20 GIFs That Prove Showgirls Is a Timeless Classic

THRUST IT!

I love Showgirls, and IDGAF what you have to say about it.

Elizabeth Berkley’s 1995 cult classic—which attempted to reinvent her career following Saved by the Bell—turns 20 today. Do you feel old yet? (Don’t! As long as you can thrust it, I think you’re good to go.)

Many critics view Showgirls as nothing but a gratuitous exercise in campy slosh, overstuffed with nudity and wild sex. (Um, that literally psychotic pool scene with Kyle MacLachlan, anyone? It’s too NSFW to show here.) This might be true, but Showgirls is still fun AF. Oh, and it’s damn iconic.

No other film on Earth blends glitter bombast and seething cattiness more perfectly. And by cattiness, we mean Nomi Malone (Berkley) shoving Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon) down a flight of stairs—with their boobs totally exposed. (Again, a moment we desperately wish we could show here.) And then when Nomi grins as Cristal’s ambulance drives away?! WHERE IS HER DAMN OSCAR?

If you haven’t seen Showgirls, stop what you’re doing and watch it right this second. Is that not feasible? We have the next best thing: Check out these 20 GIFs that prove Showgirls is a masterpiece far ahead of its time. Let’s get started, darlin’.

  1. It blazed the trail for licking stripper poles.

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    Look at Nomi doing the Lord’s work.

  2. We get to watch Jessie Spano say this line.

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    It never gets old, tbh. This is some Black Swan crap!

  3. And we see Jessie Spano do this, too.

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    I’M SO EXCITED! I’M SO EXCITED! I’M SO SCARED!

  4. Watch as Nomi makes creepy, “I’ll murder you in your sleep” eyes at Cristal over nail art.

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    Academy Award bait.

  5. Nomi makes a similar crazy face when Cristal’s ambulance drives away.

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    The original Regina George.

  6. Cristal’s one-liners are T-shirt-worthy.

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    You know you’d kill to drop this line in a casual conversation.

  7. And so is the phrase “THRUST IT!”

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    The world drastically changed after this scene.

  8. Heathers (1988) and Mean Girls (2004) have nothing on Showgirls when it comes to biznitchiness.

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    BRB, crying.

  9. And Nomi is such a badass, too. Remember when she pulls a knife on the guy who picks her up hitchhiking?

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  10. Or when she litters just for shits and giggles?

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  11. Or when she knees James Smith (Glenn Summer) in the baby-makers after he comes for her moves?

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  12. OR WHEN SHE MAKES THESE JAZZ HANDS?

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    Ugh, me as hell.

  13. But then Nomi has her soft moments, like when she calls Versace “Ver-sayce.”

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  14. And gets this excited over scoring her big audition.

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    She is the everygirl, really.

  15. Mostly, though, she’s a slay goddess with killer moves like these.

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  16. And this.

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    QUEEN.

  17. This Cristal face is every-GD-thing.

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    Am I looking at my own reflection rn?

  18. And so is Nomi’s makeup here.

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  19. You know that Nomi/Cristal kiss left you star-fished on the floor contemplating your life.

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    No movie smooch will top that.

  20. In conclusion, thank you Showgirls. You continue to serve cuckoo orgy dancing realness on a daily basis.

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    A true cinematic gem.