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The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies 

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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.

Joseph McGinty Nichol and Paul Thomas Anderson are among those who have directed Reese Witherspoon at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Movie fans who love Reese Witherspoon have also been known to enjoy films starring Jessica Alba and Mila Kunis.

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Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2002

Directed by: Andy Tennant

Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Candice Bergen. The film was released by ...more

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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Luketic

Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel by Amanda Brown. Sorority girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) decides to enroll in Harvard Law School ...more

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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

Released: 2005

Directed by: James Mangold

Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, ...more

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more

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Just like Heaven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mark Waters

Just Like Heaven is an American romantic comedy fantasy film released on September 16, 2005, in the United States and Canada. Set in San Francisco, it was directed by Mark Waters, starring Reese ...more

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The Man in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Sam Waterston, Jason London

Released: 1991

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

The Man in the Moon is a 1991 American coming of age drama film and was the final film of director, Robert Mulligan and is also Reese Witherspoon's debut role.

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Pleasantville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gary Ross

Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and ...more

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 1996

Directed by: James Foley

Fear is a 1996 American thriller drama film directed by James Foley. It was written by Christopher Crowe, who created the TV series B.L. Stryker, The Watcher, B.J. and the Bear and Seven Days. ...more

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Freeway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Freeway Reese Witherspoon, Brooke Shields, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1996

Directed by: Matthew Bright

Freeway is a 1996 crime film written and directed by Matthew Bright, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon and Brooke Shields. The plot of this film resembles the fairy tale Little Red ...more
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Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz

Released: 2011

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Water for Elephants is a 2011 American romantic drama film directed by Francis Lawrence. Richard LaGravenese wrote the screenplay, which was based on Sara Gruen's 2006 novel of the same name. It ...more

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Election is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

Released: 1999

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Election is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by him and Jim Taylor from Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same title. The plot revolves around a ...more

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, W... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Jennifer Coolidge

Released: 2003

Directed by: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, and the sequel to the 2001 film. Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) heads to Washington, ...more

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This Means War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Laura Vandervoort

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

This film is a 2012 American romantic comedy spy film directed by McG. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy as victims of a love triangle in which two CIA agents who are ...more

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Four Christmases is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Vince Vaughn

Released: 2008

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Four Christmases is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film about a couple visiting all four of their divorced parents' homes on Christmas Day. The film is produced by Spyglass Entertainment ...more

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Mud is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jeff Nichols

Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film
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Penelope is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, Russell Brand

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mark Palansky

Penelope is a 2006 fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Mark Palansky which was first released in 2006 and stars Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. ...more

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Vanity Fair is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mira Nair

Vanity Fair is a 2004 British-American costume drama film directed by Mira Nair and adapted from William Makepeace Thackeray's novel of the same name. The novel has been the subject of numerous ...more
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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mary Harron

American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by Mary Harron, based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Wealthy New York City investment banking ...more

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Wild is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific ...more

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How Do You Know is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson

Released: 2010

Directed by: James L. Brooks

How Do You Know is an upcoming 2010 film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson.
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Little Nicky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Ozzy Osbourne, Adam Sandler

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Brill

Little Nicky is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Steven Brill. It stars Adam Sandler as Nicky, a son of Satan.

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Devil's Knot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Devil's Knot Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Stephen Moyer

Released: 2013

Directed by: Atom Egoyan

Devil's Knot is a 2012 crime, drama, thriller and biography film written by Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson and Mark Sevi and directed by Atom Egoyan.
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The Importance of Being ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Colin Firth

Released: 2002

Directed by: Oliver Parker

The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play The Importance of Being ...more

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A Far Off Place is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reese Witherspoon Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Maximilian Schell, Ethan Embry

Released: 1993

Directed by: Mikael Salomon

A Far Off Place is a 1993 adventure drama film based on Laurens van der Post's works, A Far-Off Place and its prequel A Story Like the Wind, and stars Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Randall, Jack ...more

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