27 Nov 7 Best Addiction Movies You’ve Never Seen
The use of drugs and alcohol has been portrayed on the silver screen since the inception of Hollywood. Here is a list of few movies that portrayed the brutal truth about addiction and the harsh consequences it brings.
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
“Another Day in Paradise” often regarded as the poor man’s Drugstore Cowboy is directed by Larry Clark and stars Melanie Griffith and James Woods. The film additionally highlights a youthful Vincent Kartheiser. The story involves a group of addicted people crossing California, Griffith, and Woods burglarizing stores and engaging in sexual relations. The couple teams up to commit various drug robberies, which disastrously lead to deceit, violence, and murder.
“Payday” is a boozy story involving a character played by Rip Torn. Lost between Tender Mercies and Crazy Heart, Payday is about another boozy nation star, here played by Rip Torn. What makes this film unique is that the central character is not the most lovable of characters. The movie never expects you to feel compassion, sympathy, or even warmth for Torn. He plays a pessimistic character who doesn’t want anything good. Torn’s character needs you to detest him, and feel negative emotions. Some of the times, the things drunks do, even in real life, are so lowly that you tend to feel strong negative emotions towards them. It is an eye opener for those who have a boozing problem or any person who has a loved one with similar alcohol addiction.
Light Sleeper (1991)
“Light Sleeper” is an American drama written and directed by Paul Schrader. It stars Susan Sarandon, Willem Dafoe, and Dana Delany. The movie shows tragic incidents in the life of a reformed addict turned pharmacist played by Willem Dafoe. The movie focuses on drug dealers and their clients in New York.
Abel Ferrara’s Addiction (1995)
“Abel Ferrara’s addiction” is more about connected, real addiction. Vampires are real in this movie who experience cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and a desperate need for more, hurting other people in order to feed the needs and hurling victim into an endless loop of disgrace and entrapment. The vampires portrayed are not without regret, but rather they know that their lives demand darkness because the light will kill what they are left with.
The Fire within (1963)
“The Fire Within” was released in 1963 by Louis Malle. Maurice Ronet in this movie plays a role of doomed alcoholic who was sent to a private hospital in Versailles for recovery. The movie is loaded with substantial French dialog about addiction and depression, you are pulling for Ronet’s character long after he quits pulling for himself.
Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Al Pacino plays a role of an addict who introduces his sweet girlfriend to shooting dope in 1970s New York City. This movie displays the natural codependency of drug use—and how one is willing to surpass all limits for love and drugs. The movie Panic in Needle Park manages to show the contagious nature of addiction, and how one abuser helping another is as old as addiction itself. This movie asks a lot of questions about the prevalence of addiction. since the rise of addiction, so has treatment. There are now many places where one can seek help and we know a lot more about how addictions works through science and research.
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
The boozy heartbreaking romance was a de rigeur classic for the certain generation, but younger generation might not be aware that Jack Lemmon could play a convincing drunkard’s role. This movie introduced a 12-step program for recovery.
These Hollywood movies offer a slightly dramatized image of drug abusers and their addiction, but center on real-life themes and situation in the US. It shows how addiction can lead people into dangerous paths and from where they have no chance of recovery. However, thanks to the advent of exceptional addiction treatment facilities, research, and awareness today there is hope for people of the US. There are numerous Sober Living Houses in New York that offer high end sober living and provide exceptional after treatment care that promises the empowerment and skills for long-term sobriety.