Here’s a confession. Sometimes, I enjoy staying at home on Friday nights more than going out.
That’s why I always get excited whenever I have a night in planned with my girls!
But while it is a lot of fun, it can be tiring to think of activities to do. I, for one, prefer to laze it out on Friday nights rather than, you know,actually get busy doing something. Hey, it’s the weekend – no judging!
So if you’re also in the mood to just lie on the couch, eat comfort food, and do nothing with your girls, how about reading this list of best girls’ night movies AKA the best chick flicks and rom-coms ever?
I’m sure you and your girls will find something you would all love to watch, so read on!
1. The Notebook
Starring: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Why You Need to Watch It: A young, romantic, country boy brought to life by a Ryan Gosling in suspenders and a newsboy cap. And later in the film, a hot kissing scene with a mature, bearded Ryan Gosling in the rain. Need we say more?
2. 50 First Dates
Starring: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler
Why You Need to Watch It: Sweet love songs. Lovely Hawaii. A woman with a short-term memory loss who forgets everything that happened the day before. Humour and art. Spoiler alert: they go on first dates everyday.
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper
Why You Need to Watch It: If you’re one of those who get annoyed with all the engagement announcements on Facebook, you need to watch this film about a single woman whose life is a mess and needs to be her best friend’s Maid of Honour.
4. The Devil Wears Prada
Starring: Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway
Why You Need to Watch It: This is one of the book-based films that don’t put their origins to shame. Meryl Streep’s effective performance as Miranda Priestly is both refreshing and chilling – not to mention her fabulous wardrobe!
5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis
Why You Need to Watch It: A musician wants to forget his TV star ex-girlfriend so he goes on a vacation. Who else does he run into but the aforementioned ex and her new boyfriend? Bring on the awkwardness!
6. Crazy Stupid Love
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore
Why You Need to Watch It: Let’s forget about Ryan Gosling for a moment and focus on the story. Aside from a beautiful cast (hello, Emma Stone), the movie actually gives us girls a new perspective of men, infidelity, and love.
7. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Starring: Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey
Why You Need to Watch It: Cheers to the ladies who go the extra mile at work! I know the plot can be predictable, but an unlikely romance developing between two opposites is always a sweet thing to watch.
8. Love Actually
Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson
Why You Need to Watch It: It boasts an all-star cast. I mean, Liam Neeson and Rowan Atkison in one romantic movie? That’s almost legendary. Of course, the interrelated, Christmas-themed stories will keep you glued to your screen.
Starring: Ellen Page and Michael Cera
Why You Need to Watch It: If you haven’t seen this film yet, don’t be fooled by the bright colours and the lighthearted storytelling. It talks about teenage pregnancy and the struggles and options that go with it in an effective, matter-of-fact way.
10. Mean Girls
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert
Why You Need to Watch It: Where do I begin with this one? Do I really need to? Okay, it’s a classic, this generation’s must-see movie. And it’s not even because of the perfect cast but because of the brilliant storytelling and humour that we all can relate to.
11. Pitch Perfect
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson
Why You Need to Watch It: Whether you sing or not, as long as you appreciate music, you will surely love this movie about a group of girls who don’t have anything in common other than the fact that they sing really well together!
12. Sweet Home Alabama
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey
Why You Need to Watch It: In this movie, Reese plays a New York fashion designer who gets engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. However, she needs to get a divorce with her redneck high school sweetheart. Guess what she realises?
Starring: Alicia Silverstone
Why You Need to Watch It: If Mean Girls is the chick flick of the 2000s, Clueless is the ultimate teen film of the 90s. You need to watch this for the humour, the lifestyles of the rich and the famous, and the most unexpected romance ever!
14. Dirty Dancing
Starring: Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze
Why You Need to Watch It: Perhaps one of the most iconic films of the 80s, this movie features two people who meet in a resort, become dance partners, and fall in love. This is still one of the most romantic films ever made.
15. Pretty Woman
Starring: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
Why You Need to Watch It: Well, you need to watch this because this is the quintessential Julia Roberts film! Aside from that, this is simply a very sweet film about the most unlikely pair: a rich businessman and a prostitute.
16. Legally Blonde
Starring: Reese Witherspoon
Why You Need to Watch It: Can a girl be too blonde? Reese’s character realises this when she gets dumped by her boyfriend. She then decides to follow him to Harvard law school to get him back, but ultimately discovers herself.
Starring: Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet
Why You Need to Watch It: Well, first of all, I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t watch this! The ultimate film of the century, you need to see this because of the story, the history, the action, and because of the steamy love scene. Half-kidding.
Starring: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Why You Need to Watch It: Every female has probably seen this movie, and it does have its sweet moments between a timid high-schooler and an ageless vampire. Don’t worry, girls; he’s vegetarian.
19. My Sister’s Keeper
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin
Why You Need to Watch It: This film features a really interesting family dynamic between an unconventional relationship. Like, how would you feel if you were conceived just to be your older sister’s bone marrow donor?
20. If I Stay
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley
Why You Need to Watch It: Based on a novel, this film is about a girl who has to make a difficult decision between pursuing her dream at Juilliard or be with the love of her life. However, a car accident changes everything.
21. The Lakehouse
Starring: Sandra Bullock and Keannu Reeves
Why You Need to Watch It: This is another unlikely romance not because of the people involved but because of the circumstances surrounding it. Why? Because they are living in two different years, that’s why.
22. Dear John
Starring: Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum
Why You Need to Watch It: The romance that occurs between the lead characters starts strong, but we also see the realistic struggles that deployment and long-distance relationship entail. And, yeah, Channing Tatum in a uniform.
23. P.S. I Love You
Starring: Hilary Swank and Gerald Butler
Why You Need to Watch It: The movie starts off with a heartbreak when Gerald Butler’s character dies because of an illness and leaves his wife behind. Even from the dead, through the letters he had prepared, he guides his wife to move on with life.
24. Notting Hill
Starring: Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts
Why You Need to Watch It: Featuring a more mature Julia Roberts, this utterly sweet film is about, well, another unlikely romance between an American actress and an English bookstore owner and how they reconcile their differences.
25. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Starring: Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell
Why You Need to Watch It: Hugh’s character here is unlucky with love, but his fate seems to change when he meets an American girl. Despite being away from each other, their paths keep crossing even if the timing seems to be always off.
26. Runaway Bride
Starring: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
Why You Need to Watch It: I know it’s the third Julia Roberts film here, but can we ever get enough of her? In this film, you need to see Richard Gere as a journalist wooing the notorious heart-breaker also known as The Runaway Bride.
27. Life as We Know It
Starring: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel
Why You Need to Watch It: You need to watch it because when two people with a disastrous dating history become their common goddaughter’s caretakers, you’ll never know what will happen next!
28. Failure to Launch
Starring: Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker
Why You Need to Watch It: So the parents of Matthew McConaughey’s character has an interesting problem; let’s just say they want to evict him from their house. They hire a pretty lady to make him realise he needs to be living on his own already!
29. Steel Magnolias
Starring: Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis
Why You Need to Watch It: You need to watch this not only because of the powerhouse cast and not only because of the awards it won but also mainly because of the story that is filled with both humour and heart-wrenching tragedy.
30. Fried Green Tomatoes
Starring: Kathy Bates
Why You Need to Watch It: Strong portrayed by Kathy Bates, this film focuses on the life of an unhappy, “trapped” housewife who meets an older woman who then tells her an inspiring story. In the end, she gains a friend and a new reason to live.
31. Little Women
Starring: Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst, Clair Danes, Trini Alvarado
Why You Need to Watch It: The book, “Little Women,” is a book every woman must read because of its realistic portrayal of family struggles and triumphs, but if you don’t have the time to read it, this film is a perfectly good alternative.
32. Sixteen Candles
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling
Why You Need to Watch It: We all have memories of being anxious and insecure during our teenage years, and this film portrays it really well including the classic choice between the cooler, older guy and the younger, nerdy boy.
Starring: Barbara Hershey, Bette Middler
Why You Need to Watch It: This is a movie about two longtime friends with different personalities who eventually pursue different careers and different lives. The film takes us on a journey about friendship that survives despite the odds.
34. 50 Shades of Grey
Starring: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
Why You Need to Watch It: Well,other than the fact that it has taken the world by storm this year, this movie is perfect when
you’re feeling kinky you’re looking for something that will spice up your love life. *wink*
35. Marley & Me
Starring: Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson
Why You Need to Watch It: If you have a pet at home, you may be able to relate to this movie. It is about a pair of newlyweds whose lives unexpectedly turn around when they adopt “the worst dog in the world.”
Starring: Audrey Tautou
Why You Need to Watch It: Whether you love Paris or not (who doesn’t, really?), I’m sure you’re going to love this French comedy about a girl who creates a fanciful world of her own inside her head.
37. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Starring: Audrey Hepburn
Why You Need to Watch It: For starters, it features one if not the most iconic female figures in history: Audrey Hepburn. Based on a Truman Capote novel, the movie is both sweet and romantic and dark and mysterious.
38. The Vow
Starring: Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum
Why You Need to Watch It: Reminiscent of 50 First Dates, this is about a couple whose lives shatter when a car accident leaves Rachel McAdams’ character in a coma. And then you’ll wonder how anyone could ever rebuff Channing’s advances.
39. Gone With the Wind
Starring: Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh
Why You Need to Watch It: Based on a novel by Margaret Mitchell, this American classic takes place in the time of the Civil War, focusing on the opulent but also tragic life of a beautiful Southern Belle.
40. The Wedding Singer
Starring: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore
Why You Need to Watch It: Because it’s a sweet love story between a jaded wedding singer and soon-to-be bride. Because Steve Buscemi is here. Because it began the Sandler-Barrymore duo. And because of Grow Old With You.
41. You’ve Got Mail
Starring: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
Why You Need to Watch It: Oblivious of each other’s identity, business rivals, one a struggling book seller and the other the owner of a big bookstore chain, begin a romantic relationship online.
42. Sleepless in Seattle
Starring: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
Why You Need to Watch It: We can’t mention You’ve Got Mail without talking about Sleepless in Seattle! This iconic film features yet another unlikely romance between a widower and a woman who is about to get married.
43. When Harry Met Sally
Starring: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal
Why You Need to Watch It: When Harry Met Sally is probably the film that set the standard for all the rom-com films we have today, and that’s because of how it addresses the issue about the line between platonic and romantic.
44. Just Go with It
Starring: Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler
Why You Need to Watch It: Humour and romance go hand-in-hand here when a love story unexpectedly occurs between a surgeon and his assistant, posing as husband and wife (or soon to be ex-wife).
45. Thelma and Louise
Starring: Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon
Why You Need to Watch It: Have you ever gone on an innocent fishing trip with a girlfriend and ended up running from the police because you broke the law out of self-defense? Me neither, so you need to watch this.
46. She’s the Man
Starring: Amanda Bynes
Why You Need to Watch It: This is about a girl posing as her twin brother in a boarding school where the weirdest love triangle happens between her, her brother’s handsome roommate, a beautiful girl her roommate’s in love with, and, well, her.
47. Bride Wars
Starring: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway
Why You Need to Watch It: This movie is about, you guessed it, two warring brides. From being best friends since childhood, two women become mortal enemies over an error with their wedding dates, which bring out the worst in them.
48. Sex and the City
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
Why You Need to Watch It: Whether you have followed the TV series or not, you need to watch the film following the struggles and triumphs and the romantic pursuits (and sexual exploits?) of 4 friends in New York City.
Starring: Emma Stone
Why You Need to Watch It: After a bit of a pressure from her best friend and rumours, an innocent, virginal teenager develops a reputation for being “loose” and soon becomes known as the school slut.
50.Win a Date with Tad Hamilton
Starring: Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace
Why You Need to Watch It: In this romantic comedy, you will find yourself rooting for the quirky but adorable x best friend over the handsome but smarmy famous actor.
What are your favourite movies to watch on a girls’ night in? Do share!