The 10 Best Stoner Movies of All Time

By Dylan O.
I have compiled a list of some of the best stoner movies of all time that you can count on when you need a tasty flick to watch while you roast bowl after bowl. Not to mention, most of them are about weed or include your favorite archetypes of stoney characters.

Watching movies while under the influence of cannabis is—quite honestly—a fantastic experience. You laugh at things that you may otherwise not, you feel blown away by the most simple commercials or graphic presentation, and you simply don’t care about much else.

1.) The Big Lebowski (1998)

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This cult classic starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Tara Reid, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi, is a staple amongst stoner films. The film starts with the protagonist, The Dude, strolling through a grocery store donning an off-white T-shirt, a bathrobe, a pair of shorts, and comfy slippers.

All so that he can get himself some milk to wet his palate. Essentially, the dude is the very essence of what it is to be the ultimate stoner hippy, and once you purchase a bathrobe and try out the style yourself, it is hard to go back to much else.

The movie innately spirals out of control with its cast of quirky characters and a plot that truly defies cliche’ motifs with its originality and off-the-wall approach. From a stolen rug that gets passed on to a gang of German Nihilists with a pet ferret, this movie will have you rolling with its star-studded cast and unpredictable plot development that reveals twists and turns and a crass disregard for ‘the norm.’

2.) Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)

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While many will declare that this film is one of the dumbest movies ever made, it captures the aesthetic of what it was to be a stoner at the turn of the millennium with great effortlessness and substantial accuracy. Not to mention, it has become widely renowned for its cult status and surprisingly was a box-office success.

From the surfer-bro dialect and absolutely no intellect, you will feel once again like you were back during the good old Y2K—or as many believed it to be: the end of the world!

Despite its lack thereof depth, Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott are sure to imprint a few moments into your brain. You may not think it at first, but after watching this movie it will be hard not to say “...and then…” while in the drive thru the next time you stop at a fast food joint to fuel up.

3.) Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

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This wacky and wild comedy of epic proportions features Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as the infamous Bill and Ted. This comedy is centered around the two traveling through time so that they can pass their history report and stay friends forever. Now, does this sound like every far-fetched, outlandish stoner comedy?

—Yes, of course, it does—and that’s because it shares the same cliche’ plot development as many other stoner comedies.

Now, just because this movie is wildly ridiculous and over-the-top does not mean that you should rule it out of your repertoire of entertaining movie-motion-picture-films. So with that being said, when you are looking through your old VHS collection, do not hesitate to bust out Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure!    

4.) Friday (1995)

Ice Cube and Chris Tucker bring their best to the big screen with this stoner comedy about a neighborhood full of degenerates. While the plot of the film certainly isn’t enough to ‘blow your mind,’ it is the characters and wacky dialogue that will keep you coming back for more.

Even if you haven’t seen the film, I can guarantee you that you have come in contact with some of its most iconic moments, such as the scene with the fabled line, “Bye, Felicia!”

5.) Pineapple Express (2008)

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Seth Rogen and James Franco star in this whirlwind of a stoner comedy that conveys the story of a lowly drug dealer and one of his clients that get wrapped up in a drug war over a very special—but not very special in real life—strain of weed bequeathed: Pineapple Express.

Much like other movies of this same nature, it captures the idiotic genius of the stoner regime with staggering brilliance. With hilarious additional performances from Danny McBride and Craig Robinson, it will become an instant classic in your stoney collection and entertain you for many evenings to come.

6.) Dazed and Confused (1993)

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If there ever was a movie that gloriously romanticized the last day of high school in the late 1970’s, Dazed and Confused was certainly it. The motion picture stars many actors that you may be familiar with today, such as Matthew McConaughey, Jason London, and Milla Jovovich.

Throughout the movie the chaotic seniors are tormenting the prospective freshmen on the last day of school while driving their muscle cars, drinking cheap American beer and smoking doobies. If you want an iconic film that will set the tone for your summer nights, look no further than Dazed and Confused.

7.) Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a classic film amongst the stoner community that is known for its nostalgia and compartmentalized originality. If you have seen the Clerks movies, then you know that the films are very weird and full of off-the-wall characters that constantly keep you guessing and burying your face in your hands.

Experience a journey that will keep you laughing on the edge of your seat the entire time. When these two cannabis-clad heroes find out that Hollywood is making a film with two characters conceived in their likeness, they make their way to the city of fame and fortune to see what all the fuss is about and collect the money that they feel they are entitled to.

Needless to say, this quest leads to run-ins with hitchhikers, jewel thieves, and even wildlife rangers who track them down for setting an orangutan free. If you are into monkey business, then this is most certainly the comedy for you!

8.) Super Troopers (2001)

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This film is not only an instant classic amidst conventional cannabis culture enthusiasts but a personal favorite of mine that emerged as a staple stoner movie for the ages.

A hilarious troop of highway patrol cops is pranking their unbeknownst lawbreakers one at a time, and all the while they are trying to save their beloved station from being shut down!

From fights with the city police and mustache rides with German car thieves to a Canadian drug trade and bulletproof jockstraps, there is plenty to look forward to in this brilliantly crass comedy that will hit your stoner spot just right.

9.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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Based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson, this adaptation of the book featured Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro as the infamous Raoul Duke and his trusty lawyer.

The movie is, more or less, about a journalist (modeled after Hunter S. Thompson himself)  and his lawyer who travel to Las Vegas to do a piece on a motocross race in the middle of the desert—but not without a briefcase full of high powered narcotics!

If you happen to watch this movie sober, you will still feel like you are trippin’. Between the various scenes depicting their outlandish debauchery and the ever-lonely Gary Busey patrolling the Nevada highway, there is plenty that will leave you wide-eyed and gut-busted.

With that being said, I can only imagine how high you would feel if you actually watched it high. Since I have done it, I can tell you that it is quite the trip whether you are under the influence or not, but watching it stoned is certainly an experience to behold.  

10.) Half Baked (1998)

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Seeing as how this film was released in the late 90’s, it lives up to its reputation of being a traditional stoner flick from that time. Three friends come up with a series of crazy schemes and plots to get their friend out of jail. All the while getting themselves into trouble with all sorts of funky characters and less than cordial situations.

With performances by Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer, you can guarantee that you will be laughing your red-eyed, stoney bologna butt off until the credits are rolling.

Granted, these aren’t all of the best movies that you could ever hope to watch when you are stoned, but they are certainly a good place to start. Happy smoking, and be ‘tained!

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About the author: Dylan O.

Dylan O. is a freelance writer, musician, speaker, and spiritual healer. He has ample experience in the cannabis industry and is an advocate for the many healing properties of cannabis. He strives to educate others about cannabis and to assist in diminishing the stigmas that surround it with his sophisticated writing style and personal approach.