Movies are an American institution made in California… So they share a lot with Cannabis, Apple, Facebook – and let’s face it, a lot of the world’s other most recent innovations.
The internet loves lists, you know it, I know it… we all know it. So with that we thought we’d take two great things – Marijuana and Movies and create a list of the 10 best stoner movies… in our opinion of course.
1) Pulp Fiction
Why is Pulp Fiction on a stoner movie list you ask? Well aside from the regular drug use in the film, Tarantino placed all kinds of hidden symbols and references. Including the fact that every clock is set to 4:20.
2) Fast Times at Ridgemont High
This is probably one of the most iconic stoner films of all time due to Sean Penn’s portrayal of “Spicoli.” Don’t forget the scene where Phoebe Cates gets out of the pool… No heterosexual male can.
3) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Possibly the best book to movie translation ever. Terry Gilliam nails everything about Hunter S. Thompson’s insane drug soaked Las Vegas romp. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro couldn’t be more perfect as the Thompson and his lawyer and that hitchhiker is Spiderman bro!
Kevin Smith’s epic black and white tale of gas station Clerk’s is now an Indie classic. It’s on the stoner list more because Kevin Smith himself is a stoner and less because of actual marijuana use in the film. The conversations about contractors working on the death star and Oleg’s metal band “F**k You Yankee Blue Jeans” are definite stoner themes.
5) Dazed and Confused
No stoner movie list is complete without Dazed and Confused. Richard Linklater just won Oscar’s for “Boyhood” but this is one of his first films. A love letter to the 1970’s with countless quotable stoner diatribes. (Yes I just said diatribes)
6) Half Baked
No list of stoner films is complete without Half Baked (I know I just said that about Dazed and Confused but it’s equally true here) – A lot of big comedy names in this one… before they were big. Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart. A true stoner classic.
7) Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
No list of Stoner films would be complete… ok ok, that’s enough. This is another true stoner classic. Not only is the movie itself hilarious, Neal Patrick Harris just owns. I can’t speak for the sequels but the first Harold & Kumar movie is a stoner film classic.
8) Pineapple Express
Seth Rogen kind of has the stoner comedy thing locked down these days. With hits like “This is the End” and “Knocked Up” he’s always bringing the stoner vibe to popular comedies. Pineapple Express was his first full blown pot driven comedy and it’s a great one.
9) The Big Lebowski
The Dude is a stoner icon of course… if you haven’t seen the Big Lebowski it’s like, where have you been bruh? Get out from under your rock and check this movie out. It even has Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers as one of the “Nihilists”
10) Cheech & Chong’s “UP IN SMOKE”
Up in smoke was admittedly the first real stoner movie I ever saw. In my personal opinion it’s the best Cheech & Chong Movie as well. So many amazing and memorable scenes including the culmination where they play the song “Earache My Eye” at the Roxy Theater.
*11) Kid Cannabis (*HONORABLE MENTION)
Kid Cannabis gets the #11 slot and an honorable mention seeing how it’s a more recent movie. That doesn’t take away from it’s greatness though. It’s the story of Idaho teenager Nate Norman who’s rise to prominence was detailed in a 2005 Rolling Stone article. The film also has Ron Perlman and was controversial due to a scene that was actually filmed in a Marijuana growing facility in Canada where the crew had to be transported in a van with blacked out windows.