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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. Taxi Driver

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8.3/10
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84/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feed his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

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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2. The Last Emperor

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7.7/10
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75/100
Released: 1987Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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3. Chungking Express

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8.1/10
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75/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Mystery, Romance

What it's about: Two melancholic Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious 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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4. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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7.3/10
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74/100
Released: 1992Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. The Great Beauty

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7.8/10
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73/100
Released: 2013
Action & Adventure, 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 $2.70 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. Scanners

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6.8/10
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71/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.80 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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7. Gomorrah

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7.0/10
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67/100
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 $3.60 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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8. The Last Seduction

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7.1/10
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68/100
Released: 1994Rated: R
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory convinces her husband, Clay, to sell cocaine, then steals the profits and runs out on him. She stops in a small town en route to Chicago, where she ensnares her next conquest, insurance man Mike Swale. After getting a job at his insurance company, Bridget convinces Mike to run a scam -- but things take a deadly turn when she recruits him to help get rid of her husband.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Microsoft & 2 others).

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9. Bad Timing

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

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 $3.60 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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10. Dheepan

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7.2/10
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63/100
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 $2.85 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Rome, Open City

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8.1/10
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71/100
Released: 1945
Drama

What it's about: 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 popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & FilmBox) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Easy Street

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7.5/10
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57/100
Released: 1917
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: A derelict, huddled under the steps of a missionary church, feels enlightened by the sermon of a passionate preacher and infatuated by the beauty of the congregation's pianist, in such a way that he tries to improve his life of poverty by becoming a policeman. His first assignment will be to patrol along Easy Street, the turf of a vicious bully and his criminal gang.

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

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13. Veronika Voss

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7.8/10
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64/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Thriller, 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).

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14. In Vanda's Room

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7.1/10
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57/100
Released: 2000
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An unflinching, fragmentary look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people, but taking as main focus the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte.

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

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15. Ossos

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6.9/10
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50/100
Released: 1997
Comedy, 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).

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16. The Connection

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7.0/10
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67/100
Released: 1961
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Eight drug addicts are waiting for their connection in a New York apartment belonging to Leach. Jim Dunn, a budding filmmaker, has agreed to pay for the fix if the addicts will allow him to film the connection.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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17. Burroughs: The Movie

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7.1/10
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46/100
Released: 1984
Biography, Documentary

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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