The Best Stoner Movies Based on Review Scores

Endless scrolling through movies and television shows to find the right one to watch is one of modern life’s more annoying situations. But if you’re looking for a good stoner movie to watch, Rotten Tomatoes now offers a helping hand.

In the case of the best stoner movies, the editorial team at Rotten Tomatoes didn’t use professional critics or website user reviewers, but instead put together a list based on their own opinions. Most of the movies have at least a 70% favorability score from critics.

While these lists are subjective, they offer a great starting point for your next movie night. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy these movies – whether you’re high or not. You can also check out the list of 11 celebrities who smoke marijuana.

The Best Stoner Movies

Here are the Top 10 movies from the list, ranked in their order of awesomeness (according to Rotten Tomatoes editors).

Dazed and Confused (1993). Richard Linklater wrote and directed this film about the last day (and night) of school in 1976 in a small Texas town. In addition to pointing out the importance of getting tickets to Aerosmith and making sure the keg guy doesn’t deliver too early, the movie offers an early look at such future stars as Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams,  Adam Goldberg, and Rory Cochrane.

This is the End (2013). Celebrities James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride play themselves in this movie about the end of the world that somehow managed to blend horror movie tropes, comedy and weed. And the Backstreet Boys.

The Big Lebowski (1998). This is just, like, their opinion, man. But this movie became a classic among stoners and Coen Brothers fans from the day it debuted. Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles stoner happily going nowhere in life who gets mistaken for a different Lebowski and becomes embroiled in a plot involving kidnapping, nihilists, an artist looking for a father, runaway girls from the Midwest, cab drivers who love the Eagles, a ferret, a high school car thief, and the way a rug holds a room together.

Easy Rider (1969). While much of it might seem dated, the performances by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson are worth watching. For younger generations, it’s a quick way to learn about the hopes and shattered dreams of the counterculture generation.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1983). And then there’s the 1980s. If you’ve seen every John Hughes film and want something just a little bit more edgy, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” – written by Cameron Crowe after he went “undercover” at a California high school – offers a look into what the 1980s were really like. It also includes an unforgettable performance by a then-unknown Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli. It’s directed by Amy Heckerling, who made a string of huge hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” “Look Who’s Talking” and “Clueless.”

The rest of the Top 10 include:

  • Friday (1995). Starring Ice Cube, who successfully morphed from helping found gangsta rap with N.W.A to starring in comedies and memorable dramas (“Three Kings,” “Boyz in the Hood”).
  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). The ultimate “buddy stoner movie,” it also subverts many racial stereotypes.
  • Inherent Vice (2014). A Paul Thomas Anderson movie based on a Thomas Pynchon set in Los Angeles in the 1970s. That’s a good combination.
  • Ted (2012). Starring a talking and very profane teddy bear. And also, Mark Wahlberg.
  • Pineapple Express (2008). The other classic stoner buddy movie.

Movies To Watch When You’re High

This is much trickier, because really, any type of movie you like is a good movie to watch with a buzz. But Rotten Tomatoes published another list on this topic, this time based on movies with “insane internal zaniness,” dazzling visuals, high-concept science fiction and/or great music. The Top 10:

  • Spirited Away (2001). Hayao Miyazaki’s classic anime feature.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). One of the most quotable movies of all time. Also, funny.
  • Airplane! (1980). Makes fun of disaster movies and pretty much everything else.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Great visuals coupled with a movie story.
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004). Zombie apocalypse, but funny zombie apocalypse.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick’s classic on the evolution of humanity and its use of tools, from bone fragments to artificial intelligence.
  • Pulp Fiction (1994). An entertaining and original film from a young Quentin Tarantino.
  • Fantastic Planet (1973). A surrealist animated film where even the trailer is a trip.
  • The Matrix (1999). Humanity is really living in a computer program, etc.
  • Inception (2010). It’s all in your mind. Or, is it?

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