Stoner films can get away with a lot more than typical films can. For one thing, the protagonists are usually high, in the process of getting high or about to go and hang with other people who are getting high. There’s room for a bit of craziness in the plot lines. And viewers of stoner films are…well, they’re likely doing the same things that the film’s characters are doing. Here are some of our favorite weed movies of all time.
9 of the Best Weed Movies of All Time
Stoner films can get away with a lot more than more typical films can. For one thing, the protagonists are usually high, in the process of getting high, or about to go and hang with other people who are getting high. There’s room for a bit of craziness in regards to the plotlines. And of course, viewers of stoner films are…well, they’re doing pretty much the same things the film’s characters are doing.
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
The first (and best) of the Harold and Kumar trilogy, this film revolves around two stoners who go on a wild, weed-filled adventure while contending with obstacles such as a crazy racoon, an escaped cheetah, a racist cop and a group of aggressive jocks. Neil Patrick Harris also makes a memorable cameo as a super-high car thief.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride team up to play a group of loveable losers who unwittingly become tangled up with vicious gangsters. The film is centered around marijuana (of course) and is chock full of hilarious lines such as, “It’s almost a shame to smoke it. It’s like killing a unicorn with a bomb.”
The Big Lebowski (1999)
A cult classic, The Big Lebowski tells the tale of Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), a middle-aged stoner hippie who enjoys hanging out in his bathrobe, smoking weed and bowling with his deadbeat pals. His life takes a wild twist when he’s mistaken for a millionaire with the same name.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
A movie about high school students on their last day of school in 1976. Dazed and Confused revolves around three fundamental teenage pursuits: Drinking, smoking weed and getting laid. The film is full of feel-good moments, features a classic soundtrack and is notable for introducing most of us to Matthew McConaughey. Alright alright alright.
Check out the plot: A group of stoners attempt to make enough money selling stolen lab-grown marijuana to bail their friend out of jail. This friend was imprisoned for feeding junk food to (and killing) a police horse. Featuring the always-hilarious Dave Chappelle, Half-Baked is a must-watch for weed lovers.
Ice Cube pairs up with Chris Tucker in this classic 90’s flick about two stoners who need to come up with cash for their weed dealer before the end of the day. Plenty of hip-hop and solid jokes.
Up in Smoke (1978)
Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong’s first feature length film, Up in Smoke centers around two stoners who meet by chance and end up driving a van made out of marijuana from Mexico to the US (without realizing it). Many consider this film to be the benchmark for stoner comedies with Cheech and Chong as the genre’s kings.
How High (2001)
Put two iconic rappers in a movie about weed and you get “How High”. This 2001 film stars Method Man and Redman, with mary-jane playing an important supporting role. How’s this for a premise: The two stoners smoke weed grown with fertilizer made from the remains of their dearly departed friend Ivory. Then, their friend’s ghost helps them ace their SATs. Then they get accepted into Harvard. Yep.
A childhood teddy bear coming to life…that seems pretty innocent, right? Not in Ted. In fact, this vulgar little bear (who loves smoking weed) keeps John Bennett, the main character, and his love interest from getting closer. We guess when you’ve got a talking teddy and Mary Jane, there’s not much else you need. If you loved this weed movie, just wait for the sequel coming out in July.