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5 Films That May Not Have Happened Without Cheech and Chong

Tommy Chong celebrates his birthday today (May 24), and it goes without saying that in the genre of stoner films, he and Cheech Marin are two of its biggest stars (if not the biggest) and the most influential.

Seriously, think about all of the stoner classics you love.  Would they have been made had it not been for Cheech & Chong?  There’s a good possibilities they wouldn’t, and then we would be living in a world without the wonder that is Matthew McConaughey.

Excuse me…Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey.  (Still can’t believe that happened.)

In honor of Chong's birthday, here's a look at some of our favorite stoner films they may not have happened without Cheech & Chong.

Dazed and Confused

Besides giving us McConaughey, Dazed and Confused also gave us a killer soundtrack.

Dazed and Confused - Trailer

Director Richard Linklater's follow-up to Slacker takes an autobiographical look at some Texas teens (including Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey) on their last day of school in 1976, centering on student Randall Floyd (Jason London), who moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks.

Half Baked

They’re not drug dealers; they’re fund raisers.

Half Baked Trailer

Dave Chappelle leads an all-star cast - including Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart and Willie Nelson - in this hilarious adventure of three lovable party buds trying to bail their friend out of jail.



This movie may have celebrated its 20th anniversary recently, but it hasn’t aged a bit.

Friday (1995) Official Trailer - Ice Cube, Chris Tucker Comedy HD

Subscribe to CLASSIC TRAILERS: Subscribe to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: Friday (1995) Official Trailer - Ice Cube, Chris Tucker Comedy HD Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do.


Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

Obviously John Cho and Kal Penn deliver outstanding comedic performances, but is there a better actor playing himself cameo than Neil Patrick Harris as “Neil Patrick Harris?”

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle - Trailer

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle follows the life-changing and mind-altering journey of Korean-American investment banker Harold Lee and Indian-American medical-school candidate Kumar Patel. MPAA Rating: R ™© New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Pineapple Express

The entire cast is incredible, but Danny McBride steals the show.

Watch Pineapple Express Trailer

Release Date: 6 August 2008 (United States) Ride high on the Pineapple Express, the outrageously hysterical blockbuster from Judd Apatow, the director and screenwriter of Knocked Up. A lazy stoner (Seth Rogen) is the sole witness to a murder by an evil drug lord (Gary Cole) and a corrupt cop (Rosie Perez).


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)