I personally hate the saying Netflix and Chill. I think we should start saying Netflix and Chili. Nothing is more romantic than a big bowl of chili and a chick flick. How many movies can you remember opting out of going to see in theaters because it fell under the chick flick category?
Anytime a film has a female lead starring alongside other women, it's automatically implied that the film is of a lower quality than one fronted by a male. In my opinion, the label does, in fact, further the idea that films starring women can only be one-dimensional. Forget that Bring It On tackled cultural appropriation years before we had the words to express it, or that Legally Blonde followed a law student who stood up against and took over an actual case being led by a professor who sexually harassed her.
Because plotlines centered around a journey experienced by a woman are often categorized as silly "chick flicks," audiences often miss the positive messages and strong, expressive characters these movies gave us. I look forward to the day characters like Elle Woods get the respect and recognition they deserve. The movie industry as a whole is still largely dominated by men. USC Annenberg reported last year that for every female director in Hollywood, there are 22 men.
This veers slightly out of chick flick territory and into the soft-core porn realm, but hey, it's definitely a movie you watch with your girlfriends over man-friends. Though some guys do know the lines. Either way, Mr.
Grey will see you now. This film, otherwise known as the movie that made you fall in love with Ryan Gosling, is impossible to watch without weeping. It's best enjoyed either by yourself with a glass of wine , or with a bunch of girlfriends who won't judge when you rewind the kissing-in-the-rain scene three times in a row. This isn't just one of the best chick flicks of all time, it's one of the best movies of all time.
Every single line is quotable, the music is iconic, the fashion is major, and somehow you end up rooting for a couple who are literally step-siblings.
Also, did you know it's based on Jane Austen's Emma? Now ya do. Okay, maybe I added the all-caps and the "freaking. But, like, in a good way. This movie is relatable to anyone who's ever had a crush on their best friend and had to watch them fall for someone else.
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Plus, it's one of the best movies starring Julia Robert's perm. While we're on the subject of Julia Roberts' movies that'll make your tear ducts hate you, let's discuss Steel Magnolias. The movie chronicles the relationships between a mother-daughter duo and their friends as they go through good times, bad times, and everything in between.
An entire college thesis could be written about how gorgeous Brad Pitt's mane of free-flowing hair is in this beautifully filmed multi-generation epic about brothers who love the same woman.
What can we say? It's a Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie made in the '90s , which means it's perfect. The story follows a woman who falls for a man after hearing him on the radio. Forget love at first sight — this is love at first listen. Sure, it's technically a holiday movie , but sometimes you can't help watching this in the off-season.
There's just something so cozy and heartwarming about Love Actually that it makes you actually excited for the prospect of a winter romance. Good, amusing times. Despite being very technologically dated, You've Got Mail is perhaps one of the most chick flick-y chick flicks on this list.
Probably because Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are what rom-com dreams are made of. Meg and Tom may fulfill our rom-com dreams , but Hugh Grant is made for our chick flick fantasies. It had action, suspense, gangsters, two conflicted brothers with opposite morals, and a ridiculously hot leading lady.
But after all was said and done, the film ends with romance and erupts into a giant Broadway musical with a full on dance number. Every guy has wanted to be Tom Cruise in Cocktail at some point in his life. That is, until the 2nd half of the film, where…boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy loses girl, boy chases after girl, boy wins girl back, men in movie theaters everywhere cringe.
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We dished out our hard earned money with hopes of experiencing a big budget Skin-emax flick, but instead we got a minute LeAnn Rimes music video. Well played, Hollywood. Never again.