Something I’ve noticed lately is that there aren’t really any great chick flicks being made anymore. So many of the movies coming out feel the constant need to throw sex, explicit language, and violence at us to make them more “exciting” to the point that the story gets lost in the muck.
Plus they keep throwing vampires and zombies into everything.
Thanks for nothing, Stephanie Meyer.
So, to console myself, I’m making a list of the top five chicks flicks of all time. Here are movies that I’ve rewatched dozens (perhaps hundreds) of times, and I still adore them.
Let’s pop ourselves some caramel corn, grab a snuggly blanket, and have a chick flick fest, shall we?
5. Ever After (1998)
Aside from moments in the movie where Barrymore’s accent makes me cringe, I love this telling of the “real” Cinderella story, not least of which because Cinderella herself (Danielle) is such a feisty, independent sort of character who doesn’t need the help of her prince to rescue her.
Plus, as a teenager, I split into peals of embarrassed laughter over the tightness of the men’s costumes.
Good memories, friends.
4. Two Weeks Notice (2002)
You can’t have a top five list of chick flicks without include Sandra Bullock somewhere on it. It was a close match between this and Where You Were Sleeping, but this wins out for the humor and for Hugh Grant.
If you haven’t seen this movie about a wealthy businessman (Grant) and the lawyer trying to work against people like him (Bullock), you need to rent it ASAP. I think it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.
3. Runaway Bride (1999)
Because Julia Roberts and Richard Gere were so stunning in Pretty Woman, they just had to be brought together again for the American public to drool over anew, this time with Roberts playing the heartbreaker who’s constantly leaving grooms at the altar, and Gere playing the reporter who she got fired for mis-reporting her story.
Could there be anything as visually delicious as the scene where Roberts’s long wedding dress is flowing out behind her as she rides a horse into the sunset?
2. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Here you go, another match made in heaven–Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were just so good in Sleepless in Seattle, they had to be thrown together again in this rom-com that was the first of its kind, in that it talked about dating people you meet online.
Besides the warm fuzzies you get from watching the dial-up modem in action (remember that? oh wait, you were too young?), the script in this is beautifully simple, especially when it comes to the emails they exchange. To this day, I cannot start a new school year without thinking of bouquets of newly sharpened pencils.
1. Pride & Prejudice (BBC’s 6-hour version, 1995)
Now, I love me about any version of Austen’s most famous novel (including the Keira Knightley version of 2005 as well as the lesser-known modern-day version of 2003 with Kam Heskin), but once I first saw this six-hour made-for-t.v. series by BBC, I was converted for life.
Not only does this version follow the book the most closely, but the casting is simply perfect–Colin Firth, who seems stern and a little unattractive at first, manages to pull off being the biggest hunk of a man by the end.
I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve actually watched this movie (one time even twice in the same DAY).
If you were to create your top five list, what would it look like? Any movies I missed? Any you disagree with?