1) Casablanca, 1942
At least your girl has taste. (You could be suffering through a Katherine Heigl movie guys.) The legendary romantic drama takes place during the second World War. Ingmar Bergman and Humphrey Bogart once loved each other, but now she’s married and on a quest to help her husband escape to America against the will of the Nazis. What this movie has that is severely missing from modern day Rom Coms is swagger, and lots of it.
Bogart is the creme de la creme of all things sophisticated and manly… we’re talking about the man who came before Clooney in being the ultimate gentleman, after all.
The fashion is classic as well and if you want to look the part of the dapper gentleman, try the slick suits, fedora hats and of course, the trench immortalized in the last scene of the movie.
2) Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
Another classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is whimsical, quirky, and still romantic. Aside from the racist portrayal of an Asian by Mickey Rourke, which was considered acceptable at the time, it’s long been regarded as Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable film.
What can men learn from this movie? Well first of all not to get involved with women who are secret messengers for the mob. And secondly not to get involved with women who are blatant gold diggers and willing to run off with whatever man can provide for her.
Thirdly, and most importantly, that an injection of adventure can do wonders for a relationship. Former gigolos, drug rings, army deaths and wealthy love triangles? Kind of makes your relationship seem a tad boring now doesn’t it! We’re not saying you and your honey should indulge in any illegal behavior, but a little harmless fun now and then and maybe a change of scenery is a good idea. Your girlfriend may be your friend and lover first and foremost, but making each other partners in crime every now and then is spicy, unexpected and a whole lot of fun! If you get into any real trouble…well you didn’t hear any of those tips from us!
3) Thelma and Louise, 1991
Now this is one chick flick men can definitely enjoy. A ball-busting action flick starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as friends on the run from the law and their dull, oppressed lives, there are enough explosions and gunfire in this movie to rival any other action film.
Men, if there’s one lesson to be learned from this movie, it’s Don’t Mess With A Woman scorned! We’re not saying she’s going to come and shoot you… wait, maybe we are. Davis and Sarandon play certified bad-asses Thelma and Louise and end their lawless journey in the iconic scene driving their convertible over the edge of a cliff to avoid a life in prison.
It’s dramatic, it’s unreal, it’s rebellious and it’s totally freaking’ awesome. While some critics at the time complained that the portrayal of men in the movie (including a young and hunky Brad Pitt) was unfairly negative, we say after all the films where women are, and continue to be, unabashedly objectified, the depiction of men got the point across. That point being? Treat a woman right or risk getting blown to bits. Extreme? Sure. But a good message nonetheless!
4) Pretty In Pink, 1986
A John Hughes classic, Molly Ringwald is the main character in this somewhat Cinderella story. Teenage chick flicks are always about two things: crushes and cliques. Pretty in Pink is no different, as Ringwald’s character Annie from the wrong side of the tracks falls for preppy pretty boy Blane, portrayed by Andrew McCarthy.
Suffice to say after several twists and turns and interventions by friends both real and faux, the two unite where all teen couples in movies unite: at prom. All together now: awwww!
The lesson here, for both men and women actually, is that your friends in high school are idiots and don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to… well anything. But, as adults, we already know this. A better lesson? Don’t be a prick.
Even if you come from money, even if you’ve made your own, even if you spend your summer yachting and have a preference for articles of clothing with collars. No girls, even the hoity toity ones, are attracted to pricks and you just end up looking like a jerk to most people. Play nice in the sandbox kids, and chances are you’ll be happier, end up with a great girl, and still have all your money.
5) Clueless, 1995
Maybe it’s because I’m a girl who grew up with this movie, but I cannot express how awesome Clueless is. Starring Alicia Silverstone, the late Brittany Murphy, Scrubs alum Donald Faison, and Paul Rudd, the movie defined an era of Valley girl teens who cared more about what to wear and who to be seen with than anything else.
Hilariously vain and sweetly charming, we watch how total Betty (ie. a female hottie) Cher (Silverstone) learns to curb some of her superficial ways and eventually fall for her dorky and socially conscious stepbrother, Josh (Rudd).
Men, take note: even nerdy dudes can find love with hottest chicks! As cliched as it sounds, Clueless taught us all to just be ourselves. Dorks, skaters, and even sad, single teachers find love in this movie. Oh, and on a fashion note, men can learn a few things. One, that wearing your pants halfway down your butt screams immaturity (even to high school girls…and that’s saying a lot.), as do backwards hats, and weird slang. Clueless was dubbed a new classic and still is… so if Cher and Dionne didn’t approve of it, chances are, neither will girls of today!
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