Flicks to Understand Chicks

By Elaine Reed

Wondering what makes women tick? Think we’re all a mystery? Not so! Here are a handful of movies that will give you some insight. If you’ve already seen some of them, let us know what you think in the comments.

  1. What Women Want
    This Mel Gibson flick is an easy cheat. But it’s funny and it makes some great points. Bottom line? Make the effort to listen to your woman.
  2. Erin Brockovich

    When a woman sets her mind to something, look out. And single moms? They’re more determined than most.

  3. Thelma & Louise
    Not only does this give you a bird’s eye view into women’s friendships, it also shows you some of the pressure we experience day-to-day. And let’s be frank, if you think she didn’t like the guy in the parking lot touching her because he wasn’t as good looking as Brad Pitt, you’re missing the whole point. Women have their own agency and the decisions they make throughout this movie demonstrate that, and show exactly how damaging men can be when they treat women as objects, rather than people.
  4. 9 to 5
    This hilarious movie is a classic. Not only is Dabney Coleman comedic gold, check out how much women contribute in the office, especially when they’re treated with respect.
  5. He’s Not That Into You
    See both sides of the relationship with this flick.
  6. Hidden Figures
    WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON, Y’ALL! And we probably coulda done it faster if everyone focused on the job at hand, rather than gender rolls and racism. Either way, mission accomplished. Why? Because smart women get shit done.
  7. Bridget Jones
    Yes, it’s a comedy, yes the references to Pride and Prejudice are everywhere, yes, Renee Zellweger gained weight for the role. Now let’s look at Bridget. She’s so obsessed with her faults that they almost take over her life. When you love a woman, whether your mother, your sister or your girlfriend, let her know. Faults and all.

Because women are bad ass and let’s face it, some action movies would be great right about now.

  • Alien
  • Terminator 2
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • AEon Flux
  • Hanna
  • Kick-Ass
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (though Tina Turner kicked ass in Beyond Thunderdome, too)
  • Wonder Woman

Extra Credit

  • Jane Austin’s Persuasion
  • The new Ghostbusters
  • Hunger Games
  • The Devil Wears Prada