There’s a pretty huge list of things I ‘like’; I’d definitely say I was easy to please media wise (picky af eater though, let me tell you!), but I do have specific favorites. Of them all, the 90s as a whole is probably somewhere in the Top 5 of everything. I’m part of a huge number of people so wistfully obsessed with the nostalgia of their youth that they can’t just let bygones be bygones, and instead hold onto it for dear life by buying Lisa Frank t-shirts and Power Rangers bedding – even now, almost two full decades later.
No shame to me, or anyone else with the same little obsession, though! The 90s shaped a majority of the person I am today, and I would still gladly own nothing but transparent electronics and blow-up furniture if it were readily available. I am what I am, y’all! 🤷
Top 10 Favorite Movies from the 90s
1. Clueless (1995)
I can’t even express how much I love this movie. It’s one of my all-time favorites of ever and always will be. The girls in the movie are shown as being super dumb and flighty, but they’re honestly some of the most well developed characters I’ve seen in teen movies (or just movies in general), and I am 110% here for young (and current, and eternal) Paul Rudd. Alicia Silverstone is also iconic, and so freaking pretty it’s unreal.
I quote this movie probably more than anything else aside from Mean Girls and The Office, and when people recognize it, it forever tinges them with an aura of cool in my mind.
2. Jawbreaker (1999)
Okay, just making this list is causing me to want to start a 90s movie marathon. I’m only on the second one in the list, how will I manage?! If you’ve never seen Jawbreaker, you are MISSING OUT! It’s such a good high school movie with a twisted spin on being popular – sort of reminiscent of Heathers (which is another favorite, but from the wrong decade, so it’ll be in another post!), but different. Rose McGowan was at her prime here, and the overall aesthetic of the movie is just so perfect.
3. Hackers (1995)
Here’s something you need to know about me: I am absolutely in love with Angelina Jolie, forever and always. I made it a goal to own every movie she’s ever been in when I was like 13 years old, and while I sort of fell off that when things like Hulu & Netflix became available, it’s still a goal for sometime, maybe. I love her in everything and will watch anything she’s in. I have so many favorites – maybe I should do a Thursday 10 of my top AJ movies? – but this is in my forever favs of any movies. I just love everything about it – their cool little underground computer nerd vibe, the bright colors, Matthew Lillard as an entity – it’s perfect. Made even more so by the amount of time spent in their “virtual reality” watching weird lights and wires and things — so extra, so good!
4. Liar, Liar (1997)
Jim Carrey is one of my earliest, and current, favorite actors. He’s mostly known for pulling funny faces and being wacky (which is why my mom can’t stand him, and automatically shuts off anything he’s in, lol), but he’s such a varied actor, and some of his more serious movies are my favorites!
That said, Liar, Liar is my #1. From the cute little kid to the “wow, I relate to having a crappy dad” moments to the elevator, bathroom, & courtroom scenes – I love it all so much. I could rewatch this movie on a loop for 5 years and still not be sick of it, is what I’m trying to say.
5. Good Burger (1997)
This movie makes me so happy. I used to watch Nickelodeon like it was my job as a kid (I mean, it sort of was?), and I was in love with Kel. The “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger” thing is forever ingrained in my mind, with his exact tone and voice to accompany it. The whole Good Burger VS Mondo Burger fiasco always made me hungry, so I’d usually beg for (and get denied in favor of something already cooking for dinner) a burger after the movie ended. Predictable forever.
6. Wayne’s World (1992)
The Bohemian Rhapsody scene should be enough to earn Wayne’s World a place on this list, but if it isn’t… How about the fact that it’s endlessly quotable? Or the hilariously perfect acting from Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in their depictions of Wayne & Garth? Or just every part of it, every second, because it’s wonderful and I really hope everyone loves it as much as I do? Yeah?
7. Edward Scissorhands (1990s)
I had to save room for my gothy little black heart. I love so many of Tim Burton’s movie’s, but this is one of my top favorites. The music, the imagery, the colors of the houses, ahhhh. I have a big poster of the movie on my living room wall, and I’ll never get rid of it. Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder will be one of those couples that are forever cemented in my mind as eternal, despite the harsh truths of reality. Wino forever. I love this movie!
8. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
I’m pretty sure teenage Cassie’s little baby feminism was born with the watching of this movie, and it’s only grown bigger and stronger since. I have trouble watching stuff with recently deceased actors in it (idk, it just makes me feel weird, okay?), so I went awhile after Heath Ledger’s death before seeing this again, and when I did, I was happy it held up just as I remembered. I couldn’t even pick a favo– okay, I’m lying, Julia Stiles’ Kat is my favorite, forever, obviously. I grew up to become her: “Likes Thai food, feminist prose and angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion.” So on point, tbh.
9. The Craft (1996)
Alright, so if 10 Things was the start of my feminism, then The Craft would have to have been the start of my obsession with all things black and spooky and gothy. “We are the weirdos, mister” is my forever mood, and how good are their witchy outfits?! As a person with ophidiophobia, there are certain scenes of the movie I just can’t watch, but overall, it’s one of the best – and Fairuza Balk in general is just so, so good.
10. Idle Hands (1999)
Last, but not least! This is one other people I know have seen the least, which doesn’t mean it’s not great, ’cause it totally is. I’m also definitely not just saying that because I had massive crushes on basically half the cast of this movie – Jessica Alba, Devon Sawa (HELLO, CASPER, CAN I KEEP YOU?), & Seth Green. This movie’s premise sounds kinda lame – a guy’s hand becomes possessed and murderous, oooh! – but it’s actulaly hilarious and if you’ve never seen it (or even if you have), I’d highly recommend tracking it down somehow so you can watch it.
Whoo, another list down! What did you think of this week’s theme? What about the choices? Are you as obsessed with the 90s as I am?
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5 thoughts on “Top 10: Favorite Movies from the 90s”
SCREAMS. I love Jawbreaker! I feel like it doesn’t have as much hype as the Heathers. sksksks. so glad to know I wasn’t the only one who knew this movie exists haha
Yes this list is everything! Clueless is that movie I watch once a year. It has been a hot second since I’ve seen Jawbreakers and The Craft and those are two other movies I really like. I have Idle Hands on my to watch list and now I also need to check out Hackers.