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50 Best Chick Flicks to Watch on Netflix & Beyond

Imagine that the weekend is here and you’re curled up on the couch for the night. Your besties just came over with snacks and drinks, and now, it’s time to choose a movie that you can all enjoy. Now, you’re faced with the age-old dilemma: which movie should you choose?! There are dozens of amazing movies out there, so rather than get lost in an infinite loop of watching trailers and debating which movie to commit to, we’ve curated a list of the best chick flicks of all time to add to your queue ASAP. If you’re looking for quality rom-coms or escapist chick flick to indulge in, the possibilities are truly endless.

Whether you and your friends want to laugh, cry, escape, live vicariously through your favorite characters, or watch something sappy that makes you believe in true love again, there’s nothing like a good chick flick to make your night nostalgic and entertaining. Luckily, some of the best chick flicks of all time are available to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Disney+, and more. So, start dreaming up your movie night guest list, invite your besties over, and get ready for the movie night of your dreams.

sisterhood of the traveling pants (2005)

If you’re planning movie night with your besties and need a feel-good flick to watch, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is the one. It’s nostalgic, features a fabulous cast, and will have you dreaming of adventures with your closest friends. Add the second movie to your queue for an extended movie night!

Clueless (1995)
Clueless Alicia Silverstone
Paramount Pictures

Clueless is the ultimate 90s chick flick. Alicia Stone plays the OG Beverly Hills baddie whose life revolves around boys, Burberry, and her fully stocked revolving closet. High school is tricky as ever as Cher has to navigate having an unrequited crush, playing matchmaker, and stumbling upon an unexpected love situation. Grab your fanny pack and your best sequin tank top, girls – we roll at midnight.

Mean Girls (2004)
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Lorne Michaels Productions

This movie made “fetch” popular and October 3rd a national holiday. Mean Girls is an early 2000s staple and after watching it, “Jingle Bell Rock” will never sound that same. Obviously, actual mean girls went out of style a while ago, but in this movie, they’re trendy and funny, and you might even want to be one of them. 

Legally Blonde (2001)
Legally Blonde
MGM Distribution Co.

Legally Blonde is the epitome of a wonderful chick flick. From Elle Woods’ sorority house scene to the video that got her into Harvard, Legally Blonde definitely deserves its spot on this list.

13 going on 30 (2004)

13 Going On 30 follows 13-year-old Jenna, who dreams of becoming popular — and fantasizes about becoming a successful, “thriving” 30-year-old someday. One day, her fantasy becomes reality and she is catapulted into her 30s, but things aren’t as easy as they seem. Add this classic comedy to your watch list ASAP, and your besties will thank you.

love hard (2021)

When Natalie (Nina Dobrev) travels from Los Angeles to Lake Placid, New York to meet the boy she’s been talking to for months, she is met with a pretty big surprise. While this movie takes place during the holiday season, Love Hard is a great chick flick and rom-com to watch if you’re in the mood for a modern storyline and lots of laughs.

To all the boys I’ve loved before (2018)

When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to all five of her crushes (yikes), main character Lara Jean finds her high school life turned completely upside down. This adorable movie (which has a total of three installments) has an amazing cast, a sweet storyline, and is based on the novel by Jenny Han.

The devil wears prada (2006)

The Devil Wears Prada will forever be one of the best movies of all time, and no one can convince me otherwise. In the off-chance you haven’t seen it, the film documents the story of Andrea “Andy” Sachs (Anne Hathaway), a recent grad with big dreams to work for “Runway” magazine. When she meets the evil editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), her passion is put to the test.

crazy, stupid, love (2011)

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the American dream until his seemingly perfect life unravels when his wife asks for a divorce. Over 40 and suddenly single, Cal enters the world of dating, and a handsome player named Jacob (Ryan Gosling) takes Cal under his wing to teach him how to be a hit with the ladies. Add this funny rom-com to your watch list for a night of laughs!

Always be my maybe (2019)

When they reunite after 15 years, famous chef Sasha and hometown musician Marcus feel old sparks of attraction. However, they struggle to adapt to each other’s worlds. Always Be My Maybe is a hilarious rom-com that will brighten your day and make you believe in love again.

john tucker must die (2006)

In this all-time classic chick flick, three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken. If that doesn’t sound like an epic plot for your next movie night, I don’t know what is!

what a girl wants (2003)

What A Girl Wants has to be one of the greatest rom-coms of all time, so if it’s not on your watch list, that changes today. Amanda Bynes’ character travels from New York City to London to meet her father, Henry, who turns out to be British royalty. Between the top-notch one-liners and epic fashion statements reminiscent of the early 2000s, this movie is the perfect one for a night in with your squad.

The bling ring (2013)
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This satirical crime drama from Sofia Coppola tells the story of a group of celebrity-obsessed teenagers who break into celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles (and yes, it’s based on factual events). Emma Watson plays the lead, and what begins as a fun-filled adventure ends up being a sobering reminder of the state of our culture and society today.

stick it (2006)

If you haven’t seen this epic film, which follows the story of a 17-year-old gymnast after a run-in with the law, add it to your watch list ASAP! Stick It is part drama, part comedy, and sure to make your next movie night super entertaining.

freaky Friday (2003)

Single mother Tess Coleman (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) and her daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) couldn’t be more different. So, when they accidentally switch bodies, absolute chaos ensues. Freaky Friday is an excellent movie for your next movie night and will bring back all of the early 2000s nostalgia.

crazy rich Asians (2018)

This contemporary rom-com based on a global bestseller follows Rachel Chu, a native New Yorker, to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. When she discovers that he is one of the country’s most eligible bachelors, adventures await. Crazy Rich Asians will make you laugh, cry, and is the perfect addition to your next movie night!

She’s The Man (2006)

In one of the most iconic movies of all time, Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) pretends to be a boy in order to play on a soccer team at her brother’s prep school. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this movie will make you laugh out loud — plus, who doesn’t enjoy watching Channing Tatum shirtless on screen?

sleepover (2004)

On the last day of 8th grade before their freshman year in high school, Julie Corky (Alexa Vega) has a slumber party with three best friends. A group of popular girls, led by Staci Blake (played by Sara Paxton) challenge the girls to a scavenger hunt — and chaos ensues.

easy A (2010)

Easy A is a teen romantic comedy starring Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, and more. Partially inspired by the 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, which you probably read in high school, the film documents the story of Olive Penderghast (Stone) who develops a certain reputation at school.

Uptown Girls (2003)

Brittany Murphy and a young, adorable Dakota Fanning make an iconic duo in Uptown Girls, a comedy-drama that first came out in 2003. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, funny film that’s perfect for girl’s night, this is a great option for you.

the lizzie mcguire movie (2003)

The Lizzie McGuire Movie will have you dreaming of an Italian vacation and falling in love. When Lizzie and her friends head off on a school field trip to Rome, adventures await, and Lizzie accidentally becomes a musical sensation. If you’re feeling nostalgic, this is a great movie for your next gathering.

Twilight (2008)
The Twilight Saga Edward and Bella
Summit Entertainment

How could make a list of the best chick flicks without including at least one of the movies from the Twilight saga? Exactly, you can’t! Honestly, this movie will be immortalized, not only for its timeless love story but because it forced us to make one of the hardest decisions of our lives in middle school: Team Edward or Team Jacob? Ugh, it’s 2020 and I still can’t decide.

50 first dates (2004)

In 50 First Dates, Henry (Adam Sandler) has fallen for Lucy (Drew Barrymore), only there’s one major issue: Lucy struggles with short-term memory loss, and can’t remember anything that happened the day before. Determined to woo her, Henry comes up with a new plan every day, and the result is a hilarious, yet adorable rom-com for the ages.

a walk to remember (2002)

Fair warning: A Walk To Remember is a tearjerker, so if you’re looking for a cutesy, lighthearted watch, this may not be the one. However, Mandy Moore shines in this heartfelt film, and it will forever be one of the greatest romance stories of all time.

The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook Trailer
New Line Cinema

The Notebook is a classic love story that’s bound to make you believe that true love really does exist. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling play star-crossed lovers who are destined to find each other again. The challenge with this movie is trying not to cry — this movie is a real tear-jerker. 

Sex & The City (2008)
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New Line Cinema

The legend, the fashion-icon, and trendsetter, Carrie Bradshaw, finally gets her happy ending in this movie — or does she? When the show ended in 2004, fans were left without their weekly fix, just praying that they would see Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte again. In 2008, their dreams came true and this movie was everything the fans could’ve asked for. This movie involves lots of drama, from a pregnant Charlotte, to a wedding, heartbreak, sex (duh), and a comback that literally everyone needed.

Bridesmaids (2011)
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Relativity Media

This modern comedy will have you rolling on the floor laughing. Bridesmaids has three comedy staples: Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthy — AKA the comedic trinity. Also, the airplane scene is everything.

The Parent Trap (1998)
Parent Trap Lindsay Lohan
Walt Disney Pictures

In The Parent Trap, Lindsay Lohan plays not one, but two adorable redheads who are on an important journey to find out where she and her twin sister come from. Oreos with peanut butter, anyone?

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
10 Things I Hate About You Julia Stiles Heath Ledger
Touchstone Pictures

This movie puts a whole new spin on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Set to a modern day 90s high school, it’s a twisted love story that’s too irresistible to ignore. Watching Heath Ledger alone is swoon-worthy, and love stories like this one remind you about why love will always find you.

27 Dresses (2008)
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Fox 2000 Pictures

“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” seriously takes on a whole new meaning with this hilarious movie. 

Miss Congeniality (2000)
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Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

How many women do you know who can go undercover as an FBI agent for a beauty pageant? Miss Congeniality brings a whole new meaning to “badass.” Sandra Bullock plays an agent with a gun, a temper, and a competition to win.   

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Sweet Home Alabama Reese Witherspoon
Touchstone Pictures Original Film

In Sweet Home Alabama, Reese Witherspoon might actually just be the luckiest woman in the world after finding herself in a love triangle with Patrick Dempsy and Josh Lucas. (Not to mention she’s a successful designer thriving in New York City!) This movie teaches you that home is always where the heart is.

Mamma Mia (2008)
mamma mia three dads
Relativity Media

If you don’t know this movie, do you even know good cinema?! Mamma Mia gives you one girl, three dads, a great plot, and lots of singing and dancing. What more could you ask for in an entertaining rom-com?

Love & Basketball (2000)

What happens when you bring two dedicated athletes together with a big love for basketball? You get Love & Basketball, of course. Quincy and Monica are childhood friends-turned-lovers that encounter a few bumps as they chase their identical dreams of going pro. The two have to figure out sports, high school, college, and even adulthood all while trying to figure out a little something called “love.”

Valentine’s Day (2010)
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Talk about good timing! With Valentine’s Day coming up in a week, this is the perfect chick flick for you and your partner to watch. Valentine’s Day follows several awesomely adorable love stories and you might even recognize a lot of the faces in this star-studded cast. It’s a great movie that’s guaranteed to make you smile.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
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Paramount Pictures

It’s no secret that Audrey Hepburn is an absolute icon. She made elbow-high gloves a thing and truthfully, those little bun tiaras are too cute! Audrey shows us that being an independent woman takes little effort.

Bring It On (2000)
Bring It On Kirsten Dunst
Beacon Communications

This movie is literally the only cheerleading movie that matters. It is the movie of all movies that will make you highly appreciate the sport itself. Bring It On gives you so many lessons to choose from ranging from hard work and determination, being original, and even, not stealing black culture (which is still totally relevant in 2020). Kirsten Dunst will always have a special place in my heart from her role as Torrence and nobody had a more important role than the “spirit stick.” Alexa, play “Brrr, it’s cold in here.”

When Harry Met Sally (1989)
When Harry Met Sally
Castle Rock Entertainment

When Harry Met Sally is a classic friendship-turned-relationship story starring the iconic Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, and more. It is a must-see flick for everyone.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 days Kate Hudson Matthew McConaughey
Paramount Pictures

How can you not love Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in a movie together? This classic rom-com will be perfect for your next movie night.

Just Wright (2010)
Queen Latifah and Common Just Wright
Flavor Unit Entertainment

Sometimes, rehabilitating yourself means starting over completely to eventually discover a new and better version of yourself. In Just Wright, this is true for NBA player Scott McKnight, who loses everything after a nearly career-ending injury. With the help of an amazing woman and an abundance of patience, Scott realizes that all that glitters isn’t exactly gold.

Friends With Benefits (2011)
Friends with Benefits Justin Timberlake Mila Kunis
Screen Gems Castle Rock Entertainment

Friends With Benefits is a hilarious rom-com starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, which in my opinion, make the most epic comedy duo. If you’ve ever fantasized about a future with your FWB, this is the chick flick for you.

Honey (2003)
Universal Pictures

It all started when a girl named “Honey” got her big break as a backup dancer. Honey shows you that if you believe in yourself, the rest of the world is sure to believe in you, too. All it takes is a little vision and a lot of passion. 

Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gone with the Wind
Selznick International Pictures

“You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.” If you want to get nostalgic and watch a classic love story that shaped our time, Gone With The Wind will be perfect for your next movie night.

Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty Woman shopping scene
Touchstone Pictures

Julia Roberts shines in the iconic movie Pretty Woman, in which a prostitute and a wealthy businessman fall for each other. Never ever judge a book by its cover, okay? That would be a “big mistake, huge mistake.”

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
Romy and Michele\'s High School Reunion
Touchstone Pictures

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion might be a hilarious movie about two blondes on a mission, but it teaches you an important lesson about being yourself. As if Lisa Kudrow isn’t funny enough as Pheobe in Friends, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is a hilarious tale of two fabulous friends as they attend their high-school reunion. It’s definitely a must-see and a great way to laugh about what your high school reunion might be like in the near future.

Love Jones (1997)
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Love Jones / New Line Cinema

Some say that love is like poetry and Love Jones exemplifies this perfectly. Nina, played by Nia Long, and Darius, played by Larenz Tate, play the perfectly unperfect couple who gives an inside look at love in your 20s — hint: it’s turbulent, steamy, and raw. This movie presents a major lesson about settling (or, rather, learning not to settle at all). 

Sixteen Candles (1984)
Sixteen Candles cake scene
Universal Pictures

In this classic movie, an angsty Samantha (played by Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical teenage dread. The film has all of the flair of an iconic love story along with a great sense of humor and will remind you of your terribly awkward teenage years.

Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dirty Dancing
Great American Films Limited Partnership

If you’re looking for a great rom-com, look no further than Dirty DancingFrances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle while on vacation in the Catskills, and the rest is history.

Titanic (1997)
titanic im flying scene
Paramount Pictures

Titanic is possibly one of the saddest and most romantic movies of all time. It’s a long one, so so curl up with a blanket, lots of snacks, and don’t forget your Kleenex. Not to spoil anything, but the ending will undoubtedly make you wonder: “Could they really have both fit?” IYKYK.

Someone Great (2019)
Someone Great Netflix

Think about the last time you got your heartbroken. Super painful, right? This R-rated film reminds you that it’s okay to feel sad when you’re in the trenches of a bad breakup. Someone Great gives a very realistic side of a breakup — not everything is ideal, but everything will be okay in the end. Raise your glass because this movie is real AF, and I’m sure you and your girls will appreciate it.

Now that you have a master list of chick flicks and rom-coms to choose from, add your favorites to your queue and get ready for your next epic movie night.

Alexis is an editorial intern for Her Campus. She is a sophomore at Indiana University, majoring in journalism and minoring in fine arts. She works for the Indiana Daily Student, and she founded a She's the First chapter at her school. She is a fan of all things studded and loves to paint and run around with her camera in her free time. You can also find Alexis curled up on her couch with her favorite magazines in hand during her spare time.