Monday, August 17, 2015

My Favorite 80s and 90s Movies Currently on Netflix

Like the rest of the country, I am a big fan of Netflix. Having so many TV shows and movies at my fingertips, instantly available for my viewing pleasure, has been wonderful. I watch Netflix almost every morning when I'm on the treadmill, and I frequently have some classic movie on in the background if I'm home and doing other things, like working on my computer or washing dishes.

As I business person, I am also in awe of how the company completely changed its business model and is now more successful because of it. Let me tell you, this kind of turnaround is rare. (I definitely need to read the Harvard Business Review write-up on Netflix. If you've gotten your MBA, you are well aware of these case studies!)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) with Sarah Jessica Parker and Lee Montgomery

I recently talked with some of the younger staff members in my office, and it was so funny to me that they had never seen movies like Can't Buy Me Love or Girls Just Want to Have Fun - movies that were staples in my childhood and teen years. Many of these movies are now available to watch on Netflix streaming, and I recently made one such staff member, who was home sick, watch Can't Buy Me Love. Surprise, surprise... She loved it. That experience has inspired me to create this list of my favorite 1980s and 1990s movies currently on Netflix.

Can't Buy Me Love (1987) with Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson

As you know, Netflix often changes its roster, so watch now before they're no longer available for streaming. This list is also comprised of movies that I consider favorites/classics. To me, that means I can watch them multiple times without wanting to scream. Movies that win Best Picture, or are highly critically acclaimed, are most likely not on this list.

*Movies listed in alphabetical order.


  1. Baby Boom
  2. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  3. The Burbs
  4. Can’t Buy Me Love
  5. Coming to America
  6. Dirty Dancing
  7. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  8. Footloose
  9. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  10. Grease 2
  11. Heathers
  12. Mr. Mom
  13. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  14. Stand By Me
  15. Teen Witch
  16. The Terminator
  17. Terms of Endearment
  18. Three Fugitives
  19. Top Gun
  20. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  21. Witness


  1. The Big Lebowski
  2. Chasing Amy
  3. Clueless
  4. Forrest Gump
  5. Ghost
  6. Hook
  7. Jerry Maguire
  8. Muriel’s Wedding
  9. My Best Friend’s Wedding
  10. Scream
  11. Shakespeare in Love
  12. The Sixth Sense
  13. Sleepless in Seattle
  14. Sliding Doors
  15. Soapdish
  16. Strictly Ballroom
  17. While You Were Sleeping