5 Chick Flicks: Movies for Girlfriends - iVillage

"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle" --Gloria Steinem

So you're single, got dumped, got rid of that toxic boyfriend -- or just refuse to buy into this Hallmark holiday. Staying in with (or without) friends is always a good time with the right movie (and munchies, of course). Check out these chick flicks that will have you saying, "Men: Can't live with them, can't shoot 'em. I'm buying a vibrator."

1. Flashdance
Starring: Jennifer Beales and Michael Nouri

The "I want my bra-strap showing" movie
In this movie that spawned a generation of women who defiantly mutilated their tee shirts and flaunted their bra strap, Jennifer plays a steel worker by day and a dirty dancer by night. She hopes to get into a real dance company, but doesn't want any help from her wealthy, influential boyfriend. With a shake your booty '80s old-school soundtrack and Jennifer's "I don't take sh*t from no man, no matter how good looking and rich he is" attitude -- this movie is a winner!

2. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Starring: Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight

The "So what if I kissed my brother on live TV" movie
What's more invigorating than watching a femme Indiana Jones leave behind all facets of male help so she can go kick butt worldwide? Most likely you'll experience a small amount of jealousy for Ms. Jolie's ability to pull off second-skin clothing, but that's immaterial when compared to the knowledge that you, too, have the potential to be as hardcore as Angelina, blood drinking and all! Okay, maybe skip the blood drinking. How about a glass of red wine?

3. Thelma and Louise
Starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis

The "Girlfriends rule!" movie
Feeling underrated, underappreciated, and undersexed... oh you get the point! Watching two pseudo-feminists -- a waitress and housewife -- leave behind a life of abuse, neglect and unhappiness and take on the hustlers, losers and bullies they encounter en route to freedom is just what the doctor ordered. It's male role reversal at its best.

4. Brokedown Palace
Starring Kate Beckinsdale and Claire Daines

The "My bitches be my best (and only) friends" movie
After watching the story unfold about two American girls who fall for an Aussie hustler under the guise of lust and lasciviousness, placing them both in a Thai prison for upwards of 15 years, and watching one pick cockroaches from her ear while the other works on self-inflicted cancer, who wouldn't want to spend the night being single?

5. What Women Want
Starring: Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt

The "Still hopeful but won't admit it" movie
Yes, Mel is a dreamy guy, and, yes, he has the hot Aussie accent. But, more importantly, he's featured in a movie that shows a man breaking the women's code. Is it possible? Keep in mind; this movie is not representative of the male psyche. Indeed, many of them still embody an archaic and draconian perspective. Just pray their first comment after the movie isn't, "Why did they make Mel wear tights?"

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