10 Chick Flicks that men love and won’t admit

I was sitting at home yesterday and my wife and daughter came in and in the middle of my weekly NBA game changed the channel so that they could watch a movie. Not just any movie either, but a Chick flick. Now I had a problem, I could roll off of the couch and leave my beautiful large 50″ LCD high-definition TV to my daughter and wife and relegate myself to the small regular TV in my study, or keep my mouth closed and watch a movie that didn’t interest me in high def.

What do you think I did? I chose to lay on the couch and pretend I wasn’t really interested, but the picture (screen) was great. Later my wife asked if I enjoyed the movie and I quickly reminded her that having the opportunity to spend time with her and our daughter was worth sitting through an insurance convention.

However, secretly I really enjoyed the movie and this premise made me think. What are the best chick flicks that men love but won’t admit they do to women? So for today I am creating this list and since these are all movies I have seen over time (especially when I was trying to convince my wife to date and later marry me) and although I may miss a few that many of you may have seen, feel free to write them in the comments section below.

Before I begin with the list first let me attempt to explain my interpretation of a Chick Flick if I may. Chick flicks to me are movies that generally center around creating some type of relationship, generally a love relationship. During the course of the movie they tend to touch on various deep seeded emotions that men seldom like to visit. Men don’t like these because before you know it, you could have tears rolling down your face and the excuse that you’ve got smoke in your eyes won’t cut it anymore because theaters are like everything else, non-smoking.

Regardless of how many times men hear that women love sensitive men, it’s that feeling that we will look like a panty that scare us away from any emotional movie. That is unless it has some blood and guts in it and some great action scenes.

A great example of this is the movie Pearl Harbor. Most men were convinced it was about WWII, however, in fact it was a chick flick with the love story hidden behind the bombing scenes. Damn, sometimes men (we) are suckers, really.

Enough of all that, let’s get down to the list of the “Top 10 Chick Flicks that men love and won’t admit.”

10) Something about Mary…

Yep! There really was something about Mary (Cameron Diaz) and Ben Stiller knew it too. Behind all of those laughs was one man who couldn’t get the thought of a beautiful woman out of his mind years after High School. He was so in love that he discovered where she lived and went through hell and high water just to see her.

9)  Ghost….

Men flocked to see this movie because we all wanted to think it was a horror movie. To add to this, generally in horror movies you get two treats. The first being that the date you take will want to hold onto you when she’s scared (makes the rest of the evening promising if you know what I mean) and the second is that in most horror movies they show some skin. The though of  Demi Moore showing skin in what we thought would be a scary movie was too much to bear at the time and we flocked to watch this amazing movie. Little did we know that it was a love story with no skin and a terrific plot and tearful ending. Still remains one of my favorites.

8) Titanic….

As men we all rushed to see the special effects of this huge ship sinking with all these screaming people aboard. In the end we came away realizing that Kate Winslet was beautiful and what a shame that Leonardo DiCaprio had to die like that. In the end, it was less about the tragedy of the ship sinking and more about the tragedy of love cut short by disaster at sea.

7) Pretty Woman….

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, do I need to say more. I knew this was a chick flick when I discovered they were starring together. However, it allowed me the opportunity to take a girl to the movies that I had wanted to take out for some time. In the end, I for one couldn’t wait for my next trip to L.A. so I could drive down Sunset Blvd looking for a prostitute I could convert into a wife. Just kidding, this movie was great and men enjoyed it just as much as women.

6) Sleepless in Seattle……

As funny as Tom Hanks is you can bet it’s a chick flick if he’s paired with Meg Ryan. Most guys I know watch this movie even when they’re home alone, however they will not admit it. This is a movie for women in love, however it’s also for men who wish to find true love.

5) 50 First Dates….

My daughter absolutely loves this movie. Once a week she and I have what we describe as movie night, occasionally we’ll go to the theater and other times we’ll make our own popcorn and watch DVD’s. It’s always fun and it allows she and I to spend quality time together since I work odd hours. One day she and my wife came home with 50 First Dates because my daughter like Adam Sandler, she thinks he’s funny. I like him to and since Drew Barrymore has a crazy side as well I agreed and we watched it. Don’t tell any other men, I wouldn’t want to lose my masculinity card but I loved it. Yes it was funny, but beneath all of that humor was a man who loved a woman so much that every morning he had to remind her who he was and make her fall in love with him all over again. My daughter just turned ten and she had tears in her eyes when it ended.

4) Hitch….

All reality comes from fantasy, you ever heard that before? So the idea of an overweight accountant wooing a beautiful socialite should be no problem for people to mentally grasp. Especially when he enlists the help of Will Smith whose business is to help men with successfully getting the women of their dreams. However, in the process Will himself falls in love (and who wouldn’t) with beautiful Eva Mendes. This movie is funny and Kevin James provides a ton of laughs as well as assist women with understanding that love comes in all different sizes. Especially considering that the only size that truly matters is the size of the heart that a man is offering you.

3) Meet Joe Black…….

Damn, they really caught men off guard with this one. Death (Brad Pitt) decides he wants to know what life is all about by learning it from a man who has it all (Anthony Hopkins). However, first he needs a body so that he’ll fit in so he snatches the body of a man (also Brad Pitt) who had turned the head of Anthony Hopkins daughter earlier in the day. In the end, even death falls in love. So much for that black garb and sickle, death needs love too. Great movie and yep, it’s a chick flick even though men may not admit it.

2) Jerry Maguire….

Men went to see this because it’s about a sports agent (Tom Cruise). However, once there we discovered it wasn’t about the love that Jerry Maguire had for his only client (Cuba Gooding Jr.) but really about the love and affection he had for beautiful Renee Zellweger. There is a lot of love in sports but it all fails in comparison to true love, every single time.

And the number one Chick Flick that men love and will not admit to is: Drumroll please!

1) City of Angles…..

Take all the displays of love in the movies above and place them together, it would still pale in comparison to the act of true love committed by Nicholas Cage in this ultimate chick flick. Of course it helped that Meg Ryan was the object of his affection, but regardless this is the ultimate portrayal of true unconditional love. For those of you whom have not seen this movie, I will not spoil it for you. Please rent it and talk your significant other into watching it with you, he’ll enjoy it too. It’ll also give you the opportunity to inquire as to what he’d do to prove his love for you. However, I have to warn you that the ending tends to generate tears in men as well as women and if your man at the least doesn’t get misty eyed, he lacks emotion and compassion. Regardless, he’ll enjoy it anyway and he’ll enjoy that he watched it with you.

Now before I go, please understand that these are 10 movies that I like. You may not agree with my idea of these ten movies. If there are movies that you think are better, please write them in the comment section. We could all use a good movie for those times with our loved ones where we simply want to relax and be together.


55 comments on “10 Chick Flicks that men love and won’t admit

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  2. lol… nice post. I think you mean When Harry Met Sally though, instead of Sleeping in Seattle. Tom Hanks was in Sleeping, Billy Crystal in WHMS. 😛

  3. Love the list, but I really think When Harry Met Sally trumps Sleepless in Seattle. Meg is hotter in Sleepless, but nothing is hotter than seeing Meg fake an orgasm. Or so I’ve been told. 😉

  4. I have to take there is something about mary off that list…I would say anything with crude humor is not a chick flick, since most guys love that stuff. Now city of angels is a chick flick for sure. Jerry Maguire deals with sports so guys can easily like it. 50 first days…Adam Sandler…Need I say more. Now I am one for Chick Flicks and I am not afraid to admit it. Spanglish with Adam Sandler is a really good movie and I would say that is a Chick Flick. I enjoyed Sense and Sensibility…that definitely should be on the list. Overall, good list!


  5. “Sleepless in Seattle” starred Tom Hanks, not Billy Crystal – you’re thinking of When Harry Met Sally!

    Anyway, great list though! City of Angels is wonderful.


  6. Interesting movie selections, but…just glancing through, I noticed a bunch of errors! Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz, not Ben Stellar and Carman Diaz. And Billy Crystal is in “When Harry Met Sally…” (which is my favorite), not “Sleepless in Seattle.”

  7. Billy Crystal wasn’t in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, that was Tom Hanks. I think you’re thinking of “When Harry Met Sally”. I hated “Hitch” but understand why men like it.

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  9. I don’t want to sound like a damn fact-checker because I really enjoyed your post (seriously!), but there are a couple of things to correct. In fact, you can delete this comment altogether if you want.

    “There’s Something About Mary” stars Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller (to correct name spellings). And I’m betting your #6 movie was supposed to be “When Harry Met Sally,” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Meg’s also in “Sleepless in Seattle,” but the male lead in that is Tom Hanks.

    Hope this helps! 🙂

  10. hi. such a great post. i so love titanic, 50 first dates, and city of angels. here are still some of my favorite chick flicks that i would like to share with you. 1. So Close; 2. My Sassy Girl; 3. The Wedding Singer (this one’s by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore,too) and 4. A Beautiful Mind. I hope you could try watching these movies with your daughter and your wife. I’m pretty much sure they’ll love these too. 😀

  11. I don’t like Hitch at all despite being a Will Smith fan. Titanic and 50 First Dates are both great picks though.

    Going with Julia Roberts, I actually enjoy My Best Friends Wedding out of all her romantic comedies and have seen it at least a dozen times.

    A couple other movies I’d add to the list are Once(great music), Before Sunrise/Before Sunset(Linklater writes amazing), and In The Mood For Love(one of the most beautifully shot movies you’ll ever see)

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  13. 10 – dreadfully unfunny.
    9 – Boring.
    8 – Titanic – Wet and boring.
    7 – Ruined by Julia Robert’s face full of teeth.
    6 – Whoever convinced Hanks he was a romantic lead needs shooting
    5 – Zzzzzzzzzzz
    4 – Only good because it’s Will Smith
    3 – Worst thing Brad Pitt’s ever been in
    2 – You didn;t have me at Hello.
    1 – Awful, the original ‘Wings of Desire’ is far, far superior.
    Sorry, but this bloke onbiously does not like chick flicks.

  14. Hey, I’ve hijacked my wife’s id to comment. I loved City of Angels unashamedly, mostly claiming it was the brave decision to have the shocker ending, which, as a writer, I could really appreciate. 50 First dates is also on my favourites list, as is Sleepless. I also really enjoy “Music and Lyrics” which didn’t make your list, but I would rather chew my own leg off than watch Pearl Harbour or Something about Mary. Personal preferences, I guess…. Congratulations on being freshly Pressed and being brave enough to confess to liking these movies!

  15. Love it 🙂 I’m not a guy, but I know my brother and a few mates absolutely loved A walk to remember, Marley and Me and PS I love you. While Marley and me isn’t a chick flick as such, it is emotional. As for the other 2, both admitted to only crying because they were feeling weak that day…but i beg to differ!

  16. I stumbled across your blog and I like it so far. My husband likes Chick Flicks more then I do most times. He dragged me to go see How to Loose a Guy in 10 days. It wasn’t bad.

    Oh, and the Sleepless in seattle one, you either meant, When Harry Met Sally or with Tom Hanks – in Sleepless in Seattle.

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  18. in the movie about ww2 i saw it, sure teh part of the drama with the family was interesting and made it real, but its still not a chick flick, take a look at teh traveling pants thing and then that, and you will see, and my favorite part was teh fighting, so yeah

  19. i was gonna let it pass but i have to point out that it was tom hanks in sleepless in seattle… not sure the spark woulda been there with billy 🙂

  20. I beg to differ with the contention that There’s Something About Mary is a chick flick. It’s a Farrelly Brother movie and as we all know they tend to have an exceptionally crass sense of humor which appeals to a lot of guys out there.

    I will admit though… I did enjoy Hitch and Ghost. I’m man enough to own up to that. ;p

  21. Something About Mary’s a given, but I don’t know if that falls into the Chick Flick category. But I’m a sucker for anything with Tom Hanks in it, so kudos on Sleepless in Seattle. Same goes for Ghost or anything with Patrick Swayze for that matter. Jerry Maguire’s good stuff, too.

    Can’t say that I’ve cried during any of these, but sit me in front of Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly or Kramer vs. Kramer, and I will bawl my eyes out. Awesome post!

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  23. Good List. Just an FYI, Sleepless in Seattle actually stars Tom Hanks, not Billy Crystal. However, a great chick flick starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan is When Harry Met Sally.

  24. I’m a heterosexual man, and I have no problem admitting that I loved Hitch, Sleepless in Seattle and City of Angels.

    I like most Hugh Grant romantic comedies, too. ^_^

  25. lol. Hitch was pretty funny but I wouldn’t necessarily constitute it as a chick flick but a guy love flick, haha.

    Sleepless was great too.

    I have a friend-her husband loves chick flicks..he’s a softy for love, haha.

  26. I say that you put a pretty decent list together with only two mentionable sticking points.

    This first is that I have to agree with Zen Assassin that There’s Something About Mary is not a chick flick. The gag of using spouge as hair gel is too gross for a film targeted at the fairer sex and puts it solidly in the category of “gross out man movie”.

    The second is 50 First Dates. Do not get me wrong, this is a solid film but The Wedding Singer, the first paring of Ms. Barrymore and Mr. Sandler, was far funnier and sweeter. It also fulfilled everyone’s desire to see the douche bag nemesis get his ass handed to him (By Billy Idol & Compnay!).

    I’d also like to throw out a couple honorable mentions: Definitely, Maybe, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing, & Shakespeare in Love. The last two were solid go-to films in my collection when I had a female friend over to “hang out” in college.

  27. just happened to read this post of yours since it came up on my WordPress homepage and really like it. Though I don’t really agree that it’s much a powerful chick flick. I would suggest Notting Hill, my sister and my mom like it a lot, and I gotta admit that it is in fact a lovely romance.

  28. If you like sport and love drama,you should see The Replacement,starring Keanu Reaves.It has everything you want in a movie,lauhghter,sadness,laughter and motivation.

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  31. 7 and 6 yes, but for the most part, I’m not a huge fan of Chick Flicks.

    These are my favorite ‘non-masculine’ movies…

    Return to me
    7 Bride for 7 Brothers
    Les Miserables
    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • Thanks for the nice comment. I get inspiration to write posts for women everytime my daughter walks into the room. There is tons of things that she will need to know when she is older so I figured I’d write it down for when the day comes.

  32. I’ve seen all of these except the first one! The rest are all GREAT movies and we have them in our DVD collection. My husband is one of those rare guys who will actually watch them with me – he even likes “Pride and Prejudice” the mini series – because it’s hilarious! And I own several series like ‘Wonder Years’ and “Gilmore Girls” and he watches them with me too. The acting in those is wonderful!!

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