20 Movies Like Pineapple Express

If you love marijuana and comedy, you must have watched the movie Pineapple Express. Pineapple Express is a movie with a mixture of comedy and some action. Two stoners, Dale (Seth Rogan) and Saul (James Franco) need to run for their lives after dropping some marijuana at a scene where they witnessed a crime. This marijuana-fueled comedy is the perfect American stoner movie directed by David Gordon Green.

Below is a list of movies like Pineapple Express:

  • Grandma’s Boy (2006)
  • Next Friday (2000)
  • Knocked Up (2007)
  • How High (2001)
  • Mac And Devon Goes To High School (2012)
  • Dude, Where’s my car? (2000)
  • Harold And Kumar: Go To White Castle (2004)
  • Kid Cannibis (2014)
  • Ted (2012)
  • Super Troopers (2001)
  • This Is The End (2013)
  • Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
  • Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke (1978)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • Good Burger (1997)
  • Half Baked (1998)
  • Puff, Puff, Pass (2006)
  • 21 Jump Street (2012)
  • American Ultra (2015)
  • The Hangover (2009)

If you loved watching Pineapple Express and want more, you should continue reading this article. This article will present movies similar to Pineapple Express, which may add much more laughter to your next marijuana session. Be warned, all movies contain images of marijuana and are not for the weak-lunged.

1. Grandma’s Boy (2006)

Grandma's Boy

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Director: Nicholaus Goossen

Cast: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Peter Dante

Genre: Comedy/Stoner

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 7/10                 Rotten Tomatoes: 16%                     Metacritic: 33%

Alex (Allen Covert), a 35-year-old video game tester, is forced to move out of his residence after his roommate spends rent money on hookers. After searching various places to move into, he was forced to move in with his grandmother Lilly (Doris Roberts) and her two old roommates, Grace (Shirley Jones) and Bea (Shirley Knight).

Alex’s social life and his love for smoking marijuana are put under pressure by the constant presence of these three older women. Alex falls for one of his co-workers, Samantha (Linda Cardellini). This American comedy movie will have you laughing your socks off, just like Pineapple Express.

2. Next Friday (2000)

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Director: Steve Carr

Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Clifton Powell

Genre: Comedy/Stoner

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.2/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 21%                     Metacritic: 41%

Craig (Ice Cube) gets his friend out of trouble, avoids a huge confrontation with the neighborhood bully, and ends up with the girl. When Craig finds out that the bully escaped prison and wants to get revenge, the mood quickly changes. Craig is forced to flee to the suburbs to live with Uncle Elroy (Don “D.C” Curry) and his cousin Day-Day (Mike Epps).

Like in Pineapple Express, the main character soon realizes that trouble seems to find you no matter where you go. Survival skills and family loyalty is put to the test in this movie. This American comedy is the sequel to the 1995 movie ‘Friday’ and can be considered a classic in the comedy/stoner category.

3. Knocked Up (2007)

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Director: Judd Apatow

Cast: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd

Genre: Comedy/Romance

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.9/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 89%                     Metacritic: 85%

Ben Stone (Seth Rogan), a jobless man and Canadian immigrant, meets Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) at a local nightclub. After a huge night of drinking, they end up having unprotected sex. A one-night stand soon turns upside-down when Alison finds out that she is pregnant with Ben’s child.

Alison decides to go against the idea of being a single mom and gives Ben a chance to prove himself. Ben slowly but surely realizes that he needs to grow up before taking on the challenge of raising a family.

Just as in Pineapple Express, important decisions had to be made, and priorities had to be set. This movie is perfect for movie lovers who want a taste of laughter and love.

4. How High (2001)

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Director: Jesse Dylan

Cast: Redman, Methodman, Mike Epps

Genre: Comedy/Stoner

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.3/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 26%                     Metacritic: 30%

Jamal King (Redman) and Silas P. Silas (Methodman) are two underperforming marijuana users who want to apply for college. They end up passing the college entry exam after smoking a strain that contained the ashes of their dead friend. Their supernatural strain soon runs dry, and they are forced to study textbooks to pass the grade.

This movie is similar to Pineapple Express because two friends have to use their instincts to survive. This movie is filled with marijuana-smoking scenes that will have you laughing till your tummy hurts.

5. Mac And Devin Goes To High School (2012)

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Director: Dylan C. Brown

Cast: Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Mike Epps

Genre: Comedy/Stoner

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 4,4/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 63%         Metacritic: 68%

This American stoner comedy follows Mac Johnson (Snoop Dogg), a long-term student, befriending Devin Overstreet (Wiz Khalifa), a geeky student who seems to struggle with presentations. Mac introduces Devin to marijuana, and this is where all their journeys begin.

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa share the same acting chemistry as Seth Rogan and James Franco in Pineapple Express. This movie is filled with humorous marijuana-smoking scenes. It can therefore be considered a comedy classic that can be watched repeatedly.

6. Dude, Where’s my car? (2000)

Dude, Where's My Car?

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Director: Danny Leiner

Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Garner

Genre: Comedy/Mystery

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 5.5/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 17%                     Metacritic: 30%

After a night of reckless partying, Jesse Montgomery (Ashton Kutcher) and Chester Greenburg (Seann William Scott) find themselves in a situation where they can’t remember what happened the previous night. They go outside and realize that their car is missing and they have no idea where they parked it.

This movie has some tasteful but also chaotic scenes. There are many funny scenes, but those with a soft heart should not be surprised if they shed a tear or two. The movie title became so famous that it was used in pop culture during the 2000s.

7. Harold And Kumar: Go To White Castle (2004)

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Director: Danny Leiner

Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick

Genre: Comedy

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 7/10                 Rotten Tomatoes: 74%                     Metacritic: 64%

After smoking marijuana, best friends Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) decide to go on a journey to a famous burger restaurant. The journey involved many random obstacles, making their munchies trip way longer than expected. This movie portrays a similar friendship found in Pineapple Express.

This movie has many funny scenes, but you can also pick up on deeper lessons involving cultural connections and stereotypical cliques. There are three Harold and Kumar movies, but the first one will always be the best. If you want a day filled with laughter, I suggest having a Harold and Kumar marathon. 

8. Kid Cannibis (2014)

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Director: John Stockwell

Cast: Johnathan Daniel Brown, Kenny Wormald, Ron Perlman

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.4/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 71%                     Metacritic: 54%

This movie is based on a true story. Nate (Johnathan Daniel Brown) is a high school dropout that lives with his mother and younger brother. Nate and his friend, Topher (Keeny Wornald), are known for smoking marijuana. He decides to build an empire for himself by smuggling marijuana across the Canadian and USA borders.

The movie shares the same energic and involving characteristics as Pineapple Express. This is the type of comedy that may tickle your business mind. If you want to know why you should not sell marijuana, you should watch this movie.

9. Ted (2012)

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Director: Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi

Genre: Comedy/Fantasy

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.9/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 69%                     Metacritic: 62%

John Bennet (Mark Wahlberg), a child with hardly any friends, made a wish that his teddy bear would come to life and be his best friend. A shooting star crosses, and his wish comes true. Ted stays by john from his childhood right through to his adulthood.

Just as Pineapple Express, this movie comes with funny marijuana-smoking scenes and some life-changing scenes.  If you are a lover of the sitcom ‘Family Guy,’ you would most likely enjoy this movie. Three years later, Ted 2 was released. Watch both movies for a day of endless laughs while also learning some life lessons.

10. Super Troopers (2001)

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Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Cast: Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske

Genre: Comedy/Crime

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 7.1/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 35%                     Metacritic: 48%

Five state troopers from Vermont try to compete with the local police department. Despite their jobs being at risk, they still find time to prank unsuspecting motorists as well as each other. The state troopers try to save their jobs by solving a crime before the local police department.

The humor found in this movie mostly comes from the late ’90s and early 2000s. When watching this movie, you will need a strong sense of nostalgia to get the humorous scenes. Some critics believe that this movie is meant for marijuana-smoking law students that need some humor in their lives.

11. This Is The End (2013)

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Director: Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg

Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny Mcbride

Genre: Comedy/Dark Comedy

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.6/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 83%                     Metacritic: 67%

James Franco hosts a housewarming party, and in attendance are some famous celebrities from Los Angeles. Devastating events take place during this party which leads to total chaos. This movie is adapted from ‘Jay and Seth Versus The Apocolypse.’

Just as in Pineapple Express, this movie displays the great acting chemistry between Seth Rogan and James Franco. A Rogan-Franco comedy never seems to disappoint. To enjoy and fully understand this movie, you would need to have watched Pineapple Express.

12. Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

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Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Jason Mewes, Ben Affleck, Shannon Elizabeth

Genre: Comedy/Buddy

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.8/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 53%                     Metacritic: 51%

Best friends Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) find out that a comic project is being created about them, but they are not getting paid for it. They use all their skills and tricks to try and sabotage the comic from being released. ‘Bluntman and Chronic’ is the comic’s name, which follows their similarities.

This movie has plenty of funny scenes, but you will pick up that the movie also portrays a few issues that we find in today’s society. The understanding between the two main characters, Jason and Kevin, is also found between Seth and James in Pineapple Express.

13. Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke (1978)

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Directors: Tommy Chong and Lou Adler

Cast: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams

Genre: Comedy/Stoner

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.9/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 47%                     Metacritic: 57%

Anthony Stoner (Tommy Chong) is an unemployed amateur drummer that smokes marijuana on a daily. He decides to hit the road after having enough of his strict parents. Anthony meets Pedro de Pacas (Cheech Marin) on his journey of freedom. The two get arrested for the possession of marijuana, but they are soon released because of some technicalities.

If you are a lover of the 1960/70 marijuana movement, you should watch this movie. This movie is the oldest from the above list, but some could argue that this is the funniest movie of them all. Some people suggest that this movie kicked off the stoner comedy genre that we all know today.

14. Superbad (2007)

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Director: Greg Mottola

Cast: Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Michael Cera

Genre: Comedy/Teen

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 7.6/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 88%                     Metacritic: 76%

Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are two childhood best friends that are on the verge of graduating from high school. Their goal is to party and lose their virginities before leaving to their respective colleges. They soon realize that their plans are way more challenging than they expected.

This type of movie allows you to connect with the characters and sometimes gives watchers a flashback of their high school days. Like in Pineapple Express, this movie brings together two characters with two separate personalities. The movie teaches us that distance can separate people, but the bond and memories last forever.

15. Good Burger (1997)

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Director: Brian Robbins

Cast: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Dan Schneider

Genre: Comedy/Family

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 5.7/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 34%                     Metacritic: 41%

A high school student named Dexter Reed (Kenan Thompson) decides to use his mom’s car to go on a joyride. The car becomes involved in an accident, and Dexter does not possess a driver’s license. Dexter could not afford the cost of the damages and decided to get himself a summer job.

Like Pineapple Express, this movie comes with funny jokes and offers an interesting storyline. This is the type of movie that can make you laugh, cry and smile at the same time. If you are a Nickelodeon fan, you would be proud of the cast they put together for such a great comedy movie.

16. Half Baked (1998)

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Director: Tamra Davis

Cast: Dave Chappelle, Jim Breur, Guillermo Diaz

Genre: Comedy/Stoner

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.7/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 29%                     Metacritic: 16%

Thurgood (Dave Chappelle), Brian (Jim Breur), Scarface (Guillermo Diaz), and Kenny (Harland Williams) are lifelong stoner friends that live in New York. One of the friends gets arrested for killing a police horse. The rest of the friends find themselves in a situation where they need to steal marijuana to pay for their friend’s bail. 

Dave Chappelle’s stand-up comedy jokes are one of the many reasons that this movie is such a classic. Some people believe that this movie attempted to recreate the 1978 movie “Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke.” Suppose you enjoy stand-up comedy and being half-baked, then this is a movie you definitely need to watch.

17. Puff, Puff, Pass (2006)

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Director: Mekhi Phifer

Cast: Terry Crews, Danny Masterson, Ronnie Warner

Genre: Comedy/Stoner

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 5.6/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 57%                     Metacritic: 55%

Larry (Danny Masterson) and Rico (Ronnie Warner) are two stoners who share an apartment. After watching an ad on the television, they decide to create their own ad business. This is all brought to a standstill when locked out of their apartment. Desperate for money, they get themselves in a situation that involves ripping off a known criminal.

This movie has its own sense of humor, and therefore it can be seen as different from the other classic comedies. Some people believe that you will only fully understand the movie if you have some marijuana in your system. The one factor in this movie that is similar to Pineapple Express is the comic chemistry between the cast.

18. 21 Jump Street (2012)

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Directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Cast: Holly Robinson Peete, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill

Genre: Comedy/Action

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 7.2/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 85%                     Metacritic: 69%

Two high schools friends, Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) fulfill their dreams of becoming police officers. To bust a drug dealer, they need to go undercover as students in a high school. The two friends find themselves in different classrooms that don’t match their previous academic backgrounds.

If you watched both movies, then you would notice that the two main characters of this movie and the two main characters of Pineapple Express share the same acting chemistry. This movie can also be seen as a teen film that delivers action and comedy all-in-one.

19. American Ultra (2015)

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Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace

Genre: Comedy/Action

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 6.1/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 44%                     Metacritic: 50%

Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) is a weed smoker who soon realizes that he is part of a secret government project. Mike is marked as a liability, and the government wants him exterminated. He uses the skills and abilities that he learned in training to protect himself and his girlfriend against enemies.

Like Pineapple Express, this movie has plot twists and holes found throughout the movie. This is the type of movie where you will find a balance of funny scenes and action scenes.

20. The Hangover (2009)

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Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha

Genre: Comedy/Action

Movie Ratings:

IMDb: 7.7/10              Rotten Tomatoes: 78%                     Metacritic: 73%

Doug (Justin Bartha) has a wedding in a couple of days. His three best men decide that Las Vegas would be the perfect place to celebrate his bachelor party. After a crazy night of partying, the three best men wake up with a hangover and soon realize that Doug is missing.

This movie is the pure definition of what an amazing cast can do to a comedy. Just as Pineapple Express, this movie portrays a sense of unpredictability, which makes the plot so interesting. Having a “The Hangover” movie marathon will be the best way to understand the storyline behind the three movies.

Conclusion

Pineapple Express is an all-time favorite and is considered by most people as a comedy classic. The comedic chemistry between the main cast members of Pineapple Express is found in all the movies mentioned above. All the movies mentioned above come with very funny scenes and some action scenes.

We would have to thank the directors of these movies for creating unpredictable plot twists, which lead to interesting storylines. These marijuana-fueled movies are meant to tickle the funny bones of both stoners and non-marijuana users. Some of these movies can be considered the best comedy classics of the twenty-first century.

References:

Rotten Tomatoes: 25 ESSENTIAL STONER MOVIES RANKED

Ranker: What To Watch If You Love ‘Pineapple Express’

Slash Film: Movies Like Pineapple Express That You Should Watch ASAP

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