Total Nerd Pretty Good Movies You Haven't Seen Since Childhood You Can Catch On Netflix Right Now  

Zack Howe
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Sometimes there's no better cure for boredom than a heaping slice of nostalgia. Fortunately, there are a bunch of '80s and '90s movies streaming on Netflix that can scratch that itch. Whether you're an '80s kid or a '90s kid, there are tons of options for you, from family friendly fun, to stuff you probably shouldn't have been watching as a kid but were anyway. 

Here are some pretty good movies to stream on Netflix - and a couple great ones for good measure - to ward off some of those winter doldrums. If, however, you prefer to ruin your childhood instead of wallow in it, here are some disturbing facts about your favorite movies as a kid.

The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Pretty Good Movies You Haven't Seen Since Childhood You Can Catch On Netflix Right Now
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The Mighty Ducks


Don't let this movie's 18% Rotten Tomatoes score fool you; it's pretty okay. Look, if you weren't an '80s/'90s kid, you probably won't like this movie. But if you are, you almost certainly remember it fondly, so why not flip on 114 minutes of nostalgia, and maybe even shed a tear at some father/son issue resolving. It's the definition of a feel good story with some wacky kid hockey to boot.

Initial Release: 1992

Also Ranked

#45 on The Funniest '90s Movies

#25 on The Best Movies of 1992

#6 on Great Sports Dramedy Movies, Ranked

#38 on The Best Sports Movies

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Pretty Good Movies You Haven't Seen Since Childhood You Can Catch On Netflix Right Now
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Cool Runnings


Richard Harrington of The Washington Post called Cool Runnings, "A wholesome, engaging, frequently hilarious, ultimately inspirational film." That's already four reasons why you should revisit this gem. John Candy is always funny and the bobsled team (played by Derice Bannock, Sanka Cofie, Junior Bevil, and Yul Brenner) are rays of sunshine (except for Brenner occasionally) and joy to watch. With a Jamaican backdrop and reggae music, it's a good way to feel warm in the winter.

Initial Release: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Also Ranked

#35 on The Funniest '90s Movies

#8 on Great Historical Black Movies Based On True Stories

#90 on The Best Movies for Tweens

#9 on The Best Movies of 1993

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Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Pretty Good Movies You Haven't Seen Since Childhood You Can Catch On Netflix Right Now
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Tommy Boy


Tommy Boy is vintage Chris Farley and David Spade, who really did have redeeming qualities at one point. The two were an unstoppable comedy force, and this road trip film is proof. It's pretty straightforward goofy underdog thwarts hoity-toity "villain" stuff, so if you're into that and want to laugh at all of Farley's trademark antics, go ahead and watch.

Initial Release: 1995

Directed by: Peter Segal

Also Ranked

#13 on The Funniest '90s Movies

#33 on The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

#72 on Movies That Should Never Be Remade

#16 on The Best Movies of 1995

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Pretty Good Movies You Haven't Seen Since Childhood You Can Catch On Netflix Right Now
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Gremlins


Spoiler: Billy (Zach Galligan) gets his Mogwai wet and shenanigans ensue. Gizmo is the adorable little creature who has the unfortunate ability to spawn monstrous gremlins if any number of innocuous things happens to him, and those gremlins terrorize everyone in the most hilarious way possible. It's kind of like a horror movie for kids. If you like adorable things and aren't a real fan of intense horror, this movie is perfect for you.

Initial Release: 1984

Directed by: Joe Dante

Also Ranked

#65 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#15 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

#88 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#82 on The Best Movies for Tweens

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