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The Best Girl Movies: 25 Classic Chick Flicks Every Girl Should See By 25

Updated on February 1, 2013

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.

2. Casablanca

(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.”

4. Emma

(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.

A good chick flick should make you laugh and cry.
A good chick flick should make you laugh and cry. | Source

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.

9. Grease

(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.

19. Sabrina

(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.

22. Titanic

(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.”

Pick up a set of classic chick flicks for your next girls' night in.
Pick up a set of classic chick flicks for your next girls' night in. | Source


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    • Faith A Mullen profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith A Mullen 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment, ExpectGreatThings! Funny Girl is one of my absolute favorites.

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      5 years ago from Illinois

      Well, I'm way past 25, and I still have a few of these I need to see. I'm sure my husband will be thrilled when I show him this list ;) - Looking forward to checking out Funny Girl.

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      5 years ago

      With a newborn son now, my husband and I jokingly reference "Father of the Bride" when talking about the day we went to the hospital...quickly after finding that my water had broken. Like "Father of the Bride", we had our bags completely packed, ready to go, and staged at the front door. It happened around 2:00 AM, and 1-day premature, we actually weren't expecting if for at least another 1-3 weeks. I'm glad we were prepared to head to the hospital at a moment's notice!

    • Faith A Mullen profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith A Mullen 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, Bookworm35! Glad I captured some of your favorites. There are so many good ones out there! It was really hard narrowing the list.

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      Sheene Kirlew 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Great list! I've seen a few of these movies, and some my faves are definitely on your list. You're right, it must have been hard to narrow the list to only 25!

    • Faith A Mullen profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith A Mullen 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, Jacante and Peachpurple! Putting together this list made me want to watch them all again!

    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I had seen grease when i was teen. It was awesome ! Love to read yr hub. Interesting topic. Voted up

    • Jacante profile image


      6 years ago

      Cute post! So many of my faves are on your list!

    • Faith A Mullen profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith A Mullen 

      6 years ago

      Lol, ElleBee! DO IT! They are awesome.

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      6 years ago

      I'm only 25 for a few more months, and I won't even admit how few of these movies I've seen! I think it's time I better get watching.


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