Anyone who lived through the 90s knows that there are plenty of great comedies from that decade. These movies can bring up feelings of nostalgia for anyone who had a chance to watch them back in the day. The jokes were great, the stories were hilarious, and they often featured some great comedians and actors who don't get seen as much in films today. These 90s comedies are truly great, and they are chock full of laughs, heart, and great performances.
Everyone has their favorite movies from that decade, and they can often say a lot about the person. After all, what kind of comedies do they like? Maybe they are into slapstick, and they enjoy seeing people get into situations where they make a mess or get hurt. Maybe they prefer their comedies to have a lot of silly jokes, ones that they can endlessly quote with their friends. Then again, maybe they like romantic comedies, ones that make them laugh but also make their heart swell. No matter what kind of 90s comedies a person prefers, they are all great in their own way.
Try picking or passing on any of these hilarious 90s comedies to see if we can guess your sign!
Good Burger is about a high school student who has to pay for repairs to his teacher’s car after an accident. He gets a job at the local fast food restaurant called Good Burger, where he meets many wacky employees and customers. Good Burger faces some serious competition after a major burger chain opens up right across the street. This film starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, who at the time were big stars together on Nickelodeon. Thompson is currently a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
Friday is an uproarious comedy that follows the lives of two friends, played by Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, living in South Central Los Angeles. Craig, played by Ice Cube, got fired from his job after being accused of stealing. This unfortunate situation makes Craig’s life complicated, as he owes money to some seriously bad people, and he needs to get it together by the end of the day with the help of his friend, Smokey. The dismissive phrase, "Bye Felisha” was popularized by this film.
The Wedding Singer:
The 1980s-set comedy The Wedding Singer stars Adam Sandler as the titular wedding singer, who truly believes in love. That is until he is left at the altar by his wife-to-be. After that, he has a lot of emotional trouble which begins to affect his work. He no longer sings at weddings, but still gets a decent amount of work. He meets a waitress played by Drew Barrymore, and the two immediately develop a good rapport. Unfortunately for Sandler’s character, Barrymore’s character is getting married soon.
Coneheads is based on a popular classic Saturday Night Live sketch, in which Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin play aliens from the planet Remulak, who have very distinctive heads shaped like, well, cones. They become stranded on Earth and must try their best to blend in with humans. They have a daughter who adapts well to Earth life, but they are constantly in danger of being found out by INS. The film featured an all-star cast of comedians and famous actors.
Wayne’s world is a comedy based on yet another popular Saturday Night Live sketch. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey star as Wayne and Garth, two long-haired rockers who host a public access television show from Wayne’s mom’s basement. In the film, the show is picked up by a major network and sponsored by a line of arcades. However, Wayne and Garth do not like how their show is changed to fit in with mainstream entertainment. They turn against their boss and get into a lot of trouble.
Kindergarten Cop is a hilarious comedy from the 90s that put one of the most unexpected people right in the middle of a classroom full of rambunctious kids. A police detective is tasked with going undercover as a teacher when it is discovered that a crime boss’s kid is one of the students in the class. Unfortunately, as much as this detective is used to dealing with dangerous criminals, he is definitely not ready to deal with rowdy kids, who keep getting on his nerves.
The Sandlot is a classic 90s comedy about a bunch of kids who don’t want to spend their summer doing anything but playing baseball and having fun. When a new kid named Smalls moves to town, he is desperate to make friends. He joins up with the baseball playing crew and quickly earns his place, even if his lack of s’mores knowledge does sometimes irk one of the players. Eventually the kids have to try and get back a baseball signed by Babe Ruth that Smalls lost.
Little Giants is a sports comedy from the 1990s about a father desperately trying to live up to the standards of his brother by coaching his own team of football-challenged kids. This happens after his daughter, who is actually really great, is not allowed to join the team. Eventually, the brothers decide to face off in a football game to see who has the better team. Luckily, the underdog kids manage to get a little bit of help from some football greats when their bus breaks down in town.
The Waterboy is a football comedy starring Adam Sandler. In the film, Sandler’s character, Bobby, works as the waterboy for a college football team. However, after the coach discovers that Bobby actually has a very powerful tackle when he gets angry, he immediately puts him on the team. This goes against the wishes of Bobby’s mother, who is always trying to protect him from everything, including school, football, and Bobby’s girlfriend. Eventually, he becomes one of the most valuable players on the team, earning the respect of his teammates.
Groundhog Day is a classic 90s comedy that stars Bill Murray as a weather reporter who is sent to Pennsylvania to cover the story of the most famous groundhog in America on the titular day. However, after waking up the next day, Murray discovers that he is living Groundhog Day once again. No matter what he tries to do, he finds he is just living the same day over and over again. It is only after he learns to be a better person that the day finally stops repeating.
The Mighty Ducks:
The Mighty Ducks is a beloved 90s sports comedy about a ragtag group of kids coming together to form a hockey team under the tutelage of Gordon Bombay, a former NHL player turned lawyer who is sentenced to community service. The kids aren’t exactly superstars of the sport, struggling to make themselves into a great team. Eventually, though, they figure out how to work as a team, especially when they bring a couple of ringers, and take on the best team in the league.
Hocus Pocus is a cult classic 90s Disney comedy about three witches who wreaked all sorts of havoc on a small village over a hundred years ago before being magically locked away. In the modern day, the witches are accidentally set free by a boy and his sister, and they must work together to put the witches back in a place where they won’t do any harm. The film stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the witch sisters.
The Mask is a magical superhero comedy that stars Jim Carrey as a bank clerk named Stanley Ipkiss, who just can’t seem to get a win for himself. One day, he discovers a magical mask, that when worn during the nighttime hours, turns him into a living cartoon. He decides to use his newfound powers to fight crime throughout the city, even as he is hunted down by the police. The film also starred Cameron Diaz and was her very first film.
Liar Liar is a classic 90s comedy that utilizes magical realism to tell a great story. Jim Carrey plays a lawyer who has a problem with keeping his promises. After his son makes a special birthday wish, he is physically and mentally unable to tell a lie in any form, even by writing it down. The plot was helped immensely by Carrey’s manic persona and exaggerated body movements. Throughout the film, his character learns the value of being honest with the people he cares about.
My Cousin Vinny:
My cousin Vinny stars Joe Pesci as a wise guy New York lawyer who travels to Alabama to help his cousin who is accused of a serious crime. Vinny finds it difficult to adapt to life in the small southern town, even as he is joined by his girlfriend. The two of them work together to figure out how to make a case for Vinny’s clients. This film is surprisingly accurate in terms of how court proceedings move forward and is sometimes used for teaching in law classes.
In Big Daddy, Adam Sandler plays a man who doesn’t want to grow up. One day, a boy shows up at his door, looking for his dad. He is the son of one of Sandler’s friends, who is out of the country. Sandler decides to pose as his friend so that the kid can stay with him until his biological father returns. Sandler’s character learns a lot of lessons through taking care of this boy and growing close with him.
My Best Friend's Wedding:
This romantic comedy stars Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Cameron Diaz. A woman makes a deal with her male best friend that if neither of them is married by the time they are 28, they will marry each other. Unfortunately, she finds out that he is engaged just four days before her 28th birthday. Things get even more complicated when she is asked by the bride to be the maid of honor. She does her best to make sure the wedding won’t happen, which leads to some interesting developments.
Billy Madison is a hilarious comedy that stars Adam Sandler in the title role as a man who has coasted through life due to his rich hotel magnate father. When his father says he is not leaving the business to him because he never actually succeeded in school, Billy makes a bet to prove that he can get through school on his own by volunteering to attend every grade in just a few months in order to earn his father’s respect.
Airheads is a cult comedy from the 90s that stars Brendan Frasier, Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler as a three-man band that just can’t seem to make it. The band, paradoxically called the Lone Rangers, storms a radio station, holding the staff hostage until their song is played. The situation keeps getting worse, and eventually, the standoff is picked up by national news stations. The band eventually gets to play a show in front of a captive audience, but still has to spend time in jail.
Black Sheep came out just a year after David Spade and Chris Farley starred in Tommy Boy, and it remains a cult classic. Farley plays the dim-witted brother of a candidate who is running for office. A campaign aide played by David Spade is tasked with keeping him out of trouble, which proves harder than he thought. The film makes subtle references to what goes on during such an election, and it features some hilarious moments between Spade and Farley.
Tommy Boy is about the son of the owner of a car parts company going on a journey with an old friend and business acquaintance to sell enough car parts to keep the struggling business operating. The film stars former Saturday Night Live performers David Spade and Chris Farley, who had an excellent working relationship and comedic chemistry. The film is full of quotable lines and is still considered to be a cult comedy classic. It can also be used to teach sales techniques.
It might seem unlikely, but there really was a bobsled team from Jamaica! Cool Runnings tells the true story of athletes from Jamaica who entered themselves in the 1988 winter Olympics as a bobsled team. The film also co-starred John Candy as the team’s coach. The team’s enthusiasm for the sport, despite the fact they came from a place with no snow, was both hilarious and inspiring. Cool Runnings remains a popular sports movie, and one of Disney’s most beloved live-action films.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective:
In Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Jim Carrey plays a truly weird and silly investigator who specializes in finding lost pets. When Snowflake, the mascot of the Miami Dolphins is stolen, Ace is hired to find the thief and bring Snowflake back. This is much to the chagrin of the Miami police force, who really do not appreciate Ace’s weird sense of humor or behavior. However, he proves that he is a better detective than they might think, in spite of his strange personality.
Robin Williams plays a divorced father of three children who goes to great lengths to spend more time with them in Mrs. Doubtfire. After he makes a mess of his son’s birthday, he is ordered to have no contact with his children pending a custody decision. Williams comes up with a plan to pose as a female nanny in order to work for his wife and see his kids. There are plenty of shenanigans that go on, and the kids eventually find out the truth.
BASEketball is a satirical sports comedy starring the creators of South Park, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone. The film is about two slackers who invent a new sport, which is a combination of baseball and basketball. The small neighborhood game is eventually expanded into a national league with teams from all over the United States. The film perfectly pokes fun at the tropes and cliches of other sports movies while also being really silly. The psyche outs are especially hilarious.
Happy Gilmore stars Adam Sandler as a guy who can’t make it as a hockey player. Eventually, he discovers that he is a great golfer, due to his weird shot which includes a running start. He ends up playing in the PGA, much to the chagrin of Shooter McGavin, another professional golfer who really dislikes Happy’s demeanor and style. Happy Gilmore is still one of Adam Sandler’s most popular comedies. It even spawned catchphrases that are used in professional golf today.
Mallrats was the follow up to Kevin Smith’s film, Clerks, but it didn’t receive anywhere near the same amount of praise. Still, it had its fans and continued to build on Kevin Smith’s film world, known as the View Askewniverse. Two friends spend the day at the local mall, thinking about how they can change their lives and get their girlfriends back. It even features a cameo from Stan Lee! Overall, it is not a perfect film, but it is still a lot of fun.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery:
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery starred Mike Myers in the title role. Austin is a swinging secret agent from England who is frozen in the 1960s and brought back in the 90s. His nemesis, Dr. Evil (also played by Myers) has been unfrozen as well and is trying to pull off some big plans. The film has two sequels and was a massive cultural hit. It spawned several catchphrases that got old pretty quick, but it was still a lot of fun.
Dumb and Dumber:
Dumb and Dumber stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd and Harry, two best friends who can’t stop messing up and getting everything wrong, no matter how hard they try. Lloyd meets a beautiful woman who leaves a suitcase at the airport. Lloyd tries desperately to get it back to her but has to travel with his friend Harry across the country to find her again. Eventually, they discover the suitcase is full of money, which they end up spending.
Heavyweights is about a camp for kids who need to lose weight. Although the camp seems like fun at first, it is soon taken over and run by an overly strict fitness guru who wants to further his brand by showing the effectiveness of the camp. The campers eventually take over the camp after trapping the instructor. However, in all of the fun they are having, they learn a valuable lesson about taking responsibility for their lives and being better.
Home Alone remains one of the most popular Christmas comedies out there. Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, is forgotten by his family as they head to Paris, meaning he is, well, home alone. Kevin is pleased at first, taking the opportunity to do whatever he wants, including ordering a plain cheese pizza and eating a huge bowl of ice cream. However, after his house is singled out by the wet bandits, he must do everything he can to protect his family’s home.
In Rush Hour, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan star as two detectives who must get past their differences in order to solve a case. They are tasked with finding the daughter of a high ranking official from China. Even there are plenty of cultural differences, the two eventually learn from each other and figure out how to work together effectively. The film was well-received, with Tucker and Chan earning praise for their on-screen chemistry. It was followed by two sequels.
The Nutty Professor:
The Nutty Professor, a modern remake of the 1960s comedy classic, stars Eddie Murphy as a professor who is on the larger side. He concocts a formula that could potentially make him thin, which he takes after being embarrassed at a comedy club during a date. Beyond the main character, Eddie Murphy also plays the professor’s family members, who were the subject of a sequel. The movie explores what happens to Murphy’s character’s personality when he turns himself thin, and how his personality begins to fracture.
There's Something About Mary:
Ben Stiller plays a man who was about to go to the prom with the girl of his dreams until a zipper mishap puts him in the hospital in There’s Something About Mary. Years later, Stiller hires a private detective and asks him to find Mary. Things get more complicated when the detective develops an attraction to Mary as well. Soon, it is revealed that there are many men who are attracted to Mary and want to go out with her.
Clerks was the first film made by director Kevin Smith. It remains a staple of DIY films. Clerks is about a day in the life of Dante and Randall, two friends working at a convenience store and a video store which are right next to each other. Throughout the day, Dante and Randall have conversations about life, movies, and relationships, all while dealing with strange and sometimes hostile customers. Kevin Smith made the film on a very limited budget, even filming at the store where he was working part-time.
Clueless is a staple of 90s teen movies. Alicia Silverstone plays Cher Horowitz, a well-to-do girl attending high school in Beverly Hills. She is fashionable, smart, and popular. She embarks on a few bad relationships, all while trying to fix up the new girl in school to make her more popular. The movie was praised for its intelligent script, which was loosely based on the classic novel Emma. The film also stars Dan Hedaya, Wallace Shawn, and Paul Rudd.
Can't Hardly Wait:
Can’t Hardly Wait is a great cult teen film from the 90s. It stars Ethan Embry as a high school loser who has waited all four years to talk to the most popular girl in school, with whom he is in love. After the graduation ceremony, the entire senior class heads to one party, where all of the events of the film take place. There are plenty of interconnecting stories, and the film has a great cast, including Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt,
Spice World is a zany musical comedy that is all about the misadventures of the Spice Girls. Back in the 90s, the Spice Girls were everywhere. It wasn’t enough that they were dominating the airwaves on pop radio stations, they also had to be featured in a film. The group’s acting skills left a lot to be desired, but the film was popular with Spice Girls fans anyway. The colorful film also starred Alan Cumming, Mark McKinney, and George Wendt.
Encino Man is a hilarious 90s comedy about two friends, played by Sean Astin and Pauly Shore, who discover a caveman (played by Brendan Frasier) frozen in ice while digging a hole for a new pool. The caveman thaws out and is miraculously still alive. The two friends try to acquaint him with modern life and even pass him off as a foreign exchange student. However, things start to get complicated when the caveman tries to figure out what happened to the rest of his people.
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion:
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is a film that stars Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino as two longtime friends who, after graduating from high school, can’t seem to get their lives together. When they are invited to their high school reunion, they decide to go in order to show everyone how successful they are. Unfortunately, they have no way to display success, so they instead make up some lies which begin to get them.in a lot of trouble with their former classmates.