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By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Stoner movies have been lighting up the big screen for years, but few have had the staying power of "The Big Lebowski." The Coen brothers 1998 comedy got off to a slow start, but went on to inspire Lebowski Fest and the documentary, "The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans."
Fans love Jeff Bridges as The Dude, a guy who fancies himself a bowler, smoker and all-around middle-aged slacker. His laid-back lifestyle turns upside down when kidnappers mistake him for a millionaire with the same name. They've got a woman held hostage, but they are trying to get money out of the wrong guy.
"The Big Lebowski" is just one of the popular stoner movies in the genre. Here's a look at drug movies, stoned-out performances or pot-icularly enjoyable scenes from films over the last 60 years.