Chick flicks. The clue's in the name. They're saccharine, romantic films packaged for what Hollywood thinks women want: Man meets woman, and they somehow end up happily ever after. But of course, only after they're hit by a series of wacky events that try to tear them apart. It's all formulaic and, at times, downright gag-inducing.
Can you really blame guys for wanting to avoid all that? Heck, even most girls would rather sit through yet another Terminator reboot than watch five minutes of a Nicholas Sparks film. How many times can you make white people who shouldn't be together fall in love before you kill one or both of them off?
But romance is a subject filled with entertainment potential, if done right. And not all romantic films are inherently bad. There are actually a few good ones out there. In fact, there's a good chance you've seen at least a few of these movies already – and you probably enjoyed them too, whether you're a boy or a girl.
All of these super romantic films have one single thing in common - they've all been all listed as movies that men enjoy watching as much as women. Redditors recently asked men to weigh in on their secret romcom loves, and the following were twenty of the most popular responses. So girls, if you're reading this and are craving a romantic movie night with your significant other, you just might be in luck. Instead of suggesting 50 Shades of Grey or Twilight, perhaps you should stream one of these great flicks instead.
20 Love and Other Drugs - 2010
Many men will admit that they enjoyed this flick in part because they got to see Anne Hathaway's boobs. But surprisingly enough, there were others who mentioned that there was more to it than that – like, the actual story.
Love and Other Drugs, while romantic and at times funny, deals with some pretty dark elements, including chronic illness. The movie is set apart from so many other rom-coms for that reason. And the situation makes for an interesting premise, one you've probably not seen before.
19 Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight - 1995, 2004, 2013
The Before trilogy is generally seen as an iconic romance. If you have yet to see these three movies, then they're well worth looking into - especially if you're a fan of the movie, Boyhood. The same director (Richard Linklater) was behind these movies and, as with Boyhood, he plays with time for this series of three romantic films.
18 Silver Linings Playbook - 2012
Silver Linings Playbook is what convinced the world that Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are soul mates. Or maybe not, but they sure as heck make for one cute, realistic, on-screen couple.
17 Hitch - 2005
Will Smith transcends genres, known for some pretty kickass roles, both funny and serious. For the most part, his films are pretty entertaining, even when he tries his hand at a rom-com.
16 Casablanca - 1942
15 Harold and Maude - 1971
14 Lost in Translation - 2003
13 Ever After: A Cinderella Story - 1998
12 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - 2004
11 Just Friends - 2005
10 As Good As It Gets - 1997
Any film starring Jack Nicholson will have most movie lovers' undivided attention. The man is a genius. Add in Helen Hunt, and the fact that this story isn't your typical romantic comedy between two young, beautiful and Mary Sue-type characters, and it's easy to see how this film appeals to both genders.
9 10 Things I Hate About You - 1999
8 The Wedding Singer - 1998
It probably goes without saying that 90's Adam Sandler flicks will almost always entice the male audience. And The Wedding Singer is no different. It just happens to have a very sweet story underneath all the goofy humor Sandler is known for.
Not to mention the fact that Drew Barrymore and Sandler are pretty adorable together, whether you like to admit it or not. And if you happen to be a child of the 80's, the soundtrack and humor will bring back some memories for sure.
7 About Time - 2013
Maybe it's the element of time travel that draws in the male viewers, maybe it's the relatable, dorky male lead played by rising star Domhnall Gleeson. But whatever it is, the guys enjoy About Time. And you have to admit, despite being written by the father of British rom com, Richard Curtis, this isn't your typical romantic comedy. The time travelling element is particularly intriguing.
6 (500) Days of Summer - 2009
5 P.S. I Love You - 2007
4 Crazy, Stupid, Love - 2011
3 When Harry Met Sally - 1989
2 Love, Actually - 2003
1 The Princess Bride - 1987
The Princess Bride may just be one of the best romantic films ever made. Not only is it romantic, it's filled with brilliant fights scenes, comedy, and enough action to keep anyone of any gender interested. And with an all-star cast like Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, and Billy Crystal, along with the always awesome Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, this movie is one many of us can watch over and over again and still never grow tired of it. Girls, seriously, ask your boyfriend to watch The Princess Bride with you, and there's no doubt his response will be “As you wish.”
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