While there are many things you can enjoy after a great smoke session, a sure way to elevate your maxin’ and relaxin’ experience on cloud nine is to kick back with a good movie and some really great snacks.
Published October 10, 2020
Updated November 9, 2021
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Although I might be best known for my high-flying antics on the basketball court, I also consider myself to be an expert in cannabis and entertainment. With that said, I’m pleased to present you with my picks for the best movies to watch high… I’ll save my recommendations for the best stoner snacks for another day.
This list is full of classic stoner movies and some exciting horror flicks so you don’t completely melt into the couch. In no particular order (mostly because I’m high right now), here they are:
1. Spotlight (2015)
The subject matter is heavy, but this movie will blow your mind: A team of reporters from The Boston Globe launch an investigation into the cases of widespread child sex abuse cases within the Roman Catholic church; the story will really get you questioning our long-accepted societal constructs.
2. How High (2001)
This is one of the greatest weed movies of all time. Stay with me here: two rappers, Redman and Methodman, get into college and have to do a science project to create a magic weed potion. This movie will have you laughing and make you nostalgic about your college days.
3. Half Baked (1998)
Dave Chapelle. Need I say more? Okay, I will. This is one of those classic stoner movies with a super low star rating from sober people, but it is definitely enjoyable to watch when you’re high. Just trust me on this one.
4. Pineapple Express (2008)
This stoner buddy movie is so good that even people who have never smoked weed will find it enjoyable. So, have a puff, grab a snack, and tune in to find out what crazy antics can happen when you smoke rare, premium grade, high-quality marijuana and witness a murder – I promise the storyline is lighter than it sounds.
5. Superbad (2007)
I am McLovin! This is one of the greatest – if not the greatest – coming of age teen comedy films of all time. Plus, it’s one of the classic weed movies. Watch it. It’s the best.
6. Boyz N The Hood
RICKY! This coming-of-age hood drama is a classic. It will give an inside look at what it’s like growing up in ghetto USA. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll thank me after you watch it.
7. Menace II Society (1993)
Another hood classic. This movie is well known for scenes of violence, profanity, and drug-related content. Awesome.
8. Inception (2010)
This is such a crazy movie that I don’t even know where to start. So, with that said, you can rest assured that it’s one of the all-time best movies to watch high.
9. Dead Presidents (1995)
This American crime thriller is based on real-life events. The movie involves war, bank robbery, and family drama. Again, heavy content, but a great story that will keep you hooked throughout its entirety.
10. Scarface (1983)
If you’re into stories about guns, drugs, and crime, you’ll probably agree with me that this is the greatest movie of all time. In my opinion, this movie has ruined real lives: it’s so good and serves up such an incredible fantasy that people may actually be enticed by the illegal drug business and think they can be the next Scarface. Idiots.
11. Planet Earth (2006)
Okay, so not really a movie, but who doesn’t love a good documentary series? And who hasn’t been really high and wondered what in the heck is going on, on this giant space orb we call earth?
12. Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980)
To be honest, I can’t even remember what the plot of Cheech and Chong involved – I just remember that it’s one of the best movies to watch high, and that it involves the characters riding around with a whole lot of smoking going on. I must have been high when I watched it; you should try it out.
13. Friday (1995)
“I know you don’t smoke weed, I know this, but I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do.”
Another hood classic, but this one is funny. This movie teaches us that you probably don’t want to sell weed if you smoke weed because you’ll likely end up smoking the supply and struggling to pay it back.
14. Ted (2012)
Wouldn’t it be cute if a little boy could wish his favorite teddy bear to come to life? Wouldn’t it be even cuter if that little boy and the teddy bear grew up together and remained lifelong best friends? In this case, the little-boy-turned-adult and his best friend Ted smoke a lot of weed and crush a lot of beers, so I’m not sure that cute is the right word, but in any event, it’s a heartwarming and hilarious tale about the ups and downs of navigating best friendships as life circumstances change.
15. The Mask (1994)
In this movie, Jim Carey’s character Stanley Ipkiss finds a magical mask that gives him superpowers. While the movie starts out with Mr. Ipkiss enjoying his newfound superhero-style persona, things quickly turn sour when the mafia gets involved.
16. Ace Ventura Pet Detective (1994)
This is another Jim Carrey classic that involves an animal detective who must find the abducted dolphin mascot of the Miami Dolphins football team. This stoner movie is a great adventure for anyone who’s high and needs something mindless and funny to watch as they kick back and relax.
17. Soul Plane (2004)
When Nashawn Wade (played by Kevin Hart) sues an airline for killing his dog and giving him food poisoning, which results in getting his butt getting stuck in a toilet during a nasty bout of diarrhea and in-flight turbulence, he’s awarded a settlement of $100,000,000. So, what does he do? He starts his own airline of course. This flick comes complete with an insanely star-studded cast and is one of those movies that is so bad, it’s incredibly good.
18. Space Jam (1996)
While I’m not a 90s kid, I did play for the Bulls, and Michael Jordan is my guy, so Space Jam has got to be on the list. Every time I watch this movie, I pick up on something different that’s hilarious, whether it’s the dog being named Charles Barkley, or Bill Murray referring to Larry Bird’s skin being transparent instead of white. This movie has a great soundtrack, some serious throwbacks, and a blend of cartoon and human characters, which makes for an interesting visual when you’re high.
19. The Hangover (2009)
In The Hangover, groom-to-be Doug and his three best men go to Sin City for his bachelor party. When the men wake up in their hotel suite after a wild night out, they realize Doug is missing. Next comes a crazy adventure as the “three best friends that anyone could have” try to piece together what happened the night before and find Doug. This stoner movie will give you a taste of Vegas life from the comfort – and safety – of your couch.
20. John Wick (2014)
There are three John Wick movies out, and I recommend them all. John Wick movies are another great pick for people who enjoy action, the mafia, and violence. And let’s be honest, isn’t everything better when you’re high?
21. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Heck yes, this movie is on my list! Napoleon Dynamite is quite possibly the dumbest, most enjoyable movie ever made. This cult classic is the king of stoner movies, and can only be made better if enjoyed while sharing a joint (or blunt) with your friends.
22. Shrek (2001)
My son has been completely, totally obsessed with Shrek since we accidentally put it on TV when he was 7 months old. Needless to say, I’ve seen it about 500 times – and during this time, I’ve come to realize that the film’s hidden adult comedy and soundtrack are surprisingly great when you’re stoned. This is one of the best movies to watch high and kick back with the whole family.
23. House Party (1990)
You know the drill: some teenager’s parents go out of town, they throw a house party, and the police get called… But this one happens all while their grandmother is upstairs. Martin Lawrence and Robin Williams are in this one, and I’m surprised it doesn’t have more notoriety than it does.
24. The Martian (2015)
Matt Damon (an astronaut) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assumes him dead and leaves him behind. He must rely on his limited supplies and savvy astronaut skills to signal back to earth that he’s still up there. Whoa.
25. Saw (2004)
I’m recommending the entire Saw series. What a crazy, twisted group of stories about being forced to pay for your wrongdoings in really messed up, gruesome, awful, trippy ways. I love Saw, but grab a mellow strain for these ones, they’re legit (rated R) horror films.
26. Scream (1996)
Do you like scary movies but can’t handle Saw? If you’re not 12 years old, Scream may not be scary, but it’s still an enjoyable 90s flick, now jam-packed with nostalgia and a decent – albeit cheesy – storyline to keep you hooked.
27. Final Destination 2 (2003)
I first saw this movie years ago, and to this day, every time I see a truck pulling logs on the highway, my life flashes before my eyes. This movie is dark and trippy – just try not to let yourself get too paranoid.
28. Halloween (2018)
The slasher movie series of all slasher movie series. Need I say more?
29. Higher Learning (1995)
This movie may be full of clichés, but it has an important message and strives to make a difference. In Higher Learning, a group of college freshmen from diverse backgrounds struggle with receiving racism while on campus – heavy stuff that’s unfortunately still relevant today.
30. Scary Movie (2000)
WAZZZZZUUUUUUUP. When it comes to weed movies, this is another one that tops my list of best movies to watch high. It’s the kind of movie you never get tired of, and is the perfect, crazy, silly movie to watch while you’re high.
31. Split (2016)
This movie is about a guy with 23 different personalities and is absolutely trippy when you’re stoned. Hedwig is my favorite personality, by the way.
32. The Waterboy (1998)
Sure, this movie is dumb, but it’s also pretty funny. I love a good underdog story, and I love a good comedy. So when you pair Adam Sandler style comedy with the storyline of a waterboy becoming the unexpected star of the football team, it certainly fits the bill.
33. Hocus Pocus (1993)
I know this is a kids’ movie, but I was recently introduced to it, and it’s actually a great flick. When you’re high, Hocus Pocus will send you down a rabbit hole thinking about witchcraft, Salem, and other historically spooky things.
34. Dude Where’s My Car? (2000)
This movie reminds me of the original The Hangover. This movie is probably also as high as you are. Dude Where’s My Car is a stoner cult classic involving Ashton Kutchen and Sean William Scott trying to relocate their car after a night of wild partying. It sounds stupid, but it’s surprisingly hilarious. Maybe you’ve misplaced something while stoned before too and can relate.
35. Misery (1990)
Who doesn’t love a good psychological thriller? Misery is the story of a best-selling author who gets into a car accident and is rescued by an obsessed fan. I’m sure you can guess what happens next.
36. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Oh look, another coming of age story. This one has proven to hold its own over the years and is often referred to as a favorite by many. The storyline is easy and entertaining: the perfect combination for your high. You can also check out the virtual table reading of this movie that a ton of cool celebs just collaborated on for a CORE fundraiser. This movie is definitely brought to a new level with this line of actors: Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Dane Cook, Morgan Freeman, Jimmy Kimmel, Shia LaBeouf, John Legend, Ray Liotta, CORE co-founder Sean Penn, and Julia Roberts.
37. Harold & Kumar (2004)
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and A Very Harold & Kumor Christmas. All awesome. All weed movies. All ones you definitely need to put on your list.
38. Daddy’s Home (2015)
Daddy’s Home and Daddy’s Home 2 are unsuspecting, but beyond hilarious. My wife and I stayed inside our hotel room to watch Daddy’s Home 2 during a winter weekend trip to New York City and laughed so hard, we cried… I wonder if it was the weed?
39. Bad Boys (1995)
I am a huge fan of the Bad Boys franchise, and I really believe each one of the movies in this series has only gotten better. They’re great shoot em’ up, action-comedy movies. Strong plots, good plot twists, and hilarious moments; they have it all.
40. Zookeeper (2011)
Talking animals? Come on, man. Awesome. This is one that I can easily watch with the kids around and will also mess with my head a little if I’m high. Perfect.
41. Dream Girls (2006)
Okay, don’t laugh…Dream Girls is one of my all-time favorite movies. This flick takes you on an emotional journey through what the music industry can be like (yes, I co-owned a record label – no it’s no longer operational). Dream Girls is full of emotion, great music, and comedy. In fact, I just may watch it tonight.
42. The Nutty Professor – The Eddie Murphy version (1996)
Sherman (Eddie Murphy) is an overweight, nerdy professor who falls in love with his hot colleague, Ms. Purty. The problem? Sherman lacks the confidence to try and win Ms. Purty’s heart. To instill some false confidence, he creates a potion that turns him into the handsome and outgoing Buddy Love. This movie takes you on a fun adventure that will have you feeling nostalgic about your teenage crushes. Fun fact: the first nickname I ever had for my wife was Ms. Purty.
43. Jason Bourne (2002)
There are five Jason Bourne movies, and they’re all good. This is yet another action-thriller style movie involving lots of guns, crime, and drama. Ya gotta love it.
44. 007 (Since 1962)
I don’t even know which 007 movie I’m referring to – I just know that I really love James Bond movies and that 007 on the Nintendo 64 was a great game.
45. X-Men (2000)
There are NINE X-Men movies. They’re all great. These movies all involve superheroes and the kind of other-worldly things that are like candy for your brain when you’re stoned.
46. The Avengers (2012)
In my opinion, The Avengers are pretty similar to X-Men. The biggest difference? There are four movies in this series instead of 9, and they’re a little more “kid-ish” than X-Men. Still great, though, and definitely one of the best movies to watch high.
47. Above the Rim (1994)
This movie involves Tupac and Rucker Park. Enough said.
48. All About the Benjamins (2002)
In this movie, Ice Cube players a bounty hunter looking for a conman played by Mike Epps. The two end up teaming up to locate a group of diamond thieves in an attempt to obtain both notoriety and a $60 million lottery ticket.
49. Hide and Seek (2005)
A father, played by Robert De Niro, notices his daughter creates an imagery friend named Charlie shortly after the death of her mother. Unlike many imaginary friends, though, Charlie has a very dark side. Now that I think about it, this movie may have only been good because I was high when I watched it, but that’s kind of the point of stoner movies, isn’t it?
50. Meet the Parents (2000)
Man, this movie is funny. As someone who is on my third marriage, I can definitely relate to the awkwardness that can come with blending families. This movie has a great cast and two solid sequels, Meet the Fockers, and Little Fockers. I recommend this franchise for easy watching and some really great laughs.
Enjoy My Favorite Stoner Movies!
And there you have it – the top 50 movies, as selected by me, to watch when you’re high. I hope there a few recommendations in here that you haven’t seen before – and if you do put them on your watch list, I hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.
A native of Flint, Michigan known for his freakish athleticism, ability to score the basketball and jaw dropping vertical, Eddie Robinson, better known in basketball circles as “E-Rob”, is a former NBA player for the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls. A long-time user and advocate of marijuana, Robinson used the herb throughout his playing career and credits it for helping him self-manage the chronic pain he experienced as a professional athlete along with relieving the immense pressure that came with being in the sports spotlight.