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The 20 Best Stoner Movies of All Time

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Stoner movies can be a great source of entertainment and escapism. They often have a unique blend of comedy, absurdity, and wild scenarios that can make them both enjoyable and memorable. Watching them is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day, and they provide a much-needed break from reality. From the 1970s to the 2020s, here are the best stoner movies to watch with your partner, favorite smoking buddies, or even by yourself. Just don’t forget the munchies!

Up in Smoke is a 1978 stoner comedy starring Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. It follows two friends on a quest to find the best marijuana in the world while avoiding the police and other authorities. The movie is a classic cult favorite and is praised for its clever and unique humor.

This coming-of-age film follows a group of high school students and their adventures during the 1980s in the fictional California town of Ridgemont. The film helps to launch the early careers of Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Brian Backer, Robert Romanus, and Forest Whitaker. The story follows the lives of several teenagers as they go through their last year of high school, navigating through love, sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
This iconic 1980s sci-fi comedy is about two teenage slackers, Bill and Ted. The two friends are sent on an outrageous time-traveling journey to pass their high school history class. Along the way, they meet historical figures such as Socrates, Napoleon, Billy the Kid, and Joan of Arc, while they attempt to assemble enough historical knowledge to pass the class and save their band, Wyld Stallyns.
Richard Linklater’s film follows a group of Texas teenagers on the last day of high school in 1976. The story follows the students as they navigate their way through the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation. The movie is filled with humor, nostalgia, and great music from the era. It’s a lighthearted look at the joys and struggles of youth. It’s a classic coming-of-age movie with a great ensemble cast and a heartwarming story.
PCU is a classic satirical comedy movie following the misadventures of students attending a small liberal arts school. It centers on the attempts of the main characters to fit in with the different types of cliques, groups, and subcultures present among the student body. The movie is full of clever jokes, memorable characters, and a lighthearted look at college life.
Kevin Smith’s black-and-white indie comedy film written stars Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson as two store clerks and their acquaintances. The movie follows their day-to-day lives as they discuss sex, relationships, religion, and popular culture. It’s an honest, smart, and humorous look at the lives of two young men trying to make their way in the world.
Starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, Friday is a quintessential stoner classic. It follows two best friends, Craig and Smokey, navigating a day filled with misadventures and unexpected run-ins. From dealing with a nosy and overly aggressive neighborhood bully to a run-in with the police, Craig and Smokey’s day spirals out of control.
The Big Lebowski is a cult classic directed by the Coen Brothers and tells the story of an eccentric slacker named Jeff Lebowski, also known as “the Dude,” who is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. The Dude is then embroiled in a tangled web of extortion, deception, and ransom, as he attempts to discover who is trying to scam him. It’s a hilarious, irreverent romp through the underbelly of Los Angeles, full of memorable characters and quotable lines.
Half Baked is a 1998 comedy starring about three friends, Thurgood, Scarface, and Brian, who decide to sell marijuana to get their friend out of jail. With hilarious performances from the cast and a great soundtrack, Half Baked will surely bring you plenty of laughs. The movie also has a great message about friendship and loyalty that will leave you with a smile on your face. Weed will help.
Super Troopers is a hilarious comedy starring members of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. The film follows a group of five Vermont state troopers as they attempt to solve a crime and keep a small town safe. It features plenty of physical humor, zany characters, and clever dialogue. It has become a cult classic and is a great movie to watch with friends while smoking up!
Starring Method Man and Redman, How High is about two pot-smoking buddies who use their magical stash of marijuana to ace their college entrance exams. The plot follows their adventures as they enroll at Harvard Law School and use their newfound knowledge to win the hearts of their classmates and help the underprivileged.
This classic stoner flick is about two best friends, Harold and Kumar, who embark on a quest to satisfy their craving for White Castle hamburgers. The two encounter outrageous and often hilarious obstacles, from an escaped cheetah to an overly eager police officer. Through it all, Harold and Kumar’s friendship and sense of adventure keep them going, ultimately leading them to the White Castle of their dreams.
Grandma’s Boy is a 2006 comedy starring Allen Covert, who plays a 35-year-old pot-smoking video game tester who is forced to move in with his grandmother when he is evicted from his apartment. The movie follows his adventures as he tries to balance his work life and his newfound home life.
Smiley Face is a 2007 comedy film starring Anna Faris as Jane F, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in Los Angeles. Jane accidentally eats several cupcakes laced with marijuana, and her day is quickly put off track in a series of outrageous misadventures. Along the way, she meets a cast of eccentric characters and learns important lessons about life, love, and responsibility.
Starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Danny McBride, Pineapple Express tells the story of a process server and his dealer who end up on the run after witnessing a murder. With the help of a hitman and a gangster, they must stay one step ahead of the police, a drug lord, and a crooked cop. It is filled with action, comedy, and cannabis-related humor.

The Wackness is a coming-of-age comedy-drama set in the summer of 1994 in New York City. It follows the story of Luke Shapiro, a teenage outcast who finds solace in his weekly visits to his psychiatrist, Dr. Squires. As Luke attempts to navigate his teenage years, he finds himself caught between two opposing worlds: the uptight, wealthy city elite and the drug-fueled hip-hop scene.

This fantasy adventure comedy stars Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman. The story follows two royal brothers, Thadeous and Fabious, on a quest to rescue Fabious’ bride-to-be from an evil wizard. Along the way, they must face a variety of outlandish creatures, including an angry Cyclops and an enchanted dragon.
Ted is a hilarious comedy about a man named John whose childhood wish for his teddy bear to come to life comes true. His teddy bear, Ted, becomes a living, breathing, foul-mouthed companion. Despite John’s efforts to mature and move on with his life, his friendship with Ted prevents him from progressing. Together they get into all sorts of trouble, navigating their way through love, friendship, and life in general.
This crime comedy-drama is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, with Joaquin Phoenix starring as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a private investigator in 1970s Los Angeles. The story follows Doc as he investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend and is drawn into a web of drug dealers, surfers, hustlers, and a wide array of eccentric characters. The film is a unique blend of styles and genres, combining mystery, comedy, and drama elements. With its offbeat humor and psychedelic visuals, Inherent Vice is a must-see.
Directed by Judd Apatow, this film stars Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Steve Buscemi, and Pamela Adlon. The story follows Scott, a 24-year-old with issues of arrested development due to the loss of his firefighter father, as he struggles to figure out his future and make peace with his past. It is a funny, heartfelt story about growing up, learning to accept and process your feelings, and ultimately achieving self-fulfillment.

Movie poster photos sourced from IMDB.