Chick flicks are such a vital part of the film world. Sure, some people out there might call them "fluff" or unimportant, but to many of us out there, they are often a way to distract ourselves, laugh and get through a rough time because they can be chock-full of life lessons.
As we have discovered over the years though, not all chick flicks are created equal. In that, we don't mean that some are bad and some totally rock our world — though, that can be true. But more so, we put on different chick flicks for different reasons. Some really speak to our soul and what we're going through at a very specific time in our lives while others are for the times when we're feeling a little bit more carefree and light.
For instance, one might be in the mood for a chick flick like Fifty Shades Of Grey when they're in the mood to spice up their love life and think about what's important for them in a potential partner. Or if they're in the mood for something a little lighter and fun like Mamma Mia!, that might signify that they're drawn towards big gestures and dramatics. It all means something in the end, right?
Twilight is something of a phenomenon and rightfully so. It grossed crazy numbers at the box office and they brought out five movies altogether, even though there were only four books! At its core, Twilight is a movie about true love and accepting your soul mate for who they really are and possibly discovering who it is you want to be along the way. Plus, there are fun things like vampires and proms and epic fight sequences and extravagant weddings all along the way.
13 Going On 30
13 Going On 30 has to be one of the sweetest little movies to ever exist. And the fact that it stars Jennifer Garner just sets it right over the top on the cute meter! She plays a woman named Jenna Rink who magically wakes up one morning as a 30-year-old woman after just being a 13-year-old the day prior. It's the story of how she discovers what truly makes her happy in her work and personal life and embracing that happy kid inside us all.
A Walk To Remember
A Walk To Remember is always one of those movies that you love to put on because it's a young Mandy Moore and Shane West being in a small town play together, having star-gazing sessions and just generally being sweet and falling in love. And yet, it's still a really sad movie to watch too due to how it all ends. It's totally that bittersweet love story about two unlikely people finding one another at a crucial point in their lives. Do you pick or pass on this one?
Mamma Mia! has to be one of those feel-good films out there for just about everyone, even if you aren't super into musicals. It's just such a fun and vibrant story about a family mystery and finding yourself, plus it's in an exotic locale which sends things in the exact right direction. Also, this is one of those rare movies out there starring Meryl Streep where you get to watch her literally kick back and sing songs and dance for two hours straight. Need we say more?
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Fifty Shades Of Grey is definitely one of those movies that all the ladies just flocked to the theatres to catch with all their girlfriends. It was just that type of movie because a husband or boyfriend just wouldn't have that same appreciation of Christian Grey and all that he had to offer. This was the movie that invited women to the Red Room and showed us all that the intensely close part of a relationship can be a very complex thing. Do you pick or pass on Fifty Shades?
The Wedding Planner
Jennifer Lopez has to be one of the reigning women of the classic rom-com and The Wedding Planner was pretty much the one that got the ball rolling for her. We'd like to give a plea to those Hollywood big wigs out there to please put JLo and Matthew McConaughey in a movie together again! In this film she plays a Type A wedding planner who spends an unexpected evening with an interesting and handsome man to only find out later that he is the fiancee of a new client.
We've all had that one pivotal summer that seemed to change everything. In Dirty Dancing, Baby's big summer for change came totally unexpectedly when she is spending those balmy July days at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents and sister. When she meets someone who ignites that spark inside of her and introduces her to a whole new world that she never realized she needed, her whole life is turned upside down. Do you pick or pass on Dirty Dancing?
"What, like it's hard?" said none other than the iconic Elle Woods when her dimwit ex-boyfriend asks her if she got into Harvard Law School. We'd like to think that her whole empowered and yet still completely vulnerable and hilarious demeanor encouraged a generation of young women to do good things and be themselves while doing it! This movie was also a great lesson in finding some of your best friends in the most unexpected of people. Do you pick or pass on Legally Blonde?
The Lake House
The Lake House came out at a time when we hadn't seen Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves work together for a number of years and we were all very much in the mood to watch them fall in love again. Only, with this movie, we didn't exactly get to really see them together until pretty much the end of the movie — minus that one pivotal scene. But still, with a premise as ridiculous as two people talking and falling in love several years apart, these two sure did a good job with this plot!
We always loved Notting Hill because it's one of those classic film examples of what can happen when you fall in love with a movie star. Plus, there's just something so utterly charming and fairytale-esque about falling in love with someone who has an irresistible accent. Seriously, Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts really hit this one out of the park in terms of chemistry and making the audience root for them. Do you pick or pass on Notting Hill?
Clueless might have been that one movie of the 90's that influenced a generation. That rarely happens too, so when something comes out that exactly pinpoints a specific moment in time with a very specific group of people, people take notice. Clueless tells the story of Cher, a privileged and popular high school student growing up in Beverly Hills. When she decides to makeover the new girl at school and starts spending more time with her ex-step brother, her whole world is opened up.
Mean Girls totally hits the spot every time because it's such a snapshot into what teenage life can be like in high school when things like popularity and cliques get involved. In Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady Heron, who has previously been home schooled and experiences real life high school for the first time in the suburbs of Illinois. When she's taken in by the popular girls, she realizes that being mean and shallow and turning on each other tends to be what they're good at. Do you pick or pass on Mean Girls?
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
There's no other chick flick team like Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. They just have that chemistry where they are able to be absolutely hilarious together onscreen while still being vulnerable and sweet. In this movie they play two people trying to complete experiments of their own for their jobs — on Hudson's side, she wants to get a man to leave her in 10 days. On McConaughey's side of things, he plans to get a woman to fall in love with him in 10 days. Do you pick or pass here?
27 Dresses is always a fun watch because most of us can relate to being a bridesmaid and what that entails and what that can feel like when you're still single yourself. Katherine Heigl plays the dependable Jane who has been a bridesmaid a whopping 27 times. When her sister comes to town and falls for her boss — who Jane secretly has a major crush on, she finds herself being asked to pull bridesmaid duty yet again. Do you pick or pass on 27 Dresses?
When Rachel has one too many drinks on her 30th birthday and falls into bed with her longtime friend Dex, it sets into motion a whole course of events and revelations that she never expected. As it happens, Dex is actually engaged to her best friend Darcy. This movie actually worked to depict the complexities of female friendship and how we can sometimes just give into our friends in order to make them happy, even if it makes us sad. Do you pick or pass on Something Borrowed?
The Holiday has to be one of those movies out there where almost every woman can admit they wish they would be able to live it out, at least at some point during their lives. What is not appealing about going to an exotic place that's totally foreign to you and finding a handsome and available man pretty much waiting for you? Add in a quaint little cottage in England or a mansion in Los Angeles and it's practically heaven. Do you pick or pass on The Holiday?
Dear John is definitely one of those chick flicks to put on when you're feeling a little unsteady in the love department and you want to feel something, but you're not quite sure what. This movie basically covers all the bases. You have a great classic love story which is then followed by a great sense of longing due to an untimely separation. And then you have things not working out, but when you find out why it makes it even more sad. Do you pick or pass on Dear John?
Valentine's Day is one of those movies that just makes you feel good inside, especially in terms of your love life because it highlights how there's always humor and lightheartedness to be found in that arena. Highlighting a bunch of intertwining stories of people young and old living in Los Angeles on Valentine's day, it shows relationships and big milestones and disappointments all in the name of love. Starring a slew of Hollywood names, including Taylor Swift, it is always a fun one to pop on.
The Notebook is such a classic chick flick choice because even though they're long over now, it's still the movie that brought us Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. And there's something so pure about that. Set in the 1940's, it tells the story of Noah and Allie, a working class mill worker and a young woman from a prominent family in the South. With an undeniable connection between them, even with things like war and years spent apart, they find their way back to one another. Do you pick or pass on The Notebook?
The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries basically depicts every teenage girl's dream of discovering that they come from a family of high status in a foreign country and they're getting whisked off to a new and luxurious life. Anne Hathaway stars as Mia Thermopolis who is totally thrown for a loop when her grandmother comes to town to inform her that she's actually the heir to the throne of a small European country. When she begins lessons to get her up to snuff for the role, her whole world turns upside down.
Anybody else really missing all those Nicholas Sparks movies based on the books that seemed to come out every year or two? They just always seemed to fill a specific void out there that existed for so many of us — watching a great love story unfold. In this movie we meet Katie who flees her unsafe life for a small town on the North Carolina coast. Once there, she falls for a charming and cute single dad and learns to trust people again. Do you pick or pass on Safe Haven?
As much as we love watching Amy Adams in all of her dramatic roles — if you missed Sharp Objects, go watch it immediately. But it's just equally as fun to see her in those more lighthearted roles as well. In this movie she plays a slightly frustrated girlfriend who is getting tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend to propose. When she secretly follows her beau overseas to follow a longtime tradition of the woman being the one to pop the question, she meets a cute stranger along the way that totally changes things.
Chances are if you haven't seen 2013's About Time starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, you're going to want to track it down ASAP because it is a pure delight. In this movie, when Gleeson's character learns from his father that the men in his family can travel through time, he makes it his mission to find love. When he stumbles upon McAdams' character, he does all he can to make their chance meeting perfect. From there, they embark on an authentic love story.
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants was that one movie where it reminded us all that those female friendships that start when we're young are some of the most precious and important of our whole lives. In case you haven't seen it, the movie tells the story of four lifelong friends who are spending their first summer apart. When they find a magical pair of jeans that happens to fit them all, they make a pact to send it back and forth throughout the summer in order to help them feel connected. Do you pick or pass on The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants?
We totally miss watching Channing Tatum in all of those romantic movies that he starred in years back. He has to be one of the most perfect leading men because he's so handsome, funny and seems to hit it off with every woman he's onscreen with. In The Vow he plays opposite Rachel McAdams as her ever patient husband who continually keeps trying after she gets into a bad car accident and comes out the other side not remembering their relationship. Do you pick or pass on The Vow?
Lily Collins has had quite the past few years making a ton of movies and taking on a whole slew of different roles that really tested her acting chops. In the movie Love, Rosie she plays none other than the role of Rosie, the longtime best friend of Alex. When Alex has to move to the States with his family from overseas, their friendship is tested on a whole new level. When they come back together, they find themselves risking it all to try and make it work. Do you pick or pass on Love, Rosie?
High school can be such a trying time and it's great to have movies out there like The Duff that helps to depict that. When Bianca, played by Mae Whitman, makes the discovery that she's known to her classmates as the less attractive friend to her pretty and popular best friends, she decides to try and reinvent herself. With the help of her super cute neighbor, the two form an unlikely and honest friendship that runs the risk of getting complicated fast. Do you pick or pass on The Duff?
The Lucky One
Oh, Zac Efron. We were quite fond of you when you weren't playing Ted Bundy in the movies. Let's go back to roles like maybe? In The Lucky One he plays a soldier who manages to make it out of his third tour alive and believes the reason behind that is the photograph of a woman he found. When he ventures off to find this mysterious woman, he ends up forging a relationship with her and her family until his secret is revealed.
Made Of Honor
Does anyone else miss Patrick Dempsey? We can't help thinking back on those Grey's Anatomy days and then the movies that followed it and we just really miss seeing him onscreen. In the movie Made Of Honor, he plays a ladies' man of sorts who has always had his best friend Hannah to lean on. When she comes back from vacation having found Mr. Right, he starts to second guess whether or not they were meant to be more than friends all these years. Do you pick or pass on Made Of Honor?
Confessions Of A Shopaholic
Never has a movie depicted the sheer joy one can get from shopping followed by the massive amounts of anxiety by all of the debt you can go into should you use your credit card a little too much. In the movie Isla Fisher plays Rebecca Bloom who lives in New York City, loves fashion and has a serious affinity to shopping. When she scores a job at a financial magazine owned by the same company as her favorite fashion magazine, she finds her whole world suddenly change.
Set It Up
There's nothing like a rom-com that revolves around trying to set someone up in your life that you're close to in some way with someone else and then having that sense of romance make its way into your own life. In Set It Up, two overworked and underpaid assistants who work in the same building come together in the hopes of setting up their bosses with one another. Of course, once things get underway, they start to develop feelings for one another. Do you pick or pass on Set It Up?
Letters To Juliet
Is it just us or does anyone else feel like actress Amanda Seyfried has the most perfect hair one needs to be able to star in chick flicks? It looks so thick and amazing and she never seems to get any frizz. It's amazing really. In Letters To Juliet she plays a young woman on vacation with her busy fiance in Italy where she visits a popular tourist spot where the lovesick leave notes for the ones that got away. When she meets an older woman who has an interesting story, she is determined to help her find her lost love.
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife is for those super romantics out there who truly believe that the purpose of life is to find that special someone to share your life with and to make it work no matter what. In this movie Eric Bana plays a librarian who has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift back and forth through out time. When he meets the love of his life and she finds out his secret, they start a family together and do whatever it takes to make it work. Do you pick or pass on The Time Traveler's Wife?
To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Oh, Peter Kavinsky. Will there be another fictional boyfriend to come along like him that will capture all of our hearts? Probably not. But we're not going to give him all of the credit because Lana Condor's portrayal of Lara Jean Covey was pretty darn iconic too. When her private love letters get sent out to all of her crushes, Lara Jean Covey embarks on a pretend relationship with one of her crushes, Peter Kavinsky, in order to throw everyone off. All of that chemistry that comes to the surface could light a serious fire!
Crossroads is absolutely that movie to put in on a Friday night when you're hanging at home with your girlfriends and a bottle of wine and you just want to feel things. Starring Britney Spears, Crossroads is the story of three childhood friends coming back together after their high school graduation to travel cross country. Along the way they enter a singing contest, meet some interesting people and discover some hard truths about themselves. Do you pick or pass on Crossroads?
Just Like Heaven
Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are definitely one acting duo we would love to see come together again onscreen. They had a really great natural chemistry, plus they were pretty funny playing off one another. In Just Like Heaven, Ruffalo plays a man who rents an apartment that is haunted by the spirit of Reese Witherspoon's character and they can't quite figure out why. Together, they play detective and try to put the pieces together as to why her ghost is sticking around.
We're not entirely sure, but quite possibly Love Actually was one of the first movies out there to have intertwining plot lines that seem quite separate but all end up connected and making sense in the end. And it did that so very well! In this beloved film, you meet several characters all living in the London area who find themselves in various stages of relationships or dating or in love. All complex in their own way, it's a movie about love, friendship and making it work.
The Kissing Booth
Joey King has to be one of the cutest young actresses to be working right now. No matter the role, she always seems so full of energy and charisma. She's simply a delight onscreen. In The Kissing Booth she plays a high schooler named Elle who has been best friends with Lee for years now. Though she never fully recognized it, she's had a crush on Lee's older brother Noah for some time now. After they end up kissing at a school charity event, everything changes.
Easy A will always be such a feel-good chick flick for so many people out there because this movie just oozes comfort and hilarity. Plus, Emma Stone as a precocious teenager is just so relatable. In Easy A Emma Stone plays a high school student who spices up the truth when she fibs to her bestie about spending the weekend with a cute college guy. When word gets out all over the school, Stone's character decides to cash in on all of these assumptions and use them to her advantage. Only things get out of hand very quickly. Do you pick or pass on Easy A?
Sleepless In Seattle
There's no other chick flick pair quite like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. They just hit it out of the park each and every time they're onscreen together. In Sleepless In Seattle, Hanks plays a single dad who moves to Seattle with his son after the passing of his wife. When his son Jonah calls up a local talk-radio station to find a new wife for his dad, he somehow manages to convince his dad to get on the line and discuss things. Listening to all this happen is Meg Ryan's character. She finds herself falling in love with someone she hasn't even met. And the rest is history!
Bridesmaids is the chick flick you put on when you want to experience female friendships, laugh and feel a little bit better about your own life after watching what Kristen Wiig goes through in this film. In Bridesmaids, Wiig's character finds herself named the Maid Of Honor for her lifelong friend, even though she's a little down on luck as of late and can't really afford it. When she sees her bestie has made fast friends with a prettier and seemingly perfect woman, it throws everything off course. Do you pick or pass on Bridesmaids?
The Best Of Me
The Best Of Me is definitely one of those chick flicks you put on when you feel like watching two people fall in love — not once, but twice. And also, it's a great one if you need a good cry as well. That's all we're going to say about that though. In this movie two former high school sweethearts come back to their hometown in order to put a mutual friend's home in order after he passes. Once they start spending time together again, that spark reignites. Do you pick or pass on The Best Of Me?
Never Been Kissed
Why is it that so many chick flicks have getting back to our roots in order to rediscover who we are as the main premise? Maybe it's because it's a trope that hooks us each and every time! It's a classic for a reason, people. In Never Been Kissed Drew Barrymore plays a junior editor for a big time newspaper who is given the assignment to go back to high school in order to observe modern teenage life. As she gets absorbed in that world, her whole life turns upside down.
A Cinderella Story
Who remembers when Hilary Duff was taking over the movie world in the early 2000's? It was just her and that dazzling smile and blonde hair and we really miss those days. In A Cinderella Story, Duff plays a smart teenager who is living with her mean stepmother and stepsisters in California after the passing of her father. She works in her stepmom's diner and basically has no life until her best friend convinces her to dress up for the costume ball at school where she spends some time with the most popular guy in school. Do you pick or pass on A Cinderella Story?
Greta Gerwig has really hit the film world by storm and we are so here for all of the amazing projects she has coming up. In Frances Ha she plays the title role of Frances, a young woman living in New York City with her best friend. When her friend tells her that she's moving out of their shared apartment to move in with her boyfriend, Frances finds herself spiraling a bit. She's unsure of her future plans, job and personal life. It's all about her figuring things out in her own time. Do you pick or pass on Frances Ha?
Bride Wars is the perfect example of how some little girls will totally obsess over the things that they get to do when they get older. Starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as lifelong best friends, they find themselves getting engaged to their longtime partners around the same time. When they discover that there's been a clerical error and both their weddings have been booked on the same day at the same venue, they find themselves getting a little bit competitive in terms of who has the better wedding.
Obvious Child is definitely one of those chick flicks to put on when you feel like falling in love with someone special. That someone special in this film is comedian Jenny Slate. She's absolutely hilarious, cute and so easy to relate to. In this movie she plays a struggling stand-up comic who's a bit down on her luck job-wise, but when she meets a cute guy at a bar, things in the romance department appear to be looking up. That is exactly when she discovers that she's pregnant. Do you pick or pass on Obvious Child?
Sometimes going that extra mile at work can result in something as life-changing as marriage! Or such was the case for Ryan Reynolds' character in The Proposal. He plays the assistant to Sandra Bullock's character who is a big-time book editor in the city. When she receives word that she's facing deportation back to Canada, she tells them that she is engaged to her assistant. Reynolds' character agrees to do this, but places the caveat that she has to travel with him to visit his family in order to make it official.
We really miss actress Brittany Murphy because not only did she star in Clueless, but she also did sweet little movies like Uptown Girls where she starred opposite a very young Dakota Fanning. In the film Murphy plays the privileged daughter of a very famous rock 'n roll singer who passes away and leaves her his fortune. When she discovers that his manager has stolen it all, she's forced to get a job as a nanny for Ray, an uptight and serious little girl who is very wary of her. From there, they work to form a bond.
There's nothing like a good old case of mistaken identity to help a chick flick head in the exact right direction. In the movie Monte Carlo, Selena Gomez stars as Grace, a young woman who's been working as a waitress has saved her pennies to travel to Europe with her best friend and stepsister. When they get there and discover that their accommodations aren't exactly luxurious, they find themselves afraid that their trip is a bust. Amidst the chaos, Grace is mistaken for a popular socialite and they soon find themselves whisked off to Monte Carlo for some fun.