1990s teen movies you'll remember - and some you won't

Feature Sarah Dobbs 13 Jun 2014 - 06:10

What makes a classic? Sarah digs into the ‘90s teen genre to find the difference between an iconic movie and a forgotten one...

The 90s revival can’t be ignored any longer. The nostalgia is in full bloom right now: walk down the high street and you’ll see 90s-inspired crop tops and stonewashed denim in every shop window, while current cool kids Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX (neither of whom were old enough to see the film at the time) have paid slavish tribute to Clueless in the video for their current single Fancy. We’ve already pillaged the ‘80s for all they were worth and now, apparently, it’s time to start excavating the 90s. No matter how old that makes us feel.

If there’s one film genre that screams “90s”, it’s the teen movie. The decade was a kind of golden age for the teen comedy – from offbeat Shakespeare adaptations to supernatural coming-of-age tales, teen movies were everywhere, and we’re still quoting them today.

Well, some of them, anyway. For every Mallrats or Empire Records, there’s a stack of movies doomed to sit forever unwatched at the bottom of Netflix’s Comedies list. What makes the difference between an eternal classic and an unloved flop? Sometimes, it’s an obvious question of quality. Sometimes, it might be down to bad timing, or a cast member who’s fallen out of fashion, or some other completely unknowable reason. So here are 10 teen movies from the 90s you’ll remember – and 10 that, for one reason or another, most sound-minded people have forgotten ever existed…

You remember: Clueless (1995)

Let’s start with the most obvious one of them all. A modern day adaptation of Emma, this is the film that catapulted Alicia Silverstone to superstardom (only for Batman & Robin to undo all its good work). The plot is fairly standard rom-com stuff, as a superficial over-privileged teenager stumbles through high school, learning life lessons and finding love through trying to play Cupid for other people. Everything about it is iconic, from the fashion to the endlessly quotable dialogue – much of which has made its way into everyday slang now. Mean Girls has probably stolen its crown as the best-loved teen movie ever, but it’s got to be a close second.

You don’t remember: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)

Okay, sure, everyone remembers Buffy The Vampire Slayer the TV show. And most of them are probably dimly aware that there was a movie first. But in terms of actually remembering anything about it – or having seen it in the first place? Even most Buffy fans probably don’t. Joss Whedon essentially disowned it, since it didn’t measure up to his vision for the character and her world; he got seven seasons to explore that in the end, so it worked out for him.

The thing is, Buffy The Vampire Slayer the movie isn’t actually terrible. Kristy Swanson’s Buffy is another over-privileged Valley girl, speaking in slang and ‘borrowing’ her parents’ Jag when they’re out, but she has to grow up quickly when she discovers she’s one of an ancient line of vampire slayers. The film is more of a comedy than the TV show, and it tips over into outright silliness more than once, but it’s still a fun watch, and doesn’t deserve to be completely forgotten.

You remember: Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Can’t Hardly Wait is one of the most memorable 90s teen films – because it stars literally everybody who was anybody in the 90s. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Melissa Joan Hart, Donald Faison, and virtually the entire cast of Six Feet Under… seriously, there’s barely a single face in this movie you won’t recognise. Plot-wise, it’s pretty straightforward rom-com/coming-of-age nonsense about a boy who’s obsessed with a girl but is prevented by the very complex social hierarchy of high school from ever speaking to her, until they graduate and have a massive party to celebrate.

It’s pretty clichéd, obvious stuff, but the endlessly impressive cast, and that one bizarre scene in the middle where our hero Preston (Ethan Embry) tries to call a radio show to get advice from Barry Manilow, made sure this was definitely one of the ones you remember.

You don’t remember: Whatever It Takes (2000)

On the surface, Whatever It Takes is pretty similar to Can’t Hardly Wait: it’s about a geeky boy who’s obsessed with a hot girl, and is determined to win her before high school is over. Even the snarky female best friend and annoying posse of nerds are present and correct. But while the love story in Can’t Hardly Wait is unrealistic but sort of sweet, the story here is just kind of vile. Our hero, Ryan (Shane West) lets sleazy jock Chris (a convincingly awful James Franco) teach him negging in order to win the heart of horrible cool girl Ashley Grant (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). In return, he tries to coach Chris on being sweet in order to woo girl-next-door Maggie (Marla Sokoloff). It ends in tears and sexual assault. It’s horrible.

The joke about all the cool kids constantly calling Ryan “Brian” is kind of funny, but it’s not enough to redeem this awful rubbish.

You remember: Scream (1996)

“What’s your favourite scary movie?” In the late 90s, it might well have been Scream. Wes Craven’s teen slasher played around with the conventions of the genre, including tons of references – some more subtle than others – to earlier horror films, while being scary and gory enough to appeal to a new generation of horror fans.

Scream was so successful that it spawned three sequels and single-handedly brought the slasher movie back to life for one… last… scare. Or, you know, several hundred more scares. Kevin Williamson’s script is a post-modern classic, and Neve Campbell is a brilliant final girl, capable of reeling off the mistakes horror movie heroines always make even as she stumbles into making them herself.

You don’t remember: Dead Man’s Curve (1998)

Known as The Curve in the US, this was Matthew Lillard’s next movie after Scream. As a Scream-obsessed teenager, I tried for ages to track it down with no luck. It basically disappeared for a while. But it’s kind of great. The plot is incredibly twisty and evil, as two college students attempt to force their roommate into killing himself so they can claim the automatic A-grades their university hands out to trauma victims.

The whole thing is sadistic and slightly ridiculous, but it’s a smart movie with a spiky sense of humour, and Lillard is, as always, wonderful. He just wasn’t quite the leading man the filmmakers were hoping.

You remember: The Faculty (1998)

Robert Rodriguez’s teenage take on Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is underrated. You’ll have seen it, but it’s better than you remember. Every time it’s on TV I get sucked in and realise how brilliant it is. It’s a simple enough premise – aliens invade a small US town, starting with the teachers at the local high school, and only a Breakfast Club-style assortment of students can save the world – but it’s just so stylish and witty. The cast is pretty amazing, packing in Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Clea Duvall, Robert Patrick, and even Jon Stewart, and the aliens are legitimately scary. You’ve probably seen this, you probably remember it, but it’s worth another look anyway.

You don’t remember: Disturbing Behaviour (1998)

Disturbing Behaviour, on the other hand, probably isn’t. At first glance, it’s got a similar premise to The Faculty, as the new kid in town realises something weird and science-fictiony is happening to the kids at his high school, but it’s not aware enough of its own daftness to really be fun. The cast is similarly star-studded – it includes Katie Holmes, James Marsden, Nick Stahl, and Ethan Embry, as well as indie horror darling Katharine Isabelle – but it’s just not very good. It flopped hard on its first release, and no-one’s queuing up to rediscover it.

You remember: Cruel Intentions (1999)

Why were we so keen on teen adaptations of literature in the 90s? Cruel Intentions was one of a string of new takes on centuries-old books – in this case, Les Liaisons Dangereuses – but let’s be honest, mostly people remember it because it featured Sarah Michelle Gellar vamping around in a corset. Buffy the TV show had been around for a couple of years when this was released, and it was fun to see her playing against type. And snogging Selma Blair. It’s hard to deny that was part of the film’s appeal, for much of the audience. As a film, it’s actually not all that great, but it definitely made an impact.

You don’t remember: Wild Things (1998)

Yikes, speaking of films that are remembered for their female stars wearing revealing clothing, I’m gonna bet most people can remember the cover of Wild Things, even if they never actually watched the film. I debated even putting it on this list, because while it looks like a teen film, and the plot synopsis initially sounds like one – it’s about a couple of high school girls who accuse their teacher of rape – it’s not really aimed at teenagers. It’s one of those sleazy thrillers that seemed to be everywhere in the 90s; it’s even got a hint of the neo-giallo about it.

The unpromising setup soon gives way to a weird, labyrinthine plot that’s almost impossible to keep on top of. The film’s publicity at the time was so determined to keep a lid on the film’s secrets that people seem to have forgotten all about them. Which is probably for the best, to be honest.

You remember: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Teen slashers were all the rage after Scream, and though I Know What You Did Last Summer is very much an also-ran, it’s pretty well-remembered. That’s probably down to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s presence, again; the main cast was a kind of who’s who of 90s TV stars, plus golden boy Ryan Philipe and inexplicable 90s heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jnr. But none of them have got the chops to elevate material this dopey. There are several unnecessary subplots, one murder that makes no sense and is only there because the film wasn’t gory enough, and the “please can we do a sequel?” ending is irritating – all the more so because they bloody did, too. This film is coasting on a brilliant/awful title, which only got more brilliant and awful as the sequels went on.

You don’t remember: Cherry Falls (2000)

Arriving right at the tail end of the teen slasher revival – before the horror genre gave up and moved onto Japanese style ghost stories – Cherry Falls might be one of the most ridiculous of the lot, so self-aware and post-modern it practically eats itself. Its conceit is its one stroke of brilliance: a serial killer is murdering virgins, in an inversion of the usual horror movie trope, which means all the high school kids are desperate to have sex to stay alive. The reveal of the killer is kind of awful, but it’s no worse than I Know What You Did Last Summer. It just came too late.

You remember: The Craft (1996)

If you were a girl in your teens when this movie came out, chances are it led you to buy a book on Wicca. Or at least start wearing more eyeliner. It’s a supernatural coming-of-age story, as Sarah (Robin Tunney) starts at a new school and falls in with a clique… of witches. Like Mean Girls, but with spell books instead of Burn Books. There are several key bits everyone remembers: the “light as a feather, stiff as a board” scene, the “we are the weirdos” bit at the bus stop, and all the scary stuff at the end.

As an adult, this film doesn’t stand up quite as well as I’d hoped, but it definitely meant a lot to alternative-leaning bullied teens in the late 90s, and if we have to have a 90s nostalgia fest, message-wise, we could definitely do worse than this tale of finding your power and figuring out who your real friends are.

You don’t remember: Idle Hands (1999)

Another supernatural teen movie, this one was about teenage boys rather than teenage girls, and rather than dealing with bullying and date rape, it was about, um, wanking and killing your parents. And then having to chop off your hand, because it was harbouring an evil spirit. It’s a weird concept that’s sold surprisingly well by lead Devon Sawa. And the comedy sidekicks, played by Elden Henson and Seth Green are pretty great too. Its dance scene even has a proper, well-known band turn up to play – The Offspring get through two songs before the demonic severed hand attacks them. I’m not sure why this one isn’t better known – it’s even got Jessica Alba in it.

You remember: She’s All That (1999)

Everyone knows this one. That iconic scene where the newly made over Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook) walks down the stairs, in slow mo, with Sixpence None The Richer playing, is indelibly printed on all of our brains.

What you might not remember, though, is that this movie is terrible. No, really, it’s terrible. The whole idea of a bet to make over an unpopular girl into a prom queen is both unforgivably obnoxious and ridiculously dated, and the supporting characters are just awful. There’s an entire subplot about how Zack needs to win Laney back because otherwise she’s going to get raped by Dean (a very young, incredibly cocky Paul Walker). Matthew Lillard’s handful of scenes are quite fun, but the rest of this is crap.

You don’t remember: Drive Me Crazy (1999)

Maybe it’s just that the British don’t make such a big deal out of prom night, but it’s really hard to relate to some of these movies where the whole idea is that PROM MUST BE PERFECT OR ELSE. Drive Me Crazy, named for a Britney Spears song that has no bearing on the plot, stars a preppy Melissa Joan Hart trying to turn an alternative (and impossibly beautiful) Adrian Grenier into her idea of the perfect prom date, because the guy she expected to ask her decided not to. Inevitably they fall for one another, despite having nothing in common. The final twist about their parents just adds to the awkwardness. It’s… you know what, it’s not as obnoxious as She’s All That. But it’s not great, either.

You remember: Dazed and Confused (1993)

This is yet another coming-of-age deal, set over the course of a couple of days at the beginning of summer, when high school seniors torment the new class of freshmen. It’s another one of those movies that seems to star young versions of everyone who would ever go on to be famous. Though Matthew McConaughey as the sleazy Wooderson is the one who stands out, the film also features Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Renee Zellweger, and loads more. Set in the ‘70s, it doesn’t feel like a “90s teen movie” in the same way so many of these other films do; it’s got a slightly different take on its teenagers, their politics and their ideals. But it’s still about high schoolers, cliques, and young love, so actually, if you squint past all the haircuts and bellbottoms, it’s not all that different after all.

You don’t remember: Varsity Blues (1999)

Varsity Blues was pretty successful in the US, despite its terrible reviews, and was clearly well-known enough to be the basis of about a third of the parodies in Not Another Teen Movie. (Another third is She’s All That.) But despite starring Dawson from Dawson’s Creek, it didn’t take off over here, and seems to have been mostly forgotten about.

It’s a weirdly serious affair, in which a team of American footballers have to band together to overcome their abusive coach before the last game of the season before he actually kills one of them. The central dilemma – that Mox doesn’t feel like playing football any more because he’s actually pretty good at school – is the opposite of compelling, and every time he whinges that he has to play three more games, then two more, it gets even harder to care. By the time the triumphant ending rolls around, you’ll have lost interest completely.

You remember: Bring It On (2000)

Eliza Dushku plays a bad girl. Kirsten Dunst plays an uptight girl. Together, they need to lead a cheerleading squad to victory over a nasty, cheating squad who always win everything. This movie is as by-the-numbers as it gets, a sports movie with a neatly wrapped up moral about not judging on appearances and, you know, taking part, and being friends, and all that stuff. It spawned four sequels and a stage musical, and ruined the phrase “bring it on” forever. So yeah, you probably saw this one. It’s alright.

You don’t remember: Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Hey look, it’s Kirsten Dunst again! This time, though, she’s the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and rather than cheerleading, she’s competing in a beauty pageant against perpetual mean girl Denise Richards. While Bring It On is all about learning and growing, Drop Dead Gorgeous is about eliminating the competition by any means necessary. It’s a dark comedy that doesn’t entirely work, but it’s got some fun moments. You might find this one on TV late at night sometimes. It’s weird enough to be worth watching, but maybe too weird to be as well-loved as some of its peers.

Obviously this list doesn’t cover even a fraction of the zillions of 90s teen movies that exist in the world – so, go for it. Tell me your favourites. Which ones do you still reference today? Bonus points if none of the people you’ve quoted it at has ever seen the film.

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Brr, 90s teen films. I remember perhaps half of all of these existed, but haven't seen any of them.

Some corkers there, saw most of the donts and haven't h
eard of a lot of the do's?

Um, granted it's been a while since I watched "Bring it on" but I don't remember this as correct:

"Together, they need to lead a cheerleading squad to victory over a nasty, cheating squad who always win everything."

I thought they found out they *were* the "nasty cheating squad who always won everything" (courtesy of their former boss) and are trying to win the competition playing straight against the team whose stuff their ex-boss had been nicking and passing off as her own?

I loathe it when writers make horribly inaccurate assumptions about their readers. I remember ALL of the above, pretty fondly too. My favourite overlooked teen movie of the 90s (which you strangely omitted) is "Election". It's wickedly funny.

Aka. Here's a list of films.

I remember them.

DIsturbing Behaviour was essentially a rip off of 1981 Bill Condon-written Michael Laughlin-directed Strange Behaviour, with Louise Fletcher, also about conditioned kids turning into killers.

Hey she's all that was awesome, it was so funny...at the time, also I remember drop dead gorgeous, also funny

I have little interest in teen movies...but must admit that I had at least a passing awareness of all of these.
Wild Things, the Buffy movie and Drop Dead Gorgeous in particular aren't even approaching obscure.

Ha ha ha ... suggesting I don't remember 'Wild Things', the pool scene may as well be tattooed on the inside of my eyelids.

were you a teen in the 90's?

If you pass a women's magazine that says "Make-up Tips To Make Your Face Beautiful!" do you write in and tell them "I hate you people, I on't even wear make-up, you don't know anything!" or if you see an advert that says "You'll love our new Big Mac!", do you contact McDonald's and ask "How DARE you make assumptions about me, you loatheome scum? I only eat Burger King Whoppers!" It must be difficult to go through life assuming that every time the word "you" appears, it means you personally.

Obviously all of these examples of "you" are an outlet addressing an anonymous and infinitely diverse potential audience so the crux of the message is to communicate the nature what they've made and stir up an audience's interest in it. Nothing more. If the article had been named "1990s Teens Movies Eric Von Sniff remembers but Joebloggs237 doesn't and XManFan3484 remembers two of and ... etc etc" it would've been confusing and absurd. If it'd been "A list of films" it would've been meaningless and reductive. Ultimately the title that was chosen will apply to the majority of the readership (there will be a mix of films that different people remember and don't remember) and, more importantly, gives people browsing the front page an idea of what to expect from the piece (ie: a list of teen movies from the 1990s, some of which are popular and much-loved, others which are perhaps (arguably) less so).

Of course, the real reason for your comment is to let us all know exactly how much you know about films. Very good. We're all impressed you know so much. It's a shame that demonstrating this is at the expense of a really nasty insult to the writer who's clearly put a lot of time and effort into compiling a fun, nostalgic list of movies. Imagine it if I came into your workplace and told you I "loathe" it when people like you do something "horribly inaccurate". It'd be rude and hurtful. :(

A minor vocabulary point: members of an American football team are usually referred to as football players, not footballers. Just another example of the quirks that illustrate the different ways both countries speak the same language.

Ha! I remember all of them.

Dead Man's Curve was a great find from Blockbuster one Friday night, loved it. Drop Dead Gorgeous is the best thing Kirsten Dunst has done and She's All That is a pretty much perfect teen movie.

How about Detroit Rock City, 10 Things..., Blast from the Past and Pleasantville?

Being from 1980, I was in fact a teen throughout almost all of the 90's, haha.

Another article where the author appears to not be in fully touch with the target audience. Suggesting your geeky-type readers do not remember things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Idle Hands and Cherry Falls is a little odd. And Wild Things - that was a pretty big film at the time, hardly obscure. I myself don't remember at all 'Drive me Crazy' and 'Can't hardly wait' - two of your choices I should remember (apparently) Okay I wasn't a teen through the bulk of the '90s, turned 20 in 1991, but I've seen and remember the majority of this list... So, I dunno... as others have said - it's mildly annoying to be told what we do and don't remember - maybe phrase it differently and it would be less annoying.

In 1998 there was also Dead Man on Campus, about two college students who try to find a suicidal roommate so they can automatically get As...

I remember that one! I couldn't remember the title and didn't think it was the same movie as the one listed in the article, but wasn't sure it was plausible to have two movies with that plot... guess that's the 90s ha

Wow. what a list. My personal 2 favourites are 1, Idle Hands, brilliant and funny, also Jessica Alba in her underwear. 2, Dazed and Confused. I practically grew up on that film, excellent soundtrack, "watch the leather man". Could quote the film all the way through.

Can't Hardly Wait is a good one if you enjoy 90s teen movies (although it's possible that nostalgia colors my recent re-viewing of it). Fun to see how many people are in it if even for a two second cameo and it covers the many "types" found in high schools well. Check out the imdb page - it's amazing how many people are stuffed into this movie. Ethan Embry was so lovable in it that you almost forgive his character for liking Jennifer Love Hewitt's annoying character.

Who doesn't remember Wild Things. Neve Campbell and Denise Richardson naked , yes please.

She was good in Get Over It as well. Although they may not have been a 90's film.

If I had to pick a favourite year between 1990 and 1999. 2000 would probably not be my first choice.

Eric is a natural beauty. No make-up required.

Oh for crying out loud. Away with you. 'Reader gets annoyed at free article in free website'. Typical millinial style comment. Perhaps start your own blog. I wish DOG would just disable comments sections. "I have a keyboard and I'm not afraid to use it. So there". You're in the category with grammar nazi's. Painful.

The comments are here for everyone to have their opinion and to be honest I have to agree with his, I read the article wondering why I'd seen the majority of the ones that I wasn't supposed to have. It's not a great article but I still read it and me not liking it isn't going to make me stop reading DoG.

oh and "I have a keyboard and I'm not afraid to use it. So there" just describes yourself!

Painful indeed.

Yeah I think this list was built on an lets be "funny" idea alone, but wasn't properly though through. Wild Things, Dead Man's Curve.. and yes even buffy! They don't have to be good to be memorable. Can't say I remember Can't Hardly Wait??

I remember a lot of movies you don't DOG ! Seriously, who doesn't remember cult classic Wild Things ? I love this movie, and the threesome scene is just unforgettable ! I also love Idle Hands !

The Buffy film isn’t great and is sort of awkward but yay for Rutger Hauer and Donald
Sutherland. Dead Man’s Curve is great fun and Lillard is very good. Wild Things
is hilarious and Cheery Falls is a good little film though the reveal is rubbish.

Drop Dead Gorgeous is Kirsten Dunst’s finest hour or so. For a long time I felt it was a guilty pleasure (some of the humour is quite dark – the previous winner(s), the son…) but now I think it’s a really good film, you are right it doesn’t completely work but I saw it was I was 14 and I’ve loved it ever since. Ellen Barkin and Allison Janney both deserve kudos too. It's also worth a look for the small but good performances from Brittany Murphy and Amy Adams.

When was Election released? Probably not so much a teen movie as a movie that happens to be about high school, but it's pissing briliiant all the same, and is of the right era.

10 Things I Hate About You was pretty special, my second favourite teen movie (after Clueless). Julia Stiles in arguably her best role as the acidic, sarcastic elder daughter, Joseph Gordon Levitt as the guy who just wants to date the pretty girl and the late Heath Ledger playing the bad boy everyone gossips about but no-one truly knows. Great soundtrack too. I watched it recently and it is a little dated now but still oh so enjoyable and still endlessly quotable: "I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?"

I always thought 'Get Over It' starring Kirsten Dunst (again), Ben Foster, Martin Short, Sisqo (weirdly) and Colin Hanks was a pretty decent teen comedy. It's quite self-aware and quirky in places. Give it a go teen movie fans!

I not only remember the original "Buffy" movie, I quote the damn thing. "Excuse much, rude or anything?" "Nice ensemble" and Alan Cumming's outstanding death scene is re-enacted frequently in my house.

^^ *this*

ooo eee ooo ahh ahh ooo ohhh

Only it wasn't Alan Cummings. It was Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman. Regardless, my husband and I have re-enacted that scene as well.

The only movie you've listed that I "don't remember" was Cherry Falls.

I watched Drop Dead Gorgeous again the other day, after having not seen it for about 10 years, and it's still as great as ever. I'd forgotten just how funny it was, and I was glad there was no-one around to see me laughing like an idiot all the way through.

The Craft is the best film in the list. A classic which holds up perfectly today thanks.

How can you have Scream, The Faculty and I know what you did last Summer but not have 'Urban Legend'? Ok it might not be a well known as those movies despite a young Jared Leto in the cast but its more befitting the less memorable movies list over Cherry Falls, Buffy, Wild Things and Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Criminal. I also own Disturbing Behaviour - I praise it greatly in helping me to avoid future Nick Stahl movies - because he is worse than awful. Terribad.

Who doesn't remember drop dead gorgeous? The ice cream steal is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
And not remember Wild Things? Please.

I still don't understand why Whedon disowned the Buffy movie, it's a perfectly good movie, and I think in some ways is better than the series. That and it's a lot more like the series than people think. I may also be a little biased because I am not a fan of Guellar. Also, what's with the praise of Lillard? He's mediocre at best.

Haha! My wife always confuses Alan Cumming with Paul Reubens too. It's forgivable. The Buffy movie is superior to the series in my opinion.

I'm pretty much the same way, I turned 14 in 1990, but saw very few of these movies. I still love Buffy though. Good flick.

And the car washing scene.

I remember all these movies!

I watch it once a year or so and it still makes me laugh like a fool and there are still moments I can’t believe they got away with. I imagine my future self either as Janney or Barkin with her hook…

I remember Cherry Falls and Varsity Blues. I saw Cherry Falls at the cinema with some mates, I remember being a proper little turd throughout the whole film, talking at the top of my voice, throwing Popcorn around. I get embarrassed thinking about it now. I was being the person that I hate the most in cinemas now, show off teenagers that come to piss about instead of watch the film you spent nearly 10 quid to see. Karma, pfft!

I remember all of these. Especially Wild Things. Seventeen year old Me remembers watching the pool scene and threesome scene five or six times. Sue me.

Agreed, it's cheesy but still fun :)

10 quid?! Not back then it wasn't! :D

Quite right! I was referring to now, apologies if I wasn't clear, I don't remember the price from back then. 4 quid? Maybe 5 or 6 on Friday and Saturday nights.

I remember Buffy, Dead Man's Curve, Disturbing Behaviour, Wild Things, Cherry Falls, Idle Hands, Varsity Blues and Drop Dead Gorgeous. Thanks for asking.

Not a bad list, although Wild Things should probably be on the "You Remember" category.

Don't you mean Paul Ruebens, aka Pee Wee?

You don't remember "But I'm a Cheerleader"? It's awesome!

What about Big Mac? Lots of love?

My favorite to!

I hope no one remembers "Girl". It's awful.

Wild things made a man of me.

Thanks for the essay, GraigLines. This was my favourite part: "Of course, the real reason for your comment is to let us all know exactly how much you know about films."

It was my favourite part because you failed to realise that you were posting it on a website called "Den of Geek" - where know-it-all cinefiles make up a large percentage of the readership. ;)

This decade needed much more John Hughes.

Drop Dead Gorgeous is an amazing film! Works on all levels - almost Christopher Guest-level satire with a great ensemble cast giving some career-best performances. Was Denise Richards anywhere near as good as this is anything else?

How come you didn't see any of these films, not the genre you're into?

"Eliza Dushku plays a bad girl. Kirsten Dunst plays an uptight girl. Together, they need to lead a cheerleading squad to victory over a nasty, cheating squad who always win everything."

You never watched this movie then... Too many good films left off this list, never heard of 'Can't Hardly Wait' and Idle Hands is just brilliant and surely is remembered by many more than myself.

Also, the bit where Sarah said "it's alright" was wrong too, cos it's clearly CHEERTASTIC.

IMHO Nick Stahl was great in Bully, and in Sin City...

Good call. Excellent film. Hard to find a decent copy of - I seem to remember the DVD I watched was in 4:3.

I saw Disturbing Behavior several times in the theater. It's been one of my favorite films over the years. I definitely didn't forget it.

who the hell doesn't remember the "you don't remember" films?

To be fair I haven't seen Bully, so I can't comment and thanks to make up and special effects I didn't realise it was him playing that character in Sin City. While I may be willing to concede he plays that character well in that movie, I suspect that If you or I made 30+ Movies we'd get it right once or twice ourselves. He's still bad.

I agree about Buffy - and I wish he'd kept the idea of the Slayer having cramps whenever vampires were around. He could have got a promotional tie-in with Midol out of it.

If my memory serves they hire a choreographer and learn a routine but discover that the same guy has taught his routine to other teams...

Oh I loved She's All That, Bring It On and The Faculty (Josh Hartnett's presence helped me overcome my fear of horror films). Other ones worth mentioning are 10 Things I Hate About You, American Pie and Heathers.

Just not my genre. Plus that I think the 90's more or less suck completely from an artistic point of view. A lot of these films are, in my opinion, bad cheese without the excuse of it being the 80's.

I understand where you're coming from, although I do have a penchant for the 90's cheesy slasher movies

Too right, these other people with their differing [from me] opinions should just shut the hell up!

Im sexy, I'm cute, and I'm popular to boot!
I might be a geek now but I still LOVE Bring it on!!

Wild Things = Classic = Unforgettable

I saw more of your dont remember list, than the remember list..... I must have been uber cool!

I can't imagine anyone who was in their late teens or twenties when it came out forgetting Wild Things, although (to be fair to the author) I expect many will have forgotten the plot a long time ago. Apart from the obvious moments that stick in my memory (that others have referred to already), I also remember Kevin Bacon's revealing appearance at one point in the film being a bit of a shock.

its still the reason I'm crap in bed, every night they haunt me. And i still can't steal knickers as well as Matt Dillon

And you're in the category with obnoxious keyboard warrior douchebags. I remember most of these movies, especially the ones you don't remember. Not knocking the authors time and effort, but maybe assuming we haven't seen cult movies from our teens is not the way to structure the article, maybe a contrast of high profile and under the radar movies would have a much warmer reception.

But yeah, you say 'away with you' you just come off like a d*ck, so please grow up you irritating pillock.

Wild things was amaaaaazing! I remember every twist - it was brilliant.

Yeah I get those 2 mixed up LOL

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