Top 5 Chick Flicks for Guys

Written by Jesse Gelinas August 09, 2012

 

Chick flicks get a bad rep for the worst examples of their ilk. In reality, there are multitudes of extremely decent chick flicks that don’t get enough appreciation, or they do get the appreciation, but no acknowledgement of their status as chick flicks. Real, women-centered, female-driven stories can make quality films that everyone can enjoy. Here’s a rundown of the top 5 chick flicks for guys, because as we know, “strong men also cry.”

5. Kill Bill vol 1 & 2

For the Ladies:

Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” series contains one of the best modern heroines in film. Her strong, resolute nature, and her unwillingness to give up in the face of extreme adversity is a testament to the strength of women everywhere, and the yearning for family, and justice for her daughter is easily relatable and hard-hitting for all of woman-kind.

For the Guys:

This flick is V-I-O-L-E-N-T. In the opening scene we’re treated to a girl-on-girl knife fight that destroys a suburban living room. Later on, our Bride takes on 88 sword-wielding henchmen (okay, there wasn’t really 88 of them, it’s just a name, but whatever). The action is over the top and stylish, and the humour is crisp. It’s pure Tarantino.

 4. Heathers

For the Ladies:

This little classic from ’88 follows with Veronica Sawyer, an intelligent, driven, kind-hearted teen who just wants to fit in with the popular girls at school. The film deals with issues of self-image, bullying, loneliness, eating disorders, parent problems, and young love. It also has Christian Slater.

For the Guys:

This movie is the blackest of the black comedies. It managed to make suicide (and murder staged to look like suicide) hilarious. When dealing with the troubles of teenage America, the film also goes into ideas of the philosophies of life and death, and looking cool in a black trench coat. It’s got gunfire, one-liners, and even a big explosive climax. It also has Christian Slater.

3. True Romance

For the Ladies:

At its heart, this is a love story. It is the classic love at first sight as Clarence and Alabama meet, fall head over heels in minutes, get hitched, and hit the road to find their happily-ever-after in California. True love in Detroit has never been so pure.

For the Guys:

This is another Tarantino-penned ditty. We’ve got cursing, shooting, fighting, a ghostly Elvis mentor, a Samuel L. Jackson cameo, Gary Oldman as a pimp, and an entire plot centered around a comic book store clerk and a hooker selling stolen cocaine while outrunning the mob… It also has Christian Slater.

 

2. The Long Kiss Goodnight

For the Ladies:

Geena Davis, when she used to be in movies, gives a powerhouse performance as an amnesiac mother just trying to put her life back together when parts of her past suddenly resurface. The drama this causes for her family puts a strain on them all, and the pain they feel hits home for women who understand the hardships of raising a family even without a troublesome past.

For the Guys:

Oh right, that troublesome past? Mrs. Samantha Caine is actually Charly Baltimore, a ruthless assassin for the US government who now has to dodge bullets, explosions, and Sam Jackson wisecracks in order to put down the bad guys and save her daughter from a fiery death.

1. The Princess Bride

For the Ladies:

An epic love story of two soul mates, separated by tragedy, but reunited through devotion and determination. The hero fights for his princess and proves that “death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” It also contains a kiss that blows the previous top 5 out of the water.

For the Guys:

This movie is for everybody. It has it all, Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. Andre the Giant is in this movie. Billy Crystal plays a sarcastic wizard. You get to see a pirate fight a giant and later come back from the dead. A giant rat nearly kills our heroes in the Fire Swamp. Cliffs are scaled. Men are poisoned. Castles are stormed. Wars are averted. “My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!” Sorry; got a bit carried away. And yes, as always, love triumphs. The title may throw off our more masculine ranks, but it really is a masterpiece. This movie would make the Terminator feel warm and fuzzy. It’s okay, guys. We all like it.

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About Jesse Gelinas

After years attempting to escape the Matrix, Jesse has accepted his fate as a writer and Senior Editor. Now that's he finished with his film degree, it gives him something to do while waiting for the machines to get careless.

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