Before placing any of these Top 10 Chick Flicks of the 1990s in your rental queue make sure to have your best girlfriends on speed dial. These movies are best watched with friends.
10. Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
The first of three wedding related movies on this list Muriel’s Wedding is set in Australia. Muriel (Toni Collette) is a dateless woman who spends her days listening to Abba and imagining her wedding day.Bored with her life, Muriel steals some money and sets off to a new city, joined by her eccentric new friend Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths). While there are many good things about this movie it’s perhaps best known for being the launching pad for Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths who have both gone on to garner Oscar and Emmy nominations.
9. Titanic (1997)
Titanic was the must-see movie of 1997. It had everything from an epic love story, to tragedy, to grand sets, to “it” actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), to a brand new Celine Dion song. It was David vs. Goliath and Romeo and Juliet rolled into one. Rose and her rich fiancee Cal board the Titanic, as does Jack, a poor artist. Rose and Jack meet and fall in love depsite the existence of Cal and the sinking ship they’re on.
8. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
My Best Friend’s Wedding is the first of a trio of films on this list starring Julia Roberts. Roberts plays Julianne, a woman who going to her best friend’s wedding. Normally that would be a happy occasion. Unfortunately for Julianne, her best friend is a man whom she happens to be in love with.
7. Father of the Bride (1991)
Everythng that can go wrong on a wedding day seems to do just that in Father of the Bride. George Banks is hosting his daughter’s wedding at his house and is overcome by Frank (Martin Short), a flamboyant wedding planner, Frank’s assistant, and a host of other people and problems. Meanwhile he’s having a hard time reconciling the fact that his only daughter is about to be married. Father of the Bride somehow manages to be incredibly sweet without being cheesy, and even spawned a sequel in 1995.
6. Notting Hill (1999)
Notting Hill has to be one of the more underrated romantic comedies, and it’s hard to offer an explanation why. It stars romantic comedy royalty in Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, but isn’t always mentioned in the best of films of this category. Julia Roberts stars as Anna Scott, the world’s most famous movie star and Grant as William Thacker, a travel bookshop owner. When Anna strolls into William’s bookstore one day their courtship begins. A courtship made more public by William’s dim-witted, yet hilarious roommate Spike (Rhys Ifans).
5. Thelma and Louise (1991)
The “buddy” film genre is dominated by male pairings (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Some Like It Hot, Lethal Weapon), and women everywhere rejoiced when they could finally add Thelma and Louise to testosterone-laden list. Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) ditch their lives and hit the road. Despite running into a handsome stranger played by a young Brad Pitt, all does not end well on their trip.
4. Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997)
Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion may not have struck it big at the box office, and it’s probably because this is the type of movie that just gets better with repeated viewings. It’s silly and pretty absurd, but well worth the screening. Romy (Mira Sorvino and Michelle (Lisa Kudrow) are best friends who were not popular in high school. With their high school reunion just a few days away the pair decide to roadtrip (though a much different roadtrip than Thelma and Louise) back to their hometown armed with ridiculous lies about the lives they’ve been living.
3. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Fans of Meg Ryan who had missed her endearing charm since When Harry Met Sally are treated to a second helping in Sleepless in Seattle. This time as Annie, Ryan, teamed with Tom Hanks rather than Billy Crystal, is a woman falling in love with a man over the radio airwaves. Annie responds to a plea from a young boy who lost his mother and wants to find a new wife for his dad.
2. Ghost (1990)
The premise of the movie Ghost may sound ridiculous (a dead man tries to warn his girlfriend that she is in danger by communicating to her through a psychic), but somehow it worked and was box office gold to the tune of over two hundred million dollars. Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are a happy couple until Sam is killed. What may have seemed like a random crime at first turns out not to be and it is up to Sam to get word to Molly that she is still in danger. With the help of Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) Sam is able to speak to Molly and warn her that she may be a target as well.
1. Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty Woman is most likely the movie that began America’s love affair with Julia Roberts. While she may have appeared in movies such as Steel Magnolias and Mystic Pizza, it wasn’t until she made her debut as Vivian, the prostitute who captured the heart of business tycoon Edward (Richard Gere), that Roberts had become a bona fide movie star. In Pretty Woman Vivian is a prostitute who is hired by Edward for the week and then whisked away to a fancy Los Angeles hotel. By day Vivian shops and learns how to be a proper date for Edward and by night she keeps him company at business dinners. Over the course of the week, this business deal develops into something more.