If you’re like me and grew up in the ’90s, you’re regularly looking for some nostalgic movies from those good old days — and this is where Disney+ rules. The new streamer is loaded with some of the biggest, family-friendly hits from every decade.
Here are 10 movies you can nostalgia-binge on, all on Disney+, from the ’90s — ranked in order of Rotten Tomatoes audience scores.
#8. Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (24 percent)
Rotten Tomatoes audiences are cruel. It’s no Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, but 24 percent is harsh. Rick Moranis alone deserves 25 percent. Say what you want about its simple plot, ’90s visual effects, and cheesy one-liners — it sums up the ’90s perfectly. Big, messy, and full-on ridiculous.
7. Flubber (33 percent)
C’mon, Flubber is better than this. It has slapstick comedy, decent effects for a 90’s flick and most importantly, Robin Williams. Even though he’s not at his best in this film, you can’t take your eyes off him. It’s got all the ingredients a fun family movie needs — and a flying Alexa.
6. The Rocketeer (65 percent)
The Rocketeer is as cliche as they come. If you’re after a simple 90’s boy saves girl storyline then look no further. A young pilot finds a rocket pack and the rest is 1930’s B-movie style action, including gangsters, Nazi spies and some cutting edge effects (for its time).
5. Sister Act (65 percent)
There’s something about a Reno lounge singer hiding out with nuns that makes me happy. Could it be the uplifting songs, bumbling gangsters, or Whoopi Goldberg’s smile? No. It’s all down to my sister, who “encouraged” me to sing along as a teen. I’ll leave that for therapy and just say, it’s a feel-good movie that each year, by chance, ends up on my screen.
4. Never Been Kissed (69 percent)
In the early ’90s, I had a mega-crush on Drew Barrymore. It didn’t hit the poster level, although it was close when she played Sugar in Batman Forever. Never Been Kissed is a fun, quirky movie that came out years after my crush faded. However, whenever I see Barrymore, it’s a real nostalgia hit. Plus, she’s fantastic at carrying this film.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (69 percent)
Who could have predicted the trajectory that the late Heath Ledger was on when watching this movie? It’s so uplifting, with great teen comedy and characters —Bogey Lowenstein definitely included. Many of the main cast went onto do great shows and movies, including Numb3rs, Gotham and The Dark Knight. How this movie only gets 69 percent is beyond me. It should be on every teen’s watchlist.
#4. Cool Runnings (81 percent)
Cool Runnings is based loosely on true Olympic events and tells the story of the first Jamaican bobsleigh team. Starring John Candy, the movie is a non-stop barrel of laughs and ends with one of the most memorable scenes in movie history. If you’ve never watched it, or just need a pick-me-up, make sure to check it out on Disney+ now.
#3. The Sandlot (89 percent)
The Sandlot was on Disney+ at launch but was removed due to licensing issues. The good news is that this 90s classic is now back on the service. It is a simple story of a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and finds friends via baseball. The story is poignant, memorable, and showcases everything children are missing from their lives today. Add it to your watchlist now because it is one of the best Disney+ movies from the 90s.
#2. Splash (90 percent)
Splash hits Disney+ February 14th and is the perfect Valentine Day movie. It stars Tom Hanks (Big) and Darryl Hannah (Roxanne) and is a romantic fantasy that’s family-friendly. If anyone you know loves mermaids, or love stories, then this is a movie for them.
#1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (91 percent)
Tim Burton’s fantastical style and a wonderfully creepy stop-motion animation come together in The Nightmare Before Christmas to create a morbid fairy tale not only suitable for kids. It’s a brilliant blend of style and motion that delivered a massive 90’s hit, that to this day remains part of pop culture for all the right reasons. Check out its original trailer below.
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