Great Chick Flicks

Adam's Rib
A woman accused of murdering her husband is defended in court by the wife of the prosecutor.

An Affair to Remember
Two people meet and fall in love on board a ship. They make plans to meet in New York in six months but. . . . Keep tissues handy.

The African Queen
A movie classic about a hard-drinking river trader and a prim missionary.

The Age of Innocence
An adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about manners and morals in New York society in the 1870s.

In the seedy Casbah, a thief in hiding and a lovely tourist find romance.

All About Eve
Youthful actress Eve flatters a star and takes her place on Broadway.

The American President
Michael Douglas plays a widowed president who falls in love with a lobbyist, Annette Bening. Directed by Rob Reiner.

Anna Karenina
A Russian woman engages in an affair with a dashing officer. By Leo Tolstoy.

Annie Hall
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. Directed by Woody Allen. Writing credits: Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, Colleen Dewhurst, Christopher Walken.

Arch of Triumph
Refugee doctor and wanderer heat up Paris while everyone else waits for the Germans to come marching in.

As You Like It
A Shakespeare Comedy. The love story of Orlando and Rosalind.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning fall in love and sparks fly in real life and in their poetry. Starring Norma Shearer, Fredric March, and Charles Laughton.

Beloved Infidel
This passionate love story is based on the real-life romance between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham. Starring Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr.

The Bostonians
A lush drama of the feminist movement in post-Civil War New England. From Henry James.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) wants to marry a millionaire but falls for the writer (George Peppard) who lives next door. Directed by Blake Edwards.

Broadcast News
A funny and poignant love triangle develops between a TV producer (Holly Hunter), an intelligent reporter (Albert Brooks), and a not-so-smart anchorman (William Hurt).

The Buccaneers
Four lovely American women look for romance in London. From Edith Wharton.

Bull Durham
A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him. Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins.

One of the greatest films ever made and was based on the play Everybody Comes to Rick's, by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Sydney Greenstreet, Paul Henreid, and Dooley Wilson. The winners for the Screenplay Oscar were Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch.

The Clock
Judy Garland, an office worker, meets soldier Robert Walker, who has a two-day leave in New York. A charming love story directed by Vincente Minnelli. If you like WW II romances, you'll love this one.

Coming Home
While her Marine captain husband is in Vietnam, a woman volunteers at a V.A. hospital and becomes emotionally and intimately involved with one of the patients. Her husband comes home, disillusioned by the war, and tries to cope with his wife's infidelity. Writers: Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones, from a story by Nancy Dowd. Stars: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, and Bruce Dern.

Daisy Miller
This Henry James melodrama is about a spoiled, socially naive American girl destroyed by European mores.

Dark Journey
Touching love story, set in Stockholm, about a dress-shop-owner-double agent (Vivien Leigh), who becomes involved with the head of German Intelligence.

84 Charing Cross Road
Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft), a writer, and Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) are lifelong friends who never meet in this unique comedy-drama based on a true story.

A delightfully witty comedy about love and matchmaking. Based on a Jane Austen novel. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Austen's benign busybody, Emma Woodhouse--so busy trying to arrange the lives of others that she is sidestepping her own.

Far from the Madding Crowd
The classic story, by Thomas Hardy, of a beautiful woman pursued by three suitors.

A Farewell to Arms
A haunting World War I love story. From Ernest Hemingway.

Father Goose
Cary Grant wants to sit out WW II as a beach bum on an island in the Pacific, but he soon finds himself guarding Leslie Caron and seven schoolgirls. Oscar-winning script by Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff.

For Whom the Bell Tolls
The great screen romance during the Spanish Civil War. From Ernest Hemingway. Starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.

Hanover Street
Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, and Christopher Plummer are great in this WW II romance between a married British woman and an American soldier who is sent on a mission behind enemy lines. Directed and written by Peter Hyams. Harrison Ford rules.

I Was a Male War Bride
To enter the U. S. with his new wife, French officer Cary Grant disguises himself as her sister.

In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frederic Chopin (Hugh Grant) is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand (Judy Davis). With Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.

In 1930s Indochina, a woman manages her rubber plantation but loses her French lover, a naval officer, to her adopted Indochinese daughter. The lush scenery is spectacular. Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, and Jean Yanne.

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontė's classic tale of a governess and her moody employer.

Johnny Belinda
Jane Wyman plays a deaf-mute who is raped and has a baby. From the Broadway play by Elmer Davis. With Agnes Moorehead and Lew Ayres. Irma von Cube and Allen Vincent were Oscar nominees in the Screenplay category.

Kitty Foyle
Ginger Rogers plays a white-collar girl whose baby dies. From Christopher Morley's novel. A Screenplay Oscar nomination went to Dalton Trumbo.

Lady Jane
Based on the true story of the girl who found herself Queen of England for nine days at age 16, Lady Jane is historical romance at its bittersweet best. Starring Helena Bonham Carter.

The Letter
A murderer claims she acted in self-defense. By Somerset Maugham.

A Letter to Three Wives
A satirical comedy on American social and marital conventions. Adapted from a story by John Klempner. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz won an Oscar for his screenplay. Cast: Ann Southern, Linda Darnell, Paul Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain.

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
A well-done soap opera set in Hong Kong during the Korean War. Jennifer Jones, a Eurasian doctor, falls in love with William Holden, a war correspondent. A beautiful film with a lovely theme song.

The Lover
An adolescent French girl becomes the lover of a well-to-do Chinese man in 1920s Saigon, but their love is forbidden by the social order of the era. Filmed in Vietnam. Not really a war movie, but well worth watching just for the spectacular Vietnam scenes. Writers: Gerard Brach and Jean-Jacques Annaud, from the novel by Marguerite Duras. Stars: Jane March and Tony Leung.

Mansfield Park
A story of true virtue winning in stuffy 18th Century England. Based on a Jane Austen novel.

Marie Antoinette
Starring Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power.

Mrs. Brown
A romantic drama in the Masterpiece Theater vein, this John Madden film looks at the relationship between Queen Victoria and John Brown, a commoner who, though a servant, becomes her closest friend and confidant. Starring Judi Dench.

Mrs. Dalloway
The wife of a British M.P. thinks back to her youth and wonders. . . . By Virginia Woolf. Starring Vanessa Redgrave.

Much Ado about Nothing
Shakespeare comedy. A romantic story filled with laughter, mistaken identities, jealousy, and wit.

Garbo laughs. Melchior Lengyel was nominated for an Oscar for Original Story.

Northanger Abbey
An enchanting tale of intrigue, romance, adventure, and mystery. From a Jane Austen novel.

Of Human Bondage
A crippled doctor falls for a nasty woman. By Somerset Maugham. Starring: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis.

A young nobleman in Elizabethan England ventures through the centuries, changing into a woman, and ends up in modern times with a unique understanding of both sexes. By Virginia Woolf.

Out of Africa
Sydney Pollack's 1985 multiple-Oscar winner is a sumptuous and emotionally satisfying film about the life of Danish writer Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep), better known as Isak Dinesen, who travels to Kenya to be with her German husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer) but falls for an English adventurer (Robert Redford).

Painted Veil
A love triangle story, by Somerset Maugham, set in China.

Pat and Mike
Tracy is a sports promoter and Hepburn is an all-around athlete. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin were nominated for an Oscar for Story and Screenplay.

A woman rejects a poor man's marriage proposal; and, years later,
he comes back into her life. From the Jane Austen novel.

Peyton Place
From Grace Metalious' steamy novel, this film is about small-town morals and stars Lana Turner. Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Oscar nominee was John Michael Hayes.

The Portrait of a Lady
A splendid story, by Henry James, of an American young woman brought to England by her aunt.

Pride and Prejudice
A social satire by Jane Austen about five sisters looking for husbands.

A professor of phonetics wagers he can change a Cockney girl into a princess. Starring Leslie Howard. From Shaw's play. The Oscar winners for the screenplay were George Bernard Shaw, Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis, and W.P. Lipscomb.

Queen Christina
Starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert.

The Quiet Man
John Wayne plays an American prizefighter who returns to Ireland and courts Maureen O'Hara. From Maurice Walsh's short story "Green Rushes." Frank S. Nugent was an Oscar nominee for his screenplay.

Random Harvest
Ronald Coleman is an amnesiac who falls in love with Greer Garson. Based on a James Hilton novel. The nominees for an Oscar for their screenplay were George Froeschel, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis.

A Hitchcock film based on Daphne du Maurier's novel. Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine. Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison were nominated for an Oscar for their screenplay.

Roman Holiday
Audrey Hepburn plays a princess on a tour of Rome who meets dashing Gregory Peck, an American reporter. Ian McLellan Hunter and Dalton Trumbo won an Oscar for Motion Picture Story.

Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare tragedy. The sad story of star-crossed lovers.

Sense and Sensibility
Two sisters try to find romantic happiness in stodgy 19th Century England. From Jane Austen's novel.

About writers C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger. Director: Richard Attenborough.

Shining Through
An enticing mix of romance, adventure, and heroism set in WW II Germany. Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas star as spies sent behind enemy lines.

So Proudly We Hail
Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake, and Paulette Goddard star in this touching drama about the lives and loves of nurses serving in the Pacific during World War II.

The Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare comedy. Women's liberation in the 16th Century battles male chauvinism.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
A poor farmer's daughter learns that she is descended from nobility, goes to live with rich relatives, is seduced by her evil cousin, and bears a child out of wedlock. By Thomas Hardy.

Three Smart Girls
A family movie about three sisters who swing into action when they see their divorced mother's tears when she learns that her husband is about to marry a blonde gold-digger. Deanna Durbin debuts. Nominated for an Original Story Oscar was Adele Commandini.

Waterloo Bridge
Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor star in this love story about a soldier and a ballet dancer who meet during an air raid and fall in love. Based on a play by Robert E. Sherwood.

The Wings of the Dove
This beautiful tale, by Henry James, contrasts a wealthy young American with European fortune hunters who are ultimately shamed by the dying heroine's goodness.

Wuthering Heights
Based on Emily Bronte's classic story of passion, hatred, and revenge. With Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. Screenplay Oscar nominees were Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.

A Yank in the RAF
A vintage WW II film with Tyrone Power romancing Betty Grable in London. Lots of wonderful music from that era.

Spectacular story of WW 2 romances between British women and U. S. soldiers. The songs are wonderful.

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