The Alternative Girls Night In Movie Watching List

Do you prefer a girls night in or a girls night out? In a survey by Ladbrokes Bingo, which polled women across the UK about their Girl’s Night habits, almost 70% said that they would prefer a night in to a night out. Many stating issues with the high prices of venue entry and drinks as a strong reason why they would prefer to stay in. Personally, I’m almost always a girls night in type of person. I’m not a huge drinker and don’t like crowded bars, so would always rather have a movie night than a night on the town.

However, I’m not into the usual girly crap when it comes to movies, so I thought I would compile a list of alternative Girls Night In movies that I would choose to watch over your usual Bridget Jones and Bridesmaids nonsense. Hope you’ll enjoy!

1. The Lost Boys

Yes, 80s films are a common theme when it comes to girly films but for me it’s about the cheesy horror genre over the Pretty in Pink’s. The Lost Boys is one of my favourite films and when I was a goth child at school, this was always number one on our goth girl’s night in movie list. If you haven’t seen it, this is a classic 80s Vampire movie, starring Kiefer Sutherland looking broody in leather and riding motorbikes. The soundtrack is a awesome mix of 80s rock and the scripts has a perfect balance of horror and comedy. Total classic.

The Lost Boys Vampire Film Cast Photography Kiefer Sutherland

2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Looking for something a little more light hearted, but still with an alternative edge? Here’s the alternative musical of choice and another legendary classic. I adore the soundtrack to Rocky Horror, the costumes, the ridiculous storyline and of course, the audience participation aspects of this cult classic. Get your buttered toast, newspapers and rubber gloves at the ready for a rock’n’roll musical night in, with added Meatloaf. Are you already an unconventional conventionist?


3. Velvet Goldmine

Are you more of a glam rocker than a pop princess? I highly recommend you check out Velvet Goldmine, in which you can admire the perfectly put together cast of Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale and Jonathan Rhys-Myers in this film inspired by the stories of David Bowie and Iggy Pop in Glam Rock Britain. Totally awesome soundtrack and spangly costumes and appearances from my favourite band, Placebo and my favourite comedian, Eddie Izzard. Love it.


4. Labyrinth

Looking for a little nostalgia, but don’t want to go as far as popping on a Disney Princess flick? I think many of your will agree that Labyrinth is one of the films from their childhood which still holds a place in the heart, mainly due to David Bowie being surprisingly attractive avec mullet and tight trousers. This is a lovely fantasy film featuring creature creations by Jim Henson (he’s the Muppet guy) and the dreamy David Bowie singing lots. Happy days.


5. The Darjeeling Limited

Want to watch something with a little more substance, you can’t go wrong with any of the Wes Anderson films. The Darjeeling Limited is my favourite, it’s a colourful and uplifting film about three brothers trying to find themselves in India. The main stars are Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody, so there’s some subtle eye candy for everyone. The film is inspired by the Apu Triology of 50s Indian film director, Satyajit Ray, so have some art history for you and the soundtrack of The Darjeeling Limited features music from the trilogy as well as classics from The Rolling Stones and The Kinks.


If that’s all a bit too strange for you, I always turn to Moulin Rouge when I’m feeling down. I think that’s the closest I get to trashy chick flicks. I’m not one to judge though, if you like them, that’s great! But if you want to watch something a bit different, I hope those suggestions have helped you on your way!

Do you prefer a Girl’s Night In or a Girl’s Night Out?

Let me know what your favourite films are!

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Post written in association with Ladbrokes Bingo

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7 thoughts on “The Alternative Girls Night In Movie Watching List

  1. All of those films are amazing. I particularly love Lost Boys and The Darjeeling Limited!

    1. Yay for good movie taste! Which films would you add to the list?

  2. Lost Boys and Labyrinth <3 yum
    I've not seen Darjeeling Limited or Velvet Goldmine, I should do!

  3. OMG I love Labyrinth. After watching it, I actually wanted a dog called Ambrosius 🙂

  4. Love love love Rocky Horror, but I haven’t seen the rest *hangs head in shame*

  5. These are actually all my favorite films!, I was obsessed with labyrinth when I was little (sad to say I know all the words to the songs) I also remember having to buy the theme tune for lost boys!

    Mia x

  6. Last full on Girls’ Night In (I’m an “In” kind of person, mostly) was in high school. It ended up being a Johnny Depp movie night complete with Sleepy Hollow and From Hell. Not so “girly” except for the drooling over Johnny Depp. We did end up watching Labyrinth, because it’s classic. I don’t watch them anymore, but now, if I were to do another Girls’ Night In, tabletop games might be on the agenda, and the movie choice would depend on the invitees. Perhaps Phantom of the Opera. Or Star Trek. I don’t do a lot of traditional “girl” movies- unless it’s a night in with the Mister.

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