Alcohol (mostly Alcoholics)

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1.
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
 
2.
Barfly (1987)
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Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (100 mins.)
 
3.
Factotum (2005)
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This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling. (94 mins.)
Director: Bent Hamer
 
4.
Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981)
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Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity. (101 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri
 
5.
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
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Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. (96 mins.)
Director: Art Linson
 
6.
The Rum Diary (2011)
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American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1960s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there. (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
 
7.
Bad Santa (2003)
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A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. (91 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
8.
Strange Brew (1983)
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Canada's most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it. (90 mins.)
 
9.
Under the Volcano (1984)
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Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin... (112 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
Trees Lounge (1996)
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Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking". (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
 
13.
My Name Is Joe (1998)
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Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic... (105 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
14.
Pay It Forward (2000)
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A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. (123 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
 
15.
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
 
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
 
17.
Tender Mercies (1983)
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A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together. (92 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
18.
Ironweed (1987)
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An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, NY after returning there for the first time in decades. (143 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
19.
Off the Black (2006)
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An aging, disillusioned alcoholic (Nolte) gets a younger friend (Morgan) and wants him to pose as his son at a school reunion. (90 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
20.
Julia (2008)
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A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait. (144 mins.)
Director: Erick Zonca
 
21.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
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A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. (156 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
22.
Sunset Strip (2000)
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A comedy that takes place during 24 hours on Sunset Strip in 1972. (90 mins.)
Director: Adam Collis
 
23.
The Verdict (1982)
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A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (129 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
24.
Running with Scissors (2006)
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Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family. (116 mins.)
Director: Ryan Murphy
 
25.
Very Bad Things (1998)
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A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
26.
The Hangover (2009)
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Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
 
27.
Cocktail (1988)
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A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love. (104 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
28.
The New Centurions (1972)
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An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life. (103 mins.)
 
29.
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
 
30.
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
 
31.
Jacknife (1989)
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A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes... (102 mins.)
Director: David Jones
 
32.
Don't Come Knocking (2005)
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Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his... (122 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
33.
In the Electric Mist (2009)
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A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen. (117 mins.)
 
34.
Sara (1997)
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Leon, the 40-year-old former soldier who is an alcoholic now, gets a job as a bodyguard. His duty is to take care of one of the Mafia leader's daughters. His problems begin when he falls in love with the 16-year-old girl. (110 mins.)
Director: Maciej Slesicki
 
35.
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
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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
 
36.
8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
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Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid... (115 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
37.
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
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In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
38.
You Kill Me (2007)
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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
 
39.
Beerfest (2006)
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Two brothers travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a "Fight Club" with beer games. (110 mins.)
 
40.
Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007 TV Movie)
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A writer takes a backwards look at the life of his unlikely friend Stuart, a homeless alcoholic who experienced a traumatic event in his childhood. (92 mins.)
Director: David Attwood
 
41.
Shattered Spirits (1986 TV Movie)
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When his drinking problem takes control of his life, a father tries to leave the bottle behind while putting his and his family's lives back together. (93 mins.)
 
42.
Red Lights (2004)
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Antoine and Helene drive to South France to return their kids from a holiday camp. The traffic is dense... (105 mins.)
Director: Cédric Kahn
 
43.
Head-On (2004)
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In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life... (121 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin