While at a party over the weekend I was hanging around a few folks who were happily puffing away and talking incoherently. I got to asking myself, what are the best stoner movies? These guys offered up a few films rather quickly and by the end of the party the list was completed. Here is what a bunch of stoned and drunk people came up with.
Criteria: Gotta have either a memorable stoner in the film or just have pervasive drug use of the marijuana variety.
#10 “How High” (2001)
Redman and Method Man in a movie in which they smoke pot fertilized with their dead friends ashes. He magically appears before them and helps them pass their THC (Testing for Higher Credentials). Amazingly, they get accepted to Harvard! You can imagine the debauchery that ensues. White people will never be the same.
#9 “Half Baked” (1998)
Thurgood (Dave Chappelle), Scarface (Guillermo Diaz) and Brian (Jim Breuer) are stoners who have to figure out a way to get their friend Kenny (Harland Williams) out of jail. So they do what they think they know best — peddle pot. This is one of those movies that is funny but a whole lot funnier if you’re stoned.
#8 “Reefer Madness” (1936)
The movie that started it all. It’s really a public service announcement made in 1936 that chronicles how evil and terrible pot is. It was meant to scare the shit out of everyone but it is impossible to not find amusement in it. It’s amazing how sensationalized reefer was way back when — now it’s a ticket if you get caught with a joint in New York (or at least it was a few years ago)!
#7 “Dazed and Confused” (1993)
A rite of passage movie for a bunch of teens at a Texas high school. Lots of drinking and smoking leads to hazings and pranks. Most memorable is Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey) an older guy who loves to party with high schoolers. When asked about his lifestyle he poignantly replies, “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” Amen!
#6 “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle” (2004)
Roommates Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) love to smoke pot and eat White Castle burgers. They travel all over New Jersey after lighting up in an effort to find an open restaurant. Along the way, they have some strange encounters, most notably one with Neil Patrick Harris.
#5 “The Big Lebowski” (1998)
From the twisted minds of the Coen brothers. Jeff Bridges is Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a perpetually stoned slacker, who is inadvertently involved in a mistaken identity situation. Two thugs want money from him and piss on his rug in an effort to coerce him into paying. Knowing nothing of the debt, he must figure out how to solve his problem while at the same time getting his rug cleaned or replaced.
#4 “Clerks” (1994)
This is a given. Jay and Silent Bob are two of the most known pot heads in the world. Jason Mewes is a foul mouthed dealer who spouts out some of the funniest lines ever written. Basically, they hang in front of a convenience store selling dope and pissing off the guys inside. This movie belongs in every movie collection.
#3 “Friday” (1995)
There has to be an urban movie in the list. Smokey (Chris Tucker) and Craig (Ice Cube) are best friends. Smokey is a burnout that aggravates you so much you just laugh at his incessant whining. His ridiculousness leads to a memorable Friday for everyone on the block. Very funny.
#2 “Up In Smoke” (1978)
The original masterpiece starring Cheech and Chong. These guys were the poster boys for slacking. Their days are consumed with smoking pot, chasing skirts and little else. In this particular title they unknowingly try and smuggle a van made entirely of cannabis into the United States. Those were the days!
#1 “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982)
Probably the best high school film ever made. It boasts an all-star cast made up of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker, among others. The standout is Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli. As far as I’m concerned Sean Penn will always be the stoned, surfer dude without a care in the world. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.
Like I said, this list was comprised in a state of inebriation. Could we have done a better job sober? Probably. Here are a few that were mentioned but we didn’t think were strong enough candidates to make the final cut.
July 23, 2007 @ 12:50 pm Andrew Donaldson
There is the priceless scene where the frat guys (and 1 girlfriend) get stoned with their teacher in Animal House: “Am I doing this right?” “Try not to drool on it so much.”
July 24, 2007 @ 8:12 am Cool Guy
I have to say that Zoolander is one you left out, along with Grandma’s Boy.
If you continue this list then I would throw in Beach, Grass, Dude Where’s My car, Bio-Dome, and some others. but like your friends…i’m a tid bit inebrieated myself :)
July 24, 2007 @ 3:38 pm sasori
Aside from that single scene I don’t think the movie really had a stoner or a pot smoking theme to it.
You may have a point with Zoolander and Bio-Dome. No one thought of those. I think the guys in Dude Where’s My Car were just idiots. As for the other movies you mentioned, I’ve never heard of them. Something more for Netflix to provide.
July 25, 2007 @ 9:57 am Gary
You missed the movie Slackers. If I remember correctly one of the roommates in it was getting high all the time.
August 24, 2007 @ 3:54 am TOM
there are 2 movies your all forgetting about! A scanner darkly and Tencious D the pick of Dest,,,, The kind of movies that can oly be watched stoned!
September 5, 2007 @ 4:30 am movieman
Great list of stoner flicks. Theres a few there I’ve never seen before. Thanks.
September 21, 2007 @ 10:27 am Rudy
Great list. You should rank the top ten films that are great to watch while stoned next!
October 14, 2007 @ 9:31 pm Neil
i have to disagree with this list the ultimate film to watch whilst stoned is the yellow submarine by the beatles. fuck its spinny
November 1, 2007 @ 1:38 pm sasori
You’re probably right, Yellow Submarine would be an interesting movie to watch while stoned, but the point of this list was to capture the top ten movies starring stoners.
November 6, 2007 @ 1:15 pm Atomic Popcorn
A great list – never been stoned nor intend to but I would have to say the movie that make me feel like I am stoned would be The Wall – Pink Floyd.
November 18, 2007 @ 3:10 am Sirius Lee
On a ratio of amount of pot smoked per minute of screen time, Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke set the bar so high that no other film will ever reach this standard. And the cuss words flowed like cheap beer on a Friday night, much like a Kevin Smith movie.
February 14, 2008 @ 7:21 pm ChelseaWAFFLES
Well I think that super troopers and MonkeyBonz should be added as well.
I mean just two nights ago I watched MonkeyBonz, while I was high. And it was GREAT.
March 3, 2008 @ 9:17 pm chris morales
this list was pretty good but theres a movie called smiley-face. it has the chick from scary movie 2 and 3 and all the does the whole movie is smoke weed and goes to a hemp-fest, shes blazed the whole damn movie its pretty funny. any that wants to watch it i just watched it on a website so you can check it out
also, ‘The Darjeeling Limited
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
April 14, 2008 @ 3:45 pm valeriebside
So I just came across this new sweet stoner flick. It’s a take on the movie Super SIZE me, except instead of eating McDonald’s for 30 days Doug Benson (from VH1) eats and vaporizes medical marijuana for thirty consecutive days. I also found out there are free screeners for the movie up on the film’s site…(www.superhighmemovie.com)… Have fun with this one. Peace.
April 21, 2008 @ 1:10 am Nocturna
i think everyone of you guys needs not forget about beerfest and fear and loathing in las vegas
April 27, 2008 @ 6:22 pm David
I’m very surprised to see that “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas” isn’t in the list.
April 27, 2008 @ 7:04 pm sasori
I’d say Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is more of an all around drug movie rather than a stoner flick.
June 8, 2008 @ 6:58 pm Mairtin O'Riain
Another must see film on original stoner culture with a slightly more serious though highly nostalgic flavour has to be ‘Dog Soldier’ staring Nick Nolte as the anti hero stuck with an incredibly large amount of heroin and an equaly large amount of people who want to kill him.It was Nolte at his best…even the likes of Mary Whitehouse would have empathised with him in the final scenes.
Another one worth watching (again serious) is ‘What we lost in the fire’ where the ‘smack-head’ turns out to be the hero and there’s an unexpected, though honest closing line on addiction…the cold turkey scenes are more honest than most hollywood typos too.
And ‘Trainspotting’ well that one must be the ultimate for anyone who has ever found themselves ‘worshiping the toilet’ wether due to drink, drugs or a dodgy vindaloo!…not for children or the squeemish though!! Cheech and Chong were the original classics(had a similar experiance to the ‘His name is Ralph scene once – only the name came out as Bjork!). Nice site peeps!
June 9, 2008 @ 8:57 am Super stoner
hey all, im from Holland, i smoke up about 3 to 5 times a week n my brain is all fucked, but some of the movies on there are shit! im serious, ya’ll gota update that list yo. there are some good movies out there which are not on the list, post em on!!!
June 28, 2008 @ 11:06 pm Yousuck
This list is all backwards. Fast times is barley a stoner film, it has a stoned guy in it. Thats it. Grandmas boy should be in there almost first and half baked,harold and kumar, and dazed and confused should 1,2, & 3
June 30, 2008 @ 4:34 pm Tammy!
Rude awakenings is a brill stoner flick..shocked it aint here! the bit wer shes pretending to b a bull 2 his red flag hahaha hilarious x
July 10, 2008 @ 11:35 pm richie vallance
lmao most of you people don’t have clue about what a stoner movie is! I have been trawling through your list for any incline of stoner movies out there, or opinions (so i dont download crap torrents)…
I have watched most of them, and therefore decided to compile my own list, of what should be in a stoner film, and be the best stoner films of all time.
1. Cheech and Chong series (next movie is best) and c=c are the best. thats what weed is all about, even though there is plenty of mention of other drugs in thier films.
2. Reefer madness/history of marijuana propaganda.
3/ Don’t be a menace/how high/marlon brothers’ films (black comedy)
4/ Brat pack films
5/ 80’s college films.
Just because there hasn’t been that many really good stoner films recently, a good comedy that makes you piss your pants is not a stoner movie. This is sub sub culture.
Stoner films are about getting stoned.
This is comedy. You don’t have to be stoned to have a laugh, just like you don’t need drugs or alcohol
to have good sex.
I would say that a stoner movie for a start has to be about hash or weed, and involve copious amounts of it all the way through.
like i would say that lock stock is a gangster film. Eastend gangster not mafia gangster. Even though the plot involves some students growing shitloads of cannabis.
Judging by the misconceptions of reefer madness, and coloctivly the whole propaganda at the time surrounding it, in 1930’s america (funnily at the time of the depression) made it extremely funny because of the seriousness and that’s what makes good comedy.
When you smoke really good laughing tackle
and you sit down with your mates, rolling it, bonging it etc…a good “stonerovie should make you get the giggles so much that you can’t breath, and fall of your couch.
I also think that times in america and england also make a big difference. Like over there you get your jocks (like your bullies) miss populars (bitches) geeks (you all know who you are) etc.
Alot of roadtrip movies add that element of 420 culture. and don’t get me started on the backpack.
Films that are comedy and have you rolling around on the floor laughing your tits off, are often credited as stoner films because it is socialy acceptable that most teens smoke weed/pot. I thought skin deep was funny as f*** no mention of weed in there. Batchelor party another.
Adam Sandler films and ones he has produced also, get mistaken for stoner films/movies. He tends to portray himself as the underdog, who makes up with his dad, and gets the girl…
Don’t fall into the trap of subcatorgorising stoner films at the mere mention of weed.
Cheech and Chong are the one and only true stoner films ever. They started it. And they will finish the 420 culture.
Canabis is a class b drug/narcotic in england, even though amsterdam is only a quick ferry ride away lots of people grow thier own. Teen movies are also classed as stoner films just because a main character smokes weed.
And there are not many english films involving a group af friends smoking weed, getting high, getting laid, going on mad missions (roadtrips) geting done by the cops, causing a riot, being chased, new boy at school, getting stoned in class, getting stoned at work, geting stoned 24/7, being disowned by parents, slacking/being a bum etc etc etc even though we do it everday. roflmfao.
Watch out for the metaphores and cliche’s.
If it makes you laugh your tits off, you get really high, and you are with your good homies, who cares if it’s a stoner film, as long as you have a good time!!!
So if anybody wants to reply, please do…
Have a nice J.!
Richie V (England)
As you can tell, i’m really stoned while writing this. P.S since whan has Pink Floyd ever been about getting stoned?
Thier music is all about Sid Barrett. His life and mental health issues, and not wanting to be in the band. Even though there are some psychedelic tuned and visuals in thier music videos, and are good to watch while stoned, its all about acid. Just like the beatles… Acid.
Sid Barrett never wanted to come down, just like Major Tom and Ziggy Stardust (bowie)
August 11, 2008 @ 6:22 pm isuckyoupush
good list however i think waynes world deserves a spot on there.
August 14, 2008 @ 7:22 am Jayson
Guess it is safe to say Pineapple Express would find its way onto your list. If you haven’t seen it, it is hilarious!!!
September 13, 2008 @ 4:28 pm mo
SuoerTroopers! how could u forget the best stoner opening ever
September 13, 2008 @ 11:01 pm sasori
@ Super stoner
What movies are missing? Please enlighten me!
@ richie vallance
So you agree with the list…?
Pineapple Express definitely has its moments… :)
I didn’t forget Super Troopers. I just don’t think it has a place in the top ten.
October 7, 2008 @ 5:44 pm Mr.Hits420
Hey like the list but i think it should look like this man
6.Harold and Kumar
4.Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
3.Dazed and Confused
1.Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke
Reason being that Cheech and Chong own the #1 spot hands down same as half baked at #2 its more or less the new age face of stoner comedy dazed and confused is like a great new movie that represents the age where smoking weed was a way of life, as for fear and loathing in las vegas watch it cause its intense, Bong water is a great stoner flick that is a must see,Gradmas Boy ha this movie is full of stoner comedy,Harold and kumar i placed pretty low for it being a good stoner movie but i felt its not as good as whats under it, how high great movie not to much to say about it tho, reffer madness was made by a church to help promote durg freenessness but turned out to be a kick a$$ smoke movie and promoted more drug use then it helped to depromte it, finally Rolling Kanasas is a great them but lacks the fact that no one in the movie actually smokes weed its based of the journey to find it plus its funny so there ya have it my reccomendation and i chose all these based on the relveants of weed its pretty acurate but serously Cheech and Chong #1
October 22, 2008 @ 7:54 am Ben
I don’t think this is a good list, or even a good discussion of the list, you guys seem to be focusing on movies made from yester-year, No offense but I smoke alot of pot and watch alot of movies and the shit you gus call the best is shit you can watch once a year, what about your stoner flicks that you can watch daily? I mean shit do you guys really think CHEECH and CHONG out does P.Express? Would you buy schwag instead of kind? No, I don’t care how you answer but hopefully you’ll read this and keep looking because this list sucks donkey balls
October 22, 2008 @ 7:58 am Ben
There’s a better list, it’s got alot of the same, but SO SO MUCH better of the different
October 22, 2008 @ 6:15 pm sasori
First, you’ll notice this list was compiled well over a year ago. Had I done it more recently, Pineapple Express probably would have found its way onto the list.
Note: Cheech and Chong easily best Pineapple Express.
Note 2: If I had made a top 20 list, I too would have been able to add most of the movies listed on the list you cite.
Note 3: Thanks for visiting!
October 26, 2008 @ 9:39 pm Mr.Hits
Im tired of hearing about movies like pineapple express let me just say posers 3 reasons why
3:The dialouge is corny and fake
2:Its not real pot
1:They arent real stoners end of disscusion
Goods movies but posers compared to Cheech and Chong cause when they went amsterdam there was no faking that lol so think about the reallity of things and thats what makes it a true stoner movie. Oh and Jay and Silent Bob are legit.
January 3, 2009 @ 10:39 pm Blair
fear and loathing in las vegas, up in smoke, harold and kumar are all time favs. pretty good list could use a few adjustments. i gott say that trailer park boys show and movie are my fav cuz it sums up what me and friends do:) peace
January 19, 2009 @ 3:43 am IRTEHVERISTONEDMENZ
Mr.Hits, ure right, in pinneapple express, when they smoke the cross joint, you can see clearly how dale changes the joint, but he does take the hit, and its real weed, tho, saul, the dealer, didnt smoked real pot :)
February 1, 2009 @ 12:11 am Mr.Hits
Yeah my bad seth rogan can be classified as the stoner type now but still he could be faken it. Ive been watchin a couple movies i could of stated, home grown an smiley face are pretty funny pinneapple is funny 2 dont get me wroung its just i feel the more of a real life stoner the actors are an the more real weed or just the idea of it should be considered if you want to rank stoner movies not just popularity. If i where to have a list of 20 i would rank them as such
19.Dude wheres my Car
14.Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
6.Harold and Kumar
4.Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
3.Dazed and Confused
1.Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke
That is what i would consider to be a fair list…more variety but thats just my opinon truly each to his own i could watch any of these movies daily thats one thing to consider also.
(To all who think any stoner movie out dose cheech and chong just remember they are for it not just with it, big diffrence.
February 15, 2009 @ 9:47 pm lala
i think movies like bio-dome, mallrats, detroit rock city, and half baked, dazed and confused, stoned age, and any cheech and chong movie should be on the list for top 10 stoner movies for sure. :).
February 20, 2009 @ 12:43 am Mr.Hits420
Yeah i for got about detroit rock city lol as for mallrats good movie to watch when your stoned but clerks deff a better choice.
March 6, 2009 @ 9:16 pm 420 stoner
Some focking good movies are
a clockwork orange
The devils rejects
beavis and butthead do america
waynes world 1 and 2
fritz the cat
the nine lives of fritz the cat (sequal)
cheech and chong movie
1 up in smoke
2 nice dreams
3 next movie
4 still smokin
5 born in east la
6 corsican brothers
7 far out man
8 it came from hollywood
9 get out of my room
10 things are though all over
11 a.k.a tommy chong
recommended torrent downloads
watch all these while stoned gaurunteed good stoner times
March 6, 2009 @ 9:27 pm 420 stoner
detroit rock city
dazed and confused
Dude wheres my Car
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
Clerks 1 and 2
Harold and Kumar white castle and guantanamo bay
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
are some other good ones
enjoy all of these while stoned
March 8, 2009 @ 10:34 am Whooo!
What about horor movies guys?
March 17, 2009 @ 10:13 pm MrHits420
Shrooms is a good scary movie to watch when your high and dry, what i like to do is make it super dark roll a j or a blunt or a bong and just be consumed in the dark when watchin a scary movie hi lol itll be tripy an the dark addes to the excitment of the scare factor.
March 20, 2009 @ 10:15 am Blaine
1. a scary film high never really is scary. its more hilarious.
2. pineapple express is a damn good film, but it does not pass off as one of the top ten stoner films of all time. seth rogen has just happened to bring pot to the forefront of movies yet again.
3. if this list was really about the best films to get stoned to, then youre just taking on a whole new level. thats just outrageous.
May 5, 2009 @ 2:47 pm alaska
friday should def be numero uno
“… DID YOU HEAR THE PHONE RING!??”
May 10, 2009 @ 9:48 pm Stoner Films
very nice review!! i like the ranking.. if anyone want to watch those stoner films you can visit my hompage for more stoner movies ~!!
June 5, 2009 @ 3:14 am Nipoon
Walk Hard is the best stoner movie of all time!!And we all left that out in the list…and i also agree with the dude up above that scanner darkly they left out..
September 6, 2009 @ 8:34 pm retrohelix
I sense that a lot of you aren’t even stoners. How can you badmouth Pineapple Express? Have you seriously watched it high? The bit where Red gets out the car and blows the guys foot off had me in fucking fits. Even parts such as the buzzer at the door, or the girlfriends dad’s dialogue are just pure stoner comedy.
November 23, 2009 @ 10:15 pm Red
Seriously don’t think many of the people here are stoners. Wouldn’t be having petty arguments about which movie is better if that was the case.
“Arguing on the internet is like running in the special Olympics. Even if you win, you’re still retarded.”
Think about that.
February 25, 2010 @ 9:48 pm John
Definitely a solid list. I won’t lie though, this list is good enough for me with just the inclusion of The Big Lebowski. First off, I can watch this one over and over (no, there are no drugs necessary).
I really couldn’t tell you what it is about The Big Lebowski, it just clicks for me. With that said, I’ve yet to see a few on the list and Up In Smoke is damn funny.
July 11, 2011 @ 5:04 am Rachael
Smiley Face, that movie is hilarious.
July 14, 2011 @ 2:33 pm Patty
How come no one has mentioned Saving Grace? I love the thought of old people growing and smoking pot . The characters in the small town are great. Someone we all know, who you would never think would partake in “the evil weed”.
August 20, 2011 @ 4:35 pm LUCKYBOY
1. THE BEGINNING OF THE SHINING (CREDITS).
2. SUPER TROOPERS (AND THATS THE 2ND TIME I GOT CRABS)
4. TWILIGHT ZONE (THE MOVIE)
5 NATURAL BORN KILLERS.
6. BETTER OFF DEAD. (DEMAR SNORTS JELLO)
7. SATANIS: THE DEVILS MASS. (ANTON LAVEY)
8. NIGHT PATROL. (’84 COMEDY FLICK). FN HILARIOUS!!!!
9. SNATCH. (FEED ‘EM TO THE PIGS HAROLD)
10. 1 FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST.
11. REEFER MADNESS. (I USUALLY LISTEN TO SUM CRAZY TECHNO MUSIK AND SMOKE IT UP!!!)
August 20, 2011 @ 4:51 pm LUCKYBOY
ALTHOUGH THE MOVIES I MENTIONED NOT ALL HAVE WEED SMOKING IN IT :( BUT THEY ARE DEF. FUNNY TO WATCH!!!!! U SHOULD DEF. CHECKM OUT!!! THANX
September 8, 2011 @ 9:15 pm LUCKYBOY
THE DAMN SHOW-YUCKO THE CLOWN
October 16, 2011 @ 7:27 am David Alvarez
Not a bad list, but i really can’t understand why Half Baked is the next to last movie in the list. I love Half Baked, although its a bit intellectually undemanding :D
January 14, 2012 @ 4:12 pm Edgar
Your Highness is a newer film and it’s pretty funny. It’s about a valiant prince and his kinda fuck up brother that are out on a knights quest to save the princes’ girl. Lots of toking and funny medieval jokes with dragons and shit. Good stuff.
March 4, 2012 @ 5:44 pm Social Stoner
Well, you did a great job, I think your ranking is quite good, although I think Half Baked and How High deserve to be in a higher position on your list, they are both hilarious !
March 21, 2013 @ 6:06 pm DynamicDesign
You could pick just about any Seth Rogen movie and find a worthy list entry.
October 29, 2013 @ 4:15 pm Sam
Dudes, what about Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong?
April 10, 2017 @ 4:34 am bliz
this writer and others have confused “stoner scenes” and “stoner characters” with “stoner films”….stoner films are a genre of films that are entirely driven by pot culture, plot, characters, settings, etc….half baked, how high, up in smoke, and harold and kumar are the only actual ‘stoner films’ on here….dazed and confused comes close but is more a ‘hangout film’ or ‘coming of age films,’ similarly for fast times and friday….having a scene or two with pot, or classic pot secondary character, isn’t a stoner film—so you give fast times top spot in a list of ilms it doesnt even belong in…shows the ignorance of the writer, and the dated age and bias of the writer from good memories smoking weed watching movie hanging out and loving sean penn….doesnt make it a stoner film….big lebowski has a stoner character, not stoner film…clerks has memorable secondary stoner characters, not a stoner film..etc etc..