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The Best Feel Good Chick Flicks From The 00s

by Emma Menteath, Editorial Lead

First we listed the best feel good chick flicks from the 80s, then we listed the best of the 90s and now, we’re finally bring you the ultimate feel good 00s list featuring classics like Bridget Jones's Diary and the ever-so-romantic Notebook.

For many of us these were the films that defined our youth and taught us important lessons about “girl-world” (cue Mean Girls). What better time than the Easter weekend to sit back and binge-watch a couple of our favourites, starting with the ever-so-popular Miss Congeniality…

1. Miss Congeniality, 2000

What it’s about: A comedy about an FBI agent who goes undercover as a beauty contestant to prevent a threatening tourist attack.

Iconic line: “Oh my God! I haven’t seen a walk like that since Jurassic Park!” – Victor

2. Bring It On, 2000

What it’s about: A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best moves from another school and must outdo themselves in order to compete at this year’s championships.

Iconic line: “I understand you have underwear up your ass right now, but it beats the hell out of a shattered skull. Think about it.” – Sparky

3. Legally Blonde, 2001

What it’s about: When Elle Woods gets dumped by her fraternity boyfriend on his way to Harvard, she decides she will do anything to get him back. So, she enrols herself into Harvard to try and win him back and become Mrs. Warner Huntington III.

Iconic line: “Hi. I’m Elle Woods and this is Bruiser Woods. We’re both Gemini vegetarians.” – Elle Woods

4. Bridget Jones's Dairy, 2001

What it’s about: In an effort to improve herself, eternal singleton Bridget Jones starts writing a diary to document her mission to find love.

Iconic line: “This is an occasion for genuinely tiny knickers.” – Bridget Jones

5. Riding in Cars with Boys, 2001

What it’s about: Beverly Donofrio’s only interest is to ride around town in cars with boys while drinking and smoking. After falling pregnant, marrying and then divorcing, she must learn to cope as a single parent raising a teenager.

Iconic line: “I didn’t go past second base, which means nothing below the waist… my waist, not his.” – Beverly

6. Sweet Home Alabama, 2001

What it’s about: A New York fashion designer, Melanie Carmichael, must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from the redneck husband she married in high school before she can marry the man of her dreams.

Iconic line: “Some people might call 'em spoiled, but I think that these almost-ruined-ones sometimes make the sweetest jam.” – Pearl

7. Bend It Like Beckham, 2002

What it’s about: An Indian family in London tries to raise their football-playing daughter in a traditional way, but Jess dreams of playing football professionally like her hero David Beckham. Jess is forced to make a choice between her family’s traditions and football.

Iconic line: “Mother, just because I wear trackies and play sport does not mean I am a lesbian!” – Jules

8. 13 Going on 30, 2003

What it’s about: Thirteen-year-old Jenna has had enough of adolescence and makes a wish on her 13th birthday that she could move straight into adulthood. She miraculously wakes up a few weeks from her 30th birthday.

Iconic line: “I’ll have a Pina Colada, not virgin. Wanna see my ID? Totally have it!” - Jenna

9. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 2003

What it’s about: A romantic comedy about a young journalist, Andie, who is assigned an article on 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' and advertising executive, Benjamin who bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in just 10 days.

Iconic line: “I’m going to make you wish you were dead.” – Andie

10. Love Actually, 2003

What it’s about: Follows the love lives of 8 very different couples, set during the frantic month before Christmas in London.

Iconic line: “I love the word ‘relationship’. Covers all manner of sins, doesn’t it?” – Prime Minister

11. The Notebook, 2004

What it’s about: A poor passionate man, Noah, falls deeply in love with a young rich woman, Allie, giving her a sense of freedom she has never experienced before. However, they are soon separated because of their social differences and WWII. Years later, they are reunited and find they cannot resist the call of a second shot at love.

Iconic line: “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird” – Noah

12. Mean Girls, 2004

What it’s about: Cady moves to a new high school after being home-schooled in Africa and is an instant hit with ‘The Plastics’, aka Mean Girls, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of the queen bee of the Plastics, Regina George.

Iconic line: “Get in bitch. We’re going shopping” – Regina George

13. A Cinderella Story, 2004

What it’s about: A modern day re-telling of a classic childhood favourite set in Los Angeles.

Iconic line: “I’m late for reality” – Samantha

14. The Devil Wears Prada, 2006

What it’s about: Andrea is a small town girl in her first job out of college who tries to succeed in the high-powered fashion magazine world while surviving her scary and demanding new boss, Miranda Priestly.

Iconic line: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” – Miranda

15. The Holiday, 2006

What it’s about: Two women troubled with guy problems decide to swap homes – and countries – where they both end up meeting and falling for a local guy.

Iconic line: “I’m Amanda. Loner, loser and complicated wreck!” – Amanda

16. Mamma Mia, 2008

What it’s about: The story of a bride-to-be trying to find out who her real father is, all while accompanied by hit ABBA songs.

Iconic line: “Typical isn’t it? You wait 20 years for a dad and then three come along at once.” – Rosie

17. Twilight, 2008

What it’s about: Bella Swan moves to Forks, a small town in America, where she falls in love with an unlikely soul, Edward Cullen, a vampire. But Bella falls victim to another vampire, James, and so the Cullens must combine their talents in order to stop him and keep Bella safe.

Iconic line: “Vampires play baseball?” – Bella Swan