Is anyone else extremely drawn to the addiction story line? I, personally, can’t get enough of it. As a teenager, I tried to find every single memoir in my high school’s library that was based on or around the topic. That’s how I found most of my favorites on: this list.
My interests expanded into watching films about it, too and I’ve got to admit, I’ve now seen my fair share. If you or someone you know is struggling, if there was a time you could relate all too well, and/or if you just find pure enjoyment in darker, more serious films… man, have I got some recommendations for you.
From least (but, still so good) favorite to the one I tell everyone “you NEED to watch“:
05. 6 Balloons (2018)
Katie (Abbi Jacobson) and Seth (Dave Franco) are brother and sister. Seth is a big-time junkie with a toddler-aged daughter. Katie wants to live her own life but taking care and worrying about Seth overwhelms her entirely. He quite literally makes her feel like she is drowning. She needs to find a way out but, every time she tries to… he reels her back in. This movie follows Katie, Seth, and his daughter throughout one night…
Read my FULL review: here.
Watch it on: Netflix
04. 28 Days (2000)
A big-city newspaper columnist (Sandra Bullock) is forced to enter a drug and alcohol rehab center after ruining her sister’s wedding and crashing a stolen limousine. (via IMDb)
Watch it for FREE on: Crackle
03. Shelter (2014)
Hannah (Jennifer Connelly) and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future. (via IMDB)
Watch it on: Amazon Prime
02. Blow (2001)
The story of how George Jung (Johnny Depp), along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States. (via IMDb)
Watch it on: Netflix
01. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen’s account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s. (via IMDb)
Watch it on: Hulu with Showtime Add-On
*Honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the list: Thirteen, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Requiem For A Dream
Do you know of any films based on drugs, alcohol, and/or addiction? Please, recommend them to me!