Too much of alcohol may not be good for health but it is definitely great for cinema. Alcoholics receive more audience attention than any other ordinary character. It feels like alcoholism adds layers to the character and gives a dark edge to the story. Sometimes, we hate such characters while in other instances, we pity them. Either way, they bag a lot of attention. Alcohol seems to be such films’ medicine. It is yet unclear the extent to which actors can go to be an ideal alcoholic on the screen. Actors often get tipsy trying to get into the skin of these alcoholic characters.
Although there have been several great performances wherein actors have played alcoholic characters, it still is a big challenge for any talented actor. While drinking actual alcohol is an easy way to do it, it’s not the most correct one. Alcoholism has been mostly used to add layers to the characters and develop them thoroughly. There are very few films which genuinely try to explore the various facets of alcoholism. With all that said, here is the list of top movies that deal with alcoholics and alcoholism. You can watch some of these best movies about alcoholism on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Barfly (1987)
‘Barfly’ shows the drunkard alter-ego of the famous poet/author Charles Bukowski. It doesn’t give the exact insight into the life of the author but does explain in general how life tends to go south for them. The film perfectly uses the subject of alcoholism to its advantage while Mickey Rourke gives a highly appreciable performance as the drunkard.
11. Scent of a Woman (1992)