So, this summer I’ve been watching a lot of movies since I don’t like really hot weather and yes, most of them are chick flicks. That’s just how I am, I like them a lot. I started thinking about the greatest chick flicks, in my opinion, and have decided to compile a Top 15 list for you, the fabulous coed to check out. It was going to be a Top 10, but…there were just too many good ones. We’ll start in descending order to add to the suspense of numero uno. I start this list with a kind of ridiculous choice:
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Josie and the Pussycats is GREAT for many reasons. Firstly, in terms of actual plot, it is an awesomely bad movie. Let’s be realistic: Josie, Val, and Melody have their band, The Pussycats and magically they are discovered and made popular, thanks to subliminal messaging. However, this movie is HILARIOUS, the soundtrack is really good, and it’s actually a pretty accurate satire on our obsession with material things. It’s like a walk down memory lane, with the product placement and the pop-culture references. Also, there are times where the movie makes fun of itself, which are just perfect. One of my favorite quotes from the film: Alexander: I still don’t understand why you’re here. Alexandra: I’m here because I was in the comic book.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
10 Things I Hate About You is one of the best movies of all time. Heath Ledger is absolutely charming in this movie and I don’t think I’ve ever been more in love with him. This movie as a whole is pretty funny and it’s quite clever. It’s a modern adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew (good play, check it out) and it stays true to the plot of the play (initially) and updates it without seeming too tired or hokey. Kat’s poem/sonnet at the end (where the title comes from) is wonderful and kudos to the writers for that one. One of my favorite quotes is: “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?” as said by Chastity.
He's Just Not That into You (2009)
He’s Just Not That into You was like the chick flick of my dorm this past year. It is a great movie and I especially like it because it’s not all about getting together, but about the reality of relationships. Some couples split up, some get (back) together. Hands down, my favorite scene is when Jennifer Aniston’s character goes into the kitchen of her parents’ house and sees Ben Affleck washing the dishes. Melts my heart every. single. time. It really is a great movie whether you just started dating someone or just broke up with someone. Plus, the cast is phenomenal. It’s fun to watch and pick out who you are with your friends. I’m Mary (Drew Barrymore). Favorite quote: “That’s a lot of prepositions,” as said by Javier. It was a totally understated remark, but it cracked me up. It was hard to pick just one quote.
Sex and the City (2008)
Sex and the City: The Movie was impossibly satisfying. I did not like the second one as much as I liked the first, which made me cry really hard and laugh really hard and appreciate my girlfriends so much more. The end of a relationship can really bring you closer to your girls as both Miranda and Carrie (and in the end, Samantha) realize in this film. The soundtrack is phenomenal. The girls are back for the first time in four years. It was just everything I could’ve wanted. This film makes me even more excited to (hopefully) relocate to NYC in the next couple of years. Favorite quote: “Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York in search of the two L’s: labels and love,” said by Miss Carrie Bradshaw herself.
One Fine Day (1996)
One Fine Day is a little slice of understated heaven. Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney (ah, Clooney) star in this movie about complete opposites that depend on each other to make an awful day a little more bearable. It’s a fluffy little romantic comedy and it’s one of those movies that you just need sometimes. George Clooney is dry and witty in this (typical Clooney, handsome as always), which is funny. The two kids are hilarious. Michelle Pfeiffer is great as the stressed out, Type A mom. My favorite quote from this flick actually comes from Natalie Merchant’s cover of the song One Fine Day from this film: “One fine day, we’ll meet once more and then you’ll want the love you threw away before.”
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are one of my all-time favorite movie couples ever. I wanted them to be together in real life so bad after this movie was released. This is another movie where the writing is really smart and the actors are perfection. Kate Hudson really shines in this movie, and careful attention must be paid to her throughout the film, even when she’s not speaking because her facial expressions are priceless. Also hilarious? Ben’s friends! They’re so quick and sharp and add a lot to the movie. For example, one of my favorite quotes: Ben: How about ‘glitter?’ Tony: Thayer’s favorite movie. Thayer: It was underrated!
Pretty in Pink (1986)
This is hands down my favorite Molly Ringwald movie. Duckie makes this movie for me. He’s in love with his best friend, Andie, who starts dating a “richie.” Her friends (mostly Duckie) don’t approve and neither do his. James Spader is an excellent villain in this movie, one of Blane’s friends who has a thing for Andie. It’s a great movie, lovely and sweet and simple, just as a good chick flick should be. It’s a tie in my favorite quotes, both said by Duckie, the first: “I’m off like a dirty shirt,” and “I’m not particularly concerned with whether or not you like me, because I live to like you and…and I can’t like you anymore. So…so when you’re feeling real low and…and dirty, and your heart is splattered all over hell, don’t look at me to pump you back up ’cause…’cause…’cause maybe for the first time in your life I WON’T BE THERE.”
Clueless is one of those great movies that I definitely watched way younger than I should of, with really smart subtle humor trickled in. Surprisingly, this is based on the Jane Austen book Emma, and it’s one of the movies that I think Brittany Murphy really, truly shines in. This movie introduced me to Paul Rudd, also, who would later be the love of my life This movie about seemingly vapid Beverly Hills rich kids, has really sophisticated humor. My favorite quote was really hard to pick. I know one of my favorite scenes is when Brittany Murphy is singing along to the Mentos ad, but I think Cher takes the cake in her description of the opposite sex, “So, okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all, but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed, and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair (ew) and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to soon? I don’t think so.”
Legally Blonde (2001)
This movie, besides inspiring a GREAT musical (seriously, it was fab and under appreciated), made me really consider going to law school for three years or so. This is one of the ultimate female empowerment movies. It makes me think that I can do anything, moreso than my mom telling me so, and it really makes me want to prove people wrong . My favorite quote is when Elle sasses back the salesgirl trying to rip her off, “It’s impossible to use a half-loop stitch on low-viscosity rayon; it would snag the fabric, and you didn’t just get it in – I saw it in the June Vogue a year ago. So if you’re trying to sell it to me for full price, you’ve picked the wrong girl.”
Mean Girls (2004)
This list wouldn’t be complete WITHOUT Mean Girls. This movie is still quoted more than anything else amongst my friends and I. I miss this Lindsay Lohan so much! I thought she was beautiful and really talented in this movie and I thought her career was really going to take off. Damien completely steals this movie for me, as I’m pretty sure we are the same person and the quote I love the most comes from one of my favorite scenes involving him, Damien screeches, “And I want my pink shirt back! I WANT MY PINK SHIRT BACK!!!!!” It’s definitely hard to choose just one, though.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Like Legally Blonde, The Devil Wears Prada is one of those movies that motivates me to do what I want and get what I want out of life. Andy (third Andy of this list!) wants to be a journalist and ends up the assistant to a fashion magazine editor. This movie has FABULOUS clothes and great style. I love Anne Hathaway, especially in this movie, and I am shocked to see how she’s grown from The Princess Diaries, which I loved. Stanley Tucci also kind of steals this movie and this cemented him in my mind as one of my favorite actors. My favorite quote is a snippet of a longer speech said by Nigel (Tucci) to Andy, “You have no idea how many legends have walked these halls and what’s worse, you don’t care. Because this place, where so many people would die to work, you only deign to work. And you want to know why she doesn’t kiss you on the forehead and give you a gold star on your homework at the end of the day. Wake up, sweetheart.”
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
HOW could this movie NOT be on the list? The tumultuous love story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy is one of the most romantic stories of all time and this adaptation from 2005 was excellent. It was no Colin Firth miniseries (so I hear), but this is perfect. Pride & Prejudice is beautiful in every single way; the story is lovely, the film is visually stunning, and the adaptation is well-written. Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden are excellent as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Macfayden is such a dreamboat. My favorite scene is when Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are dancing. It’s perfect. My favorite quote is said by Mr. Darcy and makes my heart melt, “If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me body and soul and I love…I love…I love you. And never wish to be parted from you from this day on,” helloooo, my standards have gone up 900%.
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
This movie, honestly, was my favorite for a really long time. Only recently, has it been bumped to number three, only because I could never leave my number two. I like this because it is the story of my life. I can vividly see myself being Julianne minus the crazy. This movie is funny and sweet and heartbreaking. I like the way it ends. This is the first movie I really discovered Rupert Everett and I love him to this day My favorite scene is the boat scene, though I do love the singing when George comes into town and is describing how he met Julianne. My favorite quote is actually from the end when Julianne donates her song to the couple, “My best friend has won the best woman. I didn’t get you a gift, however…this is on loan until you two find your song.”
Love Actually (2003)
How can you not LOVE this movie? It follows eight interrelated story lines, couples specifically at Christmastime. This movie is an excellent chick flick and an excellent Christmas film. It’s festive and HILARIOUS and the cast is phenomenal. Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson are some highlights. This movie just makes you feel good and anyone loves this movie: guy, girl, old, young. It’s a great movie – if you haven’t seen it, yet, STOP what you’re doing RIGHT now and go rent it/Netflix it ASAP. My favorite scene and my favorite lines have the smallest spoken dialogue, “With any luck by next year I’ll be dating one of these girls [pictures of supermodels], but for now let me say, without hope or agenda, just because it’s Christmas (and at Christmas you tell the truth): to me, you are perfect and my wasted heart will love you until you look like this [mummy picture]. Merry Christmas.”
You've Got Mail (1998)
AND NOW! My favorite chick flick of all time: You’ve Got Mail! I absolutely love this movie. It satisfies the bookworm in me. It satisfies the sap in me. It’s great. At the end, when Tom Hanks comes round the bend and sees Meg Ryan and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is playing…it gets me every time. It’s such a good, simple, lovely film to the strongest degree. It’s funny. I laugh and I cry and I want a love like Joe and Kathleen’s. Since this is my ultimate favorite, it gets three quotes: 1) “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does,” said by Kathleen Kelly 2) “The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings,” also said by Kathleen Kelly and lastly 3) Joe: Don’t cry, Shopgirl. Don’t cry. Kathleen: I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.
So there, I present to you the Top 15 Chick Flicks you should check out while beating the heat. Also, I have some honorable mentions: The Proposal, (500) Days of Summer, Ever After, The Notebook, She’s All That, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 27 Dresses, Made of Honor, The Wedding Date, Definitely Maybe and Never Been Kissed. Never Been Kissed was actually really close to making the list.
You can check out more info about all of these movies by searching them on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes.
Grab some girlfriends, grab some snacks and enjoy these chick flicks and stay cool. Are there any movies you wanted to see on this list that weren’t posted? What are your favorite chick flicks? Let us know!
Briana Simko is a senior English and Theater Arts major at Duquesne University and a proud sister of Alpha Sigma Tau. She’ll miss not living with her sisters to watch chick flicks with and is a little sad her summer movie entertainment has been interrupted by studying for the GREs. She’s a great big sap at heart, though, and loves Tom Hanks.