Top ten best movies to watch high

Published Jan 25, 2019 04:37 p.m. ET

 Whether you are hanging out alone or looking to entertain a party. There is nothing better than a good comedy to break the tension and pass the time. Here you will find the best stoner movies of 2018.

1. Pineapple Express

This movie was a box office when released in 2008. Featuring Seth Rogen as Dale Tenton, who’s relationship with his dealer (James Franco) is called into question after the pair witness a murder and leave a roach behind. Fearing the authorities will trace it back to them, the duo goes on the run and experiences an insane amount of adventure while consuming humorous amounts of pot. All the while just barely escaping a dangerous drug lord who has a personal investment in the murder and thinks they are responsible. This one was a hit and brought in 102.4 million and had a total budget of 27 million to make this masterpiece.

2. The Big Lebowski

Released in 1988 and number two on our list is The Big Lebowski. Perhaps not the best if you’re squeamish. There is so much adult content in this one, from nudity to violence and hate crimes that you definitely want the kids out of the room. “The Dude”played by Jeff Bridges goes out for a milk run and somehow gets confused for Jeffrey Lebowski who is a wealthy philanthropist, and he decides to run with it for a bit until he gets caught. The Big Lebowski is full of some of the oddest situations, from dancing while strung from the rafters to planned pregnancy and a variety of drugs and alcohol going horribly wrong. The dude is everything you can imagine when thinking of a typical stoner. He’s funny, charming, laid back and a little slow.  This witty comedy is a perfect choice for a weed smoking get-together. It made a total of 46.2 million at the box office and did better than anticipated among crowds of all demographics.

3. Harold And Kumar Go to White Castle

Considered by many as one of the best movies to get stoned to. This movie was released in 2004 and made 23.9 million dollars at the box office and had a 9-million-dollar budget. John Cho stars as Harold, a nerdy accountant who tries his best to play by the rules and Kal Penn as Kumar, a laid-back bad influence. The pair sits down for a session just like every other day, only this time they become enthralled with a White Castle burger commercial which sends them on a middle of the night mission to find the closest location. They have all sorts of run-ins with hobo’s and hillbillies including one with the famous Neil Patrick Harris who is hitchhiking before stealing Kumar’s car.  They run from the cops and even come across a unicorn before finally getting to indulge in the delicious burgers that enticed them so far from home. While this one may be a tad cheesy with its over-the-top portrayal of the stereotypical stoner, it all comes together in a way that makes you laugh and want to watch it again and again.

4. Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke

The entire line of Cheech and Chong movies are classics but the best of them all is and always will be Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke. This movie is for sure one of the most famous movies about smoking weed.  Released in 1978 it made 44.4 million which is a small fortune for its time. Tommy Chong plays Anthony Stoner who is an unemployed drummer who loves his green. Cheech Marin plays the part of Pedro de Pacas. The two get arrested for possession of marijuana while high as kites in a car full of smoke, and when Cheech is Released, Pedro also gets out on a minor technicality. The pair leaves prison together and goes on a long weed-fueled adventure which includes competing in a rock band contest. Though this movie also uses a very biased stereotype of potheads, you can’t help but laugh at all the ridiculous situations they end up in and how the two characters talk and interact with each other, sounding completely baked for the whole 40 minutes.

5. Half-Baked

Released in 1998 Half Bakes made an unimpressive 17.5 million at the box office but has grown in popularity since. Starring Dave Chappelle as Thurgood Jenkins who is a funny underappreciated school janitor. Harland Williams as Kenny Davis who is unemployed and finds himself in jail. Guillermo Diaz as Scarface who is a chain burger joint employee, and Rachel True as Mary Jane who is Thurgood’s loyal girlfriend. This movie follows a group of three best friends whose lives are going nowhere exciting until they find themselves in trouble. When Kenny gets locked up for killing a horse, they put their minds together to make bail money. Ultimately deciding to steal pot from a government lab and then hitting the street to try to sell it.

6. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

There is nothing else out there quite like this one. Featuring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke who is journalist and Gonzo played by Benicio Del Toro who is Raoul's attorney. The pair is traveling to Las Vegas together to cover a motorcycle race and stay in a hotel while bingeing on copious amounts of every kind of drug imaginable. From witnessing dragon people, a kidnapped child bride, and evil carnies, this movie takes twists and turns that you will never expect. One of Johnny Depp’s greatest films this one was released in 1998. If you want to see some of the craziest things physically possible take place in Las Vegas than this one is a must see but is not recommended for the faint of heart.

7. Reefer Madness

Released in 1936 this film’s purpose was to spread propaganda about the supposed adverse effects of using cannabis. It focuses on a principal played by Joseph Forte who goes around experiencing awful made situations like visiting a reefer house where people are overdosing. The thing that makes this movie funny is its old-timey completely inaccurate facts. Not only is Reefer madness guaranteed to make you laugh at the sheer insanity of it all, but it also offers a hint of a history lesson by opening a small window into the past perceptions of marijuana. This video was shown in schools, homes, and workplaces as a standard learning tool. Amazing how times have changed.

8. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jay and Silent Bob find out that their favorite comic book counterparts are being featured in a movie. Excited at the possibility of fat paychecks and further fame they start out in full support of its production. But only until they find out they won’t be receiving any royalties which angers them so much they make it their mission to interfere with it’s filming in any way possible. Since Jay and Silent Bob Strikes back also took a little time to gain popularity, the makers barely broke even. The movie cost 22 million to create and only made 33.8 million at the box office. Nonetheless, it’s one of the best movies to watch high as you relate to the stoner protagonists go on their zany adventure.  

9. Dazed and Confused

This one seems to be more popular among younger crowds and is touted as the coming of age stoner flick. While it does focus on a couple of obvious potheads, it’s easy to miss the actual drug use as it focuses more on the various trips that can be experienced when smoking pot — a typical class of teenagers celebrating the last day of High School by heading to the local pool hall for a keg party and more than enough weed to go around. Only lead football player Randall Floyd played by Jason Landon has promised to completely abstain from using drugs or alcohol to be at his best for the championship game. New students at the party try their best to avoid being bullied by the seniors. Fred O’Bannion is one of the bullies and is played by Ben Affleck. Following typical teenage drama with plenty of alcohol and drug use, this one is funny but more relatable for those who left high school not long ago than it is for seasoned stoners.

10. This Is the End

Released in 2013 this fantasy action film is an original. It starts with Hollywood actor James Franco throwing a massive party for all his pals at his mansion. The guest list includes Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride who are all legends in the comedy world. They all begin to bicker over grievances like not hanging out enough when suddenly the walls shake. An apocalypse is in full swing just outside the heavy mansion doors, and it doesn’t take long for the group to notice. They start strong, but lack of food and water alongside stir craziness and fear exacerbates all their problems and begins to turn them against each other one by one. This dark, fast-paced comedy is impressive and is one of many great movies to watch stoned.

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