Grab your favorite strain and snack to watch these movies centered around the world of cannabis. Written by Tom S.
Sitting down to a good stoner film with a freshly-rolled joint is a favorite pastime most stoners can agree upon. Whether watching at home on the couch or at a theater on the big screen, stoner films bring people together over their common love of the plant. With cannabis having such a heavy influence in Hollywood culture, it’s no wonder stoner films continue to be a hit.
The best stoner movies are usually funny, light-hearted parodies of the everyday lives of stoners, while others touch upon more serious subject matter of the cannabis world like the dangers associated with illegal cultivation or transporting. Whatever your forte for cannabis in film, this list gives a succinct overview of some of our favorites.
Grandma’s Boy tells the story of man-child Alex, who is unable to pay his rent with his video game programmer wages and forced to move in with his grandmother and her two roommates. Living with a trio of senior women, Alex must find ways to accommodate his stoner habits in his new living situation. Meanwhile at work, he is competing with another game programmer for a promotion within the company and attempting to court his supervisor, Samantha.
This stoner comedy features a hilarious cast including Allen Covert, Nick Swardson, Peter Dante, Shirley Jones, Doris Roberts, and Joel David Moore. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a pre-Superbad Jonah Hill!
After their fellow stoner is arrested for killing a police horse by feeding it munchies, three stoners must get off the couch long enough to formulate a plan to get their friend out of jail. The plan is to steal pharmaceutical grade cannabis from a lab and resell it to generate bail money.
This film stars Dave Chapelle in one of his earliest roles, long before Chappelle's Show. Jim Breuer and Harland Davis also shine in this stoner adventure. It has been reviewed as “the kind of movie only pot smokers (former, current, potential) will enjoy,” and we do.
Grace, the main character, is a widow who was left with insurmountable debt she didn’t know her husband had accumulated. With fear she will lose everything, she turns to growing black market cannabis with her gardener in her greenhouse to pay off the banks and not lose her manor. This film is not only a good laugh and inspiring, it's interesting to watch Grace grow from a naive housewife into a savvy cultivator, realizing her own potential. Strong women and cannabis always make for a great story.
An extremely rare and potent cultivar is left at the scene of a murder and now a stoner and his dealer are on the run from the killer and a crooked cop in this stoner buddy comedy. Featuring the comedic duo Seth Rogen and James Franco, this 2008 film has become a standard for stoner films and in turn, created a renaissance for the otherwise mild pineapple express cultivar, a cross of Hawaiian x Trainwreck.
Detroit Rock City is a film that sums up rock music and the 70’s. Combining the Wizard of OZ formula with the late 1970’s, four high school friends must find their way from Columbus, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan to see a KISS concert on a school night. During the journey each of them overcomes an obstacle resulting in personal growth.
This film gives a real sense of what it was like to be a stoner teen in the 70’s, from spilling bongs at band practice to lighting up a doobie with friends. The film features a phenomenal collection of music from the 70’s, celebrity cameos, and a closing scene from the KISS concert that makes cinema history.
After being mistaken as The Big Lebowski, Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski is caught up in a kidnap and ransom scheme that only gets stranger as the movie progresses. The real gem of this film is the character created by Jeff Bridges, The Dude. The character was based on an American Film producer named Jeff Dowd.
Jeff Dowd is famous for being a part of the Seattle 7, a group of protestors arrested for protesting the Vietnam war. The Coen brothers, who wrote, produced and directed The Big Lebowski, met Dowd while promoting their first film Blood Simple. This film stars an incredibly stellar cast including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, and John Turturro.
Inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me,” comedian Doug Benson takes on a challenge of new heights by abstaining from cannabis for 30 days, then consuming enormous amounts of cannabis for the next 30 days to compare the effects. He documents this journey for our sheer enjoyment. During his experiment, Doug participates in many tests that show the results cannabis might have on his physical health, mental health, psychic abilities and more.
With footage from comedy shows and lots of celebrity appearances, this is a must-see for stoners and non-stoners alike. While mostly a comedy, this documentary also takes a more serious look at the crisis of medical cannabis access in Los Angeles.
Five maple syrup-chugging, overly eager Vermont State Troopers get into hijinks and pranks within their squad while maintaining a rivalry with the local PD. Also under pressure by the state to be shut down, the Super Troopers must follow the trail of a drug deal gone bad to find the source of the drugs and uncover a mountain of police corruption. This stoner comedy is full of one-liners, slapstick humor, and provides an absolutely hysterical take on life behind the badge. Another hit from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe!
A classic mid 90’s comedy, Craig and Smokey spend a Friday smoking out their neighborhood after Craig gets fired from his job and is under pressure from his father to find a new job or move out! Craig and Smokey navigate the 90’s South Central Los Angeles area for the next 16 hours attempting to acquire $200 to pay off Smokey’s weed debt.
The 1995 film marks rapper Ice Cube’s screenwriting debut. A light-hearted colorful examination of life in the hood, Craig and Smokey’s day consists of run-ins with a long list of characters from the surrounding neighborhood as they attempt to reconcile Smokey’s debt.
Shottas is a Jamaican film starring Reggae heavyweights Kymani Marley (Bigz) and Spragga Benz (Wayne). The film takes place in Miami but starts in the streets of Kingston in Jamaica. The two main characters, Bigz and Wayne, obtain visas to America after committing a murder and robbing a soda truck. The two take their hustling to the streets of Miami where eventually they are both deported back to Jamaica. While there, they decide to hit the streets even harder, going against two Miami drug dealers.
This film gives a glimpse of the violent culture of Jamaican gangs and ganja smuggling. This film also features the talents of Louie Rankin, Paul Campbell, and Wycleaf Jean, with music by 8-time Grammy-winning artist and son of the legendary Bob Marley, Stephen Marley.