The Top 10 Stoner Movies

Blazing Pot Comedies That Will Keep You Laughing

You don’t have to be high to enjoy movies featuring stoners or about marijuana but I doubt it hurts. Whether it’s their lack of judgment, motor skills, or the reduction of viable neurons, watching potheads do even the most mundane tasks can brighten most days. There are plenty of other films that just missed the list (and plenty that just aren't very good), but here are 10 of the more … distinguished examples.

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'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' (2001)

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Dimension Films

Although Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High or nearly everyone in may be higher than Kevin Smith’s stoner duo Jay ans Silent Bob, it’s just too hard not to include this particular film. When the main characters have comic book alter egos named Bluntman and Chronic, putting this on the list is a no brainer.

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'Super High Me' (2007)

Super High Me
Sixth Way Productions

Comedian and full-fledged pothead Doug Benson re-engineered the idea of Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me and attempted to smoke like a fiend for 30 days straight for this documentary. It didn’t quite go entirely as planned, but the documentary examines a number of different aspects of the controversy surrounding marijuana and attempts to legalize it, whether for medical or recreational purposes. Also, Benson gets really, really high.

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'Smiley Face' (2007)

Smiley Face
First Look International

This one may not be so familiar to a lot of people, as it’s one of director Gregg Araki’s lesser known works (and even his more recognizable ones would never be called mainstream), however in the film Anna Faris plays a sweet girl who gets loaded up on pot cupcakes. The resultant state makes her day’s agenda a bit harder to accomplish but often quite amusing to watch (sometimes awkwardly so, especially since it also features John Krasinski of The Office). Araki’s films might best be described as an acquired taste, but depending on your clarity of mind when watching this I doubt that will matter.

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Seth Rogen ('Pineapple Express,' 'Knocked Up,' '50/50,' etc.)

Pineapple Express
Columbia Pictures

No, he’s not technically a movie but rather than simply place on the list, if there’s one current actor out there who embodies stoners, it’s Seth Rogen. His unique laugh is a dead giveaway, and so many of the roles he’s played probably started out in the first draft of the script as “guy who loves pot.” James Franco ran a close second, what with him looking like he just squeezed a bottle of Visine into his peepers in nearly every scene of any movie he’s in. It's no surprise that they work together so often.

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'Friday' (1995)

New Line Cinema

While the money train would come for Chris Tucker after teaming up with Jackie Chan for the Rush Hour franchise, none of that would have happened if not for the role of Smokey in Friday. As Ice Cube and Tucker try to smoke and drink their way through the day, potheads are taught important lessons – like not mixing angel dust in your weed and hiding your bling when Deebo (Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr.) comes around.

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'Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle' (2004)

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
New Line Cinema

Even though it’s Neil Patrick Harris (NPH if you’re in the know) who steals the show, Kal Penn and John Cho are the titular pair desperate to down a few sliders only to be delayed time and time again by insane people and events. Their love of the good herb both helps and hinders their quest, but sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. Two sequels followed, though they didn't quite capture the original's magic.

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'Dazed and Confused' (1993)

Dazed and Confused
Gramercy Pictures

When they weren’t attempting to paddle freshmen until their posteriors were raw, the seniors (and super seniors) in Dazed and Confused were heading out to the water tower to smoke and drink, hanging out at home looking to smoke and drink, or hanging out anywhere else smoking and drinking. High school has to be good for something, right?

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'Reefer Madness' (1936)

Reefer Madness
George A. Hirliman Productions

There was no way around including this classic example of stodgy adults misunderstanding the effects of marijuana. In 1936, the idea was that this would deter young adults from succumbing to drug, and its homicidal side effects. Instead, this would later become a cult classic for its unintentional comedy.

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'Half-Baked' (1998)

Half Baked

“You ever seen the back of a $20 … on weed?” These and other important questions are answered (or ignored) as Thurgood (Dave Chappelle) and his buddies start selling weed in order to bail out one of their own. Littered with great cameos by the likes of Jon Stewart, Stephen Baldwin, and Willie Nelson, this also features one of the best dual performances with Chappelle also tackling the role of Sir Smoke-A-Lot. You can guess what that character likes to do.

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'Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke' (1978)

Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke
Paramount Pictures

You can’t do a list about stoner movies without including the Godfathers of Ganja. Although pretty much any of their films could make the list, Up in Smoke is the first of seven featuring the duo. They also drive a van MADE of marijuana across the border. I suppose a car fire is the last thing they’re worried about.

Edited by Christopher McKittrick