90s movies I will never watch again (because I watched them so many times)

There are some 90s movies that I can never watch again. Not because they’re bad but because I’ve seen them one too many times. I find myself feeling conflicted whenever I scroll past them on my streaming service of choice. My mind goes, “I love that movie! Ugh, but I can never watch it again.” It’s not quite like getting the ick, but it is some iteration of getting the ughs, if that’s a thing.

There’s a certain sadness in retiring a movie, or simply accepting I can watch it again, maybe, in about a decade. I don’t hate these movies, to be clear. I just can’t watch them.

I remember much of my childhood in the 1990s and 2000s was spent in my room with a stack of VHS tapes and then DVDs that I obsessively played over and over until I knew most of the script. I was never into acting, but based on my memorization of seemingly meaningless lines, I may have made a good actor had I tried harder. Even now, when these movies come on in the background, I find myself anticipating the next line. I can play every part.

But I cannot watch these movies, I just can’t.

Whenever I find new 90s movies I never heard of, I almost get excited and think maybe it can replace the movie I can no longer watch. But, it never hits quite the same. There isn’t a nostalgia of 13-year-old Courtney watching a movie on a 12″ television with a built in VHS player. There is just 37 year-old me, analyzing the outfits and makeup. Not to replicate but to write about. I can’t get that teenage lens back, it’s lost to time.

Now, I just memorialize these movies in blog and Instagram posts for your enjoyment. Because I can never watch them again.

90s movies I can never watch again (a list)

Here’s a short list of movies I love but can never watch again. I’ll add more as I think of these movies, but for now, enjoy! And I hope you can watch these because I simply cannot.

Empire Records (1995): I watched this movie so, so, so many times. I even had two copies of the DVD and the soundtrack to match. I wrote about Liv Tyler’s wardrobe in the movie. I plan on returning to this movie in future posts, because truth be told, I don’t think Liv Tyler’s wardrobe is the most interesting wardrobe in this movie But, that’s a post for another day!

Practical Magic (1998): This is a seminole movie for many people who grew up in the 90s and became inclined to witchiness. I love the acting in this movie, the sets, and even the dumb plot lines. I’d love to do a wardrobe review of this movie, but I usually rewatch the films when I do this, and I’m just not ready!

The Craft (1996): This is another highly influential witchy movie that impacted many teenagers and 20-somethings in the 90s. I even wrote about the Catholic school girl uniforms. This is a great horror movie that’s also a coming of age story.

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