The ten best chick flicks of all time

by lynskeyium | created - 14 Mar 2011 | updated - 14 Mar 2011 | Public

A list chronicling what I believe to be the best chick flicks of all time.

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1. Nine to Five (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

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58 Metascore

Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 22,290 | Gross: $103.29M

The first movie to really coin the phrase 'chick flick'. This is a fun romp, and especially pleasing for all female clerical workers who felt professionally unappreciated.

2. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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67 Metascore

Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 52,663 | Gross: $63.77M

This is the only example of feminism and the supernatural being blended together properly. Even with Pfeiffer, Sarandon and Cher stealing the scenes from Jack Nicholson, he still managed to give us a 'devilishly' hammy performance that grabbed the attention of the audience.

3. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

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38 Metascore

A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack

Votes: 67,428 | Gross: $44.28M

Although most people will think this a romcom, the movie contains enough elements to put it into this film genre. Isla Fisher proves her mettle as a leading lady, and she makes the movie, which I felt was unfairly slated, into something that can be compared to Legally Blonde or Clueless.

4. Me Without You (2001)

R | 107 min | Drama

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67 Metascore

Two best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

Director: Sandra Goldbacher | Stars: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Ella Jones, Anna Popplewell

Votes: 4,011 | Gross: $0.30M

This is the first film to prove the 'chick flick' genre could be successfully done in Britain. Its two leads, particularly American actress Michelle Williams, take this type of motion picture into believable drama, as well as it possessing wit and pathos.

5. Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

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68 Metascore

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Votes: 140,271 | Gross: $56.63M

When it was released, the breakthrough movie for Alicia Silverstone and the much-missed Brittany Murphy demonstrated a Jane Austen novel could translate to twentieth century life. If you look beyond it helping to murder the English language, the film is a competent, sharply-scripted re-telling of 'Emma', and deserves its place as one of the superior chick flicks, as well as probably being the best teen movie ever.

6. The Illustrated Mum (2003 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama

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Two sisters cope with the unpredictable behaviour of their depressed, alcoholic mother.

Director: Cilla Ware | Stars: Michelle Collins, Alice Connor, Holliday Grainger, Henry Cox

Votes: 125

Coming a couple of years after 'Me Without You', 'The Illustrated Mum' further illustrated the problems of youth and family relationship from the point of view of two sisters, played beautifully by Holly Grainger and Alice O'Connor, and no writer, in my opinion, understands the problems of childhood and adolescence better than Jacqueline Wilson.

7. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 248,499 | Gross: $38.18M

This entry into the genre is unique, for two reasons: it is the only one to properly accommodate Shakesperean sensibilities into a superior example of chick flckium and it is the debut of the late, great Heath Ledger, who was possibly the best incarnation of The Joker to date. Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt provide admirable support.

8. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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The story centers on a 14-year-old girl who keeps a diary about the ups and downs of being a teenager, including the things she learns about kissing.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Georgia Groome, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Karen Taylor, Alan Davies

Votes: 22,174

The good thing about applying British values to what Hollywood produces moviewise is that some of the unnecessary sentiment is ditched in favour of strong performances; the strongest of which is Eleanor Tomlinson. The other recommendation for watching this movie is seeing Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) playing the parent of daughters with differing ages and personalities.

9. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

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84 Metascore

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 85,735 | Gross: $43.18M

Coventional wisdom seems to put this film into firmly into the forefront of chick flicks, but the first of Jane Austen's novels enters into other genres. As far as I am concerned, it is the finest movie adaptation of an Austen book there has ever been. It deservedly got an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, but I still maintain that Kate Winslet should've won for her portrayal of Marianne Dashwood.

10. St. Trinian's (2007)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Family

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39 Metascore

In order to save their bankrupt school, a group of troublesome girls stage a robbery with a group of geniuses on their tails.

Directors: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson | Stars: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Jodie Whittaker

Votes: 19,517

If it weren't for the film versions of Ronald Searle's fictional school, its pupils and teachers, there wouldn't be an impetus to make first-rate chick flicks. The entire cinematic genre owes itself to the effort to bring the comic strip characters to the silver screen, an endeavour first realised by Sidney Gilliat. The unfairly malligned film that resurrected this movie franchise is goldplated proof of that.