We know comedy is a genre when it comes to films, but it’s a completely different story when it comes to movies that have been categorized as ‘stoner’ films. While it’s a cheap move to just give you films that have people who smoke pot in them, GeekFeed has put together a list of films that are a blast when you’re baked, even when the characters in the film aren’t necessarily doing any drugs.
This list isn’t in any particular order, and while some entries are stoner classics, we’ve decided to add some newer titles that don’t always make the list.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Let’s get the obvious films out of the way first. Pineapple Express is considered to be a memorable weed odyssey that has Seth Rogen and James Franco playing a pothead and his dealer as they find themselves on the run from hitmen.
James Franco may be canceled now, but this film still manages to get a lot of laughs from Rogen as well as the stellar cast which includes Danny McBride, Bill Hader, and Craig Robinson.
Another stoner classic. Friday features a young ice Cube and a pre-Rush Hour, Chris Tucker, as they play friends Craig and Smokey who have to come up with $200 in a day or pay the consequences. This movie has spawned multiple memes and has remained a cult classic after all these years.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Director David Wain has quite a unique sense of humor, and he goes all out with 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer. This ode to 80s summer flicks like Animal House and National Lampoon includes a star-studded cast of pre-A-listers like Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, and more.
It even spawned a Netflix revival back in 2015 which featured a lot of the original cast coming back to reprise their “younger” roles.
21 Jump Street (2012) and 22 Jump Street (2014)
A reboot of the original 21 Jump Street series starring Johnny Depp, the new 21 Jump Street movie features a surprisingly thin Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they go undercover as high school students to bust a local drug ring. Not only is the film hilarious, but it also showed everyone that Tatum has fantastic comedic chops and can hold his own against comedy heavyweights like Hill.
I wonder why we haven’t gotten the third movie yet.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
While not as wacky or ridiculous as the other movies in this list, Dazed and Confused is considered to be an accurate depiction of teens in the 70s getting high and fooling around. Word also had it that the kids in the movie were actually high when they shot it, hence the authentic reactions in the film.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
The mid ‘00s was a great time for stoner films, and one ‘franchise’ that managed to make its mark was Harold & Kumar. The films are raunchy and full of drugs and sex; plus Neil Patrick Harris plays a ridiculously fictionalized version that acts like Barney Stinson, but he without the parameters of a PG-13 show like How I Met Your Mother.
Jackass 1, 2, 3, and Forever (2002-2022)
The perfect films to watch stoned are ones where you don’t have to really think, and the Jackass movies will always have people constantly asking, “What were they thinking?” Follow Johnny Knoxville and his band of merry skaters as they try out the wackiest stunts with the sole purpose of making you laugh, whether it be by hurting themselves, or completely grossing you out.
You might even get sentimental when you check out the latest movie, watching these guys grow old but still be friends after all these years.
Good Boys (2019)
We’ve had silly stoner odysseys before, but what about an R-rated film that starred some pre-teen kids? Good Boys follows three young boys who find themselves tangled in a wild ride that involves stolen drugs and some crazy teenage girls. It’s a fun twist on the genre, and it’s fun to watch the kids be so clueless about all the adult things they find along the way.
We know that Seth Rogen is a comedy legend, but who knew that Zac Efron could be able to stand toe-to-toe with him in Neighbors? Watch the two butt heads as they try to kick the other off the neighborhood with increasingly ridiculous hijinks and pranks. The film also has the most stoner thing ever with Efron’s frat pulling off a “Hot House” that I’m sure some college kids are going to try and emulate.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
With biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody wowing audiences with its tried and true musical biopic formula, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story looks to poke fun at all those serious music dramas from Walk the Line to Ray. John C. Reilly absolutely wows with his musical talent, and even though Dewey Cox is a fictional person, you’ll have to admit that a lot of the songs in his made-up discography are absolute bangers.
The film wasn’t a hit at the box office, but it’s steadily grown to be a cult favorite with some iconic lines and hilarious celebrity cameos.
Clerks and Clerks 2
With Kevin Smith set to release Clerks III this September, it’s worth checking out the films that made him an icon when it came to the independent movies. Shot in the actual store where Smith worked at the time, Clerks is full of some slick Tarantino-esque dialogue delivered by some of the kookiest characters in cinema.
You’ll understand why Smith always has his huge following, even if he hasn’t made a hit movie in a while.
Austin Powers Trilogy
Nowadays, it feels like every raunchy film has to have some kind of gratuitous nudity, but Austin Powers manages to walk that sex-driven line without going past the PG-13 rating. An ode to the classic Bond films, Austin Powers follows the ever-shagadelic Man of Mystery Austin Powers as he goes up against his nemesis Dr. Evil.
Meet some crazy villains and watch Austin hilariously navigate some of the most classic visual gags in comedy history.
White Chicks (2004)
The Wayans brothers may not be doing many movies now, but they were a comedy giant in the early 2000s. White Chicks follows two disgraced cops who have gone undercover as white women to solve a case and get their reputation back.
Besides all the great gags in the film, the movie is responsible for making Terry Crews a comedy legend, from him singing along to A Thousand Miles to him getting high and doing the robot on the dance floor—White Chicks is a laugh from the start to finish.
Speaking of Terry Crews, he probably played the best ever fictional POTUS—President Camacho— in Mike Judge’s Idiocracy. The film essentially plays with the idea that the idiots will eventually take over society and it will lead to one of the bleakest futures for humanity. Though the movie bombed at the box office, the film became a cult hit and has become a somewhat prophetic warning about letting idiots run things unsupervised.
Game Over, Man! (2018)
No series has shaped modern stoner humor as Workaholics has, and though the show may be over, Adam, Ders, and Blake had come together to make the Netflix movie Game Over, Man!. The movie is essentially a raunchier version of Die Hard, but it has all of that signature Mail Order Comedy humor that the trio is well known for.
Without a Paddle (2004)
Get wet and wild with this mid-2000s comedy where a group of friends decide to go looking for D.B. Cooper and his lost treasure. Watch the trio of Dax Shepard, Matthew Lillard, and Seth Green as they hilariously run from murderous dope farmers and wild bears. Plus, you get to meet a pre-Homelander Antony Starr.
The Waterboy (1998)
Essentially every Adam Sandler movie is great to watch on pot, but Waterboy seems to have all the classic Sandler-isms that made him a comedy legend. In this film, Sandler plays a not-too-sharp waterboy who discovers he has a knack for football and becomes a star. The film is filled with some great gags and it essentially contextualizes Sandler’s role in The Longest Yard reboot (which is also great to watch stoned).
Stoner comedies are usually reserved for male audiences, but Olivia Wilde managed to impress with the comedy Booksmart. The movie follows two high-achieving students who decide to go out on a night of fun, drugs, and boys before they graduate.
The film has been called ‘Superbad but girls’ by other critics, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch.
Step Brothers (2008)
Before director Adam McKay was making sharp political commentary with movies like Vice and Don’t Look Up, he was making absurd comedies with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Building off the pair’s chemistry in Talladega Nights, Ferrell and Reilly go full man-child in Step Brothers.
The two play middle-aged slackers who find themselves becoming roommates after their parents marry. The chemistry between Reilly and Ferrell is just golden, and the film is chockfull of memorable quotes and insane character moments.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Jeff Bridges plays one of the most iconic slackers in cinema with The Big Lebowski from the Cohen Brothers. After he’s mistaken for a millionaire with debt, Jeff ‘The Dude’ Lebowski finds himself on a non-transformative journey to replace his soiled rug.
Lebowski is a cult favorite big, and while it does take a few rewatches to really sink in, you’ll find yourself constantly quoting the movie and its several kooky characters.