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The 17 Best Stoner Movies Of All Time

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    Hey dudes and dudettes. As they say in stoner movies: It’s 4:20 somewhere — a.k.a. the unofficial official time of day to spark a blunt, hit the bong, toke up, vape, and please insert some more expressions synonymous with smoking pot here.

    According to The Huffington Post, the roots of that particular time — and, of course, the corresponding holiday, 4/20 — can be traced back to a group of five friends who called themselves the Waldos at San Rafael High School in California. In the fall of 1971, they heard that a member of the Coast Guard had a marijuana crop ready to be harvested, and he could no longer tend to it. Ever the opportunists, the Waldos agreed to meet up after school at 4:20 p.m. to begin their trek into the forest to pick the bud.

    They never did find the Coast Guard serviceman’s crop, but they continued to meet to smoke in one of their cars at 4:20 p.m. on the reg. All they had to say to get the plan in motion was, obviously, “420.” The Waldos had familial connections to The Grateful Dead — one of their brothers was friends with Phil Lesh and frequently smoked with him, so that’s probably how the term “420” caught on in Haight-Ashbury circles, and then spread from there.

    Eventually, High Times got word of 420, and in the ‘90s, it purchased 420.com. The magazine takes credit for spreading the concept of 420, but really, who’s to say exactly how something like this spreads throughout the world? All we can agree on is the fact that A. 4:20 p.m. is the most appropriate time of day to smoke some weed, and B. every April 20, stoners everywhere get really baked in honor of their favorite herb.

    Whether or not you observe 4:20 and/or 4/20, you can still enjoy some of the best stoner flicks of all time. Remember to stock up on munchies before you press play. We know; we don’t have to remind you. This isn’t amateur hour.


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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

    Alex Winter and a very young Keanu Reeves star as Bill and Ted, two permanently stoner-faced SoCal slackers in danger of flunking out. The loopy premise: In a future society, Bill and Ted are revered as the "Two Great Ones." The future leaders send one of their own back in time to 1988 in order to ensure the BFFs pass their history project (and thus stay on track towards humanity-altering greatness). With help from a time-traveling phone booth, the pair explore the past and meet leaders like Socrates, Freud, Joan of Arc, Napoleon and Beethoven. It is most excellent, dude.

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    This Is the End (2013)

    Pineapple Express duo James Franco and Seth Rogen reunited for this star-studded stoner flick that, oddly enough, is also one hell of an apocalypse movie. Franco, playing himself, invites some celeb friends — including Emma Watson and Michael Cera, also playing themselves — to an epic rager at his house. Unfortunately, their boozing and blazing comes to a grinding halt when the fiery pits of hell open up because the rapture has arrived. Just kidding — of course they light up when the world's about to end.

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    Dazed and Confused (1993)

    Richard Linklater’s slice-of-life film about the last day of school at Lee High School in Texas in 1976 includes plenty of stoners, like Ron (Rory Cochrane), and recreational weed usage by characters from every social group. School’s out for summer, y'all.

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    Reefer Madness (1936)

    Originally made by a church group with the intention of showing parents the dangers of their children getting hooked on marijuana, Reefer Madness went onto become a cult classic in the ‘70s after people noted how campy and satirical the hysterical, exploitative panic it tries to peddle actually is.

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    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

    Friends Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) get high and try to go to White Castle for some sliders. It wouldn’t make for a very interesting movie if they achieved their goal on the first try, though, so they encounter all sorts of hurdles. These include: getting high with a cheetah (who then takes them in the wrong direction), having to perform surgery on a gunshot victim, running into Neil Patrick Harris (who is high on ecstasy and trying to hitchhike), and turning down a foursome. If only Postmates existed back then so Harold and Kumar could have had their White Castle delivered and avoided the whole madcap adventure.