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10 Chick Flicks Men Will Watch
Chick Flicks - Every Man's Nightmare?
Chick flicks, just the utterance of these words normally has the same effect on a man as running naked through a snowstorm, however I, as a man want to highlight that not all chick flicks are tear jerking, never ending treks in to a world of torment! Certain films classified in the chick flick noire are actually quite watchable. I would like to admit that I, as a man, find that some chick flicks have actually ended up on the list of my favourite films of all time.
OK, so Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers isn't part of the chick flick world, but the list that follows rates all of these movies up there with the watch-ability of Clint's classics (Unforgiven included). So sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy my list of Chick Flicks that men will watch!
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10. The Sixth Sense
A tale of a boy who sees and talks to the dead and his relationship with his psychologist, who attempts to help him understand the 'gift' that he has been given. But underlying all of this is the relationship that the psychologist (Bruce Willis) has with his soon to be estranged, if he doesn't do something about it, wife.
His attempts to understand why their relationship is falling apart , whilst he helps the young boy, Cole (Haley Joel Osment) come to terms with the horror of dealing with the wandering dead, culminates in an ending that makes you draw a sharp intake of breath. The movie was released with the proviso of not telling anyone about the ending, and who am I to spoil it for you?
The Sixth Sense Official Trailer
The Sixth Sense - You will be glued to your seat right till the end.
9. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Hugh Grant wanders through this movie doing what he does best, being a foppish Hugh Grant. A tale of what appears to be unrequited love that he pursues through 5 social events, it is the understated English comedy that makes this movie. That and the 'He was my North, my South, my East and West' poem reading, which always raises a lump in my throat and ensures that this British ensemble comedy remains memorable long after the credits have rolled.
Four Weddings and a Funeral Trailer
Own Four Weddings and a Funeral - Funny, Sad, Touching.
8. The Shawshank Redemption
A combination of buddy movie and a sentimental look at an innocent man's (Andy Dufresne - Tim Robbins) attempts to remain civilized in the jungle that is a 1946 penal institution. Befriended by lifer Red (Morgan Freeman), whose wisdom and knowledge of the prison system ensures that Andy avoids some of the worst excesses of prison life, it also guarantees him access to the contraband that Red can provide. Their bromance develops to the crescendo which provides an emotionally satisfying ending to a story of one man's attempt to bring dignity and justice to his fellow incarcerated man.
The Shawshank Redemption Trailer
Own The Shawshank Redemption - A Bromance movie of the highest pedigree
7. Pretty Woman
What man doesn't dream of finding his princess standing on a street corner? In what is basically a take on the old Cinderella story, Richard Gere's Edward saves Julia Roberts Vivian from a life as a streetwalker. What makes this story enjoyable (and eminently watch-able) is the humour that Julia Roberts brings to each scene. The jewel box, the Rodeo Drive store and the humiliation of the Jason Alexander character, just to name a few scenes, all combine to give her character 'sass' as well as bring laughs to the audience. In the end even the hardest of men will be rooting for a fairy tale ending.
Pretty Woman - Official Trailer
Ghosts, murder, revenge and a large dose of Whoopi Goldberg's humour makes this love story from beyond the grave enjoyable for both sexes. What man doesn't empathise with Patrick Swayze's murdered Sam in his attempts to protect the one love of his life (Demi Moore).
Add crooks, angry ghosts and a healthy dose of a crazy, but ultimately truthful psychic (Oda Mae Brown) and you have a story where even the hardest heart melts as the torn asunder lovers get one more chance over a potting wheel to hold each other. That and the baddies do get to burn in hell. Go ahead, it will make your day.
Own Ghost - A classic love story that transcends mortal dimensions
5. Thelma and Louise
A buddy, road trip movie with a twist. The two protagonists are strong women who decide, through a set of unfortunate circumstances including the killing of an attempted rapist, to head out on the road towards Mexico in a '66 Thunderbird. The little flaw in their plan is when the police decide to track them down as murderers.
Loved by women due to the empowering nature of the two women involved (and Brad Pitts appearance)and by men thanks to a cool car and a great car chase.
Thelma and Louise Trailer
Own Thelma and Louise
Watch this and agree with all the sentiments expressed and your lady will love you just that little bit more.
4. An Officer and a Gentleman
Men want to be him, women want to be with him. The story of a working class Joe (Richard Gere), the unwanted son of a father whose wife committed suicide. He is the quintessential loner who rises above the torment of an apparently sadistic Drill Seargent who is constantly trying to break him, to eventually joins the ranks of the elite Naval Aviation Group.
All this whilst winning the heart of the girl of his dreams. Who happens to be a blue collar maiden working in dead end job in a factory.
An Officer and a Gentleman Trailer
Own An Officer and a Gentleman
Find a woman that doesn't love Richard Gere in this movie. Or a man that doesn't want to be him!
3. Gone With The Wind
What man couldn't be inspired by Clark Gable as he stood in that doorway and uttered the immortal line 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn'. A period classic set during the American Civil War, it covers the tumultuous relationship between two morally damaged individuals in Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara, two roles that were made for the lead actors Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
I guess what makes this movie enjoyable for me is Gables performance as the rogue Butler. His pursuit, capture and final rejection of the feisty Scarlett makes for an enjoyable character study, all against the lavish backdrop of a Southern landscape and lifestyle long consigned to the history books.
Gone With The Wind Trailer
Own Gone With The Wind
The best way to watch this is at home, light off, glass of wine, canapes and a comfy couch. A classic tale spectacularly told. Disagree? Well frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!
2. When Harry Met Sally
Men drool at the idea of a friend with benefits, women consider the idea. If you look like Billy Crystal and the friend with benefits looks like Meg Ryan, then really there should be no questions asked. But as always with anything in life and love there are complications! Great dialogue, funny jokes and set pieces abound (fake orgasm anyone?) making this story of friends exploring the boundaries of 'that' friendship, and where it ends up, a great comic movie.
When Harry Met Sally Trailer
Own When Harry Met Sally
Billy Crystal at his neurotic best.
1. Casablanca - We'll always have Paris
Humphrey Bogart is Rick Blaine, a bar owner in Casablanca, a World War 2 den of iniquity where everything can be had for the right price, where life is cheap and the truth is expendable. Yet into his bar walks the love of his life. Of all the gin joints in all the world, she had to walk in to his.
A story of love found, lost, found again and then ultimately sacrificed, Casablanca is crammed full of dialogue that remains famous, and more famously misquoted over 70 years after it was made. Combining a little action, a little love and a little humour, Casablanca is everything that a Chic Flick should be to be enjoyed by everyone. My stand-out number one can best be summed up with this piece of dialogue between Rick and his ever patient bar pianist Sam:
Rick: You know what I want to hear
Sam: [lying] No, I don't.
Rick: You played it for her, you can play it for me!
Sam: [lying] Well, I don't think I can remember...
Rick: If she can stand it, I can! Play it!
I love this movie. It's a true tale of lost love, war, deception, bravery..the list goes on. Grab a girl, a vino and luxuriate in my No.1 movie. You won't regret it.