VHS and chill with our curated list of the greatest stoner films of all time.



7 Cult Classic Stoner Movies to Watch This Month

The pinnacle genre of mindless entertainment is – ahem – the “stoner film.” The stereotypical stoner film involves a group of, well, stoners on some sort of mission (that more often than not goes terribly wrong). And let’s not forget the main ingredient of this ever-popular comedy subgenre: Mary Jane. To satisfy your viewing pleasures, we’ve curated a list of the best of the best cult-classic stoner films you really ought to re-watch. Oh, and pass that joint.

FUBAR (2002)

FUBAR is a mockumentary starring two Canadian “headbangers,” Terry and Deaner. After Deaner is unfortunately diagnosed with testicular cancer, the boys are on a mission to have as much fun as possible before Deaner’s testicle removal surgery. The shenanigans involve camping, shot-gunning Pilsner, and soliciting prostitutes. The actors are an in-real-life comedy duo who probably really love their greens.The Stoned Age (1994)

The title’s pretty self-explanatory for this one. Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, two best buds set off for a night all about scoring alcohol and chicks. The longhaired stoner duo sets their sites on two fine betties and, well, things don’t necessarily go according to plan. Regardless, their determination (and absurd behavior) is beyond amusing.

Dazed and Confused (1993)

The ultimate stoner film, Dazed and Confused, not only features a historic cast (Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Jason London, Milla Jovovich, and more) but has a classic rock soundtrack that will melt your mind—perfectly tailored to stoners of all shapes and sizes. The story follows a group of teenagers on their last day of school; one of the most iconic scenes features the teens smoking weed in a field while passionately arguing that George Washington, our fine first president, “toked weed.”

Wayne’s World (1992)

Queue “Bohemian Rhapsody” and let Wayne and Garth take you on a drama-filled, weed-induced journey. One of the most culturally influential stoner/best friend combos started off as an SNL skit prior to Wayne’s World becoming one of the most worshiped indie films of all time. As the saying goes, “Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent!”

Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978)

It wouldn’t be a true list of cult classic stoner films without Cheech and Chong, now would it? We tip our hats to the team that arguably created the stoner film genre with 1978’s Up in Smoke. To refresh your memory, the film involves sneaking over boarders in a van made entirely of weed and a battle of the bands at The Roxy.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski lives a simple existence. As any true stoner, his world revolves around weed, bowling, and his love for White Russians until one day when he’s confused for a millionaire with the same name and someone pees on his rug. The Dude embarks on a wild quest, which let’s just say involves more than one rug heist.

Dude Where’s My Car? (1990)

Directed by Danny Leiner, Dude Where’s My Car, tells the tale of two best friends, Jesse and Chester, who wake up with zero recollection of the prior night’s events. The boys’ inability to find Jesse’s car forces him to pose the infamous question: “Dude, where’s my car?” Partly fueled by their desire to get laid, the two set off on a journey to retrace their steps and end up ultimately having to save the universe while they’re at it.

Images via Téléfilm Canada, Trimark Pictures, Gramercy Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, and Twentieth Century Fox

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