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1. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.3
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 249,404

2. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.8
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A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 300,256

3. Snowfall (2017– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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A look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 1980s.

Stars: Isaiah John, Amin Joseph, Michael Hyatt, Damson Idris

Votes: 6,531

4. Pineapple Express (2008)

R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Danny McBride

Votes: 295,340 | Gross: $87.34M

5. Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 186,716 | Gross: $124.12M

6. A Scanner Darkly (2006)

R | 100 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

7.1
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Rory Cochrane

Votes: 100,910 | Gross: $5.50M

7. Birds of Passage (2018)

125 min | Drama

7.7
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85 Metascore

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra | Stars: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez

Votes: 5,231 | Gross: $0.51M

8. Cocaine Godmother (2017 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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The real life of Colombian drug lord, Griselda Blanco, who reportedly masterminded more than 200 murders. This film presents her life story from the time she was a young girl to the end of her life.

Director: Guillermo Navarro | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jenny Pellicer, Alejandro Edda, Warren Christie

Votes: 1,573

9. Miss Bala (2011)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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79 Metascore

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo | Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

Votes: 8,141

10. Proof of Life (2000)

R | 135 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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45 Metascore

Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed

Votes: 53,046 | Gross: $32.60M

11. Anti-Social (2015)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime

6.1
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Central London, today; Dee is an anarchic street-artist confronting the system, Marcus is an armed robber on a jewellery store crime-wave. For the two brothers, being Anti-Social is a way of life.

Director: Reg Traviss | Stars: Gregg Sulkin, Meghan Markle, Josh Myers, Christian Berkel

Votes: 2,121

12. Brother (I) (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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47 Metascore

A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô

Votes: 20,650 | Gross: $0.45M

13. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.8
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59 Metascore

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Jon Roberts, Al Sunshine, Sam Burstyn, Mickey Munday

Votes: 11,923 | Gross: $0.15M

14. City of Men (2007)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Director: Paulo Morelli | Stars: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos

Votes: 14,509 | Gross: $0.31M

15. The Shepherd (2008 Video)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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A former New Orleans cop battles drug cartels and ex-Army Special Forces who are smuggling drugs from Mexico into U.S. through a Texas border town.

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Stephen Lord, Natalie J. Robb, Gary McDonald

Votes: 6,054

16. I Witness (2003)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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After 27 bodies are discovered in a collapsed tunnel in Tijuana, a man tries to unravel the mystery before becoming the next victim.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Portia de Rossi, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 1,310

17. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, Michelle Alexander, Mark W. Bennett, Joe Biden

Votes: 5,034 | Gross: $0.21M

18. How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Crime

7.7
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69 Metascore

Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.

Director: Matthew Cooke | Stars: 'Freeway' Ricky Ross, Susan Sarandon, David Simon, 50 Cent

Votes: 6,490 | Gross: $1.50M

19. 75 (2017)

97 min | Crime, Drama

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A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.

Director: Joe Zappa | Stars: Tifani Ahren Davis, Kip Bennett, Marcus B. Jackson, Shannon Faith

Votes: 30

20. Mr. Untouchable (2007)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

6.7
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65 Metascore

The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Levin | Stars: Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes, Matez Almas, Taurin Almas, David Breitbart

Votes: 846 | Gross: $0.10M

21. Johnny Was (2006)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Johnny Doyle escapes a violent past in Ireland to lie low in London, until his former mentor Flynn breaks out of Brixton Prison, hell bent on derailing the Irish peace process with a few ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Hammond | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Patrick Bergin, Laurence Kinlan, Eriq La Salle

Votes: 1,600

22. Grass (1999)

R | 80 min | Documentary, History

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64 Metascore

The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Harry J. Anslinger, George Bush, Cab Calloway

Votes: 3,395 | Gross: $0.31M

23. American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Crime

7.8
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The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Booth | Stars: Joe Arpaio, Jello Biafra, Osama bin Laden, Jeff Blackburn

Votes: 1,558

24. (T)ERROR (2015)

84 min | Documentary

6.6
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73 Metascore

(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the perspective of "Shariff", a 63-year-old Black ... See full summary »

Directors: Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe | Stars: Khalifah Ali Al-Akili, Mike Healey, Ali Kareem, Saeed 'Shariff' Torres

Votes: 721

25. The Palermo Connection (1990)

R | 100 min | Thriller

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Carmine Bonavia wins election as the mayor of New York on a promise to legalize drugs. After the election, he marries Carrie and goes to his ancestral home of Sicily for their honeymoon. In... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Jim Belushi, Mimi Rogers, Joss Ackland, Philippe Noiret

Votes: 395

26. Alpha: The Right to Kill (2018)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Set against the backdrop of the Philippines Government's crackdown on illegal drugs, a SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest Abel, one of the biggest drug lords in Manila. ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, Angela Cortez, Baron Geisler

Votes: 129

27. Texas Godfather (1985)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

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A New York City district attorney secretly runs a cocaine-smuggling ring in Texas. When the mob tries to move in on his operation, he goes down there to try to stop them.

Director: Douglas F. O'Neons | Stars: Vince Edwards, Paul L. Smith, June Wilkinson, Phil Foster

Votes: 50

28. Giovanni Falcone, l'uomo che sfidò Cosa Nostra (2006 TV Movie)

196 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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TV-Movie on the life and accomplishments of Giovanni Falcone, the legendary Sicilian judge who boldly opposed the Mafia

Directors: Andrea Frazzi, Antonio Frazzi | Stars: Massimo Dapporto, Elena Sofia Ricci, Emilio Solfrizzi, David Coco

Votes: 152

29. L.A. Wars (1994)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama

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When the war on the streets becomes personal, no one is safe. Guzman, a small-time drug lord, takes on Giovanni, the biggest Mafia boss in L.A., igniting a war.

Directors: Tony Kandah, Martin Morris | Stars: Vince Murdocco, Mary E. Zilba, A.J. Stephans, Johnny Venocur

Votes: 48

30. The War on Drugs (2007)

99 min | Documentary

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More than three decades have passed since Richard Nixon declared the war on drugs. Today, drug trafficking exceeds 7% of global trade. The film shows how the war is being waged by examining... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian J.F. | Stars: Sharanda Jones, Richard Paey, Jorge Enrique Botero, Kevin C. Whaley

Votes: 38

31. American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

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Director Kevin Booth navigates through the cutting edge of Cannabis research while becoming a foster parent to a child court ordered to take powerful mind altering drugs.

Director: Kevin Booth | Stars: Donald Abrams, Miguel Avitia, Dustin J. Benichou, Kevin Booth

Votes: 196

32. Contrabando y traición (1977)

85 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Two criminals, Emilio and Camelia try to smuggle drugs into the USA.

Director: Arturo Martínez | Stars: Ana Luisa Peluffo, Valentín Trujillo, Arturo Martínez, Patricia María

Votes: 9

33. Lynching Charlie Lynch (2011)

100 min | Documentary

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In 2006, Charlie Lynch was invited by the civic leaders of Morro Bay, CA to open a medical marijuana dispensary within the city limits. Offered a business license and asked to join the ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Ray

Votes: 71

34. Cocaine: History Between the Lines (2011 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary

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Stars: Brad Barker, Tom Berenger, Ioan Grillo

Votes: 33

35. The Rise and Fall of Their American Dream (2010)

123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Violence consumed their destiny.

Director: Nash Bhatt | Stars: Tony Black, Nash Bhatt, Omar Alcaraz, Monika Mojica

Votes: 11

36. Escape to Canada (2005)

80 min | Documentary

7.0
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A look into Canada's incredible strides with progressive politics, while at the same time the U.S. has become increasingly polarized on such issues as the Drug War and Gay-marriage. Canada ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Nerenberg | Stars: Pierre Berton, Bono, George W. Bush, Tucker Carlson

Votes: 165

37. The New Juarez (2012)

81 min | Documentary

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A perception shattering view of the violence in Mexico which has killed over 100,000 of the nation's citizens over the course of six years.

Director: Charlie Minn

Votes: 14

38. Prince of Pot: The U.S. vs. Marc Emery (2007)

Documentary

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Marc Emery runs a hugely successful marijuana seed mail-order business. But now the world renowned"The Prince of Pot" faces a lifetime in jail if the US Drug Enforcement Administration get their way.

Director: Nicholas Wilson | Stars: Chris Bennet, Rodney Benson, Pierre-Yves Bourduas, Jerry Cameron

Votes: 59

39. The War on the War on Drugs (2002)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy

5.9
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23 Metascore

Comprised of over 60 independent short scenes shot in a wide variety of cinematic styles, THE WAR ON THE WAR ON DRUGS parodies drug war propaganda and those who insist we fight the drug war at any cost.

Director: Cevin Soling | Stars: Tara Platt, Yuri Lowenthal, Joseph Greene, Brett Colby

Votes: 62

40. El Chrysler 300 II (La venganza) (2010 Video)

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Director: Enrique Murillo | Stars: Melissa Arce, Roberto Carbajal, Claudia Casas, Gerardo Castillo

41. Legalize It (2014)

80 min | Documentary

7.2
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A documentary that follows prop 19 - The 2010 Tax and regulate Cannabis campaign in California.

Director: Dan Katzir | Stars: Alex Arsenault, Nate Bradley, Neal Brennan, Don Brewer

Votes: 5

42. Deforce (2010)

86 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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DEFORCE: A History of Tyranny in the Heart of America. For decades Detroit has been an emblem of Urban decay. From the High School graduation rate, to the corruption in leadership, to the ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Falconer | Star: Nelson Jones

Votes: 24

43. Expendable (2012)

104 min | Documentary, Crime, News

7.8
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How a government wilfully withheld vital evidence from a court of law, deceived its public, orchestrated an unprecedented media campaign, and ruthlessly deployed its organs of state against... See full summary »

Director: Kathy Manning

Votes: 28

44. On the Line (2007)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

6.6
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An act of civil disobedience at America's largest ongoing protest brings graduate student Brian DeRouen face-to-face with the pressing constitutional issues of today. His non-violent action... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Glenn, Jason A. Schmidt | Stars: Roy Bourgeois, Brian DeRouen, John Perkins, Helen Prejean

Votes: 22

45. Our Drugs War (2010– )

49 min | Documentary

8.0
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Angus MacQueen explores drug legislation across the world and questions whether the law works.

Star: Angus MacQueen

Votes: 11

46. Vox Accidentally Tells the Truth: Most US Gun Deaths Are Suicides, Not Homicides (2018 Video)

10 min | Short, News

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47. This is Honduras

105 min | Documentary | Completed

In 2009, Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya, was removed from power in the first Central American Coup in over 25 years. By 2011, San Pedro Sula, Honduras had become, "the murder capital of ... See full summary »

Director: Taylor A. Purdee

48. Candyflip (2007)

57 min | Documentary

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A documentary exploring drug use, largely from the perspective of casual users.

Director: Johnathan Carr | Stars: Justin Caless, Johnathan Carr, Celeste Green

49. Plan Colombia: Cashing In on the Drug War Failure (2003)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

8.0
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Directed by Gerard Ungerman, Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure documents what many believe to be dangerous hypocrisy on the part of the American government. The film gives ... See full summary »

Directors: Audrey Brohy, Gerard Ungerman | Stars: Edward Asner, Ingrid Betancourt, William R. Brownfield, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 35

50. High: The True Tale of American Marijuana (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.5
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Beyond the hysteria of Reefer Madness and past the deceptive lessons of "Just Say No", HIGH exposes the true story of America's war on drugs. Using government statistics, expert interviews ... See full summary »

Director: John Holowach | Stars: John Holowach, Ricardo Cortes, Lyle Craker, William Earnshaw

Votes: 139



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