The Best 90s Movies on Netflix

I have to admit, I'm pretty excited to bring you a list of the best 90s movies on Netflix. I have always been a little nostalgic with 90s movies. Obviously, it's because they were all during my childhood and early teens. It's something about the movies you witness at a young age that stays with you your whole life. Maybe it's the innocence you have staring up at the screen watching the magic in front of you. Everyone eventually grows up and realizes that movies aren't real at some point, but that magical age of believing what you see on the screen is something every child should experience.

Needless to say, I had to set the bar pretty high when searching for 90s movies on Netflix. I tried to find the best 90s movies that all people could relate too. It's easy if you're just catering to the 80's babies crowd, but I wanted to make sure that I provided all of the different genres the 90s movies had to offer. So without further adieu, here are all the best 90s movies on Netflix.

Tommy Boy (1995)

Update: Unfortunately Tommy Boy was moved to DVD rental only.


Tommy Boy is the story of Tommy Calahan going on the road to save the family business. What can I say? Tommy Boy is the first movie I ever saw Chris Farley in and at a young age, it didn't take long to realize he was a comedic genius. Some of the best 90s movies are the ones that you remember laughing the entire way through. These days it's actually pretty hard to find a Netflix comedy that makes you laugh the entire time. Trust me, there is no way you can sit through Tommy Boy and not bust up laughing. It just goes to show that only the good die young and that we should all be grateful that Farley left us with this gem. I was very happy when Netflix added this back to streaming because classic movies on Netflix like Tommy Boy only come around once every few years.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


The Nightmare Before Christmas is the story of Jack Skellington. Jack becomes bored with his native land of Halloweentown and becomes obsessed with the neighboring land of Christmastown. Talk about classic movies on Netflix! The Nightmare Before Christmas remains to be one of my favorite holiday movies ever. As far as 90s kids movies go, this has to be near the top of everyone's 90s movies list. It's crazy that one of the best 90s movies on Netflix is a claymation movie. I remember when I first saw claymation films and I thought they were exclusively for kids. It wasn't until The Nightmare Before Christmas hit the scene that I realized that Tim Burton could take any type of genre, kids movie or not, and transform it into a dark and interesting film that all adults can enjoy. I don't think anyone knew how cool grotesque clay characters could be until The Nightmare Before Christmas came out. It's one of those classic movies on Netflix that have withstood the test of time and will continue to do so.

The Sixth Sense (1999)


The Sixth Sense is the story of a boy haunted by a dark spirit. The Sixth Sense was one of the scariest movies ever when I watched it. I remember the first time I saw The Sixth Sense. I was 15 years old and I shamefully admit that it actually gave me nightmares. I guess that makes The Sixth Sense one of the best 90s teen movies for me. This movie is genuinely creepy and if you haven't seen it yet, it's one of those movies that you need to add to your classic movies on Netflix list. Beyond being a scary ghost story, The Sixth Sense is one of my favorite Bruce Willis movies. If you notice, he rarely picked roles that weren't tough guy roles after Die Hard. In The Sixth Sense Willis shows a much more compassionate side to his acting. It also helps that this is one of the best of M. Night Shyamalan's movies. Some of the best 90s movies of my childhood scared me into being afraid of the dark for a night or two and The Sixth Sense was definitely one of them.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


Nevermind this being one of the best 90s movies ever made, it's one of the best movies ever made period. I've always loved The Shawshank Redemption and I'm not alone. With one of the highest critic ratings ever, it's easy to see why this is one of the top 90s movies on Netflix. Every once in awhile a movie comes along that transcends generations and The Shawshank Redemption is one such movie. With commanding performances by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, you get to witness a testament of the human spirit. The best 90s movies are the ones that leave a mark on you and I can't even count how many people claim that this is in their top five movies of all time. What makes this one of the best 90s movies is the heartwarming friendships mixed with the horror of prison life. The Shawshank Redemption is old school Netflix that should not be missed.

Schindler’s List (1993)


Schindler’s List is one of those movies that should be played in classrooms nationwide. It's the harrowing story of a man who saved countless Jews during the holocaust. Schindler’s List is probably in the top five of best 90s movies ever made. Not surprisingly, it has one of the highest scores I have ever seen on Rotten Tomatoes (97%). This is how Spielberg proved to the world that he is a master at directing. There are many scenes throughout the movie which are hard to watch but it would seem to be an injustice to look away from the suffering witnessed at the hands of the Nazis. More than one of the classic movies on Netflix, Schindlers List is a spellbinding movie showcased by Spielberg with brutal realism. If I had to pick the top movie from this list of the best 90s movies, I'd have to choose Schindlers List. I've always been very interested in World War II and Schindlers List provides a whole new view of life on both sides of the line.

So there you have it, here are some of the best 90s movies we have today. What's even better, is that these are all 90s movies on Netflix streaming. No matter if you were born in the 80's or are just looking for the best 90s movies, the movies above will supply you with the best of the best from the era. If you weren't born in the 80's and you somehow have not seen one of these insanely popular 90s movies, I suggest you take the time to watch each and every one. You will not be disappointed.

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