Antonio Banderas and Selma Hayek in 1995's Desperado
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Best 90s Movies Streaming on Netflix Right Now

Ready to take a trip down nostalgia lane? Netflix has plenty of movies from the best decade ever: the 1990s. The best part? There won't be any VHS tapes to rewind!
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Ah, the 1990s. It was a magical time filled with slap bracelets, Doc Martens, Discmans, and that AOL dial-up noise.

But the 90’s also gave us some great films. Okay, maybe some of them aren’t exactly “great” in the eyes of critics, but they bring the nostalgia and we love them anyway.

Whether you’re gearing up for a movie night with friends, or you’re just binging Netflix on your own, I’ve got you covered with the best 90’s movies on Netflix — no VHS required.

Good Burger (1996)

Is it silly? Of course. But this one’s also a feel-good classic starring Kenan and Kel from 90’s Nickelodeon. They star as teen misfits working at Good Burger, an underdog burger joint, and fighting the competition from Mondo Burger. “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?”

Jumanji (1995)

The nostalgia is thick with this one. Sure, Jumanji got a remake in recent years, but nothing beats the Robin Williams classic from 1995. The late Williams stars as Alan Parrish, who’s been stuck inside the magical board game for decades. When siblings Peter and Judy start to play, they release him — but they also release stampeding rhinos, trouble-making monkeys, and gigantic mosquitos.

Total Recall (1990)

A hit sci-fi movie that received high ratings from critics for its complex storyline and visuals, Total Recall is a must-watch. Set in 2084 (super futuristic!), a bored construction worker named Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) hits up an institution that implants false memories. He opts for a fun “journey” to planet Mars, but the procedure goes haywire and he finds himself trapped in a conspiracy that could be all in his head… or not.

Tommy Boy (1995)

Chris Farley fans, rejoice! The hilarious Tommy Boy from 1995 was just added to Netflix! He stars as an immature and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory who wants to save the family business. He teams up with his father’s tightly wound assistant, played by David Spade, to hit the road and find new clients. It’s stupid and funny, and it’s a showcase of Farley and Spade’s chemistry.

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Fans of Chris Farley get another movie on Netflix. As with any other Farley movies, you can expect a silly flick with silly jokes and a silly story. Beverly Hills Ninja may not be the best movie in the world, but it’s a great guilty pleasure that doesn’t require a ton of brainpower.

It follows the story of Haru (Farley) who is trained to become a skilled ninja — except he’s overweight and inept. He travels to Beverly Hills for his first real assignment, which doesn’t exactly go smoothly.

My Girl (1991)

My Girl is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that tells the story of Vada, an 11-year-old girl living in Pennsylvania in 1972. It touches on a lot of dramatic topics, such as death, but it’s definitely a nostalgic pick for anyone who grew up watching this movie in the early 90s.

Titanic (1997)

Good old-fashioned melodrama and spectacular visuals are a winning combination in 1997’s Titanic. It stars some of the biggest stars of the ’90s, like Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, and Kathy Bates. An epic drama about a forbidden romance set aboard the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, it was the most expensive film ever made at the time.

You’ll be shouting “I’m king of the world!” when you realize that present-day Netflix streaming means no swapping to the second VHS to catch the ending.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Leonardo DiCaprio first made a name for himself in the ’90s, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that he’s on this list twice. In What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, he plays the younger brother of 24-year-old grocery clerk Gilbert (Johnny Depp).

Gilbert has a lot on his plate, caring for his obese mother and disabled younger brother. DiCaprio earned Golden Globe and Oscar nods for his role, and iconic critic Roger Ebert called it “one of the most enchanting films of the year.”

Mars Attacks! (1996)

For something entirely different and deliciously campy, you can’t beat Mars Attacks! from Tim Burton. It’s a wacky, twisted, and hilarious cult classic about aliens making their way to Earth. Plus, Jack Nicholson is the U.S. President! Martians surround major cities and they say they “come in peace,” but they annihilate Congress instead, prompting a call for full-scale nuclear retaliation.

House Party (1990)

For a light and entertaining pick, revisit the cult classic House Party on Netflix. Play’s having the house party of the century because the ‘rents are out of town, but Kid gets grounded for getting in a fight at school. Kid sneaks out of the house and faces hurdle after hurdle to get to the party.

If you’re ready for a lengthy binge featuring Kid ‘n Play, House Party 2 and House Party 3 are also waiting for you on Netflix!

Desperado (1995)

This movie stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Steve Buschemi, and that’s plenty enough for me to watch it over and over again. Sure, it feels like the action sequences were more important than the storyline, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Desperado stays splashy and entertaining even as they have a bullet-riddled showdown.