Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
> Starring: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus
This groundbreaking classic redefined teen dramedy for the modern era, presciently tackling issues of sex and drugs. Sean Penn plays resident stoner Jeff Spicoli, the film’s most consistent source of comic relief. It’s all based on a book by future filmmaker Cameron Crowe, who also wrote the screenplay.
> Starring: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tom Lister Jr.
Ice Cube co-wrote, executive produced, and stars in this iconic comedy, set over the course of a single day in South Central. It features a breakthrough performance from Chris Tucker, who plays an endlessly quotable drug dealer named Smokey. Two sequels followed.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
> Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi
Leave it to the Coen Brothers to reinterpret classic detective noir through the misadventures of a lackadaisical stoner (Jeff Bridges). What begins as a case of mistaken identity becomes a complex tale of kidnapping, pornography, auto theft, and bowling tournaments. This is a film so beloved that it continues to inspire its own festivals.
Easy Rider (1969)
> Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza
Dennis Hopper’s epochal road trip movie helped usher in a new Hollywood era. It follows two drug-dealing bikers (Hopper and Peter Fonda) into the heart of the south, where they brush up against hostile locals. Jack Nicholson earned an Oscar nomination for his breakout performance in a supporting role.
Mac & Devin Go to High School (2012)
> Starring: Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Mike Epps, Teairra Mari
Snoop Dogg brings his well-known love of weed to the character of Mac Johnson, who’s going on his 15th year of high school. With help from overachiever Devin Overstreet (Wiz Khalifa), Johnson might graduate once and for all. The film was released straight to DVD and Blu-Ray and is now available to stream.