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Drugs are bad, but drug movies are just so, so good. 

Ever since the Scarface saga had everyone saying hello to their little friends, drug-themed movies have become somewhat of a subculture, emphasizing loyalty, commitment to the game and living lavishly illegally.

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We’re always prompted to look down on the bad guy drug lord when his trade kills thousands and intoxicates millions, but the allure of a great drug-themed movie is one that cannot be ignored. 

In celebration of the latest to join the ranks of illegal paraphernalia greats, Oliver Stone’s Savages, we took the liberty of paying homage to some of the most epic drug movies of all time. 

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From Johnny Depp’s spot-on portrayal of George Jung in the 2001 movie Blow, to Denzel Washington’s embodiment of Frank Lucas in 2007’s American Gangster, check out some of our favorite drug centered dramas below. 

Then, gear up to be enamored by Savages‘ new age drug drama, with a twist that hits the big screen today!


George Jung is the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s. Johnny Depp chronicles his life from drug rise to drug demise in this unforgettable film.

Carlito’s Way:

Carlito just wanted to do it his way, but his past wouldn’t let him. When a Puerto-Rican ex-con leaves prison, he pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure surrounding him in the trenches of his past life.


When a conservative judge takes on the task from the President to fight America’s war against drugs, he quickly learns that sometimes the issue hits a little closer to home than anticipated. 


In 1980 Miami, the living was good and the drug trade was booming, until a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel while succumbing to greed.

American Gangster:

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan played by Denzel Washington. The audience sits tight, waiting for Lucas to right his wrongs and escape punishment by the law. 

Savages: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

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