Movies

Movies are a great way to stay entertained and keep the mind occupied. Here is a list of movies that can inspire us when we need it most, move us when we least expect it, or help us think critically about the choices we've made in the past. These movies about addiction and recovery help us reflect on our own or relate to someone else's journey of recovery.

Movies

*Please note: Many of these movies portray heavy alcohol and drug use and have strong emotional scenes that  may trigger craving in early sobriety. Please consult with your sponsor before viewing.

American biographical crime drama film that tells the story of a high school basketball player who gets addicted to heroin.
An alcoholic baseball player has to return home
to go to rehab and couch a youth baseball league.
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The Anonymous People

2013

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Basketball Diaries

1995

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Ben is Back

2018

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Crazy Heart

2009

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The Fighter

2010

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Gia

1998

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Leaving Las
Vegas

1995

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My Name is
Bill W.

1989

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Rocketman

2019

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Smashed

2012

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A Star is Born

2018

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Bar Fly

1987

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Beautiful Boy

2018

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Clean and Sober

1988

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Everything Must Go

2010

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Flight

2012

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Home Run

2013

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Less Than 
Zero

1987

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Ray

2004

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Six Balloons

2018

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The Spectacular
Now

2013

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Thirteen

2003

The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.
The film is a semi-autobiography of poet/author Charles Bukowski during the time he spent drinking heavily in Los Angeles
American biographical crime drama film that tells the story
of a high school basketball player who gets addicted to 
heroin.
This film chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Ben is Back is a micro-drama about a drug addict who visits his family on Christmas Eve.
An American drama film about a real estate agent struggling with a substance abuse problem.
An aging country singer battles with alcoholism.
Based on a short story by Raymond Carver, this film tells the woes of a salesman who has seen better days.
An American autobiographical sports drama
about tow boxers who are brothers.
An alcoholic airline pilot miraculously lands an
airplane after a mechanical failure.
An American biographical film about super model
Gia Carangi who struggles with fame and addiction.
An alcoholic ball player comes home to 
go to rehab abd coach a youth baseball league. 
The American romantic drama is about a man who
drinks himself into oblivion.
This classic film tells the tale of a college student
returning home and spiraling out of control.
This film is based on the true story of Alcoholic
Anonymous founders Bill W. and Dr. Bob.
A brilliant performance brings this biographical drama
that depicts the struggles of the legendary Ray Charles. 
This biographical musical film is based on the true
story of one of the most iconic figures in pop history,
Elton John. 
A woman drives across Los Angeles with her brother,
who is a heroin addict, in search of a detox center.
A Los Angeles teacher and her husband both struggle
with alcoholism.
A high school party animal falls in love with a good
girl.
Big time musician falls in love with a struggling artiist
and struggles to keep her as alcohol takes over his life.
A high school honor student struggles with a destructive
lifestyle.