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Endlessly scrolling through movies and television shows to stream is the nightly bane of the digital age. But if you’re looking for a good stoner movie to watch, Rotten Tomatoes offers a helping hand.
The website aggregates reviews of every movie released, offering a cumulative score from critics. They also, somewhat controversially, offer a score from users of the site, which many have pointed out people can easily and quickly manipulate by piling on the negative or positive reviews.
Perhaps that’s why in the case of stoner movies, obviously a critical topic of national interest, the editorial team at Rotten Tomatoes put together a list based on their own opinions. Consider this: Fried Green Tomatoes.
As it turns out, most of the movies on the list have at least a 70 percent favorability score from critics and site users.
The Best Stoner Movies (According to Rotten Tomatoes)
According to Rotten Tomatoes editors, the Top 10 movies from the list, ranked in their order of awesomeness. Your mileage may vary.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Richard Linklater wrote and directed this film about the last day (and night) of school in 1976 in a Texas town. In addition to pointing out the importance of getting tickets to Aerosmith and making sure the keg guy doesn’t deliver too early, the movie offers an early look at such future stars as Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams, Adam Goldberg, and Rory Cochrane.
This Is the End (2013)
Celebrities James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson play themselves in this movie about the end of the world that somehow blended horror movie tropes, comedy, and weed. And, perhaps most disturbingly, the Backstreet Boys.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
This is, like, their opinion, man. But it’s hard to argue against this favorite of both stoners and Coen Brothers fans (often the same people). Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles stoner happily going nowhere in life who gets mistaken for a different Lebowski. He becomes embroiled in a plot involving kidnapping, nihilists, an avant-garde painter, a Midwestern runaway, bowling tournaments, cab drivers who love the Eagles, a ferret, a high school-age car thief, and the way a rug holds a room together, among other issues.
Easy Rider (1969)
While much of it might seem dated to non-Baby Boomers, the performances by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson are worth watching. For younger generations, it’s also a quick way to learn about the hopes and shattered dreams of the counterculture generation.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1983)
And then there’s the 1980s. If you’ve seen every John Hughes film and want something with a tad more edge, Fast Times – written by Cameron Crowe after he went “undercover” at a California high school – offers a pretty accurate look into what the 1980s were like (in California, anyway). It includes an unforgettable performance by Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli. Amy Heckerling directs. She made a string of huge hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” “Look Who’s Talking” and “Clueless.”
The rest of the Top 10 include:
- Friday (1995). Starring Ice Cube, who successfully morphed from helping found gangsta rap with N.W.A to starring in comedies and memorable dramas (“Three Kings,” “Boyz in the Hood”).
- Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). The ultimate “stoner buddies” movie, it also subverts many racial stereotypes.
- Inherent Vice (2014). A Paul Thomas Anderson movie based on a Thomas Pynchon novel set in Los Angeles in the 1970s. That’s catnip for hipsters and hippies alike.
- Ted (2012). Starring a talking and very profane teddy bear. And also, Mark Wahlberg.
- Pineapple Express (2008). The other classic “stoner buddies” movie.
Movies to watch when you’re high
Rotten Tomatoes also weighed in on movies to watch while under the influence. This list is trickier because, let’s face it, any type of movie you like is a good movie to watch with a buzz. But Rotten Tomatoes based this list on movies with “insane internal zaniness,” dazzling visuals, high-concept science fiction, and/or great music.
The Top 10:
- Spirited Away (2001). Hayao Miyazaki’s classic anime feature.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). One of the most quotable movies of all time. Also, funny.
- Airplane! (1980). Makes fun of disaster movies and pretty much everything else.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Great visuals coupled with a moving story, but in the usual whimsical style of Wes Anderson.
- Shaun of the Dead (2004). Zombie apocalypse, but funny zombie apocalypse.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Stanley Kubrick’s classic on the evolution of humanity and its use of tools, from rocks and bones to spaceships and artificial intelligence. Maybe being high will help you get the ending.
- Pulp Fiction (1994). The film that made Quentin Tarantino a household name and made John Travolta cool again.
- Fantastic Planet (1973). A surrealist animated film where even the trailer is a trip.
- The Matrix (1999). Red pill. Blue pill. Computer simulation. You know the drill.
- Inception (2010). It’s all in your mind. Or is it?