The term “chick flick” has often been used synonymously for romcoms, high-school dramas, teenage romance movies or coming of age love stories with the ample glamour. Essentially, a chick-flick by definition would mean a movie that appeals to younger women. Whenever we hear the word “Chick Flick”, a lot many movies come to our minds – more notably the romantic comedies or dramedies that depict swooning romance, heartbreaks and hot handsome guys. As cinema has evolved through the years, we’ve witnessed a whole new era of chick-flicks reigning every year. Now chick flicks typically are not just about teen romance or heart-break; they are so much more. Today, we are going to explore chick flicks of all kinds: the new and the old. The best thing about these films is that you can watch all of them sitting in the comforts of your home.
From the classic ‘P. S. I Love You’ to one of the recent romantic comedies on Netflix ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’, here’s the long list of some really good chick flick movies on the Netflix for your next girls’ night in or for those men who are in touch with their feminine side.
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20. Music and Lyrics (2007)
A charming musical rom-com with an even the more charming lead pair, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, whose breezy performances completely complement the easy going, musical vibe of the film. ‘Music and Lyrics’ is one of the very few romantic comedies that have to be credited with not seeming dated even twelve years hence. The dialogue is sharp, the music groovy and the chemistry between the leads absolutely charming. A no-harm romantic comedy and a perfect way to spend a lazy evening. You will be foot tapping at the end of this one. Watch the movie here.
19. The Kissing Booth (2018)
One of the latest entry into the world of chick flicks, ‘The Kissing Booth’ is a chick flick to its core. Surrounding the concept of a kissing booth set up in a school carnival, Elle (Joey King) irresistibly comes closer to Noah, her best friend Lee’s brother. Although the movie was passed by critics as one having a sexist and racial outlook at relationships and the stereotypes associated with it, ‘The Kissing Booth’ became famous perhaps because of its protagonists, the sultriness associated with the characters and the ambiguity surrounding teenagers and their perspective on long-term relationships, which is a relatable affair on so many levels. Also, the storyline is a bit different from standard high-school romcoms and owing to the immense popularity of Joey King after her stint at many similar movies at a young age, ‘The Kissing Booth’ was bound to be a success. Watch the movie here.
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18. Definetley, Maybe (2008)
This film literally gave father-daughter duos around the world life goals. Half the battle is won by the efficacious chemistry and heart-warming camaraderie between the on-screen father-daughter pair played by Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin. The rest is conquered with some smart writing.. The plot revolves around Will Hayes, a 30-year old man in the midst of a divorce and his adorable 10-year old daughter. The latter engages the former in a series of inquiries, barraging him with questions about his life pre-marriage. Will is compelled into doing the requisite, reciting his tale of joy and sorrow zealously within PG bounds. A film that is going to warm all hearts — irrespective of gender. Watch the movie here.
17. When We First Met (2018)
Inspired by “Groundhog Day” and “About Time”, “When We First Met” follows Noah who gets friend zoned after the first date by Avery, the girl of his dreams. However, three years later, he gets the chance to travel back in time and change that night (over and over again), hoping to win Avery’s heart. This Netflix Original movie is an original spin on the time-travel romantic genre. It is humane, funny and down-to-earth to begin with. Noah leaves no stone unturned to pursue Avery in different branches of time, only to realize Avery is not meant to be his. Although there’s a heartbreak, in the end, the overall movie has a blissful tinge to it. If you are looking to be surprised by a chick flick, you should definitely watch this one. Watch it here.
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16. Our Souls at Night (2017)
A heartfelt film about the loneliness that surrounds people with old age, this film focuses on the importance of companionship in the lives of the humans. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda play the role of neighbours, Louis and Addie, who find comfort in each other’s company after battling with their solitude. Both, having lost their spouses, feel lonely when the night sets in. Addie invites Louis to share the bed with her, on a totally platonic level. Just so, they have someone to talk to and sleep with. They like each other’s company and the idea of not going to bed alone. However, not everyone interprets the way it actually is. Watch the movie here.
15. One Day (2011)
‘One Day‘ is a romantic drama movie which is based on David Nicholls’ novel of the same name. It explores the themes of friendship, platonic love, and finding one’s true soulmate. Young Dexter and Emma first meet each other on July 15, 1988, when after spending a night talking and knowing about each other, they decide to part as friends. They go there separate ways, but the next 18 years of their lives, somehow seem to connect them to this ‘one day’ of 1988. Over the next couple of years, Dexter is shown to lead a promiscuous life, filled with women, drugs, and alcohol. However, gradually, he settles down, gets a stable job after several mishaps in his career, and becomes a father and husband, only to finally divorce his wife when he discovers her cheating on him. On the other hand, Emma is struggling as an author, meets Ian, marries him, gets separated, and again starts dating a French musician.
Finally, after several years Emma and Dexter meet and acknowledge their love for each other. They get engaged in 2004 and eventually marry. But, on July 15, 2006, Emma is hit by a truck while riding her bicycle and dies. What ensues is Dexter becoming totally inconsolable and self-destructive. Well, there’s also an alternate ending to this movie, which is again shown as a flashback to 1988 in 2011. But does it end on a happier note? Watch it here.
14. Set It Up (2018)
A surprisingly fresher perspective from an otherwise worn-down sub-genre, ‘Set It Up’ was liked by audiences and critics alike, even though it follows the typical chick flick “template”. Harper and Charlie are assistants to demanding, workaholic bosses, Kirsten and Rick respectively. When Harper meets Charlie for the first time, when they were to fetch dinners for their bosses, they realize they need to get their bosses laid. There begins the crazy tale of Charlie and Harper trying to set their bosses up, but the attempts are not so successful initially. As they relentlessly try to hook their bosses up, they realize they too had feelings, likes to share and hence everything is happy towards the end. ‘Set It Up’ is both predictable and intriguing, a rare quality in the films of this sub-genre. Watch it here.
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13. Sleeping with Other People (2015)
Allison Brie and Jason Sudeikis team up in this movie to portray two serial cheaters that cannot maintain a relationship. After a one-night stand in college, they meet again after twelve years and realize how many relationship problems they have. And, although they want to remain, friends, they start to fall for each other. “Sleeping with Other People” is an unconventional but smart romantic comedy in which the cast has a tremendous chemistry. It is one of the most underrated chick flicks available on Netflix. Watch it here.
12. P. S. I Love You (2007)
We all know this one. ‘P.S. I Love You’ has to be the epitome of all chick flicks out there, unfortunately, as far as this list is concerned, it figures a distant 14th because the others are far better. ‘P.S. I Love You’ is the telltale of a happily married couple Holly and Gerry. Although they have their own differences, they stick together until Gerry dies of a tumour in his brain. As Holly is at the verge of her 30th birthday, her friends and family manage to show up and so does a cake along with a message from Gerry, which ends with the phrase – P.S. I Love You. To keep Holly moving in her life without him, Gerry had, before his death written these messages to be delivered periodically, along with vacation trips et al. Later, it is revealed that it was Holly’s mother who had been delivering letters written by Gerry. Despite multiple criticisms on casting, direction and a weak script, ‘P.S. I Love You’ managed to gross more than $150 million at the box office against a budget of $30 million. Pretty impressive, huh? Watch it here.
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11. The Spectacular Now (2013)
Often touted as Shailene Woodley’s next best performance after ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ was met with an equally good response for her performance as well as for the splendid cast with Miles Teller as her co-star. Sutter Keely is a spoilt brat who is between relationships and breakups and who ends up on the front door of Aimee, an introvert girl who has been his classmate for long, yet he doesn’t recall seeing her. Sutter finds Aimee interesting while Aimee falls deeply for Sutter, only to realize it as a mistake. Their off-and-on relationship goes on a while before reconciling towards the end. Performances are a key aspect of this feature film without which it would have sounded like a bland and passable affair, which it is not anymore. Watch it here.
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10. Beautiful Girls (1996)
Before chick flicks were considered “cool”, meet ‘Beautiful Girls’, a high school romcom with swooning romance, devastating heartbreaks and confusing life choices. With a host of characters a.k.a. an ensemble cast, ‘Beautiful Girls’ primarily revolves around a pianist Willie Conway who is confused whether to move ahead with his career or marry his girlfriend or whether to take up a menial job to support himself. Not only him, there are his friends who are on the verge of their adulthoods but are confused about their life choices as well. Towards the end, everyone seems to have a clarity on what they want to do. A lesser known fact about the movie is that Natalie Portman goes almost unnoticed in the movie. The film was widely praised by the critics, thus giving it the credit it deserves. Watch it here.
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9. Carol (2015)
Although many would think of this as an adult movie, the point we’re trying to make here is: whether this would appeal to the younger generation, especially women. ‘Carol’ is a beautiful yet intense narrative of a young girl Therese, an aspiring photographer in the 50’s who falls for Carol, a divorced single mother who needs a shoulder to cry upon. The drama progresses as Carol and Therese bond in an inseparable relationship. ‘Carol’ received numerous accolades and award nominations and wins. Critics called it “groundbreaking” and “analytical, cerebral, swooning and magnetic” while a few others termed it as “enjoyably deliberate”. You can’t expect anything less when you have Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles, can you? Watch it here.
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8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
One of the latest Netflix Originals to make it to this list, ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ is a cheeky, teenage romance drama with a lot of unboxed surprises. Lara Jean is a high school teenager who is reluctant to form a permanent relationship. As it turns out, during the past few years, she had written love letters to her crushes but never got them mailed. Lara’s sister Kitty, looking at the plight of her sister, posts all the letters to those crushes, resulting in ample awkwardness later on. Only one of those crushes would finally belong to Lara. The characterization is refreshing and so is the story, which doesn’t follow the teenage dramedy rules. Watch it here.
7. Blue Valentine (2010)
A movie that closely deals with emotional turmoils and financial struggles in the “aftermath” of a marriage, ‘Blue Valentine’ is the narrative of Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams). While Dean is a happy-go-lucky lad with no aims in life, Cindy aspires to be a doctor and is dating Bobby, one of her colleagues. As she grows closer to Dean and eventually separates from Bobby, after bearing latter’s baby, Dean and Cindy get married. The troubles arise when their dog dies and their reluctance in getting intimate to each other owing to financial troubles and alcoholism. The movie garnered universal acclaim upon its release and was widely appreciated for its gripping and candid narrative. Watch it here.
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6. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
I agree that many would dismiss ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ as raunchy movie, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Agreed that the movie has some graphic sexual nudity, it qualifies as a chick flick as much as any other movie on this list. The Academy Award-nominated classic revolves around two teenage boys Julio and Tenoch. While their girlfriends are out on a trip, the duo decides to have a fun-filled time until their girlfriends return. They meet with Luisa, the wife of Tenoch’s cousin and they set free into a road trip to rural Mexico. A movie that is rated 100% for being one of the most original, fearless narratives in recent times, ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ is much deeper and prudent than it appears to be. Very few would know that ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ is the brainchild of Alfonso Cuaron, the man who gave us gems like ‘Children of Men’, ‘Gravity’ etc. Watch it here.
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5. Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)
A movie infamous for its lengthy, intense and explicit sex scenes, ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ is though only for matured audiences but is a chick flick all right. A coming of age romance drama, with a dash of eroticism, the movie is the narrative of Adele, a high school student who is between relationships and is a bisexual. She accidentally meets up with Emma, the gorgeous blue-haired woman she instantly gets attracted to and then also arise her doubts about her own sexual orientation. Though Adele and Emma get closer, they part their ways for Emma thinks she wasn’t sexually motivated for the relationship. One of the sultriest, invigorating movies out there, ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ is an emotionally challenging romance drama in its crude form. Watch it before it’s too late right here.
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4. Her (2013)
Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly is the centre point of this entire movie. A sci-fi drama at the outset, this Spike Jonze’s film takes a very different path in redefining what love is and how one cannot control a “person” from liking or disliking whomever s/he wants. Set in the distant future, Theodore is a professional letter writer and an introvert. He purchases and installs a new OS which is AI-powered and names her Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). As weird as it may sound, he grows closer to Samantha and so does she, involving double dates, adventure trips and other things couples do in a relationship… even phone sex (at least it was close). His world comes falling down when he realises Samantha has been chatting with thousands of people at the same time, a hard-hitting revelation that completely shatters his world. Not only ‘Her’ has a novel idea at its center, but it is also emotionally wrenching. No doubt the movie won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and was also nominated in other four categories. Watch it here.
3. The Notebook (2004)
Lists on movies about romance cannot be complete without the inclusion of ‘The Notebook‘, a sob fest from all directions. This movie is about Noah and Allie and their love that stretches over decades, filled with periodical break-ups, heartbreaks, and misunderstandings. When a young, carefree, country-boy named Noah meets rich, beautiful Allie for the first time, he is immediately smitten by her. What starts is a short-lived passionate relationship, only to be broken by Allie’s wealthy, conservative parents. But Noah doesn’t give up and he pursues her relentlessly. And finally, the couple does end up together. And being the hopeless romantics that we are, we pray for a happily ever after. However, the writers have something totally different in mind. Watch the movie here.
2. Silver Linings Notebook (2012)
‘Silver Linings Notebook’ revolves around Pat, a man with bipolar disorder, and Tiffany, a young widowed woman with depression and relationship issues. After Pat is released from his psychiatric hospital, he moves back to live with his parents. One day, he meets Tiffany at a dinner party hosted by his friends. Pat is still obsessed with getting his estranged wife back and Tiffany offers to help him if he would enter a dance competition with her. As they begin their rigorous practice sessions, the two start becoming closer and examine their relationship while trying to cope with their issues. Watch the movie here.
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
‘Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind’ is one movie that still blows our mind, mainly because of its exuberant performances, amazing script and storyline. It is about the complexity of love, identity, and memory. When Joel comes to know that his ex, Clementine, has erased everything about him from her memories, he is devastated. But then, he decides to go ahead with the same process. However, when his memory is being erased, he changes his mind and dives deep into his subconscious to try and preserve the best memories of his girlfriend. Although this movie falls under the genre of sci-fi romance, its basic concept is deep-rooted in emotions and desires. You can watch this movie here.
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