Chick Flicks for Smart Womenby moonmom-295-621699 | created - 08 Jun 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
The best movies & TV out there that a discerning woman would want. The complexity of love, vulnerability & great sex. It's all here: romantic, sexy, demure, glamorous & quirky. Not one of them shallow or empty.
Some drama, some comedy & some campy :)
All are top notch 10's for me; well written & acted, with a strong female or romantic narrative because that is so important.
Order: Movies = historic, Gothic, fantasy, modern. TV = historic, comedy, coming of age, modern. Documentaries = film, sex, LGBTQ, fashion, dance. Added late = films I added after I made the list & can't sort.
Also see 'Chick Flicks for Smart Women 2'
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1. The Last Mistress (2007)
Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Romance
Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy.
Votes: 3,366 | Gross: $0.79M
1830's France (worth the subtitles!!!) A raw, sexy love story from a time of arranged marriages and strict codes of conduct. One Spanish courtesan breaks all the rules with her passion and spirit. She is adored for it. Deeply romantic, incredibly written, beautiful, historic.
2. Tristan + Isolde (2006)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Drama, Romance
An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.
Votes: 50,712 | Gross: $14.73M
1560's England & Ireland Medieval legend. Wonderful, romantic, tragic. Well written and acted.
3. Dangerous Beauty (1998)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.
Votes: 16,166 | Gross: $4.53M
1583 Venice. The true story of the woman, a poet and courtesan, who used looks, wit and seduction to defy the conventions of 16th century Venice. Smart, romantic, historic. Well written and acted.
4. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, History
Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.
Votes: 10,005 | Gross: $4.11M
1500's India. A densely atmospheric portrayal of the impact of sexual and emotional obsession. Told from the perspective of Maya, a serving maid the princess. All hell breaks loose at the wedding. Maya is banished and becomes a famous courtesan after love wounds her heart. Deeply romantic, lavish, raw and beautiful! Well written and acted.
5. King Arthur (2004)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Votes: 160,407 | Gross: $51.88M
Late 5th - 6th century legend. Arthur led Britain against Saxon invaders. Great plot, not what you'd expect. Less fantasy more history. Funny moments, gorgeous, romantic, intelligent. Well written and acted.
6. Vatel (2000)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Vatel is the cook of Prince Condé. When the prince invites Louis XIV to hunt, he has to give lavish banquets in order to fall in his favor. But when Vatel falls in love with the king's mistress, love and duty come into conflict.
Votes: 7,424 | Gross: $0.05M
1661 Paris. Vatel, master of grand parties, served Louis XIV's superintendent, in the context of the Franco-Dutch War. A financially struggling Louis, Grand Condé is visited by King Louis XIV for three days of festivities at the Château de Chantilly. Subtitles! But so worth it! Glamorous, romantic, sweet and sad.
7. Farinelli (1994)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of castrato opera singer Carlo Broschi, who enthralled 18th century European audiences under his stage name Farinelli.
Votes: 6,424 | Gross: $2.12M
1705 –1782 Italy. Farinelli, celebrated Italian castrato singer of the 18th century. Subtitles, but worth it!!! Glamorous, romantic, historic. Well written and acted.
8. Elizabeth (1998)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History
The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.
Votes: 93,910 | Gross: $30.08M
1558-1603 England, Queen Elizebeth. An intense, compelling and romantic drama. Beautiful, heroic, sad. Well written and acted.
9. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 373,006 | Gross: $51.97M
Late 1700's Vienna, Austria. The life and times of a spoiled music prodigy who withdrew into a life of drink and debt. Finally succumbing to deep superstition about his own death. Beautiful, sexy, funny and tragic. This is an amazing film.
10. Hysteria (2011)
R | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Romance
The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.
Votes: 30,699 | Gross: $1.80M
Very, very witty comedy-drama about a true, yet startling part of sexual history. Romantic, funny, sweet. Well written and acted.
11. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance
Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the title opposites.
Votes: 104,100 | Gross: $43.18M
Gorgeous, deeply romantic, very well written & acted. Wonderful sets and setting. Historic fiction.
12. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance
Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.
Votes: 26,653 | Gross: $12.29M
Wonderful!!! Funny, romantic, sweet. Well written and acted.
13. Wilde (1997)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.
Votes: 14,809 | Gross: $2.16M
Bohemian Era love affair between two men. I love this movie. It's well cast. Stephan Fry is always awesome. I think it is very genuine as the actors themselves are quite bohemian.
14. Maurice (1987)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance
After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
Votes: 16,798 | Gross: $3.13M
Bohemian Era upper-crust love story about the existentialist crisis of a man's love for men and the perils of Edwardian society. This is a lush and emotional movie. The acting is wonderful, settings gorgeous and story delicious. Hugh Grant is convincingly gay.
R | 123 min | Drama, Horror
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
Votes: 297,337 | Gross: $105.26M
Gorgeous, sexy, funny, well written and acted. Fantasy, horror, historic fiction. Some violence
16. Dorian Gray (2009)
R | 112 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.
Awesome, hedonistic, fantasy. Well actualized version of this story. Kinda sexy! Well written and acted.
17. A Knight's Tale (2001)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.
Votes: 173,616 | Gross: $56.57M
Very witty, very funny, romantic. Well written and acted! Fantasy-history
18. Penelope (2006)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will accept her as one of their own."
Votes: 60,488 | Gross: $10.01M
Wonderful in every way. Witty, romantic, funny
19. Peter Pan (2003)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.
Votes: 67,208 | Gross: $48.46M
Charming, romantic, sweet & gorgeous! This is a really incredible version of this story. It is the closest to the book and stage versions. Whether you pretended to be Wendy or Peter you will love this.
20. Mystery Men (1999)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillain threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.
Votes: 62,379 | Gross: $29.66M
Quirky, wickedly smart, ironic, funny indie comedy. Phenomenal performance from Janeane Garofalo, Tom Waits, Paul Reubens & Louise Lasser.
21. Beauty and the Beast (2014)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An unexpected romance blooms after the the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted.
French sub tittles!!! Gorgeous, romantic.
22. Legend (1985)
PG | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.
Votes: 60,732 | Gross: $15.50M
Gem! Tim Curry as the devil! Tom Cruise & Mia Sara (both teenagers). Great costumes, sound track by Tangerine Dream, Jon Anderson of Yes and Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music. Won Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in 1985, nominated for multiple awards: Academy Award for Best Makeup; Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Makeup; BAFTA Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup Artist, Best Special Visual Effects; DVD Exclusive Awards; and Young Artist Awards.
23. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.
Votes: 27,368 | Gross: $2.21M
CAMPY, LGBTQ, quirky, hilarious, well written and acted.
24. Pumpkin (2002)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A sorority girl finds her life falling apart after she develops romantic feelings for a mentally-challenged man.
Votes: 8,523 | Gross: $0.31M
Odd, quirky comedy, existential, ironic. Well written and acted.
25. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
R | 91 min | Biography, Drama
The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation because of her risqué bondage photos.
Votes: 10,523 | Gross: $1.41M
Great movie. Sexy historic pop culture icon! Well written and acted.
26. Almost Famous (2000)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.
Votes: 255,579 | Gross: $32.53M
This is a very smart film, about a really interesting time in history. It successfully juxtaposes 'free love' against women's identity' during the 1970's. It is also a great coming of age story. Lovely, funny, romantic and sweet.
27. High Fidelity (2000)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.
Votes: 170,014 | Gross: $27.28M
Super witty, existential, funny. Well written and acted. A man's reflection on romance.
28. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 921,993 | Gross: $34.40M
Ironic, romantic, well written and acted. Not your typical love story. A man's reflection on romance.
29. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 278,395 | Gross: $148.48M
30. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
I.R.S. auditor Harold Crick suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
Votes: 220,461 | Gross: $40.14M
Funny, existential, romantic. Well written and acted.
31. The Good Girl (2002)
R | 93 min | Drama, Romance
A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.
Votes: 43,389 | Gross: $14.02M
Funny, existential, dark humor. Well written and acted. A woman's reflection on romance.
32. Shopgirl (2005)
R | 106 min | Drama, Romance
A film adaptation of Steve Martin's novel about a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman and an aimless young man.
Votes: 23,374 | Gross: $10.28M
Existential, romantic, ironic. Well written and acted. A woman's reflection on romance.
33. Whip It (2009)
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Sport
In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with small-town misery after discovering a roller derby league in nearby Austin.
Votes: 64,332 | Gross: $13.04M
Great movie. Coming of age, friendship, courage. Very well acted and written.
34. Flirting (1991)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
Two freethinking teenagers - a boy and a girl - confront with authoritarian teachers in their boarding schools. The other students treat this differently.
Votes: 5,714 | Gross: $2.42M
Romantic and really wonderful 'coming of age' story.
35. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance
A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
Votes: 18,019 | Gross: $8.72M
Very sexy, emotional psychological 'coming of age' movie during the turbulent social transitions of the early 1960's before the culteral revolution. Passion, passion, pre-birth control & sexual freedom repression, passion, good girls don't and more....passion.
36. The Invention of Lying (2009)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.
Votes: 130,364 | Gross: $18.44M
Campy, silly, funny, romantic, eccentric, great film!!! Well written and acted.
37. Dogma (1999)
R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.
Votes: 208,745 | Gross: $30.65M
Subversive, dark humor, very intelligent. Takes on the church. Some violence towards the end. Might be disturbing to some, but I thought it was hilarious.
38. Walk the Line (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
Votes: 236,337 | Gross: $119.52M
Written with a strong female narrative. Romantic, intelligent drama. Rock history
39. The Chatterley Affair (2006 TV Movie)
Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
The trial, under The Obscene Publications Act, of the publishers of D.H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'in 1960 was a sensation that consumed the nation. The movie follows two ... See full summary »
Smart, drama romance about the jury involved in the censorship of the book 'Lady Chatterly's Lover'. Well written and acted.
40. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance
Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship. Their relationship becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.
Votes: 326,633 | Gross: $83.04M
LGBTQ, A sad love story between two young men. The long romantic and bumpy life of the 2 lovers.
41. Mozart and the Whale (2005)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.
Votes: 8,663 | Gross: $0.04M
Romance between super quirky people. The lovers are on the autistic spectrum. Sweet, odd, emotional.
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama
Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.
Votes: 29,051 | Gross: $36.47M
Drag queens. Charming, glamorous, funny, sad and surprising. Patrick Swayze makes a glamorous drag queen.
43. Gypsy (1962)
Approved | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.
Votes: 5,657 | Gross: $13.01M
Great campy classic about the coming of age of America's beloved burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee.
44. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
Votes: 134,307 | Gross: $139.88M
Gender, costumes, sex, music. The best campy classic ever!
45. Big Eyes (I) (2014)
PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama