Ah, the Nineties: Starburst were still called Opal Fruits, Furbies were popping up all over the country, we were wearing glitter on our cheekbones/collarbones/everywhere, trousers sat at a comfy mid-waist level, snapper tracksuit bottoms were considered cool AF, our Tamagotchis were keeping us up all night, and mostly everything was neon.
Best off all, the cinema was churning out absolute gold on a near-daily basis. Think impossibly girly chick flicks, cheesy action films and even cheesier dramas (we’re looking at you, Titanic).
And now 10 of our absolute teenage favourites are coming to Netflix, just waiting for us to binge on all summer long. It’s time to draw the curtains, shut out the sun, grab some popcorn, get stuck into these films, and relive a decade of pure movie magic…
Cruel Intentions (1999)
This ridiculously dark and witty film sees wealthy high school student Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) make a wager with his stepsister Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar): if he can deflower the new headmaster’s daughter, Annette, (Reese Witherspoon) before the start of term, Kathryn will finally fulfill his biggest sexual fantasy and welcome him into her bed. But, when Sebastian attempts to seduce the virginal Annette, everything begins to spiral dangerously out of control, and it’s not long before lives are changed forever.
My Girl (1991)
Vada (Anna Chlumsky) has a lot to deal with: her funeral director father (Dan Akroyd) has just started dating again, her body is going through a lot of changes, she’s desperately in love with her English teacher, Mr Bixler (Griffin Dunne) and her best friend, Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin), is a boy. What's an 11-year-old girl to do?
Distraught over her engagement to a cruel and vindictive millionaire, Rose (Kate Winslet) attempts to hurl herself from a luxury ocean liner into the icy waters below. But, when struggling artist Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) spots her and talks her down, love soon blossoms – and she quickly rediscovers her love for life. Too bad, then, that the ship they’re aboard is the doomed Titanic (and, yes, there’s an iceberg ahead).
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Jules (Julia Roberts) has been best friends with Michael (Dermot Mulroney) for, like, ever – but, when he tells her he’s marrying bubbly Kimmy (Cameron Diaz), Jules quickly realises that she’s hopelessly, head-over-heels in love with him. Can she stop the wedding, before it’s too late?
Endlessly quotable, witty and feminist, Clueless is well worth staying indoors for this summer. Based on Jane Austen’s Emma, the film follows meddlesome Beverly Hills high school student Cher (Alicia Silverstone) as she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover and attempts a bit of matchmaking. Needless to say, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) is an aspiring journalist, willing to do anything to see her name in print. So, when she’s asked to pose as a student at her former high school to research contemporary teenage culture, she leaps at the chance to prove herself. But things hit a snag when she finds herself falling hard for her dreamy English teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan).
Peter Pan, the boy who wasn’t supposed to grow up, did just that – and now plain old Peter (Robin Williams) is a strict workaholic dad, who’s forgotten everything about his past. But, when a vengeful Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps Peter’s kids, he’s forced to team up with Tinker Bell (Julia Roberts) and return to Neverland. Can he think up enough wonderful thoughts to save his family?
Sleepless in Seattle (1994)
When his wife tragically passes away, Sam (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger) – only for his little boy to phone up a talk-radio program in a desperate bid to find a new wife for his father. In Baltimore, Annie (Meg Ryan) catches the segment – and falls hard for Sam, despite the fact that a) she’s never met him, and b) she’s engaged to someone else. Cue her plucking up the courage to write Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day – but will it prove a big mistake?
While exploring an old mansion, Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst) uncover a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic. A game with drums. When they start playing, it quickly becomes apparent this is no ordinary game – and it’s not long before a man in full jungle gear bursts out from inside the board. His name is Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), and he’s literally been stuck in the game's inner world since he was a little boy himself. If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good – but that means facing alligators, poisonous spiders, deadly quicksand, lions and a terrifying human hunter with a gun. Eek.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Sent to cover the annual ritual of groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, a self-centred TV weatherman (Bill Murray) mysteriously begins living the same day again, and again, and again, and ag… well, you get the picture. Can he convince his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) that what he’s experiencing is real? And can he ever hope to escape this nightmarish time loop?