8 Nostalgic ’90s Movies You Can Stream Right Now
The 1990s had some great movies, didn’t they? Being born in the ‘80s and growing up in the ‘90s, there were a bunch of films that I loved and rewatched all the time. Clueless taught me some pretty nifty slang. (”As if!”) Drop Dead Fred taught me that it’s probably best not to have an imaginary friend in the first place. Jawbreakers showed me which girls to avoid when it comes to a high school friendship. It was all about the ’90s movies, and I loved it.
If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to watch something from that lovely decade, you don’t have to go digging through the going-out-of-business sale bins at the last remaining video rental stores in town. Streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Crackle, Epix and Hulu have our favorite ’90s movies, and you don’t even have to leave your house to get them.
Drop Dead Fred (1991)
Where You Can Watch It: Netflix
The ever-adorable Phoebe Cates has an imaginary friend named Fred. In addition to having a very awesome English accent, Fred is also, well…destructive. When I was a kid, I loved this movie. As an adult, I’m glad I never had to deal with everything Phoebe Cates had to go through. Imaginary friends? No thanks.
Where You Can Watch It: Netflix, Amazon, Epix
Soccer and cross-dressing. No, I’m not talking about the awesome Amanda Bynes movie, She’s the Man. This time, it’s a boy dressing like a girl, and it’s the great movie Ladybugs. It features the young heartthrob Jonathon Brandis (RIP) dressing like a girl to join the Ladybugs soccer team. Plus, some Rodney Dangerfield comedy if you’re into that.
Where You Can Watch It: Netflix, Amazon
I feel like Clueless is the epitome of ’90s movies. Where would we be without Cher and Dionne? We wouldn’t have worn such matchy-matchy outfits. We wouldn’t have peppered complicated slang into every sentence. We wouldn’t have realized quite so early how incredibly hot Paul Rudd is. Remember when Elton left Cher in a parking lot in a bad neighborhood at night? That guy was the worst.
Where You Can Watch It: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu
If you’ve seen this movie, then you know the real answer to “Who was the killer in Friday the 13th?” This flick is dripping with horror movie fandom and lore. It brought a resurgence of slasher horror flicks to the ‘90s, and I love it for that. Plus, how can you not love Matthew Lillard?
The Craft (1996)
Where You Can Watch It: Crackle
So many teen girls started dying their hair black and reading up on Wicca after watching The Craft, and I’m no exception. When you want a bit of the darkly weird Fairuza Balk or you want to see Robin Tunney before she started on The Mentalist, watch this very ‘90s witch movie.
Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
Where You Can Watch It: Netflix, Crackle
I fell in love with Ethan Embry (aka Ethan Randall) when I watched Empire Records. When Can’t Hardly Wait came out, I was all about it. Embry tries to finally tell his high school crush, Jennifer Love Hewitt that he loves her. I’d be lying if I said I never wanted to be locked in a bathroom with Seth Green. Luckily, this last-day-of-high-school movie totally ages well.
Where You Can Watch It: Crackle, Hulu
A ‘90s-style Heathers, this the creepiest movie on the list, and that’s saying a lot. Jawbreaker starts with a rather unfortunate accident involving a trunk, a giant jawbreaker and a throat. After that, it all goes downhill for these unsettling and brightly colored high school girls. It features Rose McGowan in a role she feels a little too suited for.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Where You Can Watch It: Amazon
Looking back, we all were a little silly for thinking this movie was real, but this was before the big “found-footage” craze that brought us the Paranormal Activity franchise. The big bonus of watching this on the small screen is you may not get super motion-sick like many of us did in the theater in 1999. I know I did…
What’ are your favorite ’90s movies on the list? Is there anything here you haven’t seen? Are there any awesome ’90s movies on Netflix or other services that you love that I don’t have listed above? Let me know in the comments!
Personally, I’m itching to watch The Craft again. Those were some good times.