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The Best Drug Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Drug movie to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Drug movies of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Trainspotting

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8.1/10
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88/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Drama, Cult

What it's about: Mark Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Chungking Express

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8.1/10
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82/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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3. The Great Beauty

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7.8/10
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80/100
Released: 2013
Drama

What it's about: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Rome, Open City

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8.1/10
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78/100
Released: 1945
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: ROME, OPEN CITY is a landmark in film history. Filmed in secrecy during the Nazi occupation of Italy, the film shows a realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with its mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (FilmBox, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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7.3/10
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75/100
Released: 1992Rated: R
Horror, Cult

What it's about: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper chillingly predicts that the culprit will claim another life. Meanwhile, in the more cozy town of Twin Peaks, hedonistic beauty Laura Palmer hangs with lowlifes and seems destined for a grisly fate.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Gomorrah

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7.0/10
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73/100
Released: 2008
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have to face every day. They hardly ever have a choice and are forced to obey the rules of the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a normal life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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7. Dheepan

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7.2/10
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71/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Three people who have lost everything, a soldier tired of fighting, a young woman and a little girl, pose as a family to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka. They emigrate to France and settle in a chaotic neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris, where apparently the law no longer exists; but they, who barely know each other, struggle to survive there, even when the ghosts of war begin to haunt them again.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Veronika Voss

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7.8/10
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66/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz, who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn, Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the couple's relationship escalates in intensity, Veronika begins seriously planning her return to the screen -- only to realize how debilitated she has become through her drug habit.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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9. The Trial of Joan of Arc

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7.5/10
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63/100
Released: 1962
Drama, History

What it's about: A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial, concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of the English.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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10. Burroughs: The Movie

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7.1/10
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61/100
Released: 1984
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: An exploration of Burroughs’ life story, as told by Burroughs himself along with many of his contemporaries, including Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin, Francis Bacon, Herbert Huncke, Patti Smith, Terry Southern, and William Burroughs Jr.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Bad Timing

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7.0/10
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61/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Drama, Cult

What it's about: Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their friendship quickly turns into a deeply passionate love affair that threatens to overtake them both. When Milena ends up in the hospital from an overdose, Alex is taken into custody by Inspector Netusil.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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12. Manny & Lo

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6.6/10
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53/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A pregnant teen and her younger sister run away from foster homes and kidnap a woman whom they believe can help with the pregnancy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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13. In Vanda's Room

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7.1/10
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50/100
Released: 2001
Drama

What it's about: With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, In Vanda’s Room takes an unflinching, fragmentary look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people, but is centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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14. Ossos

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6.9/10
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44/100
Released: 1997
Drama

What it's about: After a suicidal teenage girl gives birth, she misguidedly entrusts her baby’s safety to the troubled, deadbeat father, whose violent actions take the viewer on a tour of the foreboding, crumbling shantytown in which they live.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).