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Legally Blonde is a famous movie released in 2001. It follows the life of a fashion queen whose boyfriend dumps for a more brilliant girl.
To get her revenge, Elle follows him to law school but soon realizes she has other potential other than looks and fashion.
The lead character, Resse Witherspoon, performed wonderfully with humor, romance, and exciting performances.
1. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
- Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
- Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Moonie, Sally Field, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge.
- IMDb rating: 4.7/10
We must start our list of movies like Legally Blonde with the film’s sequel. After graduating from law school, the sassy Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) finally finds love.
To help get an anti-animal testing bill passed, she postpones her wedding to go to Washington, D.C.
Luckily, she met a doorman, Sidney (Bob Newhart), who helped teach her how the political system works.
In this sequel, we can still see the original performance of Resse Witherspoon and other new characters we were introduced to.
Rotten Tomatoes rated Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde 36%.
2. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
- Director: Gary Winick
- Cast: Jennifer Garner, Christa B. Allen, Mark Ruffalo, Sean Marquette, Judy Greer, Alexandra Kyle.
- IMDb rating: 6.2/10
On her 13th birthday, Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen) faced so many embarrassments and humiliation that she wished to hide her face from the public till she was thirty.
Luckily for her, some wishing dust woke her to a banging body, her dream job and apartment, lots of clothes, and a dream boyfriend.
However, with all these, Jenna (Jennifer Garner) is unsatisfied and realizes her childhood best friend is all she needs.
This movie from my list of movies like Legally Blonde, has almost the same fashion sense as Elle. On Rotten Tomatoes, 13 Going on 30 is rated 65%.
3. Erin Brockovich (2000)
- Director: Steven Soderbergh
- Cast: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger, Tracey Walter, Peter Coyote, Cherry Jones, Scarlett Pomers.
- IMDb rating: 7.4/10
If you think Elle Woods is a strong-minded woman, you have yet to see Erin Brockovich, the lead character in this movie, from my list of movies like Legally Blonde.
Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts), an unemployed single mother, gets a job as a legal assistant.
From there, she single-handedly stands up and brings down a power company responsible for polluting the city’s water supply.
You will love this movie about strong-willed women who stood up for their rights. Erin Brockovich is rated 85% by Rotten Tomatoes.
4. Love & Basketball (2000)
- Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
- Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Kyla Pratt, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Alfre Woodard, Debbi Morgan, Dennis Haysbert, Harry J. Lennix, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall.
- IMDb rating: 7.2/10
This romantic American movie is about Monica (Kyla Pratt), a young basketball player who moves in next door to another lover of basketball, Quincy (Glenndon Chatman), when she is eleven.
The duo grew up together with their love of basketball from childhood to adulthood.
However, Monica (Sanaa Lathan) has to choose between love and becoming the best basketball player.
All characters brought their A-game to the movie, and it reflected in the ratings; for example, Love & Basketball was rated 85% by Rotten Tomatoes.
5. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
- Director: Sharon Maguire
- Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie, James Faulkner, Shirley Henderson.
- IMDb rating: 6.8/10
Elle Woods may not be the only lady with a chaotic life as movies like Legally Blonde tend to portray, has a character with a similar story.
Bridget Jones is a single woman who always gets pity from her married friends due to her marital status.
To improve her life, she wrote all her daily experiences in a diary while searching for love.
However, she changes her perspective on life when choosing between her two love interests – Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).
Bridget’s lifestyle in this movie will interest you and keep you entertained. On Rotten Tomatoes, Bridget Jones’s Diary is rated 80%.
6. Election (1999)
- Director: Alexander Payne
- Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Colleen Camp, Nicholas D’Agosto.
- IMDb rating: 7.3/10
The election is another of my best recommendations for movies like Legally Blonde. The lead character is also Resse Witherspoon, who played Elle Woods.
Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is a perky, overachieving high school student who always annoys the social-studies teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick).
However, when it is time for elections, and Tracy is unopposed, her social studies teacher has other plans to stop her from getting to victory.
You will thoroughly enjoy this movie, especially if you love high school movies. On Rotten Tomatoes, Elections is rated 92%.
7. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
- Director: Jon M. Chu
- Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Pang,
- IMDb rating: 6.9/10
Crazy Rich Asians made it to our list of movies like Legally Blonde. A young Professor, Rachel (Constance Wu), is dating Nick (Henry Golding), who looks like an average man.
However, when she follows him to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, Rachel learns Nick is from one of the wealthiest families and is one of the most eligible bachelors.
She must contend with his disapproving mother, relatives, and the new spotlight.
Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic film with a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
8. Mean Girls (2004)
- Director: Mark Waters
- Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett.
- IMDb rating: 7.1/10
If you think Elle Woods is sassy, you have not seen the girls from this movie like Legally Blonde.
Cady (Lindsay Lohan) is admitted to a new school and becomes friends with Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese).
Everyone tells her to avoid the mean girls popularly known as The Plastics, led by Regina (Rachel McAdams).
However, Cady is in trouble when she falls in love with Regina’s ex-boyfriend, Aaron (Jonathan Bennett).
Mean Girls got a positive, high rating of 84% from Rotten Tomatoes.
9. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
- Director: David Frankel
- Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Adrian Grenier, Gisele Bündchen.
- IMDb rating: 6.9/10
Have you been in a challenging situation where you must decide? Andy (Anne Hathaway) is a young graduate hoping to become a journalist, and her prayer seems to be answered when she gets a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), a ruthless editor for one of New York’s most prominent magazines.
Andy faces a very harsh working environment that she decides to quit, but can she afford to lose all the editorial connections that come with working with Miranda?
Movies like Legally Blonde depict the strong will to push yourself more than average. The Devil Wears Prada is rated 75% by Rotten Tomatoes.
10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
- Director: Susan Johnson
- Cast: Lana Condor, Isabelle Beech, Noah Centineo, Hunter Dillon, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Andrew Bachelor, Trezzo Mahoro
- IMDb rating: 7/10
Like Elle, the lead character in the movie Legally Blonde, has a messed up love life. A young teen girl, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), writes love letters to all her past lovers.
Although these letters are meant for her alone, somehow they manage to be sent to the lovers. What will Lara do as all her previous lovers confront her one after the other about the letters?
Rotten Tomatoes rated To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 96%. There are sequels like To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and To All the Boys: Always and Forever.
11. Uptown Girls (2003)
- Director: Boaz Yakin
- Cast: Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Marley Shelton, Donald Faison, Jesse Spencer, Austin Pendleton, Pell James.
- IMDb rating: 6.1/10
Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is the daughter of a rich and famous rock and roll musician; she has never worked before but has to after someone stole her father’s death and all her inheritance.
She gets a job as a nanny to a little girl Ray (Dakota Fanning), who behaves like an adult.
After having lots of trouble, this duo must come together as they might learn something from each other.
Although this movie, just like some other movies like Legally Blonde, had a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes (13%), the storyline is relatable, and you will enjoy it.
12. Clueless (1995)
- Director: Amy Heckerling
- Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison, Elisa Donovan, Breckin Meyer, Jeremy Sisto.
- IMDb rating: 6.9/10
One similarity between the lead characters in this movie, just like in other movies like Legally Blonde and Elle Woods, is the fashion sense both have.
Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) is the school’s most popular and fashionable student who can get anyone to do anything.
She succeeds with her friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) in matchmaking two of her teachers and decides to find a boyfriend for another student till it hits her that she needs a boyfriend for herself but cannot find the best one.
The process causes her to understand that her clothes, popularity, and beauty cannot get her the boy of her dreams.
Clueless is rated 81% by Rotten Tomatoes. One thing you will enjoy in the movie is the fashion sense of Cher.
13. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
- Director: Gil Junger
- Cast: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, Larry Miller, Andrew Keegan, David Krumholtz.
- IMDb rating: 7.3/10
This top film from my list of movies like Legally Blonde, has a lead character with a popular and bubbly life like Elle Woods.
Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls in love with a popular sophomore, Bianca Stradford (Larisa Oleynik).
But, he cannot date her as Bianca’s father rules that the anti-social older sister, Kat (Julia Stiles), must have a boyfriend before she gets one.
To save her love, Cameron pays a boy, Patrick (Heath Ledger), to charm Kat and date her.
This romantic comedy movie has some melodious music you would love. On Rotten Tomatoes, 10 Things I Hate About You is rated 71%.
14. What Men Want (2019)
- Director: Adam Shankman
- Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu, Richard Roundtree, Tracy Morgan, Shane Paul McGhie.
- IMDb rating: 5.3/10
Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent whose male colleagues in the industry always overpowered her; she faced many issues, including a delayed promotion.
One day, Ali wakes up and notices she can hear the thoughts of men, so she decides to use this to her advantage even at her office.
What Men Want teaches there is more to what one can do regardless of gender. This movie is rated 42% by Rotten Tomatoes.
15. Sydney White (2007)
- Director: Joe Nussbaum
- Cast: Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long, John Schneider, Crystal Hunt, Jack Carpenter, Jeremy Howard, Danny Strong.
- IMDb rating: 6.1/10
The last on our list of movies like Legally Blonde is Sydney White, a girl who joins a sorority to honor her late mother but discovers things have gone south under the leadership of the iron-fist Rachel Witchburn (Sara Paxton).
She was kicked out of the group when she tried to oppose the leader, but she got accepted by seven misfits.
With the help of her new company, she started a campaign against the power-hungry sorority.
Sydney White is rated 35% by Rotten Tomatoes.