A much beloved and ever popular genre, stoner films have been bringing laughs to audiences for decades. Ranging from the ridiculous to the classics, here are our top 10 best stoner movies of all time.
10. True Romance (available on HitBliss) - 1993
Brad Pitt is nearly unrecognizable in his scene-stealing (although brief) performance as Floyd in True Romance. He never leaves the couch, always has his empty honey container transformed into a bong close at hand, and spends most of his time mumbling at the TV. Although the entirety of True Romance is not a stoner movie, Pitt’s portrayal of Floyd would go on to inspire James Franco’s acting in Pineapple Express.
9. Pineapple Express - 2008
After a pot dealer (James Franco) and one of his buyers (Seth Rogen) become witnesses to a high-profile murder, they have to run for their lives. The action-packed plot is also absurdly comical since they had just smoked a premium quality grade of weed known as pineapple express before their lives were in danger.
8. How High - 2001
Rappers Method Man and Redman head to Harvard thanks to the academic boost they get from a magical batch of marijuana. Their pot-fueled genius leads to the disruption of the status quo at the Ivy college. When the duo run out of their stash, they have to get creative, even resorting to smoking the bones of John Quincy Adams.
7. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle - 2004
Hoping for a relaxing night of getting high and grabbing White Castle burgers, the trip to the fast-food chain becomes quite the epic journey for roommates Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn). The film is arguably the most iconic recent stoner movie to date and spawned a successful franchise.
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - 1998
Based on the real life of Hunter S. Thompson (portrayed by Johnny Depp), this adventure film is filled with trippy visual effects and drugs of all types as emphasized in this classic quote from the protagonist, “We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.”
5. Half Baked (available on HitBliss) - 1998
Dave Chapelle wrote and starred in this modern stoner classic that is filled with celebrity cameos (Jon Stewart, Tommy Chong, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson…) and nearly every stoner stereotype; the hero even dates a woman named Mary Jane. To boot, the film has incorporated new terminology into the pot smoking lexicon with the phrase “I wanna talk to Samson!”
4. Dazed and Confused - 1993
Set in the 70s, the movie follows a group of Texan teens on the last day of school. The film stars several future Hollywood A-listers, including Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey and Milla Jovovich. There has been talk of director Richard Linklater planning a sequel.
3. The Big Lebowski (available on HitBliss) - 1998
Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of the Dude created one of the most iconic characters of modern film history. He’s an all-American hippie, spending his days smoking joints, bowling, drinking White Russians and avoiding any kind of formal job. He unexpectedly gets entangled in a dangerous case of mistaken identity, spiraling into a complicated plot that seems constructed to make sense only while high.
2. Friday (available on HitBliss) - 1995
Ice Cube co-wrote and co-starred in this stoner gem of a film filled with colorful characters, including the dealer who smokes his own stash (Chris Tucker in a career-making role as Smokey), intimidating bully Deebo and crackhead Ezal. The chemistry and comedic banter between Tucker and Ice Cube is priceless.
1. Up in Smoke (available on HitBliss) - 1978
Cheech and Chong’s first stoner movie of many is the grandfather of all stoner comedies. The film follows the misadventures of a couple of potheads who desperately try to return to the states after getting deported to Mexico on a trek to hunt down some quality marijuana.
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