First things first. Through this article we do not intend to glorify substance abuse. It has one of the most horrific outcomes and thus, we condemn its use. Having said that, substance abuse has been the topic of many movies. Some glorify them, some disapprove them. Some even elucidate a flourishing economy out of the drug trade! Some of the most renowned personalities in human history such as Sigmund Freud, Thomas Alva Edison, and Richard Feynman have been known to consume drugs as it helped them to think better. From giving thrills of a lifetime to ruining lives, the power of narcotics knows no border.
So we, at the Cinemaholic, have come up with a list of movies about drug addiction. Some of these are drug dealer movies; some are about drug smuggling and trafficking; some about drug cartels; and some about heroin addicts. You can stream some of these best drug movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
11. Blow (2001)
Two things stay with you when you watch ‘Blow’. George Jung’s constant reminiscence of his father and his mother’s disapproval of his profession. The second one becomes evident when his mother calls upon the police and rats him out from his hiding place and later refuses to let him visit his dying father. Fred Jung, George’s father, is an honest man who never made it to the top despite his hard work, thus earning regular reprimands from his wife. While this becomes the foundation of George’s entry into the world of crime, it’s also an allegory of the drug ravaged America of the seventies. Released to lukewarm response, ‘Blow’ is an ultimate tragic tale of a father and a son. Starring Johnny Depp, Ray Liotta, Franka Potente and Penelope Cruz, it is one of the most underrated movies about drug addiction.
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10. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)