Whether it’s in the cinema or on DVD, there’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a really good film. While I’m generally willing to watch any genre (except horror – ugh), I’m mostly a girly-girl when it comes to movies. I love the fun, romance, humour, inspiration, light-heartedness and positivity that you are pretty much guaranteed to find in a good girly film. So in no particular order, here are my top ten personal favourite chick flicks.
1. Mean Girls (2004)
High school comedy crammed with quotable quotes
Cady has been raised in Africa and home-schooled her entire life so when her family return to America and she joins the local high school, she’s in for a rude awakening. With the help of quirky outsiders Janice and Damian, Cady quickly learn the rules and ways of this unknown territory and its people. It’s not long before she finds herself in a plot to bring down the notoriously popular girls – aka the plastics.
2. Legally Blonde (2002)
Giggly frivolous fun with a warm centre
Reese Witherspoon is at her finest here as Elle Woods, a beautiful and ambitious blonde who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard law school in an attempt to win him back. Elle grew up across the street from Aaron Spelling and was first runner-up in a Miss Hawaiian tropics contest – she’s ready for anything!
3. 27 Dresses (2008)
Because how could we have a chick-flick list and not feature Katherine Heigl?
Jane is a true romantic who knows a thing or two about weddings. Although she’s never been married, she has been a bridesmaid a whopping twenty-seven times (with all the dresses to prove it). Jane dreams of one day having a perfect wedding with the man of her dreams George, who is not only her boss but also completely unaware of her feelings for him. Much to Jane’s distress though, her carefree younger sister Tess suddenly appears on the scene and promptly sweeps George off his feet. Will Jane have to resign herself to simply being a bridesmaid yet again?
4. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Stylish black comedy featuring a stellar cast
Anne Hathaway is Andie Sachs, a wannabe journalist who can’t find work writing and so accepts a position as an assistant to magazine editor Miranda Priestly (the amazing Meryl Streep). Andie is repeatedly told that it’s the job that a million girls would die for but she soon realises that working for the highly demanding Ms Priestly might just be the death of her anyway.
5. Dirty Dancing (1987)
The ultimate classic chick flick
It’s the summer of 1963 and Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation with her family at a well-to-do resort. Baby is as sweet and naïve as her nickname suggests but all that begins to change when she inadvertently discovers the drama, danger and dirty dancing that goes on behind the scenes.
6. Coyote Ugly (2000)
Sexy shenanigans complete with singing and dancing
Small town girl Violet Sanford heads to New York to pursue her dreams of becoming a songwriter. Unable to catch a break and down to her last dollar, she takes a job at seedy nightclub Coyote Ugly. She still dreams of hitting the big time but until then, she – along with her feisty co-workers – must keep the rowdy crowd under control and entertained.
7. 10 Things I hate about you (1999)
Hugely entertaining rom-com from the nineties
As the younger of two girls, Bianca Stratford has been forbidden to date until the oldest daughter does and so she sets out to find a boy for her sister Kat. This wouldn’t be such a problem except that Kat is fierce and rebellious, refusing to conform to social norms like dating the “unwashed miscreants” from school. This flick features Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon Levitt before they all became proper stars.
8. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Heart-warming tale about rediscovering your roots
Melanie Carmichael is a southern-born woman who left home to create a glamorous and successful life for herself in New York. Her plans have all worked out as she has a fabulous career in fashion and is engaged to the mayor’s son. However Melanie secretly knows that not everything is how it should be and in order to get on with her future; she must first return home and deal with her past.
9. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)
Sweet sentimental adventure with a fab cast
Four best friends are about to spend their first summer apart. As they’re thinking of a way to stay in touch with each other over the months, they discover a pair of jeans that happens to perfectly fit each one of them. They decide to take it in turns to wear them; each girl must wear the pants for a time before posting them on to the next person with written accounts of all their news.
10. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (2003)
Slick sassy entertainment
Andie and Ben meet in a bar, hit it off and start dating. So far, so normal, right? Wrong! Neither realise that they are both using each other to further their careers. Andie, the journalist, is unsatisfied with simply writing ‘how-to’ articles for a glossy magazine. Her boss has agreed to grant her request to write about more interesting topics on the condition that Andie will seriously impress with her next feature ‘how to lose a guy in ten days’. Ben is an advertising executive who wants to prove to his boss that he is so persuasive and charismatic, he can make any woman fall in love with him in ten days. So while Andie does everything that she can think of to send him running, Ben endures her erratic behaviour and desperately tries to win her over.