33 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—although back then, we actually had to go to the movie theater to watch them.
Seeing as your favorite ‘90s trends are making a comeback in 2021 (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 Good Burger to rom-coms like My Best Friend’s Wedding. Allow us to introduce you to 33 of the best ‘90s movies on Netflix right now.
1. ‘Good Burger’ (1996)
Expect to get all the laughs in this feel-good classic. The movie follows a high school student named Dexter Reed (Kenan Thompson), who teams up with a kind-hearted (and slightly dim-witted) cashier, Ed (Kel Mitchell), to save Good Burger from being shut down by their competitor, Mondo Burger. We can’t tell you how many times we recited Ed’s classic greeting: “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?”
2. ‘The Rugrats Movie’ (1998)
Tommy Pickles (E.G. Daily) and the gang are at it again. When Angelica (Cheryl Chase) convinces Tommy that his newborn brother will steal all the attention from his parents, he and his pals try to return his sibling back to the hospital. However, chaos ensues when the group gets lost in the woods.
3. ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’ (1993)
Based on the real-life story of prodigy chess player, Joshua Waitzkin, the drama film follows a young boy named Josh (Max Pomeranc), who develops a rare talent for chess-playing at just seven years old. After winning against his dad, he starts to attract more attention, prompting his parents to hire a professional tutor to help hone his craft, However, things get rather complicated when Josh simultaneously takes on a second mentor, a park player named Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne).
4. ‘Runaway Bride’ (1999)
Julia Roberts is pretty much every groom’s worst nightmare in this classic romantic comedy. She plays Maggie Carpenter, AKA the infamous “runaway bride” who has left at least three men at the altar, according to journalist Ike Graham (Richard Gere). After Ike gets fired for publishing an inaccurate piece about Maggie, he travels to her hometown with the intention of writing an in-depth article about her. But there’s just one problem—he can’t help falling in love with her himself.
5. ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ (1997)
Childhood BFFs Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) and Michael O'Neal (Dermot Mulroney) made a deal to tie the knot if they were both still single at 28-years-old. But Julianne is in for quite a surprise when Michael announces his engagement just four days before her 28th birthday. Realizing that she’s in love with him, Julianne sets out on a mission to stop the wedding from happening.
6. ‘What's Eating Gilbert Grape’ (1993)
Meet Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), a simple young man who happens to be carrying more than enough responsibilities on his shoulders. Aside from assisting his obese mom, who’s unable to leave the house, Gilbert keeps busy by caring for his mentally-ill brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio). However, his life takes a rather interesting turn after he starts a new job and meets a young woman named Becky (Juliette Lewis).
7. ‘Double Jeopardy’ (1999)
After being framed for the murder of her wealthy husband, Libby Parsons (Ashley Judd) is wrongfully imprisoned for the crime. While behind bars, Libby concocts a clever plan to reunite with her son and find the person who framed her.
8. ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (1998)
Set in Ohio, 1984, the rom-com drama follows the poignant coming-out story of a 17-year-old named Eric Hunter. It all unfolds during the time when famous stars like Boy George and Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics boldly sported androgynous looks.
9. ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ (1998)
Well, it wouldn't be the '90s without your quintessential teen house party movie, right? In this film, teens of different social groups gather to celebrate at a high school graduation party, which takes place at a rich classmate’s home. Expect a lot of booze, a hook-up and at least one impromptu sing-along. BTW, the incredible ensemble cast includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli and Seth Green.
10. ‘Hook’ (1991)
Here’s one of the many films that made us fall in love with Robin Williams. In Hook, he plays a successful lawyer named Peter Banning. When his two children are suddenly kidnapped by Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), he has no choice but to revisit his magical past as Peter Pan— although his return to Neverland is far from welcoming.
11. ‘Money Talks’ (1997)
Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen are at their best in this underrated comedy. Money Talks follows Franklin (Tucker), a fast-talking hustler and ticket scalper whose crimes catch up to him, thanks to news reporter James Russell (Sheen). However, when Franklin escapes before going to jail, the authorities pursue him under the impression that he murdered police officers. Franklin turns to James to help prove his innocence, but things only take a turn for the worse.
12. ‘Total Recall’ (1990)
The sci-fi movie, which was inspired by Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, centers on a construction worker named Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Set in the year 2084, Douglas visits an institution that implants false memories, and when he chooses to experience a fun "journey" to planet Mars, the procedure goes haywire. As a result, he starts to question everything, including his own, real-life experiences.
13. ‘Howards End’ (1992)
Based on E. M. Forster's 1910 novel of the same name, Howards End tells the story of a young woman named Margaret Schlegel, who inherits a home, Howards End, after the death of its previous owner and her close friend, Ruth Wilcox. While the Wilcox family isn't thrilled to hear the news, Ruth's widower, Henry, begins to fall for Margaret, in a surprising turn of events.
14. ‘The Blair Witch Project’ (1999)
If you’re into suspense and jump-scares, then this one's for you. Made up entirely of found video footage, the film follows three film students who travel to a small town to investigate the real story behind the legendary murderer, Blair Witch. During their trip, however, the three students get lost in the woods, and things take a terrifying turn when they start to hear weird noises.
15. ‘The End of Evangelion’ (1997)
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. ‘The Next Karate Kid’ (1994)
In this fourth installment of the Karate Kid franchise, we see the legendary Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) visit Louisa (Constance Towers), the widow of his former commander in Boston, Massachusetts. While there, he meets Louisa’s granddaughter, Julie (Hilary Swank), who happens to know a lot about karate. Impressed by her knowledge, Mr. Miyagi decides to take her in for training.
17. ‘The Emigrant’ (1994)
Inspired by the Biblical character of Joseph, this film follows a young man named Ram, who gets sold to an Egyptian while traveling through the desert with his brothers. When he gets to Egypt, he crosses paths with the military leader, Amihar (Mahmoud Hemida), and his cunning wife, who seems determined to sleep with him.
18. ‘Kicking and Screaming’ (1995)
This insightful comedy drama follows a group of college grads who can't seem to figure out their future, now that school is over. Kicking and Screaming stars Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott and Eric Stoltz.
19. ‘Striptease’ (1996)
Demi Moore plays a former FBI secretary Erin Grant in the erotic black comedy. After Erin loses custody of her daughter to her ex-husband, Darrell (Robert Patrick), she becomes a stripper in hopes of raising enough money to fight the case. However, things take a dark turn when she catches the eye of a violent politician.
20. ‘Quigley Down Under’ (1990)
Cowboy Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) has a knack for shooting accurately from far distances. So, naturally, when he sees a newspaper ad for a sharpshooter, he jumps at the opportunity. But when he meets his employer, he discovers that his job is quite different from what he expected.
21. ‘Hello Brother’ (1999)
When Hero (Salman Khan) gets murdered by his boss during a confrontation, he returns as a ghost who can only be seen by Vishal (Arbaaz Khan), who has Hero's heart in his body due to a transplant. In a desperate attempt to get revenge for his death, Hero continues to haunt Vishal, insisting that he can’t rest in peace until his killer dies.
22. ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ (1995)
Omri (Hal Scardino) locks one of his toys—a small figurine of a Native American man—inside his cupboard and is thrilled to find that it magically comes to life as an 18th-century Iroquois warrior named Little Bear (Litefoot). The same happens to his other toys when he places them inside the cupboard, but when Little Bear suffers an injury, Omri discovers that there’s more to these toys than meets the eye.
23. ‘Beverly Hills Ninja’ (1997)
Okay, so it’s not the best movie in the world, but it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a guilty pleasure that’ll keep you entertained for 88-minutes. Beverly Hills Ninja follows Haru (Chris Farley), a young orphaned boy who gets taken in by a clan of Japanese ninjas and trained to become a skilled ninja. Unfortunately, as he grows older, it becomes glaringly obvious that Haru has very little potential.
24. ‘The Other’ (1999)
Not many have heard of the French-Egyptian drama, but it tells the riveting story of Margaret (Nabila Ebeid), an extremely possessive mother who sets out to destroy her son Adam's (Hani Salama) marriage.
25. ‘West Beirut’ (1998)
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.
26. ‘Duplicate’ (1998)
Manu Dada (Shah Rukh Khan) manages to escape prison, and while on the run, learns that he has look-alike, who happens to be an aspiring chef named Bablu Chaudhary. Manu immediately assumes Bablu's identity, using it as an opportunity to seek revenge against his enemies.
27. ‘In Defense of a Married Man’ (1990)
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.
28. ‘Unspeakable Acts’ (1990)
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 (Jill Clayburgh) and Joseph Braga (Brad Davis), a husband-and-wife team of child psychologists, discover that there have been a number of disturbing acts of sexual abuse at Miami's Country Walk Day Care Center in 1984.
29. ‘Mann’ (1999)
In this Indian romantic drama, Priya and Dev cross paths on a luxurious cruise, where they fall in love. However, they’re unable to be together because they’ve already agreed to arranged marriages with someone else. Will they get a second chance at love once they part ways?
30. ‘Destiny’ (1997)
Set in 12th century Spain, Destiny follows Averroes, the famous philosopher who would go down in history as the most important commentator on Aristotle. However, after he’s appointed to be the grand judge by the Caliph, many of his judgments are met with disapproval.
31. ‘Love on Delivery’ (1994)
Ang Ho-Kam (Stephen Chow), a kind-hearted delivery boy, falls for Lily (Christy Chung), a pretty girl from a local sports center. Luckily, he lands a date with his dream girl, but things quickly go south when a bully, who also happens to like Lily, shows up.
32. ‘Out of Life’ (1991)
While covering the Lebanese Civil War, Patrick Perrault, a French photographer, is suddenly kidnapped by rebel forces. Will he get out of this alive?
33. ‘Justice, My Foot!’ (1992)
The Hong Kong comedy film centers on Sung Sai-Kit, an unethical lawyer whose wife is skilled at kung fu. It turns out that Sung's wrongdoings keep preventing him and his wife from having a family, so in an attempt to change this, he tries his best to make amends and turn from his awful ways.