20 films about addictions and bad habits

It is believed that more than 10% of people suffer from some form of addiction. Cinema could not pass by such dramatic characters – their battles won or lost with addictions inspire many directors to create extraordinary stories on the screen. Addiction films cover a variety of topics, including drug addiction, alcoholism, smoking, addiction to sex and social media. And what habit would you put in first place in this kind of hit parade?

One More (2020)

The novelty of Danish cinema , which collected all the main prizes in Europe in addition to the Oscars -2021. Martin, Tommy, Nikolai and Peter are teachers at a high school. The whole company of friends meet at a dinner in honor of the birthday of one of them. Nikolay tells his colleagues an interesting hypothesis. Its essence lies in the fact that the constant content of a small amount of alcohol in the blood can increase performance and generally make you happier. Friends decide to test this theory for themselves.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Druk

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang…

Country:  
Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


Money Needle (2020)

A film about drug addicts tells the story of how pharmaceutical companies and boarding houses cash in on someone else’s weakness. Yuta is an experienced heroin addict. After he thinks about giving up a deadly habit, the guy meets Wood, who offers to get him into a rehabilitation center for treatment. So Utah finds himself in the heart of the underground business and learns from the inside about the scheme for making money on drug addicts, and how private clinics launder huge sums of money for their addiction.

Original title:  
Body Brokers

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Jack Kilmer, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jessica Roth …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


Rough Diamonds (2019)

The owner of a small jewelry store, Howard Ratner, is deeply in debt and constantly gets involved in alterations, spending money on gambling. One day, Howard falls into the hands of the most valuable black opal. This is a chance to get out of the debt hole. Pebble liked his client, the player of the Boston Celtics. To pay off his creditors, the hero tries to sell the basketball player the opal at a higher price. And when he gets the money, he again bets on sports, risking his own head.

Original title:
Uncut Gems

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Okay, Lexi! (2019)

The list of the best films about addictions will continue with a youth comedy about a guy who cannot be torn off his mobile phone. Phil acquired the bad habit of constantly sticking to the screen in childhood, when scandalous parents thus distracted the child’s attention from their showdowns. Painful addiction has led to the fact that the hero has not yet met a girl and has not been able to make friends. One day, he acquires a new smartphone equipped with artificial intelligence named Lexi. The application decides that the everyday life of its owner is too boring and it needs to be fixed urgently!

Original title:  
Jexi

Genre:  
Comedy, romance, fantasy

Actors:  
Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne …

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


Handsome Boy (2018)

Nick was an attractive, cheerful boy from a good family and a dedicated athlete. And then he turned into a miserable likeness of a person for whom lying, disappearing on the street and stealing is the norm. And it’s all about drugs. The film tells about the long and difficult path of Nick and his family: from the first alarming bells to the complete collapse of hopes and numerous attempts to save the guy from a deadly addiction.

Original title:  
Beautiful Boy

Genre:
Drama, Biography

Actors:  
Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.3

Age Limits
18+


I’m losing weight (2018)

The heroine of this Russian film about bad habits is not addicted to drugs or alcohol, the girl Anya is addicted to food. Due to excess weight, she lost a boyfriend, and what is more scary – self-love. Anya will have to go through a long journey of self-acceptance, struggle with nighttime gluttony and trying to play sports before she understands that happiness is not measured in kilograms. And the slender best friend and resilient plump Kolya will help the girl in her endeavors.

Genre:  
Comedy, drama

Actors:  
Alexandra Bortich, Irina Gorbacheva, Sergey Shnurov …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
16
+


Kill for Like (2017)

“Kill to be famous” is the motto of the heroines of this horror comedy . Teenage girls dream of becoming popular bloggers. They start an online show where they talk about murders, tragedies and accidents. And when their sleepy town stops giving their friends enough material for new releases, they decide to take matters into their own hands and begin to send to the other world everyone who once crossed their path.

Original title:  
Tragedy Girls

Genre:
Horror, comedy, crime

Actors:  
Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Jack Quaid…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:  
18+


Ingrid Goes West (2017)

The next film in our top will tell about the girl Ingrid, who got into a total addiction to social networks. One day she subscribes to a popular blogger – sexy beauty Taylor. Through deception, our heroine manages to ingratiate herself with her idol. Following her, Ingrid goes to Los Angeles, finally immersed in the life of a stranger. But is the game worth the candle?

Original title:  
Ingrid Goes West

Genre:
Drama, Comedy

Actors:  
Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits
18+


Player (2014)

The film tells the story of Jim Bennett, a writer and professor of literature. An addicted man has long lost his entire fortune in a casino. However, Jim cannot live without adrenaline and excitement. Therefore, he begins to borrow money from dubious personalities, those who do not stand on ceremony with debtors – a bullet in the forehead, and that’s it. Soon, creditors begin to threaten the professor, entangling his mother and students in his problems, and then our hero for the first time thinks about how to break the vicious circle.

Original title:  
The Gambler

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


Men, women and children (2014)

Using the example of several families, the film shows how the Internet and social networks have tightly entered our lives. How much we have become dependent on gadgets, and what terrible consequences this bad habit can lead to. The film will reveal the theme of dependence on pornographic sites, emotional alienation in the family, parental overprotection, online harassment and insidious computer games that pull teenagers out of reality.

Original title:  
Men, Women & Children

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemary DeWitt…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:  
18+


Passion of Don Juan (2013)

A comedy film about the fight against shame addiction invites the viewer to meet a handsome young man, John Martello. He is a charming and wealthy womanizer, obsessed with sex and watching porn. One day he meets a dream girl and decides to give up his favorite erotic films forever. But can the chosen one appreciate this sacrifice?

Original title:
Don Jon

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


No connection (2012)

Ex-military Derek and his wife are going through hard times. The loss of a child and misunderstanding alienate spouses from each other. Derek withdraws into himself and plunges headlong into work, while his wife Cindy seeks help on the Internet among people with the same problems. And what it will lead to, you will find out by watching this dramatic film about modern technologies and their impact on our world.

Original title:  
Disconnect

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


In the trash (2012)

Kate works as an elementary school teacher in a small provincial town. Despite the responsible position, the girl is often under the fly and spends her evenings intoxicated. Yes, and the alcoholic husband is not averse to skipping a couple of glasses, keeping the company of his young wife. At one point, Kate gets tired of the constant state of a hangover, revelry and bars, and she decides to give up a bad habit, but does not find support from her beloved Charlie.

Original title:  
Smashed

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Octavia Spencer…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:  
18+


Shame (2011)

The film, filled with erotic scenes, tries to figure out what sexual addiction is and why emotional longing, drama and tragedy are sometimes hidden behind prosperous facades. Brandon is 30 years old, an attractive man with a good job, financial independence and the attention of women. Trying to fill the void in his soul, he drowns in a string of promiscuity, unable to offer his partners anything more than a one-night stand. Will an erotoman be able to reconsider his views and change?

Original title:  
Shame

Genre:
Drama

Actors:  
Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale …

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.2 Age restrictions:  18+


Shopaholic (2009)

Rebecca is a beautiful, fun, easy-going and incredibly talented girl. However, the heroine is subject to a manic addiction to sales, expensive boutiques and designer clothes. Not buying another scarf or bag is tantamount to death for her. At the same time, Rebecca works in a newspaper and writes a column on financial literacy, advising people on how to save when she herself is mired in debt and loans.

Original title: 
Confessions of a Shopaholic

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors: 
Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter …

Country: 
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Addiction (2007)

The arthouse film is based on a story by Stephen King and tells about such a harmful addiction as smoking. The plot introduces us to the narcissistic and rich businessman K., who takes a cigarette out of his mouth except in a dream. However, his wife is tired of living in smoke, and she leaves our hero. Then, on the advice of a friend, K. turns to the laboratory, where they promise to rid him of the murderous habit once and for all.

Original title:
No Smoking

Genre:
Drama, detective, fantasy

Actors:
John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal…

Country:
India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Ben X (2007)

A touching and violent film about a teenager suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome. It is difficult for him to fit into society, and because of the constant bullying at school, the boy is immersed in a virtual game world, where he is not a sick weakling, but a brave warrior. In the game, Ben even has a partner, this is a girl named Scarlet, and one day she appears in reality. From that moment on, the habitual way of life of a special teenager changes.

Original title:  
Ben X

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Greg Timmermans, Laura Verlinden, Marike Pinoy…

Country:  
Belgium, Netherlands

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Fast Food Nation (2006)

The film consists of different stories, but all of them are related to the fast food industry and the habit of eating junk food. The advertising director of a fast food restaurant chain learns that E. coli has been found in their products. Schoolgirl Amber moonlights in a fast food cafe, and illegal immigrants from Mexico work for a penny at a meat processing plant in life-threatening production.

Original title:
Fast Food Nation

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Patricia Arquette, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


They Smoke Here (2005)

The protagonist Nick is a publicist for the tobacco lobby. He masterfully fends off the attacks of opponents of smoking, promoting cigarettes in movies and on talk shows. Along the way, a man finds himself in incredible situations, by all means convincing people that smoking is healthy. Although Nick himself does not consider a bad habit a good idea. It’s just his job and the only income that can provide his son with a bright future.

Original title:  
Thank You for Smoking

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Possessed (2002)

Bank clerk Dan has a secret. He is fond of gambling and loses money every night in the casino. During the day, he is a model worker, an obliging modest fellow, and a good friend. And at night, the man transforms into a cunning obsessed player, ready to do anything to win. When Dan’s debts begin to exceed his income, he comes up with a daring plan to earn a large sum of money. However, to do this, he first needs to deceive the bank’s customers.

Original title:
Owning Mahowny

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt …

Country:
UK, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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