Best Drug & downward spiral films

Drugs and sex can lead your life to the ruin.
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1.
Spun (2002)
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A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
“ Total masterpiece. Crystal meth has never been so funny and so shocking at the same time. ” - eufory
 
2.
Christiane F. (1981)
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F... (138 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Edel
“ Downward spiral fueled with heroin on the life of a young teenager on Berlin. ” - eufory
 
3.
Enter the Void (2009)
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A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
4.
Wonderland (2003)
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In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes. (104 mins.)
Director: James Cox
“ Combine the world's top porn star and his underage girlfriend, motorcycle gangs, plenty of hustlers, plenty of quaaludes, heroine, cocaine and a brutal crime and you get the recipie of a mayhem. Welcome to the early 70's. ” - eufory
 
5.
More (1969)
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In the late 60's, after graduating in Mathematics, the German Stefan Brückner hitchhikes from Lübeck to Paris to see the world without money... (112 mins.)
 
6.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
 
7.
Gia (1998 TV Movie)
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The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death from AIDS at age 26. (120 mins.)
 
8.
Permanent Midnight (1998)
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Comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along... (88 mins.)
Director: David Veloz
 
9.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
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An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Surreal and perfect. ” - eufory
 
10.
Candy (2006)
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A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair. (116 mins.)
Director: Neil Armfield
 
11.
El cantante (2006)
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The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States. (106 mins.)
Director: Leon Ichaso
 
12.
Flight (2012)
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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
13.
Traffic (2000)
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A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
 
14.
Chasing the White Dragon (2008)
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Six small town characters are trapped in the nightmare of crystal methamphetamine addiction and each must make the decision to escape the nightmare before their world implodes. (95 mins.)
“ Crystal meth and its power to destroy. ” - eufory
 
15.
Mandragora (1997)
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(126 mins.)
Director: Wiktor Grodecki
 
16.
Kids (1995)
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A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
“ Watch what your Kids might be doing right now. ” - eufory
 
17.
Thirteen (2003)
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A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. (100 mins.)
 
18.
Blow (2001)
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The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
19.
Human Traffic (1999)
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Five friends spend one lost weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture. (99 mins.)
Director: Justin Kerrigan
 
20.
Scarlet Diva (2000)
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A young Italian actress embarks on a self-destructive spree of sex, drugs and other excess while doing some soul searching to find the path for redemption. (91 mins.)
Director: Asia Argento
 
21.
Less Than Zero (1987)
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A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. (98 mins.)
Director: Marek Kanievska
 
22.
Trainspotting (1996)
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Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
23.
Havoc (2005)
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Two affluent suburban girls who clash with the Latino gang culture of East LA. (85 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
24.
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
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The lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City. (110 mins.)
 
25.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
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A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. (102 mins.)
 
26.
El pico (1983)
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(105 mins.)
“ Realistic. El Pico (the needle tip) shows how heroine took over many European countries, in this case Spain. Its own lead actress got hooked on drugs. ” - eufory
 
27.
Scarface (1983)
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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
28.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction. (102 mins.)
Director: Scott Kalvert
 
29.
Angel Dusted (1981 TV Movie)
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Jean Stapleton appears with her son John Putch in this story of an affluent working wife and mother whose well-behaved son suddenly falls into the trap of drug abuse. (98 mins.)
Director: Dick Lowry
 
30.
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
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An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result. (100 mins.)
 
31.
Naked Lunch (1991)
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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 a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
 
32.
Nowhere (1997)
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Follows a day in the lives of a group of high school kids Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead. (82 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
33.
Pure (2002)
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A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation. (96 mins.)
 
34.
The Trip (1967)
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Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis... (82 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
35.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
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Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen... (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
36.
Dirty Habit (2006)
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A crack-addicted prostitute and a nun get stuck on an elevator. One is going to, one is coming from... (81 mins.)
Director: Bryan Root
 
37.
Rush (1991)
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Two small-town Texas cops go undercover to catch a major drug dealer and are sucked into the drug culture, compromising their assignment. (120 mins.)
 
38.
Brainstorm (2001)
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A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives... (74 mins.)
Director: Laís Bodanzky
 
39.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
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Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
40.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
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Seven year old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah. (98 mins.)
Director: Asia Argento
 
41.
Monster (2003)
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Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
 
42.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ I don't know if my wife left me when I started drinking or I started drinking when my wife left me. ” - eufory
 
43.
Bug (2006)
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An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky Oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation. (102 mins.)
 
44.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
 
45.
Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
46.
Bully (2001)
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A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much. (108 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
47.
High Art (1998)
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A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other. (101 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
 
48.
Heaven Knows What (2014)
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Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose and sets her passion ablaze. So, when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin. (97 mins.)
 
49.
Clean and Sober (1988)
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A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law, and realizes that it's exactly what he needs. (124 mins.)
 
50.
Go Ask Alice (1973 TV Movie)
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Inadvertently, a 14-year-old girl in the late American 1960's is sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help. (74 mins.)
Director: John Korty
 
51.
Brokedown Palace (1999)
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Two women are arrested for smuggling while vacationing in Thailand. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
52.
Pineapple Express (2008)
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A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witnesses his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him. (111 mins.)
 
53.
Rolling (2007)
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A med student, a teenage runaway, a lawyer, a drag queen, a high school basketball player, a drug dealer... (90 mins.)
 
54.
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
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A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. (101 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
55.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
Episode: The Two Escobars (2010)
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The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.
 
56.
Berlin Calling (2008)
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A man tours clubs around the globe with his manager and girlfriend. On the eve of their largest album release he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic after overdosing at a gig. (100 mins.)
Director: Hannes Stöhr
 
57.
Chappaqua (1966)
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Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure... (82 mins.)
Director: Conrad Rooks
 
58.
Intoxicating (2003)
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Dorian Shanley, is a heart surgeon who abuses alcohol and drugs. Dorian trades stolen pharmaceuticals for cocaine ... (109 mins.)
Director: Mark David
 
59.
Bongwater (1998)
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David is an aspiring artist and a pot dealer, and he falls in love with constantly smoking pot. Serena... (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Sears
 
60.
Surrender Dorothy (1998)
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Lahn is a heroin addict who will do anything for his dose. After he robs his roommate, Denis, he shows up at the door of Denis' best friend... (87 mins.)
Director: Kevin DiNovis
 
61.
Self Medicated (2005)
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A pill-popping mom has her drug-abusing teen son abducted into a private intervention facility that means well. (107 mins.)
Director: Monty Lapica
 
62.
Georgia (1995)
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Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister... (115 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
 
63.
Psych-Out (1968)
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A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
 
64.
Factory Girl (2006)
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Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer. (90 mins.)
 
65.
The Informers (2008)
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One week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence. (98 mins.)
Director: Gregor Jordan
 
66.
My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)
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The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s. (124 mins.)
Director: Mauro Lima
 
67.
Most High (2004)
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Set against the backdrop of crystal meth abuse, Most High is a painfully intimate examination of a young man in crisis... (95 mins.)
Director: Marty Sader
 
68.
Party Monster (2003)
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Based on the true story of Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate. (98 mins.)
 
69.
Tweek City (2005)
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Tweek City is a week in the life of Bill, a potentially closeted, half-Latino, small-time speed dealer in San Francisco's Mission District... (86 mins.)
Director: Eric G. Johnson
 
70.
The Gambler (2014)
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Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance? (111 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
 
71.
Gringo (1985)
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Critically Acclaimed documentary from director Lech Kowalski (DOA) following the life and times of a down-and-out heroin addict in 1980s New York. (95 mins.)
Director: Lech Kowalski