Romantic Comedies a.k.a “chick flicks” are often mocked, but there is nothing better that curling up on a Friday night with some girlfriends and cocktails and enjoying a great romantic comedy. Here are a list of the top 20 “chick flicks” of all time.
20. Laws of Attraction
Laws of Attraction tells the story of two high powered divorce attorneys whose in-court conflicts give rise to sparks of an entirely different nature. While they’re in Ireland, trying to determine whether the husband or wife in a rock-star divorce deserves to keep a swank castle, they “accidentally” get married. Back in New York, they agree to keep up the pretense of marriage, lest a quickie divorce make them the laughingstocks of the legal community.
19. Definitely, Maybe
In Definitely, Maybe, 10 year old Maya grills her divorcing dad for information on her conception after her first sex ed class. He tells her the story but changes the names of the women who were in his life at the time to keep her guessing which is her mom. Was it Emily, his college girlfriend when he came to New York from Wisconsin for Clinton’s ’92 campaign; April who is edgy, a little cynical, and misses her father; or Summer, a writer attracted to older, established men? In demanding the story, Maya’s motivation is clear, to get her dad to fall in love with her mom again.
18. Picture Perfect
Kate (played by Jennifer Aniston) is struggling in the advertising business in New York, believing in her talents, but she cannot move forward. When the chance comes for her to get promoted, her boss decides to pass her up because she is ‘not stable enough’. Using a picture taken from a recent wedding, her co-worker makes up a story about an engagement to Nick who lives in Massachusetts. Everything is Picture Perfect until Nick saves a little girl from a fire and winds up on the news, not to mention on the cover of several newspapers. Kate’s boss wants to meet the “hero” and Kate asks Nick to come to New York and pretend to be her fiance.
17. Intolerable Cruelty
Intolerable Cruelty tells the story of the relationship between a savvy Los Angeles divorce lawyer and the gold digging ex-wife of one of his clients. The plot is simple: Lawyer supreme Miles Massey, played by the devilishly sexy George Clooney, skillfully outmaneuvers gold-digger Marylin Rexroth, played by equally sexy Catherine Zeta-Jones, when she divorces her wealthy husband–and she sets out to get revenge. A series of manipulations and scams unfurl as these two fall in love or do they?
16. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
As the “How to…” columnist for trendy Composure Magazine Andie Anderson agrees to write a first-hand account about what it takes to drive a man out of your life…in exactly 10 days entitled How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. At the same time eligible ad agency bachelor Benjamin Barry accepts a high-stakes bet that he can lure any woman into falling head-over-heels in love with him…also in 10 days. The resulting romantic head-on collision ignites a series of deliriously comic deceptions that prove when it comes to true love…your heart cannot tell a lie.
15. Music & Lyrics
First you’re hot, then you’re not…and then you’re Alex Fletcher. So when the sizzlingest tween-queen on the charts asks the has-been ’80s pop sensation to write her a song, he grabs for another chance at stardom. Problem: Alex can say it with music, but he sure can’t say it with words. Enter Sophie Fisher, his beguiling if quirky plant lady, who has a green thumb for lyrics. Together, they can produce the Music & Lyrics and go after songwriting success. In the process, they discover that while the perfect love song, you might just fall in love.
14. P.S. I Love You
For those who believe true love lasts beyond this physical plane, P.S. I Love You is a jewel in the romantic-movie crown. Hilary Swank is Holly, a deeply happy lass married to the most impossibly adorable Irishman on the planet, Gerry (Gerard Butler). When an illness takes him from her, Holly spirals into depression. Then, as if from beyond the grave, communications, gifts, and remembrances from Gerry begin to appear–gestures he’d planned knowing his death was coming. The “communications” with her dead husband could threatened to keep Holly in past, yet they begin to pave a path into her future.
13. 27 Dresses
Jane, the perpetual bridesmaid has become an expert is assisting her friends plan their weddings and along the way has donned 27 Dresses. She is happy doing so until she is forced to plan the wedding of her younger sister to the man of her dreams, her boss. While doing so, she is followed and mocked by a cynical matrimony reported hired to cover the wedding. Will Jane find love or continue to always be a bridesmaid and never a bride?
12. Two Weeks Notice
In Two Weeks Notice, Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Kelson, a neurotic lawyer, environmentalist, and landmark-preservation activist is determined to thwart the efforts of billionaire developer and jet-setting playboy George Wade (played by Hugh Grant). To stop the destruction of a local community center, Lucy takes a job working for George. She ends up managing every detail of his life and being more of a “nanny” than a lawyer. So she gives her “two weeks notice,” but can she truly walk away from him and he from her?
11. My Best Friend’s Wedding
In My Best Friend’s Wedding, Julianne is a prominent Chicago restaurant critic whose best friend is a former lover from her college days with whom she’d made a binding pact: if neither of them were married by the age of 28, they’d marry each other. Just when they’re about to reach the deadline of their agreement, her best friend announces he will wed his seemingly perfect fiance in just three days. That leaves the shocked Julianne with just three short days to sabotage the wedding and marry the man she now realizes she’s loved all along.
10. The Wedding Planner
In The Wedding Planner, Mary’s life is her career. Planning other people’s weddings takes all of her time and leaves no room for a love life of her own. Until a handsome young doctor saves her from a collision with a runaway dumpster and she is instantly wooed by his quiet charm. Too bad he’s the fiancé of Mary’s biggest client, Fran, the job that will launch Mary as a partner in her firm. Mary must decide between her career which has been her life and pursuing the man who may be the love of her life.
9. The Object of My Affection
In The Object of My Affection, George and Nina seem like the perfect couple. They share a cozy Brooklyn apartment, a taste for tuna casserole dinners, and a devotion to ballroom dancing. They love each other. There’s only one hitch: George is gay. When Nina announces she’s pregnant, things get especially complicated. Vince – Nina’s overbearing boyfriend and the baby’s father-wants marriage. Nina wants independence. George will do anything for a little unqualified affection, but is he ready to become an unwed surrogate dad?
8. The Proposal
Margaret is a workaholic, tyrannical book editor whose career is suddenly in jeopardy when she faces deportation back to Canada. Her solution is to simply fake an engagement to her assistant Andrew, who in turn blackmails her for a promotion. When Margaret is forced to head to Alaska with Andrew to visit his family in an effort to make their story believable to the deportation officers, they soon realize that their plan may not be so simple after all. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds have phenomenal chemistry in The Proposal but Betty White steals the show!
7. The Wedding Date
The Wedding Date centers around Kat Ellis, who returns to her parents’ London home for her sister’s wedding. Afraid of confronting her ex-fiancé, who dumped her two years before, she hires a top-drawer male escort to pose as her new boyfriend, but true to romantic comedy cliches: love, miscommunication/misunderstandings, and happily ever after ensues.
6. Notting Hill
In Notting Hill, Hugh Grant plays William Thacker, owner of a travel bookshop. One day, world renowned movie star Anna Scott, played by romantic comedy queen Julia Roberts, walks into his bookstore and into his heart. The question is becomes can William and Anna reconcile his decidedly commonplace bookseller existence and her lifestyle as a jet-setting, paparazzi-stalked celebrity? Set to a magnificent soundtrack, Notting Hill is everything you could ever want in a romantic comedy.
5. The Break-Up
Who says chick flicks have to be about falling in love, why can’t they be about falling out of love? The Break-Up gives a true to life depiction of just that. After two years together, Gary and Brooke’s relationship seems to have taken a comical wrong turn on the way to happily ever after. Now the break-up is on, the lines have been drawn, and their honest feelings for each other are coming out. The Break-Up demonstrates the real life anguish of trying to move on and get over your ex when you still love them but it just doesn’t work. However, the pain and hilarity is maximized as these two exes remain living together as they try to sell their Condo.
4. Dirty Dancing
Nearly every girl’s favorite movie, Dirty Dancing tells the familiar story set in the summer of 1963 at a Catskill’s resort. Innocent 17-year-old Baby is vacationing with her parents when one evening, she is drawn to the staff quarters and “carries a watermelon”. There she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love and soon everyone learns “nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
3. Pretty Woman
Perhaps the ultimate “chick flick” of all time, not to mention the movie that made Julia Roberts a star! In Pretty Woman, Roberts plays Vivian a “hooker with a heart of gold.” Edward (played by Richard Gere) is a rich, ruthless businessman who specializes in taking over companies and selling them off piece by piece. While in Los Angeles, he hires a prostitute to be his escort for the week so as not to deal with emotional attachments. He wants someone that is “all business.” However, all that “emotional stuff” gets in the way as he finds himself charmed by Vivian and slowly, but surely falling in love.
2. When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally asks the classic question, can woman and men ever be friends? According to Harry, the answer is no. Yet after her and Sally travel from Chicago to New York, she wants to be just that, friends. Through a tumultuous eleven years they remain best friends, yet at one point they cannot deny their feelings any longer. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan shine in When Harry Met Sally complete with the famous scene in which Ryan’s character demonstrates how much she is “enjoying” her sandwich at Katz Delicatessen.
1. The Notebook
The Notebook is the ultimate tearjerker and favorite movie of those who believe in the power of true love. Behind every great love is a great story. Two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love during one summer together, but are tragically forced apart. When they reunite 7 years later, their passionate romance is rekindled, forcing one of them to choose between true love and class order.