February 8, 2019

35 Best Chick Flicks of All Time

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.

Best Chick Flicks of all Time

Pretty Woman

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.  

Mean Girls

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.

Best Chick Flicks of all Time

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. 

Ever After

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. 

Clueless

As if I would forget to include Clueless on any best chick clicks of all time list! Way harsh, Ty!

Steel Magnolias

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. 

Moulin Rouge

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. 

Best Chick Flicks of all Time

The Notebook

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. 

Legally Blonde 

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?

Pitch Perfect

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. 

Bride Wars

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. 

Best Chick Flicks of all Time

27 Dresses

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.) 

Step Up

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. 

Great Gatsby

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. 

Miss Congeniality

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. 

Dirty Dancing

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. 

Best Chick Flicks of all Time

Easy A

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. 

The Proposal

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.

Sixteen Candles

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.

Best Chick Flicks of all Time

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!!

XO, Christi

 

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  1. Veronica

    February 22nd, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Ame cada pelicula, pero sin lugar a dudas falto, “El diario de Noah”

  2. Olivia

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Love this post! Some of my favorites on here. So perfect for a movie night – girls night or just a solo night with a bottle of wine! I literally want to be your friend.

  3. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I love friends! Welcome to my girl gang!

  4. Susan

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    How about Richard Gere and Jlo in Shall we Dance? I am a crazy Gere fan, have you seen it? If not please do you won’t regret it. There is another great actress in it, that l won’t name in case you haven’t seen it, it can be a surprise. Let me know.

  5. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    I havent seen it, but will definitely watch! Thanks for the recommendation

  6. Dana

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Love these movies,but I also love Urban Cowboy,Fried Green Tomatoes,and Ghost.

  7. Dana

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:06 am

    I love these but I also love Dirty Dancing,Urban Cowboy and Fried Green Tomatoes.

  8. Dana Lail

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:08 am

    First of all Congrats on the blog,it’s
    amazzzzing!I also like Urban Cowboy,
    Dirty Dancing,and
    Fried Green Tomatoes

  9. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Hi Dana,
    Thank you and I LOVE those movies, too! I remember how scandalous Dirty Dancing was it came out. And I forgot about An Officer and a Gentleman, too!! UGH, great one!

  10. Isabela

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:40 am

    13 going on 30 was always my favorite! Congrats on the blog!!!!

  11. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 am

    That’s another great one! Clearly, I’m going to need to do a Part 2!

  12. Gurkirat

    February 23rd, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I’ve been a big fan of you and Chloe since the beginning of dance moms to now. Love you guys!

    A super sweet movie that somehow managed to make someone like me cry (lol) is Love, Simon. It’s a cute comic of age/coming out story filled with love, heartbreak and betrayal!
    Definitely would recommend it!

  13. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Gurkirat, I have been DYING to see Love, Simon and just haven’t had a chance yet. Thank you so much for the recommendation and the kind words! Looking forward to building a gret community here! XO, Christi

  14. Kathryn

    February 23rd, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Christi! You have to add Steal Magnolias! Also, I’m so glad you’re doing this blog! Ive been a fan of yours and Chloe’s for years. Im 31 and getting married this November. Reading your blog is getting advice from the big sister I’ve never had. I love it. How about tips on keeping a fresh marriage?

    -Kathryn

  15. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Steel Magnolias is EPIC!!!! I just rewatched it a few month ago and I forgot how much I loved it AND as a . mom, I had a new compassion for M’Lynn. Hmmm, let me think of the best advice I have and I will share. In the meanwhile, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Xo, Christi

  16. Maddie

    March 4th, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Crazy, Stupid Love is one of my faves!! And Crazy Rich Asians made me bawl!

  17. clukasiak

    March 4th, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Maddie! You obvious have EXCELLENT taste! Lol. XO, Christi

  18. Emily

    March 6th, 2019 at 1:20 am

    13 going on 30 that movie is soooo good

  19. clukasiak

    March 6th, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Honestly, I am not 100% sure if I have ever seen it! I know, I know! I have homework!!!! XO, Christi

  20. Trudi Broschat

    March 6th, 2019 at 5:36 am

    I love the ones in your blog, plus the extras ones that others have suggested… definitely need a part two! How about The Proposal? I LOVE that movie!!
    Trudi from Colorado

  21. clukasiak

    March 8th, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Yes, that’s a GREAT one! Okay, adding Part Two to my list! Xo, Christi

  22. Georgia

    March 6th, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Have you seen Bad Moms? It’s so funny- I would definitely recommend it.

  23. clukasiak

    March 8th, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I have seen Bad Moms and loved it! Thanks for reminding me about it!! XO, Christi

  24. Sarah

    March 7th, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    One of my absolute favorites is You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan. Years after Sleepless in Seattle their on-screen chemistry still just works effortlessly. I could watch that movie over & over again, it never gets old. I also am still a fan of The Notebook, another one I will never get tired of watching. For a classic rom com I always enjoyed Houseboat with Cary Grant & Sophia Loren- it’s great!

  25. clukasiak

    March 8th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I love You’ve Got Mail, Sarah! I was hesitant to include two Tom and meg movies on the same list. Funny story: when Clara watched it, she was SO confused about the dial up internet service. Kids these days….Xo, Christi

  26. Cucfan

    March 10th, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Beautiful photo of Maggie. I love that she is included in your blog & all the beautiful photos.

  27. clukasiak

    March 10th, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    thanks and of course! Maggie is an important Lukasiak! XO, Christi

  28. Sophie

    March 14th, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Dirty Dancing (Aside from any Disney/Harry Potter film) is one of my absolute favourites, I’ve loved it since I was really young, can’t go wrong!

    I absolutely loved My Sister’s Keeper (Also the first book I ever cried at) that’s great if you need one that pulls your heartstrings.

    There are so many to choose from! I love reading your blog, it makes me want to get mine going again. And as a fellow cake enthusiast as soon as I saw the name I knew I’d love it! 😊 xx

  29. clukasiak

    March 27th, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Hi Sophie, LOVE LOVE LOVE Dirty Dancing, too! Great one that I forgot. Thanks for the sweet words and you should totally get your blog going again! Please let me know if you do, I would love to check it out. Xo, Christi

  30. Ashley

    March 31st, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    You’ve got mail! Hands down one of the best!♡

  31. clukasiak

    April 2nd, 2020 at 10:24 am

    I LOVE this movie so much, but I didn’t want the whole list to be Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movies so I practived restraint. HAH

  32. Jen

    March 31st, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Where the Heart is with Natalie Portman has always been one of my favorites! Not on the list but for sure a cute chick flick

  33. clukasiak

    April 2nd, 2020 at 10:24 am

    You’re no the only one to suggest this one! I think I missed a good one. XO, Christi

  34. Purple

    April 1st, 2020 at 3:43 am

    Serendipity, Music & Lyrics, French Kiss, Two Weeks Notice 🙂

  35. clukasiak

    April 2nd, 2020 at 10:23 am

    LOVE these suggestions! thanks for sharing

  36. LightDovesMom22

    April 1st, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Love the list so many great choices. My favorite is still Practical Magic. I most be an original. I really love that movie.

  37. clukasiak

    April 2nd, 2020 at 10:22 am

    You are completely an original! That IS a great one!

  38. Kathy

    April 1st, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Love all your posts! How about “She’s All That” with Rachel Leigh Cook & Freddie Prinze Jr.? One of my all time favs

  39. clukasiak

    April 2nd, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Oh YES! Thats a really good one!

  40. Jen

    April 1st, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    It’s not on the list, but I love Where the Heart Is with Natalie Portman. Such a cute movie!

  41. clukasiak

    April 2nd, 2020 at 9:59 am

    I forgot about that one! Great call and thanks for sharing

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