Sobering Up - Addiction and Recovery - Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse

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1. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 100,848

2. Go Ask Alice (1973 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama

A 15-year-old girl in late-1960s America is sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs and eventually seeks help.

Director: John Korty | Stars: William Shatner, Ruth Roman, Wendell Burton, Julie Adams

Votes: 802

3. Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

This movie is a teaching tool about a teenage girl struggling with alcoholism to cope with her feelings of insecurity and usual problems of adolescence.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Linda Blair, Larry Hagman, Verna Bloom, William Daniels

Votes: 421

4. Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

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.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Carol Burnett, Lloyd Bridges, Marian Mercer, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 84

5. I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit.

Director: Jack Hofsiss | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Nicol Williamson, Dianne Wiest, Joe Pesci

Votes: 439

6. Torchlight (1985)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

The marriage of a young and successful couple is jeopardized when he becomes heavily addicted to cocaine. Her inability to help him and his inability to stop are leading them both into a downward spiral.

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: Pamela Sue Martin, Steve Railsback, Ian McShane, Al Corley

Votes: 83

7. Shattered Spirits (1986 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 93 min | Drama

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.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Martin Sheen, Melinda Dillon, Matthew Labyorteaux, Lukas Haas

Votes: 240

8. Vital Signs (1986 TV Movie)

100 min

Two doctors, a father and son, conceal their alcohol and drug problems in this potent look at the abuse of those substances that exist in the medical profession. Asner portrays a ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Millar | Stars: Edward Asner, Gary Cole, Kate McNeil, Barbara Barrie

Votes: 25

9. Deadly Care (1987 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

True story about a nurse's descent into the nightmarish world of substance abuse which endangers her life and the lives of her patients.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Cheryl Ladd, Jason Miller, Jennifer Salt, Belinda Balaski

Votes: 55

10. Clean and Sober (1988)

R | 124 min | Drama

A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law and realizes that it's exactly what he needs.

Director: Glenn Gordon Caron | Stars: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, Tate Donovan

Votes: 5,275 | Gross: $8.67M

11. The Boost (1988)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: James Woods, Sean Young, John Kapelos, Steven Hill

Votes: 1,803 | Gross: $0.78M

12. Postcards from the Edge (1990)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman

Votes: 14,355 | Gross: $37.96M

13. Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

Absent father, alcoholic brother Tim try to cope with life.

Director: Ken Olin | Stars: James Sikking, Bibi Besch, William McNamara, Jayne Brook

Votes: 2,054

14. Darkness Before Dawn (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A family struggles with a daughter's addiction.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: Meredith Baxter, Stephen Lang, Gwynyth Walsh, L. Scott Caldwell

Votes: 198

15. When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

The seemingly perfect relationship between a man and his wife is tested as a result of her alcoholism.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, Ellen Burstyn, Tina Majorino

Votes: 19,179 | Gross: $50.02M

16. Terror in the Family (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

The portrait of a dysfunctional Nineties suburban family, where behind closed doors, alcohol and rebellion are hidden among the lie of perfection. 15-year-old Deena's sleazy, twisted boyfriend is believed - at first - to be the cause.

Director: Gregory Goodell | Stars: Joanna Kerns, Dan Lauria, Hilary Swank, Andrew Kavovit

Votes: 466

17. High Stakes (1997 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama

A former news reporter marries and tries to adjust to the life of a house wife and mother. However, her need for an adrenaline high is overpowering and she becomes and addicted gambler.

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Cynthia Gibb, Robin Thomas, Brendan Fletcher, Jan D'Arcy

Votes: 46

18. The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie (1997 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama

A preppy teenage girl from Seattle finds her life falling apart after she kills her best friend in a car accident by driving drunk. In spite of the tragedy, she continues to drink alcohol and hide it from her parents.

Director: Chuck Bowman | Stars: Donna Bullock, Matt McCoy, Teddi Siddall, Teryl Rothery

Votes: 167

19. 28 Days (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 41,265 | Gross: $37.17M

20. The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama

A promising track star, 18 year old Jessie Brenner struggles with binge drinking during her freshman year of college.

Director: David Wu | Stars: Sara Paxton, Chelsea Hobbs, James Kirk, Nancy Travis

Votes: 761



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