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The 10 Best Chick Flicks of All Time

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August 21st, 2011

The recent slew of blockbuster summer comedies is somewhat unique in the fact that so many releases have been geared more to the male audience.  In fact, going back to The 40 Year Old Virgin and Superbad, adult comedies have made a comeback from the days of Animal House, Stripes, Blues Brothers and the like.  The most recent releases (The Change Up, Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass, etc.)  do those films proud.  With that in mind, I find myself longing for a good old-fashioned chick flick.  Bet you didn’t see that coming.  Okay, that’s assuming you didn’t read the title.  Anyway, here are the best ten chick flicks in the history of film.  I take my chick flicks seriously, people.

1 – When Harry Met Sally – I love almost every film Rob Reiner has ever made, and When Harry Met Sally is near the top of that list as well.  Chick Flick queen Nora Ephron wrote the script, Meg Ryan was never cuter, and Billy Crystal does the best work of his career.  And am I the only one who thinks Bruno Kirby is underrated?

2 – The Notebook – Bring extra Kleenex for this one.  After falling in love during one magical summer, two teenagers from the opposite ends of town are separated for seven years.  When they reunite, their choices are heartbreaking.  Based on the novel by Nicolas Sparks.

3 – You’ve Got Mail – You know you’re deep into Chick Flicks when you wish that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan starred in every film you’ve ever seen or will ever see.  A remake of The Shop Around the Corner, You’ve Got Mail is well-acted, well-directed , and well-written.  And yes, it was Nora Ephron.

4 – Pretty Woman – This one has a brilliant cast, not surprisingly led by character actor Hector Elizondo.  Garry Marshall’s direction steers the movie clear of sap, and Julia Roberts is stunning as the “high end” call girl hired by Richard Gere for an emotionless week of business.

5 – P.S. I Love You – I am a big Hillary Swank fan and this story and script are original and touching, The on location shots are great and the supporting cast hold their own with Gerard Butler and Swank.

6 – Sleepless in Seattle – Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, and a cute kid.  And, oh yeah, Nora Ephron.

7 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall – I’m not a big fan of Kristen Bell which works well for this film since she’s supposed to be the unlikable one.  Jason Segal is brilliant and wrote the screenplay while supporting players Jonah Hill, Mila Kunis, and Russell Brand steal the show.

8 – Dirty Dancing – Forget the lame quote, Dirty Dancing is a smart movie and completely entertaining.

9 – My Best Friend’s Wedding – Julia Roberts and, yes, Nora Ephron.  Just Kidding.  Surprisingly, Nora Ephron had nothing to do with this one.

10 – Pretty in Pink – The Notebook’s wrong side of the tracks, in triangle form, done 1980’s style.  Plus Ducky.

I teach English, coach basketball and football, and play in a bar band in Arizona. I prefer the round Chicken McNugget to the peanut-shaped one, and Ginger to Mary Ann. I am a Gemini who loves attending concerts with my wife and children, beef jerky, and Scarlett Johansson. Vehicles with ladders = cool. Sugarland = not cool. Using the = symbol = lame.
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