Top 10 Chick Flicks That Men Secretly Love

Those of us endowed with penises and oriented somewhere in the heterosexual spectrum are a proud and noble lot. We’re also surprisingly easy to please. Just give us a six pack, a Victoria Secret catalogue and reruns of The Dukes of Hazard and we’re as happy as pigs in shit (which incidentally, is what most straight men resemble without contact with the fairer sex). And while we men may bemoan the day when we’re forced to take our significant others to see horrible “chick flicks” such as the recently released He’s Just Not That Into You, the truth is we might actually be lying. Because here’s our darkest secret, ladies: deep down inside each and everyone us is a frightened little boy just waiting to break loose and blubber like an overly hormonal school girl. What I’m about to tell you could get me kicked out of manhood and forced to turn over my badge and testicles, but here are just a few movies that we men pretend to hate but secretly love with every fibre of our manly testosterone-driven beings…

THE TOP 10 CHICK FLICKS THAT MEN SECRETLY LOVE


10. Titanic (1997)

Sure, most guys will tell you that the only people who enjoy Titanic are menopausal house wives, Celine Dion fans and the mentally ill. The truth however, is that even the most red-blooded NASCAR-loving beer-guzzling alpha male secretly loves this movie. On the surface, we might claim it’s because the movie is directed by action-guru James Cameron, has a giant friggin’ boat being ripped in half AND features Kate Winslet’s face-melting rack (and mind you, this was before KW became contractually obligated to show her tits in every movie she appears in). The fact of the matter however, is that we REALLY love Titanic because it just happens to have one of the greatest onscreen romances of all time. Yes ladies, there are only two sure fire ways to make a man weep: kick him in the junk or make him watch the last ten minutes of Titanic.

9. Ghost (1990)

Before Demi Moore started dating that ass clown Ashton Kutcher, she cemented her place as a Hollywood hottie by starring in Ghost; a film which incidentally also appeals to 99% of the Earth’s male population. Of course, we men will claim we’ve watched it twenty-seven times because of the awesome supernatural elements (including crazy black demon things that steal people’s souls!) and the chance to watch a young Demi Moore in ass-hugging 80s tights. The truth however, is that we really love this movie because it’s just so goddamn romantic. It also explains why far too many of us become seriously aroused whenever someone mentions pottery wheels and “Unchained Melody” in the same sentence.

8. Mean Girls (2004)

On the surface Mean Girls looks like a double-threat to most self-respecting men. Not only is it a chick flick, but it’s a chick flick created for the teeny bopper set and featuring Hollywood train wreck, Lindsay Lohan! Yet, scratch below the surface and you find a film that is so well-written, charming and endlessly funny it could make even UFC champion Chuck Liddell suddenly interested in high school gossip, cheerleading and avocado facial scrubs (which is pretty damn Fetch when you think about it). The film also happens to have been written by none other than film geek poster girl Tina Fey, arguably the hottest she-nerd of all time, and remains a classic chick flick that likely appeals to those of us of both the Venusian and Martian persuasions. Best of all, in addition to being a smart, funny and realistic look at the lives of high school teens, the film features a cast of hot and occasionally scantily clad young teenaged girls. Go Fire Crotch go!

7. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Like watching episodes of the “Golden Girls” and secretly knowing the lyrics to every Spice Girls song ever recorded, While You Were Sleeping is a guilty pleasure for a lot of men. It’s one of those movies that seems almost preternaturally stupid, yet if you were to take a poll, dollars to donuts at least half the male population of North America has seen this movie at some point – and enjoyed it. The truth of the matter is men secretly love this movie because it’s funny, smart and actually surprisingly well-written. It’s also enjoyable because it features the prototypical, handsome and successful douchebag getting run over by a train and tossed into a coma so his older (and far more relatable) brother can mack the shit out of his girl. After all who doesn’t want to watch Bill Pullman one-up that giant eyebrowed freak Peter Gallagher and nail a still smoking hot post-Speed Sandra Bullock?

6. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Sure, most men will rank watching a Meg Ryan movie somewhere between getting their head lodged up an elephant’s ass and watching surgical room footage from Dick Cheney’s last colonoscopy. Yet When Harry Met Sally is undoubtedly one of the most engaging and entertaining chick flicks out there, even if — like Ryan herself — it is starting to show its age. Men however, secretly love the flick for the simple reason that it features a bullshit-free discussion of sex, love and relationships from both sides of the great genitalia divide. It also asks the question many of us have had at one time or another: can two people get their fuck on and still be friends? Directed by legendary meathead Rob Reiner, with a screenplay from chickliterati Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally is one of those rare chick flicks that some men might even publically admit to enjoying. But more importantly, it introduced men everywhere to spotting the now all too familiar signs of women faking the Big O.

5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Yes, the title alone sounds like the bastard love child of Father of the Bride and Mamma Mia!, yet despite its blatant chick flick overtones, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is just funny, smart and quirky enough to be secretly entertaining to a lot of men. Sure, there’s the occasional bout of sappy dialogue and Nia Vardalos is the kind of actress who only appears sexy after you’ve had three of four shots of ouzo, but the film is entertaining none the less. In fact, My Big Fat Greek Wedding should really be required viewing for any man who has ever had to deal with psychotic in-laws or had a sudden craving for chicken souvlaki. Opa!

4. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

For a lot of men, musicals are the entertainment equivalent of giving your brain a barium enema. The dancing, the singing, the sheer pageantry of it all; before seeing a musical you might as well check your balls in along with your coat. Yet every so often there comes a musical that is not only tolerable to men, but even entertaining. Enter Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann’s hyper-stylized musical film that blends elaborate sets, a killer soundtrack and even a charming (if not somewhat formulaic) love story. Sure Nicole Kidman spends most of the film looking like a cross between an anaemic vampire and one of those Japanese sex dolls, but you can’t deny there’s a palpable chemistry between her and a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. In fact, the film is essentially The Pussy Cat Dolls on acid, maintaining the same level of fishnet stocking sluttiness without the shitty music.

3. Pretty Woman (1990)

When it comes to chick flicks, Julia Roberts is practically the living embodiment of terrible estrogen-filled rom-coms. From Steel Magnolias and Nottinghill to Runaway Bride, her body of work is enjoyed almost exclusively by either women or frustrated chronic masturbators. Yet there is one film in the pantheon of Roberts’ mediocre repertoire which all men secretly love: Pretty Woman. The film remains surprisingly interesting to men due simply to its unique subject matter and despite its overused chick flick tropes. Watching Pretty Woman is also essentially an exercise in denial for both sexes: women are willing to look passed the fact that Richard Gere is really a perv trolling for cheap ‘tang, while men secretly deny loving the movie because it taps into our Grand Theft Auto-style fantasies about banging hookers guilt-free. One interesting side note is that Pretty Woman was originally written by J.F. Lawton as a dark drama about prostitution on the streets of Los Angeles, but once Disney snagged the rights, Roberts and Gere were cast and it mutated into a lovable romantic comedy. Further proof that the only thing that sucks dick more than an L.A. hooker is Hollywood itself.

2. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Starring the perpetually squinty-eyed Renée Zellweger as a lovable British frump (who is almost sexy despite herself), Bridget Jones’s Diary is one of those films that seems as though it would have every red-blooded heterosexual man running for the hills. Yet once again, it’s one of those rare chick flicks that men secretly love, probably because it features a woman who seems almost attainable and is cursed with the same healthy neurosis and realistic body image of your average woman (rather than the bulimically attractive Hollywood starlets found in most chick flicks). In this sense the movie makes men feel slightly better about the fact that we aren’t all out there fucking Scarlett Johansson and for that matter are probably lucky to be fucking anyone! It also helps that the film has some sharp dialogue, fine performances and is genuinely funny. Beyond all that though, Bridget Jones’s Diary is also an interesting exercise in how men and woman perceive the female form: women feel vindicated seeing a somewhat realistic heroine on screen, while most men will concede that in fact, Renée Zellweger is far more ass-tappable during her slightly “chunkier” Bridget Jones phase.

1. Love Actually (2003)

Okay, so the title alone probably makes most men afraid they’ll walk away from the film with hot flashes and a subscription to “O Magazine”, yet Love Actually is actually a smart, funny and insightful movie. Men secretly love this movie because its multiple stories have elements that almost every one of us can relate to (whether it’s being cheated on, falling for an unobtainable hottie or simply trying to get laid). The movie is also brilliantly written, hilarious and has some great performances, all of which makes it one of the most enjoyable chick flicks men will ever be subjected to. Sure, Love Actually also gives women a completely unrealistic notion of love which no man can ever hope to achieve, but fuck a duck if isn’t the kind of romantic bullshit that even we men can appreciate.

Adam Volk is a freelance journalist, film geek and wannabe screenwriter who actually likes watching the occasional chick flick. He can be reached at: adamjvolk@rogers.com.

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  • rrpostal

    If guys secretly enjoy these movies, I have to assume they enjoy all romantic comedy/ chick flicks. I don’t see anything that would make this group any more or less enjoyable. I kinda sorta like “Mean Girls” but it had more potential than what came to pass. As for the rest, I would not be able to distinguish between them and “Fried Green Tomatoes”,”Little Women” or “7 Brides for 7 Brothers” or really any of a million others.

    We all have a guilty pleasure or two. Personally I had “Legends of the Fall” seared into my psyche and find that movie oddly entertaining. But if you like this whole list, you may as well see a musical and start picking out drapes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • simon

    No, you are really wrong. Hate Titanic with a passion. Don’t like Love Actually, hate Bridget Jones, Ghost and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I did love Moulin Rouge but not the rest. So you got 1 out of 10. nice one.

  • Irrelevant Man

    Eleven! Eleven! Eleven!!!!!!!!!

  • bob

    I don’t know how old this list is but if you don’t include “what women want”, “Pearl harbor” and “a good year” you’re just wrong.

  • Burt

    I’ve never seen any of these movies except Titanic, which is pretty bad, Pretty Woman, which is pretty good but not great, and about 10 minutes of Mean Girls on TV once (seemed real lame and I flipped the channel).

    So, I have to disagree that men “secretly love” any of these movies.

  • http://none Rafael

    WOW… most people who commented were bitter moaning bitches man, wtf
    The dude just left his views on chix flix. It’s not THE truth, just the dude’s views. So for all the maning bitches, why don’t you just go do something else and stuff your arses with a bock sausage. Most in here seem to be pretty concenrned about not falling into the pitt of the gayish hell.
    I actually thank the guy for the initiative of giving some ideas on movies we can watch with chicks and enjoy ourselves, not to say I agree about the movies – haven’t watch most and actually didn’t feel compelled to, but loved Titanic for it’s greatness and always liked Ghost.

    Thumbs up man.

  • http://none Rafael

    BTW, my google search was: “good movies to watch with chicks Point Break”. I freakkking love Point Break and think the chicks will love it too. It’s an adrenaline movie and has Reeves, Swayze and ANTHONY KIEDIS!, kicking ass. Awesome.

    I need more of those 4 2nite. :D

    cheers

  • Roy S

    I wanted to add Top Gun to the top of the list. The story of a man in the military coming to terms with his homosexuality while conducting a love affair with a woman. It features more than one bromance has two musical numbers (one of which has a parade of men in sailor suits singing Got that loving feeling) men cry and hug each other and hangout in towels. Need I say more?

  • Mandy

    It is really disturbing how many people get so worked up over other people’s opinions. Write your own list somewhere else if you don’t agree. Damn. I am female and I’ll give ALMOST every movie a chance but I do tend toward thrillers/horrors and comedies….Rosemary, comment #63- I wholeheartedly agree: LOTS and LOTS of Tarantino! Give me Pulp Fiction and Natural Born Killers (which could be considered a chick flick, right? Its all about their love for each other, duh!) ANY day!

  • http://shortterminvesting.weebly.com Issac Maez

    I think Chuck Liddell is the best fighter in UFC history. Nobody will be as great as him!

  • Misthiocracy

    Except for When Harry Met Sally, I totally disagree with this list. They’re all typical “chick flicks” that drive me to look forward to the cold embrace of death.

    There ARE romantic/relationship movies out there that can, and do, appeal to men. The three that jump immediately to mind are ‘Chasing Amy’, ‘(500) Days of Summer’, and ‘She’s The One’. ‘Eagle vs. Shark’ and ‘The Breakup’ might also qualify. These flicks tend to get way better reviews from men than they do from women, and yet at first glance one might TRY to label them “chick flicks”.

    There are three things that usually separate a “chick flick” from a “romance for men”:

    1) Most importantly, you NEED a relate-able male lead. Chick flicks are made for female audiences, obviously. They tend to be written as romantic fantasies about an “everywoman” snagging the “perfect man”. What a perfect way to turn off every man in the audience. But when the male lead isn’t a “perfect man”, and is rather a reflection of the “everyman”, the guys in the audience start to relate to the movie. They see his foibles and the retarded mistakes he makes, they remember all the stupid mistakes they’ve made with women over the years, and they then connect with the story up on the screen. Unfortunately, this can turn off female viewers. Why would they pay $10 to watch an average-looking idiot grope in the dark (figuratively-speaking) for 2 hours when they can get that at home for free?

    2) A genuinely strong female lead is also advisable. Many chick flicks feature a female lead who is either quite clueless and weak, or rather “superficially strong”. By that I mean the writers make it clear her real goal is simply to “find a man” who’ll solve all her problems, but women don’t want to think they’re being insulted so the female lead will also have a good education, a good career, a great apartment, awesome clothes and shoes, etc, etc, etc. If a guy wants to watch a movie featuring silly, stupid women who just happen to be really hot, he might as well rent a horror movie (or download porn). If the filmmaker wants a male audience to invest in the story, they have to make the female lead genuinely strong and also believable. That way the men in the audience start rooting for the male lead to actually learn something, stop being such an idiot, and CONVINCE the girl that he’s worth the time. Again, however, this can turn off a female audience. If the movie’s guy is an average dork and the girl’s ridiculously awesome, the women in the audience are going to be saying to themselves, “girlfriend, you can do SO much better.”

    Of course, if BOTH the male lead AND the female lead are average, flawed individuals, that also works. Unfortunately, that robs the producers of the sort of eye candy that really sells tickets!

    3) This isn’t a requirement that is set in stone, but you’ll sometimes find that the guys warm up to the movie more when there’s a sad, or at least bittersweet, ending. The guy and the girl don’t live happily ever after. It was either Camus or Sartre that said that the best possible romance is one where at the moment where the man and the woman are most in love, she dies. Then he has nothing but good memories, and the relationship doesn’t have a chance to fall apart. Guys don’t tend to buy the “happily ever after” ending and will unconsciously imagine how the chick flick’s fantasy relationship will eventually fall apart. If the on-screen relationship falls apart before the credits roll, that means the writer has cut the male viewer off at the pass! Of course, it also ruins the female viewer’s fantasy. Oops.

    So, #2 and #3 aren’t necessarily REQUIRED, but #1 is a MUST. Take ‘When Harry Met Sally’ for example. It’s got a happy ending, and Meg Ryan’s character certainly has her neuroses. But Billy Crystal’s character is NO “every girl’s fantasy”. He’s neurotic, he’s middle-aged, he’s odd-looking, he’s often clueless, etc. Totally the sort of character a male audience can feel sympathy for. The movie’s much more of a male fantasy than a female one!

  • yo mamma

    wow you pple are gay

  • Rick

    If you’re don’t look for much more than breasts or surfing go for Mean girls or Blue Crush. Me, I find those those kinda films boring and want a little more depth, but I still hate the usual pitfalls of a cruddy chick flick: saccharine plot lines, unbelievable romance, or irritating neurotic characters (shoot me please Bridget Jones).

    So the search is on for movies that tick some chick flick boxes (happy endings, empowering to women, dreamy romantic, etc) without overdoing it.

    Option 1 – go for crossover appeal
    Top Gun, The Princess Bride, Moulin Rouge, Toy Story, Wall E, Shrek, etc.

    Option 2 – take one for the team
    The Notebook, When Harry Met Sally, 10 things I hate about you, How to lose a guy in 10 days, Titanic, Wedding Singer, Notting Hill, Love Actually, Stardust, Dirty Dancing, Clueless, Ghost.

    One last side tip: avoid at all costs the pointlessly depressing movies (eg. Beaches). These are not for guys and are likely a hormonal thing :-)

  • Tom

    Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless mind

  • http://ericschifferfan.myphotoalbum.com/ Eric Schiffer Fanatic

    I don’t know about this. Titanic and Ghost considered chick flicks. Come on… Anyway, I watched Mean Girls because of the hot girls. LOL!

  • http://greatfilms78.blogspot.com/ R.MacK

    The only ones I would agree with here are mean girls and pretty women. Mean girls is pretty good like, the best bit is when the fat guy comes out to sing beautiful by Christina Aguilera and says “dont look at me”!!classic!!

  • dawson

    bridget jones, pretty woman, mean girls and titanic are the only ones i have seen and i loved them

  • http://www.jollyoldengland.net Trevor Johnson

    Love Actually is “brilliantly written”? Sir, get real, I beseech you! Curtis is an unspeakable wretch, or his flms are, at least. I was so incensed by his unstoppable rise and rise that I blogged a 78 Reasons I Hate The Films of Richard Curtis. ergo:

    http://tinyurl.com/382rz4d

  • http://www.top10films.co.uk Dan

    When Harry Met Sally and Pretty Woman might be loved by men but they’re great movies. The problem with the romantic comedy in general is that the films are rubbish. If more were like The Apartment, Some Like It Hot, The Goodbye Girl, and 500 Days of Summer, more men would be able to stomach the things.

  • Mark

    French Kiss, with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, was a really good film that I feel should be on the list.

  • http://lisadalrymple.wordpress.com/ Lisa

    Why so much hate for Love Actually? From girls and guys?

    Someone should put out a list of movies us “chicks” dig, that aren’t typically chick-flicks…

  • http://www.trueedgepictures.com Gregory Hoffman

    definitely don’t love any of these movies. not even a little.

    if they had put the princess bride or wedding crashers on here then yeah i would have understood. and don’t argue with me. both of those, while i love them, have classic chick flick elements that one could use to support their status as a chick flick.

  • KindaGirly

    I haven’t seen it– but I’m suprised The Notebook isn’t on this list. I’m not into chick flicks (more into “dude flicks”-I’m a weird girl) but this movie has been recommended to me again and again by… dudes. Not a single chick has told me to watch this- always dudes.

    The only movies on this list that I really like are When Harry Met Sally and Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge mainly because I think Obi Wan is freakin hot.

  • robert brown

    Love Actually is a great movie. Between the the dialog which appears to have been scripted specifically for each member of the cast. The typically outstanding acting talents of the individual cast members and the way the story is allowed to grow and intertwine, ultimately becoming a universal observation by the director. It doesn’t want to be realistic rather just wants to make the viewer think about how great things can be.

  • Hyugren

    I have never seen any of these films. The trailers and clips that I have seen just didn’t appeal to me.

  • Emil Vassilev

    I don’t secretly love Ghost, I absolutely love Ghost and I think everyone should ! ;d

  • Jay

    What about Good Will Hunting ?

  • Robert Adams

    A Walk to Remember should be on that list i know a bunch of guys who seen it and some even cryed to it.

  • garr

    my best friend’s wedding anyone?

  • Girliestgirlygirl

    SNAKES ON A PLANE is the best chick flick ever. such a tear jerker

  • GuyliestGuylyGuy

    Yeah! Get your girlfriends to watch snakes on a plane! she will love it, and afterwords you will feel SO connected to eachother :)

  • CoconutPuff

    Elizabethtown
    Wimbleton
    Serendipity
    Garden State
    Across the Universe
    Devil Wears Prada
    Bride Wars
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Shes the Man
    Knocked Up
    Life as we know it
    Prime
    The Breakup
    Marley and Me
    The House Bunny
    The Wedding Singer
    Its Complicated

  • Jamie

    Oh well Rosemary you don’t know what you’re talking about, I’m a guy and ‘Love Actually’ sucked! Overlong, boring, and generally shite. Maybe your four ‘straight’ friends are closeted homosexuals. ‘Ghost’ was terrible too.

  • Reuben

    You could not pay me to sit through Titanic. I would rather sit out in muggy 90 degree weather, perspiring all over myself, and listening to the bugs make creaking noises for three hours than watch Titanic. Mean Girls would probably make me so angry that my girlfriend would tell me to get a hold of myself because it’s only a movie. Most everything else is a big blah. The only one of these that I might watch is Pretty Woman. And that’s an awfully big ‘might.’

  • wooow

    she’s the man movie i love the most

  • Pal

    The only film in this this I can stomach is ‘While you were sleeping’ and it’s not a “chick flick”, it’s a romantic comedy.

  • Ron A. Zajac

    Gotta say; Moulin Rouge sucked big time, and I strained at suspending my critical facilities ’til I almost got a hernia.

    It had its moments (the lovely comedy-of-errors bit with the stars in the boudoir), but when they’re traipsing thru the banal wash of pop snippets (I won’t dignify it by calling it a medley), I finally cried, “Hold! Enough!”

  • Marty

    Confirmed on numbers 4 and 1

  • Greg

    I would rather staple my foot to a bear than watch love actually. What a load of garbage. Do women really think men act like this?

  • ANMAnation

    Where the hell is Sleepless in Seattle, man! I… mean, uh… this list is full of lies! Men have no feelings *spits* Men BUILD! I’m gonna go build a log cabin out of RAW MEAT! GRRRR!

  • jb17

    500 days of summer :)

  • swollenmember

    julia roberts yum yum

  • G-men

    What the hell are this guys credentials. I own multiple movie rental and sales stores and only 2 maybe 3 of these belong on the list. Titanic, really this article was either written by a woman or someone who used to be.

  • I am a person

    or it could just be different personal preference

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