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Old 06-12-2020, 09:16 AM
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Any good movies about recovery from alcoholism?

Any good recommendations? Movies are a big part of life and I think experience some relatable stories through this medium will help me cope. One I already know and enjoy quite a bit is When a Man Loves a Woman. Anything else anyone knows about?
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An older movie, but very good, is Days of Wine and Roses, with Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. Excellent movie.
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https://www.soberrecovery.com/forums...ry-movies.html (28 Days & Other Recovery Movies)

there are some ideas here to start you off

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Thank you, Dee.

I was looking for that link.
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Rescue Me. It’s not a movie but, a TV series. I think it was five seasons long and, VERY politically incorrect. It’s a good story about how alcoholism destroyed an NYFD fireman’s life and, his struggle to obtain sobriety.
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That gives me a lot to start out with, Thanks!
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Smashed is also great. Not as well known, so I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.
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Ive watched some good youtube "Movies" about people with different types of addictions. Can't remember the title.
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Two netflix series I like where alcoholism plays an important role are Goliath with Billy Bob Thorton and How to get away with murder after season 3/4. Neither show is centered on recovery but alcoholism is an important part of the story.
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No Recovery but Leaving Las Vegas is classic if you haven't seen it.
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Originally Posted by shortstop81 View Post
Smashed is also great. Not as well known, so I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.
I actually checked out Smashed. Loved it. Really wonderful (but very sad) look at how alcoholism or sobriety can alter relationships.
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Old 06-27-2020, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by jinx77 View Post
No Recovery but Leaving Las Vegas is classic if you haven't seen it.
Just saw that the other day. Brutally tragic but a great film.
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Another good movie about addiction is Panic in Needle Park, a 1971 movie starring a young Al Pacino in his second movie role.
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Helpful suggestions - I'm going to watch some of those too. Days of Wine & Roses and Leaving Las Vegas scared the he!! out of me. Too bad I didn't take action back when I first watched them.
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Watching these now as opposed to when I was being a lot more dishonest with myself feels different. I used to try to avoid watching anything about alcoholism with my wife to avoid feeling judged or uncomfortable. Even watching things by myself I would sort of distance myself from the people suffering on screen. It's been really helpful to experience these in a different light. Even things like Leaving Las Vegas which is brutally sad can help just to have something to relate to.

I checked out something else that was decent; Everything Must Go with Will Ferrell (in a serious role). Not as good as some of the other things I've watched but still well done.
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Flight with Denzel Washington is pretty incredible.
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Yes, I would defiantly recommend Flight aswell.
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Years ago (1984), as I was in very early sobriety, I watched a movie called "Under The Volcano" (Albert Finney & Jacqueline Bisset) which actually wasn't a movie about recovery at all. It showed the tragic side of alcoholism which actually helped scare me "straight." It showed me the path I was on and it wasn't pretty. If you're looking for a happy film, this ain't it.

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Come Back, Little Sheba. It's an old movie based on a William Inge play. It's also interesting because Inge was an alcoholic who got sober and the film shows what AA was like in the early 50s. It's an emotional roller coaster, but if that doesn't bother you, it's well worth a look.
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"My Name is Bill W." 1989 This is a great movie on the history and how AA was born
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