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What was once the streaming giant where every TV and movie buff streamed entertainment is now apparently struggling due to a saturated market and password sharing (among other things), CNN reported on Netflix’s fall from grace. Although not many streaming sites can compare with Netflix’s inventory of media, their stock’s decline has investors asking questions.
With other services like Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max, Netflix is no longer the big dog. Tubi is the next newer subscription service that set itself apart due to being free and viewers never needing a login to watch movies or shows. Tubi doesn’t always have the newest releases but the network does have some highly rated movies from the ‘90s for those looking for a taste of nostalgia.
Now And Then (1995) – 6.7
Tubi is one of the best free movie apps because it has movies that aren’t on other streaming services or aren’t promoted enough. The 1995 classic drama Now and Then is a great example of a movie that gets overlooked but was loved in it’s time.
Starring Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson, the movie followed four childhood best friends reuniting after Wilson’s character was about to give birth. The four very different women had flashbacks to their times as friends in the ‘70s, showing just how much this group of women went through. There are dramatic and dark moments but there’s also humor and romance. The 6.7 rating on IMDb showed that it’s a movie for all dynamics and for those who relish nostalgia.
Sleepless In Seattle (1993) – 6.8
Sleepless in Seattle is one of those ‘90s classics that still hold up today. It starred two of the biggest actors at the time (who are still heavyweights today), Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, as the movie’s protagonists and eventual love interests.
Hanks played a content single dad named Sam living in Seattle with his son Jonah. With it being years since Sam’s wife passed away, Jonah wanted a stepmom to keep his dad happy. He called into a late-night radio show hoping his dad’s praises would be enough to find a suitor. And funny enough, Ryan’s character Annie was listening and had to meet Sam herself. What followed next was an adventure of time, love, spontaneity, and serendipitous happenings. It’s one of the best romances of the ‘90s with a 6.8 rating.
The Mask (1994) – 6.9
The Mask was one of Jim Carrey’s highest-grossing movies, earning more than $350 million at box offices. For the period, this was a huge deal for Carrey’s career. The fantasy/comedy showed Carrey as a so-called normal guy, Stanley, who worked at a bank, but his life changed forever when he met Cameron Diaz’s character Tina and found an old mask that transformed him into an alter ego that he had no recollection of when the mask came off.
Stanley soon found himself in this world of mystery and crime — all thanks to a mask. The 6.9 rating could have been higher on IMDB, especially seeing how well it did in theaters, but it’s still a fan favorite for Carrey fans.
Pretty Woman (1990) – 7.1
Pretty Woman was a classic that starred Julia Roberts (Vivian) and Richard Gere (Edward). The movie played into the fake relationship trope when Edward hired Vivian (who was an escort) to be his company while he was in town for business. Vivian wasn’t used to the amount of wealth and attention she was given from Edward, and their little spiel turned into real feelings for each other.
Pretty Woman had laughs, iconic lines, and amazing acting from Roberts and Gere, earning the movie a 7.1 on IMDb.
The Man In The Moon (1991) – 7.3
Reese Witherspoon is the rom-com queen and has been working since she was a young girl. She has one of the most impressive resumes in Hollywood and continues to make impressive hits. One of Witherspoon’s earlier movies was 1991s The Man in the Moon.
The coming-of-age tale focused on Dani (Reece Witherspoon) and her crush on her neighbor Court. Although the two detested each other at the start, they formed an unlikely friendship and developed feelings for each other. This all changed when Court met Dani’s older sister Maureen. What followed was angst, drama, and mourning as their lives changed forever that summer. This movie was one of Reese’s best, earning a high score on IMDb.
Malcolm X (1992) – 7.7
In 1992, Denzel Washington portrayed one of the more historically accurate movies, portraying famed activist Malcolm X. Directed by Spike Lee, the movie is based on Malcolm’s autobiography.
The film dissected Malcolm’s childhood and the intense situations he was forced to face as a young man of color. After being jailed for six years, Malcolm learned more about the Muslim religion and dedicated his future to its teachings among other issues around race. The older and more successful Malcolm became, the more he learned and the more dangerous his life became. Washington was praised for his portrayal of the iconic leader and won accolades for his performance.
The Sandlot (1993) – 7.8
When Scott Smalls moved to a new town, he was desperate to make friends with a group of neighborhood kids who played baseball every day in the summer. It took some time, but Smalls soon became a member of the group and had the summer of his life, thanks to a messy and hilarious group of kids. The coming-of-age movie has everything from romance to sports to relatable family issues and friendship.
The Sixth Sense (1999) – 8.2
One of the spookiest movies on this list that’s highly rated on IMDb is Bruce Willis’s The Sixth Sense.
Willis portrayed a child psychologist (Malcolm Crowe) consumed by his young patient (Cole Sear) who claimed to see and speak to dead people. Malcolm dedicated his time and effort to saving Cole from harming himself and focusing on the good that his gift gave him. Knowing there was nothing to be afraid of, Cole flourished during his time with Malcolm. In the end, however, Malcolm came to terms with a dark secret that he had been ignoring and had to face to find peace after working with Cole. The Sixth Sense was one of Willis’ more iconic roles.
The Matrix (1999) – 8.5
The Matrix is one of the more well-known science fiction movies that led to two equally successful sequels. With Keanu Reeves as the main character, Thomas Anderson (aka Neo), the movie had countless accolades for its storytelling and originality.
Neo spent the majority of his time thinking there was more to life that was unknown to the general public. As a tech guru and computer hacker, Neo knew he was meant for more but didn’t know what that was. So when he was introduced to two mysterious characters that showed him a new sense of reality (the Matrix), Neo did his best to understand this new future. The movie was intense and an illusion for many that opened up a new way of thinking.
The Green Mile (1999) – 8.6
Frank Darabont directed, wrote, and produced one of the highest-rated movies on Tubi from the ‘90s, The Green Mile. Darabont was also known for his work on The Shawshank Redemption. With an 8.6 rating, The Green Mile starred Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan.
Hanks portrayed Officer Paul at a penitentiary whose views on the system changed after meeting an inmate named John Coffey. Coffey was convicted of murdering young sisters but Paul soon felt like he was wrongly convicted after learning more about Coffey and his backstory. Even more, Coffey appeared to have supernatural powers that healed others that Paul couldn’t deny. The movie was a dark and emotional one but brilliantly done. Luckily for old and new fans, it can be viewed for free on Tubi.
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