Some things are just better when you’re high – music, art, reading and as any marijuana aficionado will agree, movies! We’ve compiled a list of the best 10 movies to watch while high spanning a variety of genres and reasons why they are great watching while kicking back with some pot.
Listed in alphabetical order – because it’s nearly impossible to rank them – our picks for the best flicks while high are …
(Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver)
James Cameron’s movie he “always wanted to make” is an absolute marvel of special effects, CGI and sound making it a must-see for anyone, especially those of us who partake in recreational marijuana. The storylines isn’t the strongest (predictable, even) but the movie makes up for it with the exhilarating ride viewers are taken on through the world of Pandora and its inhabitants, the blue-skinned Na’vi, as they battle to save their world from opportunist earthlings.
This movie is sure to make its rounds again in theaters and when it does seeing it in 3D is definitely the best way to watch it. But being nearly 3 hours long, bring your edibles to keep your high going through the whole movie!
(Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro)
Dystopian genre before dystopia was a thing, Brazil is a mid-80s movie that is great to watch after rolling one up. Take 1984, remove the disturbing parts and add some dark humor, throw in a De Niro in one of his smaller roles and you have one of the best overlooked movies there is. The effects are, well 80s but the themes, imagery and underlying message are timeless … if not timely.
See if you can catch the hidden message when De Niro’s character disappears. Katherine Helmond (the voice of Lizzie, the Model-T in Pixar’s Cars) stars as the main character’s mother to perfection – literally!
(Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden)
A Cold War satire filmed in black and white, Dr. Strangelove is one of crowning film achievements of Stanley Kubrick, whose films are all pretty good to watch while high! The plot of an army general going off the rails at the height of the Cold War is thought-provoking enough; it’s the camera angles and dialogue – and periodic spaces between dialogue – that lands this classic on our list of the best movies to watch while enjoying a little MJ. Peter Sellers plays three roles including Dr. Strangelove himself – a Third Reich scientist with an uncontrollable urge to give the “sieg heil” salute as he explains how nuclear war between the two superpowers is irreversible.
The film garnered a plethora of nominations, awards and currently holds a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is as relevant today as when released in 1964. Watch for Jamers Earl Jones, in his first feature role, just before the movie’s iconic ending scene.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
(Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson)
Literally a mind trip, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind takes views on a journey through one man’s mind as a fad procedure attempts to erase the memories of his ex-girlfriend. Jim Carrey is stellar in this dramatic role that combines an original story with trippy effects that take you from one memory’s setting to another – surreal but rational, deep-thinking but touching on our emotions in a unique way.
The film also stars Kirsten Dunst and Elijah Wood, with screenplay by Charlie Kaufman of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich fame – which should be enough to land this one on anyone’s list!
(Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bohnam Carter)
OK, so I’m not in Fight Club so I’m totally going to talk about Fight Club. This instant cult classic combines a unique storyline that weaves in and out of reality (or does it?) with realistic characters (or are they?) and an ending that will blow your mind to the point you just might rewind it and watch it again. It’s violent without being gory or gratuitous, and gritty but with a light-heartedness that is entertaining for both the senses and the mind.
Jared Leto and Meatloaf also star in this trippy movie based on the book by off-beat novelist, Chuck Palahniuk.
(Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Another movie with an ending that warrants watching the movie again, Inception is visually stunning throughout with a plot that has you believing you get it until the end. Christopher Noland brings another “high worthy” film (he is also responsible for Momento and the Batman Trilogy) that takes viewers into a dream within a dream within a dream with special effects so surreal they could only exist in our dreams.
For the best experience, watch this movie on the largest screen possible and it might be wise to warn your neighbors because this sound is pretty amazing as well!
(William Peterson, Brian Cox, Joan Allen)
Before there was Red Dragon there was Manhunter, the 1986 prequel to Silence of the Lambs that makes our list for being a mind-shaking film with a twisted plot that only author Thomas Harris could dream up. Directed by Michael Mann with his hallmark Miami Vice-aesthetic, what it lacks in special effects it more than makes up with it in its relentless creepiness and story involving a serial killer and the FBI agent who put Hannibal Lecter behind bars.
Though Manhunter is a psychological, borderline-horror movie, it is more cerebral than gory making it a good movie to watch high. Still toker beware: you might want to watch this once before watching it while partaking.
(James Franco, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride)
What better movie to watch high than a movie about getting high from actors who get high? Pineapple Express is everything you want in a hilarious comedy when you want to kick back and chill with a little ganja and friends. No special effects or mind-tripping plotlines here – just some good ole laugh-till-your-stomach-hurts comedy from some guys who know a thing or two about smoking reefer.
Pineapple Express does have a great soundtrack with tunes ranging from Huey Lewis to Peter Tosh to Bel Biv DeVoe to 80s artist Eddie Grant and Grace Jones.
Silence of the Lambs
(Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine)
Only watch this movie high if you’ve already seen it – but then you’d probably have to be living under a rock if you haven’t seen or at least heard of Silence of the Lambs! Another one of Thomas Harris’ creations makes our list for the simple reason that it’s one of the best damn movies ever with the most incredible dialog that isn’t fully realized (this writer believes) until you watch it high.
You already know Buffalo Bill is sewing there in his creepy basement, so it won’t freak you out too much with heightened senses from being stoned!
The Big Lebowski
(Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore)
Joel and Ethan Cohen’s hilarious film about mistaken identity is a trip on its own but with the main character, The Dude, toking it up throughout the movie, how could you not watch it high at least once? The movie has so many iconic scenes, so many quotes and one-liners, so much imagery and oddities it was destined to be a cult classic from its 1998 release.
But seriously, if you haven’t seen it, you are in for a real treat. Roll one up with you favorite strain and watch one of the original and funniest movies you’ve seen!
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This list of movies to watch high includes movies from a variety of genres with a variety of aspects that make them great stoner movies. The list is compiled with frequent marijuana users in mind as some content could be considered intense, particularly for new or first time users. If curious, check out the reviews and feedback on RottenTomatoes.com or any mainstream movie review site. Enjoy!