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The most realistic movies about drug addiction
Drugstore Cowboy -This tale about a gang of addicts
knocking over pharmacies was a little heavy on the melodrama, but it did
an accurate job of its portrayal of the lengths addicts will go to in
order to support their prescription drug addiction.
Midnight Cowboy -One of the first movies that portrayed gritty, urban heroin addiction
with all its associated despair on full display. Remains one of Dustin
Hoffman’s finest roles, and the only movie with an “X” rating to ever
receive an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Requiem for a Dream -A subtly shocking film about
the effects of drug addiction on people of all ages. The stand-out
performance of Ellyn Burstyn in this film really opened some eyes about drug abuse and the elderly in the United States.
Trainspotting – An interesting film in that it puts
some of the most hilarious moments ever seen on film alongside harrowing
moments of drug use that really stick the mind years after seeing the
The Boost -Although James Woods and Sean Young
played it about 25% over the top, it was still fascinating to watch this
totally believable portrayal of a couple on the fast track who is
undone by cocaine addiction.
Traffic -Based on a BBC-TV miniseries, this gripping
docu-drama dealt with the losing battle in the war on drugs at both a
micro and macro level that never ceased to feel real and personal.
The Wire -Not technically a movie, but this HBO
mini-series provided perhaps the most realistic look at the ground level
of the drug trade, following a group of rival drug dealing gangs on the
Baltimore streets, and the police officers who were obsessed with
bringing them down by all means necessary.
Last Days -In a story inspired by the final days in
the life of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, Gus Van Sant’s critically
acclaimed film chronicles what happens when the most famous people in
the world are left without “checks and balances” in a life overcome by heroin addiction.