8 Best Chick Flicks on Netflix

Actress Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones

In Netflix’s movie collection, there are plenty of great titles that would fall under the category of “chick flicks”. Many have romantic themes, though often they contain a lot of comedy. Others approach themes of motherhood, and the relationships between different generations of women in a family. Sometimes they can be period pieces, but for the most part, they tend to be fairly modern. Take a look at this list we have compiled of eight of the best chick flicks on Netflix to find one that appeals to you.

8. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Sharon Maguire
Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: All Netflix

This charming film received not only rave reviews and box office success when it premiered, but it also inspired many women with its realistic portrayal of the struggle between what a woman wants versus what she needs. Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) has to find a way to choose between mister there-right-now (Colin Firth) and mister right (Hugh Grant). With multiple fantastic performances by some of the most famous British faces in modern film, Bridget Jones’ Diary is definitely one of the top Netflix chick flicks.

7. Picture Perfect (1997)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
Runtime: 1 hr 41 min
IMDb Rating: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This is a delightful rom-com with Jennifer Aniston and Jay Mohr in the leading roles. As an advertising executive, a young woman, Kate (Aniston), tries to impress her boss (Kevin Bacon) by pretending to be engaged to Mohr’s character, Nick. They are forced to continue the charade, despite the fact that Kate only met Nick as a videographer. Conflict ensues, and the movie provides a nice touch of humor to its romantic ups and downs.

6. The Switch (2010)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: Josh Gordon & Will Speck
Runtime: 1 hr 41 min
IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix USA

While following many of the script choices of traditional romantic comedies, this film has a slightly more intriguing opening premise. When Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) decides she wants to have a baby as a single mother, she seeks out a sperm donor through a service. At the “insemination party”, this new donor (Patrick Wilson) leaves his sample in the bathroom, which, through usual comedy high-jinx, gets replaced by Kassie’s long-time friend Wally’s (Jason Bateman) who offered to do it for her in the first place. Wally gets so drunk at the party he forgets, and years later, the truth comes out, as does the truth about his long held feelings for her.

5. Hello Sister, Goodbye Life (2006)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: Steve Robman
Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
IMDb Rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: All Netflix

Part coming of age, part family drama, this film tells the story of spoiled college student Olivia (Lacy Chabert), whose father and step-mother die in a car accident. She must then take custody of her seven year old half-sister. She is forced to grow up fast, and she learns the responsibilities and joys that come with being responsible for someone so young and in need of love.

4. Before We Go (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Chris Evans
Runtime: 1 hr 35 min
IMDb Rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This movie is both directed by and starring Hollywood heartthrob Chris Evans. He plays a free spirited musician who meets a young woman (Alice Eve) when their trains and a robbery strand them together for a night in Manhattan. As events unfold, they build a unique friendship and find themselves confiding in each other more than they expected.

3. Drinking Buddies (2013)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Joe Swanburg
Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: All Netflix

With a smart script and fantastic performances by its lead actors, Drinking Buddies explores the relationships not just between romantic partners, but human partners in this dramatic comedy about friendship. Much of it is based on observational comedy, and the two lead actors, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson really draw you in with their chemistry. They are friends who work in a brewery, and a trip away with their significant others makes it obvious who belongs with whom.

2. Charlie St. Cloud (2001)

Release Date on Netflix: 2013
Director: Burr Steers
Runtime: 1 hr 39 min
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: All Netflix

When Charlie St. Cloud’s (Zac Effron) brother dies in a car accident and yet he still lives, he is able to see his brother and communicate with him despite his death. This provides a balm for his pain, until he meets a girl whose life is in danger. Circumstances eventually force Charlie to make a choice between his dead brother and the new woman in his life, with whom he is beginning to fall in love.

1. Bridget Jones’ Baby (2016)

Release Date on Netflix: 2017
Director: Sharon Maguire
Runtime: 2 hr 2 min
IMDb Rating: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This third installment in the Bridget Jones saga finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) focused on her single life and her career. That is when she discovers she is pregnant, yet, without a test, she does not know which of the two men in her life may be the father. One is her old fiance, Mark (Colin Firth). The other is the stunning new man she has met, Jack (Patrick Dempsey). With plenty of the romantic comedy that made the original a success 15 years ago, this addition to the story makes for a great watch, in spite of the time between it and the first movie.

With plenty of movies on its streaming service, you are bound to find something on Netflix that meets your definition of the term “chick flick”. Everyone’s tastes differ, but this list provides you with a good sampling of some of the best chick flicks on Netflix.

Of course, Netflix is constantly rotating its selection, so new choices may be coming to the fore. That way, everyone will find plenty of enjoyable selections the next time they are craving a good chick flick.

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