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The Ten Best 90s Movies on Netflix Right Now

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History has a way of repeating itself, and it seems like we always end up making our way back to the 90s. The 90s were a simpler decade—limited internet, no social media, no looking at our cell phones all day because, well, not many people had cell phones to look at, and more real-time experiences. The entertainment industry was at one of its peak heights during the 90s, with some of the best movies ever created in film history. Whether you fully experienced the decade or not, everybody has some form of cultural appreciation for the 1990s.

Since we are still stuck in  the house, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a list of ten movies from the 90s that you can watch during your spare time. Whether you are looking to inject your veins with a dose of nostalgia, or discover these films for the first time, Netflix has a library of must-watch vintage staples that you can binge-watch. So grab some popcorn, and get ready to go deep into the archives.

1. ‘Quigley Down Under’

Starring Tom Selleck as a rifleman cowboy traveling to Australia for a job, he quickly finds himself in trouble after turning down a job that involves killing Aborigines. A fantastic western film with great performances, action storylines, and unusual perspectives on romance, Quigley Down Under is an enjoyable movie for all audiences as it doesn’t involve any swearing or overtly explicit content.

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2. ‘Double Jeopardy’

If you have never watched Double Jeopardy, then you have done yourself a great disservice. Starring Ashley Judd as Libby Parsons, the  film tells the story of a widow (Parsons) fighting for freedom after being framed for the murder of her husband. The movie also stars Tommy Lee Jones, and closed out the 90s with a bang. 

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3. ‘Good Burger’

Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, may I take your order? Have you truly lived if you haven’t seen Good Burger? Kenan and Kel are their usual comical selves as they try to save Good Burger from their new competitor, Mondo Burger. The two suspect that a secret sauce might be the answer, but you’ll have to watch the movie to see whether or not it works.

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4. ‘The Rugrats Movie’

Since we are on the topic of 1990s Nickelodeon, why not give The Rugrats Movie a watch? The arrival of a new sibling can be difficult for young children to adjust to, and the animated comedy finds ‘Tommy Pickles’ trying to return his brother, Dill, to the hospital after receiving a warning from ‘Angelica’ that his parents would no longer care about him once the baby arrived. The mission quickly goes awry, with Tommy and friends getting stuck in the middle of nowhere. This is a fun Friday night movie that you can watch with the whole family.

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5. ‘Basic Instinct’

Basic Instinct is another one of those 1990s staples that you absolutely have to watch at some point in your life. The film stars Sharon Stone as Catherine Tremell, a crime novelist linked to the murder of rock star who tries to use seduction as a tactic to win over homicide detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas). Full of mystery and ‘entanglements,’ Basic Instinct is an introduction to 90s movie culture as a whole.

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6. ‘GoodFellas’

Directed by Martin Scorsese, GoodFellas centers around former mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he recalls his rise and fall in a New York crime family. Also starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, GoodFellas is the epitome of ‘gangster films,’ and of the best-directed movies of all-time with a brillant storyline, superb cinematography, and outstanding acting. GoodFellas stands out as yet another classic movie in Scorsese’s catalogue, proving his influence as one of the most prominent directors in film history.

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7. ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’

The mid to late 90s saw the rise of teen romantic comedies, and Can’t Hardly Wait was a box office success known for introducing many future movie stars including; Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose, and Peter Facinelli. The story focuses on a high school graduation party where the characters try to tie up loose ends before going away to college. Filled with love, humor, and revenge, Can’t Hardly Wait remains one of those movies that you have to revisit from time- to- time.

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8. ‘Hook’

I’m a sucker for Robin Williams’ movies. Hook has always been one of my favorite 1990s films with its heartwarming plot. Hook tells the story of Peter Banning (Williams), a middle-aged lawyer who returns to his magical origins as Peter Pan in order to save a group of children kidnapped by Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Hook is full of good moments and great fights making it another fun film that you can watch with the kiddies. 

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9. ‘The Next Karate Kid’

A generational movie worth watching over and over again. Directed by Christopher Cains, the film is focused on Karate master Mr. Myagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita) as he travels to Boston for a military reunion. While there he visits the widow of his former commander, and develops a friendship with her young granddaughter Julie (Hilary Swank) who also has a passion for Karate. The storyline is awesome with a few comedic moments scattered here and there, the characters were likeable, and the acting was decent. Maybe not the best in the Karate Kid series, but still very much enjoyable and worth a watch.

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10. ‘Total Recall’

I may be in the minority here, but the remake just didn’t do the original version justice. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker in the year 2084 with dreams of visiting Mars, Total Recall has an unexpected plot twist that will keep you on your toes the entire movie. A masterpiece of a film, Schwarzenegger stepped up his acting chops playing dual roles while still giving his infamous witty one-liners. Total Recall was a well acted and produced film across the board.

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Netflix has around 40 films from the 1990s at the moment, so by no means do you have to watch the ones I selected. Whether you do or don’t, I hope you enjoyed this article!

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