20 Nostalgic Films to Watch on Netflix

Jan 22, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. ET
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New movies are great. We love the new trailers beforehand, our favorite stars in ultra-HD before our eyes, some of our favorite current music playing in the background. But sometimes, after a long day, you don’t want to have to meet new characters and fall in love with new plot lines. You want the good old familiar movies, ones whose lines can still strike you in the heart or whose jokes still tickle your funny bone.

Lucky for you, Netflix always has a solid rotation of nostalgic movies you can tap into. Whether you throw it back to the '70s, '80s, '90s or even the early '00s, Netflix has a movie that will take you down memory lane. But remember: the streaming service operates on rotation, and the movie you love might not be there next month, so you’ve got to strike while the iron is hot.

Here are our favorite nostalgic movies currently streaming on Netflix.

A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.

1 /20: 'Jaws'

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1/20 :'Jaws'

2 /20: 'Can't Buy Me Love'

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2/20 :'Can't Buy Me Love'

3 /20: 'Adventures in Babysitting'

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3/20 :'Adventures in Babysitting'

4 /20: 'Heathers'

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4/20 :'Heathers'

5 /20: 'Dead Poets Society'

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5/20 :'Dead Poets Society'

6 /20: 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'

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6/20 :'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'

7 /20: 'The Shawshank Redemption'

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7/20 :'The Shawshank Redemption'

8 /20: 'While You Were Sleeping'

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8/20 :'While You Were Sleeping'

9 /20: 'The Truman Show'

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9/20 :'The Truman Show'

10 /20: 'Armageddon'

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10/20 :'Armageddon'

11 /20: 'Bring It On'

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11/20 :'Bring It On'

12 /20: 'Donnie Darko'

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12/20 :'Donnie Darko'

13 /20: 'Bridget Jones's Diary'

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13/20 :'Bridget Jones's Diary'

14 /20: 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'

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14/20 :'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'

15 /20: 'Love Actually'

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15/20 :'Love Actually'

16 /20: '13 Going on 30'

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16/20 :'13 Going on 30'

17 /20: 'A Cinderella Story'

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17/20 :'A Cinderella Story'

18 /20: 'Beauty and The Beast'

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18/20 :'Beauty and The Beast'

19 /20: 'Must Love Dogs'

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19/20 :'Must Love Dogs'

20 /20: 'High School Musical'

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20/20 :'High School Musical'