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.
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
#36 on The Funniest '90s Movies
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
#42 on The Funniest '90s Movies
#25 on The Best Movies of 1992
#99 on The Best Movies for Kids
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
#81 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
#6 on The Best Movies of 1984
Granted, if you know the twist at the end of The Sixth Sense, it may not be worth a second watch - but it is a good movie. If you're somehow lucky enough to have made it two decades without hearing how this movie ends, then you're in for a real treat. Either way, it's a creepy, psychological thriller that answers the age-old question, "How does M. Night Shyamalan keep getting work?"
Initial Release: 1999
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
#72 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
#64 on The Best Movies of All Time