Chick Flicks for Smart Women

by moonmom-295-621699 | created - 08 Jun 2016 | updated - 1 month 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.

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1. The Last Mistress (2007)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy.

Director: Catherine Breillat | Stars: Asia Argento, Fu'ad Aït Aattou, Roxane Mesquida, Claude Sarraute

Votes: 3,584 | 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. Cyrano (2021)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

Too self-conscious to woo Roxanne himself, wordsmith Cyrano de Bergerac helps young Christian nab her heart through love letters.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 8,829

1640 Paris France. a terrific movie. The light is mystical, sets incredible, acting amazing, even the songs are good. It mesmerized me and made me cry. Peter Dinklage was great in this role. Everyone knows the story is about inner beauty. It also was about war. The Thirty Years' War 1618-1648 was an international conflict taking place in northern Europe from 1618 to 1648. The war was fought between Catholics and Protestants and also drew in the national armies of France, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, and the Habsburg dynasty that ruled the Holy Roman Empire. One of the longest brutal wars in history with over 8 million casualties from battle, famine and disease.

3. Tristan + Isolde (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish, spells doom for the young lovers.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara

Votes: 52,465 | Gross: $14.73M

1560's England & Ireland Medieval legend. Wonderful, romantic, tragic. Well written and acted.

4. 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.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward

Votes: 17,715 | 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.

5. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, History

Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Sarita Choudhury, Indira Varma, Ramon Tikaram

Votes: 10,673 | 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.

6. King Arthur (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

46 Metascore

A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 167,222 | 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.

7. Vatel (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

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.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover

Votes: 7,854 | 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.

8. 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.

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier

Votes: 6,824 | 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.

9. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Liz Giles, Rod Culbertson, Paul Fox

Votes: 98,622 | Gross: $30.08M

1558-1603 England, Queen Elizebeth. An intense, compelling and romantic drama. Beautiful, heroic, sad. Well written and acted.

10. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, Music

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 395,332 | 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.

11. Hysteria (2011)

R | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

Director: Tanya Wexler | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones

Votes: 31,886 | Gross: $1.80M

Very, very witty comedy-drama about a true, yet startling part of sexual history. Romantic, funny, sweet. Well written and acted.

12. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

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 title opposites.

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

Votes: 114,513 | Gross: $43.18M

Gorgeous, deeply romantic, very well written & acted. Wonderful sets and setting. Historic fiction.

13. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, David Alexander

Votes: 28,315 | Gross: $12.29M

Wonderful!!! Funny, romantic, sweet. Well written and acted.

14. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 17,113 | 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.

15. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

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.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 19,578 | 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.

16. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst

Votes: 316,868 | Gross: $105.26M

Gorgeous, sexy, funny, well written and acted. Fantasy, horror, historic fiction. Some violence

17. 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.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, John Hollingworth

Votes: 64,464

Awesome, hedonistic, fantasy. Well actualized version of this story. Kinda sexy! Well written and acted.

18. A Knight's Tale (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

56 Metascore

After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon

Votes: 185,033 | Gross: $56.57M

Very witty, very funny, romantic. Well written and acted! Fantasy-history

19. Penelope (2006)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

48 Metascore

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."

Director: Mark Palansky | Stars: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 63,186 | Gross: $10.01M

Wonderful in every way. Witty, romantic, funny

20. Peter Pan (2003)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

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.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 72,555 | 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.

21. Beauty and the Beast (2014)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

39 Metascore

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.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega

Votes: 21,010

French sub tittles!!! Gorgeous, romantic.

22. Mystery Men (1999)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

65 Metascore

A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillain threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

Director: Kinka Usher | Stars: Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria

Votes: 67,104 | Gross: $29.76M

Quirky, wickedly smart, ironic, funny indie comedy. Phenomenal performance from Janeane Garofalo, Tom Waits, Paul Reubens & Louise Lasser.

23. Legend (1985)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

30 Metascore

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent

Votes: 65,492 | 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.

24. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille

Votes: 32,318 | Gross: $2.21M

CAMPY, LGBTQ, quirky, hilarious, well written and acted.

25. Pumpkin (2002)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

A sorority girl finds her life falling apart after she develops romantic feelings for a mentally-challenged man.

Directors: Anthony Abrams, Adam Larson Broder | Stars: Christina Ricci, Hank Harris, Brenda Blethyn, Dominique Swain

Votes: 9,039 | Gross: $0.31M

Odd, quirky comedy, existential, ironic. Well written and acted.

26. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

R | 91 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris

Votes: 11,014 | Gross: $1.41M

Great movie. Sexy historic pop culture icon! Well written and acted.

27. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

A high-school boy in the early 1970s 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.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 273,386 | 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.

28. High Fidelity (2000)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black

Votes: 178,926 | Gross: $27.28M

Super witty, existential, funny. Well written and acted. A man's reflection on romance.

29. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 986,593 | Gross: $34.40M

Ironic, romantic, well written and acted. Not your typical love story. A man's reflection on romance.

30. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 296,059 | Gross: $148.48M

31. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

I.R.S. auditor Harold Crick suddenly finds his mundane Chicago life to be the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire existence, from his work to his love life to his death.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

Votes: 227,710 | Gross: $40.14M

Funny, existential, romantic. Well written and acted.

32. The Good Girl (2002)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Deborah Rush, Mike White

Votes: 45,299 | Gross: $14.02M

Funny, existential, dark humor. Well written and acted. A woman's reflection on romance.

33. Shopgirl (2005)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Votes: 24,078 | Gross: $10.28M

Existential, romantic, ironic. Well written and acted. A woman's reflection on romance.

34. Whip It (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Drew Barrymore | Stars: Elliot Page, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Habel

Votes: 67,263 | Gross: $13.04M

Great movie. Coming of age, friendship, courage. Very well acted and written.

35. 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.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Noah Taylor, Thandiwe Newton, Nicole Kidman, Bartholomew Rose

Votes: 6,072 | Gross: $2.42M

Romantic and really wonderful 'coming of age' story.

36. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

The love of high school sweethearts Deanie and Bud is weighed down by the oppressive expectations of their parents and society in smalltown Kansas in 1928, threatening the future of their relationship.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie

Votes: 20,924 | 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.

37. The Invention of Lying (2009)

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

58 Metascore

A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.

Votes: 140,074 | Gross: $18.44M

Campy, silly, funny, romantic, eccentric, great film!!! Well written and acted.

38. Dogma (1999)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort

Votes: 216,641 | 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.

39. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

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.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 248,707 | Gross: $119.52M

Written with a strong female narrative. Romantic, intelligent drama. Rock history

40. 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 »

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Rafe Spall, Louise Delamere, Mary Healey, Gerard Horan

Votes: 453

Smart, drama romance about the jury involved in the censorship of the book 'Lady Chatterly's Lover'. Well written and acted.

41. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 352,420 | Gross: $83.04M

LGBTQ, A sad love story between two young men. The long romantic and bumpy life of the 2 lovers.

42. 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.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell, Gary Cole, Sheila Kelley

Votes: 8,956 | Gross: $0.04M

Romance between super quirky people. The lovers are on the autistic spectrum. Sweet, odd, emotional.