Entertainment 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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61 10
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Scarface

2
46 13
George Jung is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film

3
44 12
Frank Lucas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
American Gangster

4
38 16
Henry Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Goodfellas

5
33 14
Nino Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
New Jack City

6
30 12
Saul Silver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Pineapple Express

7
25 10
Big Worm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Friday

8
22 13
Lance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Pulp Fiction

9
20 12
Ordell Robbie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Jackie Brown

10
21 13
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
20 14
Frank White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
King of New York

12
17 12
Drexl Spivey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
True Romance

13
18 13
Thurgood Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Thurgood Jenkins Half Baked

14
13 11
Carlos Ayala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Carlos Ayala Traffic

15
14 13
Rip is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
No Holds Barred, Less Than Zero

16
9 10
Rahad Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Rahad Jackson Boogie Nights

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13 15
Swanney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Swanney Trainspotting

18
7 9
Bo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Bo Sleight

19
7 12
Ralph Wiley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Ralph Wiley Reefer Madness

20
7 14
Brady Kincaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Brady Kincaid Leaves of Grass

21
6 13
Rupert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Rupert The Rules of Attraction

22
4 15
Ron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Drug Dealer Characters in Film
Ron Attack the Block