Although Netflix isn’t recognized for its collection of classic films, here are ten of the best Netflix originals from the ’90s.
Great movies were plentiful throughout the 1990s and became favorites among moviegoers. When it comes to cult classics, who can forget Titanic or The Matrix, two films that captivated audiences throughout the world? Romance, thrillers, drama, and so much more were all prevalent in the 90s.
Most moviegoers can name at least a few of the best ’90s films, regardless of whether or not they were commercial successes. On Netflix, there are a number of worthwhile films that may be easily accessed with a simple search.
Mark Birrell made the following update on June 10th, 2021: We’ve updated this list of the greatest ’90s movies on Netflix because Netflix’s movie offerings are constantly changing. With everything from obscure comedies to the largest Oscar-winning epics of all time, there’s a little something for everyone on this list, and no movie fan should be disappointed. There is little doubt that these films, which are available to Netlfix subscribers, showcase the greatest of 1990s cinema, whether or not they received critical recognition at the time of their first release.
1. Kicking And Screaming (1995)
Not to be confused with the Will Ferrell-starring 2005 picture, Noah Baumbach’s 1995 romantic comedy Kicking and Screaming is an aromantic comedy. It’s still a fan favorite since it depicts a story that many young adults can identify with.
The film focuses on a group of college grads who are unable to move on from their college years. In the meantime, they continue to live their lives as if nothing ever happened.
2. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
My Best Friend’s Wedding is one of Julia Roberts’ most popular films to date, and it tells the story of a lady whose best friend announces his engagement to another woman, prompting her to question her feelings for him.
Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, and Rupert Everett feature in this melancholy and poignant tale of selfish desires and unrequited love that is carried along by a strong cast of co-stars.
3. Hook (1991)
However, Steven Spielberg’s take of Peter Pan was so outlandish that it had to become a cult classic, and it maintains a loyal following to this day despite the film’s initial critical failure.
With Robin Williams’ performance as an older Peter who has long since forgotten about the wonder of Neverland, the master director brings us one of the most colorful and crazy adventures of his works to date.
4. Election (1999)
A high school election for student body president gets ugly due to rivalry between an upstart young girl and her instructor in Alexander Payne’s Election, a dark and sarcastic comedy.
Based on Tom Perrotta’s novel, the film gave an original take on high school politics and was a major hit with reviewers, inspiring an enthusiastic fanbase and winning the film an Oscar nod for best adapted screenplay.
5. Dances with Wolves (1990)
With seven Oscar wins out of 12 nominations for director and star Kevin Costner, Costner’s sweeping epic won seven trophies at the Academy Awards, including best picture and best sound editing.
As with Gladiator a decade later, Dances with Wolves, set in the American frontier in the mid-19th century, is widely credited with reigniting Hollywood interest in the ailing Western genre.
6. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Robert Zemeckis’ renowned Back to the Future trilogy’s third installment may not be as highly received as the first two, but it still contains a great deal of the same magic that helped to make the series a household brand and one of the most important things to come out of 1980s film.
To save his closest friend Doc Brown, Marty McFly returns to the Old West to save the day using cutting-edge practical and digital effects wrapped around an old-fashioned cowboy storyline.
7. Howards End (1992)
Merchant-End, Ivory’s Howard’s based on the E.M. Forster novel of the same name, was a huge hit with reviewers and took home several Oscars, including best art direction, best adapted screenplay, and best actress for Julie Christie.
Over eighty years after it was first published, the gripping tale of a family’s inheritance and squabbles among the upper classes continues to captivate audiences.
8. Total Recall (1990)
The science fiction film Total Recall released in the early 1990s and quickly became a hit. The film received high praise from critics for its intricate plot and stunning cinematography. One of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most popular roles was also a result of this film.
In the year 2084, a construction worker visits Rekall, a corporation that implants fake memories, and the story revolves around him. His secret agent mission to Mars goes haywire, trapping him in an intergalactic conspiracy that could all be in his head.
9. Croupier (1998)
It was Clive Owen’s brilliant lead role in this dark noir thriller of a croupier who becomes embroiled in a daring criminal conspiracy to steal from his own casino that helped launch his movie star career.
Crooked Ways was directed by Mike Hodges, the original Get Carter director, and is still bursting with the pulpy energy of the best ’90s crime films.
10. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Coen brothers’ comedy of mistaken identity and half-baked criminal planning has gained an almost cult following over the years, and for good reason: it’s one of the best movies ever made.
Bridges’ performance as “The Dude,” a wonderfully indolent would-be investigator who rapidly became an indelible icon of ’90s cinema, is the real star of the show in a cast full of strong hitters.