Listverse.com posted an interesting Top 10 list of the very best movies looking at alcoholics and alcoholism. The list was created by Listverse.com user Kazorek who says, “Alcoholism has always fascinated me more than any other drug addiction. It is separated in its legality and social acceptability, so thus there exists a legion of alcoholics far greater in number than junkies of any other sort. An entire subculture, one that’s often miserable, exists within almost every human civilization – the culture of the alcoholic.”
Expecting Billy Wilder’s brilliant “The Lost Weekend” to be number 1, I sat aghast at its total lack of inclusion. Top10Films.co.uk’s top tip when it comes to films about alcoholics is to search out Wilder’s classic movie. However, despite “The Lost Weekend” not appearing on the list, the top 10 does feature some fantastic movies across a mix of genres and time periods.
Kazorek’s list is actually more appealing than one might think at first. Having had to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings himself, he has first hand experience of the damaging result of alcoholism. He says, “Though often glorified or embellished, some films offer a revealing peek into the lives of alcoholics.” Alcoholism, in western culture, is often seen as an “acceptable nuisance” – the sort of weekend binge-drinking routine of so many not being considered a major problem. He goes on to say, “Whether you realize it or not, it’s more than likely that you’ve known or know an alcoholic.
To read Kazorek’s individual appraisal of each film, please visit Listverse.com HERE.
2. House of Sand and Fog (2003) | MORE INFO |
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3. Factotum (2005) | MORE INFO |
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7. Arthur (1981) | MORE INFO |
9. The Adventures of Bob and Doug: Strange Brew (1983) | MORE INFO |
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Most movies that feature teen alcohol abuse do not really give that much attention to alcohol rehabs and how they work, but they are just as telling.