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In your opinion, what are the best "druggie" movies?

Asked by xxporkxsodaxx (1391points) July 5th, 2008

By druggie movie I mean something that is serious, nothing like Dude, Where’s my Car?, Block Party, Friday, The Cheech and Chong series, or Rolling Kansas (Even though they were great). I’m talking about A Scanner Darkly, Requiem for a Dream, True Romance, Spun, Brick, and Blow. I think you get what I mean, they have to be serious, and the main focus has to be on drugs, not just one point in the movie where some guy snorts a line.

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PupnTaco's avatar

Easy Rider
The Big Lebowski (seriously funny)

tinyfaery's avatar

Drugstore Cowboy directed by Gus Van Zant. Its older, but its a spectacular look into drug use and addiction.

tinyfaery's avatar

Ahh. Come On. Friday is a classic!

mirza's avatar

SLC PUNK (google video link w/ ipod download)
Waking Life (google video link w/ ipod download)
Clerks I and II
Eternal Sunshine On The Spotless Mind

lefteh's avatar

Requiem for a Dream is my favorite.
It brings me to a truly unique emotional state every time I watch it.

gailcalled's avatar

Frank Sinatra in Man with the Golden Arm

@Mirza: Eternal Sunshine of…but I consider that film more sci-fi.

mcbealer's avatar

Half Nelson starring Ryan Gossling

gimmedat's avatar

Less Than Zero
Both great druggie movies.

bulbatron9's avatar

Sid & Nancy


Born to Win

babygalll's avatar

Pulp Fiction
Dazed and Confused

Top ten here.

TheHaight's avatar

A recent one= American Gangster

mirza's avatar

also American Beauty

El_Cadejo's avatar

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

babygalll's avatar

Walk the Line (Johnny Cash)
Ray (Ray Charles)

Two movies about how drug affected the lives of Johnny Cash and Ray Charles.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Human Traffic (link to full movie)

thebeadholder's avatar

I can’t believe no one said this one yet!

shockvalue's avatar

trainspotting, Requiem for a dream, spun, where the buffalo roam. kids

amandaafoote's avatar

dazed and confused!

ebenezer's avatar

permanent midnight

AstroChuck's avatar

Valley of the Dolls. No wait, that one sucked. Either Up in Smoke or Trainspotting.

martinez00anita's avatar

Candy. With Heath Ledger. Great book, too.

pattyb's avatar

Breaking Bad ( series)

Adina1968's avatar

martinez00anita beat me to it I was going to say Candy. It is a really good little know movie. What about Clockwork Orange.

Lightlyseared's avatar


emt333's avatar

Half Baked!!!
an early dave chappelle masterpiece that i must have watched a thousand times in high school and college. and i only recall about 15 of those times…

AstroChuck's avatar

Is Fast Times at Ridgemont High considered a “druggie” movie? I love Jeff Spicoli.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

I haven’t seen it but it is listed under marijuana, I would say 7 out of 10 movies with marijuana are comedies (I didn’t look to much into the movie on wikipedia).

Trance24's avatar

@Mirza – I love “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” that is actually one of my favorite movies.

Also: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Human Traffic
Requiem for a Dream

buster's avatar

Altered States.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@buster that movie was so horrible. Though i got to say the special effects were amazing for its time.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@thebeadholder lol i love how the trailer for trainspotting beeps out the word fuck, but clearly shows a topless girl. wonderful censorship lol.

tupara's avatar

‘Performance’ (1970),
‘Rockers’ (1978),
‘Jesus’ Son’ (1999).

thebeadholder's avatar

Here’s another one I liked: The Basketball Diaries
Amazing movie

thebeadholder's avatar

Thirteen (what an eye opener) and Kids, also.

amandaafoote's avatar

@thebeadholder- I never even thought of thirteen for this, great choice!

amandaafoote's avatar

Another one, not out yet but I have a feeling Pineapple Express would be great for this

Knotmyday's avatar

Cheech and Chong’s Things Are Tough All Over.

“I think you have killed the car enough.”

iceblu's avatar

@amandaafoote You got that from me thief!

Grandmas Boy
Party Monster
How High
Half Baked
Spun <—Awesome
Crank <—Certain drugs can seriously intensify this movie by %200

amandaafoote's avatar

@iceblu- Not my fault you’re too slow :D

TheHaight's avatar

@ice; all great movies. I thought xxpork said to name more “serious” drug movies… Or else I wouldve named all those too!

Knotmyday's avatar

Oops. Guess I should have mentioned Reefer Madness, then.

babygalll's avatar

What about these?

Boogie Nights
The Big Lebowski

Where they about drugs?

Lightlyseared's avatar

Wirhnail and I. True the drug is alcohol but…

pattyb's avatar

Jacobs Ladder.
The Doors
Easy Rider
Blow- pee-wee as a gay hairdresser drug dealer…..good stuff.

scamp's avatar

Up in Smoke! Ooops. just reread the question… that’s not a serious movie, sorry

PupnTaco's avatar

Babygall: Lebowski is high 24/7.

If we could include TV shows, I’d pick Intervention.

Trance24's avatar

Did anyone mention “Traffic”? That was a drug movie. A good movie at that, but much more on a serious note.

molly's avatar

Maria Full of Grace, if you dig foreign-language films

mcbealer's avatar

Another vote for Maria Full of Grace!

It was hard to believe the lead actress in it, Catalina Sandino Moreno, didn’t get the Oscar that year.

molly's avatar

mcbealer, i know! such a shame she didn’t.

anartist's avatar

Find a rare old movie called “Free Grass” Alternate Title: “Scream Free!” funky of dubious quality and actually very loosely based on real life events of the 1969 movie producers.

And the campy “Reefer Madness” 1936 anti-pot social-guidance film also remade into a spoofy 2005 musical.

Try “Naked Lunch” from William Burroughs’ book of same name

And watch “The Yellow Submarine” again. It is one trippy movie.

Jacob’s Ladder , mentioned by @pattyb, is definitely a serious and fascinating film that also touches this area.

Does “the French Connection” count?

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