20 Nostalgic Films to Watch on Netflix

by Allyson Koerner
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'

Duh nuh.

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

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

Before Patrick Dempsey was Derek Shepherd.

3 /20: 'Adventures in Babysitting'

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3/20 :'Adventures in Babysitting'

Never mess with the babysitter.

4 /20: 'Heathers'

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4/20 :'Heathers'

A must-watch before the TV remake hits the small screen.

5 /20: 'Dead Poets Society'

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5/20 :'Dead Poets Society'

Are we ever going to get over the ending? Probably not.

6 /20: 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'

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6/20 :'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'

One of Jim Carrey's most iconic roles.

7 /20: 'The Shawshank Redemption'

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7/20 :'The Shawshank Redemption'

A powerful early performance by Morgan Freeman.

8 /20: 'While You Were Sleeping'

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8/20 :'While You Were Sleeping'

Sandra Bullock gold.

9 /20: 'The Truman Show'

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9/20 :'The Truman Show'

Reality TV taken to the extreme... with a heck of a lot of heart.

10 /20: 'Armageddon'

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10/20 :'Armageddon'

These were Ben Affleck's good days.

11 /20: 'Bring It On'

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11/20 :'Bring It On'

Brr! It's cold in here!

12 /20: 'Donnie Darko'

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12/20 :'Donnie Darko'

Spend your night with a troubled teen and a man in a rabbit suit, for nostalgia's sake.

13 /20: 'Bridget Jones's Diary'

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13/20 :'Bridget Jones's Diary'

Two sequels later, the movie that started it all.

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

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

Frost yourself.

15 /20: 'Love Actually'

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15/20 :'Love Actually'

Best. Holiday. Movie. Ever.

16 /20: '13 Going on 30'

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16/20 :'13 Going on 30'

A 2004 film that partly takes place in the '80s.

17 /20: 'A Cinderella Story'

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17/20 :'A Cinderella Story'

Making all your Chad Michael Murray dreams come true.

18 /20: 'Beauty and The Beast'

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18/20 :'Beauty and The Beast'

Beauty and the Beast is a Disney classic that all kids need to see. Bonus: Belle is totally a feminist.

19 /20: 'Must Love Dogs'

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19/20 :'Must Love Dogs'

Not the most popular film, but John Cusack is too adorable not to include.

20 /20: 'High School Musical'

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20/20 :'High School Musical'

It was the start of something new.