Hankies Out For '70s Chick Flicks: The Way Love Stories Were

Richard Dreyfus and Marsha Mason in 'The Goodbye Girl;' Robert Redford in 'The Way We Were.' Source: IMDB

The term "chick flick" may be recent, but audiences flocked to chick flicks in the '70s -- movies like Love Story, The Way We Were, and Annie Hall had 'em weeping in the aisles all decade long. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, but it can't last, for whatever reason. If it could last, there would be no movie. These romantic dramas focused on love and loss, on the difficulty of staying together in a cruel world. Chick flicks of the '70s are a place where love never means having to say you're sorry, all football players don't go to heaven, and Robby Benson can't catch a break. These romance movies and romantic comedies were intended for us to feel the love and to believe in the power of romance, a power that smacked us in the face and made us cry again and again. Do you remember these chick flicks of the 1970s?