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Over the years, The Disney Channel has given us the gift of Disney Channel Original Movies and, since there are so many that we absolutely love, we thought we’d start our DCOM celebration by listing off the best movies of the ’90s.

Even though The Disney Channel had been producing their own movies since 1983, it wasn’t until 1997 that the channel ascribed the title “Disney Channel Original Movies,” or “DCOMs,” to the movie masterpieces. While they may be slightly lower budget films than what you would normally find in the theater, they had (and continue to have) a huge effect on our childhoods and lives as a whole. If you grew up in the ’90s/early 2000s, you definitely know what we’re talking about.

So, without further ado, here are the movies that we consider to be the top 10 best Disney Channel Original Movies from the ’90s.

10. ‘Don’t Look Under the Bed’ (1999)

90s dcom don't look under the bed
Thanks to this movie, we all felt guilty for having said goodbye to our childhood imaginary friends. Some of us may have even conjured up new friends who seemed to be a lot like Larry. Oh, and who could ever forget the twist ending in this movie? We definitely never saw that coming when we were little. It’s too bad some people think this movie is too scary for children. We’d love to watch it again, especially on or near Halloween.

9. ‘Horse Sense’ (1999)

90s dcom horse sense
This was the last Disney Channel Original Movie of the millennium and boy are we glad it starred two of the Lawrence brothers. We enjoy watching Joey Lawrence’s spoiled-rotten character, Michael, try to work on his aunt’s ranch in Montana. However, it’s the final act of the movie when Michael remembers what he learned about land trusts in college that really warms our hearts.

8. ‘Genius’ (1999)

90s dcom genius
Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy reinvents himself into a slacker junior high school student to impress girl even though he’s a genius who is already in college before he turns 13. Watching Charlie transform into Chaz and act how he thinks slackers should act makes us laugh every time. However, Dr. Krickstein, the scientist Charlie works with, steals every scene he’s in. We wish the Disney Channel would show this DCOM again.

7. ‘The Thirteenth Year’ (1999)

the thirteenth year 90s dcom
Who hasn’t dreamed, at some point in their life, of being a mermaid or another mythical sea creature? Cody Griffin lives the life we all wished we could have had when we were growing up. That’s why we couldn’t help but glue ourselves to the TV every time this DCOM was on. Well, that and the fact that Dave Coulier who played Uncle Joey in Full House starred in this movie as Cody’s dad. Dave is just too cool.

6. ‘Johnny Tsunami’ (1999)

90s dcom johnny tsunami
“The temperature is down… But the surf is up!” What could be more comical than a surfer who trades gnarly waves for powdery snow? Johnny Kapahala’s surfer lingo just sounds so out-of-place, yet so totally awesome, on the mountain. Even though we were all sitting on the edges of our seats during the important race down the mountain, there was no doubt in our minds that the grandson of the legendary Johnny Tsunami would win and inherit the title for himself. Alright, well maybe there was a little doubt. But hey, we were kids!

 
Keep reading to find out which DCOM we crowned the king of the ’90s!

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  • sarahd15

    Wow, this is great. This morning, the radio show I listened to played popular “make out” songs from the nineties, made me all nostalgic. And now Hypable posts this, thanks guys!!

  • redhead312

    The Color of Friendship

    • http://throughhazeleyes.tumblr.com/ Danielle Zimmerman

      That’s a great one! Keep an eye out for that one in the next article about DCOMs from the 2000s!

    • Anna

      Pretty sure this one won a Daytime Emmy…so it definitely deserves to be on the list.

  • Emily

    I agree fully with the top 2. I miss old Disney :(

  • Matt

    For once I actually agree with a Hypable made list because Brink really is the best DCOM movie. I love that movie!

  • Ashley

    I watch Halloweentown every Halloween! The Halloween themed movies on Disney were always my favorite.

    • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

      I totally agree with you.. The entire Halloweentown series was the best.. and even though they’re from the 2000s, I loved both Twitches movies. Mostly because I loved Sister Sister and seeing Tia and Tamera in that bought back the memories.

      • Ashley

        Oh yes, I loved Twitches as well! Another fave of mine was The Scream Team.

  • Maria Wang

    Zenon and Halloweentown were soo good.

  • Ash

    Wish Upon a Star is on Netflix and I watch it recently. I found myself yelling at the tv “WORK THAT FROSTED BLUE LIPSTICK GIRL!” Lol!

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    HALLOWEENTOWN!! I loved the entire series :) Zenon, Johnny Tsunami, and Smart House are the only other ones I’ve seen on this list.. I’ve seen just about all of the ones from the last ten years though.
    I was more of a Nickelodeon person in the 90s for some reason.

  • Angela Hohenstein

    I was worried for a while that Zenon wasn’t on the list…but then I found it just shy of the spot it has in my heart. I must find out where I can watch that one again!

  • Martrel A. Howard

    I have all of the Halloweentown movies LOOOOOOOOOOOVE THEM …Twitches and Twitches Too also :D

  • Laura Jurgensmeyer

    This list is pefect. The top 5 especially. Man, I loved Zenon..and Brink..and all of them!

  • hpboy13

    I loved 13th year best out of all these!

    As for the 2000s, if HSM is not number one, we will have words! That movie entirely revolutionized the DCOM, brought in a record-breaking audience, established the current trend of sing-along/dance-along/pop-up editions, made the leap to the big screen for its third installment, and launched the careers of Zefron, Vanessa Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel, and Corbin Bleu. Not to mention, it is absurdly fun to watch – I must’ve seen it more times than I can count.

  • Nathan

    Lately I have been really wanting to see these movies and old shows again on Disney Channel so its pretty cool that this article was written. I think Disney Channel should host like a weekend where they play all of their popular older shows. The ratings would boost by like 900% and they would probably do it more often. Win win scenario!

  • April Nicole Keefe

    For all those wanting to watch these, Disney plays them on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights! They come on at like 2am so I always set my DVR! This weekend is The Cheetah Girls movies :)

  • Nathan

    LET’S WATCH A DISNEY CHANNEL MOOOVIE!!! *Kids jump in the air around the film reel*

    • Glaciusx

      I USED TO JUMP OFF MY COUCH COPYING THEM ALL THE TIME.

  • KJ

    Susie Q!

    • Rebecca

      Not technically a DCOM, but if Wish Upon A Star is on the list, why not? Plus, Amy Jo Johnson! :)

  • Carilyn

    I didn’t have Disney Channel in the 90s, unfortunately, but I do deeply love Halloweentown, and have seen the Thirteenth Year and Smart House in re-airings, and parts of Wish Upon a Star and Don’t Look Under the Bed online. Did you know the composer for Halloweentown also composed Rugrats? If you listen closely, you can hear the similarities ;)

  • andrew14

    Zenon! <3

  • Daniel Stuart

    Hahahaha seriously Brink was the #1. That and Johnny Tsunami could both be replaced with much better choices.

  • Andy

    I’m not going to lie, Don’t Look Under the Bed gave me nightmares when I was a kid. But I also remember it vividly. Disney Channel Original Movies were so amazing. Smart House is probably my favorite on this list but so many of these are great! I also loved The Color of Friendship, Motocrossed, Double Teamed, The Luck of the Irish, and so much more. I can’t wait for your next list from the 2000′s!

  • morsmordre79

    I can’t wait to see the list for the 2000s. Motocrossed, Rip Girls, Get a Clue, The Luck of the Irish, Alley Cats Strike, Miracle in Lane 2… goodness, I think you’ll have to do a top 20! Haha

    • Laura Jurgensmeyer

      Oh my gosh, I forgot about Alley Cats Strike! The part at the ended where she spins the bowling ball and it goes down the lane really slowly and takes out the two pins on opposite sides (I don’t know any bowling jargon lol) was the best part! I always tried to do that when I younger. I always failed, obviously.

      • morsmordre79

        I believe you’re referring to the 7-10 split. :D And I always used to try it too, haha. That movie was really underrated, I think.

  • rachelgurl19

    I love every single one of these movies

  • Laura Krause

    Halloweentown movies are definitely my fav on this list. Watch them every halloween. And I also loved Twitches =) Also a big fan of Don’t Look Under the Bed

  • Shelby Walker

    This list totally made my day! So happy to see Brink! on the list, and even happier that it is #1…though there are a few that are honestly tied with it for me. There’s not a film on this list that I dislike, so I can’t wait to see the list for the 2000s.

  • Guest

    Oh my goodness where is Cadet Kelly at?? Favorite Disney Channel movie ever.

    • Laura Jurgensmeyer

      Hopefully that one will be on the 2000s list!

    • Plat

      That was 2002.

  • ELIZABETH

    PHANTOM OF THE MEGAPLEX

  • missxsteph21

    Oh I miss all of these! 13th Year, Halloween Town, Zenon, Johnney Tsunami, Smart House and Brink are by far my favorites on the list. Zenon is my ultimate favorite though. Susie Q was also from the 90′s right?

    So the 2000′s list better have Rip Girls and The Color of Friendship (which I personally think is the best DCOM ever made). Oh and HSM of course. So many good movies though. Very hard to choose.

  • Sam

    This is awesome! I don’t think that Brink! would be my personal number one, though. I think for me it’s a tough call between Zenon or Johnny Tsunami. Smart House and Halloweentown were also great! The Thirteenth Year was just on Disney XD yesterday… haha I watched.

  • http://www.twitter.com/themeels Amelia Brown

    Smart House, Zenon, and Wish Upon a Star were all some of my favourites! I never realised that was Katherine Heigl in Wish Upon a Star, though! Wow!

  • Taylore

    Halloweentown and Smart House!!! I loved both of those so much!

  • Laura Jurgensmeyer

    Sometimes, I give people the advice, “skate better.” Or when I’m encouraging myself, I say, “Skate better. Skate better. All I have to do is skate better!” No one ever gets it.

  • Lauren Chapin

    I loved ‘Wish Upon a Star’! But where’s the ‘My Date with the President’s Daughter’???

    When it’s time for the 2000s don’t forget ‘Model Behavior’ and ‘The Color of Friendship’

    • ian

      My Date with the President’s Daughter!!!!! I LOVE THAT MOVIE :D

  • Shawn Townsend

    I loved all these movies. I loved Smart House, Zenon, Brink! (I just re-watched it earlier today) and Halloweentown. I loved all the movies on this list. Please don’t put High School Musical on the list for 2000′s. I loved it then, now it’s corny. Also, it made DCOM’s change for the worse. I hope to see, Up Up and Away, The Color of Friendship, The Luck of the Irish, Model Behavior, Cadet Kelly, Get A Clue!, Gotta Kick It Up!, Pixel Perfect, Zenon: The Zequel, Zenon: Z3, The Cheetah Girls trilogy, Phantom of The Megaplex, Double Teamed, etc.

  • hp481516

    Halloweentown is the best!!!!

  • Emma

    Does anyone remember Can of Worms? that was one of my favorites growing up! Sad to see it wasn’t on here.

    • Sam

      Yes! I had forgot what it was called until now but I remember the aliens were super creepy/ridiculous looking.

  • http://willywonka-andthe-gingerfactory.tumblr.com/ John B. McLean

    Halloweentown should have been number one and Don’t Look Under The Bed should have been WAY higher!

  • Jinx

    Where’s Under Wraps (97)? D: That mummy dancing to “All by myself” made my halloween.

    • Ast

      Oh yea!! Loved that one too!

  • Diana Saravia

    Zenon, Smart House, and Halloweentown are definitely in my top 5 :) I also love The Thirteenth Year. Can’t wait to see the 2000s list!

  • Awesomenene

    “The Poof Point” Anyone?

  • Guest

    Also, there was one with Tahj Mowry where he had to babysit an evil little pomeranian; I don’t remember the name, but it was great.

  • Awesomenene

    Also, “Hounded” was pretty funny too!

  • aominaa

    Definitely Zenon!

  • Winkyxx

    Oddly enough, I liked Twtiches..

  • Cory D

    WHAT ABOUT QUINTS?!?! The best DCOM movie!!

  • Ash T

    QUINTS! >/

    • Cory D

      Yeah! Quints!! ;)

  • christinachristina

    “When you woke up this morning, did you say to yourself ‘Today, I’m gonna talk.’ or ‘Today, I’m gonna skate!’”

  • Dan

    Motocrossed

  • Lauren

    Brink! and Zenon were always my favorites. I really, really wish they would let them out on DVD already!!!

  • Caroline J.

    i was getting worried you weren’t going to mention Zenon! though i was always partial The Zequel. =)

  • Catherine

    Loved all these movies and I was super glad that Brink was first! Now for 2000: Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, Phantom of the Megaplex, Luck of the Irish, Get a Clue, Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-off, ‘Twas the Night, etc. So many good movies!

  • bill.i.am.

    Really you put Brink before Smart House, Zenon, and Halloween Town?!!!

    and what about Phantom of the Megaplex, disappointed it didn’t make the list.

  • Rebecca Weasley-Fraser

    This was actually a series, who else remembers SO WEIRD? I miss that show and I don’t think it ever came out on dvd.

    • Jessica Barowski

      So Weird was my FAVORITE show on Disney! I’ve been trying to find a DVD collection for years. I wish they’d release DVD’s of complete series of their 90′s shows. Or box sets of their 90′s early 00′s DCOM movies.

  • Brie

    So I just looked at the list of every DCOM movie ever, and boy do I feel old!

    I remember I used to watch “Not Quite Human” and it’s many sequels over and over again! And The Parent Trap Sequels! And Mother Goose Rock And Rhyme!

    And I own Anne of Avonlea on DVD to this day. My mom and I have a marathon with that and Green Gables every year.

    But arguable the best of them all? the Ernest Green Story! Why oh why is that not on DVD?!

    See? I’m old…and to this day I still will DVR every one of these movies when the first air…

  • Glaciusx

    Wish Upon a Star was truly the best thing ever. It’s what got me started on telling people to “pop a midol.”

  • Sydne

    I was too young during the nineties to remember most of these, BUT the DCOMs of the 2000s pretty much defined my childhood. Motocrossed, the Halloweentown sequels, Stuck in the Suburbs, Cadet Kelly, Zenon: Z3, Right on Track, even the Kim Possible movies! Can’t wait for that list!

  • Emily Bryan

    This brought back memories! I loved Zenon, Smart House, Halloweentown & any movie with a Lawrence brother!

  • Joshua Harris

    The 13th year & Smart House are the only ones I’ve seen. I also Enjoyed Susie Q that came out in 1996!

  • Lindsey

    Nah, no way Halloweentown even comes close to Hocus Pocus

  • Wise Witch

    I grew up with these DCOMS, and I approve this list. (Especially Brink! being at the top) That film happens to be a personal favorite.

  • m

    zenon!!!

  • Ast

    Definitely the Halloweentown movies for me.

  • Bria

    Does any one remember the movie Tru Confessions with Shia LaBeouf It was amazing! One of my favs. Miss old disney, can barley watch anymore. :(

  • Heather

    Sorry, I’m just having a hard time imagining a world where people think Zenon is only second best to ANYTHING. Much less BRINK!?! WHAT?!

  • Tiffany

    Tru confessions is THE BEST!! I use to cry every time!!

  • yup

    This article could be renamed ” The 10 Disney Channel Original Movies from the ’90s you never heard of” and no one would know the difference.

  • Chyann Wate

    HEY!!! WHAT ABOUT THE MOVIE “SUZIE Q”??

  • Katelyn Perry

    TRU CONFESSIONS

  • kcmetric

    Where can I find these to watch? I’m so upset, I tried finding them on amazon but they’re like… $55 for a vhs…

  • Hailey

    Twitches was my favorite and loved Halloween town as well! I remember loving the Thriteenth Year too!

  • Shelly Steinmetz

    Halloweentown is a classic of course, and Zenon is always my favorite. I love all three of them! :) I forgot about wish upon a star! I loved that one, thanks for reminding me lol :)
    Also maybe #11 could be the Even Stevens movie lol

  • Erin

    I hated Johnny tsunami. But uhm, Flash! Hello? That movie made me cry my eyes out. Oh and tru confessions? Come on

  • l.g.

    Twitches and Halloweentown are my absolute favorites! Interestingly enough, I’ve never heard of Brink.

  • Katie

    I LOVE ALL OF THESE! especially Wish Upon A Star. I saw that when I was 8 or 9 and it was the most raunchy thing I had ever seen. Had to sneak watching it from my mom, haha.

  • Guest

    I also loved Paper Brigade…

    • http://throughhazeleyes.tumblr.com/ Danielle Zimmerman

      Paper Brigade was AWESOME.

  • Brandon Meacham

    “Uncle Joey”? really, that’s adorable. Smart House my Fav!

  • Barbara

    I was about to protest the exclusion of some movies before I realized that they were probably from a different decade and would therefore be on different lists. Ah, this brings back memories…

  • Matty Marie

    Halloweentown >>>>

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