Addiction and Recovery Film Series

These are films I'm planning on using in a film series to get people to think about their use or misuse of chemicals or behaviors. Some of these films only showcase the problem without suggesting a solution. However, I'm hoping that they still can help if shown to audiences that are solution-oriented.
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1.
28 Days (2000)
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A big-city newspaper columnist is forced to enter a drug and alcohol rehab center after ruining her sister's wedding and crashing a stolen limousine. (103 mins.)
Director: Betty Thomas
 
2.
Affliction (1997)
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A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
3.
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
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In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
The Boost (1988)
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Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws... (95 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
7.
Bullet (1996)
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Butch "Bullet" Stein is a Jewish junkie from the mean streets of Brooklyn, is paroled after eight years in prison... (96 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
8.
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
 
9.
Crazy Heart (2009)
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A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. (112 mins.)
Director: Scott Cooper
 
10.
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
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An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together. (117 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
11.
Down to the Bone (2004)
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A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down. (104 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
12.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
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Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. (98 mins.)
 
13.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
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A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. (102 mins.)
“ No solution suggested. ” - troyspears
 
14.
Drunks (1995)
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At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night... (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Cohn
 
15.
Changing Lanes (2002)
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The story of what happens one day in New York when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud. (98 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Everything Must Go (2010)
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When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form. (97 mins.)
Director: Dan Rush
 
18.
The Fighter (2010)
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A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Gridlock'd (1997)
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After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program... (91 mins.)
 
22.
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
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An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners. (126 mins.)
Director: Vadim Perelman
 
23.
I Am a Sex Addict (2005)
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Autobiographical comedy about a recovering sex addict, about his obsession with prostitutes, and how that affected his relationships and his life altogether. (98 mins.)
Director: Caveh Zahedi
 
24.
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)
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A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit. (107 mins.)
Director: Jack Hofsiss
 
25.
Ink (2009)
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A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. (107 mins.)
Director: Jamin Winans
 
26.
Jesus' Son (1999)
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A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion. (107 mins.)
Director: Alison Maclean
 
27.
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
“ No solution suggested. ” - troyspears
 
28.
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
 
29.
Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice (1982 TV Movie)
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This made-for-television movie is a dramatization of the life of the founder of Los Angeles's first alcoholic recovery center for women, Beatrice O'Reilly. (100 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
30.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ No solution suggested. ” - troyspears
 
31.
Love Liza (2002)
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Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, a web designer turns to gasoline fumes and remote-control airplanes while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law. (90 mins.)
Director: Todd Louiso
 
32.
M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (1983 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Cindy Lightner relentlessly tries to spearhead the drive for the national anti-drunk driver legislation after her own daughter becomes the victim of a hit-and-run by a drunk driver. (97 mins.)
 
33.
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
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A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down. (119 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
34.
The Morning After (1974 TV Movie)
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A successful public relations man's refusal to admit his alcoholism jeopardizes his career, his family and his life. (75 mins.)
 
35.
The Morning After (1986)
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A woman wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she do it herself, and if not, is she in danger herself? (103 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
36.
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
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Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit... (125 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
 
37.
My Name Is Bill W. (1989 TV Movie)
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This film reconstructs the true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson, a World War I veteran... (100 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
38.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way. (104 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
39.
Once Were Warriors (1994)
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A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. (102 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
40.
Owning Mahowny (2003)
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A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history. (104 mins.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
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A substance-addicted actress tries to look on the bright side even as she is forced to move back in with her mother to avoid unemployment. (101 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
43.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
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A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. (113 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
44.
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.)
“ No solution suggested. ” - troyspears
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
The Salton Sea (2002)
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After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies. (103 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
 
47.
Shakes the Clown (1991)
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Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk... (87 mins.)
 
48.
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
 
49.
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
“ No solution suggested. ” - troyspears
 
50.
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A self-help advocate struggles to put his dysfunctional family in its place. (95 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
51.
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
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A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss. (118 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
52.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
53.
Unguarded (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Chris Herren was a "can't miss" basketball superstar until drug addiction eventually destroyed his career. With the support of his wife and family, Herren struggles to conquer his demons and reclaim his life. (51 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Hock
 
54.
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior. (126 mins.)
Director: Luis Mandoki
 
55.
You Kill Me (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores. (93 mins.)
Director: John Dahl