Being a teenager in the 90s was a total drag! Cell phones were only available to the elite, you couldn’t download music off the internet, and there wasn’t such thing as Facebook or Instagram. Luckily for us, we had some of the greatest movies ever made to keep us entertained. I mean, nowadays, teen movies are either based off of a sci-fi or fantasy book series or sequels from an ‘06 dance movie that just won’t die. From lowly underdogs to peppy popular girls, these movies and their characters got us through some tough times.
This isn’t your average teenage movie! Buffy was not only a pretty cheerleader, but also a butt kicking slayer. Though the movie was admittedly average, it later became a hit TV show for many years in the late 90s. Did we mention how hot Luke Perry looked in that movie?
Clueless was the ultimate teen movie of the 90s. Cher was a teenage queen in all her iconic outfits from the plaid suit to that slinky white dress. She had the coolest friends, the coolest car, went to the coolest parties, but she made us relate with her love life woes. Plus she taught all the girls around the country how to say things like, “Whatever” and “As if!”
Being the outcast has never been so cool! This movie was about four friends who are witches. Together they unlock their powers and use them to get revenge on their enemies. Trouble arises when one of the girls wants even more power. She convinces the others to join her in taking down the one who is the strongest of the bunch which ends in a dangerous showdown. Because of this movie, 90s girls everywhere were fascinated with witchcraft and the goth life whether they showed it or not!
A classic love story retold to a modern audience about teen love and angst. Sure Leonardo Di Caprio had other starring roles before, but this movie is what really turned the key to every teenage girl’s hearts. Thanks to him, it made required English reading almost worth it!
So this movie doesn’t actually feature teenagers, but there sure are enough high school flashbacks to make any teenage girl relate. Two best friends are invited back to their high school reunion, but realize how un-cool they actually were and still are. They make up some crazy lie to try to convince everyone that they’re not the same losers they used to be which backfires on them. In the end, they realize that it’s more important to be true to oneself and to be a good friend than to gain the respect of those who don’t matter, giving all the awkward girls hope for the future!
In this movie, Drew Barrymore played a nerdy teen who grew up to be a nerdy woman working at a newspaper, who was assigned to infiltrate the local high school and dig out any dirt in the teenage world. She starts out as a hopeless underdog, but with the help of her naturally cool brother, she becomes the coolest girl in school. In the end, she’s faced with making the choice between maintaining popularity and standing up for her beliefs. Her final decision is what leads her to find true love.
Another classic underdog tale, it’s a movie about the most popular boy in school who is challenged with turning the geekiest girl in school into a prom queen in just a few short weeks. However, he learns that the challenge is much more difficult when she rejects initial advances towards her. When she finally gives in, they begin to build a connection and long story short, Freddie Prinze, Jr. was hot.
Based off Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, this movie features just about every type of teen from the high school social ladder. Two love stories are explored side by side when the shy kid at school seeks the help of a rebel bad boy to help him get the popular girl, whose sister is an independent feminist. It’s got JGL who is now a full-fledged hottie, and the incomparable Heath Ledger who, through this movie, lands on the radar of every teenage girl. Did we mention there’s a musical performance in it to?
The 90s sparked another indie revolution with ideologies shifting to pushing aside conformity, fighting the man, and doing what makes you happy. This popular teen film completely captures that spirit when a small record store is in the process of being purchased by a corporate chain. The teen employees begin devising a plan to make enough money to save the store while in the midst of a plethora of social and personal issues. The store makes a last ditch effort to come up with the funds by hosting a fundraiser/party at the store. In the end, the teens get to hold on to their dream and if that’s not 90s enough for you, then I don’t know what is.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, maybe it’s time to call up some old friends for a sleepover! What was your favorite 90s teen movie?
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