Watching an awesome movie while carelessly lounging on a comfortable couch is definitely among the most popular pastimes of cannabis lovers.
A great number of fantastic stoner movies have been released since the 70’s, so we wanted to share with you our definitive list of the very best among them.
As a way to pay our respects to the true stoner genre, most of the movies will heavily feature cannabis.
However, in order to avoid mentioning only the cinematographic stoner cliches, this guide will also include films that don’t have weed embedded in their story line, but are still undeniably entertaining while you’re high.
20. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a real cult classic, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
The plot of this brilliant motion picture revolves around a group of high school students desperately navigating through a maze of teen-related issues including sexual dilemmas and substance experimentation.
Also, watching young Sean Penn portraying a constantly-stoned surfer dude never stops being fun.
19. How High (2001)
Chances are you’ve probably already seen How High, but in the unlikely event that you didn’t, let’s give it a quick recap.
How High is one of the most popular stoner comedies of all time, where Method Man and Redman acquire an entry to Harvard by smoking the ashes of their nerdy deceased friend.
Everything about this movie is outlandish and over the top, but sometimes this type of ridiculousness is exactly what we need.
18. Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dazed and Confused is fairly similar to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but instead of California in the ‘80s, the movie follows a group of high schoolers on their last day of school in Texas during the ‘70s.
Even though it was a box office flop, Dazed and Confused received major critical acclaim over the years. This movie also marked the beginning of Matthew McConaughey’s career, and he plays a cringeworthy older fellow who doesn’t shy away from imparting wisdom onto his younger peers.
17. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
This hilarious release (along with its subsequent sequels Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) is one of the most revered stoner movies of the new millennium.
The plot follows two buddies (investment banker rookie Harold and a doctor-to-be Kumar) on a perplexing munchie-driven journey to a mythical burger joint known as White Castle.
16. Don’t be a Menace (1996)
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is without a doubt one of the goofiest parody films of all time.
The narrative revolves around a naively goodhearted guy called Ashtray, who came back to live with his father in Los Angeles.
Ashtray reunites with his silly (and immensely entertaining) cousin Loc Dog, and together they take a tour of the harsh realities of living in the ghetto.
15. Pineapple Express (2008)
Pineapple Express is a wild high-THC ride where a process server Dale (portrayed by Seth Rogen) accidentally witnesses a murder, and asks his lost-in-space weed dealer Saul (beautifully brought to life by James Franco) to help him out.
They join forces and attempt to avoid death while constantly getting high on Pineapple Express, a super-strain of epic proportions.
14. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Adapted from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel of the same name, Fear and Loathing is a truly entertaining piece of cinema.
Even though cannabis is just one of many mind-altering substances featured in this release, watching this movie high is endlessly fun.
Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro play an extremely eccentric duo embarking on a special mission to Las Vegas, while constantly coping with varying onsets of differing magnitudes.
13. This Is the End (2013)
This Is the End is another hilarious gem from Seth Rogen and James Franco, where a celebrity housewarming party quickly turns into survival, after a series of bizarre and catastrophic events ravage the Los Angeles municipal area.
12. Super Troopers (2001)
The plot of this amazing comedy revolves around five goofy underdog Vermont state troopers, who attempt to save their jobs by cracking a very complicated case revolving around weed.
11. Ted (2012)
Ted is a buddy comedy written and directed by Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy and American Dad), where John (played by Mark Wahlberg) brought his teddy bear toy Ted to life when he was a kid, through a shooting-star wish.
27 years later, John and Ted are still shacking up, but Ted is completely irresponsible, and he’s messing up John’s life and his relationship with his girlfriend Lori.
10. Clerks (1994)
Clerks is the first movie directed and produced by Kevin Smith, and it follows two convenience clerks as they sit around, bug customers and philosophize about life.
It’s one of those films that’s really difficult to summarize, but the topics it covers combined with its relaxing downtempo vibe make it perfect for a lazy stoned session on your couch.
9. True Romance (1993)
This movie is another cult classic, and it can be described as a carefully blended mixture of romance and crime. True Romance was directed by Tony Scott, and written by none other than Quentin Tarantino.
A truly star-studded cast includes Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, James Gandolfini and Denis Hopper.
The story follows a couple of newlyweds as they’re scrambling from the mob after they’ve “borrowed” a suitcase full of drugs.
8. Four Rooms (1995)
Four Rooms is a wonderfully weird omnibus film, featuring four different stories from four different directors (Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino).
The character who ties it all together is a whimsical bellhop, on his first day of work, called Ted, who was exquisitely brought to life by Tim Roth.
7. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
This movie follows two goofy metalheads as they embark on an epic journey through time, in order to finish their history assignments.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is lighthearted and chill, and it has two amazing sequels, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991), and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020).
6. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The cultural significance of The Big Lebowski is best described as colossal, and this movie definitely deserves it.
In the role of a lifetime, Jeff Bridges plays “The Dude”, a classic stoner cliche, named Jeffrey Lebowski, who ends up helping a desperate millionaire with the same name to retrieve his kidnapped wife from the clutches of her captors.
5. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)
Even though there isn’t a single depiction of cannabis in this film, it’s just perfect for getting high and laughing your butt off.
The story follows Zohan (played by Adam Sandler), an elite Israeli commando who manages to fool everyone into believing that he died in action, so he could move to the United States and achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a hairdresser.
4. Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Grown Ups 2 is another family-friendly gem from Adam Sandler, and despite being the sequel to the original Grown Ups, you don’t really have to watch the first movie to enjoy the second installment.
The narrative is fairly simple: Lenny and his family return to his hometown of Stanton so his kids could have a normal upbringing, and as soon as they arrive, it’s just one ludicrous situation after another.
3. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is another amazing flick from Kevin Smith, and it’s also set in his fictional universe known as View Askewniverse.
In a nutshell, legendary stoners Jay and Silent Bob find out that a big Hollywood movie is being made from a comic book inspired by them.
Once they figure out that they won’t receive any cash from the adaptation, they are hellbent to prevent the film from being made.
2. Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006)
Jack Black’s Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny is a stunning comedy, especially if you’re a fan of rock and roll.
The plot follows two aspiring chubby guitarists on a mission to steal a heavily-guarded guitar pick of mystical powers, which gave all the legendary virtuosos the skills necessary to climb to the top of the music industry.
1. Superbad (2007)
As Choom’s number one stoner movie, the prestigious award goes to Superbad.
This outstanding coming-of-age comedy was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the amazing McLovin.
Superbad is about two quirky high-school seniors desperately trying to organize an epic bash in order to impress their crushes, before they part ways and begin attending different colleges.
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