This week marks the release of the new Matthew McConaughey movie, White Boy Rick. That means in this week’s list we will run down the Top 15 movies about drugs.
Drugs don’t necessarily have to be the end all, be all of the films, but they must play an important role; the amount will factor into the rankings.
Without further ado, let’s get…rolling.
15. Requiem for a Dream
Unsettling and uncomfortable. Very well made, but it was without a doubt a one time watch for me.
14. Easy Rider
This is a classic. They actually used drugs while, filming. Probably should be higher (wink, wink).
13. A Scanner Darkly
Richard Linklater is a superb filmmaker and has a lot of talent on hand, here. Everything adds up to a wonderfully entertaining and thought provoking movie.
We all know this one.
11. New Jack City
This is the quintessential gangster film. Not Goodfellas, not Casino. New Jack City. Nino Brown is that dude. Its rank falls slightly as a drug movie.
10. Paid in Full
This was a childhood favorite. Who can you trust on your way to the top?
09. Dazed and Confused
The start of the heavy hitters. This one is fun to watch, even if only to see the familiar faces when they were young.
08. Super Troopers
A cult classic that has stood the test of time. One liner after one liner fills the run-time, here. Sit down with this movie and some buds and you’re sure to have a good time!
07. Half Baked
For years Dave Chappelle held the title of stoner movie king. Thurgood Jenkins meeting and falling in love with Mary Jane? What more can you ask for?
06. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
“We’ve gone too far”.
05. Grandma’s Boy
The stoner movie of all stoner movies. Though the plot does not revolve around drugs, they are definitely the most prominent feature of the movie. Grandma getting high, playing video games with a monkey, being driven to work by a…monkey? It doesn’t get much better.
These next four are not just amazing drug movies, but they are amazing in any category of film. Blow gives you the life story of a man who went deep into business with the Colombian cartels. Johnny Depp cashes in one of his finest performances.
03. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Johnny Depp brings another outstanding performance to the table, here. Benecio Del Toro also shines. This is a wild trip and one you will not be sad you took.
Traffic gives you several different perspectives of drug trade. The stories are blended together, each with a different color grade. Traffic is one of the finest cinematic achievements in film history. Its 147 minute run-time, paired with its bleak tone, is the only thing holding this film back.
01. American Gangster
Holding an even longer run-time than Traffic, American Gangster contains a more exciting, accessible story. The acting is top notch, across the board. The direction is splendid, which is a surprise coming from a director who likes to put himself front and center. The look and feel of this movie are near perfect. If you are looking for the best drug movie, look no further.