Power Rankings: Drug Movies

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Drugs are bad mkay…This week we decided to rank some of our favorite movies where drugs play a major role in the plot. From dealing with addiction to dealing to undercover cops trying to shut it down, drug movies come in all shapes and sizes. These movies have showcased the lowest or lows for addiction and made the act of trippin on drugs funny. We have seen empires be built on mounds of cocaine only to come crumbling down while undercover cops try their best to bring down the bad guy and avoid picking up a nasty habit.

There are a lot of great drug movies listed below (except for Good Boys. smh) and I would love to talk about all of them but if you are a fan of Robert Downey Jr., then I urge you to watch Less Than Zero if you haven’t seen it yet. It is one of his best performances and it happened early in his career. Knowing what he went through before his resurgence in the mid-2000s, his performance in LTZ is very eye-popping. It is one of the most 80s movies ever and shows what drugs can do a talented individual. Plus, you get one of James Spader’s best jerkface performances as well.

Let us know some of your favorite movies about drugs down in the comments below!

Vincent Kane:

  1. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  2. Less Than Zero (1987)
  3. Narc (2002)
  4. Deep Cover (1992)
  5. 25th Hour (2002)

King Alvarez:

  1. Trainspotting (1996)
  2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  3. Brick (2005)
  4. Limitless (2011)
  5. Super Troopers (2001)

Marmaduke Karlston:

  1. Less Than Zero (1987)
  2. Good Boys (2019)
  3. Straight Outta Compton (2015)
  4. Limitless (2011)
  5. We’re the Millers (2013)

Sailor Monsoon:

  1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  3. Blow (2001)
  4. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
  5. Get Him to the Greek (2010)

Lee McCutcheon:

  1. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  2. Trainspotting (1996)
  3. Scarface (1983)
  4. Half Nelson (2006)
  5. Pusher (1996)


  1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  2. Blow (2001)
  3. The French Connection (1971)
  4. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  5. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Author: Vincent Kane

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