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The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film  

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Whether they're crime thrillers about drug kingpins or stoner comedies following hapless friends, some movies just need a drug dealer. These fictional criminals often steal scenes in their films with witty quips and bursts of violence. Characters that are drug dealers have been everything from violent and scary to downright delightful – and many of the most memorable drug dealer characters have been played by Oscar-winning actors.

Which figure deserves the top spot on this list of the greatest drug dealer characters in film? It doesn't get much more iconic than Al Pacino's portrayal of the drug kingpin Tony Montana in the 1983 film, Scarface. Greed ended up being this movie drug dealer's deadliest vice. Drexl Spivey – played by the incomparable Gary Oldman – in True Romance is one of the most unforgettable fictional drug dealers.

Of course, drug dealers aren't limited to appearing in dramas. James Franco dealt out the laughs as the friendly drug dealer Saul Silver in Pineapple Express. Other classic roles featured on this list of the top drug dealer characters in film linclude Big Worm from Friday and Rahad Jackson from Boogie Nights.

Which drug dealer character is your favorite? Vote up the roles that are the most memorable, frightening, or just plain fun, and add any characters that are missing.
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Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Scarface
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Frank Lucas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
American Gangster
3
George Jung is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
George Jung Blow
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Nino Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
New Jack City
5
Henry Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Goodfellas
6
Saul Silver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Pineapple Express
7
Big Worm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Friday
8
Lance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Pulp Fiction
9
Ordell Robbie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Jackie Brown
10
Jay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Scream 3, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dogma
11
Frank White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
King of New York
12
Drexl Spivey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
True Romance
13
Thurgood Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Thurgood Jenkins Half Baked
14
Carlos Ayala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Carlos Ayala Traffic
15
Rip is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
No Holds Barred, Less Than Zero
16
Swanney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Swanney Trainspotting
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Rahad Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Boogie Nights
18
Bo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Bo Sleight
19
Ralph Wiley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Ralph Wiley Reefer Madness
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Brady Kincaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Brady Kincaid Leaves of Grass
21
Rupert Guest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Rupert Guest The Rules of Attraction
22
Ron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Ron Attack the Block