A relaxing joint and a funny movie go hand in hand, like peanut butter and jelly on a delicious sandwich. The choice of what to watch can, however, be very tough, as there are a ton of movies out there worth watching, and twice as many that aren’t. To give you guidance on which motion pictures you shouldn’t miss out on, I have compiled a list of the top 15 most popular and cherished stoner movies you can enjoy for the perfect evening entertainment.
The Top 15 Stoner Movies
1. The Big Lebowski
Bowling, ‘White Russians’, joints and a rug. This masterpiece that was created by the Coen brothers in 1998 is praised by many to be the greatest stoner movie to have ever surfaced.
Starring Jeff Bridges as ‘the Dude’, a laid-back, relaxed hippie minding his own business who gets confused for another man bearing the same name and finds himself dealing with kidnappers, porn producers and a web of lies.
The slow-paced, brilliantly written yet still nonsensical style that ‘The Big Lebowski’ offers is definitely worth checking out and can be considered cultural stoner heritage, so it deserves its spot at the top of this list.
2. Pineapple Express
This iconic movie has got everything that one would want from a stoner movie. The dream-team Seth Rogen and James Franco are up against a murderer, crooked cops and organised crime.
This peculiar story becomes more and more comical by the minute, as the events unravel into a ludicrous finale. A ton of funny dialogue and a bag full of weed make ‘Pineapple Express’ one of the most popular cannabis films out there.
3. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
John Cho and Kal Penn are Harold and Kumar and they have one simple objective: Get some burgers at White Castle. ‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle’ is a funny flick featuring Neil Patrick Harris as himself. After smoking a hefty bowl, they embark on their journey, which is riddled with complications and bizarre occurrences.
The sequels ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’ and ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’ are also worth mentioning, despite not living up to the standards of the original.
4. Up in Smoke
Cheech and Chong’s first movie ‘Up in Smoke’, dating back to 1978, is widely recognised to be the grandfather of all stoner movies. It took a fresh take on Mexican-American stereotypes and original stoner humour, inspiring many movies for decades to follow. The bizarre story, lovable characters and a heap of funny moments make this a must-watch for everyone.
5. Half Baked
Raising money to bail out a fellow friend can be difficult, as this comical production featuring Dave Chapelle and Neal Brennan shows. After raiding a pharmaceutical laboratory and stealing marijuana, the stars of ‘Half Baked’ try to sell their goods in order to free their homie. Naturally, not everything goes as smooth as expected and problems arise. This classic from 1998 is absolutely worth watching.
6. Dude, Where’s My Car?
One of Ashton Kutcher’s earliest performances, ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ revolves around two stoners and their search for their car, which got misplaced after a hefty night of partying. On their journey to find said car, the two potheads encounter a variety of problems which they have to overcome. Kutcher, playing in a role akin to his character in ‘That ’70s Show’, significantly contributed to the success of this movie.
7. How High
A magical pot plant enables Jamals and Silas, who are being played by the rap-stars Redman and Method Man, to ace every test they take. This allows them to enrol at Harvard, where they continue to harvest perfect grades without any effort. As soon as their supply is diminished, the problems begin. ‘How High’ is a typical stoner movie which makes for a light watch, making it perfect for a relaxing evening.
8. This Is the End
‘This Is the End’ is another one of Seth Rogen’s slapstick comedies. A funny story combined with high-profile actors ensure that this movie is enjoyable and worth watching. Starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson and many more as themselves, the ensemble has to survive the end of the world, and each other.
9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
‘We can’t stop here, this is bat country!’ Johnny Depp plays a journalist, who, in the company of his lawyer, embarks on a road trip to Las Vegas in his car, which has its trunk filled to the brim with every conceivable drug.
The movie quickly spirals into a hallucinogenic mess of a dream, beautifully illustrating the psychological effects of the drugs taken, backed by impressive acting from Depp. ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ is a unique movie brought to you by the former ‘Monty Python’ member Terry Gilliam. It is as disturbing as it is good.
The box office hit ‘Ted’ depicts the story of the young boy John who has got a big dream: He wants his teddy Ted to become sentient. Years later, he and his teddy end up being stoners struggling to rescue Johns relationship. Mark Wahlberg’s performance alongside Seth McFarlane’s voice acting make for a pretty silly and entertaining watch.
11. Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie
The second movie starring Cheech and Chong offers more of what made the first one so entertaining but tries to trump it in every aspect. This hilarious depiction of Mexican-American stoners features some of the most amusing scenes that the genre has ever seen. Many Stoner flicks have tried to recreate what Tommy Chong created here, but few have come close.
12. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
A time-travelling stoner comedy in which Keanu Reeves, alongside Alex Winter, plays a slightly different role than usual, playing Ted. Bill and Ted decide to form a band, however, Ted is supposed to enrol in military school should he fail his history class. In spite of the fact that ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ is older than most movies on this list, this fantasy-comedy movie from 1989 is a timeless classic and should be watched by everyone at least once.
13. Dazed and Confused
Muscle-cars, Aerosmith and stoned philosophy, ‘Dazed and Confused’ has it all. The last day of school has come for the teens of a rural Texas town and they are down to party. This movie brings you right back into the seventies, authentically portraying the life of the youth during that period in time. Starring Jason London, Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey, the past is lived up once again in this detail-oriented, worthwhile movie.
14. Soul Plane
‘Soul Plane’ is the epitome of Snoop Dogg’s theatrical performances. As is typical with movies featuring the well-known rapper, weed in abundance and West Coast gangster slang are not to be missed. In this instance, Snoop Dogg takes on the role of an airplane pilot who is ready to get as high as the sky, both metaphorically and literally. All around a good watch for N.W.A. fans and stoners alike.
15. Kid Cannabis
This lesser-known movie, which is based on true events, depicts the story of a couple of young friends who are trying to make money off cannabis. Therefore, they decide to smuggle the product across the Canadian border. Of course, problems arise and chaos ensues. The underdog on this list gets a recommendation because its funny scenes and adequate adolescent actors overcome the lacking budget that John Stockwell, the director of ‘Kid Cannabis’, had to work with.