I love a good chick flick, and I know plenty of men who enjoy them as well. But sometimes, chick flicks get a bad rap. Most of the time, men have a tendency to take issue with just how formulaic the traditional chick flick can be, which is completely legitimate. These movies are often so predictable that you don’t even have to watch them to know precisely how they’re going to turn out. But not all chick flicks are created equal. Here is a list of the top ten chick flicks to watch with your boyfriend — and I promise, he won’t hate them!
The Princess Bride
This charming love story is set against the backdrop of a rich fantasy world full of witches, evil princes, pirates, and fire swamps. The star-crossed couple must battle the evils of Florin to be reunited with one another after a long separation. So yeah, there is romance. But there’s also sword play, and battles of wits, in a fantastical setting.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This gorgeous film is cinematographically perfect. It tells the story of a couple who erase each other from their memories, and through this erasure come to find out why they were together in the first place.
Comedienne Amy Schumer wrote this hilarious comedy, directed by Judd Apatow. It has all the elements of a traditional rom com, but Amy turns it on its head with her take on a heroine for whom monogamy is “unrealistic”. That plus her hysterical one-liners make for a fantastic viewing experience.
This Kevin Smith film has almost reached classic status, as it tells the story of a guy who falls for a lesbian. But when she starts showing interest in him as well, all bets are off.
This Judd Apatow movie is a favorite of men and women alike. It’s about a woman who meets a guy at a club and, after one night together, finds out she’s pregnant. She decides to keep the baby, and he decides to man up, and hilarity ensues.
Ten Things I Hate About You
This teenage rom-com stars Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, and is a high school retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Funny and sharp, it’s bittersweet to watch a young Heath Ledger dancing and singing in the bleachers.
Annie Hall is one of Woody Allen’s most beloved movies, and it tells the story of two neurotic New Yorkers as they fall in love.
Silver Linings Playbook
This film — based on a book by the same name — is what got Jennifer Lawrence her Oscar. It tells the story of Pat, who tries to find a way to woo his estranged ex-wife back after a stint in a mental institution.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Though most people were interested in the budding relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that was happening behind the cameras, the movie itself is pretty great as well. It’s a spy action-thriller, about a couple who are both only just pretending to be normal suburbanites.
This classic love story is so much more than a chick flick. Humphrey Bogart is a traditional man’s man, and he stars in this tale of love, loss, and war.