There is a perception in certain feminist corners of the world that calling a film “chick flick” is sexist. Well, that is arguable, but I have a solution where we can call a film chick flick and yet not deem it to be sexist. Why not change the definition of chick flick? My definition of a chick flick is a film with central women characters dealing with female issues. That basically will also allow many men, including myself, unabashedly confess their love for chick flicks.
With that in mind, I set out to find the best chick flick movies that are available on Amazon Prime. With the emergence of online streaming services, nowadays, people prefer watching movies sitting in the comforts of their home. Netflix, of course, has the lion share of eyeballs, but Amazon Prime is not far behind. So, if you are planning to watch a chick flick with bunch of your female friends (or male friends), you don’t need to go to a theater. You can just invite them to you house. Here’s the list of some really good chick flicks on Amazon Prime. This list consists of all kinds of chick flicks: from love stories to coming-of-age stories.
13. Miss Congeniality (2000)
If you are looking for a romantic comedy to just pass the time then you will find ‘Miss Congeniality’ an appropriate fit. Also, if you like watching Sandra Bullock in romcoms then this might be a suitable choice for you. Agent Gracie Hart played by Sandra is a no-nonsense F.B.I agent. She does her work diligently and has next to no feminine qualities. One day she makes a bad call which leads to an entire case being destroyed. Thus, she is not allowed to lead an investigation in the catching of a terrorist by the name of The Citizen. Agent Gracie now needs to work under Eric Matthews who is in charge of the operation. They figure out that the next attack will be on the Miss United States pageant. To solve the case Gracie needs to go undercover as a participant and rest you know…the same stuff.
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12. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
I don’t know why so many people didn’t like this movie. I mean I didn’t like enjoy it a lot but I knew what’s gonna be on the plate i.e. signed up for a chick flick and got it. The performances by Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt are nice. The plot of the movie is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by author Lauren Weisberger. Andrea played by Anne is an intelligent girl who wants to become a journalist. She joins a high-end fashion magazine and becomes the second assistant to the ruthless editor-in-chief of the magazine Miranda Priestly played by Meryl Streep. The first assistant to Miranda is Emily portrayed by Blunt. She tells Andrea how to behave in front of her boss and what she likes and dislikes. But soon this job starts taking over Andrea’s life and shatters her personal life. Will she be able to manage it?
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11. Pitch Perfect (2012)
I never knew Anna Kendrick could sing until I watched this movie. Some of the song covers are really good, especially the competition ones. The other actors and singers who starred in the movie have also given some commendable performances. The plot of the movie revolves around an all-girls a cappella group named the Barden Bellas. They used to be a hit but after a disastrous failure the previous year they decide to regroup. Becca played by Anna decides to join the group and at first is casual about it. But later she is motivated and decides to help her group regain their glorious past.
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10. Ten Things I Hate About You (1999)
When I watched this movie I didn’t have much idea about Heath Ledger (I am pretty sure none of you did if you watched it before ‘The Dark Knight’). But yeah, as we know he is a great actor and gives a nice performance in this romantic comedy. Another good actor present in the movie is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The plot is based on Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of The Shrew’. Bianca is a beautiful college girl who along with her sister isn’t allowed to date. But their father allows them to bend the rule saying if Bianca wants to have a date then her sister Katarina needs to have one too. Thus, Cameron who wants to date Bianca has to find a date for her elder sister.
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9. The Proposal (2009)
One of the main reasons I am including ‘The Proposal’ on this list is because I love the work of Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. They have nice ongoing chemistry in this movie. If you take a look at the overall film it is a nice watch. The main reason for that is the commendable performances of the aforementioned actors and the way the movie starts and carries on till the midsection. In the end, the movie takes a detour to stereotypical romantic comedy and kinda dilutes the fun. But still, if you like the actors I suggest you give this movie a watch. The movie had a nice plot. Sandra Bullock plays the role of Margaret Tate who works as an editor in New York. Andrew Paxton played by Ryan is her assistant. Margaret is Canadian and when her visa expires she faces deportation. She decides to marry Andrew in order to escape the charges. Andrew agrees if Margaret gives him a promotion. But things are not gonna go smoothly as an immigration officer decides to test the couple and charge them with fraud if any discrepancy is found. Things become more complicated when Andrew decides to visit his home and Margaret decides to come along. Will they be able to survive this test?
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8. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star in the romantic comedy ‘When Harry Met Sally’. This movie ponders on the question of whether or not a man and a woman be close to each other without having sex. I am not kidding. A version of the above statement is the tagline of the movie! Harry and Sally are students of the University of Chicago. That is where they meet. After completing their graduation Sally helps harry by giving him a ride to New York. Though there are many things which separate the too they have one thing in common. They suck at love. They fail again and again. Harry and Sally run into each other many a times and develop a close friendship. But will they succumb to their desires and end up ruining their friendship?
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7. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Well, this is your everyday chick flick. We have a female protagonist going through a mid-life crisis. She decides to get her life back on track but she keeps running with problems. So, the question which remains is ‘Will she makes everything okay by the end and who will she end up with?’. That female protagonist in ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ is Bridget Jones. She is a thirty-something woman who struggles with her life as she realizes that she is getting old and does not have a man or ambition in her life. Bridget is a heavy drinker and smoker. She decides to straighten things up and maintain a diary in which she will write the truth. Soon, Bridget finds herself confused over two men whom she seems to like. But who will she choose?
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6. Clueless (1995)
Alicia Silverstone is the protagonist of the romantic comedy ‘Clueless’. She portrays the character of Cher who is a blonde, rich, pretty and one of the most popular girls of her college. She is quite intelligent and uses her wits to persuade people to do stuff she wants. But when a teacher doesn’t give her better grades she along with her friend Dionne decide to find a match for their teacher to make him a bit lenient. They are successful in their endeavor and decide to try their methods on a girl named Tai and help her find a boyfriend. But soon Cher realizes that she too needs a boyfriend but to find the true love she herself needs to undergo a change.
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5. Bridesmaids (2011)
‘Bridesmaids’ is a light-hearted comedy movie. There are certain scenes in the movie which are able to produce a good chuckle or two. The protagonist of the movie is Annie Walker played by Kristen Wig. She does a good job at bringing the character of Annie to life. Annie’s life has hit rock bottom. Her bakery has shut down, her boyfriend has left and she has occasional sex with a guy named Ted whom she tolerates just for that. Her best friend is Lillian whom she has known since childhood. When Lillian is engaged she asks Annie to be the maid of honor at her wedding. She also introduces Annie to the bridesmaids. One of the bridesmaids’ is Helen who is Lillian’s new friends. Helen and Annie start off on the wrong foot and start competing for Lillian’s attention. But will this competition make Annie lose her friend forever?
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4. A Walk To Remember (2012)
Nicholas Sparks designs his stories in such a way that the reader gets to experience a range of emotions. ‘A Walk To Remember’ is no different. It is a great story and has that signature touch of Sparks. Like many of his books ‘A Walk To Remember’ has been made into a feature-length movie. The movie is a nice watch for anyone who loves romantic drama. Landon Carter the male protagonist of the movie is held responsible after a prank goes horribly wrong and leads to a student being severely injured. Landon needs to perform community service activities. Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of a Reverend is also participating in these activities. Landon decides to ask her help. They start spending time together and soon get into a relationship. But their love will be tested by upcoming events which will be quite hard on them.
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3. Notting Hill (1999)
Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant star in this romantic comedy. During the 90s Hugh and Julia were some of the best actors working in this genre of movies and this movie is a nice example which shows how wonderfully they carry on the task. Julia plays the role of Anna Scott who is the most beautiful woman and a famous actress who one day walks into the bookstore of William Thacker played by Hugh Grant. It was like a ‘dream come true’ for William. He has another encounter with Anna where he accidentally spills juice over her. She agrees his offer to come to his nearby apartment and change. There she thanks him with a kiss and slowly they become close to each other. But two characters, worlds apart, can they be together?
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2. Pretty Woman (1990)
Though romantic comedies are not really my thing I have watched ‘Pretty Woman’ a lot of times. I have never seen the complete film in one sitting. Someday I watched from middle to end while other days I have watched from start to middle. I guess if I count the total number of multiple segmented viewings I think I have watched the entire movie three to four times. I enjoyed the movie a lot. The chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts was awesome. It was the first time Julia got nominated in the academy awards for best actress. Julia portrays the role of a hooker named Vivian Ward. She is hired by Richard Gere’s character Edward Lewis who was looking for a professional woman to accompany him in social events. He decided to go for a hooker to make sure there aren’t any feelings remaining after the events. But come on! The is romantic comedy things are never gonna go the way you want them to and Vivian and Edward start getting close. Edward’s encounter with Vivian makes him question his ruthless corporate personality. Also, Vivian’s encounter with Edward might change her outlook towards life.
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1. The Notebook (2004)
Well, we are back with the works of Nicholas Sparks. ‘The Notebook’ is one of Nicholas’s most popular book. No doubt it was going to be turned into a feature-length film. The movie has some of the best actors in the industry like Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. When the movie begins we see an old man who is a resident in a nursing home reading a romantic story to an old woman. The woman has dementia and thus her memory is quite short. The romantic story narrated by the man speaks of two characters Noah and Allie. Noah is a local worker in the town while Allie belongs to an upper-class family. Despite the class difference, they fall in love. One day Noah shows Allie his dream house. It is a shabby looking house which needs a lot of repairs. Noah tells Allie that one day he is going to rebuild this house. Allie’s parents do not approve of their relationship and they are separated when Allie is taken to New York. During the world war, both Noah and Allie enlist in the army. Allie meets another soldier with whom she becomes engaged with. But her old feelings are rekindled when she sees the picture of Noah in a newspaper.
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