We often hear “Don’t do Drugs” from people that care about us. There’s no doubt that over the last few years, the medical uses of Cannabis have increased significantly. Still, many people prefer to use it for harmful purposes. Keeping aside the discussion of beneficial and harmful effects of Cannabis, it can’t be denied that the movies centered on their usage, or as they are referred to as “Stoner Movies” are quite entertaining. Over the decades, this subgenre of Comedy has taken Hollywood by storm. That being said, here are the 15 best Stoner movies of all time:
15. Pineapple Express (2008)
The inclusion of James Franco and Seth Rogen in the same movie is enough of a reason to lure in viewers. However, 2008’s buddy stoner action comedy film was enjoyable in its own right. The plot revolves around two stoners (a process server and his marijuana dealer) who end up in a hot mess after unintentionally witnessing a murder committed by the dealer’s boss.
Although the plot may sound like generic cat-and-mouse themed dark comedy, it will completely catch you off-guard at more than one occasion. The movie did well in the box office and managed to earn critics’ approval as well. So, you should definitely give it a shot!
14. Reefer Madness (1936)
In an age where most of the content is rehashed or a continuation of some sort, the era of originality is far behind us. This is why Reefer Madness still remains one of the most talked-about stoner films of all time.
This 1936 propaganda flick focused on the fatal consequences of high school students trying marijuana after being urged by “pushers”. Although the film now enjoys the status of a cult classic, it was a critical disaster, with some calling it one of the worst movies of all time. Still, the film managed to age well, after being rediscovered after 1970.
13. How High (2001)
If you ever intend on finding out how it feels to be high, just watch this 2001 stoner flick. It starred rappers Method Man and Redman and is a front-runner to be called the most “WTH?” movie of all time. While other stoner films’ plots focus on the harmful effects of taking drugs or getting in trouble due to playing a part in criminal activity, How High took the opposite route.
The story follows the two lead characters discovering some kind of enchanted weed, due to which they become intellectuals and punch their way into Harvard University after clearing the entrance exam with a remarkable score. Although the plot may sound ridiculous, you should expect it when you sign up to watch a stoner comedy.
12. Dazed and Confused (1993)
Once ranked third by Entertainment Weekly magazine on the list of 50 Best High School Movies and tenth on the list of “Funniest Movies of the 25 Years”, in addition to Quentin Tarantino ranking it as the 10th best film of all time in a Sight and Sound poll in 2002.
The accolades listed above should be enough to make anyone watch the movie. Although the 1993 coming of age film didn’t break box office records, the performance by an incredibly talented ensemble cast was praiseworthy and the plot of this stoner film (a group of Texan high schoolers preparing for summer by indulging in various questionable activities) is one of a kind.
11. The Big Lebowski (1998)
Another cult classic coming through! This crime comedy stoner movie took inspiration from Raymond Chandler’s work and stars Jeff Bridges and John Goodman in the lead roles. The story revolves around a stoner bowler becoming a target of an assault due to a mistaken identity case.
What follows is him carving out a plan to serve his own plan of justice… well not exactly! Comedy, Romance, Betrayal, a catchy soundtrack… you name it and the movie has got it and this is why it emerged as critical success overtime. Not only that, but The Big Lebowski was also chosen by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was termed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
10. Smiley Face (2007)
While most of the stoner films are eventful and follow the lead character suffering from fatal consequences, Smiley Face is a flick that you can watch without the fear of gory stuff. Anna Faris stars as Jane, a young unaspiring actor who accidentally eats a whole plate of cupcakes laced with cannabis.
What follows is a hilarious series of events in an otherwise normal day of her life. Danny Masterson and John Krasinski also play key roles in the film. Anna’s performance in the film was applauded by many. Although it might not be a masterpiece, it is the perfect stoner flick to get entertained.
9. American Ultra (2015)
Although the film suffered big time both critically and commercially due to a misleading marketing campaign, that doesn’t deny the fact that it is an enjoyable flick featuring two of the most successful stars of this generation i.e. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
This 2015 Action comedy flick is about a stoner government agent who utilizes his “particular set of skills” to take care of the agents tasked with exterminating him. As mentioned earlier, the film received mixed reviews from audience and critics alike but as for stoner movies typically go, this one surely deserves a one-time watch.
8. Up in Smoke (1978)
It would be highly unfair to exclude the film that is credited for establishing the stoner comedy genre, from this list. Up in Smoke follows the story of Lead Characters Pedro and Man (played by writers of the film Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong respectively) as they unintentionally sneak in a van loaded with marijuana, from Mexico to L.A.
What steers up the plot and makes it fun at the same time is that they are pursued by an incompetent Sgt. Although the film didn’t emerge as a critical success, it did good business on the box office and paved the way for other stoner comedy flicks to be made.