10 Movies like Legally Blonde you must watch

By Louie Fecou
Published: March 23, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)

We discuss 10 Movies like Legally Blonde you must watch. Add these well-recommended films to your watch list.

Legally Blonde is a favorite for fans who fell in love with Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon. The 2001 romantic comedy was directed by Robert Luketic, his first feature-length movie, based on the novel of the same name by Amanda Brown.

The premise sees Elle trying to win back her ex by getting a degree at Harvard law school. Along the way, she manages to overcome obstacles such as stereotyping to triumph in her quest.

It’s a great heartwarming story and has, at its core, some great messages, so with all that in mind, we thought you might appreciate some movies that are similar to Legally Blonde.

10 Movies like Legally Blonde you must watch

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Our first entry is perhaps not what you might have thought. The true story of Erin Brockovich, an unemployed single mother trying to find a job, has a similar tone to Legally Blonde.

When Erin begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, she discovers that the company is trying to secretly buy land that was contaminated by toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping, poisoning the residents in the area.

As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself in a lawsuit that became one of American history’s biggest class action lawsuits.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Another iconic cinematic character is brought to life by Renee Zellweger in this sparkling romantic comedy. The film would become a hit, with many loving the humor and pathos in the writing and performances.

Bridget is fed up with being the object of sympathy from her friends and takes matters into her own hands, keeping a journal of the whole process.

With some laugh-out-loud moments and a pitch-perfect central performance, I can’t imagine that fans of Legally Blonde have not watched this yet, but you never know.

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock are the leads in another comedy that centers on the world of law firms.

Environmental lawyer Lucy finds herself working for the wealthy real estate manager George. However, the job escalates, into Lucy finds she is more of a round-the-clock PA to George, so she quits.

George, of course, rehires, and Lucy starts to regret her decision. High and Sandra have some great chemistry, which shows on the screen, making this a must-see on this particular list.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Anne Hathaway stars as Andy, who is moving to New York and dreaming of becoming a journalist there. She manages to land an interview at Runway magazine and faces the iconic Miranda Priestly, played formidably by Meryl Streep.

Surprisingly, she gets the job and becomes an assistant to Miranda. However, her schooling takes its toll on her, and Andy starts to wonder if it is all worth it in the end. This fish-out-of-water premise makes it a must for our list and is still considered a classic of the genre.

Uptown Girls (2003)

Now here’s an entry that you may have missed, so we thought it would be an excellent entry on our list. Molly Gunn, played by Brittany Murphy, is the daughter of a famous rock and roll musician and has enjoyed a privileged and easy free ride.

When her father dies, she discovers to her horror, that her inheritance has been stolen, and she is completely frozen out. Desperate, she accepts a position as a nanny to the rebellious Ray, played by Dakota Fanning, a wise young girl tired beyond her years.

The two are thrown together and often cannot see eye to eye, but as time goes on, they discover some common ground and start to understand each other more and more. Underrated and overlooked, we still think this is worth a view.

Legally Blondes (2009) 

Here is a lazy entry, but it would seem silly not to include it on our list. This is an unabashed spinoff that, of course, keeps all the elements from Legally Blonde.

Izzy and Annie Woods are twin sisters — and cousins to Elle Woods — who move from England to California. They are enrolled in Pacific Preparatory, the same school Elle went to, and with a similar outlook on life to their cousin, they combat the school’s status quo and its outmoded ideals.

Lively and frothy, this is a must-see if you enjoy the original outing.

Clueless (1995)

Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, is at the center of this premise. This high school student has reached the top of the hierarchy at this educational establishment. Cher uses her charm and energy to set up two of the teachers in her high school and gives new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a fabulous makeover in this likable comedy.

The film captures the feeling of 90’s high school drama, and Silverstone delivers a performance that conveys something more underneath the shiny surface of Cher.

The First Wives Club (1996)

There is an absolute all-star cast working together in this tale of wronged wives and the revenge they seek against their ex-husbands. Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, the list goes on, and the talent elevates this movie greatly.

Fans of Legally Blonde will love to watch the machinations of our empowered cast as they set out for vengeance, and always remember, don’t get mad; get everything.

Bridesmaids (2011)

There are a lot of funny scenes in Legally Blonde, but we think that Bridesmaids might beat its laugh-out-loud count. When Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph, gets engaged, she asks her best friend Annie, played by Kristen Wiig, to be her maid of honor.

Of course, she accepts, but it’s a case of being careful what you wish for as the thankless task starts to spiral out of control, leaving the already frayed Annie feeling despondent. When Helen, Lillian’s perfectly poised friend, steps in, the situation is further muddied between Lillian and Annie.

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2006)

Of course, this would be on the list, as what fan of the original would not want to watch the sequel? After graduating from Harvard, Elle Woods heads to Washington, D.C., to pass a bill banning animal testing.

The sequel knows what we want to see so beloved characters, such as Paulette, Elle’s sorority sisters Margot and Serena, Emmett, and Bruiser, are all reintroduced.

Congress is now set, and the writers reproduce a lot of the tone of the first film. However, many of the gags don’t make the landing, which was considered a disappointing follow-up to the original; however, if you are a fan, you must check it out.

Do you have any other recommendations for Movies like Legally Blonde? Let us know in the comments below.

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