These are the 90s/2000s movies you need to binge watch before Summer is over
This summer has been filled with everything we had hoped for – sun, beaches, ice cream, and of course, binge watching.
Let’s be real – Summer is meant to be relaxing, and yes, watching TV for hours on end is relaxing. But, if you’re anything like me, you are getting pretty tired of what Netflix has to offer. While the actual thought of branching out of Netflix’s vast selection is a road less traveled, it’s not as daunting as it seems.
I mean, come on! How many times can we re-watch “Bridget Jones Diary,” Netflix?!
Luckily streaming films (past and present) is even easier these days, thanks to a variety of streaming platforms to choose from, all with their own unique selections – Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and more.
If you’re needing new material to binge (we definitely are), here are some of the top classics from 1990-2000’s that you can stream right now – hopefully this list can improve your Postmates & rosé-induced nights.
Watch 5 in a row to make it a binge-worthy sesh.
1. Dazed and Confused (1993)
This teen cult film introduced the high school hierarchy trope that we (for some reason) love so much. It’s also a timeless classic, because it will always be relevant to any decade’s high school culture – awful and embarrassing. I mean, you’d def be a part of the cool crowd if you did watch this classic.
2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
This film is a standout classic due to the late and great Robin Williams’ performance as the delightful Mrs. Doubtfire. This movie is especially awesome if you come from a family of divorced parents, because it’s relatable AF. The comfort, warmth, and happiness derived from this film is perfect for this time of the year.
3. Clueless (1995)
Besides the obvious major fashion inspiration that comes from this film, “Clueless” is also an iconic movie because of its quotable moments. Cher gives us all the inspiration to take care of and love yourself – which we all need reminders of from time to time. Paul Rudd also stars as the babe of a step brother that we all crushed on (and still do).
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4. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
The heartbreak. The betrayal! This modern day “Romeo + Juliet” is the twist on the Shakespeare classic that everyone is obsessed with. If you haven’t seen this movie, you’re missing out on some major dreamy Leo screen time. You’re also missing out on an unreal love story.
5. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
An inseparable best friend duo that can lie about each others careers at their high school reunion together, stay together. We all can learn a thing or two from these two besties who go through great lengths to lie – but the life lesson at the end is what’s most important. It definitely inspires all of us to not anyone’s opinions of us affect us.
6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Another Shakespeare remix?! This one gives a great life lesson on being yourself and true love will come. Teaching us to embrace our bad ass selfs and to not change for anyone else’s standards. Also, any excuse to watch Heath Ledger serenade someone – I’m in.
7. Never Been Kissed (1999)
I think everyone has felt like a Josie Grossy in their lifetime. This film brings an odd love story to life – looking back at this movie as an adult is really bizarre and sort of uncomfortable, but Drew Barrymore (Josie) can do no wrong. This movie also brings us on Josie’s journey of overcoming the crude insecurities that come with teenage culture (another teenage movie).
8. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
This is one of the 90’s hidden gems – you maybe have never even heard of it. This mockumentary on Mount Roses American Teen Princess Beauty Pageant is so bad, that it’s good. We live for a bad movie. Also, with such a star studded cast (look at these bbs!), you’ll be sure to enjoy.
9. Almost Famous (2000)
Penny Lane lives within us all, at least in the free spirit type of way. When I watch this move, I immediately feel like I can become a ‘Band Aid’ and gain all the life experience a young adult would ever need/want. We can all learn a thing or two from Penny, even though she may seem a little much at times.
10. Bring It On (2000)
If you haven’t seen :Bring It On,” yet, I’m judging you. I mean, where have you been? There’s nothing better than a great cheerleader flick, and this is the one to watch. When you’re done, watch #2. And #3. And #4-6 (yikes).
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11. Vanilla Sky (2001)
Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruise’s performances in this unconventional love story are dynamic. You are never truly sure what is real and fantasy, but you’re sure to fall in love with the messages this film leaves you with – the sweet isn’t as sweet without the sour. Be sure to watch this film at least 5 times to fully understand what the f*** is going on, because you’ll appreciate it so much more. Binge overload.
12. A Walk To Remember (2002)
Ughhhhhhh. This movie hurts in the best ways, as any 90s/2000s love story should – why else do we watch them? A powerful and inspirational relationship filled with turmoil and a lifetime of dismay. Still to this day, most of us can’t get over this heart-wrenching romantic drama. Sorry, Jamie – we all fell in love with you.
13. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Reporter, Andy Anderson, deconstructs the clingy girlfriend stereotype in this hilarious romantic comedy. You can’t lose something you’ve never had, but in this case, a film you’ve never watched. After watching this movie, you will probably realize a lot about yourself and how you may self-sabotage a lot of relationships because you’re scared to fall madly in love – and that’s a tough pill to swallow. This one’s a favorite, because of it’s perfect blend of comedy and reality.
14. Uptown Girls (2003)
Let’s admit it – learning responsibilities and being an adult is tough and never fun at all. This coming of age story teaches adults and children alike to never take yourself too seriously and have some fun from time to time, while still being a badass and working hard.
15. The Notebook (2004)
One of the greatest love stories of all time. It doesn’t matter what she wants, what he wants, what they want, what your parents want, what do you want to watch (see what I did there)?! But honestly, if you don’t watch this top romcom at least once a year, you’re doing life wrong. It’s always good to rewatch this heart-breaking and heart-warming movie.
P.S. The world needs more Noahs.
16. Saved! (2004)
This coming-of-age comedy challenges many real life issues such as sexuality, premarital sex, religion, and being a misfit. It also demonstrates that it doesn’t matter what you believe, but how you believe it. We stan.
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17. Mean Girls (2004)
“Mean Girls” is probably the most quoted movie of our generation. Don’t make fetch happen, but definitely make “Mean Girls” a priority on your watchlist this summer – especially if you’re with your girlfriends. You can all laugh about how awful it is, even though you all probably acted just as nuts in high school, too.
18. She’s The Man (2006)
Shouldn’t this one be #1, though? This is one of Amanda Bynes’ greatest performances, and def puts her at comedic genius level. Also, another Shakespeare remix?! What’s going on?
Channing Tatum (so hot) stars as the heartthrob that has no idea that Sebastian is really Viola pretending to be Sebastian. We basically have all fallen in love with every character in this movie, and it’s just as quotable and hilarious as some of the more well-known titles on this list.
And yes, we know – this list could really go on. If you want, try and add some of your own to the bunch to make it extra-long! We hope these movies can hold you off for a while (at least until the holidays). Happy binging!