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Best movies about alcoholism

"The Lost Weekend" and "Days of Wine and Roses" come to mind.

by Anonymousreply 72January 23, 2023 6:54 AM

I always liked Come Back, Little Sheba

by Anonymousreply 1January 21, 2023 12:41 AM

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

by Anonymousreply 2January 21, 2023 12:42 AM

"Barfly" with Ms. Dunaway

by Anonymousreply 3January 21, 2023 12:44 AM

The Morning After

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by Anonymousreply 4January 21, 2023 12:44 AM

So that's where they lifted the whole plot of Season 1 of The Flight Attendant.

by Anonymousreply 5January 21, 2023 12:47 AM

"Leaving Las Vegas"

by Anonymousreply 6January 21, 2023 12:47 AM

"Opening Night" starring Gena Rowlands.

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by Anonymousreply 8January 21, 2023 1:00 AM

I know how to lay a buffet

by Anonymousreply 9January 21, 2023 1:05 AM

Young Adult

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by Anonymousreply 10January 21, 2023 1:07 AM

"The Good House" which was just released, staring Sigourney Weaver.

by Anonymousreply 11January 21, 2023 1:08 AM

Mommie Dearest

by Anonymousreply 12January 21, 2023 1:08 AM

When a Man Loves a Woman

by Anonymousreply 13January 21, 2023 1:08 AM
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by Anonymousreply 14January 21, 2023 1:19 AM

I'll Cry Tomorrow and Smash Up: The Story of a Woman.

by Anonymousreply 15January 21, 2023 1:20 AM

I CANNOT BELIEVE no one remembers Linda Blair's bravura turn in this 1970s masterpiece.

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by Anonymousreply 16January 21, 2023 1:27 AM

alcoholism plus pills: Valley of the Dolls

by Anonymousreply 17January 21, 2023 1:27 AM

Sideways. Fabulous movie and Virginia Madsen is peak beauty. I’ve watched this film a gazillion times.

by Anonymousreply 18January 21, 2023 1:33 AM

For a while, Gena Rowland had a monopoly in the drunk parts.

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by Anonymousreply 19January 21, 2023 1:37 AM

Dick Van Dyke gave a powerful performance in the TV movie The Morning After. He was truly amazing. The was an ABC TV MOVIE OF THE WEEK btw. God I loved them as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 20January 21, 2023 1:38 AM

During my periods of heavy drinking, I've watched Leaving Las Vegas a couple times. It was scary when I started relating to it.

So I stopped watching it but kept drinking.

This last time I decided to stop I watched a few things to help me along my way (Leaving Las Vegas was not one of them, because I was already in the throes of utter despair). "30 Days" is a little bit of a fluff piece but had enough of real life and recovery attempts/relapses that made it a good re-watch last October.

by Anonymousreply 21January 21, 2023 1:39 AM

[quote] When a Man Loves a Woman

No offense, but I hated that movie. What a waste of Andy Garcia during his beautiful period. It seemed more like a Lifetime movie than something you'd see in a theater.

by Anonymousreply 22January 21, 2023 1:44 AM

A TVM but still: Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice starring Carol Burnett.

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by Anonymousreply 24January 21, 2023 1:47 AM

A Star Is Born

by Anonymousreply 25January 21, 2023 1:47 AM

Sending you well wishes and congratulations r21!

by Anonymousreply 26January 21, 2023 1:47 AM

Thanks, r26!! :-)

by Anonymousreply 27January 21, 2023 1:51 AM

Drunks (1995).

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by Anonymousreply 28January 21, 2023 1:51 AM

You can do it a day at a time, R21. I did, and I've been clean and sober since 1981.

OTOH, I'm old, so there's that.

by Anonymousreply 29January 21, 2023 1:52 AM

Thanks, r29. I'm doing really well and have had zero cravings. Honestly. I think I finally had just "drank my fill" this last time. I also felt really ill and am now dealing with some health issues as a result. It's not the health issues that scared me straight, because I already knew I was probably sick from how much I was drinking. I just decided I was tired of the whole thing and over it. It wasn't fixing a damn thing and was just making things worse for me. I also didn't want my family to have to deal with finding me dead in a pool of my own vomit/waste/etc.

Now I think of wine as a dead person I used to know: we had some good times until we didn't, and ultimately I knew this person would end up killing me in the end. So done, finit.

But watching some of these movies was helpful to me in putting the final nail in the coffin. Hopefully I quit soon enough to not have to worry about my coffin anytime soon. Test results of today's echocardiogram are forthcoming.

by Anonymousreply 30January 21, 2023 2:00 AM

Do you smoke?

by Anonymousreply 31January 21, 2023 2:02 AM

Where or where have you gone, Friday Afternoon Drinky-Poos?

by Anonymousreply 32January 21, 2023 2:04 AM

Nope, not a smoker and never have been.

by Anonymousreply 33January 21, 2023 2:05 AM

ok. when you see AA meetings in movies some people are always smoking and I wonder isn't that just another addiction.

by Anonymousreply 34January 21, 2023 2:07 AM

Clean and Sober

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by Anonymousreply 36January 21, 2023 2:32 AM

Well done R30! X

by Anonymousreply 37January 21, 2023 2:37 AM

Barfly. Jeezus, Faye Dunaway is sure in a lot of boozy roles. Here she is trying to kick Alice Kriger right in the pussy bone.

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by Anonymousreply 38January 21, 2023 3:07 AM

Under the Influence with Andy Griffith (and Keanu Reeves)

Follow the Footsteps (Ed Asner, Gary Coleman)

A Sensitive, Passionate Man (David Jannsrn, Angie Dickinson)

My Name is Bill W. ((James Wood, James Garner)

by Anonymousreply 39January 21, 2023 3:14 AM

Flight, Denzel Washington

by Anonymousreply 40January 21, 2023 3:16 AM

Bette Davis

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by Anonymousreply 41January 21, 2023 3:19 AM

28 Days

Sandra Bullock, Steve Buscemi

by Anonymousreply 42January 21, 2023 3:37 AM

The Verdict has Paul Newman as an alcoholic lawyer. I thought it was a great movie.

The Lost Weekend is a classic movie about an alcoholic on a bender. Ray Milland won an Oscar for his performance.

Girl on a Train and The Spectacular Now are some other choices.

by Anonymousreply 43January 21, 2023 3:51 AM

Sorry yes...28 days, not 30 days. Duh, brain is still recovering.

by Anonymousreply 44January 21, 2023 4:03 AM

The Shining.

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by Anonymousreply 46January 21, 2023 5:31 PM

To Leslie

by Anonymousreply 47January 21, 2023 5:34 PM

"Requiem for a Dream"

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by Anonymousreply 50January 21, 2023 6:19 PM

Best song...

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by Anonymousreply 51January 21, 2023 8:07 PM

Leaving Las Vegas.

by Anonymousreply 52January 21, 2023 8:11 PM

Marcia alcoholism The Bradys. So we’ll written and performed.

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by Anonymousreply 53January 21, 2023 8:13 PM

The Morning After is one of the handful of films Sidney Lumet made outside New York. And a terrific film.


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by Anonymousreply 55January 22, 2023 1:07 AM

Smashed is a 2012 American drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Ponsoldt and Susan Burke, and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul. Winstead and Paul play a married couple, Kate and Charlie Hannah, both alcoholics. After a series of embarrassing incidents caused by her drinking habit, Kate decides to get sober with the help of a coworker and a sponsor from Alcoholics Anonymous.

by Anonymousreply 56January 22, 2023 3:38 AM

Thanks, r56. Any idea where to watch it? I have Prime Video, and as usual, I'd have to pay to rent it. I'm not sure any movies are included on Prime anymore without paying for them...

by Anonymousreply 57January 22, 2023 3:43 AM

Try this.

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by Anonymousreply 58January 22, 2023 3:46 AM

You Kill Me - Sir Ben Kingsley plays the alcoholic hitman in a family holding the snowplow contract for Buffalo, New York (not really a spoiler, this is revealed in the opening). His family sends him out to a family friend (Bill Pullman) in San Francisco to dry out while they deal with competition (Dennis Farina) in Buffalo. It's black humor, but it's funny. The writer/director was invited to an AA meeting (possibly as a hint) and wanted to play with the confidentiality of the meetings.

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by Anonymousreply 60January 22, 2023 4:07 AM

Leaving Las Vegas.

by Anonymousreply 61January 22, 2023 4:10 AM

The Country Girl

Honey Boy

by Anonymousreply 62January 22, 2023 6:19 PM

"A Cry For Love" TV movie starting Susan Blakely as a pill-popping speed freak single mom who falls for hairy alcoholic Powers Boothe. Can love win out in the end over their terrible addictions?

by Anonymousreply 63January 22, 2023 9:24 PM

R63, you should have written the TV guide program descriptions. I, as a young gayling, would have tuned-in just to see a "hairy alcoholic"!

by Anonymousreply 64January 22, 2023 10:37 PM

"The Sound of Music"

by Anonymousreply 65January 22, 2023 11:28 PM

My parents' home videos from my childhood.

by Anonymousreply 66January 23, 2023 1:55 AM

I want to second Come Back Little Sheba. It is B&W and may be too old time for many DLers but it has great performances by Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth. She is heartbreaking as the suffering loyal wife of alcoholic Lancaster.

by Anonymousreply 67January 23, 2023 2:12 AM

The only reason to watch 28 days is Viggo Mortensen.

by Anonymousreply 68January 23, 2023 3:55 AM

Under the Volcano, w/ Albert Finney

Shoot the Moon, w/ Albert Finney and Diane Keaton

Finney was another actor like Gena Rowlands who was superb in boozy roles.

by Anonymousreply 69January 23, 2023 3:59 AM

Yes--R69. Under the Volcano is a perfect depiction of alcoholism. And now you've got me wanting to watch Shoot the Moon,

by Anonymousreply 70January 23, 2023 4:22 AM

Clean and Sober

by Anonymousreply 71January 23, 2023 4:59 AM

R69 Albert Finney played excellent drunks, but I don't think his character in Shoot the Moon was a lush.

by Anonymousreply 72January 23, 2023 6:54 AM
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