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September 22, 2023

The Magic of Storytelling: 100 Wonderful Movies from the ’80s & ’90s You’ll Enjoy.

 

Over the past year or so, I’ve been rewatching movies from my childhood and teenage years.

Great movies help us mark our personal milestones.

Growing up with stories and characters we can relate to helps us shape our own perspectives about ourselves, life, relationships, and the world.

I love a good movie because it celebrates our unique gift as humans: telling stories.

A good story can change our minds, open our hearts, and deepen our understanding.

Below, I list 100 wonderful movies from the ’80s and ’90s. These are movies I came of age watching, and I know you’ll enjoy them, too.

This is an eclectic list, so you can enjoy everything from comedy to drama to sci-fi to fantasy. There’s something for everyone!

Grab some popcorn and your favorite movie buddy, and snuggle in for a great story.

Here are 100 awesome movies from the ’80s and ’90s:

1. Tremors (1990)
2. Field of Dreams (1989)
3. The Green Mile (1999)
4. Clueless (1995)
5. The Money Pit (1986)
6. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
7. And the Band Played On (1993)
8. Shag (1988)
9. Making Mr. Right (1987)
10. Stand By Me (1986)
11. Rudy (1993)
12. Reality Bites (1994)
13. How To Make An American Quilt (1995)
14. The Neverending Story (1984)
15. Never Been Kissed (1999)
16. St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
17. Coming to America (1988)
18. A League of Their Own (1992)
19. Circle of Friends (1995)
20. The Terminator (1984)
21. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
22. Back to the Future (1985)
23. Back to the Future II (1989)
24. Back to the Future III (1990)
25. Aliens (1986)
26. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
27. Stand and Deliver (1988)
28. Willow (1988)
29. Moonstruck (1987)
30. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
31. Big (1988)
32. Grand Canyon (1991)
33. Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
34. Patriot Games (1992)
35. Legends of the Fall (1994)
36. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
37. Ghost (1990)
38. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
39. Dirty Dancing (1987)
40. The Labyrinth (1986)
41. Children of a Lesser God (1986)
42. Point Break (1991)
43. Parenthood (1989)
44. Medicine Man (1992)
45. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
46. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
47. Mermaids (1990)
48. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
49. Mystic Pizza (1988)
50. Speed (1994)
51. Rain Man (1988)
52. Se7en (1995)
53. Betsy’s Wedding (1990)
54. 9 to 5 (1980)
55. The ‘Burbs (1989)
56. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
57. Thelma & Louise (1991)
58. For the Boys (1991)
59. Silkwood (1983)
60. The Karate Kid (1984)
61. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991)
62. Say Anything (1989)
63. Dream for an Insomniac (1996)
64. Twins (1988)
65. Stepping Out (1991)
66. Twister (1996)
67. Boys on the Side (1995)
68. Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997)
69. The Big Chill (1983)
70. Election (1999)
71.The Big Lebowski (1998)
72. Home for the Holidays (1995)
73. What About Bob? (1991)
74. Mannequin (1987)
75. Empire Records (1995)
76. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
77. Overboard (1987)
78. Uncle Buck (1989)
79. Footloose (1984)
80. Planes, Traines, & Automobiles (1987)
81. Flashdance (1983)
82. Cocktail (1988)
83. Scream (1996)
84. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
85. Outbreak (1995)
86. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
87. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
88. Dances With Wolves (1990)
89. Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
90. American Beauty (1999)
91. Steel Magnolias (1989)
92. The Abyss (1989)
93. Misery (1990)
94. Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
95. Stealing Beauty (1996)
96. Forrest Gump (1994)
97. The Man in the Moon (1991)
98. A Christmas Story (1983)
99. Pleasantville (1998)
100. Office Space (1999)

What are your favorites? I’d love to know in the comments!

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