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.
20. 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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19. 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 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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18. 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 humans. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda play the role of neighbors, 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.
17. 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.
16. 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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15. 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 tremendous chemistry. It is one of the most underrated chick flicks available on Netflix. Watch it here.
14. 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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13. 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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12. 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.
11. 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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10. 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.
9. 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 realizes 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 the other four categories. Watch it here.
8. Tramps (2016)
A beautiful tale of romance and comedy, ‘Tramps’ is the story of a duo who meet by some weird turn of events and then fall head-first into a crazy adventure. The film starts with the story of Danny (Callum Turner), who is an aspiring chef struggling to survive with his mother and brother. On the other hand, there is a girl called Ellie (Grace Van Patten), a young criminal, who has come to New York for a score. When Danny steps in for his brother to meet Ellie and exchange a briefcase with someone, he makes a rookie mistake and ends up with the wrong briefcase. This leads Danny and Ellie onto a search throughout New York as they try to locate the briefcase that was intended for them. The film is full of romance, comedy, thrills, and drama, and overall makes for a compelling watch. Brilliantly acted and directed, ‘Tramps’ is a movie which should rank high on your Netflix watchlist.
7. Paris Is Us (2019)
In this day and age, it is quite difficult to find someone without ambitions. Everyone today wants to achieve more and get hold of positions in society which will make life easier. Bt how will you react if you come across a person who has no ambitions and is happy the way he or she is? This is exactly the condition of the leading character of ‘Paris Is Us’, Anna. She gives up on her relationship with Greg because she wants to keep staying in Paris while Greg has to go and work as an air traffic controller in Barcelona. Anna, on the other hand, is pretty happy with her job as a waitress. We find her at a time when she is contemplating how many relationships one single airplane crash can change, or whether life itself is always controlled by an exterior force. The premise of the film is pretty moving, but it lacks a coherence regarding what it is trying to tell in the first place. The director attempts a sort of “stream of consciousness” approach to the entire thing, but films are not the right place for this method to work.
6. Elisa & Marcela (2019)
A biographical romantic film, ‘Elisa And Marcela’ is the tale of the first-ever same-sex marriage that happened in Spain. The story begins in 1885 when Elisa and Marcela meet for the first time and soon enough their friendship blossoms into a full-fledged romance. They keep their relationship a secret for 16 long years, and it is only in 1901 that having no other way, Elisa disguises himself as a man, gets hold of the regular official identifications proofs, and then proceeds to marry Marcela. The film is made on a novel topic, but the execution hardly does justice to the same. The movie remains an exercise in futility, having failed to create compelling characters or scenes to keep the audiences engrossed.
5. About Time (2013)
A love story mixed with a copious dose of fantasy, ‘About Time’ is the story of Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), who comes to know from his father that the male members of their family have the special power of traveling through time. Tim decides that he must make use of this talent to make his life more interesting. Thus, Tim uses his powers to find himself a girlfriend. Soon, he realizes that just the power of time travel is not enough for winning some’s heart. He does manage to find a lover in Mary (Rachel McAdams), using his power and a little bit of cunning to make her fall for him. The film has what we can say, the best of all worlds. There is comedy, romance, drama, and magic. All of them combine to give you a wholesome dosage of entertainment.
4. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
A sweet story about two childhood sweethearts who meet again when they grow up, ‘Always Be My Maybe‘ is a touching romantic comedy film directed by Nahnatchka Khan. The story of the film centers around Sasha Tran and Marcus Kim, two children who become close friends growing up as neighbors. Sasha often comes over to Marcus’ house for dinner, where his mother often teaches her how to cook. After a bitter quarrel, they stop seeing each other, and only chance upon each other sixteen years later when Sasha is a successful chef and Marcus is a musician in a local band. Will they be able to forget their differences and reconcile once again? Watch out for Keanu Reeves who plays an interesting part in the film as himself. It must be said that the two leading actors, Ali Wong and Randall Park, light up the screen with their brilliant chemistry and comedic timing. The film is not only a wonderful romantic comedy, but within its narrative, there are also finely veiled social commentaries about the Asian-American life in San Francisco.
3. Heathers (1988)
Girl cliques have always featured prominently in some of the most famous chick flicks of all times, and ‘Heathers’ is no different in this regard. The film begins its story about a clique of four girls, among whom three are named Heather. The fourth member of the group, Veronica (Winona Ryder), disapproves of the cruelty that these three girls inflict upon other girls, and this creates a rift between them. When Veronica and her boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) confront the leader of the clique Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) regarding one such bullying incident, they accidentally kill her. It is not long before Veronica finds out that J.D. is somewhat of a serial killer who goes on killing people he disapproves of. Will Veronica be able to stop him before its too late? A fine mixture of dark comedy and the aesthetics of a chick flick make this film a unique addition to this list. The movie’s cynical and subversive nature makes it a high school movie you must make sure to check out!
2. Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
If you have already watched the ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral‘ TV series, you must also check out the film from which the show originates. Considered one of the greatest British films of all time, this film propagated Hugh Grant to superstardom and itself became the then-highest grossing film to come out of England. The story of the movie follows a character called Charles and his friends as they meet on several different social occasions and chance upon love and heartbreaks. The film became a huge pop culture sensation when it came out, and its influence on British romantic comedies can be seen to this very day. The distinct British humor, the amazing performances, and good writing make this film an irresistible watch. Yes, it might appear to be a bit cheesy in certain places, but that’s what you sign up for when you decide to watch a rom-com, right?
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1. American Honey (2016)
A touching tale written and directed by Andrea Arnold, ‘American Honey‘ tells the story of a teenager who escapes from home and comes across several challenges which make her life a rather intense and dramatic journey. Star (Sasha Lane), the girl in question, first comes across a traveling sales crew who sell products traveling from door-to-door in the Midwest. They are a bunch of teenagers, and Star soon makes a place for herself among them. Among these teenagers is a guy called Jake (Shia LaBeouf) with whom Star falls in love. Soon she becomes a true member of the group, partying hard and living life on the edge. The film is rather long, but it becomes a fun watch as you soon fall in love with the characters and they take you on their journey. ‘American Honey’ is a road movie that covers a lot of both America and Star as she starts finding her own true place in the world. The film was awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
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