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It's no secret that my generation has a penchant for nostalgia, but I have absolutely no shame about riding that memory wave and crashing onto the shores of the 1990s. That's why Tumblr becomes such a valuable resource: with endless reminders of the unforgettable decade, revisiting your childhood favorite is only a click away.

Here's a collection of all the phenomenal movies that Tumblr inspired me to re-watch, complete with plenty of GIF sets. Because everything is better with GIFs.

1. The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) & A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

You can't talk about a list about Tumblr-based '90s nostalgia without bringing up the underrated gems, The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel. Marcia's biting snark and Jan's sadsack tendencies became a full-blown meme this year and made me respect these childhood favorites even more. It's a double hitter of meta-nostalgia.

2. Léon the Professional (1994)

This movie has it all. A young Natalie Portman's breakout role! A flamboyantly violent Gary Oldman! And constant violence and assassination attempts! I mean, who could ask for more? This movie easily holds up on as many re-watches you can stomach.

3. Death Becomes Her (1992)

Everyone respects Meryl Streep these days for her unparalleled performances in dramatic roles, but I've always loved when she puts on her campier side. Lucky for me, Tumblr is equally obsessed with Death Becomes Her, and anytime I see a post about its black humor, I'm tempted to revisit. The themes that cover the perils of resisting aging still ring true today, and surprisingly, the groundbreaking special effects don't look too shabby either.

4. Empire Records (1995)

Every April 8th will always be Rex Manning Day to me thanks to Empire Records, a movie I used to watch almost every weekend as a teenager. I can't pinpoint exactly what is about the cult classic, but I still find it endlessly quotable and entertaining.

5. Jurassic Park (1994)

Dr. Ian Malcolm remains one of my favorite film characters of all time, and with the gargantuan success of Jurassic World, it only makes sense to revisit the original that started it all. Jurassic Park really needs no introduction, and no matter how many times you've seen it, it never loses its bite or roar.

5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

My favorite Tim Burton movie had such beautiful set design, Edward Scissorhands shows up in photo collections all over the Internet. It's the juxtaposition of those crazy Avon-inspired pastels and Edward's dark, brooding home that makes this such an original movie that never gets old.

6. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Drop Dead Gorgeous is an mostly overlooked mockumentary-style comedy that deserves so much more attention. Witness the very first film role for Amy Adams in this impossibly clever and dark take on high school beauty pageants. So many of the jokes flew right over my head when I was growing up, so giving this a re-watch can feel like experiencing an entirely new movie.

7. Total Recall (1990)

As a kid, Total Recall was my favorite movie to watch with my dad. Despite the exploding heads, three-breasted ladies, and grisly depiction of the future, I remember that as a wholesome bonding experience. These days, I still find myself seeking out Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mars adventure, but for the need to see a '90s-inspired vision of the future.

8. The Craft (1996)

What outsider didn't want to be a witch after seeing this movie? The Craft is even more spellbinding these days because it also works as a time capsule right back to 1996. The skirts, the Wicca craze, the Fairuza Balk! I don't think I'll ever get enough.

9. Pulp Fiction (1994)

As if you need a reason to re-watch one of the most memorable movies of all time. Any time I see Mia Wallace come across my dashboard, the need to re-familiarize myself with Quentin Tarantino's gritty classic hits me like an adrenaline-filled needle straight to the heart.

10. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

Dawn Wiener will forever be my spirit animal. When I first watched it, Welcome to the Dollhouse was a huge departure from every other movie I had seen, and all its noteworthy scenes remain as weird and poignant as ever. It's a bizarre take on the life of an adolescent girl, but somehow it feels all the more honest as I grow up.

11. Addams Family Values (1993)

Lastly, we come to one of the rare sequels that absolutely outshines the original. Addams Family Values probably has the most scenes that I enjoy referencing out of any '90s movie, so I can't hit reblog fast enough when Tumblr reminds me of its brilliance. If I were trapped at a summer camp surrounded by nothing but fake smiles, this is the movie I would bring along for company.


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