Oct. 26, 2022 – Movies that detail addiction date as far back as D.W. Griffith’s 1912 Coca-Cola-inspired flick “For His Son,” a silent film about a doctor creating an addictive soft drink containing cocaine (via Century Film Project). Over the next century, films like “The Man With the Golden Arm” and “The Panic in Needle Park” told honest stories about how addiction can change people, while also highlighting the hurdles of recovery.

Some portrayals of drug and alcohol addiction get sensationalized, while others are done humanely and with a captivating sense of urgency, as they explore the long and complicated pathway to sobriety. From coming-of-age teenage stories to sobering tales of childhood trauma and stardom, here are the best movies about addiction and recovery you should watch.


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