Culture | 06.17.2022

Movies & Munchies: The Best 90s Movies That Were Inspired By Weed

Nostalgia is in full effect.

Weren’t all 90s movies inspired by weed?

It’s no secret that the cannabis counterculture began to hit the mainstream around this time.

We saw this with powerhouse advocates and recording artists like Cypress Hill, the Wu-Tang Clan, and other notable hip-hop acts.

This was around the same time that countless blockbuster movies were hitting the big screen with themes around partying, sex, and drugs.

Whether these movies have obvious links to stoner culture or even just a few weed references, there’s no doubt that our favorite plant paved the way for these hit 90s films.

Dazed & Confused

Does this film even need an explanation?

Directed by Richard Linklater, this 1993 movie sees high school students on the last day of class looking forward to the antics at the big kegger.

Set in 1976, Quentin Tarantino dubs this hilarious and iconic stoner flick the “ultimate hangout movie.”

Friday

Another fan-favorite stoner flick out of the 90s is Friday, starring Chris Tucker and Ice Cube.

This was another heavy-hitter that helped pave the way for goofy, playful, and edgy movies surrounding weed lovers.

Ice Cube expressed how this was his way of showing what living in the hood is actually like, compared to “looking at our neighborhood like it was hell on Earth.”

The Big Lebowski

There’s a little bit of the Dude in all of us. His laid-back, composed approach to life is infectious. He’s quite the charming, magnetic character that helped place this movie as a favorite to many.

When he’s assaulted after being mistaken for a millionaire with the same last name, the Dude is hired by the other Lebowski to save his wife from a kidnapping situation.

But in true stoner movie fashion, things don’t go as planned.

Half Baked

A young Dave Chappelle stars in this knee-slapping flick alongside cameos from Willie Nelson, Tommy Chong, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

It’s one of those reliable movies to watch after a joint, considering the entire film tracks four friends and their trouble with the law, trying to bail a friend out of jail for knocking out a police horse with treats.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

This movie is stimulating enough when sober.

If you haven’t seen it, we suggest hitting a toke or maybe dabbling in some psilocybin to get the full effect.

Starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, the boys take a road trip to Vegas that turns into an adventure packed with drugs and alcohol. The whole movie is quite the trip, mainly thanks to the offbeat camera cuts, unconventional angles, and loopy effects.

True Romance

In Quentin Tarantino’s 1993 film, True Romance, we see Brad Pitt play a couch-locked stoner named Floyd. It’s quite interesting to watch Pitt play this relatable stoner role before he reached peak fame.

Fun fact, his role in True Romance inspired James Franco’s character “Saul” in Pineapple Express.

The entire film is quick-witted, sharp, and will definitely keep you at the edge of your seat.

Homegrown

If you ever wondered what running an illegal cannabis farm is like, find out in Homegrown. This 1998 film sees a character create a packed cannabis farm, only to get murdered by an assailant.

When three of the farm’s workers decide to take over the show, they realize that operating an illegal weed farm might be harder than it seems. It’s a quirky and comedic flick that will continue to stand the test of time.

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