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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 30: Comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong announce their upcoming comedy tour ''Light up America'' at the Troubadour Club on July 30, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Tommy Chong celebrates his birthday today (May 24), and 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 possibility 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.

In honor of Chong’s birthday, here’s a look at some outstanding 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 fundraisers.

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.

 

Friday

This film is 24 years old, and it hasn’t aged a bit.

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

Subscribe to CLASSIC TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/1u43jDe Subscribe to TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/sxaw6h Subscribe to COMING SOON: http://bit.ly/H2vZUn Like us on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/1QyRMsE Follow us on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/1ghOWmt 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 that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.