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7 1990’s Films You’ve Probably Never Seen

I’m a film fanatic who loves a good 1990’s flick. There’s something about the grainy resolution and prevalence of mom jeans that makes me giddy. Being born in the 1990’s made me a keen expert on every kid’s movie ever made during the era. (Arguably the best era for children’s programing, but we’ll save this debate for a lengthy Tumblr post) Although I can still recite whole scenes from It Takes Two, I missed out on the film work made for adult audiences.


Best line of the whole film. 

Getting older allowed me to travel back in cinema time and watch the amazing films I miss out on. You know, the movies our parents would rent from Blockbuster and send us to bed after dinner to watch in peace.


RIP Blockbuster. Gone but not forgetten.

Here’s a few of my favorite (mostly independent) films from the era you’ve probably never seen. Check them out and let me know what you think:


1. Good Will Hunting, 1997


This is one of those movies that gets better and better every time you watch it. It’s also a great film about friendship and love. You won’t regret this one. 


2. I Like It Like That, 1994

One of my favorite films of all time. Jon Seda and Lauren Velez were made for their roles. This film taught me so much about family, and it’s laugh out loud funny. 


3. Kids, 1995

If you haven’t seen Kids, prepare yourself for drugs, sex, and Rosario Dawson’s amazing acting skills. 


4. Juice, 1992

If you didn’t know, Tupac Shakur is one of the only rappers who gracefully (“gracefully” is the key word here) moved between the lines of acting and rapping. Check out his other film, Poetic Justice.


5. Boys Don’t Cry, 1999

Based on a true story. Hilary Swank gets all the awards for this role. 


6. The Cider House Rules, 1999

This is one of those films you watch on a rainy day with tea and tissues. It’s my favorite Tobey Maguire film, well, besides Spiderman. (Who doesn’t love Spiderman?)


7. Basketball Diaries, 1995

This film is intense. After watching Basketball Diaries, I gained a deeper appreciation for the talent and skill that is Leonardo DiCaprio. Just watch it, you’ll understand what I mean. 


What are your favorite 1990’s films? PG or Rated R, let us know! 

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Raven Morris

UC Riverside

I'm a 3rd year Media and Cultural Studies major at the University of California, Riverside
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