Chick Flicks came into their own in the 80′s. Good romantic comedies like Sixteen Candles to steamy romances such as Dirty Dancing, Chick Flicks impacted our hearts like no other movies of the decade.
They taught us to love, they made us cry, they taught us that there are things in this world worth fighting for.
Chick Flicks are the girl’s answer to action/adventure movies. Give us love over violence any day. Danielle Steele over Stephen King, Pretty Woman over Rambo. But whatever you give us, it must have a plot.
A good Chick Flick makes us care. It makes us root for the lead actress (man or woman, doesn’t matter as long as there’s plenty of romance).
Here are a list of some of our favorites, maybe you’ve seen them; maybe you haven’t. If not, head on over to Netflix or Amazon and find out what all the hubbub is about.
- Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Desperately Seeking Susan is one of Madonna’s first films. Even though by all accounts she played second fiddle to Rosanna Arquette, Madonna’s presence and fame sealed her role.
Originally, Madonna and Rosanna weren’t thought of for the roles. The producers wanted Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn. Madonna, being a rising singer-star at this time in her career, was told that she needed to take some more acting lessons and get screen-tested again. Even though the second screen test wasn’t much better, the director wanted her – mainly because of her presence and sense of style.
- Bull Durham (1988)
A romantic comedy about baseball, Bull Durham follows the hilarious exploits of the minor league team, The Durham Bulls, in Durham, North Carolina.
Starring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, Bull Durham was a commercial success, raking in over $50 million dollars at the box office. All but one studio (Orion Pictures) passed on the baseball-themed movie, citing that baseball movies just weren’t popular. Even then, they only gave it a $9 million dollar budget and an 8-week shooting schedule. Many of the actors even took a reduced pay to be in the movie because they liked it so well.
- Pretty Woman (1990)
Even though Pretty Woman didn’t officially come out in the 80′s, it was filmed in 1989 and dealt with many 80′s issues and themes.
The original theme of the movie was to be a dark look into the seedy side of prostitution of New York, Pretty Woman was given a bigger budget and re-formulated into a romantic comedy. It became one of the highest-grossing movies of the 90′s and is one of the most successful romantic comedies of all time, earning an estimated $464 million over its lifetime.
- Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 box office smash about a girl who defies her father by dating a dance instructor while on vacation. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in their breakout films.
With a very small buget ($5 million), Dirty Dancing took the movie world by storm, raking in $214 million worldwide over its lifetime. The Dirty Dancing soundtrack was also very successful, spawning multiple hits such as: Hungy Eyes (Eric Carmen), She’s Like the Wind (Patrick Swayze) and I’ve Had The Time of my Life (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes).
Dirty Dancing is based on part from Screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein’s own childhood. The film was thought to be a flop, with producer Gottlieb’s recollection of her feelings at the time, “I would have only been grateful, if when it was released, people didn’t yell at me.”
The suits at Vestron Pictures were originally intending to release it for one weekend and then send it straight to home video.
- Flashdance (1983)
Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic musical film, giving rise to mega hits such as Maniac and Flashdance…what a feeling.
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
When Harry Met Sally is a 1989 romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
Taking in $92.8 million from a meager budget of $16 million, When Harry Met Sally became a smashing success.
It was one of the first films that asked the question, can a man and a woman remain “just friends?”
- Pretty in Pink (1986)
Pretty in Pink is a 1986 “Brat Pack,” coming-of-age teen, romantic comedy-drama starring Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy.
Directed by John Hughes, Pretty in Pink is an 80′s version of the classic rich boy/poor girl theme. Andie Walsh (played by Molly Ringwald) is a poor high-school senior who has the hots for Blaine McDonough, a rich preppie boy (Andrew McCarthy).
When they try to get together, however, neither of their respective circles are amused and they encounter resistance.
- Sixteen Candles (1984)
Sixteen Candles is another John Hughes directed coming of age film, this time centered on Samantha “Sam” Baker’s (Molly Ringwald) special day – her sweet sixteen – that is anything but sweet.
Critically, the movie was a success. Hall and Ringwald, two members of the so-called “Brat Pack” both put in great performances, with Ringwald’s performance called “engaging and credible” by Variety and Roger Ebert opined that she “provides the perfect center for the story.”
The film wasn’t without its critics, however, as Long Duk Dong’s character was panned as offensive to Asians and others who said that the character “represents one of the most offensive Asian stereotypes that Hollywood ever gave (to) America.”
- Roxanne (1987)
Roxanne is a comedy film starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah, based off the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac.
Written by Steve Martin and released by Columbia Pictures, Roxanne was met with moderate success at the box office, taking home $40 million in the US.
80′s Chick Flicks was a look back at some of the most memorable romantic/comedy/drama films of the 80′s. There are many more chic flicks, but these are some of the best. I hope you enjoyed this “blast to the past.”
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