There are certain movies that you’ve watched way too many times, either because you’ve got the old tapes or DVDs, or they’re on TV a lot, or they’re video comfort food you queue up on Netflix and play in the background while cleaning your apartment. It feels like those movies have just kind of been around forever. They haven’t of course, but they’re so stitched into the cultural fabric that they’re eternal. Here are the movies from that canon that are, believe it or not, celebrating their 20th birthday in 2018.
That cheesy Aerosmith ballad “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and the scene of Ben Affleck introducing animal crackers into foreplay have been haunting you for 20 years now.
2. The Parent Trap
This remake of the Disney classic about long lost twins conspiring to reunite their photogenic parents (Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson) was also the world’s formal introduction to a talented kid actress named Lindsay Lohan. Whatever happened to her twin sister, anyway?
3. Spice World
We all tend to forget just how big the Spice Girls were for a hot minute in 1997 and 1998. They had their own zany, madcap movie where we got to know their different personalities and watch them mug and dance around for 90 minutes.
4. City of Angels
Just about the last time we could take Nicolas Cage seriously and just about the last time we ever heard from Meg Ryan. She’s a human woman, he’s one of the many Matrix-coat wearing angels that just hang around watching us, apparently.
5. The Big Lebowski
Perhaps the greatest (and weirdest) cult movie of all time, prepare to see a lot of dudes on Halloween this year wearing bathrobes like Jeff “The Dude’ Lebowski, carrying around White Russians.
6. How Stella Got Her Groove Back
It was so long ago now that Stella got her groove back, in the form of hot younger man Taye Diggs, that she’s probably due to get her groove back again.
7. Can’t Hardly Wait
It was the ‘90s equivalent of an ‘80s John Hughes movie, what with all those representatives of high school cliques converging on a last-day-of-school party to reckon with themselves and the future, all backed with a killer soundtrack.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you hope that when you are diagnosed with a terminal illness you’ll have your shit together enough to pick a new mom for your kids and that she’s Julia Roberts.
Disney is planning a live-action version of its movie based on the ancient Chinese tale of a woman who sneaks into battle disguised as a man, but it’s hard to imagine it’s going to be more inspiring and awesome than the cartoon version.
10. The Wedding Singer
It’s definitely Adam Sandler’s sweetest and most endearing movie, probably because America’s sweetheart, Drew Barrymore is in it. But consider this: Released in 1998, it took place in 1982, so we’re now farther removed from The Wedding Singer than The Wedding Singer was from its nostalgic setting.
11. Shakespeare in Love
It made learning fun!
12. Hope Floats
We still don’t know how anyone could leave Sandra Bullock.
13. There’s Something About Mary
Cameron Diaz just might have been the original “cool chick who can hang,” so much so that men were willing to ruin their lives to be with her. Also, this movie probably permanently ruined hair gel for the world.
14. Ever After
A feminist, sorta-action movie-ish take on Cinderella while keeping all the fairy tale stuff that makes Cinderella fun? With Drew Barrymore, too? Absolutely!
Many of us went into this expecting a “they got sucked into the TV!” type thing. What we got was a beautiful film about sexual awakenings, personal freedom, and accepting change. (And also black-and-white things turning color is super fun to watch.)
16. A Bug’s Life
The second full-length Pixar movie after Toy Story introduced us to the secret world of insects instead of cars and proved that Pixar was no one-hit-wonder.
17. Out of Sight
This crackling crime movie based on an Elmore Leonard novel starred Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney, both at the peak of their powers. It also features one of the most memorable sex scenes in movie history because it’s the rare one in which the actors seem to actually enjoy themselves.
18. Practical Magic
While having bad boyfriends and dead true loves certainly aren’t inviting, this movie did make us all wish we were cool sister witches living in a gorgeous New England house in a quaint small town.
19. You’ve Got Mail
Essentially Sleepless in Seattle 2: Sleepless in New York, and about falling in love over the Internet long before Tinder ruined falling in love over the Internet.
20. The Prince of Egypt
Sure, it made those stories we half-remembered from Sunday School come alive, but truth be told, we were there for the theme song, “When You Believe,” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, a team-up of biblical proportions.