The Best Weed Movies: The Top 11 Cannabis Classics
As marijuana becomes more accepted, more and more films are centered around cannabis.
Once upon a time, the use of cannabis in film wasn’t commonplace.
In fact, one of the first films to breach the topic of cannabis was the anti-marijuana propaganda film, Reefer Madness.
Decades after the hysteria caused by the “War on Drugs” campaign died down, films are now showing marijuana in a more positive light.
Here are the 11 best weed movies of all-time.
The Best Weed Movies
Many went into this 2004 hit with caution because of two factors.
This was Seth Rogen’s follow-up to Superbad and skeptics feared this would become a watered-down version of Superbad-the sequel.
Then there’s the fact that the ever-divisive James Franco was cast in a lead role.
However, the performance by the cast, funny script, and good storyline made for a cannabis movie classic that blew away the critics.
In this movie, Dale (played by Seth Rogen), visits his dealer, Saul (James Franco) so he could try out a new strain of cannabis known as pineapple express.
As Saul explained, "It's, like, the rarest. It's almost a shame to smoke it. It's like killing a unicorn. With, like, a bomb."
While enjoying some pineapple express, the Dale witness's Saul's supplier conducts a murder.
As he runs for the hills, he leaves the joint with the rare bud at the scene of the crime.
When the Kingpin finds out, a stoned game of cat-and-mouse begins.
We all would go to great lengths to satiate our biggest case of the munchies.
However, Harold (John Cho) & Kumar (Kal Penn) take it to the next level.
After smoking some herb together, the twosome decides go to a White Castle and get some sliders.
Once they reach what used to be White Castle, they found was replaced by a Burger Shack.
In search of the next White Castle, the twosome end up in crazy adventures.
Like getting chased out of Princeton trying to buy cannabis, performing surgery on a gunshot victim while trying to steal medical marijuana, and having their car stolen by a hitchhiker (Neil Patrick Harris) who is high on shrooms.
Oh, and Harold gets hilariously attacked by a rabid raccoon.
The long-standing success of Harold & Kumar lives on as this 2004 release spawned two highly successful sequels in Harold & Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
Perhaps the first big stoner movie since the days of Cheech & Chong, this 1998 classic still holds up over time.
Just a couple of years before Dave Chappelle was to make it big, he played the lead of Thurgood.
When his friend, Kenny (Harland Williams) gets put in jail for killing a diabetic police horse (by sharing his munchies with the animal), Thurgood and his crew (Guillermo Diaz, Jim Breuer) start selling cannabis to bail Kenny out.
As a janitor (or “master of custodial arts) in a pharmaceutical company, Thurgood gets his hands on marijuana from the lab and makes a killing on the streets.
The crew does so well that it draws the ire of fellow dealer, Samson (Clarence Williams III), who threatens Thurgood.
Meanwhile, Thurgood gets caught stealing the cannabis from his job.
To save himself, he starts to work with the cops to bring down the other drug kingpin.
This movie is hilarious with real quick one-liners.
You can tell Chappelle was on his way to something big.
Keep an eye out for cameos from the likes of Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and Bob Saget.
This is part of the wave of ensemble high school party movies that were popular in the 1990's into the 2000's.
What set Dazed and Confused apart from the rest of those Can Hardly Wait types is the use of marijuana throughout the film.
While the storyline is not as centered around marijuana, nor is it as funny as the rest of movies on this list, it still stands out as being one of the first non-Cheech and Chong films to depict the use of marijuana.
The story follows students at Lee High School.
Seniors are getting ready for the incoming freshmen, which leads to hazing that gets a little out of hand.
Star football player “Pink” (Jason London), with the apt last name of Floyd, takes exception to the massive paddling that freshman, Mitch (Wiley Wiggins), received.
The senior takes Mitch under his wings and introduces him to booze, weed and sex.
As Pink's group of friends share a joint on the football field, the group scatters, but Pink is recognized.
He is then forced to choose between his future in football or his friends.
This is hands-down Johnny Depp’s best performance.
Based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name, this story follows Raoul (Depp) and Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) across the deserts of Nevada on a business trip...heavy emphasis on the trip.
In their travels, they both take a significant amount of LSD, and the hilarity ensues.
The twosome jump from hotel to hotel causing chaos and destruction everywhere they go.
There's even a scene where a clothed Dr. Gonzo sits in a bathtub, trying to pull a cassette player closer to him so that he can hear the song playing better.
After pleading with Raoul to put the player in the water, Raoul proceeds to chuck a grapefruit at his buddy’s head.
Another funny moment sees Dr. Gonzo and Duke, high on cocaine, attend a District Attorney Convention that starts with a speech about the dangers of “marijuana addicts.”
When you are a child, your best friend is a teddy bear.
But what if that teddy bear remained your best friend throughout your adulthood?
Then, your life would be full of foul language, cannabis and prostitutes.
At least that was the case for John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg).
When John was a child, he wished upon a shooting star that his favorite stuffed animal, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), would come to life and be his best friend.
Magically, that dream came true, and 27 years later, the two were still living together.
However, John’s girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis) is ready to take the next step with John, and that means without Ted living with him.
John starts calling out of work to spend more time with Ted and even skips out on a party at Lori's boss' house (Joel McHale).
The misadventures of a man being dragged down by his deadbeat best friend teddy bear make for some gut-busting laughs.
While I am no prude, the vulgarity in this movie is a bit much at times.
The two that started it all.
Released in 1978, this is the first feature-length film of Cheech & Chong.
When Anthony “Man” Stoner (Chong) receives an ultimatum from his family, get a job or go to the military, Man takes off in his VW bus.
The bus ends up in smoke (not the good kind), forcing Man to hitchhike.
He is picked up by pot-enthusiast, Pedro de Pacas (Cheech).
As any pair of potheads would do, the two spark up and end up getting arrested for being under the influence.
When the two get out of jail on a technicality (the judge is three sheets into the wind from vodka), they do what two stoners who smoked their last joint would do...look for more marijuana.
Throughout the movie, the two pick up some lady friends, join a Battle of the Bands, and nearly avoid more arrests by getting cops high with exhaust fumes from their car.
The movie ends as any stoner buddy comedy should, with the two driving off sideways into the smoky sunset.
While this isn’t a cinematic masterpiece by today’s standards, it was groundbreaking for the time.
While Method Man and Redman may be best known for their rapping abilities, How High proved that their acting chops aren’t one to discredit.
Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman) first meet up in the parking lot of their college entrance exams.
Little did Jamal know that he was smoking herb that was grown from the ashes of Silas’ best friend, Ivory (Chuck Deezy).
By smoking this cannabis, the two summoned Silas’ fallen friend.
In turn, Ivory helps them ace their exams.
This draws the attention of Harvard, who are looking to up their quota of black students.
Smoking their way up the ranks, the twosome enlightens their classmates, and even Vice-President (Jeffrey Jones) of the school, who hysterically claims that unlike Bill Clinton, "I inhaled!"
As the two are riding high in the Ivy League, someone steals the magical plant, forcing Silas and Jamal to get by on their own merits.
This movie is entertaining and has some really funny lines.
The storyline is original, and Redman and Method Man performed well above anybody's expectations, making this cult classic still popular to this day.
Grandma’s Boy is the American Pie of stoner comedies.
Its toilet humor can as off-putting as it could be hilarious.
The story follows video game creator, Alex (Allen Covert), who gets kicked out of his apartment because his roommate blew rent on Filipino hookers.
After couch-surfing and accidentally jacking off on his friend’s mom, Alex ends up living with his grandmother (Doris Roberts) and her two best friends (Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight).
Or as Alex tells his co-workers (Jonah Hill, Kelvin Yu), “three hot babes.”Alex needs to balance his day job, creating his own video game, and doing repairs in a house with three naggy, old women.
Through all this, he meets and falls for Samantha (Linda Cardellini).
What you get is as predictable as it sounds.
He gets the girl, makes the video game, and gets out of grandma’s house.
However, he doesn't achieve all of this without a bit of shenanigan.
The scene stealer is when Alex is forced to bring his co-workers to his house to find that the "three hot babes" are high as hell from drinking cannabis they are mistaken for tea.
This parody of the documentary Supersize Me, where one man lived off of a fast food diet for 30 days, Super High Me documents the life of comedian, Doug Benson, who smokes pot for 30 straight days.
30 days before this experiment, Doug lived a pot-free life.
He conducted medical tests on his physical and mental health.
Results found that besides eight extra pounds of munchie weight, there were no consequential changes in Doug’s health.
While those results may sound anti-climactic, the journey was...entertaining.
Don’t get me wrong, Doug Benson brings the funny when he is onstage.
However, his performance throughout this doc fell a little flat.
I think the fact that Doug is used to marijuana, he was a bit more chill for the 30 days than someone entering this experiment blindly.
Nonetheless, it was paced well, so it’s not a bad watch.
Perhaps a nod to “Man” in Cheech and Chong, Jeff Bridges plays “The Dude” Jeffrey Lebowski in The Big Lebowski.
The Dude gets attacked by hitmen of a loan shark when they mistook him for another Jeffrey Lebowski, whose wife, Bunny (Tara Reid), owes money.
Before the assailants leave, they pee on The Dude’s rug.
Angry, The Dude visits the real “Big Lebowski” (David Huddleston), an old millionaire in a wheelchair.
The Dude demands to get money back for the ruined rug.
Upon leaving, he meets the infamous Bunny.
A week later, the Big Lebowski contacts Dude and says Bunny has been kidnapped.
He wants Dude to deliver the million dollar ransom to the kidnappers and see if those were Dude’s assailants.
However, Dude’s friend, Walter (John Goodman), swaps out the briefcase with the money for one with dirty undies.
Like any stoner, Dude accidentally leaves the money in his car, which gets stolen.
Now the kidnappers want the money...let the games begin!
This is an easy movie to get into because it has a fast-paced and The Dude is one of the most likable characters on the planet.
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