Sirius no more pour: 20 films about alcoholics

Alcoholic drinks can be a source of both comedy and tragedy. But if earlier in the cinema they were amused by the antics of pretty tipsy characters, now the audience is shown complete alcoholics without any sentimentality. We remind you that excessive drinking is harmful to your health, but we strongly advise you to watch these carefully filtered films about drunkenness and alcoholism from our next selection with the melancholy smell of alcohol.

One More (2020)

Scientists have suggested that to achieve happiness, you need to maintain a certain level of alcohol in the blood. The heroes of the witty novelty of the cinema – forty-year-old Scandinavian teachers – decide to test the theory in practice. The experiment leads to rather unexpected consequences for the four friends. And the film about drunkenness in a scientific way brings the Danish director an Oscar, while, according to the actors, the filming of the alcoholic tragicomedy did without the use of alcoholic beverages.

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+


Offside (2020)

The list of the best films about alcoholics continues with a new sports drama. The once successful young basketball player ruined a brilliant career due to alcohol and drug use . Now Jack is a builder-drunk, abandoned by his wife and living by inertia. One day, his old friend, the director of the school, calls the former athlete as a coach to his native school. On reflection, Jack comes to the gym and begins to prepare for the competition a team that has a reputation for complete losers.

Original title:
The Way Back

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Ben Affleck, Al Adrigal, Yanina Gavankar…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


How Nadia went for vodka (2020)

Two sisters – young restless Nadia and strict reasonable Valya – live in an old dacha. After going to a nightclub, the youngest of the women returns home with a drunken boyfriend. The man is married, but very unhappy in marriage. The sisters decide to help the sufferer. The film is an extended version of the short film “Russian Death”, filmed by the director two years earlier.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Evgenia Solyanykh, Nadezhda Igoshina, Yana Troyanova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Songs of the Drinkers (2014)

The Polish film about alcoholism, which reflects all the hardships of the struggle with addiction to drinking, is based on the book of the  writer Jerzy Pilch and is based on real events from the life of the author. An alcoholic writer is undergoing treatment in a specialized clinic in the company of the same hopeless drunkards. While in the hospital, patients control themselves and state their degradation with sadness, but, once they are free, they again indulge in unrestrained drunkenness.

Original title:
Pod mocnym aniolem

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Robert Ventskevich, Julia Kievskaya, Adam Voronovich …

Country:
Poland, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Geographer drank his globe away (2013)

A biologist, dismissed from the research institute, gets a job teaching geography at a school. The teacher reluctantly tries to find an approach to problem children, resolve work conflicts and get used to his wife’s betrayal . With so much stress and natural inclination, you can’t do without periodic drunkenness. The dramatic film is based on the famous novel by contemporary Russian writer Alexei Ivanov.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Konstantin Khabensky, Anfisa Chernykh, Elena Lyadova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Crew (2012)

An American feature film about alcohol addiction will tell the tragic story of a pilot. After a stormy night with booze and drugs, the pilot sets off on a flight. The control system fails. Landing is possible only by a miracle. While the investigation is underway , the pilot is trying to get rid of addiction, but again repeatedly goes into a binge.

Original title:
Flight

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood …

Country:
USA, UAE

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


In the trash (2012)

The couple was once brought together by a love of entertainment, music and alcohol. At a certain point, regular drinking began to interfere with the girl’s career – it was not appropriate for a primary school teacher to wake up anywhere with a severe hangover. The heroine decides to stop drinking and joins the society of anonymous alcoholics, but her husband does not intend to refuse violent libations.

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+


Poor Rich Girl (2011)

A foreign film about a socially degraded person – a dramedy with Charlize Theron in the title role. The trendy teen best-selling writer has achieved fame and fortune, but is unhappy in her personal life. Having received an invitation to her daughter’s birthday from a former classmate, the unprincipled lady decides to take him away from the family. 37-year-old Mavis, who has retained her teenage frivolity, is sure that her ex-lover will be happy to escape away from diapers and boring life.

Original title:
Young Adult

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Rum Diary (2010)

The unsuccessful writer leaves stuffy pathos New York and moves to Puerto Rico – closer to the warm sea, the scorching sun, strong rum and hot girls. The writer gets a job in a newspaper, where the editor puts forward two conditions – to write well and not to drink. The hero has no problems with the creation of excellent texts, but it will not be easy for an alcoholic to start drinking. The film is based on the novel of the same name by cult gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Original title:
The Rum Diary

Genre:
Drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Johnny Depp, Michael Rispoli, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Crazy Heart (2009)

The elderly country singer has fallen on hard times, earning his living by performing in cheap bars and often drinking himself unconscious in the company of drunken pals. Behind Bud Blake several unsuccessful marriages. Acquaintance with a young journalist , burned in a past relationship, makes the musician change for the better. The film about a drunkard who comes to his senses is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb.

Original title:
Crazy Heart

Genre:
Drama, romance, music

Actors:
Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Julia (2008)

Female alcoholism pushes the heroine of the film to a desperate act – complicity in the kidnapping of the son of a media mogul. Accomplices are going to throw an accomplice, but she, having learned about the insidious plans in time, hides with the child. The boy and the kidnapper take a liking to each other and go to Mexico, but the child is kidnapped abroad by local bandits. The woman will have to make a lot of efforts to rescue the boy.

Original title:
Julia

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo …

Country:
France, USA, Mexico, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Factotum (2005)

The film about an alcoholic who constantly changes jobs is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Charles Bukowski, a big drinker. More than anything, a writer is interested in drinking, racing, accessible women and writing stories. That’s just the talent of the author and remains unnoticed. Henry is not particularly upset, because the failed writer also considers life a form of creativity.

Original title:
Factotum

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Matt Dillon, Lily Taylor, Didier Flament…

Country:
Norway, USA, Germany, France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
16+


Binge Theory (2003)

Domestic alcoholic comedy will surprise you with its eccentricity and wit. The pilot of passenger airlines was at the helm in a state of extreme intoxication. Although the landing was generally successful, the pilot was removed from work. At home, a representative of the romantic profession ran into a conflict with his wife and mother-in-law. A desperate man goes to an alcoholic friend to go on a long drinking bout.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Yaroslav Boyko, Dina Korzun, Sergey Artsibashev, Viktor Sukhorukov, Maria Mironova, Sergey Shnurov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
12+


And in the morning they woke up (2003)

One of the best Russian films about alcoholism based on the stories of Vasily Shukshin is worth watching for all lovers of realistic life stories. Eight dissimilar men – from a simple hard worker to a university professor – wake up in the morning in a sobering-up station. Each of the characters remembers what he drank the previous evening and how he ended up in this institution.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Alexander Abdulov, Sergey Garmash, Igor Bochkin, Sergey Nikonenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Bad Santa (2003)

An avid drunkard and womanizer every year, to get hold of money on Christmas , he robs department stores dressed as Santa Claus. Preparing for the next robbery , the criminal ran into a boy. The naive child truly believed that he met not a fake, but the real Santa Claus. An inspired robber will have to put aside his criminal plans in order to create a real Christmas miracle.

Original title:
Bad Santa

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly…

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


28 days (2000)

A tragicomedy film about alcohol addiction and overcoming addiction. Drunkenness brings a successful journalist to the dock. The girl has two alternatives – either go to jail , or be treated for alcohol addiction. Gwen Cummings chooses therapy and goes to rehab. Twenty-eight days of treatment should prove to the girl the harm of alcohol and make a new person out of a drunkard.

Original title:
28 Days

Genre:
Drama, Comedy

Actors:
Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Steve Buscemi …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age Limits :
16+


Bench (2000)

The stubborn hero of an alcoholic Scandinavian drama lost his prestigious job. A frustrated man lives on unemployment benefits and indulges in unrestrained drunkenness. The prospect, after two decades of separation, of meeting his own daughter scares the degenerate Kai, but communication with his six-year-old grandson helps him feel the joy of life and take the first step towards overcoming his vices.

Original title:
Bænken

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Jesper Christensen, Marius Sonne Janischefska, Stine Holm Johnsen…

Country:
Denmark, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

An alcoholic screenwriter loses his job after another drunken brawl. On impulse, the hero sells all the valuables and goes to Las Vegas. Checking into a cheap motel, Ben rents a prostitute , but instead of having sex, he talks with a night butterfly all night. Between the failed screenwriter and priestess of love, a strange relationship arises, doomed to a tragic ending.

Original title:
Leaving Las Vegas

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands…

Country:
France, UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
18+


When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

Reviews of the audience characterize this heartfelt melodrama as a touching film about love and alcoholism. The ideal family has a dark side – a seemingly respectable mother is constantly secretly applied to the bottle. The woman goes to the clinic to overcome the craving for alcohol. A worried husband helps his daughters to endure a difficult situation and blames himself for what happened to his wife.

Original title:
When a Man Loves a Woman

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Ellen Burstyn…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Drunk (1987)

The alcoholic writer constantly hangs out in bars in Los Angeles, where he often gets into fights. The drunken author starts an affair with a pretty beauty, who also cannot imagine her life without drinking establishments. Soon another girl appears on the horizon – a wealthy publisher of a literary magazine, in love with both Henry’s work and himself.

Original title:
Barfly

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

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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