The definitive 420 science fiction viewing list

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Apr 20, 2017

Science fiction and weed are practically made for each other. A genre that celebrates the imagination, challenging reality and hypothesizing if the impossible could, one day, be possible, imagining alien life and alternate universes and magical powers ... that in and of itself is what stoners do when they're high anyway.

May as well do them together.

You might think that watching just about anything under the genre umbrella while stoned would instantly improve your viewing experience. And while for the most part that might be true, there are some caveats. Some titles could end up freaking you out or be way too confusing to follow along.

But not the ones on this list.

This list has been highly tested (see what I did there?). Each of the entries is not only better while stoned but actually elevates your state as you watch by either being really funny or just trippy enough to make you open up your mind to a whole other level.

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Yellow Submarine (1968)

Of course the animated film inspired by the music of The Beatles would make an excellent movie to watch while stoned. The band became fans of smoking weed back in 1964 thanks to Bob Dylan and a large number of their songs were either influenced by or are directly about weed.

Yellow Submarine tells the story of an underwater music-loving paradise of which Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are the protectors. The land comes under attack from the music-hating Blue Meanies, which leads to the mayor of Pepperland finding the Lonely Hearts Club Band and asking them to help save their magical home under the sea.

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Doctor Strange (2016)

I knew from the first trailer that Doctor Strange was meant to be viewed while stoned. And sure enough, I was right. The impressive visual effects are trippy enough as is, but add the extra mind-opening state of the right herb and the movie is enhanced tremendously, especially as it deals with a superhero whose powers are steeped in spirituality and mystic arts.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

Saying the universe is infinite is exactly the kind of thought-provoking, philosophical statement that instantly grabs any stoner's attention. Exploring the vastness of the cosmos is intense and becomes even more awe-inspiring when paired with the kind of high that has you feeling extra contemplative. Also, NDT's voice is like velvet.

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Xanadu (1980)

There's really not much to say other than the ONLY way you can watch this movie and it remotely makes ANY sense if if you're stoned AF.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

I always liked the LOTR trilogy well enough. I was never a SUPER fan, but I dug it. Then I watched it stoned. This trilogy takes on a whole new meaning if you smoke first. You notice things you maybe didn't before, like the Hobbits may be way into psychedelics, or you may find deeper meaning in stuff like the parallels between some of the characters and Jungian archetypes. Or maybe that was just me.

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Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia has been a stoner classic since forever. It's probably one of the first movies someone hears they should watch, along with the recommendation to watch The Wizard of Oz on mute while playing Pink Floyd's The Wall (which isn't as cool as everyone makes it out to be. Trust me).

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Ancient Aliens (2009-present)

There's a reason why Action Bronson did his own VICE special of Ancient Aliens: because this is exactly the kind of show you happen upon while stoned and spend the rest of the day watching. I'm convinced stoners are the OG bingewatchers, and it's thanks to shows like this. Look at Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. LOOK AT HIM. He just looks stoned, and his theories are some next level sh*t.

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Space Jam (1996)

Looney Tunes playing basketball against aliens with Bill Murray and Michael Jordan. What part of that makes you think you shouldn't be high? Bonus: "I Believe I Can Fly" takes on a whole new meaning if you blaze first.

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Inception (2010)

I almost didn't put Inception on the list because it falls under the "too confusing to follow" category, regardless if you've smoked or not. But this may be one of those movies that makes sense when you're in a relaxed enough state that you're not over-thinking things. Or, at the very least, it'll just look really cool and won't matter anyway.

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Demolition Man (1993)

Demolition Man hasn't really aged well. But if you watch it high, that really doesn't matter at.all. You'll be entirely too busy laughing at everything Wesley Snipes says and everything Sly does, even though he's not remotely trying to be funny.

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Beetlejuice (1988)

Most Tim Burton movies look like a psychedelic wonderland, but only Beetlejuice provides both the outlandish visuals and comedic stylings of Michael Keaton. People seem to forget how funny Keaton is, partially because he seems to have avoided doing comedies for the last decade or so. The movie's campy, hilarious and weird -- three factors that are even more enjoyable with some of the sticky icky.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Gene Wilder's Wonka is iconic ... and trippy even without the herbal enhancement. The whole crazy tale is that much wilder if you toke up beforehand.

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Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Another animated classic that is that much more enjoyable if you pop your own magic candies first.

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Robot Chicken Star Wars Trilogy (2007-2010)

As much as I love, love, LOVE Star Wars, all of my Star Wars-related suggestion are parodies. Why? Because they're hilarious on purpose and poke fun of the franchise the way only true fans and, more importantly, stoners can fully appreciate. Robot Chicken's Star Wars skit was so funny, George Lucas himself was a fan and gave them permission to do do a full-on parody. Listen, you don't know how badly you need to see a stop-motion Padme working a stripper pole until it happens, and then your life is forever improved.

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Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (2007-2010)

Another hilarious Star Wars parody, this time created by a famous Star Wars fan and stoner himself, Seth McFarlane. The Griffins lose power, so to entertain his family Peter retells Star Wars, featuring Family Guy characters as the cast. Herbert the Pervert as Obi-Wan is messed up and hilarious and kinda makes you wonder what he was really doing alone in that cave all those years.

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Spaceballs (1987)

Do I really need to tell you why Spaceballs is amazing stoned?