ByKatrina Stagg, writer at
Katrina Stagg

Looking back, it seems like the movies of the '90s were coming of age just as I was. This may be true for every generation, but I can't speak to those. For me, every bit of the teenage angst, sexual confusion and star crossed loves spoke to me on a very real level. They captured my epic daydreams and the daily struggles perfectly as well as opened my eyes to humans as very sexual beings.

Being a product of the '90s is a point of pride for me. The bad clothes, amazing music and great movies are all perfect just the way they are! So, let's look back fondly on these beautiful people and the nostalgic films that started our awareness of crushes and cuties.

In no particular order.

1. Titanic (1997)

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson & Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater.

2. Empire Records (1995)

Renée Zellweger as Gina, Liv Tyler as Corey Mason, Ethan Embry as Mark, Rory Cochrane as Lucas, Johnny Whitworth as A.J. & Robin Tunney as Debra

3. Clueless (1995)

Paul Rudd as Josh & Alicia Silverstone as Cher.

4. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona & Julia Stiles as Kat Stratford.

5. Ghost (1990)

Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat & Demi Moore as Molly Jensen.

6. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo & Claire Danes as Juliet.

7. The Matrix (1999)

Keanu Reeves as Neo & Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity.

8. American Pie (1999)

Every relationship in this movie, each and every one.

9. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Tom Cruise as Dr. William Harford & Nicole Kidman as Alice Harford.

10. Cruel Intentions (1999)

Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont & Reese Witherspoon as Annette Hargrove.

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil & Selma Blair as Cecile Caldwell. Any combination of the four, really.

11. Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Amanda Beckett & Ethan Embry as Preston Meyers.

12. She's All That (1999)

Freddie Prinze Jr. as Zack Siler & Rachael Leigh Cook & Laney Boggs.

15. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James & Freddie Prinze Jr. as Ray Bronson.

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Helen Shivers & Ryan Phillippe as Barry William Cox.

13. Jerry Maguire (1996)

Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire & Renée Zellweger as Dorothy Boyd.

14. Varsity Blues (1999)

Ali Larter as Darcy Sears with both Paul Walker as Lance Harbor & James Van Der Beek as Mox and of course Amy Smart as Julie Harbor.

16. Pretty Woman (1990)

Richard Gere as Edward Lewis & Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward.

17. Wild Things (1998)

Neve Campbell as Suzie Toller & Denise Richards as Kelly Van Ryan.

18. The Body Guard (1992)

Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer & Whitney Houston as Rachel Marron.

19. Fear (1996)

Mark Wahlberg as David McCall & Reese Witherspoon as Nicole Walker.

20. Scream (1996)

Neve Campbell as Sidney & Skeet Ulrich as Billy

21. Pleasantville (1998)

Reese Witherspoon as Jennifer & Paul Walker as Skip Martin and Tobey Maguire as David & Marley Shelton & Margaret Henderson.


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