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While purists might not consider Kevin Smith's cult hit to be a true stoner film, we'd argue otherwise. The black-and-white comedy checks all the boxes: The meandering plotlessness, the duo of lovable slacker besties, the amusing situations they find themselves in, and the brilliantly dumb dialogue that's funny when you're sober and even funnier when you're high. Plus, Clerks marks the birth of Smith's stoner icons Jay and Silent Bob.
Up In Smoke (1978)
Cheech & Chong's film debut has often been credited as the original stoner movie. The movie follows a pot-smoking slacker (Tommy Chong) and the equally rad stoner dude (Cheech Marin) he meets hitchhiking. The weed-hazed adventures that ensue are perfectly ridiculous. They evade prison, unwittingly smuggle a van full of weed across the border and end up playing their hearts out in a rock band contest.
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.
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.
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.