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The great 'Girls Night In' watchlist


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A girl's night in is a staple of everyone's calendar - whether you're a woman or not!

This list of feel-good favourites is perfect for forgetting the world and getting your girl-power fix. Order in some takeaway, get your pals over, and get ready for some drama!

The Breakfast Club (1985)

This is a great coming of age movie, and one of the biggest names in cult classic cinema. Directed by John Hughes, the story follows five teens from different high school cliques that are forced to come together. The rebel, the princess, the outcast, the brain, and the jock all have a Saturday detention together and come to realize that they are more alike than they first imagined. To the outside world they are simply a stereotype, but to each other, they will always be the 'Breakfast Club'.

Bend it Like Beckham (2002)

Directed by Gurinder Chadha, this British comedy stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Anupam Kher, and Archie Panjabi. The title refers to David Beckham, and his skill at scoring from free kicks by curling the ball past a wall of defenders. The film follows a family of Punjabi Sikhs and their 18-year-old daughter, who is infatuated with football, but her parents have forbidden her to play because she is a girl. Instead she joins a local women's team, which makes its way to the top of the league in spite of the obstacles in their way.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

The romantic drama, directed by Joe Wright based on Jane Austen's 1813 novel, depicts five young ladies from an English family of landed gentry as they try to deal with issues involving marriage, morality and misconceptions. Keira Knightley stars in the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet, while Matthew MacFadyen plays her romantic interest Mr Darcy. One for if you're feeling particularly fancy, or if you just want to swoon over the period dresses.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

A coming of age film also directed by Gurinder Chadha. The film is based on two teenage novels by Louise Rennison: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers. The narrative follows the 14-year-old Nicholson (Groome) as she tries to find a boyfriend, while also trying to organize her fifteenth birthday party. There's plenty of relatable moments to make you laugh out loud, as well as some seriously cringeworthy kissing. What more would you expect?

Wild Child (2008) 

A teen comedy film starring Emma Roberts, Alex Pettyfer and Georgia King, and also acts as actress Natasha Richardson's last on-screen film appearance. The film follows a rebellious Malibu princess is shipped off to a strict English boarding school by her father. You can take the girl out of Malibu, but you can't take the Malibu out of the girl!

Sometimes, a film isn't enough - and a sing-a-long is the only cure. If you want something that includes music, dancing, and singing interlaced with your romance, then these five musicals offer a great alternative.

Oliver (1968)

A well-known British musical film based on the stage musical. Both the play and film are based on Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. It follows a young boy who runs away from an orphanage and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. The film does feature the stage musical numbers of Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, As Long as He Needs Me, You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two and Where Is Love? so there's some serious potential for some singing to break out. 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

The film was directed by Ken Hughes, written by Roald Dahl and loosely based on Ian Fleming's 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film follows an unsuccessful inventor who turns a broken down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical, fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Mamma Mia (2008)

The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA. Meryl Streep heads the cast, playing the role of single mother Donna Sheridan. Pierce Brosnan (Sam Carmichael), Colin Firth (Harry Bright), and Stellan Skarsgård (Bill Anderson) play the three possible fathers to Donna's daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). This is a classic of the girls-night watchlist, and will have you dancing around your living room before you know it!

Les Misérables (2012)

The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who decides to turn his life around, he becomes mayor and promises to look for the daughter of a woman who is on her death-bed. Fast forward eight years Valjean is now the guardian of Cosette, the young girl whose mother died. They both return to their home when Cosette is grown up and are swept up in the political turmoil in Paris, which concludes with the Paris Uprising of 1832. Keep a hairbrush-microphone and a pack of tissues on hand.

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