10 Best Chick Flicks 2009

Saturday, February 26 by Joshua Wade

Passionate and moving, lighthearted and uplifting, the ten best chick flicks 2009 showcase endearing stories and provocative cinematography as well as the talents of some of the best actors in recent years including George Clooney, Zooey Deschanel, and Aaron Eckhart.

  1. "(500) Days of Summer" An imaginative romantic comedy about two young people who share a summer romance, this film was a sleeper hit and undoubtedly one of the best chick flicks of 2009. Featuring incredible performances by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and actor-singer Zooey Deschanel who also contributes beautifully to the film’s soundtrack, this film earned a Golden Globe nomination and has drawn comparisons to acclaimed romantic comedies like “Annie Hall” and “The Graduate.”
  2. "Adam" The moving love story between a man with Asperger’s syndrome and his neighbor, this film features powerful, career-defining performances by actors Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. Uplifting and inspiring, “Adam” won a slew of prestigious Independent film awards such as the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
  3. "Up In The Air" An engaging romantic comedy about a lonely corporate downsizer and his travels, this film won praise for George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, who won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress as Alex, the romantic interest of Clooney’s character, Ryan Bingham. The film also features a stunning performance by Anna Kendrick as Clooney’s young protégé, a role that earned her a much deserved, though overlooked, Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
  4. "He’s Just Not That Into You" A whimsical gem about people dealing with the highs and lows of love in Baltimore, this film features an impressive ensemble cast including Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, and Justin Long. A particularly noteworthy performance by “Big Love” star Ginnifer Goodwin highlights this charming romantic comedy.
  5. "My Life in Ruins" This light romantic comedy is arguably one of the best chick flicks of 2009 and features a great performance by award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss. This film about a tour guide (charmingly portrayed by Nia Vardalos) who finds love while leading a group of eccentric tourists around Greece holds the distinction of being the first American film ever to film on location at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. 
  6. "Love Happens" A moving, sentimental film from writer/director Brandon Camp, “Love Happens” features stand-out performances by Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. Of note is the exceptional performance by actor Martin Sheen as the father-in-law of Eckhart’s character Burke, a self-help author who has trouble moving on after the death of his wife.
  7. "New York, I Love You" A collection of vignettes about finding love in New York City, directed by well-known filmmakers like Bret Ratner and Mira Nair. Poignant and heartwarming, this film is arguably one of the best chick flicks of 2009 and features some of the most renowned young actors of the past decade such as Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, and Natalie Portman, who also writes and directs segment eight.
  8. "Nine" A visually stunning musical from director Rob Marshall, this superb movie about a filmmaker’s struggle to produce his masterpiece is one of the best chick flicks of 2009 and received four Academy Award nominations including Best Supporting Actress for Penelope Cruz and Best Art Direction. The film includes some of the most spirited musical numbers in film, particularly those of Black Eyed Peas member Fergie and actress Nicole Kidman.
  9. "Paper Heart" A heartwarming romantic comedy shot in the style of a documentary about the budding relationship between actors Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera, this film is certainly one of the best chick flicks of 2009 and features cameos by actors Seth Rogen and Demetri Martin. The film also includes a noteworthy soundtrack, consisting of songs written and performed by Yi and Cera.
  10. "The Time Traveler’s Wife" One of the best chick flicks of 2009, this sentimental romantic drama concerns a man with a rare genetic disorder that causes him to randomly travel through time, and the romantic relationship he tries to build with his wife. This incredibly smart and moving film is highlighted by one of the best performances of Rachel McAdams’ career, as well as breathtaking effects and cinematography.
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