Top 5: Marijuana Films | Pittsburgh City Paper

Top 5: Marijuana Films

Top 5: Marijuana Films

Reefer Madness

This 1936 exploitation film preaches the extreme dangers of marijuana. It was made by a church group to scare adults into scaring their children — just one hit of weed will make you commit a hit and run, murder and sexual assault. It’s still used by mostly GOP legislators to keep weed illegal.

Up in Smoke

Every stoner film you’ve ever loved was inspired by Cheech and Chong’s 1978 comedy. This is the genre’s Citizen Kane.


After getting fired on his day off, Craig (Ice Cube) and his dealer best friend Smokie (Chris Tucker) have an adventure-packed day in their South Central neighborhood. There’s weed, sure, but there are also lessons about friendship, standing up to bullies and saying goodbye to Felisha.

Pineapple Express

Pound-for-pound, this Seth Rogen/James Franco movie may offer more weed smoking than any other film in history. Franco is Rogen’s clingy drug dealer, and after the latter witnesses the former’s boss commit a murder, they go on the lam.

Dazed and Confused

Barely edging out Half-Baked, this film that launched the career of Matthew McConaughey, makes you nostalgic for getting high and acting like an ass. Set in 1976, a group of incoming high school seniors throw a “party at the moon tower” on the last day of school.