Assassin of Youth
Not as well known as Reefer Madness, Assassin of Youth is the superior roadshow film and one of the best movies to watch high. The common misconception about this movie is that it’s anti-pot. In fact, they’re just using marijuana as a sensational plot hook to put butts in seats. Interesting note: Protesters were frequently paid for the PR value. Oh, the plot? A bad girl’s love of the devil’s lettuce endangers her good girl sister’s inheritance.
Friday might have included weed, but How High is the first hip-hop stoner film. Method Man and Redman kill it in this absurd tale of two stoners who get into Harvard thanks to being able to commune with the ghost of a dead friend who gives them answers from heaven.
What Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke was for an earlier generation, Half Baked was for the 90s. This is the first time Dave Chappelle entered popular consciousness in a big way. A group of friends start selling weed to get their pal out of jail but run up against some hardened drug dealers. “Yes! Cuban B!”
Dazed and Confused
Somewhat less weed-centric than some of our other titles, Dazed and Confused is for sure a pot film — and one that probably closely resembles your life at a certain point. Not much happens on the last day of school in Austin, Texas, 1976. But the low-stakes meander through the life of partying teenagers is going to make you nostalgic for the simpler days.
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
And speaking of low stakes, what could be lower than grabbing a burger to satiate the munchies? Well, a lot happens to Harold and Kumar on their way to the burger joint in this hilarious send up of marijuana culture and Bush-era America. The biggest deal is undoubtedly running into Neil Patrick Harris AKA “NPH.”
The Big Lebowski
This isn’t a movie, it’s a legend. Pot-smoking ‘60s washout The Dude just wants his rug back, but he’s sucked into a postmodern odyssey through the underbelly of Los Angeles. And the weed is the least weird part. The Dude abides.
Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It
We won’t deny it: If you’ve seen one season or one film of Trailer Park Boys, you’ve basically seen it all. Julian and Ricky have a get-rich-quick scheme, Bubbles comes along for the ride and Mr. Lahey tries to thwart them at every turn. Copious alcohol and hash are consumed in the process. If you’ve never seen anything Trailer Park Boys, this is as good a place as any to start and if you have, well — you know what you’re in for.
Everyone has their favorites and stoners tend to watch the same movies over and over and over. So check out one of the weed movies on this list you haven’t seen before. You won’t regret it.