The 8 Best Movies to Watch When High

We’ve all had those stay-at-home nights where we’ve binge-watched the most random movies that show up on the recommended section or even a nice trilogy. Heck, we’ve even done movie marathons that started at 6 pm and ended at 6 am alongside our pantry of snacks!

But have you ever had those stay-at-home nights while high on weeeeeed?  While you’ve been stoned out of your mind and need some trippy visuals to stimulate your mind even further for that perfect dose of trip?

Well, you probably have, which is why you’re here! Because I’m sure watching random genres of movies while you’re in your heightened state of mind can result in a rather daunting task for your mind to feel and see.

Regardless of everything, it is quite a precarious decision to choose movies for a stoned-out-of-your-mind night. The movies you choose don’t even have to be a stoner classic genre or even comedy classic movies.

The movie you choose can also just be a wild ride of visuals and imagery that’ll make you trip out, in a good way of course. Because sometimes, we don’t want to watch a movie for just entertainment and giggles, we need it as a stimulant for our heightened state of mind.

At times, you just want to watch some kaleidoscopic cinematography to tickle you into just the perfect sweet spot. And we’re here to provide just that mixture of entertainment and trip with our specially curated list of the 8 best movies to watch when high that are perfect for a high night in!

List of the 8 Best Movies to Watch When High

Now that we know all about the stoner genre or specifically what a stoner should watch, it is time to take a look at the list of movies. So, without further ado, we present to you a table depicting the release date and ratings of the 8 best movies to watch when high:

Movie NameRelease DateRatings


July 8, 2010
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87% Out of 100%


October 26, 2014
IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73% Out of 100%

2001: A Space Odyssey

April 2, 1968
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92% Out of 100%

The Big Lebowski

March 6, 1998
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93% Out of 100%

Dazed and Confused

September 24, 1993
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92% Out of 100%

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

May 19, 1998
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 49% Out of 100%


June 29, 2012
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 69% Out of 100%

Pineapple Express

August 6, 2008
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68% Out of 100%

1. Inception

Director: Christopher Nolan


  • Leonardo DiCaprio as the main male lead who is shown as a professional thief who cons people by infiltrating their dreams and stealing their secrets, named Dom Cobb
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Dom’s partner who manages all the missions and does the research for executing the missions named Arthur
  • Elliot Page as a Graduate student in the Architecture field who is hired by Dom to craft the different types of dreamscapes or their proper name “Mazes”, named Ariadne
  • Tom Hardy as one of Dom’s associates who is shown to have a condemning attitude and he specializes in forgery, identity theft to be exact, named Eames
  • Ken Watanabe as Dom’s employer, who is a Japanese business that provides the team’s missions, named Mr. Saito

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  • Running Time: 148 minutes i.e, 2 hours and 28 minutes long in total

Inception is an American movie in the science fiction and action genre of the film industry. It was produced and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

It was originally pitched by Christopher Nolan as an 80-page horror genre movie based on dream-catching but it was revised for around 6 months and remade into a heist movie. The movie earned a total gross profit of $836.8 million during its Box Office theatrical run.

The movie’s visuals are very trippy yet mesmerizing because they are exuberant but in a soothing way. The way the dreams are shown like bright vignettes makes it one of the best movies to watch when high for that perfect dose of trip.

The movie’s storyline follows a duo of thieves named Dom and Arthur, who are “Dream Extractors” that perform illegal acts of corporate espionage. They use experimental and unauthorized dream sharing technology to get into the subconscious mind of their targets to extract information.

Their most recent target Mr.Saito, a Japanese businessman was greatly impressed by Dom’s work, specifically his ability to layer and merge dreams on top of or within each other. He offers to recruit Dom for an allegedly impossible job, of planting an idea into a person’s subconscious mind.

The person for the job in question is Mr.Saito’s rival, Maurice Fischer’s son, on whom Dom has to perform “inception” on. The idea he has to plant is of dissolving i.e, discontinuing Maurice Fischer’s company business.

Mr.Saito offers the job to Dom, saying that in exchange Mr.Saito will clear all of his criminal charges, which would let him return home to his children. Dom reconsiders his decision and accepts Mr.Saito’s offer.

The movie then follows Dom’s journey as he forms a plan to execute the “inception” of Maurice Fischer’s son. We get to see him form a team of people to get the job done in order to get back home to his children.

2. Interstellar

Director: Christopher Nolan


  • Matthew McConaughey as the main male lead, an ex-pilot for NASA who is widowed and who became a farmer after the agency was shut down by the government, named Joseph Cooper
  • Anne Hathaway as a scientist and astronaut for NASA named Dr. Amelia Brand
  • Jessica Chastain as Joseph’s daughter who eventually becomes a scientist for NASA named Murphy “Murph” Cooper
  • John Lithgow as Joseph’s elderly father-in-law, named Donald
  • Michael Caine as a chief scientist for NASA and founder of Plan A, who was also the mentor of Joseph and is Amelia’s father, named Professor John Brand

Official Trailer:

  • Running Time: 169 minutes i.e, 2 hours and 49 minutes long in total

Interstellar is an American epic science fiction genre of movie in the film industry released in 2014. The movie was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Interstellar is known for being one of the best science fiction genres of movies out there with the best visuals and has earned a cult following for being so. The movie used an extensive amount of practical and miniature special effects for production, which garnered a tumultuous response.

The film received numerous accolades and critical acclaim for its emotional depth, visual effects, screenplay, and accurate portrayal of theoretical astrophysics which has been praised by astronomers. All of these aspects of the movie make it one of the best movies to watch when high as it provides a debacle of marvelous imagery.

The premise of the movie is set in a dystopian world in 2067, where a global famine occurred due to blight. The disaster has had a huge impact on human civilization and has caused many scientific experiments such as space explorations to be abandoned.

The movie follows the main male lead, Joseph Cooper who has been forced to become a partner to tackle the world’s food scarcity problem. He was an ex-NASA pilot but is now spending his days farming with his daughter, Murphy, and father-in-law, Donald as he is a widowed man.

One day, his daughter Murphy tells him that “a ghost” is talking to her through the bookshelf in her room. Wanting to debunk her fear, Cooper investigates the bookshelf and ends up finding a storm of dust particles revolving in an inexplicable pattern on his daughter’s bedroom floor.

This pattern appears to him to be a cipher, a secret message of some sort. So he uses binary code to reveal the cipher and deduces them to be GPS coordinates for an unknown location.

Cooper then decides to unveil the mystery and sets off on a journey to the cipher’s GPS coordinates for the unknown location. Upon arrival at the location, he finds out that it’s a secret government facility run by Professor John Brand.

Seeing visible confusion written on Cooper’s face, Professor Brand explains to him that NASA was never shut down by the government in the first place. It was moved to a secret location and was given the task of finding an extra-terrestrial planet that is capable of habitation for humans so that they can rebuild human civilization there.

This initiative was taken by the government after blight struck the world because it was probable that Earth will become inhabitable and humans might go extinct due to blight. Professor Brand further explains that he has been working on a potential gravitational equation and needs someone to be the pilot for the exploratory spacecraft which will be used to test the equation.

Professor Brand offers the responsibility of being the pilot for the spacecraft to Cooper and he agrees to do so. Cooper returns home to let his family know of his job and leaves his children along with his father-in-law with the promise that he will return safely to them.

He then commands a shuttle with the inclusion of three other people, who are scientists named Romilly, Doyle, and Professor Brand’s daughter, Amelia. They dock their shuttle with a larger spacecraft named Endurance and start their exploration journey.

Their given mission is to explore three planets that are orbiting around a gigantic black hole called Gargantua to find out which one is suitable for potential human habitation. Each of the planets had already been explored by a NASA explorer previously.

So, they follow in his footsteps and use an enigmatic wormhole near the planet, Saturn to propel themselves through to another galaxy for their mission. The movie then follows the spacecraft as they journey through space trying to bring their mission to fruition.

3. A Space Odyssey

Director: Stanley Kubrick


  • Keir Dullea as a mission pilot and scientist on the American spacecraft named Discovery One, whose name is Dr. David “Dave” Bowman
  • Gary Lockwood as another mission pilot and scientist on the American spacecraft named Discovery One, whose name is Dr. Frank Poole
  • William Sylvester as the Chairman of the United States National Council for Astronautics, whose name is Dr. Heywood Floyd
  • Douglas Rain as the voice actor for HAL 9000, which is a supercomputer with a human personality that commands most of the operations of the spacecraft, Discovery One
  • Daniel Ritcher as the chief man-ape, named Moonwatcher

Official Trailer:

  • Running Time: 139 minutes i.e, 2 hours and 19 minutes long in total

2001: A Space Odyssey is an American epic science fiction genre film. The movie was made by taking inspiration from author Arthur C. Clarke’s short story from 1951, “The Sentinel”  and other short stories written by him.

2001: A Space Odyssey got critical acclaim for the movie’s special visuals and obscure imagery paired with the sparingly used dialogues. The movie is known for its long sequences of cryptic scenes with only music, which earned it the title of being an “Acid Trip” movie, making it one of the best movies to watch when high for the complete trippy experience.

The storyline of the movie begins with Dr. Heywood Floyd, the chairman of the United States National Council for Astronautics traveling to an American lunar outpost named the Clavius base. During his stopover at Space station 5, he finds out from worried Russian scientists that the base, Clavius, is unresponsive.

Dr. Heywood then refuses to speak about such an epidemic at the base and immediately calls an emergency meeting with all personnel at Clavius. At the meeting, he tells all personnel about the recently found artifact, an alien monolith that had been buried under the ground four million years earlier near a lunar crater named Tycho.

He stresses the need for secrecy regarding this valuable discovery of the alien monolith found from under the ground to all personnel present. They then proceed to examine the artifact but it is hit by sunlight which results in the artifact emitting a high powered radio signal before everything blacks out.

The movie then fast forwards to 18 months later, following a group of scientists and mission pilots whose mission is in the same category as Dr. Heywood, to investigate an alien monolith recently discovered in Jupiter. The group gets ready to set out for Jupiter on an American spacecraft named Discovery One.

The group bound for Jupiter consists of Dr. David “Dave” Bowman and Dr. Frank Poole along with three other scientists in suspended animation for emergency situations. The spacecraft Discovery One is mostly operated under the control of a supercomputer named HAL 9000 which has a human personality.

The movie then follows the journey of Dr. David Bowman as he deals with the enigmatic supercomputer which starts engaging in suspicious activities like having errors and refusing to own up to it. He has to do so all while manning the spacecraft and focusing on their mission at hand, finding the alien monolith in Jupiter.

4. The Big Lebowski

Director: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (The Coen Brothers)


  • Jeff Bridges as the main male lead, who is a Los Angeles resident who is a slacker and avid bowler, named Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski
  • John Goodman as a Vietnamese war veteran and “The Dude” Lebowski’s bowling partner, named Walter Sobchak
  • David Huddleston as a wealthy philanthropist, with the same name as “The Dude”, so he is known as Jeffrey “The Big” Lebowski
  • Julianne Moore as “The Big” Lebowski’s daughter, named Maude Lebowski
  • Sam Elliott as the narrative voice actor and The Stranger from the ending scene

Official Trailer:

  • Running Time: 117 minutes i.e 1 hour and 57 minutes long

The Big Lebowski is an American movie of the comedy and crime genre in the film industry. It was written, produced, and directed by The Coen Brothers, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen.

The film is considered a cult classic favorite in the comedy and crime genre. It became a cult classic for its unique character portrayal, eccentric comedic sequences, and preposterous dialogues.

The premise of the movie is set in the 1990s in Los Angeles. The movie follows the main male lead, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, who is a known slacker and has an avid passion for bowling.

The movie begins with “The Dude” Lebowski being attacked and assaulted in his house by two perpetrators. It turns out that the two thugs are people who work for the porn kingpin, Jackie Treehorn, to whom another Jeffrey Lebowski’s wife owes money.

Upon attacking “The Dude” Lebowski, the two thugs run out and one of them urinates on “The Dude” Lebowski’s rug. However, they quickly realize they have the wrong man and flee the scene out of sheer fright.

Enraged by the attack, “The Dude” Lebowski consults with his bowling partners, Vietnamese war veteran Walter Sobchak and fall guy of the trio Donny Kerabatsos. They come to a joint decision to ask the other Lebowski to compensate for the rug and go together to visit Jeffrey “The Big” Lebowski, who is a wealthy philanthropist.

They ask “The Big” Lebowski to compensate for the rug, but he refuses to do so. But, “The Dude” Lebowski tricks his assistant, Brandt into letting him take a similar rug from the mansion and gets his compensation that way.

But afterwards, tragedy strikes when “The Big” Lebowski’s wife, Bunny has allegedly been kidnapped. “the Big” Lebowski then hired “The Dude” Lebowski to deliver the ransom money, which is one million dollars.

Things go even more awry when Walter is convinced that the kidnapping is a staged ruse by Bunny and decides to keep the ransom money for himself. The movie then follows their chaotic journey as they deal with the alleged kidnapping.

5. Dazed and Confused

Director: Richard Linklater


  • Jason London as the main male lead, who is Lee High School’s star football player, named Randall “Pink” Floyd
  • Wiley Wiggins as a freshman who develops a bond with Pink named Mitch Kramer
  • Mathew McConaughey as Pink’s friend, who is portrayed as a man in his late 20’s who still interacts with high school students, named David Wooderson
  • Ben Affleck as a senior who is in his second year after failing the first time,  named Fred O’Bannion
  • Shawn Andrews as another wild high schooler and Pink’s friend who was going to be the initial host of the evening party named Kevin Pickford

Official Trailer:

  • Running Time: 102 minutes i.e 1 hour and 42 minutes long in total

The premise of the movie is set in 1976 in Austin, Texas. The movie’s sequence begins on May 28, the last day of school at Lee High School.

All the senior high schoolers are getting ready to participate in the annual hazing at the end of the school year. It focuses on the main male lead, Randall “Pink” Floyd, who is the star football player of the high school.

Pink is asked to sign a pledge by the football team, promising not to take any type of drugs or do anything that might jeopardize the high school football team’s reputation, which Pink refuses instantly. On the other hand, the hazing of freshmen students, boys, and girls alike has begun with a chaotic commencement.

Afterwards, the initial plans for an evening keg party are ruined when the host, Kevin Pickford’s parents, find out about his intentions for the party and stop him from hosting the party. So, instead, all the teenagers decide to drop the initial plan and head over to the pool hall named Emporium where they all go frequently.

All the high schoolers then spend their time listening to music, doing drugs, drinking, etc at the Emporium enjoying all together. When the Emporium closes, plans for an impromptu keg party in a field under the moonlight tower are hatched.

Afterwards, many brawls break out, and lots of bonds are made, including relationships. The movie follows the journey of the teenagers as they enjoy their last day of school in the most exuberant and rowdy way possible.

6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Director: Terry Gilliam


  • Johnny Depp as the main male lead, who is a drug addict and an article writer, named Raoul Duke
  • Benicio Del Toro as Raoul’s partner on the road trip to Las Vegas, who is a Mexican-American attorney, politician, and novelist, named Dr. Gonzo
  • Tobey Maguire as the hitchhiker that Raoul and Dr.Gonzo pick up during their road trip to Las Vegas but scare off by their behavior
  • Christina Ricci as the young girl who is seen with Dr. Gonzo when both were on an LSD trip, named Lucy
  • Hunter S. Thompson as an older Raoul Duke shown in The Matrix flashback

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  • Running Time: 118 minutes i.e, 1 hour and 58 minutes long in total

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is an American movie of the dark comedy and adventure genre in the film industry. It is a feature adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel named Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Seemingly, the initial release of the movie was considered a financial failure because it was produced with a budget of $18 million for production by Rhino Films and Summit Entertainment but earned a total gross profit of only $13.7 million worldwide in the Box Office theatrical run. But since then, the movie has become a cult favorite and is considered a staple must watch for the dark comedy genre, and of course, having Johnny Depp in it made it even more well loved.

The premise of the movie is set in 1971, following the road trip duo of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo. The duo is seen speeding through the Nevada Desert, headed to Duke’s work destination, Las Vegas on a mission where he has to cover an article on the Mint 4000 motorcycle race.

For this mission, Raoul and Dr. Gonzo have hired themselves a red convertible Chevrolet Impala and an excessive amount of every psychoactive substance i.e drugs they could find in a large stash. During their trip, they pick up an unsuspecting hitchhiker who they brief about their mission, all while being under the influence of a drug called Mescaline.

Being unsettled by Raoul and Duke’s preposterous behavior, the hitchhiker takes his chance and flees on foot the first chance he gets. The duo immediately realizes their mistake and decides to make it to Vegas before the hitchhiker can reach the police.

The movie then follows the journey of the heavily drugged duo of Raoul and Dr. Gonzo. We watch them as they navigate their way through multiple hurdles on their way to Las Vegas under the influence of numerous drugs like Sunshine Acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, adrenochrome, etc.

7. Ted

Director: Seth MacFarlane


  • Mark Wahlberg as the main male lead, who is an immature but mild-mannered man in his 30s that loves to smoke weed his best friend, a teddy bear that is alive named John Benett
  • Seth MacFarlane as the voice and motion capture actor for Ted, the alive teddy bear and John’s best friend who came to life after an 8 year old John wished his teddy bear could talk
  • Mila Kunis as John’s girlfriend who is shown to be in a live-in relationship with him named Lori Collins
  • Joel McHale as John’s nemesis and his girlfriend, Lori’s manager
  • Giovanni Ribisi as Ted’s obsessive super fan and stalker who wants to kidnap and make him her son’s toy named Donny

Official Trailer:

  • Running Time: 106 minutes i.e, 1 hour and 46 minutes long in total

Ted is an American movie of the comedy genre in the film industry. It is the directorial debut of Seth MacFarlane and he himself provides the voice and plays the motion capture actor for the main titular character, Ted.

The movie earned a total gross profit of $549.4 million worldwide against a $50 to $65 million budget for production. The movie became the second highest grossing R-Rated comedy film of all time and became a box office hit, which makes it one of the best movies to watch when high out of your mind.

The premise of the movie is set in Boston, starting in Norwood, Massachusetts which is a suburb of the city. The sequence of the movie begins in 1985 when an 8 year old lonesome only child named John Bennett wishes for his new Christmas gift, which is a jumbo teddy bear named Ted, to come to life and become his best friend.

The wish surprisingly concurs with a nearby shooting star, and to John’s delight, his wish is granted. Much to John’s parent’s horror, word about Ted spreads around and he becomes a brief celebrity worldwide.

Fast forward to 27 years later, John who is now 35, and Ted are still living in Boston together as best friends living a pleasure-seeking life. John is dating a girl named Lori Collins, who he got to know at a dance club where they instantly clicked.

They have been dating for 4 years now and with their fourth anniversary approaching, Lori wishes to get married to John. She feels that John cannot move forward in life with his best friend, Ted around.

She relays her worries to John, who is hesitant to make his best friend of 27 years leave. But when they come home from their anniversary dinner and find Ted on the couch with a group of prostitutes all around him (one of them conveniently defecating on the floor), John can’t help but acquiesce to Lori’s decision.

The movie then follows John and Ted’s separate journeys in life. We get to see their lives develop differently after being together for 27 years.

8. Pineapple Express

Director: David Gordon Green


  • Seth Rogen as the main male lead, who is an idle process server and has an avid passion for smoking marijuana, named Dale Denton
  • James Franco as an airheaded and laid back chill person, who is a drug dealer and considers Dale to be his friend, though the feeling isn’t mutual on Dale’s part, named Saul Silver
  • Danny McBride as a hotheaded and slightly lunatic person, who is a drug supplier for Saul, named Red
  • Gary Cole as a ruthless and nonchalant drug lord, who murders a member of a rival gang, named Ted Jones
  • Kevin Corrigan as one of Jones’ hitmen who is deft at his job, but is shown to be constantly concerned about whether or not he can reach home on time for dinner with his wife, named Budlofsky

Official Trailer:

  • Running Time: 112 minutes i.e, 1 hour and 52 minutes long in total

Pineapple Express is an American movie of the comedy, stoner, and action genres in the film industry. The movie was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Seth Rogen himself stars as the main male lead in the movie’s storyline. The movie was made with a budget of $26 million and it earned a total gross profit of $102 million worldwide.

It wasn’t a major success but its reviews were generally positive from both the public and critics alike. And since then, Pineapple Express has developed a cult following for being a stoner comedy where a rare drug has been used as the highlight of the plot.

The storyline of the movie focuses on the main male lead, Dale Denton who is an idle process server and avid marijuana enthusiast. The movie begins with Dale paying a visit to his drug dealer, Saul Silver, which ends up in the two of them smoking the rare strain named Pineapple Express together before Dale goes off to resume working.

Dale arrives at the house of Ted Jones, the cruel local drug lord, for work but ends up witnessing the cold-hearted murder of an Asian man by shooting at the hands of Ted and Carol Brazier, who is a local police officer.

Not wanting to be caught up in a mess, Dale flees the scene immediately. However, out of sheer fright, Dale drops his remaining joint consisting of the Pineapple Express strain while leaving the scene of the murder.

Trying to find the man who witnessed the murder, Ted identifies the leftover blunt that Dale dropped and sent a pair of his hitmen named Matheson and Budlofsky to Red, a drug supplier who tells them about Saul having the Pineapple Express strain.

Dale goes over to Saul’s apartment and discovers that Ted Jones is a local drug lord who can trace the remaining joint consisting of the Pineapple Express strain because only Red and Saul have the rare drug. Realizing the depth of the situation and how much danger they’re in, Dale and Saul decide to leave the city.

The movie then follows Dale and Saul’s journey as they attempt to flee the city and hide from Ted Jones’ men. We get to see them partner up and get through many obstacles standing in their way.


Being stoned is unlike any other feeling out there and that includes being drunk. Smoking weed stimulates your mind and makes you feel very relaxed yet energetic altogether.

So naturally, without the proper type of entertainment your hazy mind will feel barren and less stimulated as, at the moment, the energy makes you chase an adrenaline rush. This is why choosing the right type of movies to watch when you’re high is a very necessary evil.

It can be quite annoying to watch random genres of any entertainment media in a heightened state of mind. This is why our list of high time movies is ideal for your stay at home night with weed and snacks!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your weed bag, grinder, and joint making tools, or if you’re the lazy type, your edibles to prepare for your trippy night. Then sit down in front of the TV while smoking with some snacks and choose one of the 8 best movies to watch when you’re high from our list above and enjoy your high night time!

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