16 Movies Releasing In 2021 That’ll Excite The Real ’90s Kids

2021 movies list for 90s kids
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*sings* Will the real ’90s kids please stand up, please stand up! Listen Linda … last year we got a spectacular remake of Aladdin, as well as a new Toy Story film, a remake of The Lion King, and even a live-action Mulan film. This year we’re getting a few more movies that are inspired by movies, tv shows and even music, from our childhood and I’m super excited! So you know I had to make a list of all the movies releasing in 2021 for us (real) ’90s kids. (Not the fake ones born after ’95 claiming the year like they about this life!)

Here’s A List Of Movies Releasing In 2021 For The Real ’90s Kids

Note: Due to Covid, release dates are subject to change this year, as well as where these movies will be releasing. I’ll try to post as many updates as my two hands can throughout the year, but please know that this is just meant to be a list to keep these movies on your radar and that information can and may change.


black movies 2021 Salt N Pepa movie

Salt-N-Pepa details the journey of Queensborough Community College students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they enter the world of rap and hip hop, after recording a song for their friend Hurby Azor. The movie follows the group as they become the first female rap act to go platinum and experience ground-breaking success with multiple awards.

Release Date: Jan 23, 2021


Watch it on: Lifetime


Cinderella 2021 movie

Cinderella is an upcoming American musical romantic comedy film based on the fairy tale of the same name.

Release Date: Feb 5, 2021

Watch it: in theaters

Tom and Jerry

2021 movies list for 90s kids Tom and Jerry

Tom & Jerry is a 2021 American live-action/computer-animated slapstick comedy film based on the characters of the same name created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, produced by the Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is directed by Tim Story and written by Kevin Costello.

Release Date: Feb 26, 2021

Watch it: HBO Max

Coming 2 America

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Coming 2 America is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Craig Brewer, from a screenplay by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein, and David Sheffield, and a story by Blaustein, Sheffield, and Justin Kanew, based on characters created by Eddie Murphy.

Release Date: Mar 5, 2021

Watch it on: Amazon Prime Video

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat is a mysterious, intergalactic tournament of ancient martial arts. Shaolin Monk Liu Kang, from Earth, gets invited as a competitor.

Release Date: Apr 16, 2021

Watch it on: HBO Max


black movies 2021 Spiral movie poster
A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW.

Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.

Release Date: May 21, 2021

Watch it: in theaters


F9: Fast and Furious 9

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Dominic Toretto and his crew join forces to battle the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered his forsaken brother.

Release Date: May 28, 2021

Watch it: in theaters


2021 movies list for 90s kids CRUELLA

A live-action feature film following the evil exploits of Cruella de Vil, the villain from the Disney film, “101 Dalmatians’.

Release Date: May 28, 2021

Watch it: in theaters

In the Heights

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In The Heights explores three days in the New York City Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights.

Release Date: Jun 18, 2021

Watch it: HBO Max

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters Afterlife movie poster
When a single mother and her two children move to a new town, they soon discover that they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and a family secret legacy.

Release Date: Jul 8, 2021

Watch it: in theaters

Space Jam: A New Legacy

2021 movies list for 90s kids Space Jam A New Legacy movie poster
NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.

Release Date: July 16, 2021

Watch it on: HBO Max


2021 movies list for 90s kids Candyman poster
In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to use these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.

Release Date: Aug 27, 2021

Watch it: in theaters

The Addams Family 2

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The further adventures of Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday and the rest of the Addams family.

Release Date: Oct 8, 2021

Watch it: in theaters

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an upcoming live-action/computer-animated family comedy film directed by Walt Becker from a screenplay by Jay Scherick, David Ronn and Blaise Hemingway, and a story by Justin Malen and Ellen Rapoport, based on the children’s book series of the same name by Norman Bridwell.

Release Date: Nov 5, 2021

Watch it: in theaters

West Side Story

West Side Story

Two teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds fall in love in 1950s New York City.

Release Date: Dec 10, 2021

Watch it: in theaters

Matrix 4

The Matrix 4 is an upcoming American science fiction action film and the fourth installment in The Matrix franchise. The film is produced, co-written and directed by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed and co-wrote three of the previous films with her sister Lilly.

Release Date: Dec 22, 2021

Watch it: in theaters

And that’s that!

I’m super excited to watch and cover these films this year, so I hope things don’t change too much. But as we’ve already seen this year, 2021 is going to be another super unpredictable year, so I’m just gonna watch all the movies I can and not complain.

P.s – Last year was my first year really paying attention to movies and tv shows with a “critic” lens, so here’s every movie from 2020 that I watched as well as every tv show I watched in 2020.

And if you’re looking for more movies to watch this year (if you’re Black) you can check out this list. Of course, there’s also a list of movies to watch with your family this year on our sister site Popcorn and Tater Tots.

Which movies are you excited to see this year?


Written by Shaye Wyllie

Shaye is an Entertainment Writer from Brooklyn, NY and a big fan of anything and everything superpowers related (especially if kids/teens are involved), cooking + baking shows (like MasterChef Junior and Cupcake Wars), teen dramas, sitcoms, comedies, and legal dramas. When she's not binging the latest series on Netflix or writing, you can find her spilling her thoughts on the Brown Side of Disney Chat or creating YouTube videos with her daughter for their new family site, Popcorn and Tater Tots.



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