While video tapes have become all but obsolete in today’s streaming culture, there was a time when they were a huge part of home entertainment. Rather than having to wait for something interesting to roll around on cable, you could watch any movie — on demand — so long as you had it on VHS. And while every household’s taste in movies varied, odds are if you lived through the 1990s, you had a certain roster of popular films in your video library.
Introduced in the late 1970s, the VHS grew in popularity throughout the ’80s — becoming a mainstay in most American households by the ’90s. The bulky, cumbersome mechanics of video tapes would eventually be replaced by DVDs, which would then be swapped for Blu-rays, which would ultimately be eschewed in favor of internet-based streaming. There’s no arguing that the modern way is more convenient than its predecessors, but there’s something nostalgic about having to rewind your VHS every time you want to watch a movie. Tapes would skip and get scratched, but that was part of their charm.
For whatever reason, there were some movies released in the ’90s that just made sense on VHS. It might even feel weird to watch a certain movie from the ’90s on a big flat-screen TV when you remember watching it on the warm, fuzzy television screen from decades ago.
If you were a ’90s kid — or just a ’90s kid at heart — here are 10 movies we can almost guarantee you had in your VHS collection.
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