15 Netflix films for ’90s nostalgics
Oh how we love the ’90s; the era of Game Boys, Furbies, Pokémon, Beanie Babies, OJ… and a whole lot of iconic films. For those of us born in the ’90s who didn’t appreciate what an age we were living in, or who were just too young to understand what the heck was going on half the time, there’s a whole lot of catching up to do. So to save you the research, here’s our list of 15 must-watch Netflix films that’ll get you all nostalgic for the 1990s.
Drop Dead Fred (1991)
The late great Rik Mayall plays Phoebe Cates’s rambunctious imaginary friend, who reappears in her life for the first time since her childhood after she leaves her cheating husband and moves back into her family home.
Wes Craven’s self-reflexive, iconic teen slasher, which would revolutionise the horror genre and change Halloween costumes forever. Starring a bevy of ’90s crushes including Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and, of course, Drew Barrymore.
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Amiable slackers Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are once again roped into a fantastical adventure in this time-travelling sequel to Excellent Adventure (1989). This time, they enter the Battle of the Bands to save the future from a tyrannical villain, and save themselves from the Grim Reaper.
Beavis & Butt-Head Do America (1996)
Mike Judge’s love ’em or hate ’em MTV cartoon teens find themselves on an expedition from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. when they realise someone has stolen their all important television. Featuring the vocal talents of Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, and Demi Moore.
Tank Girl (1995)
This bonkers, heavily stylised movie adaptation of Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin’s punky comic stars Lori Petty and a very innocent looking Naomi Watts as two alternative heroines trying to save the future of a drought-ravaged Australia. A post-apocalyptic, feminist, mind-bending ride.
Wayne’s World (1992)
Based on the legendary Saturday Night Live sketch, this thoroughly quotable cult musical comedy stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as the two most beloved long-haired rock ‘n’ rollers since Spinal Tap.
Billy Madison (1995)
Arguably the best Adam Sandler movie, this one follows the titular man-child who, having passed all his education thanks to his hotel magnate father’s influence and bribes, must retake and pass every school grade in just 24 weeks.
It doesn’t get more ’90s than Clueless. Alicia Silverstone is high school queen bee Cher Horowitz, who decides with her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) to give klutzy new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. However as ugly duckling Tai is transformed, Cher realises she’s created a monster. Also starring Paul Rudd and Donald Faison.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Shakespeare’s famous tragedy is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona while still retaining its original dialogue in this gorgeous adaptation starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Baz Luhrmann.
The ultimate ’90s slacker film, Kevin Smith’s black and white low budget classic follows a day in the lives of two convenience store clerks, Dante and Randal, as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Chasing Amy (1997)
While its gender message is pretty questionable in this day and age, we couldn’t leave this off our ’90s list. Also from Kevin Smith, comic book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) meets the perfect woman (Alyssa Jones), only to learn that she’s a lesbian; but that doesn’t stop him from falling in love with her… Co-starring Jason Lee, and of course Jason Mewes and Smith himself as Jay and Silent Bob respectively.
Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci… Need we say more? A film not actually about mermaids, but with a preoccupation with all things aquatic, this comedy follows an eccentric single mother raising two headstrong young daughters in a small New England town during the ’60s.
Drive Me Crazy (1999)
Aww, will you just look at these two?! Next door neighbours Nicole (Melissa Joan Hart) and Chase (Adrian Grenier) plot a scheme to date each other in order to attract the interest and jealousy of their respective romantic prey. But in the mist of planning a gala centennial celebration, Nicole and Chase find that the one they always wanted was closer than they ever thought. No prizes for guessing the ending of this one…
Younger incarnations of Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrian Grenier, Sam Rockwell, Winona Ryder, and Charlize Theron star in this black and white comedrama from Woody Allen. The story follows a novelist turned travel writer (Kenneth Branagh) as he immerses himself in the world of celebrity journalism following a midlife crisis and its attendant divorce.
Beyond Clueless (2014)
While this one’s not actually from the ’90s, you’ll want to add it to your ’90s movie marathon. Charlie Lyne takes us on a journey into the mind, body and soul of nostalgic teen movies, using clips from more than 200 classic films, a voice over from The Craft‘s Fairuza Balk, and original music from Summer Camp. It’s totally Rufus.