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The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s 

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Updated November 27, 2019 215 votes 23 voters 38 items

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The decade that gave us slap bracelets and walkmans also put out some good chick flicks. This list of the best '80s chick flick movies has got both comedies and dramas, some of them could even be considered dramedies like Terms of Endearment or The Breakfast Club. Or if you feel like laughing check out another John Hughes classic like Sixteen Candles. You'll find a few celebrities on this list who stepped into the spotlight in the eighties as well such as Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Patrick Swayze, and Winona Ryder.

Along with big-name actors and actresses, there are definitely some classics on this list like When Harry Met SallyGrease, and Steel Magnolias. Basically, there is an '80s chick flick on this list for whatever mood you're in but which one of these girl movies is the best of the 1980s?

What are your favorite chick flicks from the nineteen-eighties? The truth is, you don't really have to decide on just one. You can vote up all your favorite 1980s chick flicks and vote down any of the ones you never want to watch again.

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.
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Grease is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more
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Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 1989

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana ...more
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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more
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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steve Rash

Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 teen comedy feature film starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson in a story about a nerd at a high school in Tucson, Arizona who gives a cheerleader $1,000 to ...more
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Splash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ron Howard

Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more
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Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 1988

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie. It stars Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor. The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, ...more
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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

Released: 1983

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more
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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.
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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more
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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

Released: 1983

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and the presentation of some sequences in ...more
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Beaches is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris Rainer Dart novel of the same name. It was directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Bette Midler, Barbara ...more
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Teen Witch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Robyn Lively, Zelda Rubinstein, Marcia Wallace

Released: 1989

Directed by: Dorian Walker

Teen Witch is a 1989 fantasy teen comedy film starring Robyn Lively and Zelda Rubenstein. It was originally pitched as a female version of the 1985 Teen Wolf, although it later was reworked and ...more
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Girls Just Want to Have ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

Released: 1985

Directed by: Alan Metter

Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a 1985 American romantic comedy dance film directed by Alan Metter and starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. For many years, Comedy Central, Lifetime, USA ...more
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When Harry Met Sally... ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rob Reiner

When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more
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An Officer and a Gentlem... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett

Released: 1982

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy aviation officer candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who is the ...more
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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Colin Higgins

9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed by Higgins, and starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film ...more
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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

Released: 1989

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest ...more
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more
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Some Kind of Wonderful ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

Released: 1987

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. It is one of the several successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in ...more
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Dream a Little Dream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Victoria Jackson

Released: 1989

Directed by: Marc Rocco

Dream a Little Dream is a 1989 teen film directed by Marc Rocco and stars Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Meredith Salenger, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie and Harry Dean Stanton. It was filmed in ...more
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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more
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Overboard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Of The '80s
Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1987

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian ...more