When guys meet up, they fill their conversations with testosterone-induced topics like poker, sports, cars, and hot women, all ribbing each other and comparing notes on said topics. What many of them are loathe to admit to one another is that they are actually secret softies and enjoy less manly things too, one of which is watching chic flicks.
Yes, chic flicks. Many men are allergic to the term because it alludes to something girly. For those not in the know, chic flicks are basically romantic movies that are targeted more to the female market than the males. But believe it or not, there are full-on chic flicks out there that real men can attest to not just watching, but enjoying thoroughly. Maybe it’s because there are hot actresses in the movie that they can drool over. Or maybe the men try to live vicariously through the male character who gets the girl in the end. Whatever the reason, it certainly doesn’t make these kinds of men weak. In fact, a man’s ability to get in touch with his romantic and mushy side is one of the things that makes him a real man!
12. The Notebook
Who didn’t fall head over heels for the beautiful love story of Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) and Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) in The Notebook? Their love story spanned decades, from a summer fling to a separation to strained family relationships to a broken engagement to an emotional reconciliation and literally, til death do them part. Men had a huge crush on girl-next-door Rachel McAdams and perhaps many could relate to the rugged, down-on-his-luck character of Ryan Gosling, who still got the girl in the end.
11. How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days
One of the reasons the film How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days was such as a success at the box office was the insane chemistry between its lead actors Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. In the film, they played young professionals pretending to get into a relationship together as part of research for their respective jobs, but without telling the other of their true intentions. Aside from Hudson being gorgeous, male moviegoers most likely loved that Ben, McConaughey’s character, was the epitome of a manly man who found his way back to real love.
10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Countless geeks out there always dream about being with a hot girl, in a fairly tale-like “beauty and the geek” happy ending. And that’s probably why many men thoroughly enjoyed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which features Peter (Jason Segel), a bumbling composer, who was in a long-term relationship with beautiful actress Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). Sarah eventually tramples on his heart, leading him to find love with hotel concierge Rachel (Mila Kunis), another pretty girl, at which time Sarah tries to get back together with him. What guy in his right mind wouldn’t want to be caught between two beautiful women, after all?
Frozen isn’t the most successful animated film of all time for nothing. It may be about the relationship between two sisters, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t capture the hearts of males, as well as females. From young boys to adult males, everyone was caught up in the Frozen fever, with little boys belting out the lyrics to “Let It Go” and grown men saying this was one amazing Disney film because of its unconventionality of redefining true love as not necessarily romantic love; and that Prince Charming (Hans) isn’t always the good guy, but a poor ice vendor (Kristoff) can be a princess’ happy ending.
8. John Tucker Must Die
A good-looking high school jock who has everyone eating out of the palm of his hand as he dates multiple girls at the same time? What egotistical male wouldn’t want to be in his shoes? John Tucker Must Die tells of three hot girls who were unknowingly John Tucker’s (Jesse Metcalfe) flavors of the month simultaneously. They decide to get back at him by employing the help of new girl Kate (Brittany Snow) to manipulate him into falling for her and in the process, she falls for his nerdy younger brother (Penn Badgley) instead. So yes, this story not only caters to the jock or jock wannabes, but to the occasional geek as well.
7. Pretty Woman
Who can forget Julia Roberts as the beautiful hooker Vivian Ward in the highly successful romantic comedy Pretty Woman? In typical Cinderella fashion, Vivian, who catches the eye of big-time businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere), transforms from lady of the night with little attachments to a woman who falls in love and wants to straighten her life out. She eventually gets the guy in the end, of course. Men enjoyed this movie because who doesn’t find Julia Roberts endearing and charming? And who doesn’t like to dream about being able to sweep a girl off her feet?
6. Dirty Dancing
It has been referenced numerous times in pop culture, making it one of the most popular romantic comedies ever made. Today, Dirty Dancing is considered a cult classic, demonstrating the dancing prowess of its two lead characters, poor little rich girl Baby (Jennifer Grey) and dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Men were in awe of Swayze, who had a niche carved out for himself as a very masculine actor, yet he was someone who had amazing dancing skills. The iconic dance scene between the two to the tune of “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” is one of the most memorable scenes in movie history.
5. Moulin Rouge
One of the reasons Moulin Rouge was such a massive success was because it not only gave rise to a new movie genre, the pastiche-jukebox segment, but it also paved the way for the comeback of movie and TV musicals. The film tells of the love story between young English writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) and cabaret courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman). The song numbers were entertaining as they weren’t original compositions; rather, they were whimsical versions of old classics, such as “Lady Marmalade,” “Rhythm of the Night,” and “Like a Virgin.” The movie was unique enough to draw in crowds of both women and men.
4. 10 Things I Hate About You
Who didn’t love Heath Ledger’s portrayal of high school outcast Patrick Verona in the high school chick flick 10 Things I Hate About You? Though the movie, which was based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, was only moderately successful at the box office, it’s near and dear to the hearts of young adults of the late ‘90s, who took to the movie houses and fell for Ledger. Yes, even the boys could relate to his character: strange, brooding, yet deep and capable of love.
3. Mean Girls
The title of this movie alone probably has most guys denying to have ever sat through the film Mean Girls, because really, who likes to admit that he enjoyed watching four cat-fighting hot chicks rule over their high school? Apparently, many guys find this concept a turn on. The movie’s plot centers on new girl Cady (Lindsay Lohan), who has become the new “pet project” of the three hottest girls in the school, led by queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Things get ugly when the girls turn on each other, but they eventually make amends. It’s a fun movie to watch for any movie fan, featuring not just Lohan and McAdams, but other then-unknown actors Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, and of course, everyone’s favorite BFFs, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
2. A Walk To Remember
If there’s one film that can both tug at your heartstrings and cause you to cry buckets at the same time, it’s A Walk To Remember. It tells of popular bad boy Landon (Shane West) crossing paths with the shy and frumpy minister’s daughter Jamie (Mandy Moore). The pair eventually falls in love after Landon gets blown away by her singing voice—because yes, lots of guys had a crush on Mandy Moore and her singing voice during her heyday. Jamie is struggling with leukemia and Landon spontaneously asks her to marry him so she can live out her days in happiness with him. She dies in the bittersweet end, leaving not a dry eye in movie theatres.
1. The Devil Wears Prada
Anyone and everyone has the highest of regards for screen legend Meryl Streep, whose career has spanned more than four decades. When she was tapped to play the enigmatic editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly in the film adaptation of the novel The Devil Wears Prada, it was practically a given that the public would be in for a ride. And Streep didn’t disappoint, playing the role of the icy fashion magazine executive with much aplomb, making the film a box-office hit with both men and women trooping to the movie theatres to watch it.