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The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 5.7k votes 1.3k voters 89.8k views

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List of the best Reese Witherspoon movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Reese Witherspoon started acting in 1991, but she did not receive her first Oscar until she played June Carter in the 2005 film Walk the Line. Reese Witherspoon's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Reese Witherspoon movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Reese Witherspoon movies will be at the top of the list. Reese Witherspoon has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Reese Witherspoon movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Reese Witherspoon films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Reese Witherspoon role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Reese Witherspoon performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing has a variety of films in it, like Sweet Home Alabama and Legally Blonde.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Reese Witherspoon movies?" and "What are the greatest Reese Witherspoon roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Witherspoon's girl-next-door charm, you might also enjoy our list of best Julia Roberts movies and best Jennifer Aniston movies.

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    Sweet Home Alabama

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey
    Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant. A young...  more

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    #25 of 91 The Funniest Movies About Family#5 of 21 Movies With Places In The Title That Weren't Actually Shot There

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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson
    Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel...  more

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    #30 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time#31 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe,...  more

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    #10 of 43 30+ Very Preppy Movies with the Preppiest Characters#77 of 291 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix
    Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based...  more

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    #357 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#373 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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    Pleasantville

    Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker
    Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by...  more

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    #50 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time#178 of 440 Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    Fear

    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano
    Fear is a 1996 American thriller drama film directed by James Foley. It was written by...  more

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    #10 of 15 15 Movies Where The Relationship Gaslighting Is The Real Horror#15 of 55 The Best Horror Movies About Parenting

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    Freeway

    Reese Witherspoon, Brooke Shields
    Freeway is a 1996 crime film written and directed by Matthew Bright, starring Kiefer...  more
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    Election

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick
    Election is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by...  more

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    The Best Quotes About Election#174 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    Water for Elephants

    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson
    Water for Elephants is a 2011 American romantic drama film directed by Francis Lawrence....  more
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    Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field
    Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Charles...  more

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    #89 of 225 The Worst Sequels Of All Time#61 of 63 Movies You Wish You Could Still Watch for the First Time

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    Mud

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey
    Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey,...  more
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    The Man in the Moon

    Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston
    The Man in the Moon is a 1991 American coming of age drama film and was the final film of...  more

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    #129 of 201 The Best Teen Romance Movies#317 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe
    American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by...  more

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    #19 of 231 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#18 of 24 The Best Movies with Twist Endings

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    Wild

    Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
    Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick...  more
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    Just like Heaven

    Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo
    Just Like Heaven is an American romantic comedy fantasy film released on September 16, 2005,...  more

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    #10 of 16 16 Movies That Start With The Main Character Dying#20 of 44 The Funniest Movies About Ghosts

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    The Trumpet of the Swan

    Reese Witherspoon, Carol Burnett
    The Trumpet of the Swan is a 2001 animated film produced by Nest Family Entertainment and...  more

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    #28 of 29 Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade#175 of 199 The Best G-Rated Animation Movies

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    Vanity Fair

    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson
    Vanity Fair is a 2004 British-American costume drama film directed by Mira Nair and adapted...  more
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    Home Again

    Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff
    Home Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Life for a...  more
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    How Do You Know

    Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson
    How Do You Know is a 2010 film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks. The film...  more
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    Little Nicky

    Reese Witherspoon, Ozzy Osbourne
    Little Nicky is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Steven Brill. It stars Adam Sandler as...  more

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    #17 of 54 The Best and Worst of Adam Sandler#10 of 23 Great Movies About the Actual Devil

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    Devil's Knot

    Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth
    Devil's Knot is a 2012 crime, drama, thriller and biography film written by Paul Harris...  more
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    Twilight

    Reese Witherspoon, Susan Sarandon
    Twilight is a 1998 thriller/Neo-noir film directed by Robert Benton. It stars Paul Newman,...  more
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    Penelope

    Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci
    Penelope is a 2008 fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Mark Palansky which was first...  more

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    #635 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#210 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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    Sing

    Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon
    Sing is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Illumination...  more

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    #238 of 534 The Best Animated Films Ever#15 of 136 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

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    Hot Pursuit

    Sofía Vergara, Reese Witherspoon
    Hot Pursuit is a 2015 American action comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher. An uptight and...  more