16 Movies About Climbing Back From Rock Bottom

Rock-bottom: Alcohol-dependent country singer Thomas Cobb (Jeff Bridges) has begun to put his life in order, and has made such inroads that his girlfriend (Maggie Gyllenhaal) trusts him to babysit her son. A quick stop at a bar later, and the kid has gone missing.

The movies often portray dependency as either a steady climb or a steep fall, ignoring the peaks and valleys involved in any recovery. It’s not unusual that things might be looking up for someone in the lead-up to a relapse—as with Jeff Bridges’ character here. Fortunately, the child is recovered, and, while Cobb’s girlfriend makes the very reasonable decision to break up with him, the moment becomes a wake-up call that leads him toward a more lasting recovery.

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