Friday’s Top Five: Chick flicks
November 18th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Friday’s Top Five: Chick flicks

"Twilight: Breaking Dawn" is poised for a big opening weekend, but this is the newest chick flick that I will not be attending with the Mrs.

I’m actually forbidden to attend any of the "Twilight" pilgrimages because I would inevitably grunt, hiss and guffaw my way through the excruciating drama that unfolds from Forks. And if I'm being honest, that sums up my reaction to many of the movies that fall into the so-called "chick flick" category.

But the best ones in this group are heart-warming, romantic, and may make you cry.  Here's my take on the top five chick flicks - let me know your list in the comments:

1. "The Notebook" (2004): “Behind every great love is a great story.”


2. "Little Women" (1994): “Save a place in your heart for the unforgettable story of these... LITTLE WOMEN”


3. "Pride and Prejudice" (2005): “Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can't be without.” (I'm hoping the "Zombie" version will also be worth watching.)


4. "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991):  “The secret of life? The secret's in the sauce.”


5. "Twilight" (2008): “When you can live forever, what do you live for?"


Honorable Mentions:

"He’s Just Not That Into You" (2009): “Are you the exception...or the rule?”


"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (2002): “The Secret Is Out”


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  1. Sasha

    Being that the Notebook in on the list, here are my favorites:
    1. Pretty Woman
    2. Sleepless in Seattle
    3. When Harry met Sally
    4. P.S. I love you
    5. Message in the Bottle

    December 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Esther

    The English Patient

    December 14, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. insulted

    I have to say as a women, I feel rather insulted by this list. Twilight? Really. And the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, no thank you. As a previous poster said, the A&E version is much better. So many great movies are missing, Sense and Sensibility, Sleepless in Seattle, You've got Mail, His Girl Friday, Philadelphia Story, Roman Holiday.

    December 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marie

    I am stunned that you put Little Woman up and did not add Steel Magnolias, the ultimate chick flick movie!

    December 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EDW

    What about Sense and Sensibility? This list missed the mark big time. What was so romantic about Fried Green Tomatoes?

    December 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J.L

    1-My best Friend's Wedding
    2-Dirty Dancing
    3-Sleepless in Seattle
    4-Steel Magnolias
    4-Pretty Woman

    December 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bgwilliams

    My second favorite ("An Unfinished Life") didn't make your list. My favorite is "The Notebook".

    December 5, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. ML

    I agree with "Not Amused"—the best Pride & Prejudice is the A& E version with that hottie, Colin Firth.

    A couple of chick flicks that I love to rewatch are the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan hook-ups in You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle.

    December 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KC

    As I read the comments I wonder–who would women vote for as the best looking actress ever, –and for whom would men vote?

    December 1, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Really??

    How the hell did Twilight make it on this list??

    November 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Loves Chick flicks

    How can Beaches not be on the list?!

    November 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. not amused

    That is NOT Pride and Prejudice. The whole story can't be told in 2 hours. Try A&E for the real version.

    November 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Demara

    And WHERE is Atonement on here? It's much less sappy than the Notebook, which I've actually never really enjoyed, and a hundred times better-acted and filmed than Twilight.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. philygirl

    I have to see that Yaya Sisterhood!

    November 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lynea

    You've listed some good ones (and so have the replies). Here are a few others:

    Breakfast at Tiffany's
    Bull Durham
    Four Weddings and a Funeral
    Sense and Sensibility
    His Girl Friday

    November 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jacintha

    Oh I love "Ladyhawke" and also "Ghost" and "Pretty Woman" – some of the few movies I could watch over and over!

    November 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Namaste

    Dangerous Liasons is a great movie, and you can't call Michelle Pheiffer ugly. Plus an oldie but goodie with Pheiffer is Ladyhawke.

    November 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. sandra bullock

    Premonition. All the cheating men out there should watch this one.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. emily

    Girls love the twilight movies because the leading girl kristen stewart is so plain and ugly. She doesnt threaten their selfesteem. It makes them think even uggos can get a boyfriend.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. emily

    1 that Justin Bieber movie
    2 that Hannah Montana one
    3 any movie about pets
    4 cartoons
    5 movies where the leading actress is plain or real ugly

    November 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Evel Knievel

    I thought a chick flick was one of those all-girl p0rnos. Sign me up.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Yosh

    I was forbidden after the scene I made during while watching a couple minutes of the first film

    November 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  23. comment

    just out of curiosity (to the writer of this article), if you're forbidden to see any of the "twilight" movies, how did the first movie make your list?

    November 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  24. @ CEW

    When Harry Met Sally was definitely a good one. Surprised your list wasn't there... I agree.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  25. Louise

    Fried Green Tomatoes is my favorite.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |

    Then there are all those Sandra Bullock movies.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  27. CEW

    Oh, jeez, you forgot lots of my favorites. When Harry Met Sally, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Thelma and Louise, Steel Magnolias.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |

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