There was a lady in our town when I was younger who dressed as thought the 1960’s never ended. Fringes and low flowing hair. Bell bottoms and platforms. I used to wonder what made that so darn special that she couldn’t let it go. Now well into her fifties this woman was stuck in a time warp. I would think about her now and again as I went about my life. As a young adult whenever I saw someone very clearly rocking the eighties look in the naughties. I wondered about that woman and if she still dressed like a flashback to the sixties. I think part of me has started to understand that woman.

You see, I like the old stuff. Not too old, just prime of my youth type old. think 1990 – 2000. Movies especially. I just prefer my movies with a side order of grungy nineties ick on it. I wanted to work at Empire Records. I wanted the posh upper east side, parental free residence of Cruel Intentions. Especially Catherine’s room. I wanted to road trip and find adventure with my girlfriends like Thelma and Louise. Well, you get the point. Was it because they were speaking to a younger, less tied down soul when I first saw them? Did they speak to me because in that moment of life when anything truly was possible without care or concern?

Maybe I love 1990’s films because they brainwashed me?

I wonder these things some times. I see a lot of newer movies, what can I say, I like background noise while I work. None speaks to me quite as much as the ones I saw and loved in the nineties. Though to be fair, I didn’t have a smart phone permanently attached to my side in the nineties. When I watched a movie, I actually watched it. It’s an interesting thing to ponder, don’t you think? Were movie plots better or was I just more easily impressed? Am I looking at them through the rose-coloured glasses of nostalgia?

Here’s a list of some of my favourites, some silly, some serious, some that are just something else all together. You tell me.

  • Cruel Intentions
  • Empire Records
  • Thelma & Louise
  • The Matrix
  • Jurassic Park
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Clerks
  • Boogie Nights
  • Shawshank Redemption

Plus plenty more on THIS list. I’m wondering too if Stealing Beauty and How to Make an American Quilt fit this category. Because I love them too! See, obsessed. What can I say. I like the old stuff better than the new stuff. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve seen them so many times there are etched permanently INTO my brain?

Do you have a favourite 90’s movie?

  • I loved The War of the Roses. I loved the house, & that she started her own catering company. The marriage part was a bit freaky, though, we saw it just after we got engaged. Bwahahahaha 🙂

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I’ve never seen it. Adding it to the list!

  • HumbirdsSong

    Oh My God. A wave of nostalgia has just rolled over me. These were my fave 90’s movies, and I LIVED for them. Empire Records, Dazed and Confused, Clerks, Clueless, Cruel Intentions, Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Can’t Hardly Wait.. the list goes on. I want to watch them right now!   

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      OMG CLUELESS!! I can’t believe I forgot that. And Can’t Hardly Wait. I thought that was fab too.

  • SassBee

    Damn the man! Save the Empire!
    It’s one of my most favourite movies ever!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. YES!

  • Ames

    DAMN THE MAN! I love Empire, it comes a very close second to The Thing Called Love. River Phoenix… swoon…

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Oooo. I haven’t seen that one either! I don’t think. Wow. Adding to the list.

  • Samelias Mum

    Reality Bites & Dangerous Minds. I still watch them sometimes and remember that time in my life. Great memories 🙂

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Ooooo! These are good ones. Yes! I have Reality Bites on video here. No video player any more but I can’t let it go.

  • Sarah

    Most of my favourite 90’s movies are the ones I saw at the cinema that ended in clapping or cheering.  Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Austin Powers, Waynes World, Clerks, 12 Monkeys and Ed Wood.

    You just can’t argue with a happy audience!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      You so can’t. All great movies. SO great.

  • Amy@New Adventures

    If you had worked at Empire Records you would have worked for me – i wanted to own that place man! Also, kind of fell in love with Rory Cochrane during that movie and then saw him as Slater in ” Dazed and Confused ” and it was love all over again ( even though he was a total stoner ).
    I’d probably add ” Cant Hardly Wait “, ” Clueless “, ” Romy and Michelle High School Reunion “, ” American Pie ” and a whole lot of dramas i cant quite think of right now….!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Romy & Michelle!! Of course. Love.

      I would have happily worked for you. For sure.

  • Mrs Woog

    Fuck I am old….. Is Reality Bites a nineties movie?

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I have no idea? Probably. Old huh? It’s all relative. 😉

  • Grace

    Reality Bites takes me back! I still listen to the soundtrack. But are you sure The Matrix was 90’s? Seriously?

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      According to Google. But I was thinking it must have been close. I graduated in 2000 and I remember watching it with school friends. 

  • felicakes

    Mine is Empire Records, clueless and the mighty ducks series. Aw man!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      The DUCKS! Yes. Joshua Jackson, how I love him. 

  • stinkb0mb

    Stealing Beauty definitely fits the category. i remember the first time i saw it, i was house sitting for a friend for a month. i sat down one night and watched it – twice. i fell in love and it’s still one of my favourite movies of all time. it made me want to go to Tuscany for a few months and just live – one day i WILL do it.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      An almost exactly same experience as me. SO wonderful. I dream of this too. Just a couple of months. Please god. PLEASE.