The porn industry, like just about every other medium, changed drastically with the advent of the World Wide Web and the dawn of 21st-century social media. We don’t notice the differences until we go back to revisit the 1990s porn world. Then the differences stick out…

  • Pros then, amateurs now – Back then, it was all about the studio, now it’s all handheld cams in anonymous bedrooms.
  • More mainstream – Few women watched porn in the 1990s, or at least few admitted it.
  • Better pay then – the Internet age and piracy broke the profit margin wide open in the 21st century.
  • More hetero then, more diverse now – LGBTQ performers rule the modern day, but back then, everything but straight sex was shut in the closet.
  • From glamorous to plain – We’ve redefined what a porn star can look lie now, but then, it was all about a perfect body ideal.

Porn from the 1990s is now classified as “retro” or “vintage,” which is odd considering how the demographic born in that decade currently rule the world. Here are our hot takes for 1990s porns with legendary status:

  • Fisherman’s Wife (1992) Directed by Raven, starring Angelica Bella
  • Butt Sluts 2 (1993) Directed by Rex Borsky, with  ShaylaLaveaux, Alexis Deville, and Kaylan Nicole
  • Washington DP (1993) directed by Bosley de Longprez, with Nicole London, Rebecca Bardoux, and Crystal Wilder
  • Beauties in Paradise (1994) directed by Michel Ricaud, starring ValyVerdy
  • Seymore and Shane Do Ireland (1994) directed by Seymore Butts, starring Kylie Ireland
  • Buttman’s European Vacation 3 (1996) directed by John Stagliano, starring  Sabina
  • Face Jam (1997) directed by Jim Enright, with Kylie Ireland,  Nici Sterling, and Nicole London
  • Indecente aux Enfers (1997) directed by Marc Dorcel, with Laure Sinclair,  Anita Dark, and Lea Martini
  • Satyr (1997) directed by Michael Zen, with Jenna Jameson, Stacey Valentine, and Asia Carerra
  • LA Fashion Girls (1998) directed by Jim Holliday, with Stacey Valentine,  Jill Kelly, ShaylaLaveaux, and Nina Hartley

It’s amazing to behold 90s porn now because they put so much effort and production into it. They even bothered to write a “plot” for it, albeit the ridiculous plots that were parodied in The Big Lebowski’s “Logjammin’.” “You can imagine where it goes from here!” “He fixes the cable?”

Here’s to 1990s porn, and all the cable that never got fixed because the repairmen found something more interesting to do!