26 of the Best '90s Movies on Netflix for *All* the Nostalgia

There’s no denying that the ‘90s was a golden era for entertainment. It was the age of boy bands, family-friendly sitcoms and Saturday morning cartoons. Even better? We got to devour a number of iconic movies that still resonate today.

Seeing as your favorite ‘90s trends are making a comeback in 2023 (yes, including The Rachel), Netflix has also decided to get in on our insatiable appetite for nostalgia. Yup, the streaming service has an astounding list of ‘90s titles, from childhood favorites like Matilda to rom-coms like Sleepless in Seattle. Allow us to introduce you to 26 of the best ‘90s movies on Netflix right now.

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1. Groundhog Day (1993)

  • Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
  • Rating: PG

Murray stars as a narcissistic TV weatherman who gets trapped in a time loop when covers the annual Groundhog Day event in a small town in Pennsylvania. He initially uses this to his advantage, but realizes he may never find a way out. Or can he?

2. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Tyson
  • Rating: PG-13

This feel-good comedy follows Officer John Kimble, who resorts to posing as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch a major criminal. Balancing his pretend job with the investigation proves to be more challenging than he thought—and his newfound crush on a fellow teacher only complicates things further.

3. Stepmom (1998)

  • Cast: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone
  • Rating: PG-13

The movie follows Jackie Harrison, a recently divorced mom who has to deal with her her ex-husband's younger partner and future stepmom of her children. Things take a rather interesting turn, however, when Jackie learns that she's terminally ill. Keep your tissues handy, because Stepmom has quite a few emotional moments.

4. The Cable Guy (1990)

  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal, Diane Baker
  • Rating: PG-13

Ernie "Chip" Douglas is the most eccentric cable guy you'll ever meet. His newest customer, Steven, gets free cable in exchange for companionship, but Steven realizes that there's something seriously off about his intrusive new "friend."

5. In Defense of a Married Man (1990)

  • Cast: Judith Light, Michael Ontkean, Jerry Orbach
  • Rating: TV-14

This made-for-TV movie follows a man who's accused of murdering his colleague and mistress. The person who volunteers to prove his innocence? His wife…also known as the best lawyer in town.

6. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Rating: PG

Easily one of the best rom-coms of all time, Sleepless in Seattle follows a newly engaged journalist who becomes smitten with a widowed architect after hearing him talk on the radio. Prepare to swoon.

7. A League of Their Own (1992)

  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell
  • Rating: PG-13

Set during World War II, a time when men's absence led to several job vacancies, the movie details the creation of the Women's Baseball Association. Two sisters, Kit and Dottie, embark on quite the journey as they join the new team.

8. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

  • Cast: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy
  • Rating: R

Girl, Interrupted depicts the incredible true story of Susanna Kaysen, a woman who gets sent to a mental institution after attempting suicide. Ryder delivers a powerful performance in this Oscar-winning film, which tackles themes like morality, mental health and isolation.

9. Matilda (1996)

  • Cast: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman
  • Rating: PG

Based on Roald Dahl's children's book, this iconic tale follows Matilda, a young book-lover who discovers she has telekinesis. When her neglectful parents enroll her in a school with a cruel principal, she learns to use her powers and creativity to her advantage.

10. Blue Streak (1999)

  • Cast: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle
  • Rating: PG-13

Two years after a failed heist, former convict Miles Logan poses as a cop to retrieve the $17 million diamond he stole. The only problem? It's hidden somewhere inside the LAP station.

11. Jerry Maguire (1996)

  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger
  • Rating: R

This cult classic follows 35-year-old Jerry, a sports agent who gets fired after penning a heartfelt mission statement to his superiors. In an effort to keep his clients, he partners with a single mom to launch his own management firm, but it comes with its fair share of challenges.

12. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong
  • Rating: R

Eager to change the course of history, an advanced killing machine from the future travels back in time to kill a young boy named John Connor—the future leader of the human resistance. Fortunately, there's another Terminator who's sent back to save Connor and the future of humanity.

13. Starship Trooper (1997)

  • Cast: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards
  • Rating: R

Set in the 23rd century, Starship Troopers revolves around Johnny Rico, a teen who enlists in the military under the Earth world government. As they try to explore outer space and colonize parts of the galaxy, they're attacked by alien creatures known as "Arachnids," which sparks an interstellar war.

14. The Last Days (1998)

  • Cast: Bill Basch, Martin Basch, Randolph Braham
  • Rating: PG-13

Five Jewish Hungarians who survived the Holocaust bravely tell their stories in this eye-opening documentary, detailing the horrors of living in concentration camps. In addition to interviews, the film includes old photos, documents and archival footage.

15. The End of Evangelion (1997)

  • Cast: Megumi Ogata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Hayashibara
  • Rating: TV-MA

Anime fans, rejoice! The popular sci-fi film, which is actually a parallel ending to the TV series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, follows Shinji Ikari as he pilots Evangelion Unit 01. Though it was initially met with mixed reviews, the film won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize for 1997 and the Japan Academy Prize for Biggest Public Sensation of the Year.

16. Legends of the Fall (1994)

  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond
  • Rating: R

Set in 20th-century Montana, Legends of the Fall follows Col. William Ludlow, who lives with his three sons in the wilderness. When one of the boys gets killed in World War I, his remaining sons fall in love with their late brother’s fiancé and develop a bitter rivalry.

17. Cliffhanger (1993)

  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker
  • Rating: R

Although Gabe, a former mountain climber, is haunted by a traumatic incident from his past, he agrees to help rescue a group of stranded climbers. However, he comes to realize that these climbers aren't who they appear to be.

18. Vampires (1998)

  • Cast: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith
  • Rating: R

After seeing both of his parents get murdered by vampires, Jack Crow trains to become a master vampire slayer. When he learns that the creatures of the night are hunting for a crucifix that can make them even more powerful, he and his team of hunters must do what it takes to stop them.

19. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

  • Cast: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong
  • Rating: PG-13

Based on Heinrich Harrer's 1952 memoir of the same name, Seven Years in Tibet tells the story of an Austrian mountaineer who escapes a a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II and travels to Tibet. There, he meets and befriends the 14th Dalai Lama, which ultimately changes his views on life.

20. Heat (1995)

  • Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight
  • Rating: R

After a heist goes south and the criminal escapes, a seasoned detective embarks on a high-stakes mission to catch him—and it winds up affecting his personal life. If you're looking for a star-studded crime film that'll keep you on the edge of your seat, add this one to your list.

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21. Out Of Life (1991)

  • Cast: Hippolyte Girardot, Rafik Ali Ahmad, Hussein Sbeity
  • Rating: TV-MA

While covering the Lebanese Civil War, Patrick Perrault, a French photographer, is suddenly kidnapped by rebel forces. Will he get out alive?

22. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

  • Cast: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York
  • Rating: PG-13

Austin Powers, a cryogenically preserved secret agent from the '60s, wakes up three decades in the future. But he's stunned to learn that his sense of style and vocabulary are seriously outdated. Still, this is the least of his worries, because he must defeat his nemesis, Dr. Evil.

23. West Beirut (1998)

  • Cast: Rami Doueiri, Mohamad Chamas, Rola Al Amin
  • Rating: TV-MA

Set in 1975 during a civil war in Beirut, the Lebanese drama film details how the Greet Line (a line of demarcation to separate the Muslim community into two factions) affects young Tarek and his loved ones.

24. Duplicate (1998)

  • Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Sonali Bendre
  • Rating: TV-14

Manu Dada (Shah Rukh Khan) manages to escape prison, and while on the run, he learns that he has a look-alike who's an aspiring chef named Bablu Chaudhary. Manu immediately assumes Bablu's identity, using it as an opportunity to seek revenge against his enemies.

25. Unspeakable Acts (1990)

  • Cast: Jill Clayburgh, Brad Davis, Gregory Sierra
  • Rating: TV-14

Based on Sarah Weinman's true-crime book of the same name, the film addresses one of the country’s biggest child sex abuse scandals. Laurie and Joseph Braga, a husband-and-wife team of child psychologists, discover that there were a number of disturbing acts of sexual abuse at Miami's Country Walk Day Care Center in 1984.

26. Léon: The Professional (1994)

  • Cast: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman
  • Rating: R

Reno shines as Léon, a skilled hitman who takes Mathilda, a 12-year-old orphan, under his wing after her family is murdered. The two develop a unique bond as Mathilda learns the hitman's trade.

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