In these quaratimes, we are all looking for ways to stay busy and what better way than a great chick flick? As my public service contribution, I've put my Instagram to good use, took a survey and put together the ultimate list of the best chick flicks of all time. So, break out a bottle of rosé, round up your besties on Zoom and turn on one of these classics. This list is in no particular order and if I leave out your favorite, drop it in the comments below.
Glamorizing prostitution may not fly in today’s current social climate, but let’s look past that and just enjoy Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in this modern classic. Does anyone wear a gray suit QUITE as well as Edward Lewis? (A fair argument could be made for Danny Ocean, but that’s an entirely different blog post) Who doesn’t sometimes dream of spending an obscene amount of money on a Rodeo Drive shopping spree? And let’s not forget the amazing date on the private jet with the red dress and the diamond necklace. I’m swooning just thinking about it. But nothing will ever compare to the final scene when you hear the opera music start as Edward turns onto Princess Vivian’s street. It’s the best.
The Other Woman
Love, love, love the dynamic between Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz & Kate Upton as three women all being manipulated by the same man. They way they all come together and form a great friendship circle that endures long after the guy is out of the picture is my favorite part of this story.
This one needs no explanation. OF COURSE it's included on EVERY Best Chick Flick List of All Time! And we must pay homage to all of the pop culture references it have given us. Like I will forever remind my kids that I'm not a regular mom, but a cool mom. (Okay, I may have even made a Tik Tok about it, sue me.)
Devil Wears Prada
The fashion montage of Anne Hathaway's character, Andi, is reason enough to include this one the list. But it's Meryl's turn as the boss from Hell, Miranda Priestly, is what makes this movie iconic. That's all.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Are you Team Josh or Team Peter? TBH, I can't really vote because I haven't watched this yet (gasp!) But when I surveyed my followers on Instagram (check me out here), this movie was screamed from the rooftops. Guess I know what I'll be watching tonight.
Father of the Bride
Not gonna lie, when I was a teenager, the home featured in this Nancy Meyers' film was my DREAM house. I had no idea that many of her movie sets would become characters themselves. In this remake of the 1950 film by the same name, Steve Martin loses his mind over his daughter's impending wedding. It's not just all the money he is spending that is making him crazy, but the idea of “losing” his daughter. There are so many scenes and lines that talk about the special relationship a dad has with his daughter and they still get me every. single. time. (Fun fact: they looked FOREVER before they cast Kimberly Williams in the role of the daughter and the moment Brad Paisley saw her in the film, he fell in love. They have been married now for 15 years.)
Bridget Jones Diary
What would a best chick flick list of all time be without everyone's favorite hot mess, Bridget Jones? Renee Zellweger makes every girl, everywhere, feel like they have a British bestie whether they are single or not. She makes you root for Bridget, no matter how many mistakes she makes or what kind of trouble she find herself.
In this adaptation of Cinderella, we have Drew Barrymore as the sympathetic Danielle. This retelling of the classic fairytale has Danielle as more of an educated, strong heroine and less of a damsel in distress. Her relationship with the prince revolves around him falling in love with her fiesty spirit, love of books and empathy towards others and not just a beautiful dance partner. Add the interesting twist of Leonardo DiVinci as the prince's friend and you have a more empowered version of the classic for today's modern girl.
As if I would forget to include Clueless on any best chick clicks of all time list! Way harsh, Ty!
Want a movie that tugs at the heartstrings of any mother/daughter relationship? Look no further than this classic. The story revolves around a group of southern women whose friendships are long, complicated and unconditional, but shows the true strength that the power of female friendship can bring. This is this the movie that made Julia Roberts a star before Pretty Woman.
Nicole Kidman dazzles in this story about forbidden love and the mash-ups of love songs makes it worthy of the list of best chick flicks.
This may quite possibly be the most romantic movie of all time based on the kiss in the rain alone. However, it's the story of the senior citizens and their enduring love that really speak to the soul of the movie. Honestly, I can never watch it without tearing up, it's just that good. Oh! And I COMPLETELY made my family visit the location of the famous rowboat scene and made my husband take photos. He's a great sport.
In my house, we love to prove people's expectations wrong and there is no better role model than Elle Woods. Because she is pretty, blonde and has an affinity for pink and sparkles, she's constantly underestimated by everyone around her. Until she gets into Harvard Law and helps to win a marquee case. What? Like it's hard?
How can a movie that engrained “Cups” into our brains not make the top ten chick flicks of all time list? And the Bellas are pretty badass, too.
10 Things I Hate About You
This high school love story is based on Shakespeare and gives us a really young Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. This movie was brought up on my poll OVER and OVER, so I knew it had to be included in this chick flick hit list.
Fault in Our Stars
Two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, are coping with different stages of cancer . They meet, fall in love and go on a mission to meet the author of Hazel's favorite book. Cue ALL the tears.
Has your best friend ever turned into public frenemy Number One? That's exactly what happens with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson in this tale of two friends turned mortal enemies as their wedding days approach. The levels they take their sabotage and pettiness is a little much, but the movie keeps it light enough that we forgive them. I had to include this on a best chick flick of all time list because when Chloe was little, it was her favorite.
If you've ever been a bridesmaid, you can completely relate to Katherine Heigl's pain of always being the bridesmaid and never the bride. Now try it 27 times. (Fun fact: Peyton List plays Heigl young, you just may not recognize her with brown hair.)
Long before we had Magic Mike, we had Tyler Gage. This is the movie where Channing Tatum fell in love with Jenna Dewan and we fell in love with him. The final dance scene alone makes it worth the price of admission….and solidifies it on the list of best chick flicks of all time.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann (who also directed Moulin Rouge), this retelling of the story of Jay Gatsby and his love, Daisy, haunts you long after the credits roll. And let's not forget this gif(t). You're welcome.
She's beauty, she's grace, she's Miss United States! Sandra Bullock is an FBI agent that goes undercover as a very ill-equipped beauty pageant contestant and you love every minute of it.
Bring It On
This movie came our after my heyday as Cheerleader Extraordinaire, but I didn't love it any less.
13 Going on 30
Jen Garner is 30, thirty and thriving in this adorable movie that teaches some great life lessons. Like, who doesn't wish to be 30 when they are 13? Or maybe it's always a good idea to fall in love with your GBF. And let's be real, Jen has been the inspo we all need during this quarantine.
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion
Any one else panic when you realize a high school reunion may be looming too close in your future? This hysterical comedy reminds us that real friends can last a lifetime and it's totally better to be yourself….even if it means you aren't part of the cool crowd.
I remember when this movie premiered and every preteen and teen girl in the world wished their parent would immediately book a summer vacation to the Catskills. Despite it's modern day problems, it's still easy to see why everyone fell in love with Patrick Swayze and vowed to never let anyone put Baby in a corner.
A hilarious and empowering chick flick, this is where I fell in love with Emma Stone. And if you haven't watched it yet, you will fall in love with her, too.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
I feel like this choice showed up so many times on my poll. You guys LOVE this movie and would have came for me had I not included it on the best chick flicks of all time list. It's the classic tale of two people who fall for each other, in spite of all the wrong reasons.
A pushy boss (Sandra Bullock) forces her young assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. Of course they end up actually falling in love or this would never make the best chick flicks of all time list, ammiright?
Sleepless in Seattle
To me, this will always be a Christmas movie, which is super weird because the movie’s pivotal scene takes place during Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s because I will forever have the line “And, up next: Jingle Bells…BACKWARDS!” engrained in my brain? However you want to classify it, it’s still an opportunity to fall in love with the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. You spend the entire movie JUST KNOWING they are perfect for each other…if only they would meet. And when they finally do, it’s just MAGIC.
Two Words: Jake Ryan. Has there ever been a more iconic high school dream guy? He has withstood the test of time and the final scene will forever live in infamy as THE BEST scene in an 80’s high school movie. Period. (And this is where all the Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink fans are gonna come @me. Stop. Jake Ryan. Church. Red Porsche. I win. )
Never Been Kissed
I spent about a decade of my life feeling like a Josie Grossie and Drew Barrymore makes me relive every single minute of that most awkward time. But, it somehow feels okay because she gets a crack at a high school do-over and comes to terms with her insecurities. And she ends up with her dream guy. I think it’s what Barrymore does best: relatable and endearing and I am so here for it.
Crazy Rich Asians
This is obviously the newest movie to make the cut, but I think it totally deserves a spot. I read the book years ago, but the movie made me fall deeper in love with the characters than I could have ever thought. I love that Nick’s mother wasn’t a “villain”, but instead just a protective mother (okay, maybe slightly villainous). I love that Rachel drove the narrative of her relationship with Nick and didn’t wait for a guy to make the decision. Yasss for #girlpower. But, not gonna lie, I have seen the movie maybe five or six times and the airplane scene makes me cry. Every. Single. Time.
Sweet Home Alabama
I have to admit, this one has grown on me over the years. I liked it when I first saw it, but I didn’t LOVE it. I think because this was the first Reese Witherspoon movie I saw after Legally Blonde and Elle Woods was just THAT good. But, in true Melanie Smooter fashion, it has worked its way into my heart and now it’s totally on my favs list. Maybe it’s Jake? Maybe it’s the perfect bird cage veil she wears at her southern wedding? Is it the baby in the bar? Not entirely sure, but I know when I see it playing on a random weekend, I’m there!
Crazy, Stupid Love
The first time I saw this movie, I was in love. I love, love, loved the way each of the individual stories weaved together and painted a bigger picture. I had no idea that this was the genius and hallmark of Dan Fogelman, who would go on to use the same type of storytelling in This Is Us, I just knew that I liked it. I also knew that I liked Ryan Gosling in a suit. But the scene that stole my heart (and everyone else’s) was the Dirty Dancing scene in the rain. Emma Stone had me at “Seriously???? It’s like you’re Photoshopped.” Smart, quirky girls everywhere just realized that they COULD get the hot guy and I was sold.
Okay, did I remind you of a movie that you need to rewatch immediately? Or which of your favorites did I miss? Let me know in the comments below. And don't forget to share this list with your fav gal pal or save it to refer back to! If you want to know the best products to elevate your self-care routine while we are all inside, you can check that out here. Or if you are looking for some painless ways to work on that summer bod, here you go! Stay safe, healthy and STAY HOME!!