The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the ’90s and 2000s

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Before we get started, I'm going to apologize rn, because my '90s and 2000s nostalgia have hit ~peak~ levels. With all of the pressures of adulting, I just wish I could go back to the good ol' days of laying out sleeping bags on my friend's living room floor, loading up on Dunkaroos and Surge, and spreading out the Blockbuster movies we rented so we could decide what to watch first. It was all just so much ~simpler~ back then. And don't even get me started on the movies.


Sure, I could talk about how amazing Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You are until I'm blue in the face, but there were oh-so-many more movies out there that were just as good but severely underrated. I mean, how could no one see the sheer genius of teenage Reese Witherspoon playing a deranged high school student who will do anything, and I mean annyyyythinggggg, to get voted class president in Election? Or Mandy Moore's portrayal of a God-fearing, overly-obsessed, judgmental Christian in Saved!? It blows my mind that some of these movies have just slid on by unnoticed.

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But not for long, my friends. We've rounded up the 20 most underrated movies of the '90s and 2000s to give these films the proper credit they deserve. (And to ease our nostalgia in the process.)