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16 Top Cannabis Movies to watch on 420!

Top 16 Weed Movies

1. Reefer Madness (1936)

Written by: Arthur HoerlDirected by: Louis J. GasnierWhat it’s about: Reefer Madness is a cautionary tale about the dangers of marijuana. The plot, insofar as there is a plot, revolves around high school students who experiment with ‘reefer’ and are transformed into maniacs who kill and rape under the drug’s persistent sway. It is very much not a documentary.
Motion Picture Ventures
Written by: Arthur Hoerl
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
What it’s about: Reefer Madness is a cautionary tale about the dangers of marijuana. The plot, insofar as there is a plot, revolves around high school students who experiment with “reefer” and are transformed into maniacs who kill and rape under the drug’s persistent sway. It is very much not a documentary.

2. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

Written by: Roger EbertDirected by: Russ MeyerWhat it’s about: In this thematic sequel to Valley of the Dolls, ‘dolls’ — aka pills — still exist, but marijuana is much more prevalent. Kelly MacNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Pet Danforth (Marcia McBroom) bring their band to L.A., where they’re quickly seduced by the party lifestyle.
20th Century Fox
Written by: Roger Ebert
Directed by: Russ Meyer
What it’s about: In this thematic sequel to Valley of the Dolls, “dolls” — aka pills — still exist, but marijuana is much more prevalent. Kelly MacNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Pet Danforth (Marcia McBroom) bring their band to L.A., where they’re quickly seduced by the party lifestyle.

3. Fritz the Cat (1972)

Written by: Ralph BakshiDirected by: Ralph BakshiWhat it’s about: Based on the R. Crumb comic strip of the same name, Fritz the Cat is an X-rated cartoon — literally, it’s rated ‘X’ — about a hedonistic cat who goes on very adult adventures. When he’s not engaging in group sex, Fritz smokes a lot of weed, which takes the edge off as things take a turn for the heavy.
MGM
Written by: Ralph Bakshi
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
What it’s about: Based on the R. Crumb comic strip of the same name, Fritz the Cat is an X-rated cartoon — literally, it’s rated “X” — about a hedonistic cat who goes on very adult adventures. When he’s not engaging in group sex, Fritz smokes a lot of weed, which takes the edge off as things take a turn for the heavy.

4. Up in Smoke (1978)

Written by: Tommy Chong and Cheech MarinDirected by: Lou AdlerWhat it’s about: In their first feature-length film, comedy duo Cheech and Chong play Pedro de Pacas and Anthony ‘Man’ Stoner (seriously), who go on a road trip to secure more weed and end up in trouble with the law due to some epic misunderstandings, and the fact that they’re really, really high.
Paramount Pictures
Written by: Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin
Directed by: Lou Adler
What it’s about: In their first feature-length film, comedy duo Cheech and Chong play Pedro de Pacas and Anthony “Man” Stoner (seriously), who go on a road trip to secure more weed and end up in trouble with the law due to some epic misunderstandings, and the fact that they’re really, really high.

5. Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980)

Written by: Tommy Chong and Cheech MarinDirected by: Tommy ChongWhat it’s about: In Cheech and Chong’s next movie, cleverly titled Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, they once again find themselves engaged in a series of misadventures and mix-ups, largely influenced by being stoned or looking to get stoned. This time around, however, they make time for a little romance.
Universal Studios
Written by: Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin
Directed by: Tommy Chong
What it’s about: In Cheech and Chong’s next movie, cleverly titled Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie, they once again find themselves engaged in a series of misadventures and mix-ups, largely influenced by being stoned or looking to get stoned. This time around, however, they make time for a little romance.

6. Nice Dreams (1981)

Written by: Tommy Chong and Cheech MarinDirected by: Tommy ChongWhat it’s about: In the third Cheech and Chong movie, the pair makes a living selling weed out of an ice cream truck, Happy Herb’s Nice Dreams. Characters from the previous two movies reprise their roles — and Timothy Leary appears as himself, giving Cheech and Chong LSD. Did I mention they end the film as strippers?
Columbia Pictures
Written by: Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin
Directed by: Tommy Chong
What it’s about: In the third Cheech and Chong movie, the pair makes a living selling weed out of an ice cream truck, Happy Herb’s Nice Dreams. Characters from the previous two movies reprise their roles — and Timothy Leary appears as himself, giving Cheech and Chong LSD. Did I mention they end the film as strippers?

7. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Written by: Cameron CroweDirected by: Amy HeckerlingWhat it’s about: There are few burnout heroes as iconic as Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), but there’s more to Fast Times than Spicoli, who is really a side character. Still, he’s the obvious standout (alongside Phoebe Cates’ famous nude scene) in this film about high schoolers who value sex and drugs above just about everything else.
Universal Studios
Written by: Cameron Crowe
Directed by: Amy Heckerling
What it’s about: There are few burnout heroes as iconic as Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), but there’s more to Fast Times than Spicoli, who is really a side character. Still, he’s the obvious standout (alongside Phoebe Cates’ famous nude scene) in this film about high schoolers who value sex and drugs above just about everything else.

8. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Written by: Chris Matheson and Ed SolomonDirected by: Stephen HerekWhat it’s about: The funny thing about stoner time travelers Bill and Ted is that they’re not actually stoners — they’re just so spacey, they might as well be. In the first installment of the Bill and Ted franchise, the titular idiots accidentally learn about history by going back in time and befriending a bunch of historical figures.
Fox Searchlight
Written by: Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon
Directed by: Stephen Herek
What it’s about: The funny thing about stoner time travelers Bill and Ted is that they’re not actually stoners — they’re just so spacey, they might as well be. In the first installment of the Bill and Ted franchise, the titular idiots accidentally learn about history by going back in time and befriending a bunch of historical figures.

9. Dazed and Confused (1993)

Written by: Richard LinklaterDirected by: Richard LinklaterWhat it’s about: On the last day of high school in 1976, students celebrate the end of the school year by partying hard and hazing incoming freshman. Most people remember Dazed and Confused for Matthew McConaughey’s breakthrough role as David Wooderson, a pothead creep who’s somehow still charming.
Criterion
Written by: Richard Linklater
Directed by: Richard Linklater
What it’s about: On the last day of high school in 1976, students celebrate the end of the school year by partying hard and hazing incoming freshman. Most people remember Dazed and Confused for Matthew McConaughey’s breakthrough role as David Wooderson, a pothead creep who’s somehow still charming.

10. Friday (1995)

Written by: Ice Cube and DJ PoohDirected by: F. Gary GrayWhat it’s about: Friday takes place over the course of 16 hours, during which Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) must come up with the $200 Smokey owes drug dealer Big Worm (Faizon Love). Smokey was supposed to just be selling, but he makes the classic mistake of getting high on his own supply.
New Line Cinema
Written by: Ice Cube and DJ Pooh
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
What it’s about: Friday takes place over the course of 16 hours, during which Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) must come up with the $200 Smokey owes drug dealer Big Worm (Faizon Love). Smokey was supposed to just be selling, but he makes the classic mistake of getting high on his own supply.

11. Half Baked (1998)

Written by: Dave Chappelle and Neal BrennanDirected by: Tamra DavisWhat it’s about: Written by the co-creators of Chappelle’s Show — but before that series began — Half Baked is your typical stoner farce, complete with modern-day pothead icons (Jim Breuer and his permanently half-lidded eyes) and stoner comedy standbys (Tommy Chong and Willie Nelson, among others).
Universal Pictures
Written by: Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan
Directed by: Tamra Davis
What it’s about: Written by the co-creators of Chappelle’s Show — but before that series began — Half Baked is your typical stoner farce, complete with modern-day pothead icons (Jim Breuer and his permanently half-lidded eyes) and stoner comedy standbys (Tommy Chong and Willie Nelson, among others).

12. How High (2001)

Written by: Dustin AbrahamDirected by: Jesse DylanWhat it’s about: Underachieving stoners Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman) use the ashes of Silas’ dead friend Ivory (Chuck Davis) as fertilizer for weed. When the two smoke the resulting product, they conjure up Ivory’s ghost, who helps them cheat on their college entrance exams and get accepted to Harvard.
Paramount Pictures
Written by: Dustin Abraham
Directed by: Jesse Dylan
What it’s about: Underachieving stoners Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman) use the ashes of Silas’ dead friend Ivory (Chuck Davis) as fertilizer for weed. When the two smoke the resulting product, they conjure up Ivory’s ghost, who helps them cheat on their college entrance exams and get accepted to Harvard.

13. Pineapple Express (2008)

Written by: Seth Rogen and Evan GoldbergDirected by: David Gordon GreenWhat it’s about: Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) and his weed dealer Saul Silver (James Franco) become accidental witnesses to a crime at the home of drug lord Ted Jones (Gary Cole). Before they flee, Dale drops his joint at the scene, and the rare strain of weed it contains, Pineapple Express, helps lead the bad guys back to Saul.
Columbia Pictures
Written by: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Directed by: David Gordon Green
What it’s about: Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) and his weed dealer Saul Silver (James Franco) become accidental witnesses to a crime at the home of drug lord Ted Jones (Gary Cole). Before they flee, Dale drops his joint at the scene, and the rare strain of weed it contains, Pineapple Express, helps lead the bad guys back to Saul.

14. Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)

Written by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden SchlossbergDirected by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden SchlossbergWhat it’s about: In the second installment of the Harold and Kumar series, the buddies — you guessed it — find themselves detained as terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. There are more misadventures, more hilariously out-of-character Neil Patrick Harris, and more weed. So much more weed.
New Line Cinema
Written by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Directed by: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
What it’s about: In the second installment of the Harold and Kumar series, the buddies — you guessed it — find themselves detained as terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. There are more misadventures, more hilariously out-of-character Neil Patrick Harris, and more weed. So much more weed.

15. Ted (2012)

Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley WildDirected by: Seth MacFarlaneWhat it’s about: John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) lives with his best friend and lifelong companion, a talking teddy bear named Ted (Seth MacFarlane). As John tries to get serious with Lori Collins (Mila Kunis), he has to pull away from the hard-drinking, pot-smoking lifestyle to which he and Ted have grown accustomed.
Universal Pictures
Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
What it’s about: John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) lives with his best friend and lifelong companion, a talking teddy bear named Ted (Seth MacFarlane). As John tries to get serious with Lori Collins (Mila Kunis), he has to pull away from the hard-drinking, pot-smoking lifestyle to which he and Ted have grown accustomed.

16. This Is the End (2013)

Written by: Seth Rogen and Evan GoldbergDirected by: Seth Rogen and Evan GoldbergWhat it’s about: This Is the End is a stoner movie, sure, but it’s also a post-apocalyptic disaster flick and a buddy comedy. Either way, it has a bunch of notable actors (who pop up in other films on this list) doing parodies of themselves at their worst when they’re forced to deal with the world literally coming to an end.
Columbia Pictures
Written by: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Directed by: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
What it’s about: This Is the End is a stoner movie, sure, but it’s also a post-apocalyptic disaster flick and a buddy comedy. Either way, it has a bunch of notable actors (who pop up in other films on this list) doing parodies of themselves at their worst when they’re forced to deal with the world literally coming to an end.


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