10 Classic Chick Flicks

Tuesday, February 8 by Nina St. John

These 10 classic chick flicks come from an era that was far more advanced than what many think. It is marked by the finest acting to be found, extraordinary comedic timing, and lightning fast repartee. These classic chick flicks command respect for their art.

  1. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is an absolute classic chick flick. It stars Audrey Hepburn in this romantic comedy from 1961. Hepburn is cast as an eccentric, yet somewhat fragile character that hides her vulnerability behind witty, flighty and nonchalant behavior. However, things get real and real fast.
  2. “It Happened One Night” stars Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. This 1934 comedy won all five of the major Academy Awards. This was a first. The story sets out on a misadventure between a socialite on the run and a reporter.
  3. “Morocco” stars Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich. It's a classic chick flick about a foreign legionnaire that falls in love with a singer. It was scandalous for 1930 because in one shot, Dietrich sings while dressed in a tuxedo and kisses another woman. 
  4. “Camille” is a 1936 classic chick flick starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor and Lionel Barrymore. It’s based on a play by Alexandre Dumas. Camille goes from a lower class family to a high society Parisian Dame. Armand and Camille fall desperately in love. However, her dark past and his bright future collide. AFI ranked this classic chick flick at #36 in one of their lists.
  5. “The Women” is a classic chick flick that goes from a Park Avenue salon to a dude ranch following the travails of a married woman who’s informed of her husband’s infidelity. It’s full of catty gossip and bona fide drama queens as only 1939 Hollywood can do.
  6. “The Shop Around the Corner” was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. More power to the classic chick flicks, it stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. The two characters become anonymous pen-pals, and actually fall in love without realizing that they both work in the same shop.
  7. “The Lady Eve” stars Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyk. Stanwyk is a card shark looking to fleece the wealthy, shy Fonda. Of course, they fall in love only to have her past intentions surface and run him off. She shows up later in his life disguised as nobility so she can settle the score, but love is the only winner in this game. Corny, but you know you love it. This film is also preserved in the Library of Congress.
  8. “Bringing Up Baby” stars Kathryn Hepburn and Cary Grant. Nothing more needs to be said, except that this classic chick flick has some of the best witty repartee you've ever heard.  It’s understated and shot like lightning.
  9. “The Philadelphia Story” is a must see classic chick flick with the star studded cast of Kathryn Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. Delicious. It’s set in the remarriage genre that was really popular in the 1940’s. Hepburn is a socialite in the midst of a huge wedding when her ex-husband returns into her life. It won two Academy awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
  10. “Jezebel” is a 1938 classic chick flick starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. This drama is set in the Civil War era. A spoiled and stubborn Southern belle is played by Davis with those astounding, expressive eyes of hers. This spoiled belle gets everything she wants except the one thing she wants most, the man she loves.