The 11 All-Time Greatest Movies to Watch High on 4/20

The 11 All-Time Greatest Movies to Watch High on 4/20

Hey, yo. It's 4/20. Know what that means? It means a whole day celebrating the gloriousness that is weed. And part of that celebrating includes three things: smoking, eating, and watching movies.

Every year, a slew of articles list the best movies to watch while high. They include some decent ones, but a good number of them don't belong among the all-time greats. Sure, the Harold & Kumar movies are fine, but they're not stellar. Reefer Madness is a classic, but it's also a cliché (and kind of a bummer). And Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is a marvel, but it's better on hallucinogens than weed.

So this list is here to end the debate once and for all — skull bong in one hand, remote control in the other. What you want to watch on 4/20 are movies that complement smoking: You want to laugh, you want to trip out, and you want your mind to bend a little. So order the pizzas, blaze one up, and read about the 11 greatest movies to watch high today. 

11. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Available on Netflix.
This movie tanked when it came out in 2001, but it later gained a cult following. It launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, and Bradley Cooper. A spoof of '80s high-school movies, Wet Hot American Summer is a throwback to classics like Airplane and is way funnier when you’re baked. Plus, you can also binge-watch the even funnier 2015 eight-episode prequel on Netflix.

10. Pineapple Express (2008)
Available on Amazon streaming for $3.99.
Pineapple Express has become a new classic for stoners, and for one very good reason: James Franco and Seth Rogen smoked a shitload of weed and made a movie around it. It’s also low-key funny, as the classic skinny guy/fat guy-comedy-duo-running-for-their-lives trope gets turned on its head. Think Abbott and Costello being reeeeeeeally high.

9. Dazed and Confused (1993)
Available on Amazon streaming for $3.99.
When it comes to this flick, everyone loves to point to Matthew McConaughey’s classic line: “They stay the same age." And rightfully so — it’s a great moment. But the heart of Dazed and Confused is found in the clip above. The entire scene is just a mantra for the stoner life. As we get older, life and responsibilities get in the way, but you just gotta keep livin’, man. Also, turn anything you can find into a smoking device. Also, always carry eye drops.

8. Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb (1964)
Available on Amazon streaming for $3.99.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic is arguably the greatest war and political satire film in cinematic history. And Peter Sellers as all three of the main characters is a master class in comedic acting. It’s an amazing film — stoned or sober. But for what it’s worth, the first time I watched this movie high, I legit cracked up for a good 15 minutes straight after watching the scene above. Tears and everything. It was awesome.

7. Half Baked (1998)
Available on Netflix..
Dave Chappelle, Snoop, Willie Nelson, and Jon Stewart. Together. In a movie that is an homage to the stoner life. C’mon, now. It also features the greatest — and most accurate — munchies run in the history of cinema.



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