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25 Essential Stoner Movies Ranked

If your movie nights could take a few more hits, check out our guide to the best stoner movies! These are essential movies to the marijuana experience, ranging from counterculture classics (Up in Smoke, Easy Rider), top-shelf mainstream films (Pineapple Express, Friday), and cult comedies (Grandma’s Boy, Super Troopers), all featuring icons like Jeff Spicoli and The Dude. Then we took all the movies and sorted them by Tomatometer, lowest to highest.

If you’re seeking a trip guide, something to pair with whatever state you’re in, check out the 25 Essential Stoner Movies! (And don’t forget the 20 best movies to watch high.)


Grandma's Boy (2006)

Adjusted Score: 17.423%
Critics Consensus: A gross-out comedy that's more gross than comedic, Grandma's Boy is lazy and unrewarding.
Synopsis: Alex, a 35-year-old video-game tester, is forced to move out of his apartment and in with his grandmother and her... [More]
Directed By: Nicholaus Goossen

Adjusted Score: 18.411%
Critics Consensus: The movie isn't funny, the plot is too thin, and the production values feel more like a TV sitcom than a movie.
Synopsis: The startling effects of chemically induced short-term memory loss provide the backdrop for this resinous teen comedy. Jesse (Ashton Kutcher)... [More]
Directed By: Danny Leiner


Soul Plane (2004)

Adjusted Score: 20.346%
Critics Consensus: A raunchy sendup of Airplane! that never really takes off.
Synopsis: Why just fly when you can soar with soul? After a humiliating experience on an airplane, Nashawn Wade sues the... [More]
Directed By: Jessy Terrero


How High (2001)

Adjusted Score: 27.199%
Critics Consensus: How High is a sloppily constructed stoner movie filled with lame, vulgar jokes.
Synopsis: A pair of real-life multi-platinum rap artists star in this genial substance abuse comedy recalling the pro-marijuana work of Cheech... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Dylan


Half Baked (1998)

Adjusted Score: 29.541%
Critics Consensus: You'd have to be high to dig Half Baked's half baked production and scattershot sense of humor -- although maybe that was the point of this Dave Chapelle-led joint.
Synopsis: It's dopey time, again, in this pat-addled buddy movie that will scare you straight with its lack of humor.... [More]
Directed By: Tamra Davis


Super Troopers (2002)

Adjusted Score: 36.977%
Critics Consensus: A more-miss -than-hit affair, Super Troopers will most likely appeal to those looking for something silly.
Synopsis: A handful of state troopers are put in the uncomfortable position of having to actually enforce the law in this... [More]
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar

Adjusted Score: 43.887%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is one of the '30s-era "out-for-your-best-interests" films. This one deals with the dangers associated with smoking marijuana and shows... [More]

Adjusted Score: 27.819%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Here, the dope-smoking duo are working on an ice-cream truck, and their specially treated confections are more than just a... [More]
Directed By: Tommy Chong


Up in Smoke (1978)

Adjusted Score: 48.269%
Critics Consensus: Oft-quoted but undeniably flawed, Up In Smoke is a seminal piece of stoner cinema thanks to the likability of its two counterculture icons.
Synopsis: Then professional potheads Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong teamed up for Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke, which features the... [More]
Directed By: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong

Adjusted Score: 53.861%
Critics Consensus: We're the Millers squanders its potential with an uneven, lazily assembled story..
Synopsis: David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids-after all,... [More]

Adjusted Score: 52.431%
Critics Consensus: Visually creative, but also aimless, repetitive, and devoid of character development.
Synopsis: Journalist Raoul Duke and his lawyer Dr Gonzo drive from LA to Las Vegas on a drugs binge. They nominally... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

Adjusted Score: 55.845%
Critics Consensus: Tenacious D fan will find this movie hilarious; everybody else will see only a low-brow concept movie and a small assembly of jokes stretched past the 100 minute mark.
Synopsis: In this musical comedy-adventure starring self-proclaimed greatest band in the world Tenacious D, a pair of aspiring rock superstars attempt... [More]
Directed By: Liam Lynch


Scary Movie (2000)

Adjusted Score: 55.863%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Scary Movie overloads on crudity and grossness to get its laughs.
Synopsis: From the minds that brought you "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," "In Living Color" and "Don't Be A Menace In... [More]
Directed By: Keenen Ivory Wayans

Adjusted Score: 57.864%
Critics Consensus: Fans can expect a good laugh as the cast from Smith's previous films reunite for Jay and Silent Bob's last bow. The loose plotting and crude language may be too much for others though.
Synopsis: Once upon a time in a galaxy very, very close to New Jersey Jay and Silent Bob stumble upon something... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith


Smiley Face (2007)

Adjusted Score: 67.381%
Critics Consensus: Although many of the jokes have been done before, Anna Faris's bright performance and Gregg Araki's sharp direction make Smiley Face more than your average stoner comedy.
Synopsis: Jane F, an unsuccessful slacker actress, is having a bad day. And it's getting more outrageous and comically surreal by... [More]
Directed By: Gregg Araki

Adjusted Score: 75.753%
Critics Consensus: Both funny and scattershot, this loose-knit action/buddy/stoner comedy bridges genres and keeps a steady tempo of low-ball laughs.
Synopsis: Critically acclaimed director David Gordon Green takes a break from the brooding drama that defined such early efforts as George... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green


Ted (2012)

Adjusted Score: 77.235%
Critics Consensus: Ted's "romance versus bromance" plot is familiar, but the film's held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script.
Synopsis: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as... [More]
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane


Inherent Vice (2015)

Adjusted Score: 82.6%
Critics Consensus: Inherent Vice may prove frustrating for viewers who demand absolute coherence, but it does justice to its acclaimed source material -- and should satisfy fans of director P.T. Anderson.
Synopsis: "Inherent Vice," is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

Adjusted Score: 77.903%
Critics Consensus: The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.
Synopsis: Directed by Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean-American investment... [More]
Directed By: Danny Leiner

Adjusted Score: 81.531%
Critics Consensus: While Fast Times at Ridgemont High features Sean Penn's legendary performance, the film endures because it accurately captured the small details of school, work, and teenage life.
Synopsis: Based on 22-year-old Cameron Crowe's undercover exposé on life in a Southern California public high school, this groundbreaking effort presents... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling


Friday (1995)

Adjusted Score: 79.043%
Critics Consensus: What Friday might lack in taut construction or directorial flair, it more than makes up with its vibrant (albeit consistently crass) humor and the charming, energetic performances of its leads.
Synopsis: Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz 'N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray


The Big Lebowski (1998)

Adjusted Score: 89%
Critics Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.
Synopsis: The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen


This Is the End (2013)

Adjusted Score: 91.795%
Critics Consensus: Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End loosely written script.
Synopsis: The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic... [More]
Directed By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg


Easy Rider (1969)

Adjusted Score: 89.594%
Critics Consensus: Edgy and seminal, Easy Rider encapsulates the dreams, hopes, and hopelessness of 1960s counterculture.
Synopsis: After scoring cocaine in Mexico, then re-selling it in California, two bikers set off on a cross-country trek to New... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Hopper

Adjusted Score: 96.599%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Synopsis: Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

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