Getting blazed and watching movies is practically a time-honored tradition. There are few things better than settling down in front of the big screen with a stash of good bud – company optional. The good news is that it is easier than ever to find the perfect smoke-out flick, and you will find that the internet is a particularly fertile resource. Here are some of the best stoner-friendly movies that you can stream right now on Netflix.
(Also check out our more article in which we ranked the best cannabis documentaries ever made.)
1. American Weed
American Weed is a revealing look at the Colorado medical marijuana industry as it comes to terms with legal issues and opposition from local residents. Although the circumstances in the state have changed significantly since the series began, it remains a relevant coverage of the marijuana industry as it struggles through its birth pains.
2. Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes
Degenerate Art is a fascinating documentary of the glass pipe-making industry. A quietly but steadily growing trade, glass pipe-making has remained a largely unknown industry until recently. With the growing popularity of glass pipes brought about by widespread marijuana legalization, Degenerate Art is more relevant than ever.
Clerks is one of those stoner classics that people just can’t help coming back to. Always good for an entertaining night with friends – or solo – the tale of two convenience clerks as they deal with a host of wacky customers and various life issues should resonate with pretty much any stoner.
4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The novel from which Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is based is a classic piece of stoner literature, and it is a good thing that the film stayed pretty close to the book’s feel. In any case, the drug-fueled adventures of the wacky journalist and his decidedly more outrageous lawyer makes for excellent stoner fare.
5. Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie
No list of stoner movies would be complete without an entry from stoner flick pioneers Cheech and Chong, and Next Movie is one of the most worthy. While Cheech deals with the recent loss of his job, Chong embarks on a wild Hollywood binge, all of which makes for outrageously fun stoner entertainment.
6. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
If watching Clerks has left you with a craving for more of Jay and Silent Bob, the offshoot should be right up your alley. Following the travails of the ne’er-do-well pair who previously frequented the front of the convenience store in Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a stonerrific romp from New Jersey to Hollywood involving a host of truly bent characters.
7. That ’70s Show
Set in 1970s Wisconsin, That ’70s Show is a sitcom detailing the lives of a group of wacky teenaged friends as they wrestle with various coming of age issues. Featuring a host of then-popular actors who have since achieved varying degrees of success, That ’70s Show is still a great choice for a night in.
8. Reefer Madness
This one is for sheer entertainment value. A propaganda film that details the evils of marijuana use, Reefer Madness shows just how extreme anti-marijuana prejudice was at that point in history. While much of the hysteric anti-marijuana hype evident in the film has since been debunked, Reefer Madness remains good for a couple of laughs.
9. The Big Lebowski
A certified stoner classic with just the right blend of heart and whimsy, The Big Lebowski is the story of the “The Dude” who attempts to get compensation for a ruined rug while being mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. Along the way, the Dude and his buddies come across a host of whacked out characters.
Weeds is the tale of Nancy Botwin, a recently-widowed mother from the suburbs who finds herself involved in the marijuana trade in order to support her family in the manner in which they have been accustomed. As she struggles to maintain a semblance of a normal family life – and to keep her new career a secret – Nancy realizes just how popular her merchandise is.
11. Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke is one of those movies every stoner has seen at least once. If you haven’t, you can’t really say you’ve come of age yet. But like most such films, this one is even better on repeat.
The plot is pointless. Cheech & Chong buy drugs. Cheech & Chong use drugs. Cheech & Chong outwit idiot cops. But the humor is much more subtle than it might seem at first: Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are anything but blundering idiots in real life – and they proved it with this pothead gem.
12. The Naked Gun
This isn’t really a stoner classic in any sense, but it’s the best the Zucker brothers ever produced (with the debatable exception of Airplane!), and it’s always good for at least a few belly laughs.
Leslie Nielsen, once known strictly as a B-grade action extra (see The Poseidon Adventure), surprised everyone with his mastery of Lt. Frank Drebin, a bumbling character he developed in a short-lived but brilliant TV sketch, Police Squad!. You really can’t come away from this without a loopy smile.
13. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
With the exception of his later, less remembered works, John Hughes made movies that fit well into the national conversation about cannabis. Some of his teenage characters smoked it on camera and some talked about it, but it was never entirely off the table.
Weed plays little part in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but it’s still unending fun to get lit and watch Matthew Broderick charm his way through youth. Don’t you just want to give Cameron a J?
14. Planet Earth
Sometimes you just want to zonk in front of the tube with a bong, a family size bag of Chex Mix, and something you can watch without having to think at all. Planet Earth is perfect for that.
This British docu-series explains the breathtaking natural wonder of the globe, from the poles to the tropics, from the smallest life forms to the largest. It’s great for days when you just want to watch animals be animals, documentaries be documentaries, and Sir David Attenborough be Sir David Attenborough.
15. Pulp Fiction
If there’s one great movie you can always count on at Netflix, it’s Pulp Fiction. Other titles come and go, but this 1994 classic has always been on the roster. We’ll admit, it gets old after the 10th viewing or so, but it still has just the right blend of drugs, sex, and violence to make it worth watching over a smoldering blunt.