Rarely Seen Photos That Reveal A Different Side To The 90s

By Sophia Maddox | December 25, 2023

A young James and Dave Franco playing Super Nintendo in the early 90s.

The following unseen photos from the 90s are definitely too hot for some viewers. Are they for mature audiences only? We'll leave that decision up to you…

The final decade of the millennium was an era of change. Generation X had taken the societal reigns from the Baby Boomers and letting their hair down. Fashion was taking a turn for the flannel, and young people were beginning to look for new ways to have a good time.

These snapshots of the 90s show that the decade was full of a kaleidoscopic mix of culture, fashion, and music that made it an unforgettable era to live in - when Anna Nicole Smith was a legitimate celebrity and when Johnny Depp was still considered an independent film star.

It's important to use these pictures from the 90s to take your preconceived notions of the decade and turn them on their head. That's the coolest part about taking a deep dive into the past… you never know what you'll find on the other side.

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Growing up in Palo Alto, California as the sons of a mother who worked as a children’s book author and a father who worked in telecommunications but was actually a kind of mad math scientist the Franco brothers were infused with the restless creative spirit of their parents.

James and his brother Dave lived like normal young people. They played Nintendo, they got into small trouble, and they witnessed their father carry out science experiments in their backyard. What? Your dad didn’t do that? James told Rolling Stone:

He had this theory that there was gold running through the rivers, and if he figured out how to collect it, he could put it together. He never figured it out, but I remember all these little Tupperware buckets of river water in our backyard, with strainers in them, and they were his experiments.

A breathtaking photo of Angelina Jolie taken in 1998.

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source: People

In the early ‘90s Angelina Jolie was essentially a cult star. A beautiful young actress with enticing eyes and a million dollar smile, she played tough chicks in b-movies and a hot hacker in her first blockbuster role, but it was her starring role in Gia that earned her a Golden Globe and established her as a star to watch.

Following her win for Gia she was profiled in People Magazine and photographed by the great Greg Holzer. He later said that during the shoot Angelina was captivating and exciting, that she was down for anything:

Angelina arrived with no makeup, no publicist, and no entourage, and settled in with my glam squad. She was incredible in front of the camera. We did the safer images that the magazine required in the beginning, then ended up shooting for hours more. Inventive, spontaneous, and fearless, she gave 100% to the camera… Angelina was the perfect combination of model and actress: beautiful and very self-aware, yet emotionally rich and expressive. When people ask, ‘What was your favorite shoot?’ I always think of this one.