12 Iconic Chick Flick Movies You Need to See When You’re 28-something

Watching chick flicks can sometimes be therapeutic. It can influence our mood in a heartbeat (on lazy Sundays or Valentine's Day). It can inspire, make us hopeful, hit you in the feels, or sometimes help put things in perspective. I, for one, have always turned to feel-good movies when I need a little bit of a pick-me-upper be it boy trouble or quarter-life crises.

Now, I'm no film critic but this is a list made by one struggling girl to another.

Here are 12 movies best watched with your best gals guaranteed to help you get through adult life!

1. A Walk To Remember (2002)

Imdb rating: 7.4/10

Pulling out the big guns at number one with the movie that made us all cry, swoon and fall in love with the 'bad-guy-turned-good' who upped the ante for all guys out there. This movie has explored a territory most movies were apprehensive to touch on then.  Imdb gave it a 7.4, I give it an 8.5!

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

"Two places in one" scene, star-naming scene.

"You have to promise you won't fall in love with me" - Jamie 


2. Mean Girls (2004)

Imdb rating: 7/10

Iconic. Truly one of the most popular movie of the 28-something that has us all memorizing its quippy, sassy lines. A story of a girl chucked into the jungle called high school, trying to find her clique and ended up moonlighting her friends.

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

"That is so fetch!"

"You go, Glen Coco!"

"That's why her hair is so big. It's full of secrets."

3. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Imdb rating: 6.9/10

One of the most loved and highly revered romantic movie of all time is the one starred by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. This cult classic is a staple in your chick flick archive. Otherwise, who are you?

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner" - Johnny

“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”—Baby

That moment ... with the lift. Major.


4. Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Imdb rating: 6.9/10

Who doesn't like a fabulous makeover movie? Starred by the gorgeous Anne Hathaway and the ever so classy Meryl Streep, this is another favourite story about the lengths we would go to make it into the professional world. Based on a book written by Lauren Weisberger, Andy tries to make it as a journalist under the fearsome tutelage of Miranda Priestly.

Iconic or some may call, Savage Scene(s)/Line(s):

That scene where Nigel took her to THE closet.

When Andy got schooled about the blue belt... Ooh. Rough.

"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." - Miranda

"Please bore someone else with your questions"- Miranda

5. Pretty Woman (1990)

Imdb rating: 7.0/10

Another loved makeover, prince charming moment movie, Pretty Woman swept us all away when a hooker/escort named Vivian met the ever so dapper Edward when he chose her to accompany him on social events, only to, well, fall in love with her.

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

Vivian shopping at Rodeo Drive!

The bath tub scene when Vivian was singing Prince's "Kiss"

The big mistake scene, when she went back to the store and acted all snooty towards the sales assistant. Gold!

"Baby, I'm going to treat you so nice, you're never gonna want to let me go." - Vivian


6. How to Be Single (2006)

Imdb rating: 6.1/10

I guess, the real shining star in this movie was really Rebel Wilson, but Dakota Johnson also had her gold moments with her extremely identifiable character. This movie will help you cherish singledom in the most epic possible way. Ladies, it isn't that sad to be single.

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

When Robin (Rebel) asked Alice to go get them some drinks at a bar... *facepalm*

When they used math to know when is the appropriate time to sleep with someone.

When Robin punched Alice in the chest because she replied to a guy with an emoji. LMAO.

7. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Imdb rating: 7.7/10

This must be one of the most iconic, timeless, mother of all chick flicks. Although, there's so much more than meets the eye with its plot,  prepared to be captivated cinematically with its sleek craftsmanship. Not to mention, it's starred by the style icon, Audrey Hepburn as an alluring woman named Holly Golightly.

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

“Promise me one thing: don’t take me home until I’m drunk — very drunk indeed.”

“…We don’t belong to each other. We just took up one day by the river.”

"You musn’t give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they’re strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree…”


8. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

Imdb rating: 5.6/10

If you need a movie to inspire you to travel, rediscover yourself and love again and again... then this is your jam. Eat in Italy, pray in India, fall in love in Indonesia... Man, I cannot tell you how many times I've watched this movie and how many times I have read the book.

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

That moment she popped her button because she had too much pizza. Because, pizza.

"Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation."

"Wear it for you, Liz" (that scene where she was shopping for lingerie)


9. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

Imdb rating: 6.7/10

At some point in our lives, there was a Bridget Jones in all of us. We all sang to heartbreak songs, fell in a puddle, got harassed at a family gathering by old married couples asking "when are you going to get married, iha?", acted like a complete fool in front of a guy, got led astray by the wrong guy... What I'm trying to say is that this movie cannot be more relatable to anybody trying to make it through adulthood. Some single girl scenes were clichés but that's what made it so adorable!

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

Opening scene, singing "All by myself"

When she showed up in a bunny costume to a fancy party

That moment when she turned her soup blue, but Darcy still liked it. Feels, bruh.


10. The Way We Were (1973)

Imdb rating: 7.1/10

If you're that strong, passionate, independent you know you are, then K-k-k-Katie (Barbara Streisand) is your ultimate girl. She wore her insecurities on her sleeves and was not afraid to show it. She made it work even when it was clear they had different ideals and they were total opposites of each other. She encouraged him to follow his dreams and make a career out of it. Their relationship was a lot of work but they still looked at each other like they were the only ones that mattered. Ah, love. You need to see it for yourself.

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

"Your girl is lovely, Hubble" - Katie

"Wouldn't it be lovely if we were old? We'd have survived all this. Everything thing would be easy and uncomplicated; the way it was when we were young." - Katie

"You think you're easy? Compared to what, the Hundred Years' War?" - Hubbell (almost choked on my drink when I heard this line!)

"You'll never find anyone as good for you as I am, to believe in you as much as I do or love you as much!" -Katie


11. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Imdb rating: 7.2/10

Another cult classic "the more you hate, the more you love" movie between a feminist heroine (Julia Stiles)  and a self-absorbed (albeit, disgustingly charming) fool (Heath Ledger). Patrick Verona's (Heath) character completely obliterated our existing standards of what makes up an ideal guy and made us realize how much a man can do just to get the woman he loves. This is a brilliant film packed with iconic moments delivered by fun characters. Must.Watch.

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

Can't take my eyes off you serenada. Duh.

When Kat read a poem for Patrick and the rest of their class.

“I don’t like to do what other people expect. Why should I live up to other people’s expectations instead of my own?”  - Kat

12. Before Sunrise - Trilogy (1995)

Imdb rating: 8.1/10

If you're looking for another "travel and fall in love" plot in a movie, this one is sure to hit the spot. Set in Austria, Celine (Julia Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) spent 14 hours walking about chatting about anything under the sun, it never got boring (much like how we dream of that perfect person who we can talk to about anything without any care in the world). Oozing with gentle charm and just the right about of non-gagging type of romance between two people who knew their time was very limited.

These two characters probably had the longest and most complex character development in the history of cinema, making it the longest love story on screen. It eventually sired two more successful films, Before Sunset and Before Midnight.

Iconic Scene(s)/Line(s):

"Isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?" - Celine

" I wish I'd meet you earlier. I really like talking to you." - Jesse (Haven't we all been there?!)

“I think I can really fall in love when I know everything about someone – the way he’s going to part his hair, which shirt he’s going to wear that day, knowing the exact story he’d tell in a given situation. I’m sure that’s when I know I’m really in love.” — Celine

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Hi, I’m Sofia! A restless soul traipsing through life one (mis)adventure at a time or sometimes... well, multiple.