Top 10 Stoner Movies for Cold (and Warm) Nights of Laughter
Top 10 Stoner Movies lists are everywhere.
But we thought it was about time Delta 9 had one we could call our own. We’ve included a few flicks on our list that you won’t find on most others, and they’ll all make you laugh, stoned or not.
These movies are about getting high, having fun, learning about life and enjoying the ride. They’ve got pot culture and unbridled adventure that might just stimulate some fine memories from your past, while at the same time reminding you that life is especially good right now, in Manitoba, and across Canada.
Delta 9’s Top 10 Stoner Movies:
- Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke (1978)
- Pineapple Express (2008)
- The Big Lebowski (1998)
- Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2008)
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
- Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
- Dazed and Confused (1993)
- Caddy Shack (1980)
- Half Baked (1998)
1. Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke (1978)
“My license? It's on the bumper man, back there…”
The granddaddy of all stoner movies and still one of the best ever, Up In Smoke started a whole new movie genre. The plot is simple. New friends Cheech and Chong decide to start a band, but first they need to find a joint. The misadventures that occur along the way are hilarious and include driving a van made completely out of marijuana back from Mexico, a pair of blitzed female hitchhiker companions, numerous close calls with police, and performing on stage at The Roxy Theatre with Cheech wearing a a pink tutu and Chong dressed as a large red Quaalude. Originally half-written on a yellow pad of paper and full of ad-lib moments that are rewind watch-again funny, Up In Smoke is a must-watch stoner movie that might just mark the beginning of a beautiful relationship. With the movies below.
Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke movie trailer: https://youtu.be/dK8ay-DlTzM
2. Pineapple Express (2008)
“Ah, well, sir. I feel like a, like a slice of butter… melting
on top of a big-ol’ pile of flapjacks… yeah.”
Lazy stoner Dale witnesses a murder by a drug kingpin and a corrupt cop and is forced to go on the run with his completely dazed drug dealer, his supplier, and Pineapple Express, a rare strain of cannabis described as “hands down, the dopest dope I’ve ever smoked.” Pothead paranoia ensues through car chases, shootouts, fist fights and more. Seth Rogen gives an excellent performance in his role as Dale the stoner, but James Franco is even better as his friend Saul the drug dealer. Make sure you’re in just the right state of mind before you watch this movie and you’ll love it.
Pineapple Express movie trailer: https://youtu.be/wwhyPZGOU48
3. The Big Lebowski (1998)
“Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well, the bar eats you.”
Billed as the #1 cult film of all time by the Boston Globe, The Big Lebowski is a comedy about lifetime stoner Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, who wants no responsibilities and zero drama in his life. Things quickly go south when Lebowski gets caught up in a web of craziness that includes mistaken identity, Russians pummeling him for money, a severed toe, the kidnapped wife of the real “Big Lebowski” and the bowling buddies he needs to help him solve his new set of unbelievable problems. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore, The Big Lebowski is not only a good stoner flick with eccentric characters, a great soundtrack and an entertaining story, it also stands on its own as an excellent movie.
The Big Lebowski movie trailer: https://youtu.be/cd-go0oBF4Y
4. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2008)
“In a world that is constantly changing, it’s nice to know some things are still, exactly the same.”
When the first Trailer Park Boys movie entitled The Movie was being made, industry experts told the producers it had no chance of success. The couldn’t have been more wrong. On opening night theatres were packed with loyal fans screaming and throwing popcorn and whatever else they could find at the screen in praise of their favourite characters. Not only was The Movie an instant cult classic, the second movie in the series, Countdown to Liquor Day is even better. Recently released from jail in this movie, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles will make you laugh loud and love life in Sunnyvale Trailer Park, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. One of the funniest Canadian movies ever made.
Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day movie trailer: https://youtu.be/H2Ml7BfjOh0
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
“There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere.”
Loosely based on the famous book written by the founder of Gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson, this hazily true story follows Thompson and his attorney Dr. Gonzo on a psychedelic trip to Las Vegas to cover a famous off-road race in the desert called the Mint 400. The writing assignment quickly fades into a sandstorm and instead turns into a search for the American Dream with a suitcase full of pharmaceuticals and a casino full of reptiles. Starring Johnny Depp as Thompson and Benicio Del Toro as Dr. Gonzo, this cult classic takes you on wild ride of excess through Vegas that is not only seriously funny, but probably more truth than fiction. If you really want to appreciate this movie, read the book first.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas movie trailer: https://youtu.be/K4UfyLRbIyc
6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
“Everything you always wanted to do in high school, with everyone you always wanted to do it with.”
Fast Times at Ridgemont High delivers on its promise. It’s about a group of California teenagers who enjoy malls, sex and music. They’re just trying to figure life out -- with a little help. As a bonus, Fast Times at Ridgemont High features a classic performance by Sean Penn as always-stoned surfer dude Jeff Spicoli and his constant fight with a history teacher name Mr. Hand. Did you ever have one of those? If you ever want to go back to high school for an evening to pick up something, or someone, you forgot, this movie will take you there.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie trailer: https://youtu.be/FKov1lmq_OU
7. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
“The only reason I'm applying is so my dad will keep paying for my apartment. I really don't have a desire to go to med school.”
What happens when two close friends, Harold and Kumar, get stoned watching TV and decide they have to satisfy their munchies? They go on an odyssey to find the perfect hamburger at White Castle, of course. But what starts out as a simple journey through a town in New Jersey turns into an epic adventure that features dealing with weirdos, political incorrectness, improbable obstacles and impossible detours. When they finally do find a White Castle, Harold orders “30 sliders, 5 french fries, and 4 large cherry cokes” and Kumar orders the same, with diet cokes. Eating them was not the problem.
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle movie trailer: https://youtu.be/j_iOVl9u1A0
8. Dazed and Confused (1993)
“I only came here to do two things, kick some ass, and drink some beer. Looks like we’re almost outta beer.”
Another high school flick worthy of this list. Do you remember your last day of high school? Were you one of the people who just wanted to get stoned, drunk or find a willing member of the opposite sex to spend some quality time with? Dazed and Confused takes place in a small town in Texas in 1976, and not only does it include an exceptional soundtrack with songs by Bob Dylan, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper, among others, it also stars Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey in one of his earliest roles, as character David Wooderson. Just about everyone finds what they’re looking for on the last day of high school in this movie. Don’t be surprised if you do too.
Dazed and Confused movie trailer: https://youtu.be/3aQuvPlcB-8
9. Caddyshack (1980)
“We have a pool and a pond. The pond is better for you.”
Rated by many as the most entertaining golf movie ever made, Caddyshack is worth watching just for Bill Murray’s portrayal of stoner groundskeeper Carl Spackler, who creates a strain of weed he describes as “a cross bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, featherbed bent, and northern California sinsemilla. The amazing stuff about this is that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt at night on this stuff.” In a fashion similar to Up In Smoke, many of the lines in Caddyshack were improvised by an incredible cast of genuinely funny actors that includes Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield. The main story is about a young golfer trying to get a scholarship and the people he interacts with, while Spackler lurks in the background scheming about his arch enemy, a gopher, starring as himself. Even writing that line makes us giggle.
Caddyshack movie trailer: https://youtu.be/x9Nl39uWEYk
10. Half Baked (1998)
“…gotta have chocolate, graham crackers, pizza, celery, grape jelly, peanut butter, popcorn, beef jerky…”
When Kenny gets arrested for accidentally killing a diabetic police horse named Buttercup in New York City by feeding it some of the aforementioned munchies, his friends Thurgood, Scarface and Brian are forced to come up with a way to bail him out of jail. They decide to sell medical marijuana stolen from the lab where Thurgood works as a janitor, but that angers a rival dealer. Police become involved and a trap is set for the dealer, but the coppers get stoned and space off making the bust. If that isn’t enough to perk your interest, Thurgood has girlfriend named Mary Jane Potman, who hates cannabis. You can see where this movie is headed from the beginning. And it’s a good place.
Half Baked movie trailer: https://youtu.be/HMhUnO2u6qI
The End. Well actually, it’s not really the end. In fact, it might just be the beginning because there are so many great stoner movies that didn’t make our final cut. We encourage you to discover them all!