14 Throwback Movies to Stream Now

Not sure what to watch? These nostalgic films from the ‘80s and ‘90s will bring back the memories and keep you entertained.

During these days of social distancing, you’ve probably streamed all of the shows and movies there are to stream. So why not circle back to the classics? 

Here’s a list of our favorite throwback films that are deserving of a revisit. 

The Shining 

When the Torrance family self-isolated at the Overlook Hotel one winter to fulfill obligations for the father’s job, things got spooky fast as horror from inside the hotel and inside the father began to unravel. This classic has been scaring audiences for decades. 

Where To Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Why We Love It: Not only is there an enticing storyline that is oddly relatable right now, but it  also has a great cast with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

While we’re staying home, one beloved character is looking to phone home! Watch E.T. with the whole family, as this touchingly sweet film tells the tale of a young boy who helps an alien return to his home planet. 

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Why We Love It: This movie is especially good for those missing the parks during this time. Since you can’t ride E.T. Adventure, revisit this touching tale of friendship on the small screen.

The Breakfast Club 

Being stuck at home may feel a lot like being stuck in detention. Relive the adventures of five Shermer High School students as they get to know each other, and eventually begin to like each other, during a full Saturday in detention. 

Where to Watch: Hulu

Why We Love It: It’s pure ‘80s nostalgia that we just can’t get enough of. 

The Goonies 

Looking for a story of adventure and possible treasure? Then follow this group of misfits who follow a map on a journey to find pirate treasure and save their homes from a greedy developer.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Why We Love It: This is a movie that the whole family can enjoy together. It has all the adventure you could ever want: treasure, twists and plenty of turns. 

Back To The Future 

When Marty McFly gets his hands on the DeLorean time machine of kooky scientist, Doc Brown, he ends up in 1955. The only problem isn’t getting back to the ‘80s, though. Marty messed up a piece of his past and must play Cupid to restore the future. 

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Why We Love It: This much-loved classic is exciting from start to finish. We’ll likely be watching all the sequels, too.  

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

Looking for the ultimate day of excitement? You can’t sneak off to New York City with your best pals and dance in a huge parade like Ferris Bueller did, but you can do the next best thing and snuggle up on the couch with this movie. 

Where To Watch: Netflix

Why We Love It:This teen comedic classic tells an upbeat story of teen rebellion, having fun and making the most of a day off.

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

When a father’s scientific invention actually works, he accidentally shrinks his kids and their neighborhood friends. In this feel-good film, four miniature teens must battle the dangers of their larger-than-life backyard while their dad tries to find them and reverse the disaster.

Where To Watch: Disney+

Why We Love It: This film is fun for all ages, especially the kids, who will be dreaming of digging into a giant Little Debbie snack just like we did at their age.

My Girl 

Stream this movie to follow an outgoing 11-year-old girl as she learns about love, loss and life. Accompanied by her best friend, Vada takes us on a nostalgic tale of friendship, crushes and life changes.

Where to Watch:Netflix

Why We Love It:We love the friendship of Thomas J. and Vada, and the lessons learned throughout the film are still relatable. This is a classic that gives all the feels.  


Dog lovers will especially love this throwback. In the comedic family drama, a loveable St. Bernard escapes a dog-napper and finds himself in the lives of a wonderful family. But that’s not all, as this pup must win the heart of a stubborn father to escape evil Dr.Varnick.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Why We Love It:The main character is an adorable dog. What more can we say? 

A League of Their Own 

Many individuals are missing sports these days. So why not go back to the ‘90s with this classic tale of an All-American sports team? It takes viewers on the journey of two sisters who join the first professional women’s baseball team.

Where to Watch:Amazon Prime Video

Why We Love It: It’s fun and has an incredible cast that includes Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Hanks and many more.

The Sandlot 

If one film about sports doesn’t quench your thirst for athletics then throw it back to a feisty crew of fifth graders on a summertime adventure. When Scotty Smalls moves to town, Benny Rodriguez shows him the ropes of baseball and battling the neighborhood beast: a dog!

Where To Watch: Hulu

Why We Love It:This classic coming-of-age movie is great for the whole family with appropriate comedy and a story of friendly adventures.

Groundhog Day 

All the days seem the same lately, just as one TV weatherman’s assignment in Punxsutawney for a Groundhog Day report. As he continues living the same day over and over, he finds a way to turn the situation to his advantage. 

Where to Watch:Netflix

Why We Love It:As many times we watch it, this charming romantic comedy featuring an adorable groundhog never gets old. 


Bored during quarantine? Ugh, as if! Flip on this classic chick flick before you flip out. It tells the story of Cher, a Beverly Hills teen who navigates the troubles of making new friends, doing well in school and dealing with an unexpected crush.

Where To Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Why We Love It: We’re still crushing on Cher’s closet and might use it as inspiration for our own home organization. 

Now and Then

During a life-changing summer, five friends take viewers along as they attempt to solve a town murder. As they navigate their own troubles involving growing up, they learn the importance of sticking together. 

Where To Watch:Netflix

Why We Love It:This movie is friendship goals and we can’t get enough of it. 

Written by Kelly Gilmore

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