The nineties are considered to be the heyday of stoner comedies because of a number of renowned and excellent films. In just this decade alone, dozens of them were released. And if not all of them are that good, we’ve picked nine titles that will definitely make you chuckle today. Despite being some of the decade’s most well-known films, fans continue to list these as must-see stoner comedies.
Almost all of the films on this list had star-studded casts and were directed by outstanding individuals. The majority of them will definitely seem familiar, but you might discover a new title in the process. Having said that,
These Seven 90s Stoner Comedies Are Still Relevant Today
7. Half Baked (1998)
Half Baked (1998), starring Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer, was co-written by the former with Neal Brennan. When Tamra Davis, the director, brought the film to theatres in the 1990s, not many critics found it appealing. The majority of its legacy is centred on a devoted cult following.
Not just because of the aptly called title, this is without a doubt one of the most iconic stoner comedies ever filmed, let alone from the current decade. Fans respond by praising Half Baked as one of the most controversial films of the decade after Chappelle and Breuer deliver two of the funniest performances of the year. And with good reason. The cost of renting an Apple TV
6. Homegrown (1998)
One of the greatest underappreciated stoner comedies ever is Homegrown (1998), directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and co-written by Nicholas Kazan. Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, and Ryan Phillippe play marijuana harvesters who have various parties, including the Mafia and the police, break into their operation.
At its heart, Homegrown is a comedy, but once the group’s supplier (John Lithgow) is killed, it takes on exciting and enigmatic undertones. Under Gyllenhaal’s guidance, every actor gives a terrific performance, and the plot moves along at the ideal speed until the explosive conclusion of the movie. As a timeless stoner comedy from the 1990s, Homegrown deserves considerably more attention even if it’s probably unknown to some audiences. Watch on Tubi.
5. Mallrats (1995)
Mallrats (1995), more of a comic fan favourite than a critical darling, is the second movie to ever be released under the View Askewniverse name. The plot is on two slacker best friends, Jason Lee as Brodie and Jeremy London as T.S., who go to the mall after their girlfriends dump them.
Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck, and Joey Lauren Adams make up Mallrats’ ensemble in addition to the leads. Particularly Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith (the latter is the originator of the Universe at hand, writing and directing every movie therein), who appear as Jay and Silent Bob, let loose with hilarious banter. Even though there isn’t much smoking on screen, their roles make Mallrats a seminal stoner comedy from the nineties. Stream on Prime Videos.
4. Friday (1995)
Friday (1995), which starred Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, was co-written by the former with DJ Pooh. F. Gary Grey, who was directing for the first time, was in the chair; other notable actors in the cast were Nia Long, Regina King, and Bernie Mac. They all provide crucial work to a well-known stoner story that makes people chuckle almost three decades later.
It focuses on a small-time street dealer named Smokey, played by Tucker in one of the funniest performances of his career, and a slacker named Craig Jones (played by Ice Cube). The main plot begins when it is revealed that Smokey owes money to his supplier. The two co-protagonists are at conflict with a local bully named Deebo, who is portrayed to an iconic degree by Tiny “Zeus” Lister Jr. Friday is a well-known comedy film with a number of memorable scenes that people still quote into the twenty-first century. Pay your rent via Apple TV.
3. Clerks (1994)
While not all of the characters in the 1994 film Clerks are stoners, Jay and Silent Bob definitely are. In the film, the main location is the Quick Stop, where writer-director Kevin Smith worked during filming. They hang around there smoking and selling devil’s lettuce, while Dante and Randall, who are portrayed by Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson, respectively, are inside earning a living. Watch on Paramount+ or Prime Video.
2. The Big Lebowski (1998)
A standout film in Joel and Ethan Coen’s illustrious catalogue is The Big Lebowski (1998). It elevates the stature of cult classic to a new plane as followers all around the nation revere the main character as though his stoner, slacker way of life is directly inspired by the Bible. Naturally, we are speaking of “The Dude,” who goes by Jeffrey Lebowski by birth in some circles.
The fan-favorite protagonist, The Dude, is surrounded by another Jeffrey Lebowski when a couple of burglars break into his flat and accuse him of owing a big sum of money. John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, two Coen Brothers associates, play Walter and Donny, two of his best bowling mates, who he enlists to help him solve the riddles at hand and recover the one item that united The Dude’s living room: his rug, which has been defiled by the aforementioned burglars.
1. Dazed and Confused (1993)
Written and directed by Richard Linklater, Dazed and Confused (1993) features one of the most prestigious casts ever put together. The characters played by Jason London, Mila Jovovich, Rory Cochrane, Joey Lauren Adams, and Adam Goldberg spend most of the storyline high, which leads to some of the best scenes and laughs about stoner comedies in general, not just those from the 1990s.
Dazed and Confused, maybe the most important film ever made about high school, features every cliché you could hope for in a comedy of this type. Parker Posey portrays a vicious cheerleader, Ben Affleck plays a jock, and Wiley Wiggins plays the uncomfortable first-year. And of course there’s Matthew McCounaughey, who gives an outstanding performance as lazy David Wooderson. In some of the most outrageous scenes in the film, McCounaughey plays Wooderson, who asks Mitch if he has a joint and smokes on the 50-yard line.