Addiction Movies

List of the best addiction movies selected by visitors to our site: Drugstore Cowboy, Half Nelson, Body Brokers, Requiem for a Dream, Dazed and Confused, Traffic, Friday, Menace II Society, The Basketball Diaries, Beautiful Boy.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime
CharactersThieves, Friends, Losers
PlotOn real events, Drug addict, Friendship
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Black humor, Makes me think, Touching

Portland, Oregon, 1971. Bob Hughes is the charismatic leader of a peculiar quartet, formed by his wife, Dianne, and another couple, Rick and Nadine, who skillfully steal from drugstores and hospital medicine cabinets in order to appease their insatiable need for drugs. But neither fun nor luck last forever.

Markimdb: 7.2
CharactersTeachers, Students, Trainers, Poor
PlotBasketball, Friendship, Loneliness, Mystery
PlacePrison, Ghetto, New York

Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a startling discovery of his secret life, causing a tenuous bond between the two that could either end disastrously or provide a catalyst of hope.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime
PlotOn real events, Money, Drug addict, Friendship
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles
StyleAction, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Utah and his girlfriend Opal, are drug addicts living on the streets in rural Ohio. After getting recruited by body broker Wood, and offered treatment in Los Angeles, Wood takes Utah under his wing and introduces him to treatment center mogul Vin. Wood and Vin bring Utah in on their lucrative and illegal dealings, where saving lives comes second to the bottom line.

PlotDrug addict, Loneliness, Depression, Dreams
StyleInteresting, Psychological problems, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Depressive

The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.

Markimdb: 7.6
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Pupils, Hippies, Trainers
PlotDrug addict, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Party, Texas, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Touching

The adventures of a group of Texas teens on their last day of school in 1976, centering on student Randall Floyd, who moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks. Floyd is a star athlete, but he also likes smoking weed, which presents a conundrum when his football coach demands he sign a "no drugs" pledge.

PlotDrug addict, Death

An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their comfortable suburban home. In Mexico, a flawed, but noble policeman agrees to testify against a powerful general in league with a cartel, and in San Diego, a drug kingpin's sheltered trophy wife must learn her husband's ruthless business after he is arrested, endangering her luxurious lifestyle.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersRappers, Friends, Partners
PlotDrug addict, Friendship, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, Los Angeles

Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime
PlotSkirmishes, Drug addict, Friendship, Hip Hop
PlaceGhetto, Los Angeles
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

Sobering and incisive, this cautionary drama centers on a street tough 18-year-old facing a moral quandary while trying to turn his life around.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersTeens, Friends, Trainers
PlotOn real events, Basketball, Drug addict, Uprising
PlaceNew York
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CharactersTeens, Family, Journalists, Fathers, Parents
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Wedding, Drug addict, Surfing
PlaceAircraft, Beach
StyleTo cry, By books, Fascinating, Heavy

After he and his first wife separate, journalist David Sheff struggles to help their teenage son, who goes from experimenting with drugs to becoming devastatingly addicted to methamphetamine.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersDogs, Teens, Lesbians, Gay
PlotDancing, Passion, Drug addict, Friendship, Death
PlaceSchool, Party
StyleUnexpected ending, Atmospheric

Young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their sangria is laced with LSD.

Genrecomedy, crime

The story of a streetwise party girl who gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out - by masquerading as a Catholic nun.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CharactersFriends, Partners
PlotTravel, Drug addict
StyleHeavy, Explicit scenes

Over the course of three days Ross, a college dropout addicted to crystal-meth, encounters a variety of oddball folks - including a stripper named Nikki and her boyfriend, the local meth producer, The Cook - but all he really wants to do is hook up with his old girlfriend, Amy.

Markimdb: 8.9
Genredrama, crime
CharactersGangsters, Gangsters, Hired assassins
PlotRobbery, Dancing, Boxing, Skirmishes, Cars
PlaceHotels, USA, Los Angeles
StyleInteresting, Popular, Exciting, Heavy, Smart

A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, film noir
CountryFrance, Spain, Luxembourg
PlotInvestigation, Mystery
StyleAction, By books, Atmospheric, Smart

Claiming that he doesn't know his own past, a rich man enlists an ex-con with an odd bit of detective work. Gregory Arkadin says he can't remember anything before the late 1920s, and convict Guy Van Stratten is happy to take the job of exploring his new acquaintance's life story. Guy's research turns up stunning details about his employer's past, and as his work seems linked to untimely deaths, the mystery surrounding Mr. Arkadin deepens.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, film noir
CharactersWriters, Alcoholics, Bartenders
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleSoulful, By books, Fascinating, Gloomy, Depressive

Don Birnam, a long-time alcoholic, has been sober for ten days and appears to be over the worst... but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother and girlfriend, he begins a four-day bender that just might be his last - one way or another.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, crime
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Family, Lovers
PlotSkirmishes, Money, Drug addict, Weapon, Success
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Germany
PlotAbduction, Drug addict

Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the Mazursky family, as Johnny and his 'gang' kidnap Jake's 15 year old brother and holds him hostage. Problem now is what to do with 'stolen boy?'

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama
CountryCanada, United Kingdom
CharactersGiants, Writers
PlotOn real events, Seduction
PlaceNew York
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Smart, Fancy, Explicit scenes

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Mexico
CharactersGangsters, FBI, Friends
PlotLove, On real events, Drug addict, Friendship, Betrayal
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Serious, For men

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CharactersDrummers, Disabled people, Losers
PlotGambling, Poker, Rehabilitation
PlaceChicago, USA, Night Clubs
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.

Markimdb: 6.7
CharactersDogs, Teens, Family, Difficult teens, Parents
PlotFight, Money, Drug addict, Snow
TimeNew Year
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

19-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly, is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, crime, biography
CharactersTeens, Family, Scammers, Bodyguards, FBI
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Gambling, Basketball, Wedding
PlacePrison, Party, Casino
StyleHeavy, Tense

The story of a teenager, Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the police during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Markimdb: 3.1
Genrethriller, crime
CharactersPolice, Defenders

As Shannon - a woman who wants to put her father's ashes away in the woods - witnesses a corrupt cop dealing drugs with a junkie, she has to try and run away after she gets rampaged by two discreditable cops after they see her taking secret photographs of their crime maneuver. They then do a cat-and-mouse game around the woods as Shannon teams up with a retired sheriff along the way for more reinforcement. It's just a diversion of survival and egalitarianism.

Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersJournalists, Photographers
PlotAdventure, Travel, Revolution, Treasures, Gems
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious, Disturbing

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed countrywide.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA, France
CharactersMusicians, Hippies, Artists, Singers, Stars
PlotDrug addict, Music group
PlaceParty, USA
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryDenmark, United Kingdom
CharactersGangsters, Friends
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CharactersPunks, Hippies, Friends, Losers
PlotOn real events, Travel, Drug addict, Friendship, Uprising
StyleTo cry, Fancy, Black humor, Touching

Two former geeks become 1980s punks, then party and go to concerts while deciding what to do with their lives.

Markimdb: 8.7
Genredrama, crime, biography
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters, Police, FBI
PlotDrug addict, Friendship
PlaceCourt, Night Clubs
StyleHeavy, Tense, Epic, Disturbing

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

PlotOn real events, Drug addict

A cheap, powerful drug emerges during a recession, igniting a moral panic fueled by racism. Explore the complex history of crack in the 1980s.