There are a lot of stoner movies out there that make weed the focus of the plot. But this list is about 10 classic movies to get high while watching. While a couple entries do make that sticky-icky purp the main focus, by all means most of these titles are just great to take a drag to. These films are in no particular order, but they are all certainly top-shelf. And all of the entries on this list have some sort of pairing up of two buddies.
“We need guns, lots of guns.”
There is no movie more easily accessible, fun, and heady as The Matrix. Almost every beat in this film is perfect for discussing over a joint. Are we in a simulation? Do you really want to know? Would you give up smoking herb to be programmed to be a martial arts master, even if it was all virtual in the first place? These are all great questions to share over a blunt. Neo and Morpheus make a killer squad too.
The Big Lebowski
“The Dude abides.”
The Dude is such a penultimate archetype for stoners to aspire to that leaving him off this list would be doing a disservice to smokers everywhere. The robe wearing, White Russian drinking, carpet loving protagonist slides his way through life in such a relaxed manner that you can only envy the way he does it. The story unravels and leads you into rabbit holes making it perfect for a lazy smoke sesh. The Dude and Walter are another great duo!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
“It’s just a flesh wound.”
“Pure Comic Genius” doesn’t do this one justice. The Holy Grail is rolled full of wacky high-jinks, from hilarious characters to ridiculous sets and props. The characters constantly find themselves stuck in absurd situations, from fighting a monstrous bunny rabbit with the holy hand grenade, dismembering an immortal knight who is constantly full of backtalk, and our merry troupe drawing the line at Camelot because ‘it just a little too weird.’ Your mother is a hamster and your father smells like OG Kush. Maybe smoke some of that while you give this one a watch. And while there is not one particular duo, the team is oft broken in to groups of two.
“I am serious, and don’t call me Surely.”
As the cover implies, this is one twisted airplane ride. So twist one up and watch this down to the filter. Airplane is absurdism at its best, never leaving a beat without a joke of some kind. The writers were really masters of wordplay, transforming turns of phrase into hilarious and chaotic skits. Some of the jokes from this movie have sat with my since my childhood. A woman plays the guitar to try and give a sick child some cheer, but as she rocks out to the song she plucks the IV chords from the girl’s arm. The inflight meal is what builds the movie’s tension, causing the entire plane to fall ill, unless you ordered the steak or the lasagna. And the main character has a drinking problem, as he spills his drink every time he tries to take a sip. Ted Striker and Elaine make a hilarious pairing.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
“Be excellent to each other.”
“Party on dudes!”
Another Keanu Classic. Bill & Ted hit the perfect mix of sci-fi and rock. The variety of chaos this duo gets into is mind boggling as they travel through time to build the best class presentation they could cobble together. As the duo rocks through history they collect figures such as Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and many more. As they build their A-Team the pair faces new problems that they fix with the power of rock and roll, Wyld Stallyns rock on! I don’t even need to say it, but Bill and Ted are definitely a great pair.
“I swear to god I’m going to pistol whip the next person who says Shenanigans.”
From the first scene you know this movie is stoner gold. We begin the story with a man stuffing a bag of mushrooms down his throat because he’s about to be pulled over. From chugging bottles of syrup to bulletproof thongs, this movie never misses a beat with its slapstick comedy. Farva is a character you love to hate and is constantly making life harder for himself. From corrupt cops to state patrol with too much time on their hands, this film is perfect for smoking to, hey it’s legal. There’s two different buddy duos, and Farva is on his own.
Tenacious D in: the Pick of Destiny
“Now our masterpiece will never happen because we won’t be fueled by Satan.”
One of the only musicals I can sit through, Tenacious D is chock full of hilarious songs and stoner troubles. The film follows JB and KG as they quest to become the most awesome rock band, and they can only do that if they find a satanic guitar pick, “The Pick of Destiny.” If your aim is true you may end up with a Satanic bong too, through which you can channel the powers of Satan to get your creative juices flowing. Whoever knew Dave Grohl would make such a good Satan? Tenacious D puts the D in Dank, so roll some up and burn through it while you watch this rocking classic.
The Blues Brothers
“There’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd dance and sing their way through an absurd and chaotic movie full of slapstick comedy and over the top mischief. The suit and black-glasses clad pair find themselves in and out of trouble all while keeping their hats on their heads. This 133 minutes of madness is a perfect watch for someone with good weed and a short attention span. It almost makes me want to go to church.
Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke
“You mean we’re smokin’ dogshit?”
“Gets you high, don’t it?”
Tommy Chong is on the run and bumps into Cheech. The pair clicks and begin a series of sordid adventures fueled by copious amounts of pot. Some real dogshit stuff. It’s nonstop jokes and run-ins with the police. If you haven’t watched this movie make sure you’re stoned when you do, because that what it was made for. This film was instrumental in the birth of the genre we know as stoner flicks, so give it some love.
“I know ya don’t smoke weed, I know this. But I’m gonna get you high today cause it’s Friday, you ain’t got no job and you ain’t got shit to do.”
Our last duo, Ice Cube and Chris Tucker make for a hilarious pairing. Spending most of the movie on the front porch, the pair gets into over the top messes. Rent is due, Ice Cube just got fired from his job, and Chirs Tucker owes money to his dealer. We’ve all been there once in our lives. Maybe not all on the same day though. How this pair manages to pull it off is incredible and a great to flick to watch with a bong and buddy.