Nowadays when we watch our favorite movies from the 90s, not only do they induce nostalgia, we also notice that they have made many assumptions about the world in which we live today.
Looking back at them, many of the predictions of how things would turn out were way off, and hilariously so. However, there were a few occasions when a movie’s take on the future turned out to be eerily accurate.
Here are 10 movies that accurately predicted things that actually took place in the years that followed:
1. The Truman Show (1998)
When The Truman Show with Jim Carrey hit the big screen in 1998, everyone was simultaneously weirded out and fascinated by the concept of someone’s entire life being a television show. Today, reality TV is no longer a fantasy, and some of the world’s most popular celebrities have stemmed from such shows.
2. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks play star-crossed lovers who find themselves caught up in an online romance. At that point in time, online dating was something that not many (if any) people did. Almost two decades later, Nora Ephron’s vision actually became an accepted thing in our society, and most people can say that they have tried online dating at least once.
Although entertaining, we can all admit that we found it a tad bit ridiculous that Nicholas Cage and John Travolta’s characters switched faces via a surgical transplant. We could’ve never imagined that just 13 years after the movie was released, a team of 30 Spanish doctors performed the world’s first successful face transplant.
4. The Net (1995)
Sandra Bullock takes on the role of a computer programmer, who did something almost unheard of at the time: she ordered a pizza online. Oh, and no, she didn’t use a credit card to pay, she paid with cash.
5. Super Mario Bros. (1993)
The movie based on the adventures of the famous animated plumber, Mario and his brother, Luigi, was without a doubt absurd, but there’s one eerie scene that became reality eight years later: the destruction of the World Trade Centre.
The scene, which takes place near the end of the film, shows the human world merging with the Koopa world marked by the fall of the twin towers in the same order that they were attacked in 2001.
Scarily enough, Super Mario Bros. wasn’t the only film to foreshadow 9/11…
6. The Cable Guy (1996)
As deranged as Jim Carrey’s character may be in The Cable Guy, he seemed to have a pretty good idea of the direction in which technology was headed. In one of the scenes, he can be seen screaming in the rain about how Americans in the future will have their televisions, phones, and computers on the same device. He also touched on online shopping, and online gaming, saying that you’ll be able to “play ‘Mortal Kombat’ with a friend in Vietnam.”
7. The Matrix (1999)
Super Mario Bros. foreshadowed the collapse of the World Trade Centre, but The Matrix actually blew it out of the water with an even more impressive prediction six years later. The movie got the exact dates of the 9/11 attacks right.
If you pay close attention to the scene where agent Smith is interrogating Neo (who worked at the World Trade Centre), his file shows that his passport expires on September 11, 2001.
8. Total Recall (1990)
Set in 2084, the star-studded science-fiction movie made many predictions that did not come true, but there is one that they got right: self-driving cars.
Google has already been testing driver-less vehicles for at least a year, and companies like Nissan and Volvo are working on releasing their versions by 2020. Thankfully, from the prototypes we’ve seen they will look nothing like ones in the movie with that creepy robotic driver.
9. Demolition Man (1993)
Sylvester Stallone plays the role of an LAPD sergeant who had to be thawed out after years of being cryogenically frozen so he could help capture a violent crime lord played by Wesley Snipes.
In one of the scenes, a list shows that among the inmates at the cryogenic prison was a man named Scott Peterson. In 2004, a Scott Peterson from Modesto, California was arrested and charged for the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci.
10. Above Suspicion (1995)
Christopher Reeve plays a paralyzed cop in the made-for-TV movie which was released on May 25, 1995. Two days after the film’s premiere, Reeve got thrown off a horse during an equestrian competition and became a quadriplegic.