We know you've all heard the phrase, "It's 5 o'clock somewhere." So, by that logic, that must mean it's already been 4:20 somewhere. And if that's the case, then have we got a sweet set of 420 movies for you. It may not be a traditional holiday for some people, but with the heavy year we've had, we're adding it to our calendar. And even if you don't partake in this holiday, there are still plenty of movies that will tickle your funny bone, no smoke required. So, to help light everyone's fire, here are our picks for the 10 best 420 movies.
Up In Smoke (1978)
This wouldn't be a proper list of the best 420 movies if the kings of chronic weren't sitting at the top. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have and always will be Mount Rushmore level celebs in the eyes of the stoner community. This timeless, smoked-filled classic will have you asking, "Can I get contact high from watching a movie?" Somehow no matter what situation they find themselves in, they're always able to smoke their way out.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Our next pick is most famously known for being Matthew McConaughey's breakout role where he uttered the iconic phrase, "Alright, alright, alright." The title of the film should speak for itself. The main focus of the film isn't as much centered on smoking as it is just the general debauchery of the time. But you can be sure that something is getting passed around constantly throughout this flick.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
We can't think of any other film so dedicated to curing the munchies. We would be surprised if this ridiculous road trip isn't on every stoner's list. And kudos to White Castle for inventive advertising. Their burgers are pretty good, but they look phenomenal after seeing these guys finally chow down on them for dinner... or breakfast.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Everything was chill. Just a regular day for Dale Denton picking up some weed off of his buddy/drug dealer Saul Silver. Because Saul thinks of Dale as more than a customer, he wanted to hook him up with the primo stuff. Instead of the snicklefritz, Saul gave Dale the most dopest dope he's ever smoked. Pineapple Express. Too bad that this particular dope is so rare, even leaving one nug at the scene of a crime is the equivalent of leaving your own DNA.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
This is the film where Jeff Bridge's "The Dude" was born. Talk about getting mixed up with the wrong people. Even if this might be the chillest role Bridges has ever had, it has plenty of conflict at his character's expense. He shouldn't have to deal with paying another man's debt. He needs to focus on more important things like blazing up and winning his bowling tournament. All he wants is someone to pay for peeing on his rug.
How High (2001)
Here we have another dynamic stoner duo, Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman). Sometimes everyone needs a helping hand. In this case, Silas needs rolling materials and Jamal needs materials to roll. This sparks the start of a beautiful friendship. After smoking a batch of Silas' magical goodies, the ghost of his recently deceased friend appears. To their surprise, his friend helps them ace a test that will determine what college they can go to. And then the college hijinks ensue.
The main characters in this film aren't quite a "duo," but they're certainly both getting roped into each other's affairs. They're definitely friends, but Smokey (Chris Tucker) is pulling Craig (Ice Cube) into a whole world of hurt if they can't pay back his debts. They might be able to dodge most of their collectors for a while, but they REALLY need to keep an eye out for Deebo. But hey, it is Friday. Just make sure you don't mess up the rotation.
Half Baked (1998)
As far as 420 movies go, this one probably has the best cameos. We see Snoop Dogg make an appearance, along with pot-smoking legend Willie Nelson. With comedian Dave Chapelle leading the charge, things go off the rails pretty quickly. We know it's called "Half Baked," but there's no way they've ever been half baked. Especially after seeing these stoners hit their piece which they refer to as the "Billy Bong Thornton." Also, fun fact, you probably wouldn't think that this stoner comedy was directed by a female director, Tamra Davis.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
You can already tell by seeing the preview image above of a young Sean Penn with a blushed face and squinty eyes that he's the stoner star of this 420 flick. Similar in a lot of ways to "Dazed and Confused," this coming-of-age comedy has everyone on their worst behavior. In particular, Sean Penn's character Jeff Spicoli tends to get unapologetically high and on occasion orders some pizza to Mr. Hand's history class.
True Romance (1993)
And finally, last but definitely not least, we had to mention this film just for the mere fact that Brad Pitt nailed his stoner role as roommate Floyd. We honestly wouldn't doubt it if "The Big Lebowski" used the same hair stylist as Pitt's in this movie. No matter how dire the circumstances, a lazy/stoned Floyd always manages to keep his cool. It's also famous for when he under his breath mispronounces the line, "Don't condescend me, man."
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