Are you a fan of movies with a drug-related plot? Do you consider yourself an aficionado of this type of movie? Take this quiz to find out how much you really know about famous drug movies.
Drug films are big business for Hollywood movie makers. This type of movie combines a host of necessary elements for success in theaters, including drama, death, suspense, and even a bit of sympathy. For the most part, a good drug movie keeps the viewer on the edge of his or her seat for the duration of the film.
Hollywood has made big bucks off of drug movies. If you consider classics such as "Blog," "Trainspotting," "Drugstore Cowboy," "Traffic," and "Scarface," you'll understand what we're talking about. And, although drug movies remain popular with viewers, some have even attained cult status, they are rarely big box office earners.
In fact, "Blow," a movie about Cocaine starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, which received mixed reviews, earned less than twice its budget upon release. However, another drug movie cult classic, "Trainspotting," earned nearly 50 million pounds from a 1.5 million pound budget. Guess these drug movies are difficult to gauge.
Take this quiz to see how many of these famous drug movies you can identify.
"The Doors" is an Oliver Stone movie about the band of the same name. Val Kilmer stars as singer Jim Morrison, who used lots and lots (and lots) of drugs and wound up dead at 27.
Johnny Depp channels his inner H.S.T. in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." He and his attorney Dr. Gonzo ingest every drug they can get their hands on, turning the movie into a neon- and vomit-splashed psychedelic trip.
"Easy Rider" is a classic motorcycle outlaw movie that finds Robert Redford and Dennis Hopper mixed up in drug trafficking and violence … and all they really wanted to do was party.
In 2001's "Blow," Johnny Depp became George Jung, a real-life criminal who made a killing by smuggling huge amounts of cocaine from Colombia. In the end, though, Jung's empire turns to, well, dust.
Jeff Bridges is the star of "The Big Lebowski," and he's like, really mad that someone stole his living room rug. His attempts to retrieve the tattered rug will send him on a long and strange misadventure.
Actor Al Pacino's role as kingpin Tony Montana cemented his Hollywood legend. "Scarface" portrays an '80s-era Miami drug trafficking world that was brimming with cash … and violence.
In 1995, Leonardo DiCaprio's career began to blossom in part thanks to his role in "The Basketball Diaries." Based on a true story, it portrays a young basketball hotshot who gets sucked into a dark void of drug abuse.
Renton slowly realizes that his life is shriveling due to his heroin use. He avoids HIV, prison, and death … but somehow he has to find a way to really live life again.
In "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," two young men indulge in marijuana and set off for White Castle to satisfy their cravings. But they'll be waylaid numerous times during their quest. And in the end, they'll probably get diarrhea, too.
Ice Cube and Chris Tucker star in "Friday." Tucker is Smokey, a low-level drug dealer who uses too much of his own product and winds up in serious hot water.
Starring Ellen Burstyn and Jared Leto, "Requiem for a Dream" is an exhausting take on the dark side of drug use. It shows how drugs can permanently alter the course of human lives.
In 1978's "Midnight Express," a college student tries to smuggle hashish out of Turkey. He winds up in a horrifying Turkish prison and endures years of abuse.
In 1998's "Half Baked," an all-star cast consisting of Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Guillermo Diaz and Jim Breuer engage in all manner of stoned hijinks, all to save their jailed friend Kenny.
"Traffic," from 2000, stars Benicio Del Toro. The film that explores the consequences of cross-border drug trafficking and the War on Drugs.
Matt Dillion and Kelly Lynch portray a married couple that goes on a robbery spree in "Drugstore Cowboy." Only they aren't interested in money -- they want drugs. And they aren't looking for Advil.
A writer named Jerry Stahl spends thousands of dollars per month on his heroin habit. At the end of "Permanent Midnight," much of his life has gone black.
"Naked Lunch" is based on the novel of the same name by William S. Burroughs. David Cronenberg's adaptation is just as weird as the drug-infused book.
John Travolta is Vincent, and once Mia (Uma Thurman) overdoses on heroin, all hell breaks loose. This Quentin Tarantino movie is a masterpiece of criminal misadventure.
Pregnant and just 17 years old, Maria loses her job. In desperation, she becomes a drug mule for a drug trafficking operation.
In "Blow," drug kingpin George Jung is sentenced to 60 years in prison. He doesn't miss his freedom or his money … but he desperately misses his daughter.
Seth Rogen and James Franco inadvertently leave a bit of rare marijuana (a strain called "Pineapple Express") at a murder scene. The bad news is that the bad guys can use this evidence to find them … and kill them.
Cheech and Chong became counterculture icons in "Up in Smoke," as two stoners smuggle pot -- unknowingly -- across international lines.
A high-school dropout named Eddie transforms into Dirk Diggler and becomes an adult film star. But drugs begin to derail his life in myriad ways.
In "City of God," impoverished boys must choose their paths in life. But they find that no matter what choices they make, their fates are still intertwined.
"Go" stars Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf, portraying drug deal and the events that transpire. This comedy was released in 1999 to mostly positive reviews.
It's pretty ironic symbolism at the end of "Scarface." Drug smuggler Tony Montana's empire is blasted to bloody bits, and he's murdered next to a statue that reads, "The World is Yours."
In "Crank," Jason Statham plays a man who will die from poison if his heart rate becomes too slow. So he resorts to all manner of wild behavior (including drug use) to keep his heart pumping.
In 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street," Leonardo DiCaprio is a wild Wall Street star who has piles of money, which he often spends on mountains of cocaine. His bad habits are bound to catch up with him sooner or later.
After his wife is murdered in "Salton Sea," Danny's life careens out of control. He winds up trying to buy a large amount of meth from a guy named Pooh-Bear. And if that series of events doesn't indicate some sort of downward spiral, I don't know what does.
Heath Ledger and Abby Cornish star in "Candy," in which two young heroin addicts fall in love but then set about destroying one another. Because, you know, heroin addiction just sort of goes that way.