20 stoner movies to watch on 4/20

The original title of this post was “Top 20: Best stoner movies to watch on 4/20,” but since the demographic of the “stoner movie” is a bunch of pot-smoking, couch bums who don’t really know or care what they are watching, some of these titles should never be labeled a “great movie” in any context. That would be offensive to legitimately great movies.

Some of these movies, however, are great, like “The Big Lebowski” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Many, on the other hand, are pretty bad but can be tolerated under certain circumstances (such as the circumstance 0f being high).

Here are 20 stoner-adjacent movies — good and bad — for you to watch all day on 4/20, an unofficial stoner holiday that Wikipedia explains as follows: “April 20 has evolved into a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.”

Now order a pizza and put down the Widespread Panic concert DVD. You have some movies to watch.

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  • "The Big Lebowski" is a legitimately awesome movie whose main character happens to be a stoner. It needs no introduction or writeup.
  • The title of "Dazed and Confused" alone should convince you that it is fit for this list. But this cult classic about the last day of high school in a small Texas town is definitely worth a watch, if for no reason other than Matthew McConaughey's mustache.
  • Sean Penn is everyone's favorite stoner, Jeff Spiccoli, in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," the "American Pie" of your parents' generation.
  • Before George Jung smuggled the white stuff, he made his mark on the California weed scene. Then he switched to the titular drug, "Blow."
  • Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda play hippie motorcyclists who actually smoked weed onscreen in "Easy Rider." The two main characters pick up Jack Nicholson along the way, and it became one of the most celebrated films of the "counterculture" time period.
  • What ends as a romantic comedy starts off as a stoner comedy -- and the opening credits of the movie are some of the film's most hilarious parts. Take this ingenious way to inhale marijuana, for example.
  • "Super Troopers" is one of the movies in the stoner movie category that you can watch while totally sober. It's so ridiculous that it is hilarious.
  • Again, this isn't a "stoner movie," but whoever came up with the concept of "Labyrinth" MUST have been high off their ass. There's no other explanation for this David Bowie insanity/ awesomeness.
  • Nobody is ever seen smoking weed in "Wet Hot American Summer," but after five minutes of watching this cult favorite, it's clear whom the intended audience is. The nonsensical comedy is about a group of camp counselors on their last day of summer camp in 1981. It has an incredible cast including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and that guy from "Law & Order: SVU." It's awesome.
  • "Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke" was one of the originators of the stoner film genre.
  • "Half Baked" is SO terrible that it is hilarious. Dave Chappelle stars in this stoner comedy about a group of dumbass friends who have to work as drug dealers to bail their friend out of jail.
  • "How High" is a stoner comedy classic starring rappers Method Man and Redman as two friends whose other friend dies in a dreadlock/ weed related accident. Need you hear more to be convinced?
  • "Pineapple Express" is not exactly Judd Apatow's best project, but the first five minutes featuring Bill Hader are worth watching alone.
  • "Reefer Madness" was the first stoner movie -- it just didn't know it yet. Made in 1936 as a propaganda film against marijuana, it reemerged in the 70's and took on a whole new meaning. The movie features people who rape and murder while "on" weed, which took on a comical meaning rather than its intended purpose. Nice try, guys!
  • "Over the Edge" is the cult stoner movie you've never heard. Matt Dillon stars in this 1979 film about a group of misfit stoners who take over a small California town and lock all the adults in the gym.
  • Any film featuring Jay and Silent Bob could go on this list, since their main activity is standing in front of the mall and selling weed. "Clerks" was the original and arguably the best of Kevin Smith's films.
  • Two unemployed slackers must pay a drug dealer $200 by midnight Friday in the stoner comedy "Friday." This 1995 cult classic stars a VERY young Chris Tucker and rapper Ice Cube.
  • This list cannot exist without at least one Harold and Kumar movie, so the original "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" it is. The entire premise is about two stoners who journey to a White Castle fast food restaurant when they get the munchies. Bad things happen, etc.
  • You probably only saw "Grandma's Boy" if you were in college or high school in 2006, but it has a small cult following. The movie is about a 35-year-old who moves in with his eccentric grandmother and her two friends.
  • "Dude, Where's My Car" is painfully dumb, but may be just what you need for your 4/20.

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