When you think about it, you can find some of the best stoner movies in every genre if you’re high enough.
3-hour space documentary? “Whoa, look at all those stars, man.”
A black and white classic? “Dude, see how ahead of their time they were?”
Intense action? “How cool would it be to be James Bond?”
That said, legitimate stoner flicks will be about or make a firm reference to reefer that typically leaves weed enthusiasts crying with laughter, whether it’s their first or 300th-time watching it.
The good news is that even if you’re sober, you’ll still find most of them entertaining, albeit not as funny or relatable as they would’ve been if you’d have been high. If you’re looking for some fuel for thought for your next stoner movie marathon, you’ve come to the right place.
Today, we are breaking down our top 10 list of best stoner movies.
Top 10 Best Stoner Movies
There is now a long list of stoner movies floating around, but believe us when we say they’re not all created equal.
This reason is precisely why we’ve compiled for you a definitive list that highlights the best stoner movies of all time – in our opinion – starting with number ten and working our way up the list to number one.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
10. Super Troopers (2001)
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve LemmeKevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, Marisa Coughlan, and Brian Cox
Favourite Stoner Line: ” Littering and smoking the reefer. Now to teach you boys a lesson, me and officer Rabbit are going to stand here while you three smoke the whole bag.”
All we can say is get yourself a litre of cola and get ready for some shenanigans!
However, in all seriousness, like most of the movies on our list, the plot of Super Troopers itself is pretty light-hearted. The core message is if you find yourself road tripping through Vermont on the way to Canada, hide your stash.
This hilarious group of highway patrolmen spends their time chasing down drug dealers, getting into scuffles with the local cops, and playing mind games with stoners. We would recommend indulging in a strain that will induce the giggles, such as Durban Poison, to appreciate this stoner movie in all its glory.
9. Pineapple Express (2008)
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Rosie Perez, Gary Cole, and Danny McBride
Favourite Stoner Line: “It’s almost a shame to smoke it. It’s like killing a Unicorn, with like, a bomb.”
A jaded process server reluctantly becomes friends with his weed dealer after they witness a murder. Being the hardcore stoners that they are, they accidentally forgot their joint (an extremely rare strain known as Pineapple Express) at the scene of the crime.
Unfortunately, since the strain is rare, it’s easily traced back to them, which leaves a crooked cop and drug lord hot on their heels. Pineapple Express has quickly become a stoner classic for users to enjoy whether they’re high or not as they laugh at the hilarious antics that these characters find themselves and relate to the accurate portrayals by both Rogan and Franco.
8. How High (2001)
Director: Jesse Dylan
Starring: Redman, Method Man, Lark Voorhies, Obba Babatundé, and Mike Epps
Favourite Stoner Line: “I figure if I study high, take the test high, get high scores!”
With the help of a nerdy friend, blunt-smoking rappers Redman and Method Man get into Harvard after acing the college entrance exams.
Along the way, there are a ton of weed jokes, beautiful women that love weed, and a gaggle of goofy characters that love to overindulge in weed, all of which will leave you cracking up throughout the entire film.
While How High isn’t necessarily a high-brow film, most tokers will enjoy it as a fun and easy watch. We would recommend indulging in a fun-loving strain, such as Girl Scout Cookies, for added laughs to get in the silly headspace.
7. Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (2004)
Director: Danny Leiner
Starring: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Garcés, Boyd Banks, Anthony Anderson, and Fred Willard
Favourite Stoner Line: “Hang on a second, nurse. What we should probably use is marijuana. That’ll sufficiently sedate the patient for surgery.”
For Kumar, who’s in a pre-career, post-college purgatory, nothing beats getting high and devouring sliders on a Friday night.
That is unless you’re trying to go to White Castle but end up riding a cheetah, getting attacked by raccoons, having a bizarre encounter with Neil Patrick Harris, and getting thrown in jail. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle is a go-to favourite for best stoner movies for novice and seasoned tokers alike.
To make the most of this movie-watching experience, why not commemorate the occasion with the movie’s strain namesake, White Castle?
6. Half Baked (1998)
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Dave Chappelle, Harland Williams, Jim Breuer, Clarence Willimas III, and Guillermo Díaz
Favourite Stoner Line: “I never thought I’d say this to anybody, but you two smoke entirely too much reefer.”
Dave Chappelle stars in this cannabis cult classic as Thurgood, a janitor at a medical facility that starts slinging marijuana with two friends to raise bail money for their friend Kenny, who’s been imprisoned for murdering a diabetic New York City police horse.
With such a ridiculous charge, you know this movie is full of stoner gold.
After becoming fast friends with rap mogul Sir Smoke-A-Lot, they become targets to a rival dealer Samson Simpson and striking deals with local law enforcement.
For this flick, we would highly recommend putting a classic spin on a movie theatre classic by indulging in some Sugar Jack’s 200mg THC gummies for a sweet flavour with a kick of THC.
5. Dazed and Confused (1993)
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Jason London, Parker Posey, Wiley Wiggins, Anthony Rapp, Adam Goldberg, Cole Hauser, Rory Cochrane, Marissa Ribisi, and Joey Lauren Adams,
Favourite Stoner Line: “Walkin’ down the hall, by myself, smokin’ a jay with fifty elves.”
This beloved coming-of-age movie chronicles a group of high school students living in Austin, Texas circa 1976. Dazed and Confused is undoubtedly considered one of “the classics” for the best stoner movies genre.
It’s the last day of school, and the graduating class heads to a keg party while the incoming freshmen do everything they can to avoid being hazed, with plenty of weed-smoking along the way.
A fun fact about this film, the cast of Dazed and Confused smoked real marijuana before and after filming, so much so that they claimed to have “smoked Austin out of all its weed.”
If you’re looking for a strain to get you in the right mindset for this film, White Widow would be an excellent choice as it provides sedating and relaxing effects while maintaining a sense of mental awareness so that you can still pay attention.
4. Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke (1978)
Director: Lou Adler
Starring: Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, and Stacy Keach
Favourite Stoner Line: “Mostly Maui Waui man, but it’s got some Labrador in it.”
Cheech and Chon’s Up in Smoke is a prime example of one of the best stoner movies in history about an amateur drummer and unemployed pot-smoker that have to drive a truck full of weed from Los Angeles to the Mexican border.
Viewers will keel over in laughter witnessing these characters’ misadventures with parents, dog poop, and the police, to name a few.
Even though they’re arrested for possession, they get released on a technicality, which allows them to carry out more misadventures, including competing in a rock band contest.
3. Friday (1995)
Director: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Regina King, and Bernie Mac
Favourite Stoner Quote: “Puff, puff, give.”
Friday follows a day – Friday, shocking, we know – in the life of Craig, a young man who got fired on his day off, and his friend Smokey.
You’ll watch them smoke weed, fend off crackheads, avoid the neighbourhood bully, dodge a drug-dealer, and fall in love, all within a 90-minute time-frame.
Heralded as one of the best stoner movies of all time, Friday is renowned for its high quotability, stellar cast and killer soundtrack, which all combine for an excellent movie to spark up to.
We would strongly encourage sparking up with a strain like Fruity Pebbles OG, which will enhance your mental state while soon being joined by a mad case of the giggles, creating the perfect combination to enjoy this movie properly.
2. Big Lebowski (1998)
Directors: Ethan and Joel Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, and David Huddleston
Favourite Stoner Line: “Mind if I smoke a jay?”
Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski is an ageing hippie who is consistently out of work and spends his days drinking white Russians and smoking weed until he is attacked by goons who end up peeing on his rug.
Seeking answers, he finds that he is in the middle of a kidnapping scheme with a man of the same name.
What makes this one of the best stoner movies is the creative storyline, hilarious dialogue, and the central lesson that a life well-lived is one that always focuses on the present. After all, why would you look back if you’re stocked up on blunts, bowls, and buds?
We would suggest pairing this viewing with some MOTA Sativa Cola Bottles to place yourself in the nostalgic mindset while striking the perfect balance between sweet flavours with the best of both worlds, much like The Dude himself.
1. Easy Rider (1969)
Director: Dennis Hopper
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Karen Black, and Phil Spector
Favourite Stoner Line: “ You mean marijuana?”
The oldest and most iconic stoner classic on our list of best stoner movies, Easy Rider is about two free-spirited bikers searching for freedom and spiritual enlightenment as they travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans after a profitable cocaine deal.
On their journey, they link up with other like-minded travellers seeking an alternative lifestyle, face bigotry, and rescue a couple of prostitutes, which was seen as both progressive and scandalous back when the movie was filmed back in 1969.
Adhering to the film’s central theme of sharing experiences with like-minded folks, watching Easy Rider is arguably best done with friends. In this way, we recommend reaching for a social strain, such as the tried and true classic, OG Kush, to increase energy and sociability for the best viewing and smoking experience.
Best Stoner Movies – Masterpieces About Weed
No matter how you roll it, crush it, or smoke it, these are some of the most entertaining and best stoner movies ever made.
We understand there are no set rules in terms of what constitutes a stoner movie or not, and according to Jon Stewart in Half Baked — all movies are stoner movies…on weed!
Considering this, we still felt the need to make a list that outlines the most popular movies that feature people who are actually smoking and talking about weed. After all, a stoner movie without weed is just a regular movie.
Overall, stoner movies serve to shed a light-hearted and relatable light on the wonderful world of weed while also opening the floor for more constructive conversations surrounding the existing stigmas surrounding weed.
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