Top 10 chick flicks for girls

Movies for upbeat, girly nights in!

Planning a good, old-fashioned girls' night in? Then grab some popcorn, crack open a bottle have a box of Kleenex on-hand to wipe away the tears, and check out our top 10 chick flicks for girls.

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Ghost (1990)

Tagline: Before Sam was murdered he told Molly he’d love and protect her forever.

A romantic supernatural thriller in which banker Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is murdered but then returns as a ghost to protect his grief-stricken girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore) and solve his own murder.

Unable to communicate with his wife, Sam turns to fake medium Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), who finds out that she really does have the power to contact the dead.

This movie is a real tear-jerker, and everyone will probably have already seen the potter’s wheel scene which helped make the Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ a hit again. There are a few good laughs along the way, too – notably from Goldberg, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her humorous performance.

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Tagline: Have the time of your life.

The plot sees teenager Baby (Jennifer Grey – although she was actually 27 at the time!) meet dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) during her summer break. He sweeps her off her feet and she becomes his dance partner – and much more besides – despite her parents’ disapproval.

You’ll probably identify with the character of Baby, who despite being relatively ordinary manages to get her man. And the famous line ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner!’ will still elicit a feel-good response – even if you’re watching the movie for the umpteenth time.

Grease (1978)

Tagline: Grease is the word.

A 1970s musical about teens set in 1950s California. Danny Zuko (John Travolta) meets Australian Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) on holiday and romance blossoms.

Thinking they won’t see each other again after their summer breaks end, there is surprise when Sandy turns up at her new high school to find her love interest is there. Danny then has to decide between his role as leader of the T-Birds and his affection for Sandy.

Despite most of the cast clearly being well beyond their teens, the movie nevertheless works, and remains one of the most endearing musicals in movie history. It has the classic ‘boy-meets-girl, dumps her, and then comes to his senses’ storyline, plus some incredibly catchy musical numbers – which makes it a firm favourite with girls of all ages!

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Tagline: It’s Monday morning, Bridget has woken up with a headache, a hangover and her boss.

Helen Fielding’s book Bridget Jones’s Diary made it to the big screen with Renee Zellweger playing the role of Bridget, an average thirtysomething struggling with her job, her relationships, and her weight.

After deciding to take control of her life by keeping a diary in which she’ll always tell the complete truth, she then gets two men – Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) – competing for her affections.

After piling on the pounds and adopting a passable English accent, Zellweger does a good job in the film’s lead role. The movie is full of many situations that all women can relate to – and there are even several scenes that will have you crying tears of laughter rather than the opposite!

Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

Tagline: She’s not just getting married, she’s getting even.

Muriel (Toni Collette) finds her life in Australia dull and whiles away her days alone in her room obsessing over Abba songs and dreaming of her wedding day. Her main problem, though, is the fact that she’s never had a date! Stealing some money, she goes to Sydney, changes her name to Muriel, and turns her life around.

This is a humorous, feel-good movie about the classic underdog who manages to turn things around. After being constantly put down by her family and friends, Muriel’s reinvention of herself allows her to be the person that she’d always wanted to be seen as. The movie even launched another Abba revival on an unsuspecting public.

Beaches (1988)

Tagline: Friends come and go but there’s always one you’re stuck with for life.

Privileged girl Hillary (Barbara Hershey) meets struggling child performer C.C. (Bette Midler) at a seaside resort, and they form a friendship which lasts through decades of ups and downs – even falling for the same guy one point. Through it all, they discover that while guys may come and go, true girlfriends are forever.

If you need a good cry, then this is undoubtedly the movie for you – especially when one of the characters in the movie gets a terminal illness, which will help to open the floodgates! During the movie, Bette Midler also belts out her classic ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ to add extra value to what is the Goliath of 1980s click flicks

Pretty Woman (1990)

Tagline: She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart.

There can’t be many occasions when a movie in which a hooker meets a millionaire who sweeps her off her feet holds such great appeal to women – but undoubtedly this does! Julia Roberts, as the down-on-her-luck girl, and Richard Gere, as the corporate mogul, star in this improbable love affair which is a kind of My Fair Lady meets Cinderella story.

Undoubtedly, this movie should be in every woman’s movie collection – and the chances are you may already have the soundtrack too. The movie works well and is a timeless romantic comedy for which Roberts was rightly nominated for an Academy Award. On the other hand, some girls probably just love it for Gere’s appearance!

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Tagline: Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?

As the tagline suggests, this romantic comedy asks the question: can a man or a woman be friends without sex getting in the way? The movie focuses on friends Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) who debate that question – and 11 years later are still no closer to finding the answer. Will they ever accept that they are meant for one another?

This is unquestionably one of the best-loved romantic comedies of all time, and is also a funny commentary on friendships, courtship, and other hardships. The movie’s story has been copied in various ways many a time, but has never been bettered. And who can forget Ryan’s fake orgasm scene? ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ indeed.

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Tagline: Somebody said get a life… so they did.

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as Louise and Thelma respectively – two women who take off on a road trip for some much-needed chick bonding.After a brush with a would-be rapist, the two girls go on the run, driving their classic convertible along a road trip from hell before heading onwards to a glorious blaze-of-glory finale.

You won’t just love this movie for the fact that Brad Pitt gets picked up by the ladies along the way! For once, it’s a movie that casts women in the role of a reckless pair on the run, doing whatever they can do to get by. While some people can’t accept the glorious emotional ending, it nonetheless proves to be a fitting finale.

Chocolat (2000)

Tagline: One taste is all it takes.

Despite some initial skepticism, the majority of townspeople warm to them, especially when they taste their products – that is, apart from the town’s mayor, who seems determined to shut her shop down.

Despite some odd combinations of accents and accusations from critics that it watered down the original book too much, the movie is a moving and heart-warming tale of love and temptation. Juliette Binoche excels in her role, and as an added something for the ladies there’s Johnny Depp playing the gypsy-like river drifter Roux. It’ll make you laugh and make you cry in equal proportions.

Comments (3)

  • HAN75 'Couldn't really argue with the list. With the exception of 'Beaches' which I have not seen, I love the rest of them. Thelma and Louise should be top of the pile.'

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  • Angie_B 'I saw a great one this week to add to the list - 'The Devil wears Prada' - a great chick flick if ever I saw one. Glenn Close is great in it.'

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  • frigate 'No cheap wine on a girly night in, thanks, just the best! There's an entire blog/website devoted to the best chick flicks and women's movies. Check it out on www.chickflickguide.com'

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