9 Of The Best Netflix Chick Flick Films
The Debrief: 9 Chick Flicks to watch on Netflix that are actually good.
It’s manky outside and despite the fact that the phrase has now pretty much been used to jade-ing point, all we want to do is Netflix and chill. And can you blame us?
We don’t know about you guys, but the last time we had a browse for a female lead film that didn’t make us want to gouge out our eyes while simultaneously attempting to yank out our uterus – because come on guys, surely we have more to offer the world than films called Bride Wars – we kind of struggled to find one.
But there are a whole bunch, despite the fact that a study last year found that only 12% of protagonists in the top 100 highest-grossing domestic films of 2014 were female.
So we had an extensive search of Netflix’s archives and dug up nine of the best – actually good – Netflix movies with female leads, for you to peruse at your leisure. Yup, nine less reasons to get out from under the duvet. Thank us later.
1. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One
Oh J-Law, you can forreal do no wrong. The Hunger Games franchise is potentially one of the best things to have come out in the last few years, and if for some reason you’ve been living under a whole mine of rocks, we recommend you get watching, pronto. In this, the penultimate instalment (do watch the previous ones before getting in to this one if you actually want to understand what the fuck is going on), Jennifer Lawrence aka Katniss Everdeen wakes up in District 13, adapting to a life post-Hunger Games in which she is the poster-girl and symbol of hope for a growing revolution. The film was the highest grossing film of 2014, marking the second year The Hunger Games franchise nabbed the top spot, and the first time a female-led film dominated two years in a row.
2. The Help
Based on the novel by the same name, The Help sees Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Emma Stone explore the relationship between Southern white women and their black ‘helps’ during the Civil Rights era in 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi. Centered around a character named Skeeter who decides to interview and write a book about these black women who spend their working lives raising white children, the film received four Academy Award nominations and is well worth the watch.
Over 20 years – yep, read it and weep, 20 years – after Clueless was released and it’s still potentially the best film known to (wo)man. OK, that may be taking it a bit tooooo far, but Clueless is a cult classic if ever one there was and barely a day goes by where we don’t reference Cher Horowitz and her status as a remarkable sartorial influencer.
Based on the kick-ass true story of a woman who spent nine months trekking the Australian desert on camels, Tracks is a wholly moving, inspiring and at times WHATHEFUCK-ingly nail-biting film that will probably make your next workout/life hardship feel... not that hard.
It’s always the rags-to-riches stories that are the most compelling, and not many more so than Precious. Based on a novel by the same name, the film tells the story of an illiterate, obese 16-year-old who lives in the ghetto of New York with her dysfunctional, abusive, unemployed mother who, along with her father, has long been abusing her. Conceiving two children by her father, who has been raping her for her whole life, Precious is sent to an alternative school, where she – with the help of a kind teacher – begins to believe she can have a future after learning how to read and write.
6. First Wives Club
Just come out of a relationship or just looking for a feel-good movie? First Wives Club is hilaire. The film sees Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton (what a cast!!) reunite to seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women. Favourite part of the film? Potentially the You don’t own me rendition we enjoy singing to ourselves whenever the occasion arises (read: every day).
7. The Gabby Douglas Story
This may potentially be the first straight-to-TV-movie ever made that doesn’t suck. The film follows the story of Gabby Douglas – the first African American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.
8. Girl, Interrupted
With a whopper cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg, Winona Ryder and Brittany Murphy, the 1999 film chronicles an 18-month stay at a mental institution for one young woman following a nervous breakdown. Providing insight into the other patients as well as her own mind, the film raises lots of interesting topics, and some thought-provoking shit, namely – aren’t we all just kind of insane, anyway? ]Maybe I really was crazy. Maybe it was the 60s. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted.’
9. About Time
Following the story of a young man with the ability to time travel, the film sees him attempt to change his past in an effort to improve his future. It also stars Rachel McAdams – you can bet your life if Mean Girls was on Netflix – why isn’t it!? – it would be on this list, also. Instead of this one, probably, but... there you go.
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