Since the beginning of its popularity in the United States, marijuana has influenced generations, cultures, as well as blockbuster Hollywood films. Marijuana is so popular, it has been said that more than 18 million people used it in 2009, and that’s just the out-of-the-closet potheads. What if you added the behind-the-scenes, no-one knows, users? That number would probably triple. If it wasn’t so, Hollywood wouldn’t make movies about it, and we wouldn’t have these hilariously funny movies to watch. It’s time to countdown the Top 25 Stoner Films of All-Time, so sit back and relax, because it’s time to get BAKED! (Note: When I say Stoner films, I mean Stoner films. These are all films that are either dedicated to or are influenced by marijuana.)
Top 25 Stoner Films of All-Time
Bonus Film (Documentary) – Super High Me – In 2007, stand-up comedian and former “Stoner of the Year” Doug Benson, set out to document his experience of marijuana use. While avoiding pot for 30 days, Doug takes multiple physical and mental tests, so he can document the effects of the drug. After the smoke-free month, he takes all the same tests, but this time while consuming massive amounts of the drug. This film is not just one man’s quest to get super high, it also examines the popular contested debate over the medical use of marijuana.
25. Evil Bong – Filling the last spot on the list, comes this ridiculously funny 2006 release, starring Tommy Chong. The film is about a vintage bong with mysterious powers, called EEBEE, that will make all your fantasies come true. When a group of stoners purchase the bong from New Orleans, they never expected it to come with a curse, but it did. Anyone that ends up smoking from the bong, goes unconscious, and is dragged into a mini-universe inside it. The universe housed inside the bong is a strip club full of hot dancers. So you ask, what’s the curse about that? That’s until the strippers start killing off the stoners one by one and dooming them to an eternity inside the bog. Can anyone save them? The film is not a blockbuster hit, but the ridiculous stupidness, will definitely give you some laughs.
24. Smiley Face – Based on a slacker actress named Jane F, this 2007 film takes you through her troubling day, that gets seems to get more outrageous by the minute. It all starts when she treats herself to a batch of cupcakes left by her psycho roommate, but the cupcakes, prove not to be as innocent as they appear. Her misadventure filled journey continues, as she bums a ride from her roommate’s friend, as she attempts to go across town to pay an unforgiving drug dealer, attend her audition, and figure out how to replace the cupcakes. This a wild journey that you will enjoy watching.
23. Puff, Puff, Pass – This 2006 film, is about two hapless stoners who get kicked out of drug rehab, and then get involved in several different wacky situations. One includes a suitcase drop, for a shady character named Mr. Big, that goes haywire. Filled with hilarious scenes, a bunch of characters including a thug that thinks he can rap, and a great cast of actors, this film is a definite keeper. Cast includes Ronnie Warner, Danny Masterson, Ashley Scott, Terry Crews, and Mekhi Phifer, who also directed the film.
22. Rolling Kansas – This 2002 comedy is definitely a hidden gem and will have you rolling on the floor. The film tells the story of the Murphy brothers, five guys that are in search of a marijuana forest, that was grown in the plains of Kansas for a government experiment in the 1960’s. After they find a treasure map to a magical marujuana forest, which was left to them by their long lost hippie parents, they set out on a journey to find the weed crops in an attempt to make some money. With a journey filled of misadventures and mishaps, Will they ever find the magical forest?
21. Strange Wilderness – This 2008 film is about a wild animal television show called “Strange Wilderness”, and how the heir to it all, attempts to save it from its plummeting ratings. Peter Gaulk, the heir to the series, decides to rescue the show by traveling to Ecuador in the search of Bigfoot. Accompanied by a crew full of idiots, Peter comes across one obstacle after another, as he encounters sharks, pygmies, piranhas, a crazy tracker, and Mexican border guards, throughout his hilarious and possibly deadly journey. Will he be able to find the legendary Bigfoot and save the show? The great cast of actors, endless parade of marijuana jokes, celebrations of rank stupidity, and grossed-out sight gags, makes it worth watching.
20. Bong Water – Released in 1998, this epic slacker comedy, has a star filled cast including Jack Black, Andy Dick, Jaime Kennedy, Luke Wilson, Alicia Witt, and Brittany Murphy. Based on a struggling artist who has big plans in his life, but he has one small problem, he can’t remember what they are. But when a sexy, sassy woman walks into his life things seem to be turning around, until she burns his house down and skips town with a wannabe rock star. Filled with hilariously insane characters, like an over-sexed rich girl, a singing farmer, and a hilariously sarcastic side-kick, this film is guarenteed to keep you entertained till it’s outrageous and unexpected finish.
19. Reefer Madness – This 1936 propaganda film, became a a cult hit in the 1970’s, when the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws rescued it from the Library of Congress film archive. It’s out dated look on the use of marijuana makes this film what it is today, an unintentional, hilariously-funny, classic. When a group of high school students give in to smoking the “Killer Weed”, what follows as depicted by the film, is a natural progression of a catalog of violent crimes that are committed under the influence. At times the outcomes are so ridiculously extreme, that the users end up going quickly insane and commit murder, rape, hit-and-runs, suicide, and even become permanent insanity. If so, we are in real big trouble, with the amount of people that smoke weed these days. This is definitely a must see film for anyone that would like to see how much things have changed over time and are looking for a good laugh at the same time.
18. Cheech and Chong’s Nice Dreams – This 1981 comedy classic, is the third film made by the infamous stoners, ” Cheech and Chong”. In this film, the outrageous, burnt-out duo sells specialty mixed ice cream to fulfill their fondest dreams, new guitars, islands in the sun, and beautiful women. Oblivious to an investigation on their sale of the marijuana treats, by a couple of idiot cops whose boss is constantly high from smoking all the evidence, the duo stumbles into one bad situation after another. Filled with stoned out craziness, including an incarceration in a padded room or a night of sexual bliss interrupted by a party-girls biker boyfriend, this film will keep you laughing the whole time through.
17. The Stoned Age – Based on two stoner friends and their brain-cell deprived buddies living in California, this 1994 film, is definitely a cult-classic. The two stoners named Joe and Hubbs, have only one mission in life, and its to get “Drunk, Stoned, and Laid”. When the two learn about two girls from their friend Tack, they see everything coming together, and set out to fulfill the perfect night of their lives. Will encounters with the cops, disco dancing store clerks, overzealous and perverted dads, burnt-out friends, and big samoan guys, stand in their way? Filled with great one-liners, wacky characters, and their urge to party, makes this one of the greatest comedies of its time.
16. Super Troopers – The fine art of handing out a freeway speeding ticket gets a hilariously funny twist added to it, in this 2001 film, that was written and performed by the comedy troop, Broken Lizard. This group of Highway Patrol pranksters who are basically a bunk of frat boys in police uniforms, finds themselves in a battle with the local police force, as they try to avoid being shut down. When a large amount of marijuana is discovered, the Super Troopers must set out to crack the case, in a way only they would know how. Filled with hilarious gags, inspired motorist mind games, and a collection of comical events, this movie is definitely a hit. The first 10 minutes of the movie has some of the funniest scenes that I have ever watched and that alone is reason enough to watch this flick.
15. Next Friday – Released five years after the original movie in the series, this 2000 film is definitely a great follow-up to its predecessor, “Friday”. This time around, Craig who is played by Ice Cube, is sent to live with his uncle when his nemesis Debo escapes from prison. Mistaken that his time in the suburbs will be dull, Craig comes to find out that no sooner than he arrives, conflicts start to arise. From hostile gang-banging neighbor, his cousins stalker girlfriend, to his uncle’s tax issues, Craig wished that he would have stayed in the hood. With his uncle’s house going to be seized, he teams up with his cousin and his pot-smoking skateboard buddy, to save the day. The energy of the dialogue and the great cast of characters, makes this a great film for all types of viewers.
14. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay – This 2008 film begins precisely where “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” left off. After their all-nighty journey of finding a White Castle is the first part, the two attempt to embark on a trip to Amsterdam, until an incident on the airplane with a smokeless-bong lands them both in Guantanamo Bay. After avoiding to perform sexual favors on the beefy guards, the two escape from the prison, and try to find their way back to the United States so they can clear their names. On their quest to get their freedom back, Harold and Kumar, encounter the Klu Klux Klan, a one-eyed inbreed monster, their old friend Neil Patrick Harris, and a smoked-out President Bush (he actually seems smarter in the movie than he is in real-life-maybe it’s was the weed). With all the gag-filled scenes about weed, a racist Homeland Security nut, and our great President Bush, this is a great film for non-potheads, as well as those who like to toke it up.
13.Fast Times at Ridgemont High – This 1982 film, was written by Cameron Crowe, after he spent a year undercover in a California high school researching for a book he was writing. The story line deals with the lives of a few iconic teens, including one of the schools most popular kids, a nerd, a teen queen, and the class stoner, who finds himself in a battle with a strict history teacher. This very entertaining and hilarious film launched the careers of Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Phoebe Cates.
12. Easy Rider – This 1969 box office hit is an important pioneer of the American independent cinema movement. Two hippie motorcyclists, played by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, embark on a cross-country odyssey filled with some crazy encounters. One of the people they run in to, an attorney played by Jack Nicholson, ends up joining their quest for awhile and articulates society’s problem with freedom. Throughout, the film retains its original power, sense of daring, and epochal impact, making it the Stoner classic, that it is.
11. Blow – A lot of people may question this 2001 film’s appearance on this list, but this is a great film that depicts a marijuana empire in the 1960’s, which has earned it a top spot on the list. After moving to California, George Jung who is played by Johnny Depp, makes a personal vow against poverty by attempting to sell marijuana. With the right connections, high-grade weed, and his ambition, George created one of the largest marijuana empires in American history, before getting arrested for smuggling hundreds of pounds of the contraband into country. While in prison he learns about a new drug that is on the rise, unknowing that it will be the cause of his demise. When released from prison, George meets up with his newly acquired partners, including the likes of Pablo Escabar, on his way to multiplying his fortune before he blows it all with a series of police busts. Blow is entertaining in all aspects, its is filled with a great cast, has constant threats of violence, paranoid anxiety, with some humor mixed in. If you want to know who and what changed the face of drugs in the US, this is a must see film.
10. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle – This 2004 film, is based on a crazed tale of two friends, who are trying to fulfill their craving for White Castle. As they set out on their weed filled journey to fulfill their craving, the two get sidetracked by several different characters, including a group of skateboarding hooligans, an inbred tow-truck driver and his sex-crazed wife, racist cops, and Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser MD), all who make their simple journey become a complete nightmare. After all the weed smoking and the road blocks of unfortunate events, Will the two ever satisfy their cravings and get their munchies?
9. The Big Lebowski – This Coen brother production which was released in 1998, is based on a pot-bellied, pot-smoking loser named Jeff “The Dude” Lembowski, who spends all of his time bowling and getting stoned. After Lembowski gets mistaken for a richguy, who has the same name, he finds himself involved in a hilarious kidnapping scheme. The film’s steady cascade of unique camera views (view from inside the holes of a bowling ball), hilarious dialogue from it’s rare cast of characters, which includes a hairnetted Latino bowler who sports dazzling purple footwear and an erotic artist that is obsessed with covering her naked body in paint and splatting herself against a giant canvas, make this a must see film.
8. Knocked Up – Released in 2007, Knocked Up is based on a journey a couple must take, after an intoxicating night leads to an unwanted pregnancy. When a career woman’s promotion leads to a night of alcohol induced celebration, she ends up having a one-night stand with an unemployed, carefree, pothead, who leaves her with more than just a horrible memory. That’s right, two months and several pregnancy tests later, the two who barely know each other have to reunite and take a crash course on child birth. Filled with outrageous male-jokes, idiot roommates, a married couple’s problems, the film also has a soft spot to it, as the two develop feelings for each other through it all. With all its great attributes, this film is 2007’s, outrageous comedy of the year.
7. Pineapple Express – Written and directed by team Apatow (the guys who brought us Superbad, The 40-year-old Virgin, and Knocked up), this 2008 film is based on the lives of a pot smoking process server and his burnt-out weed dealer, who get caught up in drug war between two gangs after one of them witnesses a murder. After being witness to a murder, the process server (Dale Denton) runs to his dealers house (Saul Silver), and then the fun begins. While running from one of the gang leaders, who is a marijuana kingpin, the two engage in some ridiculous action sequences with Saul’s supplier and two odd charactered henchmen. This over-the-top comedy’s formula of constant humor, outrageous and ridiculous action scenes, and the perfect chemistry between actors Seth Rogan and James Franco, makes this one of the best stoner films to ever hit the big screen.
6. How High – Featuring Redman and Method Man, the dope-addled dynamic pothead duo, this 2001 film takes you on a marijuana filled journey on Harvard University’s campus. After the two potheads smoke marijuana that has been grown with the ashes of one of their friends, he comes back as a ghost to help them cheat on their college entrance exams, getting them a “Higher” education when the get accepted to the prestigious school. Raising hell all over the campus, the two find themselves to be the center of attention, and on the radars of the schools uptight dean. This outrageous comedy, has been called this generations answer to “National Lampoons Animal House”, as marijuana gets accepted to an Ivy League school.
5. Half Baked – This 1998 film is about three stoners who have to come to the rescue of a fourth buddy, who was arrested for killing a diabetic police horse, after he fed him some munchies. When given a $100,000 bail, his buddies set out to raise the money by selling some high-grade marijuana, taken from a pharmaceutical research lab. After they set up their marijuan shop, the group encounters several different types of potheads, all with their own story to tell. In the attempt to have you fall of your seat laughing, you will find a parade of great marijuana jokes, including amusing pot-head cameos by Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Janeane Garafalo.
4. Friday – Released in 1995, this hilarious film about a typical day of two youths in South Central, depicts the reality of growing up in the hood without all the shoot-em gang banging found in most fils about inner city life. The two main characters of the movie are played by Chris Tucker, who plays “Smokey” a marijuana-worshipping homeboy, and Ice Cube, who plays “Craig”, a frustrated teen that is right in the middle of all the drama of the hood. After Craig gets fired on his day off, the two embark on a marijuana filled journey, as Smokey influences him to get high with him. Throughout the movie, the two encounter crackheads, a neighbor hood bully, a drug dealing gang banger with a perm, and a scheming girlfriend, in hilariously funny skits. This is definitely a must see film, regardless if you are a stoner or not.
3. Dazed & Confused – It’s the last day of school, the summer of 1976 is here, and a bunch of seniors are pondering their future while they get ready to thrash the underclassmen. One of the main characters, Randall “Pink” Floyd a good-natured football star who wants to play college ball and smoke pot, has to navigate between the warring worlds of jocks, stoners, wannabes, and rockers with his girlfriend and new freshman buddy in tow. After a night of partying, it leaves the question, what will happen next? Even though this film doesn’t have much of a plot, it definitely keeps you interested and rolling over laughing, with it endless gags, and crisp, glowing images. Dazed & Confused is a great time-capsule film, with Alice Copper and Thin Lizzy on the soundtrack, womb-shaped chairs, flared jeans, and its cultural slang, but it much more than that. It also includes young and up-and-coming actors at the time, Ben Affleck, and Matthew McConaughey. This is a definite must have in any DVD collection.
2. Grandma’s Boy – This under-rated 2006 movie, is a hilarious film that comes from, Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. The film is about a 35 year old pothead video game tester named Alex, who is surrounded by a bunch of burnt-out friends, and is forced to move in with his over-bearing grandma and her two room mates. To save face with his co-workers Alex makes up stories about having three sex-crazed room mates, and when the cat comes out of the bag, the real party starts at grandma’s house. Filled with hilarious scenes throughout the movie, it very hard to pick a favorite, but I guarantee that this film will having you crying from laughing so much.
1. Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke – This 1978 film should top all stoners lists and it can be considered the “Holy Grail”, of Stoner films. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong make their film debut as acclaimed potheads in this rock-n-roll comedy classic. The film is based on two bumbling potheads that are on a journey looking for “Primo Bud”, rock-n-roll, and good times without realizing the van they are driving is completely made up of it. Throughout the film the two are being followed by a group of undercover cops that are trying to bust them, but seem to have a problem doing so, since they are continuously getting a contact high from the smoking van. One great scene in the film, is when the undercover cops pull Cheech and Chong over, and then forget why they did while standing next to the van. This is definitely a must see film if you love love stoner films. Stoners missing out on this film, would be like a person that loves mafia flicks, never watching “The Godfather”.
After an extensive research, with hours and hours of laughter, and hours of staring at the computer screen trying to remember what I was typing because I kept stopping every 20 minutes to get some munchies to eat, this great list is finally completed. You may disagree about the order of the list, or say that it is missing a movie or two, but keep in mind that this list is opinion based and yours may differ from others. You may even disagree or frown upon the use of marijuana in these films and by the majority of it’s viewers, and if that is so, you had no business reading the article in the first place. I am not promoting the use of marijuana or any other drug for that fact, i am just saying that the influence people are under when you watch these movies, is their business. So grab one of the DVD’s listed above and get ready to laugh till your stomach hurts.
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