1. Half Baked (1998)
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As a result of accidentally feeding munchie run food to a police officer’s diabetic horse, Kenny is arrested and bailed out for $1 million. Before Nasty Nate can get to Kenny, the rest of the group needs to step up and help. Thurgood, who works as a janitor at a pharmaceutical lab, has access to marijuana through his job, so the group decides to sell it. As a result, they make friends with rap star Sir Smoke-A-Lot and Samson Simpson’s competitors. Thurgood also has a fling with the anti-pot daughter of a dealer, Mary Jane. The rest of the movie is pure pothead antics, complete with a slew of cameos. Take your time and study the situation carefully.
2. The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Film adaptation of Jim Carroll’s autobiography, in which he describes his harrowing descent into the world of drug addiction. A high school basketball player on an unbeatable team, Jim lives his life on the court, which he uses as a metaphor for the rest of the world in his head. An ailing best friend, a coach (“Swifty”) who abuses the boys on his team, adolescent sexual angst, and a voracious appetite for heroin threaten to derail young Jim’s aspirations to be a professional basketball player.
As his mother’s worry about him grows, he finds solace in the city’s seedy underbelly. He is unable to return home and relies on heroin as his only means of escape from the harsh realities of life on the streets. To begin his long journey back to sanity, Jim needs the help of Reggie, an elderly neighborhood friend with whom Jim “picked up a game” every now and then.
3. Friday (1995)
Despite the fact that it is Friday, Ice Cube (Craig Jones) is still unemployed after being fired the day before. Smokey (Chris Tucker), a hapless weed dealer, hangs out with him at home. Smokey has a problem in that he prefers to consume his own product rather than market it. As a result, Smokey’s supplier, Big Worm, is in a pickle, and he wants his money back or his product, or he wants Smokey dead. In addition to Deebo, Craig’s jealous and psychotic girlfriend Joi, and Debbie, the neighbor he has a crush on, there’s also the neighborhood bully Deebo. While relaxing at home on a Friday, a lot can happen.
4. Alpha Dog (2006)
Claremont, California, year 1999. Middle-class youth in their twenties yell profanities, brandish guns, and form a horde. As the son of an underworld figure, Johnny Truelove sells drugs and threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money, which leads to a break-in at Johnny’s house. Zach, Jake’s 15-year-old brother, is abducted on the spur of the moment by Johnny and a group of his friends. Zach is fine with it because he believes his brother will make good on his debt. Zach’s minder is Johnny’s friend Frankie, and the two form a close bond. As events spiral out of control, Zach has a bash with his captors. The pack’s mentality is clouded by amorality and prison anxiety. Is Zach in any danger at this point?
5. Pineapple Express (2008)
Dale Denton, a stoner and a lazy court process clerk, visits his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver only for one reason: to buy marijuana, specifically a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. Because of his fear of being implicated in a murder, Dale throws his Pineapple Express at the crime scene, where it becomes the only eyewitness to the crime. To find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to Dale, Dale must now pay a visit to Saul. As Dale and Saul flee for their lives, they learn that their paranoia isn’t just a product of their weed use: the bad guys are actually after them and trying to find a way to kill them both as quickly as possible. The Pineapple Express has arrived, and everyone is excited to board.
6. Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans (2009)
To cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner who injures his back, earning him a promotion to lieutenant as well as a cocaine and painkiller addiction. In six months’ time, a drug-related killing spree leaves a family dead, and Terence is assigned to lead the investigation.
Terrible things happened to Terence: a drug-addicted prostitute girlfriend; his father’s dog; encounters with two elderly women and an influential john; a nervous young witness; and thefts of police property that put his job and ultimately his life in jeopardy. Everything changes for him. He joins forces with drug dealers in order to make a big score and pay off his debts. The assassinations remain unsolved to this day. This is what happens when a lousy lieutenant rises through the ranks.
7. Training Day (2001)
Those who have sworn to uphold the law in drug-infested Los Angeles are breaking it to clear the streets of dealers. Denzel Washington is the veteran L.A.P.D. narcotics officer Alonzo Harris, whose methods of enforcing the law are suspect, to say the least. As Harris trains rookie Jake Hoyt over the course of a single day, the film “Training Day” follows his progress. Hoyt and the audience face ethical dilemmas as they try to figure out whether Harris’ strategy for cleaning up the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is correct or not.
8. We Own The Night (2007)
The year is 1988, and the location is Brooklyn. There is an abundance of criminal activity, particularly involving drugs and drug-related violence. Everyone laughs at the police as a Russian drug lord expands his heroin trade. Both Joe and Bert went into New York’s Finest, where Joe is now a rising star.
Bobby, the name he goes by because of his mother’s maiden name, runs a nightclub under his own name. Bobby, meanwhile, is on the rise: he recently got a new girlfriend and recently received approval to open a nightclub in Manhattan. Joe and Bert ask for his assistance in gathering intelligence; he declines. In order to seize the Russian, Joe then conducts a club raid. It all goes downhill from there: the Russian threatens Joe, personal tragedies pile up, and Bobby’s principles are put to the test.
9. Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
The Chinese Chef Jackie has a popular television show in Melbourne. Despite dealing cocaine with The Demons, Giancarlo’s gang is at odds with The Demons. Both Diana and her partner were accidentally exposed while filming, so they made off with a VHS tape recording of the talks. She runs into Jackie on the street and he lends a hand in her battle against the gangsters. One of her tapes accidentally gets mixed up with Jackie’s other videotapes while they’re driving away.
His nephews “borrow” the tape from Jackie and watch it while he is away at his apartment with his girlfriend Miki. As a result, Miki is kidnapped by gangsters loyal to Giancarlo, who are searching for the tape. Although Romeo is a police detective, he is on the lam while Jackie and his friends work together to free Miki from the clutches of Giancarlo’s men.
10. The Dark Knight (2008)
Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent begin to successfully round up the criminals that plague Gotham City one year after the events of Batman Begins. However, a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. The battle between Batman and the Joker becomes intensely personal, requiring Batman to “confront everything he believes” and improve his technology in order to defeat the Joker. Bruce Wayne, Dent, and Rachel Dawes form a romantic triangle.
11. King Of New York (1990)
Frank White, a former drug lord who has served a lengthy prison term, has returned to New York determined to reestablish his empire and restore things to the way they were before he went away. Others have, of course, taken over the company while he was away, but White isn’t going to let that stop him. His mind is made up while shooting down his foes. He will use his newfound wealth to help upgrade the local medical center. However, he has to worry about more than just the drug dealers: a gang of disgruntled cops has made up their minds to eliminate him.
12. Takers (2010)
With Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba) leading the way, along with John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and the Attica brothers (Michael Ealy and Chris Brown), the seasoned bank robbers pull off their latest job while living the high life in luxury. Reunited with Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, they decide to attack an armored car carrying $20 million when he is released from prison. A bumbling cop (Matt Dillon) is getting closer and closer to apprehending the “takers” as they plan their strategy and prepare to commit the grand heist.
13. The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
Mark Strong, MI6’s top assassin, has a brother. It doesn’t go well for him, because he’s a football hooligan from Grimsby (Sacha Baron Cohen). For a man from Grimsby, England, Nobby has it all: nine children and the most desirable girlfriend in all of northern England. With the exception of his younger brother, Sebastian, he has everything he could want. Nobby spent 28 years looking for him after they were separated as children and adopted by different families.
As soon as Nobby learns where his brother is, he sets out to find him, not knowing that his brother is an MI6 agent who has just uncovered a plot that could put the entire world in danger. Sebastien, who is on the run after being falsely accused, comes to terms with his predicament and realizes that saving the world requires the assistance of its biggest idiot.