Chick flicks get a bad rep, mainly for being the genre of film that all men groan at the thought of. Since when did the phrase ‘chick flick’ denote a negative connotation? Some of the films with the best screenplays and most iconic scenes are chick flicks! So I’ve made a countdown of my top favourites as a sort of ode to an often trodden on genre. Enjoy . . .

10. Sweet Home Alabama

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Why is it so great? 

Has that southern charm throughout all the dialogue, is funny, and sweetly shows the evolving relationship between childhood sweethearts.

Best line? 

Jake Perry: Whatcha wanna be married to me for?
Melanie Carmichael: So I can kiss you anytime I want.
(Cheeeesy but oh so great).

 

 

 

 9. Legally Blonde

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The female character Elle Woods is so lovable. She is at times frustratingly unaware of her social surroundings, but her gumption and positive attitude is truly admirable. Plus, her outfits are so spectacularly pink – what’s not to love?

Best line/s?

1. Warner: You got into Harvard Law?

Elle: What? Like, it’s hard?

2. Elle: Hi. Im Elle Woods and this is Bruiser Woods. We’re both Gemini vegetarians.

 

8. Bridesmaids

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Hilarious dialogue, many iconic scenes, and generally a fun female-dominated film which proves women can be just as funny as men.

Best line?

Helen: (crying) Why are you smiling?

Annie: It’s just…it’s the first time I’ve ever seen you look ugly…and that makes me kind of happy.

 

 

 

7. Titanic

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Why is it so great? 

It’s grossed over $2 billion dollars worldwide. If that doesn’t prove that it’s epic, I don’t know what does.

Best line?

[Rose shows Jack the diamond]

Rose: Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls. Wearing this…

Jack: All right.

Rose: Wearing *only* this.

(I think we all remember that scene…)

 

6. The Notebook

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Why is it so great? 

Epic, epic love story. Still remains one of the only romantic films which, in my opinion, isn’t contrived and actually makes you feel something for the plot and characters. Also, the on-screen romance between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams is like no other.

Best line?

Allie: Now say you’re a bird too.

Noah: If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.

 

 

5. 10 Things I Hate About You

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Kat Strafford (the main girl) is extremely quick-witted and sarcastic which makes for a great lead. Also, Heath Ledger is on fine Australian wooing form.

Best line?

Kat Strafford: I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate it, I hate the way you’re always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you’re not around, and the fact that you didn’t call. But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

4. Clueless

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The dialogue is fun, the outfits are so 90s, and Cher, the female lead, is tough and clever – a fun character to watch.

Best line?

Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?

Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.

Tai: What’s a monet?

Cher: It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

3. Beaches

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Delicately shows the lasting friendship between two childhood friends, and tugs at your heartstrings and loosens your tear ducts in the process.

Best line? 

Hillary: I’m not stubborn, I’m…right.

 

 

 

 

2. Crazy, Stupid, Love

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It’s clever, it’s funny, it’s sad, it’s nostalgic and it intertwines different people’s stories so effortlessly. It’s also extremely well-acted all round.

Best line/s?

1. Cal: How about we say what we want on three? One, two, three.

Emily: I want a divorce.

Cal: [at the same time] Creme brulée.

 

 

2. Jacob: Are you the billionaire owner of Apple Computers?

Cal: No.

Jacob: Oh, ok. In that case, you’ve got no right to wear New Balance sneakers. Ever.

1. Mean Girls

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Tina Fey nailed the screenplay. Also, the film really does capture to some extent what it means to be a teenager trying to fit in and all that jazz.

Best line/s?

1. Gretchen: Ex-boyfriends are off-limits to friends. That’s just, like, the rules of feminism.

2. Damien: That’s why her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.