
Leaves of Grass is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by, and featuring, Tim Blake Nelson. It also stars Edward Norton, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Melanie Lynskey and Keri ...more
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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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The Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and starring Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush. Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Radcliffe, ...more
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Birds of Passage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Illegal Drug Trade Movies
Carmina Martínez, Natalia Reyes, José Acosta
Birds of Passage is a 2018 Colombian crime film directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego. In the late '60s and '70s, a Wayuu family rises and falls during the early days of illegal drug ...more
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Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover
Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit, Derrick O'Connor and Joss Ackland. It is a ...more
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Super Troopers is a 2001 comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, written by and starring the Broken Lizard comedy group. Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen and Brian Cox co-star while Lynda ...more
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Black Dynamite is a 2009 American action comedy film starring Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Chapman, and Tommy Davidson. The film was directed by Scott Sanders and ...more
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Peter Yates (director), Robert Shaw, Nick Nolte, Jaqueline Bissett, Louis Gossett Jr, Eli Wallach.
The Deep is a 1977 adventure film directed by Peter Yates and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The film stars Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, and Nick Nolte.
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Kush Nicole Marie Lenz, William Atherton, James DeBello
Kush is a 2007 independent action-thriller film directed by York Shackleton, starring Nick Annunziata, William Atherton, Michael Bellisario, Matthew Carey, James DeBello, Lin Shaye, and James ...more
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We Own the Night is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. It is the third film directed by ...more
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Miami Vice is a 2006 American film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight operations. The film, written, directed, and produced by Michael Mann, is an ...more