The 5: Authentic Movie Drug Scenes


This Week on the 5:  Realistic Drugs Scenes in Film

Drug scenes in movies can sometimes be completely unrealistic.  They are exaggerated,  or even just outright silly.  They stick out like a sore thumb to even the most inexperienced viewers.  But every now and then, drug scenes actually ring authentic.  Maybe even a little too authentic.  Here are our picks for five realistic drug scenes in film.

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  • Boogie Nights.  These two ladies are wired. Rollergirl and Amber Waves are played by Heather Graham and Julianne Moore to perfection in this scene.  The dialogue is breakneck because their brains are spinning like pinwheels Anyone who has been on a long difficult coke run has said “I don’t want to leave this room.” This may be the most believable blow scene ever filmed.
  • Panic in Needle Park.  Al Pancino plays Bobby, a drug addict hanging in Needle Park in Westside of Manhattan . It’s the 1970s and heroin addicts are growing demographic in the city Cooking dope with a bunch of junkies. Sharing needles with ravaged veins. It’s ugly, nasty and stinks like death.
  • Trainspotting.  Ewan McGregor’s character OD’s and yet goes to a place that feels wonderful. As his body is dragged and manhandled to the hospital, Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” plays sweetly as a soundtrack to the warm safe world that McGregor feels he is in. As he is saved from his overdose we see Renton/McGregors face looking crestfallen to be back with the living.
  • Requiem for a Dream.   Ellen Burstyn is the best thing in Requiem for a Dream. Speed is a horrifying drug that rots your body and brain. Speed addiction is a living nightmare and Burstyn gives one of the greatest and most realistic performances in film history.
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  Johnny Depp plays Hunter S Thompson doing his best to maintain as the acid terrors creep up on him. When the faces turn freakish and the carpet starts to swirl, just act normal and keep moving. There is no other choice.

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79 comments
Squables
Squables

SPUN was about as right on as it gets.

blasterjoe
blasterjoe

I dont remember the name of this movie, but Philip Seymour Hoffman is a gas sniffer and there are two kids following him around trying to get airplane fuel from him. Firestarter or something like that?

Bronzebomber
Bronzebomber

Michael Jackson "Thriller".  Ive seen that zombie dance at many gas stations down here in the south.

Bronzebomber
Bronzebomber

Better Boogie nights drug scene is when Dirk cant get wood because of the cocaine.  " I 'm the star. It's my big dick and I say when we roll"

HankQuncy
HankQuncy

"Christiane F" was pretty realistic and haad that great Bowie soundtrack

Binary Daoist
Binary Daoist

There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.

Savannawad
Savannawad

 But every now and then, drug scenes actually ring authentic.  Maybe even a little too authentic.  Here are our picks for five realistic drug scenes in film.

BabyT
BabyT

Basketball diaries - Leo D begging his mom (Lorraine Braccho) for money. Will Ferrell taking an animal tranquilizer dart in his neck in Old School. "Wait. Is this bad?"

baccala
baccala

Did everyone forget about Pulp Fiction?

ILoveAngelDust
ILoveAngelDust

Requiem for a Dream is fucked. i can only watch that flick like once every 5 years, and it's usaully followed by deep depression.

Buddy Bad Beat
Buddy Bad Beat

Vera Farmiga in Down to the Bone.... When she's scrambling around the house w the kids waiting to go out to trick-or-treat... She can't find anything so she takes the coke straw and slices it open w a razor and licks it clean ... Gritty... Totally real

Docintoxicated
Docintoxicated

Grumpy Old Men, Walter Mathau metamucil scene, keeps him regular bro.

Docintoxicated
Docintoxicated

Trainspotting, when spud wakes up in bed having completely shit himself. The awkward look, the panic, and the "what the fuck happened last night " feeling. Clonipins FTL.

FanBoy1
FanBoy1

For me its form the film "Love and a 45" ,Rory Cochrane in the Going on the green light daddy-o scene.......

filler
filler

The girls from Thirteen huffing computer cleaner and punching each other in the face, classic.

OP4
OP4

I loved watching Tuco sample product in Breaking Bad. 

pepe hambuger
pepe hambuger

What about Danny Mcbride in pinapple express? Nigga got hit with a Daewoo

rock ape
rock ape

Ed Wood  couple scenes when martin landau playing bela is feeling sick shoots up behind curtain in doorway and  jumps out all happy to give kids candy at door for halloween and the other when he calls eddie to come over middle of night saying eddie help me. he shows up and bela was going to shoot himself after od`ing

JoeNoPhoto
JoeNoPhoto

The kid rolling his brains out in 'GO' is pretty spot on for E pills in the early 00s. The Molly these kids are eating can't compare to the stamped pills back in the day. Them shits would send you to the moon.

Lroberts110
Lroberts110

Matt Damon on speed - Drugstore Cowboys

Sailn412
Sailn412

Another great Fear and Loathing line: “We can’t stop here, this is bat country”

sjmichta
sjmichta

Great realistic drug scenes in "Before the Devil Knows Your There"

 

jerkstoresean
jerkstoresean

In the movie Rated X with Charlie Sheen and Emilio. They do coke like 40 times throughout the movie. It's ridiculous but realistic at the same time

sloppymickey
sloppymickey

I melt with you. Especially when Jeremy Piven tells that college kid to get fucked.

FLpro
FLpro

Less Than Zero when Robert Downey was sucking Dick for coke!...who hasn't been THERE before? Haha...(that one's for you Rorchach ;)

DeathProof
DeathProof

Leaving Las Vegas is pretty fucked up. If you count alcohol as a drug...hard to sit through.

muckenputchy
muckenputchy

tripping in the desert in entourage seemed like they were actually tripping

Stanley Kubrick MacDonald
Stanley Kubrick MacDonald

Gregory Hines.... History of the world Part 1.... ROLLING PAPYRUS...WE NEED ROLLING PAPYRUS!

OllieInChicago
OllieInChicago

The Doors.  The experience was never one that I had, so I don't know how realistic it is.   But I'm not Jim Morrison. 

nullzero00
nullzero00

 @ILoveAngelDust   Does the deep depression come before or after the furious masturbating to the double ended dildo scene?

gavin_b
gavin_b

 @Lroberts110 I know all us white guys look alike, but I think you're thinking of Matt Dillon.