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If your movie nights could take a few more hits, check out our guide to the best stoner movies! These are essential and favorite 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, highest first of course.
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Adjusted Score: 95804%
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.
Adjusted Score: 91575%
Critics Consensus: Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End loosely written script.
Adjusted Score: 88624%
Critics Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.
Adjusted Score: 89204%
Critics Consensus: Edgy and seminal, Easy Rider encapsulates the dreams, hopes, and hopelessness of 1960s counterculture.
Adjusted Score: 82283%
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.
Adjusted Score: 78090%
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.
Adjusted Score: 78856%
Critics Consensus: The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.
Adjusted Score: 83684%
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.
Adjusted Score: 77814%
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.
Adjusted Score: 75560%
Critics Consensus: Both funny and scattershot, this loose-knit action/buddy/stoner comedy bridges genres and keeps a steady tempo of low-ball laughs.
Adjusted Score: 67745%
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.
Adjusted Score: 57969%
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.
Adjusted Score: 57009%
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.
Adjusted Score: 54967%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Scary Movie overloads on crudity and grossness to get its laughs.
Adjusted Score: 54421%
Critics Consensus: We’re the Millers squanders its potential with an uneven, lazily assembled story..
Adjusted Score: 52193%
Critics Consensus: Visually creative, but also aimless, repetitive, and devoid of character development.
Adjusted Score: 48222%
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.
Adjusted Score: 26821%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Adjusted Score: 43088%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Adjusted Score: 37554%
Critics Consensus: A more-miss -than-hit affair, Super Troopers will most likely appeal to those looking for something silly.
Adjusted Score: 29459%
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.
Adjusted Score: 27614%
Critics Consensus: How High is a sloppily constructed stoner movie filled with lame, vulgar jokes.
Adjusted Score: 20648%
Critics Consensus: A raunchy sendup of Airplane! that never really takes off.
Adjusted Score: 18483%
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.
Adjusted Score: 15980%
Critics Consensus: A gross-out comedy that’s more gross than comedic, Grandma’s Boy is lazy and unrewarding.