Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Sure, life might not have been automatically better because of the calendar date – but it’s what that specific point in time represents. Simplicity. A world that wasn’t so complicated. Escaping one VHS cassette at a time. Here are the very best 90s throwback movies streaming on Disney+ to remind you what those years were all about.
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Home Alone (1990)
Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
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Eight-year-old troublemaker – Kevin McCallister ( Macaulay Culkin) – must defend his house from burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
The Rocketeer (1991)
Directed by Joe Johnston
Starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin
A young pilot named Cliff (Billy Campbell) stumbles across a prototype jetpack which allows him to become the high-flying masked hero in a stylishly pulpy film.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Directed by Stephen Herek
Starring Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith
Self-centred Minnesota lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is used to winning. But when he’s sentenced to community service, Gordon finds himself coaching a ragtag youth hockey team that has never tasted victory.
The Sandlot (1993)
Directed by David Mickey Evans
Starring Art LaFleur, Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar
In the summer of ’62, new kid in town Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) befriends popular baseball prodigy Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar) and his rowdy team. Shenanigans ensue.
Cool Runnings (1993)
Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Starring John Candy, Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug
When sprinter Derice Bannock (Leon Robinson) is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of dishonoured coach Irving Blitzer (John Candy) to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.
Toy Story (1995)
Directed by John Lasseter
Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
Cowboy doll Woody (Tom Hanks) is overcome with jealously when a new spaceman figurine Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) enters the picture and threatens to become their owner’s new favourite toy.
Directed by Les Mayfield
Starring Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald
The absent-minded Professor Philip Brainhard (Robin Williams) discovers “flubber,” a super-bouncy and semi-sentient substance for the good of mankind. Greedy interested parties, however, have different plans.
The Iron Giant (1999)
Directed by Brad Bird
Starring Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston
A young boy by the name of Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal) befriends a giant robot from outer space (Vin Diesel) that a paranoid government is determined to destroy during the Cold War.
Directed by Chris Buck & Kevin Lima
Starring Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed
A man raised by gorillas (Tony Goldwyn) must decide where he truly belongs when he discovers he’s human. A decision which becomes increasingly pressing as invading forces threaten the safety of his primate family.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Directed by George Lucas
Starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman
Revisit the chronological origins of the space mythology which has captivated generations. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across the young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) who is prophesized to restore balance to the Force. The long-dormant Sith, however, resurface to exact vengeance.
Check out these 90s throwback movies – and plenty more – on Disney+ today.
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