10 Best Stoner Movies

Tuesday, February 8 by Mike Harris

The 10 best stoner movies of all time perfectly accompany any “uplifting” time spent with friends. The really interesting—and perhaps most telling—quality these movies all share is their genre. The best stoner movies are laid-back, good natured comedies. It comes as no surprise, considering that weed is the number one laid-back, good natured drug in existence. The next time you’re spending some quality time with your friend Mr. Green, sit back, relax and pop in one of these ten great stoner movies.

  1. “Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke” This now infamous duo pretty much introduced the concept of a stoner movie with this 1978 flick. It’s a wacky, on-the-road style classic with enough pot gags to crack up even the most comatose smoker.
  2. “Rolling Kansas” This movie is one of those you’ll see and remember simply because of its overpoweringly goofy atmosphere. The plot: A group of friends is on the hunt for a magical mystery forest of marijuana said to be located in Kansas in hopes that the discovery will resolve their financial woes. Narcolepsy-tinged hilarity, of course, ensues.
  3. “Clerks” Though this early Kevin Smith film isn’t all about weed, it marks the debut of the most famous stoner duo since Cheech and Chong: Jay and Silent Bob. It’s the original taste of many younger stoners’ favorite weed dealing pair.
  4. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” The first character that comes to mind when bringing up this stoner film is Sean Penn’s now legendary Jeff Spicoli. The pot loving surfer dude is still ubiquitously funny and cool almost 30 years after the movie’s debut.
  5. “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” Only the most creative of minds could turn a trip for some fast food into such an absurdly funny ride. The movie also introduces a new, contemporary concept in weed culture—the smart stoner.
  6. “Knocked Up” The movie may be about unplanned pregnancy, but some of its funniest moments involve the antics of Seth Rogen's character and his stoner friends. Unlike other stoner films, “Knocked Up” has the rare quality of being both funny and full of genuine heart.
  7. “The Big Lebowski” Written by the immensely talented, albeit twisted Coen brothers, “The Big Lebowski” starred yet another iconic stoner. Aptly named “The Dude,” Jeff Bridges’s hard-drinking and heavy smoking character has become a sort of cult phenomenon in weed culture.
  8. “Pineapple Express” On its release in 2009, “Pineapple Express” was considered by many to be the pinnacle of the “stoner” movie genre. It stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as best buddies who are on the run from a vicious drug kingpin, leaving trails of heavy smoke behind them. Their antics and natural best-friend-forever chemistry make for a great, fantastically funny buddy flick.
  9. “Half Baked” It’s been years since the entertainment world has heard from Dave Chapelle. But before abandoning Hollywood, he left a masterful stoner film. “Half Baked” is pretty much just four great comedians being their high selves for 90 minutes. It was made in the vein of the classic Cheech and Chong series, but notches up the humor to even higher (read: gut-busting) levels.
  10. “Dazed and Confused” This flick chronicling the last day of class at high school in Anytown, U.S.A. is great purely for nostalgic reasons. It’s set in the 1970s, but anyone who has had a booze-soaked, smoke-infused high school experience can easily relate. Keep an eye out for classic performances from both Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey.
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