Few things go with weed quite so well as science fiction. They’re both all about expanding the imagination and exploring new worlds. And they’re both perfect for a lazy winter day.
What are your favorite stoner sci-fi movies? Here are a few of ours. Butter some popcorn, spark a joint and go where lots of potheads have happily gone before.
1. Star Wars (1977)
Star Trek is great, maybe better than Star Wars overall. But even the best Trek adventures don’t pair up all that well with weed. Sure, it’s fun to watch Kahn while baked, but most of the rest of the series requires too much thinking and not enough story.
Star Wars, on the other hand, is an ideal way to while away a high afternoon. It’s six and a half hours of pure geek joy, and since you already probably know the dialogue by heart, it’s great comfort entertainment.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrik’s futuristic masterpiece has been bending the minds of stoners around the world for 47 years. 2001: A Space Odyssey is not only one of the best sci-fi films ever made, it’s easily one of the best movies of all time.
From the dawn of consciousness to our first encounters with alien intelligence, Kubrik’s best film redefined science fiction and trippy entertainment. Large portions of the movie are silent, though 2001 is maybe best known for its haunting score, Also Spake Zarathustra.
3. Predator (1987)
Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. Carl Weathers at his buffest. And an as-yet-unelected Jesse Ventura barking one of the greatest lines in Hollywood history: “I ain’t got time to bleed.”
Predator is the kind of action sci-fi that just doesn’t give a shit what you think about it. There’s enough testosterone to make John Rambo look like an old lady. And of course there’s an invisible alien hunting humans in the jungle.
4. The Lord of the Rings (2001)
This brilliant trilogy is technically fantasy, not science fiction. But we’re willing to bet that if you’re into one, you’re into the other. And anyway, it doesn’t make much difference when you’re blazed.
Peter Jackson’s vision for the works of J.R.R. Tolkien ran out of steam the moment his first Hobbit movie opened, but The Lord of the Rings has lost none of its charm as a result. The first three movies are a great way to spend a long day with a bong.
5. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Keanu Reeves has made exactly two quality films during his baffling career: 1994’s Speed and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. They’re both fun to watch stoned, but Bill and Ted are a special treat.
Travel in time with Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin. See world history through bloodshot eyes. Party hard to the music of Wyld Stallyns. There’s no weed to be found, but it’s pretty obvious what these bodacious dudes were doing before school.