Whether you like them or not, you must acknowledge that chick flicks help set the stage for the ultimate girl-bonding session. There’s just something about the genre’s lighthearted story lines and fairytale-like ideals that elicits emotional connections, from vicarious heartbreak to tears of joy. And with options from the golden age of romantic comedies to the latest #GirlPower films that explore reversed gender roles, we often find reasons to choose a night of Netflix-and-chilling with the girls over drinks at the local watering hole. Ahead, the movies you’ll want queued up on your DVR during your next ladies’ night in.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Nobody proves the idiom that success is the best revenge quite like Elle Woods. Or that the bend-and-snap still reigns supreme in coquetry. What, like it's hard?
Years later, we've finally perfected the hand jive. (Because only John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were actually born to perform this Byzantine version of pat-a-cake.)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
This film possesses a masterful combination: Emma Stone's relatability, Ryan Gosling's perfectly sculpted abs and a script that's equal parts heartfelt and comical. (But, really, we're here for the abs.)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
For the once-awkward teenagers, this John Hughes classic highlights the struggles of every kid who grew up without a smartphone. (Thank you, Facebook, for never letting us forget another birthday.)
Bring It On (2000)
Some of us were fortunate enough to have been the popular kids back in high school. Some of us were even more fortunate to have been members of the cheerleading squad.
This one's fitting for all girl squads—and even more so if one of you has a ring on it. (Bonus points for looming nuptials.) Don't forget to get those tissues handy; this one's bound to make you laugh until you cry.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
This iconic novella-turned-movie with its aristocratic-chic star Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn) will forever hold a place in our hearts.
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003)
Although the film came out nearly 15 years ago, most of these tips are still relevant today (like not naming his manhood after a Disney princess).
La La Land (2016)
There's a reason Damien Chazelle's boy-meets-girl masterpiece nabbed five Oscars. Think Emma and Ryan reprising their chemistry (see Crazy, Stupid, Love above), but molded into a modern-day musical.