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Vintage Chick Flicks Every Chick Flick Lover Should Own

Are you celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other gift-giving occasion this holiday season? Need some help choosing the perfect gift? Have no fear, Screen Invasion Gift Guides are here!

As I am a lover of chick flicks, I’ve decided to put my vast collection of knowledge to good use and give you *two* chick flick Gift Guides:

(1) Vintage Chick Flicks (1970s to mid-90s); and
(2) Chick Flicks 101 (late-90s to today).
[↑ Coming next week! ↑]

Today’s Vintage Chick Flicks Gift Guide is designed to help you choose the perfect movies for the younger chick flick lover who missed some classics because she (or he) wasn’t born yet…or your mom.

Organized by chick flick theme, each section includes a featured chick flick and additional suggestions for what to buy if your recipient loves but already owns the feature film (listed alphabetically). Links to Amazon and/or iTunes are included for each chick flick. Available formats (DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, etc.) vary by movie.

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Love Story (1970)

© 1970 – Paramount Pictures

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

Love Story is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

Sense and Sensibility (1995) [Amazon and iTunes]
Steel Magnolias (1989) [Amazon and iTunes]
The Way We Were (1973) [Amazon and iTunes]

• • •

Unexpected Romance

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

© 1989 Twentieth Century Fox

Can men and women ever be *just* friends,
or is sex an inevitable part of the equation?

When Harry Met Sally… is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

Crossing Delancey (1988) [Amazon and iTunes]
Moonstruck (1987) [Amazon and iTunes]
Pretty Woman (1990) [Amazon and iTunes]
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) [Amazon and iTunes]

• • •

Young Romance

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Photo by The Kobal Collection – © 1984 – 20th Century Fox

A sixteenth birthday that is everything but sweet,
with a happy ending that most 80s girls would have killed for.

Sixteen Candles is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

Pretty In Pink (1986) [Amazon and iTunes]
Say Anything… (1989) [Amazon]
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) [Amazon]

• • •

Strong, Independent Chicks

Private Benjamin (1980)

© 1980 – Warner Bros. Pictures

Unexpectedly single again, Judy Benjamin looks
for a new life direction…and finds the Army.

Private Benjamin is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991) [Amazon]
The First Wives Club (1996) [Amazon and iTunes]
Flashdance (1983) [Amazon and iTunes]
Troop Beverly Hills (1989) [Amazon and iTunes]
Working Girl (1988) [Amazon and iTunes]

• • •

Coming of Age

Dirty Dancing (1987)

© 1987

A tacky summer-before-college family vacation in the Catskills
becomes the time of her life when Baby meets Johnny.

Dirty Dancing is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

The Breakfast Club (1985) [Amazon and iTunes]
Clueless (1995) [Amazon and iTunes]
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) [Amazon and iTunes]
Now and Then (1995) [Amazon]
St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) [Amazon and iTunes]

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Think something’s missing?
Add your vintage chick flick suggestions in the comments below!

Looking for gifts from other genres? Check out all the Screen Invasion Gift Guides!

And don’t forget to stay tuned to Screen Invasion next week for my Chick Flicks 101 Gift Guide!



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Dirty Dancing image: © 1987.

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Sarah Katz

Sarah Katz

Born-and-bred New Yorker. Lifelong film & TV lover—from chick flicks, rom-coms, rom-droms, rom-drams, and tweentertainment, to Shakespeare, period pieces, James Bond, fairy tales, and mafia movies.