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

Updated December 21, 2017 2.3k votes 177 voters 8.3k views19 items

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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.

  • 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.

    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Stephen Herek
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  • You may remember this one. E.T. is one of the most beloved films of all time about a universe still full of wonder, despite the existence of morality. It's family fun, heart-breaking as often as it's heart-warming. That's the true sign of a good story: it's not always rainbows and lollipops. Still, there's a happy enough ending with a whole bunch of cutesiness in between. There are myriad worse ways to spend your time.

    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
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  • 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.

    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
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  • 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.

    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Joe Dante
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