Valentine’s Day is the perfect chance to celebrate all things loving and romantic, and nothing says passion quite like a romantic chick flick. This genre of cinema allows us to relive all of the highs and lows of romance, from desperate heartbreak to the all-important happily ever after.
As February 14th looms yet again, here is a look at five of the best chick flicks available to celebrate the year’s most romantic date.
When it comes to fulfilling the rom-com brief, few movies can top Love Actually. Not only does Richard Curtis’s 2003 flick tug at the heartstrings, it’s also guaranteed to get a laugh out of even the most serious audience.
The film features a huge A-list cast and covers multiple characters in their quest for love, whether it’s a young boy or the Prime Minister in Downing Street. If you’re single on Valentine’s Day this is the perfect flick to watch with a group of friends over a tub of ice cream.
We all know chick flicks are renowned for wearing their heart on their sleeve. For Valentine’s Day viewing that can be enjoyed with your boyfriend, you need to choose a chick flick that strikes a healthy balance between action and romance.
Are you struggling to find the right man to share your favorite wartime romance flicks with? Pearl Harbor is a great example, with the World War II plot line perfectly masking a heart-wrenching love triangle subplot. Director Michael Bay also included plenty of excellent action scenes, including the high suspense bombing of Pearl Harbor.
There’s also a heart-warming bromance between buddies Rafe and Danny (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) that’s sure to keep your boyfriend pleased.
Chick flicks aren’t just a modern-day Hollywood creation, but rather as Casablanca shows us a genre that has been well-loved for decades. Casablanca is an iconic classic that’s as swoon-worthy today as it was during its first release in 1942.
Few leading couples can rival the chemistry created between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart and the film’s famous script features iconic lines like “Play it again, Sam.” This traditional flick is one for all the hopeless romantics out there and few films are better suited for Valentine’s Day viewing.
With great romance often comes great tragedy, and such was the case for James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster hit Titanic. The story follows wealthy Rose and poor Jack as they discover love on board the ship during its fateful maiden journey.
Sadly their relationship is as doomed as the boat itself, yet the powerful soundtrack and some truly memorable images (the ‘flying’ scene and the steamy window scene come to mind) made for uplifting viewing nonetheless. This is a chick flick that balances out action, suspense and romance, making it ideal to watch with family, friends or even your boyfriend.
Spending this Valentine’s Day solo? Then why not escape reality with the ultimate chick-flick, Dirty Dancing. Enter a world where the rumba was still sexy, frizzy hair was appreciated and nobody ever left Baby in the corner! The tale of young Francis Houseman discovering love with bad-boy dance instructor Johnny is a favorite for all ages.
You can sing along to ‘Time of Your Life’ solo, or invite any single friends to join in on the chorus with you. For any Melbourne singles who really love their chick-flicks, why not head to the ACMI Museum in Australia to explore the latest romance exhibitions?