I’m a rom-com, chick flick, romantic comedy – whatever you want to call it – type of girl. I love a good love fest, a little heartbreak, lots of laughs, and I allow the tears to stream with pride. Pass the Kleenexes, please. As we celebrate the most romantic day of the year I have gathered my top 10 favorite chick flicks to bring you the best for this holiday of love.
So sit back, grab the popcorn, and enjoy the show.
1. The Notebook
“If I’m a bird, you’re a bird” or “It’s still not over” are famous lines from one of the all-time most romantic stories to hit the big screen from Novelist Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook.” Main character Noah takes you back through his romance with the love of his life Ally. This is the type of movie you want to grab your significant other and a box of tissues, because you’ll shed a few tears. Trust me!
2. 10 Things I Hate About You
Who can ever forget the late and great Heath Ledger portraying heart-breaker Patrick Verona who falls for Julia Stiles’ book nerd character Kat Stratford? It’s a 90’s classic that makes you want to sing along to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” when Patrick sings it to Kat. Swoon!
3. You’ve Got Mail
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are one of Hollywood’s legendary onscreen couples portraying lovebirds from “Sleeping in Seattle” to “Joe Versus the Valcano” to 2015’s “Ithaca.” “You’ve Got Mail” is another one of their classics full of book stores, online romance, and Joe Fox falling in love with Kathleen Kelly. Watch it this Valentine’s Day!
4. My Best Friend’s Wedding
This movie is my all-time favorite movie! Julia Robert’s character Julianne Potter wants to stop her best friend’s wedding from the beautiful Kimberly Wallace portrayed by Cameron Diaz. This is where my crush on Dermot Mulroney started when he portrayed groom Michael O’Neal. The whole time you’re rooting for Julianne but then you fall in love with Kimberly when she sings karaoke horribly. However, the best part is when Rupert Everett’s character George Downes sings “I Say a Little Prayer for You.” I start singing right along every time. Now just go watch it so you can sing along, too!
This is a classic movie of a man and woman who meet by chance who leave it up to fate to find each other again after an evening of romance. Ten years later the now distant lovebirds are engaged to different people but still wonder about the other. I won’t ruin it, you’ll just have to watch how this romantic movie ends staring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.
6. A Walk to Remember
Ten years ago Landon Carter fell in love with the cancer stricken Jamie Sullivan. A movie full of teenage love, heartbreaking romance, and innocence is a movie that needs to be replayed over and over. You’ll want to keep the Kleenexes near as you watch this tearjerker!
7. The Wedding Planner
Jennifer Lopez’s Mary Fiore was the wedding planner who couldn’t get married but then she met Matthew McConaughey’s Steve Edison. Steve saved Mary from an oncoming dumpster and there was romance in the air, but when Mary discovered Steve was the fiance of a client, she knew she couldn’t take the romance any farther. That’s where I’ll stop; you have to watch the movie to see how it ends: Do they end up together or does Mary end up heartbroken one more time?
8. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
Hidden secret of mine: This is the movie that made me want to work for a magazine one day! Kate Hudson’s Andi Anderson is assigned an article about how to lose a boyfriend in 10 days, and Matthew McConaughey’s Benjamin Barry is the victim. But there’s a twist, Benjamin also made a bet to lose a girlfriend in 10 days. How does a lose-lose situation make a great movie? You’ll just have to see if the duo falls heads-over-heels or wreck a once promising relationship!
9. Pretty Woman
You can never go wrong with a Julia Roberts’ movie, from “Runaway Bride” to “Steel Magnolias” to “Notting Hill,” Julia is your go-to chick flick girl of the 90’s. “Pretty Woman” is where the rising actress got her break and it just so happened to star Richard Gere has her love interest. You can’t go wrong with their undeniable chemistry and a forbidden love story of a hooker meets businessman. You just have to watch to see how this story unfolds in this iconic film.
10. Dirty Dancing
The movie that started it all for me – “Dirty Dancing.” Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are the most iconic love duo to graze the big screen, at least for me. When Baby falls for Johnny and starts moving and grooving, there is no way to stop this adoring couple. I can listen to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” over and over because of this movie. Just watch it to see why!
Honorary mentions: Titanic, Me Before You, Love Actually, Gone With the Wind, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Stupid Crazy Love, When I Was Sleeping, and The Fault in Our Stars