Jan 9, 2011

List of Educational Drug Films


Drug films are films that depict drug usage, either as a major theme or as a few memorable scenes. Drug cinema ranges from the ultra-realistic to the utterly surreal; some movies 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 movies, which are more likely to treat drugs as plot devices to keep the action moving. Some movies are mistakenly labeled as "drug films" due to their surreal nature, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Waking Life and Yellow Submarine.

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

Film Title Year Drugs Used
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.
The 51st State 2001 POS 51 (a fictional drug) - also mentions Cocaine, LSD and MDMA.
54 1998 Marijuana, cocaine, MDA, quaaludes.
9 2009 Magnet (a fictional drug), used by 8 which apparently causes a drug like effect.
13 2010 Heroin, Morphine.


Film Title Year Drugs Used
A Bug and a Bag of Weed 2006 Cannabis.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987 Heroin.
A Very Brady Sequel 1996 Magic Mushrooms.
The Acid House 1998 LSD, Cannabis.
Across The Universe 2007 LSD, Cannabis, Some kind of Opiate, presumably Morphine.
Adam and Paul 2003 Cannabis, Heroin.
Adaptation. 2002 Fictional version of Ghost Orchid powder.
Addicted 2010 Cannabis, Heroin, Cocaine, DMT.
Adulthood 2008 Cannabis, Cocaine.
Adventureland 2009 Cannabis.
Air America 1990 Heroin, Opium.
Airplane! 1980 Cocaine, Glue.
A Home at the End of the World 2004 Cannabis, LSD.
Alice 1988 Amanita Muscaria.
Almost Famous 2000 Cannabis, Vicodin, LSD and Quaaludes.
Alpha Dog 2007 Cannabis.
Altered States 1980 LSD, DMT, and Amanita Muscaria.
American Beauty 1999 Cannabis.
American Gangster 2007 Heroin and cocaine.
American Psycho 2000 Cocaine, Halcion, Xanax, Ecstasy and Cannabis.
Amores Perros 2001 Cocaine.
Another Day in Paradise 1997 Heroin and cocaine.
Analyse That 2002 Cocaine.
The Anniversary Party 2001 MDMA.
Apocalypse Now 1979 LSD, opium, Cannabis and cocaine.
Arrebato 1979 Heroin, Cocaine and Amyl Nitrite.
Around the Fire 1999 Cannabis, LSD.
Assassin of Youth 1937 Marijuana.
Avenging Disco Godfather 1979 PCP.


Film Title Year Drugs Used
Bad Boys II 2003 MDMA and heroin.
Bad Lieutenant 1992 Crack, cocaine, heroin and cannabis.
Bang Boom Bang 1999 Cannabis.
Basic Instinct 1992 Cocaine.
The Basketball Diaries 1995 Heroin, cocaine, cannabis, solvents and various pills.
Batman Begins 2005 A fictional hallucinogenic gas.
Be.Angeled 2001 Cocaine, MDMA and Cannabis.
The Beach 2000 Cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms and stimulants.
Beavis and Butt-head Do America 1996 Peyote.
Beerfest 2006 Cannabis
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 Heroin (IV).
Belly 1998 Heroin and Cannabis.
Berlin Calling 2008 Cocaine, MDMA, Ketamine, Cannabis.
La Beuze 2003 Chemical cannabis which was made by Nazis during WWII that gives users hallucinations of Football players .
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1970 Cannabis, LSD, prescription pills, MDMA, peyote.
The Big Boss 1971 Heroin.
The Big Lebowski 1998 Cannabis, LSD.
Black Cat, White Cat 1998 Cocaine.
Blazing Saddles 1974 Cannabis.
Blow 2001 Cocaine and Cannabis.
Blueberry 2004 Ayahuasca, Peyote.
Blue Sunshine 1976 LSD.
Blue Velvet 1986 Nitrous Oxide.
Bobby 2006 LSD.
Boiler Room 2000 Cocaine.
Bounded By Blood 2010 Cocaine, ecstasy.
Bongwater 1997 Cannabis, LSD, and cocaine.
Boogie Nights 1997 Cannabis, Cocaine and methamphetamine.
The Boost 1988 Cocaine.
Borderland 2007 Cannabis and psychedelic mushrooms.
Boys Don't Cry 1999 Cannabis.
The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down 2006 Marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, crack, heroin, speed, MDMA, viagra.
The Breakfast Club 1985 Cannabis.
Brick 2006 Heroin.
Bright Lights, Big City 1988 Cocaine.
Brokedown Palace 1999 Heroin.
Broken 2007 Heroin.
Broken Vessels 1999 Heroin and Meth.
Buffalo Soldiers 2001 Heroin and MDMA.
Bug 2007 Methamphetamine, marijuana.
Bullet 1996 Heroin.
Bully 2001 Cannabis, LSD, methamphetamine.
The Business' 2005 Cannabis, Ecstasy, Cocaine.








  • Idle Hands (1999). Marijuana.
  • If Drugs Were Legal (2009). Marijuana, cocaine, crack, ketamine, heroin, ecstasy, MDMA, LSD, amphetamines, and fictional drugs, first being dexclorazole which mimicks the affects of prozac but on a much larger scale and second being xp25 which stimulates of the serotonin neuro-transmitters in the brain but causes sudden heart attack.
  • Igby Goes Down (2002). Heroin and marijuana.
  • I Got The Hook Up (1998). Marijuana, cocaine and LSD.
  • I Love You Phillip Morris (2010). Heroin.
  • I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982). Diazepam.
  • In Bruges (2008). Cocaine, Ketamine.
  • Inner Trial (2008). LSD, marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms.
  • Into the Blue (2005). 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 movie, but smoked, due to bufo toxin which is incinerated upon smoking. Can contain 5-meo-dmt and/or bufotenin.














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




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