Sometimes when we are told not to do something, it makes us only want to do "it" even more. Sadly, this could mean drugs and alcohol, too. The movies on this list may scare you enough to stay away from drugs and alcohol all on your own.
A Scanner Darkly
Directed by Richard Linklater, this film shows us what happens when an undercover cop gets involved with a dangerous new drug, resulting in a downward spiral of losing one's own identity.
Harvey Keitel delivers realism in this role, playing a crooked cop with a horrible alcohol and drug addiction.
Johnny Depp stars in this film, based on the true story about George Jung, who pretty much created the American cocaine industry in the 1970’s.
This film is basically a documentary following Christiane F. who gets caught up in Berlin’s drug scene in the 1970’s.
Director Gus Van Sant brings to life addiction when a couple start to commit robberies just to finance their drug habit.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
What do you get when you mix the imaginary style of director Terry Gilliam and the gonzo writings of Hunter S. Thompson? You get a drug trip into madness that may make you check into rehab after watching it.
This film stars Tim Roth and 2Pac who, after a friend's overdose, decide to kick their heroin addiction by enrolling in a government detox program.
Less Than Zero
This film almost sheds a true light on addiction by casting its lead, Robert Downey Jr., who at the time was going through a similar path as the character he played.
This is one of the first films ever to get an X rating. By Hollywood standards today, it may only go as high as a PG-13, but this film still depicted a gritty, seedy underbelly of drugs and prostitution.
Typically, Ben Stiller sticks to comedic acting and directing, but he channels his inner heroin addict flawlessly in this biopic.
This film almost glorifies crime and drug use. Until the character of Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) takes us back into reality, so much so, it may make us a little nauseous.
This film deals with what it is like to be a young ten year old boy who has to not only take care of his brother, but has to take care of his prostitute, heroin addicted mother.
Requiem for a Dream
This cult classic directed by one of the finest directors of today, Darren Arnofsky, deals with four people just trying to make it in the world today, but succumb to the dirty and disturbing parts of the drug world.
This film shows us just how strong the power of love is when an undercover cop falls in love and becomes addicted to drugs with the woman he was going to arrest.
Tony Montana, as played by Al Pacino, is a ruthless crime lord whose rise to the top was almost as fast as his decent to the bottom because of cocaine.
Sid and Nancy
This morbid biopic tells the tale of punk rock's Romeo and Juliet as they spiral down into heroin addiction, ultimately leading to their deaths.
With a great cast in place, this out of control and sometimes uncomfortable film showcases the darker side of what it is like to be addicted to meth.
The Basketball Diaries
The true story of the famed poet Jim Caroll, played by a quite young but talented Leonardo Dicaprio, tells the tale of a high school basketball player and poet who gets caught up and falls deep into the world of heroin, fueling his addiction with stealing, violence, and male prostitution.
This film tackles drugs from all angles. Whether it be the fight against drugs, to drug use inside the home. This film shows us what it is like when even the best and brightest can fall into the drug abyss.
One of the best films about drug addiction. This film explores all areas of heroin. From obtaining the drug, the ritual of its use, to possibilities of losing one's life over it, to getting clean once and for all.