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10 Genre Films Your Girlfriend Likes

Seriously. Just ask her.

By Tim Janson     February 11, 2011


10 Genre Films Your Girlfriend Likes
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Sci-Fi, fantasy, and horror films have always been looked at as genres geared towards male film fans predominantly. But more and more, the guys are being edged out to make way for female fans. It’s already happened at bookstores were urban and paranormal romance books have been dominating the bookracks for several years. In fact, women may even be bigger fans of horror than men. Don’t laugh fellas…while men seem to lose interest in horror once they get into their 30s and 40s, women band together, leave the kids with dad, and go off in groups to see horror films. When’s the last time you saw a group of forty-year-old guys sitting together at a theater? 

Presented here are ten genre films that your girlfriend (or wife) likes. We had only one stipulation for this list…Twilight is NOT allowed! Now I did extensive research for this article by surveying my wife, sisters-in-law and nieces, so read on!
 

10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

This one probably comes as a surprise but the fact is that Brad Fuller, producer of the 2003 remake, credits women filmgoers -- not men -- for making this film a hit that made over $100 million dollars. Whether it’s to gather together for strength in numbers or to cling to their boyfriends, women love slasher films. 
 

9. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

This 1990 Tim Burton fantasy was Johnny Depp’s breakout film hit. It would be the first in a string of films for Depp that would entice female film fans and help make him one of the top stars in the business. 


8. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Little girls, teenagers, moms, grandmas, great grandmas…doesn’t seem to matter. It’s hard to find any women that don’t love this classic film that still shows up on TV regularly throughout the year. Just try to find a girl who doesn’t shed a tear at the end when it seems like Dorothy will never get back home to Kansas!

7. The Ring (2002) 

We’ve already established that women love horror and perhaps their favorite type of horror films are those that involve ghosts or spirits. If there was ever a recent horror film that made for the perfect “grab onto your boyfriend” experience it was the 2002 American adaptation of the original Japanese horror film Ringu.  
 

6. Pirates of the Caribbean (series) 

Pick any of the four movies in the series including the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides…women love these films because of, well there’s that man again, Johnny Depp. Throw Orlando Bloom in the mix as well and you can’t pry the girls away with a crowbar.

5. Halloween (1978)

Without a doubt Halloween is one of the best movies ever to take a girl to, especially a drive-in movie. Women love this movie because it is scary as Hell, as a female hero, and it’s relatively tame in terms of violence compared to the slashers it would eventually spawn. Over 30 years later it’s still one I know women who will gather together to watch.

 

4. Legend (1985)

Before starring in Top Gun, Rain Man, and Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise starred in this whimsical fantasy directed by Ridley Scott. He plays a hero who must save a princess and rescue the last surviving unicorns from the Lord of Darkness. I’m not sure there’s a guy who would ever admit to seeing it but the women love it.
 

3. The Princess Bride (1987)

This enchanting fantasy about a man trying to save the woman he loves from an evil prince has just about everything: Romance, adventure, comedy, dashing heroes, evil villains, and even a giant. Heck it’s such a good movie that even most guys like it too!

2. Labyrinth (1986)

David Bowie, Muppets, a cute baby, and a young Jennifer Connelly? What more could a girl ask for! My four year old broke my wife’s copy of this DVD and I immediately had to go out an buy another. Connelly plays Sarah who has to rescue her baby brother, abducted by the Goblin King and aided by creatures created by the late, great Jim Henson. Heck I admit, I loved this one, too! 
 

1. Ghost (1990)

After starring in Dirty Dancing three years earlier it didn’t seem like Patrick Swayze could possibly appeal anymore strongly to female film fans, until he starred in this romantic fantasy. He plays Sam, a banker who is murdered and returns from the dead as a ghost to save his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore. What woman doesn’t melt at the final scene where Sam says his goodbye to Molly?

 

 

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Johnnyathm1 2/11/2011 12:40:24 AM

No big surprises here, except one...The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I never would have guessed that one, however, your "exstensive research" pool is rather limited and narrow...lol (= Dont get me wrong, its a good article and all in good fun, Tim. Cheers!

As a side note...I found that a lot of women liked LOTR series. My ex wife says that there is a lot of eye candy in those films...lol!

BryanWay 2/11/2011 12:48:19 AM

You obviously don't know my girlfriend. She greatly dislikes Ghost, for starters, but here's a few choice selections she enjoys:

Dark City, Black Moon, Eraserhead, Videodrome, Inception, Timecrimes, Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Splice, District 9, REC, Sunshine, Children of Men, Drag Me To Hell, The Evil Dead Trilogy, The Descent, Moon, 28 Days Later, Dawn Of The Dead, and everything Star Trek.

SarcasticCaveman 2/11/2011 3:28:05 AM

I didn't think ANYBODY likes The Ring...not sure I'd want to date anybody who did.  A HUGE one you missed, unless the women in your life don't have any taste, is Bram Stoker's Dracula with Gary Oldman.  Most women I know LOVE that version of the story.

RaithManan 2/11/2011 3:29:53 AM

Well I got news for you. Legend has always been one of my favorite movies inspite of its cheesiness, yet ambitious take of the fantasy genre. But it was Tim Curry as Darkness (arguably by some his best role) that ruled the film before Tom Cruise became a household name.

 

LittleNell1824 2/11/2011 3:42:05 AM

Wow. Just wow. Thank you, Don Draper.

okonomiyaki4000 2/11/2011 4:02:24 AM

 I'm with RaithManan, Tim Curry is awesome in Legend. 

Wiseguy 2/11/2011 5:08:56 AM

My ol' lady despises Pirates of the Caribbean. And like Caveman said she loves Bram Stoker's Dracula but loves Interview with the Vampire even more. That's the results of my poll of of one, the most important one :)

EagleManiac 2/11/2011 5:35:21 AM

My wife despises just about every film on this list, except WoO and Ghost. Otherwise, she'd pass on the rest.

She absolutely LOVED Moon. It's become one of her favorite films, and mine too! Sam Rockwell's performance was spectacular, and the movie kicked ass!! If that one had been on the list, she'd have been very happy!!! LOL!!!

 

Johnnyathm1 2/11/2011 5:36:48 AM

@Wiseguy

Roger that.

And yes...The Ring sucks. And Legend was a lot of fun...of course, I saw it in the theater when I was high...lol!

Johnnyathm1 2/11/2011 5:39:10 AM

I totally agree with you on Moon Eagle...it represents everything that I love about SCI-FI.

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