The Best Girl Movies: 25 Classic Chick Flicks Every Girl Should See By 25
Perfect for a girls’ night in or an evening alone with chocolate, the quintessential chick flick contains a balance of romance, love, laughter, and tears. With so many classic girl movies to choose from, narrowing down a top chick flicks list to 25 was not an easy task. But I think I’ve managed to capture a good set of classics for girls who are just starting to build their chick flick collection.
Here are 25 movies every girl should see by the age of 25:
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
(1961) Starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, and Patricia Neal
Sweetly unstable socialite intrigues handsome struggling writer in East Side Manhattan.
(1942) Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid
The WWII romance of old flames that has women everywhere shouting, “Play it again, Sam!”
3. Dirty Dancing
(1987) Starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Jerry Orbach
Watch and see why “nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
(1996) Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, and Greta Scacchi
Meddling matchmaker makes a mess for herself in this reworking of Jane Austen’s novel.
5. Ever After: A Cinderella Story
(1998) Starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, and Dougray Scott
The true story of Cinderella.
6. Father of the Bride
(1991) Starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Kimberly Williams
Three words: Steve. Martin. Masterpiece.
7. Funny Girl
(1968) Starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
Young singer comedienne falls for hopelessly charming gambler.
8. Gone with the Wind
(1939) Starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh
Possibly the world’s most classic romance, a movie as epic as it is long.
(1978) Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
Good girl and greaser break high school rules declaring, “You’re the one that I want!” in this musical keeper.
10. The Great Gatsby
(1974) Starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Bruce Dern
Roaring twenties, post-war madness romance both lavish and tragic.
11. The King and I
(1956) Starring Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, and Rita Moreno
Widow meets king of Siam in exotic love story.
12. Les Misérables
(1998) Starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, and Uma Thurman
Agreeing to care for a dying factory worker’s daughter changes the life of an ex-convict forever.
13. Little Women
(1994) Starring Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, and Kirsten Dunst
Four sisters find their way through life, growing up, and love in post-Civil war America.
14. My Fair Lady
(1964) Starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway
When prideful phonetics professor takes on cockney street flower girl, both learn a few lessons.
15. The Notebook
(2004) Starring Gena Rowlands, James Garner, and Rachel McAdams
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird."
16. The Phantom of the Opera
(2004) Starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, and Patrick Wilson
Singing, 19th century costumes, Gerard Butler, and Patrick Wilson. Need I say more?
17. Pretty Woman
(1990) Starring Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, and Jason Alexander
Rich, ruthless business man and unlikely prostitute rescue each other.
18. Pride and Prejudice
(2005) Starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen
One of the greatest love stories of all time, containing the classic “You have bewitched me,” speech by Mr. Darcy.
(1954) Starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden
Ugly duckling turned beauty gives two wealthy brothers something to fight over.
20. Sense and Sensibility
(1995) Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and James Fleet
Two contrasting sisters discover things are not always as they seem in love.
21. Sleepless in Seattle
(1993) Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Ross Malinger
A chemistry filled Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan classic.
(1997) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Billy Zane
The tragic love story between poor boy and rich girl that fate would not allow to sail.
23. While You Were Sleeping
(1995) Starring Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, and Peter Gallagher
Why pretending to be engaged to a man in a coma while falling in love with his brother is dangerous.
24. Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
(1991) Starring Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Schoeffling, and Cliff Robertson
Runaway teenager turned girl-and-horse high diver proves neither tragedy nor love will break her.
25. You’ve Got Mail
(1998) Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Greg Kinnear
Rivals who hate each other by day unknowingly fall in love online inducing a “project that needs... tweaking.”