10 Essential Stoner Movies

By Rolling Up

The pandemic has affected the film industry with the shut down of filming productions and movie theater closures. How are we coping with all of this bad news? By staying home and watching movies of course! Grab your favorite strain and chill out with one of these movies. 

The Big Lebowski (1998) - The plot of this movie doesn’t make sense sober or stoned. It’s one of the world’s most quotable stoner movies out there. The Coen Brothers' 1998 cult classic is an offbeat crime caper about a shaggy, White Russian-swilling stoner named The Dude (Jeff Bridges) who gets pulled into a ransom scheme involving a rich philanthropist's two-timing trophy wife (Tara Reid). 

Up in Smoke (1978) - Every stoner comedy has tried to emulate this classic one way or another. Cheech and Chong’s classic movie is about a tale of misadventures while escaping from the cops with a van entirely made of weed. 

Friday (1995) - If you ever wondered where the term, “Bye, Felcia” came from to dismiss someone it came from Friday. Ice Cube and Chris Tucker star in this semi-autobiographical movie about two friends who need to pay back their drug dealer $200 by 10 p.m. 

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) - Jay and Silent Bob find out that Miramix is making a movie about their alter egos, “Bluntman & Chronic,” so they set off on an adventure to California from New Jersey to stop the production. They set on a raucous adventurous road trip and do what they do best: wreaking havoc along the way. 

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980) - It doesn’t top their first movie Up in Smoke, but this film is mindless to watch to pass the time with family and friends. It goes to show that a film doesn’t need an elaborate plot to be funny. 

Dazed and Confused (1993) - This one is definitely a top 10 stoner movie. If you want to feel alright, alright, alright dive into this comedy in which Matthew McConaughey had nothing better to do then hang out with a bunch of high school students on the last day of class. 

Pineapple Express (2008) - Seth Rogen and James Franco made the stoner flick a mainstream genre in the mid-2000s. It’s the quintessential bro comedy. Seth Rogen has become a weed icon and Pineapple Express has become one of the most popular strains in weed culture. 

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) - Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) embark on an adventure to satisfy their munchies for White Castle burgers after watching an ad after getting stoned. Let’s just say their adventure gets a little wild.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - Sean Penn plays the legendary character Jeff Spicoli in this high school comedy. His way of life can be summed up in these following words: "Surfing's not a sport, it's a way of life, it's no hobby. It's a way of looking at that wave and saying, 'Hey bud, let's party!' 

Half Baked (1998) - Although this isn’t isn’t the best stoner movie, it’s considered an essential for this list. The scattered plot has enough laughs to warrant a visit in this Dave Chapelle comedy. 

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