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10 Best Stoner Movies of All Time

Counting down Hollywood’s highest achievements

Big Lebowski

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi in the bowling alley in 'The Big Lebowski.'

Practically anything can count as a stoner movie if you’re high enough. 18-hour nature documentary? Whoa, look at those fish, man. Somber black-and-white drama? Sure, why not! But the greatest stoner flicks have something more – a certain sticky green magic that makes you crack up laughing like the very first time you saw them, even on your ten-thousandth viewing. Read on for our definitive list of the 10 greatest works of pothead cinema. Truth be told, most of them are pretty hilarious even if you’re completely sober. But they’re definitely way funnier if you’re not.

Pineapple Express

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‘Pineapple Express’ (2008)

Seth Rogen visits his dealer James Franco and gets a taste of a rare new herb delicacy called Pineapple Express: “It’s, like, the rarest. It’s almost a shame to smoke it. It’s like killing a unicorn. With, like, a bomb.” Do zany adventures ensue? Of course they do!

Stoniest moment: With killers on their trail, Rogen and Franco decide to hide out in the woods, where they can’t even smash their cellphones right. “I’m scared of this darkness!” says Rogen. “I surrender!”

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dazed and confused

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‘Dazed and Confused’ (1993)

Texas small-town teens in the summer of 1976, breaking free in muscle cars on the last day of school. Richard Link­later gets the Seventies details right – including how these kids spend practically every minute blazing to Aerosmith and Foghat, arguing about aliens, sex and how much weed George Washington smoked.

Stoniest moment: Matthew McConaughey shows up as Wooderson, a guru behind the wheel of his beloved hot rod Melba Toast, cruising to the next fiesta: “The older you do get, the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’, man. L-i-v-i-n.”

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The Big Lebowski

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‘The Big Lebowski’ (1998)

How does the Dude abide? “Oh, the usual. I bowl. I drive around. The occasional acid flashback.” You definitely don’t have to be baked to fall under the spell of this Pynchon-times-Marx Brothers classic, but Jeff Bridges turns the Dude into the ultimate hippie hero, a hairy, bathrobe-clad American legend. It’s good knowing he’s out there, still hating the Eagles and still blasting his Creedence tapes.

Stoniest moment: The Dude gets his car back from the cops and goes for a ride in the sun, a beer in one hand, a roach in the other, turning up the music and drumming on the roof of his car.

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