Travel Back In Time With These 12 Nostalgic Movies To Watch On Netflix

Currently, there are hundreds of movies to watch on Netflix, including an excellent selection of titles to give you that much-needed burst of nostalgia during a relaxing evening on the sofa.

From gripping action movies, to iconic romance flicks to side-splitting comedies, there are plenty of options on Netflix that fit into the nostalgic movies bracket. While you’re perusing the , why not consider these 12 to transport you back to the ’80s and ’90s.

15 Nostalgic Movies To Watch On Netflix:

1. Footloose

Kevin Bacon dancing in 'Footloose'

Kevin Bacon dancing in ‘Footloose’

Year: 1984

Who is in it? Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow

For the ultimate musical experience, take a trip down memory lane with Kevin Bacon as the city teenager who moves to a small town where dancing has been banned. Naturally, rebellion ensues.

2. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Keanu Reeves before he was sad

Keanu Reeves before he was sad

Year: 1989

Who is in it? Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

If you’re looking for a smattering of nostalgia in the form of a science fiction comedy, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is the movie for you. The Netflix movie follows the exploits of two slackers who travel back in time to gather a bunch of historical figures for their high school presentation. Why? Because this is the ’80s and why not!

3. Clueless

Alicia Silverstone in 'Clueless'

Alicia Silverstone in ‘Clueless’

Year: 1995

Who is in it? Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy

Heavily regarded as the predecessor to Mean Girls, Clueless flung Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash and Brittany Murphy into the epicenter of Hollywood stardom. The explored the dynamics of a high school student body, in which a couple of girls try to boost a new pupil’s popularity. Naturally, things don’t go to plan.

Here’s the trailer:

4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Steve Martin and john Candy in the nostalgic movie

Steve Martin and john Candy in the nostalgic movie

Year: 1987

Who is in it? Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins

In Planes, Trains and Automobiles, a man faces difficulties traveling home for Thanksgiving with a shower curtain salesman as his only and rather unfortunate companion. To this day, the movie remains as funny as ever.

5. Trainspotting

Don't do drugs, kids.

Don’t do drugs, kids.

Year: 1996

Who is in it? Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

Set in Scotland, Trainspotting tells the story of a group of friends who are deeply entrenched in Edinburgh’s infamous drug scene, before trying to straighten out their act with dire consequences.

Prepare for the by re-watching this gem.

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Is 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off' the most nostalgic?

Is ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ the most nostalgic?

Year: 1986

Who is in it? Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

Perhaps one of the most iconic high school movies of the ’80s, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is bound to give you all the nostalgic feels on Netflix. And maybe even inspire you to take a day off school too… (don’t do it, kids.)

7. The Big Lebowski

John Goodman and Jeff Bridges at the bowling alley
John Goodman and Jeff Bridges at the bowling alley

Year: 1998

Who is in it? Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore

Jeff Bridges starring as The Dude with a white russian in hand in The Big Lebowski remains one of the best nostalgic movies around, full to the brim with the hilarity that comes alongside a mistaken identity.

8. Dirty Dancing

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

Year: 1987

Who is in it? Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

A stunning love story, Dirty Dancing is the ultimate American romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the leading roles. It was the first movie to sell more than a million copies on home video so you have absolutely no excuse but to re-watch it over and over on Netflix.

9. Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Sarah Jessica Parker before SATC

Sarah Jessica Parker before SATC

Year: 1985

Who is in it? Sarah Jessica Parker, Lee Montgomery, Helen Hunt

Starring a baby-faced Sarah Jessica Parker before her Carrie days in Sex and the City, Girls Just Want To Have Fun is one of the best nostalgic Netflix movies right now. Introducing audiences to Janey, a new girl in town with dreams of auditioning for a dancing competition with her friend Lynne, we see their plans dramatically thwarted. Unfortunately, the Janey’s father isn’t too keen on the idea.

10. Wayne’s World

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey clowning around in 1992

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey clowning around in 1992

Year: 1992

Who is in it? Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe

Clearly slacker movies were all the rage in the ’80s and ’90s because this is the second one on this short list. This time round though, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey star as two dude trying to promote their public-access cable show. I bet you can guess how that goes.

11. Heathers

Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty

Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty

Year: 1988

Who is in it? Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty

It might be difficult to believe but way before Clueless, another movie ruled the roost in the high school girl drama stakes. Yet, Heathers is slightly different, focusing on a young girl on a mission to get out of a snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation. In case you were wondering, apparently the best way to do it is to just kill all the cool kids.

Remind of yourself of the plot and all the exceptional ’80s fashion statements in the trailer below:

12. The Addams Family

The Addams Family cast

The Addams Family cast

Year: 1991

Who is in it? Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci

Gomez, Morticia, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley and Thing — oh, how we’ve missed you! Thankfully, you can now catch the 1991 fantasy classic The Addams Family as one of Netflix’s incredible nostalgic offerings. Follow the family’s exploits as they come head-to-head with a group of con artists claiming to be their long-lost Uncle Fester. Does it get any better than this? Probably not.

Which nostalgic Netflix movies are next on your to-watch list?


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