Nostalgic 90’s Movies Still Worth Watching Today

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Nostalgic movies are a great way to enjoy an evening together, and with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top 90’s movies for you to revisit! These films have more than just original storylines, futuristic sci-fi movies, and comedies that keep our stomachs hurting—they hearken back to our growing-up years, and bring up good memories.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in one film, Grossing around $73 million, The Shawshank Redemption was one of the most successful films in the 90s since its release.

The film’s best highlight is the friendship between Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a wrongfully convicted banker, and Red Redding (Morgan Freeman), a fellow inmate at The Shawshank Redemption.

While the setting is a prison, the film nevertheless leaves a positive message about hope, determination, and redemption.

2. Galaxy Quest (1999)

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If your family fancies a comedy and sci-fi film to watch, look no further than Galaxy Quest. This film stands on its own two feet, but if you have already seen Star Trek, then you can also relate more to this film as it is a parody.

Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, and Sam Rockwell, you can already guess the film’s theme—it’s humor for all ages!

Galaxy Quest is a family-friendly adventure film that is exciting and filled with comedic moments, providing family members with an entertaining and lighthearted experience. Plus, this film has so much wild imagination; its creativity will probably have you both laughing and scratching your head and some point.

2. The Mummy (1999)

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The Mummy is the kind of film that’s hard to miss and odds are you’ve seen it before, maybe more than once. But with a film this good, who cares about watching it again? With so much creativity, humor, and action in this film, it really ages like a fine wine. Each rewatch gets better and better.

Starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, The Mummy will take you on an extraordinary adventure to Egypt. Let’s not also forget that this film has literally blown out since its release, grossing over $400 million.

If you’re wondering why so many people like the film, it’s the universal appeal that’s perfect for families and people of all ages.

3. The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix is not only famous for its red pill or blue pill but also for its cinematic choreography with mind-bending visuals. As the virtual blends with reality, and possible with impossible, it becomes difficult to know what is real and what is beyond the human ability: is there a scenario in which a human could dodge a deadly bullet?

The movie explores complex and thought-provoking science fiction concepts, such as the nature of reality and the blending of virtual and physical worlds. For families with older children or teenagers, the movie raises questions that engage in right and wrong, and human nature. This is a movie whose storytelling has the capacity to entertain and spark philosophical discussion.

However, it’s important to note that the film is rated “R,” so there might be some strong visual elements that are not appropriate for children. Nevertheless, it’s worth watching.

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4. Office Space (1999)

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Another comedy on our list is the 1999 film Office Space. Starring Ron Livingstone, Jennifer Aniston, and Gary Cole, the film offers a humorous take on the corporate workplace culture.

Beyond its wittiness and parody of office culture, the film can also prompt us to ask some questions about individuality, self-discovery, and the pursuit of happiness.

5. The Truman Show (1998)

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Imagine you just realized one day that your once-daily ordinary life is actually a prison… In reality, this film offers a unique and exciting take on the concepts of reality, free will, and the impact of media on our lives. Besides its unique concept and thought-provoking material, the movie is also simply engaging and interesting.

Jim Carrey’s performance on The Truman Show is also commendable, showcasing his versatility as an actor. His portrayal of Truman adds depth to the character and contributes to the film’s emotional resonance. It’s a rated “PG” film and is very suitable for family movie nights.

6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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If you’re family is up for comedy and romance, 10 Things I Hate About You is one of the ultimate 90s go-to films to watch! Starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, this teen-friendly romantic comedy explores themes of love, relationships, and self-discovery. The characters face up to their own conflicting desires, and the struggle to express themselves in a way they can be understood.

The film has a universal theme, so it appeals to both teenagers and adults. Fun fact: the film is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, adding a layer of literary and cultural relevance. And it has a PG-13 rating, making it suitable for a family audience.

7. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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My Cousin Vinny is perfect for people who like quirky characters and courtroom comedy. The cultural clash between the fast-talking, street-smart Vinny and the Southern legal system serves as the film’s main source of humor. What the characters lack in experience and professional knowledge, they gradually make up in general know-how, gumption, and quick thinking. A lot is on the line, but the movie plays out with wit and comedy.

8. The Big Lebowski (1998)

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What if someone mistook you for someone and as a result, your whole life turned upside down? That’s what The Big Lebowski is all about. It’s a perfect choice if if you are looking forward to watching a movie with dark humor, absurd situations, and clever dialogue.

The Coen Brothers’ comedic style, coupled with Jeff Bridges’ laid-back and iconic performance as The Dude, has made the movie a favorite among fans of unconventional and irreverent comedy. Let’s not also forget that it has become a cult classic during its time!

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9. The Green Mile (1999)

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The Green Mile is one of those 90s movies that will pull on your heartstrings. It’s based on a Stephen King novel, and packs a bit of a punch; save this movie for older kids. Starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, and David Morse, the film is known for its emotional depth, moral complexity, and powerful performances. Gradually, the unfolding events hint at the supernatural, and raise the question of whether how goodness or evil are connected with various types of power. 

The film’s emotional depth will surely sweep off the viewer’s feet. One scene takes place on death row, and John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), sparks particular empathy and reflection. This movie has both a strong emotional foundation, and asks deep questions about justice and humanity. 

10. The Fifth Element (1997)

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The Fifth Element is perfect for a female-centric lead-themed family movie night that’s full of action. As certain disaster approaches Earth, humans battle against aliens and an the army of a villain to find the five elements that, together, can save earth. Starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, and Chris Tucker, the movie is known for its visually stunning and imaginative world. 

It combines elements of science fiction, action, and comedy. While it has a PG-13 rating, The Fifth Element is often considered a family-friendly film, suitable for a wide audience.  The film’s positive themes of heroism, teamwork, and the triumph of good over evil definitely make it a family favorite.

11. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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Mrs. Doubtfire is among the highest-grossing movies made in the 90s. The story revolves around the family Hillard, where the dad has to pretend to be somebody else—Mrs. Doubtfire. As the story grows, so do Mrs. Doubtfire’s comedic antics, which are loved by some characters and hated by others. What will be the fallout if Mrs. Doubfire’s true identity becomes known?

Starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, and Pierce Brosnan, the film is definitely a comedy for all ages. It also delivers positive messages about the importance of communication, understanding, and the impact of divorce on children. 

Nevertheless, it’s a solid movie, encouraging empathy and understanding of family dynamics.

12. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

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When we think of AI taking over the world, we can’t help but associate it with the movie Terminator. The movie was a huge success, grossing over $500 million. And it’s definitely one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best.

Terminator 2 is celebrated for its groundbreaking use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) and special effects. The film’s cutting-edge visuals, especially the morphing effects used for the T-1000, contribute to its status as a cinematic milestone.

Let’s not also forget Lisa Hamilton’s incredible performance in that film! It’s definitely worth rewatching even if you’ve already watched it once or twice.

13. Forrest Gump (1994)

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“Why don’t you love me, Jenny? I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” That is one of the most famous lines of the main character, Forrest Gump.

The film revolves around the story of the life of Forrest, a man with a low IQ, who inadvertently influences and witnesses several key events in American history. The film explores themes of love, friendship, and the human spirit, making it an ideal family movie.

Tom Hanks also delivers an iconic and Academy Award-winning performance as Forrest Gump, adding depth to the character.

14. Toy Story (1995)

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Being the first fully computer-animated feature film, Toy Story is groundbreaking for its time. The innovative animation techniques brought the characters and the toy world to life in a way that captivated audiences. Although it’s a kids show, most of us were young when it came out, and it’s become a nostalgic family favorite with time. Toy Story was a cultural phenomenon, and most Millennials have this movie as a common childhood heritage.

The film explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and acceptance. The bond between Woody and Buzz and the other toys emphasizes the importance of supporting and caring for one another. Plus, Toy Story has a G rating, making it suitable for audiences of all ages.

 

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