List of drug films

Drug films are films that depict either drug distribution or drug use, whether as a major theme or in a few memorable scenes. Drug cinema ranges from the ultra-realistic to the utterly surreal; some films are unabashedly pro- or anti-drug, while others are less judgmental. The drugs most commonly shown in films are cocaine, heroin, LSD, cannabis (see Stoner film) and methamphetamine.

There is extensive overlap with crime films, which are more likely to treat drugs as plot devices to keep the action moving.

The following is a partial list of drug films and the substance involved.

Contents
0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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  • 24 Hour Party People (2002). MDMA, Cocaine, Heroin, Methadone, Cannabis, and a mention of the multitude of crack in Barbados.
  • 25th Hour (2002). Heroin, MDMA.
  • 28 Days Later (2002). Prescriptions drugs (Valium).
  • 28 Days (2000). Prescriptions drugs, Heroin, Alcohol.
  • 39,90 (2007). Cannabis, Cocaine
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2004). Cannabis.
  • 50/50 (2011). Cannabis
  • The 51st State (2001). POS 51 (a fictional drug) - also mentions Cocaine, LSD and MDMA.
  • 54 (1998).[1] Marijuana, cocaine, MDA, quaaludes.
  • 9 (2009). Magnet (a fictional drug), used by 8 which apparently causes a drug like effect.

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G

  • Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002). Crack, Cocaine, LSD,
  • Garden State (2004). Cocaine, MDMA, Marijuana, Nitrous Oxide, Various prescription drugs (esp. antidepressants)
  • Georgia (1995). Heroin.
  • Get Him to the Greek (2010). Marijuana, Absinthe, Heroin, "Jeffrey", Cocaine, Adrenaline.
  • Get Out and Get Under (1920). Cocaine.
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005). Crack, Marijuana, and Morphine.
  • Gia (1998). Heroin and cocaine.
  • Gift (1993).[2]
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999). Marijuana, diazepam.
  • The Girl Next Door (2004). MDMA, Marijuana.
  • Go (1999). MDMA, marijuana and cocaine.
  • Go Ask Alice (1973). LSD, marijuana, and amphetamines.
  • The Godfather (1972). Cocaine and heroin.
  • The Godfather: Part II (1974). Cocaine and heroin.
  • The Godfather: Part III (1990). Cocaine and heroin.
  • The Good Shepherd (2006). LSD.
  • Goodfellas (1990). Cocaine and pills.
  • Grand Hotel (1932). Absinthe.
  • Grandma's Boy (2006). Marijuana.
  • Grass (1999). Marijuana.
  • Gridlock'd (1997). Heroin.
  • Grindhouse (2007). Marijuana.
  • Groove (2000). GHB, MDMA, Nitrous, LSD and marijuana.
  • The Groove Tube (1974). Marijuana.
  • Growing Op (2008). Marijuana.
  • Gummo (1997). Glue, Ritalin, Solvents, Cocaine.

H

  • Hair (1978). Cannabis and LSD.
  • Hall Pass (film) (2011). Marijuana (Brownies)
  • Half Baked (1998).[1] Cannabis, cocaine, crack and heroin.
  • Half Nelson (2006). Cocaine and crack cocaine.
  • Halloween (1978). Marijuana.
  • The Hangover (2009). GHB, rohypnol.
  • Hannibal (2001). Chloroform, Morphine (and unknown sedatives).
  • Hardbodies (1984). Marijuana and cocaine
  • Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971). Cannabis resin.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). Cannabis, MDMA, Cocaine.
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008). Cannabis, and psilocybin mushrooms.
  • Harry Brown (2009). Cannabis, Crack/Cocaine, Heroin.
  • Harsh Times (2006). Cannabis.
  • The Hasher's Delirium, a.k.a. Le songe d'un garçon de café (1910).[5] Absinthe.
  • Hobo With A Shotgun (2011). Cocaine.
  • Horrible Bosses (2011). MDMA, Cocaine.
  • Howard Marks. Mr Nice (2010). Cannabis, LSD, Opium.
  • Harvard Man (2001). Cannabis, LSD.
  • Havoc (2005). Cocaine, Crack.
  • Head (1968).[2] Cannabis, LSD.
  • Head, Heart and Balls.. or Why I Gave Up Smoking Pot (2007). Marijuana[6]
  • High Art (1998).[1] Heroin.
  • Hollywood High (2003).[1]
  • Holy Rollers (2010). MDMA
  • El Hombre de los Hongos, a.k.a The Mushroom Man (1976). Psychedelic mushrooms.
  • Homegrown (1998). Cannabis.
  • The Horde (2010). Cocaine.
  • Hot Rod (2007). LSD.
  • Hot Tub Time Machine (2010). Cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, Cocaine.
  • How High (2001). Cannabis.
  • Human Traffic (1999). Cannabis, cocaine and MDMA.
  • Human Wreckage (1923).[1]
  • Hunt to Kill (2010). Methamphetamine.
  • Humboldt County (2008). Cannabis.
  • Hurlyburly (1998). Cannabis, cocaine and diazepam.
  • Hustle & Flow (2005). Cannabis.

I

  • Idle Hands (1999). Cannabis.
  • If Drugs Were Legal (2009). Cannabis, cocaine, crack, ketamine, heroin, MDMA, LSD, amphetamines, (and fictional drugs, 1st being dexclorazole which mimicks the effects of prozac but on a much larger scale and 2nd being xp25 which stimulates the serotonin neuro-transmitters in the brain but causes sudden heart attack?)
  • Igby Goes Down (2002). Heroin, cannabis.
  • I Got The Hook Up (1998). Cannabis, cocaine and LSD.
  • I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968). Cannabis brownies.
  • I Love You Phillip Morris (2010). Heroin.
  • I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982). Diazepam.
  • Illtown (1998).[1]
  • In Bruges (2008). Cocaine, Ketamine.
  • Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954). Ayahuasca.
  • Inner Trial (2008). LSD, cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms.
  • Into the Blue (2005) Cocaine.
  • Irréversible (2002) Cocaine.
  • It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004). Cocaine, yopo snuff, and toad licking, presumably a reference to the Bufo Alvarius or Colorado River toad from which the extract should not actually be licked as in the film, but smoked, due to bufo toxin which is incinerated upon smoking. Can contain 5-meo-dmt and/or bufotenin.

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  • Rachel Getting Married (2008). Cannabis, oxycodone (Percocet).
  • Rave - The Ultimate Party (2000). MDMA.
  • Ray (2004). Heroin, cannabis.
  • Red Angel, a.k.a. Akai tenshi (1966). Morphine.
  • Reindeer Spotting – Escape from Santaland (2010). Subutex, amphetamine, heroin and cannabis.
  • Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault (1996). Heroin.
  • Reefer Madness (1936).[4] Cannabis.
  • Reefer Madness (2005 remake). Cannabis.
  • Reeker (2005). MDMA.
  • Amants réguliers, Les (2005). Cannabis.
  • Remember the Daze (2007). Mushrooms, cannabis.
  • Reno 911!: Miami (2007). Cocaine.
  • Rent (2005). Heroin, cannabis.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008). Fictional drug Zydrate, a powerful and highly-addictive painkiller and hallucinogenic. Maufactured by GeneCo, for people undergoing surgery. "Graverobbers" sell a cheap version of Zydrate on the black market extracted from the blood of the dead.
  • Repo Man (1984). Cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines.
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000). Heroin, cannabis, MDMA, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates.
  • Return to Paradise (1998). Cannabis resin.
  • Riding the bullet (2004) Cannabis.
  • Rich Kids (1979). Cocaine.
  • Righteous Kill (2009). Cocaine.
  • Riot on Sunset Strip (1967). Marijuana and LSD.
  • Rise of the Footsoldier (2007). Steroids, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, MDMA, Ketamine.
  • Risky Business (1983). Cannabis.
  • RoboCop (1987). Cocaine.
  • RoboCop 2 (1990). Fictional drug Nuke.
  • RocknRolla (2008). Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin.
  • Rockers (1978). Cannabis.
  • Rolling (2007). MDMA, cannabis.
  • Rolling Kansas (2003). Cannabis.
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996). A substance that is similar to, or actually is MDMA, known as "Queen Mab."
  • Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001). Cannabis, cocaine, mescaline.
  • Rube in an Opium Joint (1904). Opium - Considered the oldest still existing motion picture to contain substance abuse.
  • The Rules of Attraction (2002). Mushrooms, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, cannabis and MDMA.
  • Run! Bitch Run! (2009). Cannabis, crack/cocaine.
  • The Runaways (2010). Cocaine, MDMA, Quaaludes
  • Running with Scissors (2006). Prescription medications.
  • Rush (1991). Heroin, tobacco, amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine.

S

  • The Salton Sea (2002). Methamphetamine.
  • Sample People (1999). Fictional drug "glow" and cocaine.
  • Savage Beach (1989). Heroin.
  • Saving Grace (2000). Cannabis.
  • A Scanner Darkly (2006). Cocaine, cannabis, and Substance D, a fictional psychoactive stimulant.
  • Scarface (1983). Cocaine, heroin, Quaaludes.
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010). Cannabis, mushrooms.
  • Secrets of Chinatown (1935). Opium.
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988). Haitian witch concoction containing scopolamine.
  • The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976). Cocaine.
  • Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010). Cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine.
  • Sex and the City (2008) Marijuana.
  • The Sexy Killer (1976). Heroin.
  • Shank (2010). Khat, Cannabis.
  • Sherrybaby (2004). Heroin.
  • She Shoulda Said 'No'! (1949). Cannabis.
  • Shot List (2009). LSD, cocaine, cannabis.
  • Shrooms (2007). Magic mushrooms, cannabis.
  • Shrink (2009). Cannabis, amphetamine, cocaine.
  • Siberia (1998). Cannabis, MDMA, amyl nitrate.
  • Sid and Nancy (1986).[2] Heroin, Methadone, cannabis.
  • Skidoo (1968). LSD.
  • Slackers (2002). Cannabis.
  • SLC Punk! (1999). LSD, oxycodone, Perocet, cannabis.
  • Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988). Marijuana.
  • Slim Susie (2003). Amphetamine, heroin, cannabis.
  • Smiley Face (2007). Cannabis.
  • Something Weird (1967). LSD
  • Soul Plane (2004). Mushrooms, cannabis.
  • Southwest Nine (2004). LSD, MDMA, cannabis.
  • Spring Break (1983) Marijuana.
  • Spun (2002).[4] Methamphetamine.
  • Squeeze (1997)
  • Starsky & Hutch (2004). Cocaine.
  • State Property (2002). Cannabis, crack/cocaine.
  • Stark Raving Mad (2002). Cannabis, GHB, MDMA.
  • Steal This Movie (2000). Cannabis.
  • Steppenwolf (1974)
  • Steve-O: Demise And Rise Cannabis, LSD, PCP, Cocaine, Nitrous Oxide, Pills, A lot
  • Strange Days (1995) SQUID (fictional).
  • Streets of Blood (2009). Cocaine/Crack
  • Stripes (1981). LSD[9]
  • Stoned (2005).[4] Cannabis, hachis, LSD, DMT, psilocybin, cocaine, alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates.
  • The Stoned Age (1994). Cannabis.
  • Stoned: In The Beginning (2010). Cannabis, LSD, Cocaine, Sleeping Pills, Cannabis, Crack.
  • Strange Wilderness (2008). Cannabis, nitrous oxide.
  • The Student Nurses (1970) LSD.[10]
  • S.W.A.T FireFight (2011). Cannabis
  • Summer of Sam (1999). Cocaine, cannabis.
  • Sugarhouse (2007). Cannabis, Crack/Cocaine.
  • Superbad (2007). Cocaine, cannabis.
  • Super Fly (1972). Cocaine.
  • Super High Me (2007). Cannabis.
  • Super Troopers (2001). Cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD.
  • Surfer, Dude (2008). Cannabis.
  • Synanon (1965). Heroin.
  • Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). Amphetamine, cannabis (resin).
  • Sweet Nothing (1996). Crack-Cocaine.

T

  • Taking Off (1971). Cannabis.
  • Taking Woodstock (2009). Cannabis, LSD.
  • Taxi 3 (2003). Cannabis and cocaine.
  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006). Cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms.
  • Terminal Bliss (1992). Marijuana, cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.[11][12]
  • Thank You For Smoking (2006). Cigarettes, nicotine (patches).
  • That's Your Funeral (1972). Cannabis.
  • The Thing (1982). Cannabis.
  • Thirteen (2003).[1] Inhalants (i.e. "Airduster"), LSD, cannabis, cocaine, various prescription drugs.
  • This Is England (2006). Cannabis.
  • Thriller - A Cruel Picture (1973). Heroin.
  • Thumbsucker (2005). Cannabis, cocaine, and ritalin.
  • Thursday (1998). Cocaine, cannabis.
  • Tideland (2005). Heroin.
  • The Tingler (1959). First film to feature LSD.
  • Tommy (1975).
  • Trapped in a Purple Haze (2000). Heroin.
  • Traffic (2000). Cannabis, Cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine.
  • Training Day (2001). Cannabis, crack cocaine, and PCP.
  • Trainspotting (1996).[2] Heroin, opium, MDMA, Amphetamines, Valium, Hashish, Morphine, Diamorphine, Cyclozine, Codeine, Temazepam, Nitrazepam, Phenobarbitone, Sodium Amytal, Dextropropoxyphene, Methadone, Nalbuphine, Pethidine, Pentazocine, Buprenorphine, Dextromoramide, Chlormethiazole.
  • Trash (1970). Heroin.
  • The Big Bang (2010). Valium, Methampthetamine.
  • The Expendables (2010) Cocaine.
  • The Greatest (2009 film)
  • The Green Hornet (2010). Methamphetamine.
  • The Hangover 2 (2011). Cocaine.
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009). Dexedrine, Amphetamine.
  • The Social Network (2010) Cocaine, Cannabis.
  • The Trip (1967).[1] LSD, cannabis.
  • The Tripper (2007). Cocaine, Nitrous Oxide, cannabis, LSD, MDMA.
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010). Cannabis.
  • Town (2010). Oxycontin, Cocaine.
  • Through a Blue Lens (1999). Crack cocaine, heroin.
  • True Romance (1993). Cocaine, cannabis.
  • Tweek City (1995). Methamphetamine.
  • Twelve (2010). Cannabis, Twelve (A fictional drug, that has similar effects to MDMA and Cocaine), many drugs referred to.
  • Twin Town (1997). Cannabis, Heroin, Cocaine, Magic Mushrooms, Solvents (Glue).
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992). Cocaine.

U

  • Uncivilised (1937). Opium.
  • The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2009). Cannabis.
  • Up in Smoke (1978). Cannabis, LSD, pills.
  • The Usual Suspects (1995). Cocaine.

V

  • Valley of the Dolls (1967). Barbiturates (Seconal, Nembutal, Amytal), amphetamines (Dexedrine), and Demerol.

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Y

Z

  • Zombieland (2009). Marijuana.
  • Zapped! (1982). Marijuana.

Further reading

  • Blackman, Shane (2004). "Drugs as Cultural Commodities: An Analysis of Drugs in Film, Advertisements and Popular Music". Chilling Out: The Cultural Politics of Substance Consumption, Youth and Drug Policy. Open University Press. pp. 52–68. ISBN 978-0-335-20072-6. 

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Rollins, Peter C. (2004). The Columbia Companion to American History on Film. Columbia University Press. pp. 521–524. ISBN 978-0-231-11222-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Sirius, R. U. (2009). Everybody Must Get Stoned. Citadel Press. pp. 209–214. ISBN 978-0-8065-3073-4. 
  3. ^ Berardinelli, James (2005). ReelViews 2: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Modern Movies on DVD and Video, 2005 Edition. Justin, Charles & Co. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-932112-40-5. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Sack, Adriano; Niermann, Ingo (2008). The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends: A Very Trippy Miscellany. Plume. pp. 54–56. ISBN 978-0-452-28991-8. 

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