The Best '90s Movies You Can Stream Right Now

What is it about '90s movies that make them so instantly warm and cozy? They take place just two decades ago – but they're set in a different universe. Without cell phones and constant internet access, the characters in these movies live radically different lives than we do.
Simply put, there's more room for mystery in their lives. If Four Weddings and a Funeral were set today, for example, Charles (Hugh Grant) would instantly follow Carrie (Andie MacDowell) on Instagram and not be surprised by her life progressions at each of their wedding reunions. And one pivotal scene in My Best Friend's Wedding would never work today — Juliette (Julia Roberts) would find out about her friend's engagement through Kimberly's (Cameron Diaz) gushing Instagram announcement, not a phone call.
Thanks to the very 21st century invention of streaming, these comforting blasts from the past are only a "play" button away. These are the best '90s movies streaming now, from rom-coms to sports films.
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My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

From another angle, Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) is the villain of this story. She admits it herself: She has four days to break up someone else's wedding. According to childhood plans, Julianne would marry George (Dermot Mulroney), her best friend, if they were both single at 28. Then, George spoils the plan by getting engaged to a 2o-year-old (Cameron Diaz) he only just met. With that, Julianne realizes her love for him — and realizes she can't let him get married.

Where It's Streaming: Hulu
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Sliding Doors (1998)

In this ingenious romantic comedy, Gwyneth Paltrow plays a woman whose life unfolds in two wildly different directions based on a simple decision. What happens when she makes it onto a subway? What happens when she doesn't? This movie will have you rethinking the repercussions of of your previously insignificant decisions.

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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The Truman Show (1998)

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is one of the most famous people alive — but he has no idea. Since birth, his entire life has been recorded and broadcast as The Truman Show. Over the course of the movie, he crawls his way towards the revelation that his entire life is a lie. The Truman Show is the '90s version of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave."

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

A decade before Love Actually, Richard Curtis was experimenting with creating bustling ensemble romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral. Charles (Hugh Grant), he of the floppy hair, meets Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at a wedding and is instantly in love. They continue to meet at future functions (like weddings and funerals). Charles and Carrie's love story is entertaining, but even more charming is Charles' group of quirky friends.

Where It's Streaming: Hulu
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Empire Records (1995)

Looking back, Empire Records seems so quaint: A record store is on its last legs because of a – gasp! — CD chain. Empire Records did poorly in theaters, but its story of misfits banding together ended up rendering the movie a cult classic.

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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American Pie (1999)

American Pie is a shining emblem of a certain genre of film — the raunchy high school comedy. The movie follows a group of high school friends trying to lose their virginity before high school graduation. Stay for the Eugene Levy appearances.

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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Ever After (1998)

The tagline of Ever After could very well be: "Take Cinderella, and make it better." Danielle (Drew Barrymore), our Cinderella stand-in, is witty, inquisitive, and takes no prisoners. After a chance meeting, she knocks Prince Henry (Dougray Scott) off his pedestal and makes him think critically about himself and his privilege.

Where It's Streaming: Hulu
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The Birdcage (1996)

Nestled in their South Beach home and social circle, Armand (Robin Williams) and Albert (Nathan Lane) don't have to hide who they are. Armand's the owner of a gay bar; Albert is a drag queen; they're a happy couple. But when Armand's son Val (Dan Futterman) announces he's going to get married, they feel pressure to make their identities more "palatable" to Val's fiancee's conservative parents. So ensues a comedy of errors and mistaken identities, fueled by Williams and Lane's unparalleled comedic abilities.

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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Beautiful Girls (1996)

Ten years after graduating from high school, a group of friends comes back together for their reunion. They're not carefree high schoolers anymore, but rather a bunch of people stuck at crossroads in their late 20s. Beautiful Girls is worth watching for the oh-so-'90s cast: Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O'Donnell, Martha Plimpton, Natalie Portman, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, and Uma Thurman play the friend group.

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

It's hard to believe this movie is real. Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney play bank robbers on the run who cross the Mexican border and seek sanctuary at El Rey, a bar known for harboring criminals — and for being a vampire den. From Dusk Till Dawn then morphs into one of the strangest, most high-octane vampire movies ever.

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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Chasing Amy (1997)

Looking back, Chasing Amy is a relic of the '90s and a certain mindset. Holden's (Ben Affleck) major problem is that he's fallen for a woman (Joey Lauren Adams) who's a lesbian. Everyone has an opinion on this controversial movie — watch it and find out yours.

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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It Takes Two (1995)

It Takes Two is the Olsen twins' version of The Parent Trap. While at summer camp, two young girls discover they look exactly alike. One's a lonely rich girl; the other, an orphan. Oddly enough, the girls aren't supposed to be related. But like in The Parent Trap, they join mischievous forces and try to bring their caretakers together.

Where It's Streaming: Netflix
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Thelma & Louise (1991)

It starts as an innocent fishing trip. Thelma (Geena Davis), a meek woman in an unhappy marriage, joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon) for a few days away. Then, after an altercation at a bar, they become the focus of a huge criminal chase. In every stop along their wild road trip, Thelma and Louise encounter chauvinistic, predatory men. It's only at the end of their journey do Thelma and Louise find a way out.

Where It's Streaming: Hulu
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The Big Lebowski (1998)

This Coen Brothers movie occupies an outsized place in cultural memory. The problem is, there are two Jeff Lebowskis: One's a bowler named the Dude (Jeff Bridges), the other is a millionaire. The millionaire is being pursued by criminals — but they go after the Dude instead. The Dude would want you to sit and spend the evening watching this cult classic about a case of mistaken identity gone awry.

Where It's Streaming: Hulu
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He Got Game (1998)

This Spike Lee film is ostensibly about basketball, but really, it’s about fathers and sons, deep-seated resentment, and the big business of sports in America. Denzel Washington plays Jake, a man who's serving a prison sentence for the manslaughter of his wife. His son, Jesus (Ray Allen), happens to be the top basketball player in the state who’s being recruited to play for “Big State University.” The state governor brokers a deal with Jake: He’ll be released from prison for a week, and if Jake can convince his son to play for Big State, the governor will take a few years from his sentence. But Jesus, harboring deep resentment, isn’t all too happy to see his dad.

Where It's Streaming: Hulu
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Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) haven't accomplished so much since their high school reunion. But they're not letting that on. "From this point on, we're sophisticated, successful career women," Romy vows. Will their classmates be convinced? Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is an ode to enduring friendships.

Where It's Streaming: Hulu
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Space Jam (1996)

For an instant shot of nostalgia, queue up Space Jam, the iconic collaboration between Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan.

Where It's Streaming: Hulu

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