Watching movies while high gives a whole new meaning to “Netflix and chill” but there are some stoner movies that are just a trip, regardless of whether you’ve been smoking the devil’s lettuce.
Whether you want to sit back and relax with a cross joint, or simply live vicariously through the character on the screen, the following movies have gone down in history as the best stoner movies to date.
From hilarious comedies to high action hits, these films are full of hilarious punch lines and unexpected twists that will have you at the edge of your seat, or maybe rolling on the floor laughing.
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
Starring hilarious actors John Cho and Kal Penn as Harold and Kumar respectively, this stoner comedy is the first Harold and Kumar film in a series.
The movie follows Harold and Kumar, two friends who decide to go to a White Castle after smoking marijuana to cure their munchies with a couple of delicious hamburgers (if you don’t live in a state where they have White Castle, we are very sorry for your misfortune).
Unfortunately, they don’t quite make it there – at least not until after a serious of misadventures.
It starts out when the White Castle they first drive to has been replaced by another fast food chain so they go to Princeton University to buy more pot and almost get caught by campus security, Harold gets bit by a raccoon.
Kumar performs a surgery, they pick up a high Neil Patrick Harris, Harold punches a police officer, he goes to jail, Kumar breaks him out, they smoke with a cheetah, and end up going to the Netherlands.
If that sounds like a whirlwind, well it’s because it is! Which is what makes this trippy movie one for the stoner cinema history books. You can see the trailer down below.
Now, this one is a true classic. Released in 1998, this film embodies the ’90s stoner era perfectly. Half Baked stars friends, Thurgood Jenkins (Dave Chappelle), Brian (Jim Breuer), and Scarface (Guillermo Díaz) who establish a pot-selling business, named Mr. Nice Guy, after one of their other friends, Kenny, is incarcerated for accidentally killing a diabetic police horse by feeding it fast food (yeah, that’s the plot).
The three friends vow to raise $100,000 to get their friend out on bail and attempt to earn the money by selling stolen weed that is manufactured in a lab where Thurgood works as a janitor (or a “master of the custodial arts” if you ask Thurgood about it).
Mr. Nice Guy ends up becoming an extremely successful business – so successful in fact, that local drug lord Samson Simpson threatens to kill the three friends unless they pay him a $20,000 weekly stipend.
Thurgood also experiences personal troubles, when his girlfriend, an extremely anti-drug straight edge (ironically named Mary Jane Pottman) finds out that he is Mr. Nice Guy and breaks up with him.
Things continue their downward spiral for Thurgood when he gets caught stealing drugs from the lab and is taken into police custody.
To avoid jail time, Thurgood strikes a deal with the police to help them catch Samson Simpson, and after smoking pot in the police car, getting the cops high on second-hand smoke, and getting caught with a wire by Simpson, Thurgood and his friends come to some life realizations.
Dazed and Confused
Dazed and Confused is a cult coming of age filmfavorite with an ensemble cast of now-famous actors—including Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey – who, at the time, were just looking for their big break.
This film combines stoner comedy with retro ‘70s high school clichés and a cast of misfits that together can transport you to another time and place.
The film is set onthe last day of the year at Lee High School, May 28, 1976. As the film unfolds each character has their own storyline which works cohesively with the others to capture the ’70 high school experience.
Randall “Pink” Floyd is the school’s star quarterback who is asked to sign a drug-free pledge to prevent him from jeopardizing the championship, but he doesn’t want to give up his freedom.
Fred O’Bannion is a second-time senior who love hazing the freshmen, including Mitch Kramer who develops a crush on Sophomore Julie Simms – who he later makes out with in a classic 70’s hilltop scene.
Between keg parties, smoking weed, evading the cops, and listening to a little rock n’ roll, each of the characters arrive to new levels of self-discovery.
This stoner comedy centers on two underachieving stones, Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman), who smoke some marijuana that was fertilized with the ashes of Silas diseased friend Ivory (Chuck Davis) before taking an academic standardized exam, the Testing for Higher Credentials (THC for short).
In a trippy twist, the ghost of Ivory appears to the two friends and gives them all the answers to the exam. High off of seeing a ghost a acing their exam, the pair gain acceptance to Harvard University.
At Harvard, they pass the first semester with the help of Ivory, Jamal dates the daughter of the US vice president, and Sila hones in on his botany skills and tries to develop a truth serum.
Their luck begins to dwindle when someone steals and smokes their Ivory plant and they begin to flunk their classes.
However, through more pot smoking, learning, and the perfection of Sila’s truth serum, the pair reach new heights in both their academics and personal lives.
See the trailer for How High here for a sense of how trippy and funny this stoner hit is.
The Pineapple Express
Stoner film icons Seth Rogan and James Franco play marijuana everyday smoker Dale Denton and his drug dealer, Saul Silver, in this hilarious action comedy that was produced by the makers of Superbad.
In this film, the pair is forced to go on the run, after Dale witnesses one of Saul’s clients, a drug lord named Ted, and a corrupt police officer murder a man.
Unfortunately, Dale accidentally leaves behind a roach containing a specific strand of marijuana, called Pineapple Express, at the scene of the crime, which is later identified by Ted and traced back to Saul.
Infuriated, the drug lord hires a hitman to track the pair down, forcing them on a high-speed escape to save their own lives. Watch the trailer for a preview of this high action comedy and to see what makes it a classic stoner hit.
Whether you’re a fan of the cops, it’s hard not to be a fan of Super Troopers. These hilarious Vermont State Troopers aren’t your typical cops; they play pranks on each other and the drivers they pull over, torment their radio dispatcher, and entertain a rivalry with the Spurbury Police Department.
Their shenanigans continue as they fight to preserve their dying race, and uncover a scandal that just might defeat their rivals, the SPD. See the trailer here and get ready to laugh out loud at this good cop/bad cop parody.
This is the End
From The Pineapple Express to This is the End, Seth Rogan and James Franco continue to prove their worth as stars in the stoner comedy hall of fame.
Besides these two icons, the film is jam-packed with a full cast of other amazing comedians, actors, and celebrities who survive a series of apocalyptic style disasters in Los Angeles.
As the calamity unfolds the gang of superstars gets into a string of shenanigans as they try to survive, and in the end, some are forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. Watch the This is the End trailer to see why this movie is such a hit.
The Big Lebowski
In this 1998 film, slacker and bowling enthusiast, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, is accidentally mistaken for a millionaire of the same name.
The other Jeffry Lebowski’s wife was kidnapped and held for ransom and the millionaire Lebowski decides to hire The Dude to deliver the ransom money to the kidnappers.
The plan, however, goes askew when The Dude’s friend develops a plan to keep the ransom.
From slacker to potential hero, The Dude’s adventures are hilarious as it is, but if you watch them while high they are drop dead funny. See the trailer for The Big Lebowski to see why this oldie but goodie is still a classic.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the film!
Nothing is better than mellowing out with an entertaining film, and if you can do so with a tasty edible or maybe some popcorn with extra cannabutter – even better.
However, regardless of your state of inebriation, these stoner classics are simply must-see hits for anyone who is a fan of trippy and hilarious films.
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