Top 10 Engrossing Movies Like 'Legally Blonde'
What Movies Are Like Legally Blonde?
It’s a popular misconception that most pretty girls are nothing but dainty damsels in distress waiting to be rescued, and nowhere has this idea been greatly propagated than in cinema.
In recent years, however, Hollywood has done well to go about dispelling this notion by showing a different type of beauty; one who is confident in her abilities and who can rescue herself from any situation with her charisma and wit, all the while looking stunning while doing it.
A modern example of this new look is Legally Blonde, which flips the conventional stereotype of a ditzy blonde on its head and presents us with a confident, gregarious charmer. So, motivated by a character who decided not to fit the mold society put her in, I decided to take a look at all the other bombshells who have been teaching and inspiring sisters to do it for themselves over the years.
Here’s a list of some movies like Legally Blonde that'll hook you.
Movies Similar to Legally Blonde
- The House Bunny
- Mean Girls
- Sydney White
- Miss Congeniality
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- The Devil Wears Prada
- She's The Man
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Step Sisters
1. The House Bunny (2008)
On her twenty-seventh birthday, playboy Bunny Shelly Darlington (played by Anna Farris), whose life up until then had been filled with glamour and the superficial, gets a huge dose of reality thrown in her face when she gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion for apparently being too old.
With no skills and no idea what to do with her life, she’s distraught until she happens upon a group of sorority girls who seem to have a bit of a problem fitting the sorority stereotype of popular, confident attention grabbers. It is in the midst of all these awkward, geeky girls that the former Playboy Bunny finds her true calling - to mold these uncoordinated mounds of human clay into the ultimate sorority girls.
The film opened to mixed reviews with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 43% and a Metacritic score of 55%, although Anna Farris’ performances were widely praised and with good reason. The House Bunny is a hilarious take on the archetypal ditzy blonde with a heart of gold, and Anna Farris plays the role to perfection. You are bound to leave with several quotes.
The House Bunny is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
2. Mean Girls (2004)
Make no mistake, the laws governing the hierarchy of wildlife in the jungle are child’s play compared to the competition for high school popularity, and Cady Heron is quick to learn this in Mean Girls.
Moving into the completely different environment of Illinois after having previously been homeschooled by her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady is clearly out of her depth in her new high school. At first, however, everything seems smooth enough when she is seamlessly integrated into the coolest clique of girls on campus called The Plastics, but their superficial pettiness comes out into the open when Cady falls for the top Plastic’s ex-boyfriend.
Mean Girls is a documentary about the culture of high school popularity as National Geographic is to wildlife. You feel the meanness, you see the effects, and you very much like to see the “bad guys” get what’s coming to them. The film stars Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Tina Fey (who in fact wrote the screenplay) just to name a few, and was received very positively by fans and critics alike.
Not only was the response resoundingly positive, but soon, Mean Girls became a cult classic, spawning not only a Broadway musical and a sequel but a video game too.
Mean Girls is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
3. Sydney White (2007)
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade or in the case of Sydney White, you try to take over the student body with an army of nerds. The film follows the story of lovable tomboy Sydney White (played by Amanda Bynes) who goes to college with the intention of pledging herself to her deceased mother’s prestigious sorority.
Sydney finds out that those glory days are long gone. Things have drastically changed in the now superficial sorority which is run by Rachel Witchburn (played by Sara Paxton) who rules the campus with an iron fist. When Rachel begins to feel threatened by Sydney, she begins to devise ways to exclude Sydney from the sorority, which she eventually does even after Sydney completes their initiation tasks.
Initially broken and dejected, Sydney finds refuge in the company of seven misfits and with their help begins her campaign to liberate the school from the clutches of the power-hungry sorority.
A modern retelling of the timeless story of Snow White (Sydney White, Rachel Witchburn, see a pattern here?), Sydney White (also known as Sydney White and the Seven Dorks) for all its stereotypical tropes is a light-hearted watch movie that delivers exactly what it intends; good, clean fun.
If you're looking for a movie like Legally Blonde, Sydney White Should be right up your alley.
4. Clueless (1995)
When the wealthy, vain, popular high schooler Cher Horowitz adds matchmaker to her list of titles after successfully setting up two unyielding teachers, she begins to get it in her head that there’s nothing she can’t do. So, in the name of social charity, she socially adopts the awkward, unpopular new girl Tai, determined to give her a makeover and turn her into a socialite.
Super Cher strikes again when her makeover goes according to plan, maybe a little too well when Tai starts becoming a lot more popular than she is, leading Cher to some life truths and personal realizations about herself she had otherwise kept repressed.
Starring Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd, Clueless is regarded as one of the most influential coming-of-age films of our time bringing to the world, the universally understood sarcastic quip, “as if!” The film holds a 6.8/10 score on IMDB as well as a Metacritic rating of 68%.
Clueless is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
5. Miss Congeniality (2000)
When it comes to the dainty damsels on this list, Miss Congeniality’s Gracie is not only the least dainty, but will probably punch anyone who says she is. Gracie (played by Sandra Bullock) is an F.B.I. agent. Not just any agent, but a Special Agent - the kind that deals with terrorists and bomb threats.
So, when the F.B.I. receives information that there’s going to be a bombing at the Miss United States pageant and are looking for an agent to go undercover as a contestant to unearth the bomb plot, they pick Gracie. Problem is, Gracie’s never done a girly thing a day in her life. Will she uncover the plot in time or will she immediately blow her cover by sticking out like a sore thumb?
Miss Congeniality is a thoroughly enjoyable action comedy despite what the critics at Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic with their 42% and 43% respective ratings might suggest. Along with her co-stars Michael Caine, William Shatner, and Candice Bergen, Sandra Bullock was immense with her performance and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. The film grossed over $210 million worldwide, and a sequel was soon released in 2005.
Miss Congeniality is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Kat and Bianca are two sisters conjoined by dating rules. Bianca, the gregarious yet vain sister, is approached by new student Cameron to go on a date, but her father’s rules Bianca cannot go on a date unless Kat, the anti-conformist older sister goes on one too.
A plot is hatched to hook Kat up with Patrick Verona, a mysterious bad boy who is rumored to have eaten a live duck once. Soon, however, Kat finds herself falling for Patrick, which inspires the poem that becomes the title for this movie, 10 Things I Hate About You.
Starring Julia Stiles, Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the immortalized Heath Ledger, 10 Things I Hate About You is a hilariously enjoyable teen comedy. A modern adaptation of the play, The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, the movie was well received with an IMDB score of 7.3/10 and a Metacritic score of 70%.
The comedy stays on topic and the characters, especially Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, give stellar performances to bring this modern re-telling of an age-old classic to life.
10 Things I Hate About You is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
7. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Reality is often disappointing as Andrea Sachs finds out in The Devil Wears Prada. Recently graduated, Andrea (played by Anne Hathaway) is an aspiring journalist who is looking for a temporary gig before she moves on to what she truly wants. What she gets, however, is a job at a celebrated fashion magazine as the second assistant to the diabolically ruthless and all-powerful Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep). What follows is a waking nightmare that begins to change Andrea’s mood, character, and fashion sense.
The Devil Wears Prada is considered a cult classic in the comedy-drama genre with the film grossing over $300 million worldwide. Meryl Streep’s performance as the sophisticated devil Miranda Priestly was so diabolically good, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
It is widely acknowledged that the inspiration for Miranda Priestly is a real-life fashion icon and Vogue editor Anna Wintour with Wintour herself saying on record that she enjoyed the movie and in particular, Meryl Streep’s performance.
The Devil Wears Prada is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store. Those looking for some flicks like Legally Blonde will love what this heartwarming pic brings to the table.
8. She’s the Man (2006)
Directed by Andy Fickman, She’s the Man is a teen comedy for the sports enthusiasts. The movie follows Viola (played by Amanda Bynes) and her adventures when her twin brother Sebastian decides to play hooky from his elite boarding school and she decides to take his place, as a boy.
Her intentions initially are purely soccer-based as the soccer team in her school is disbanded. However, things start to get messy when she falls in love with her brother’s roommate, who it turns out is in love with another girl, who in turn is in love with Sebastian; or more accurately Viola pretending to be Sebastian.
Another Shakespearian adaptation on this list, this time picking inspiration from the play Twelfth Night, She’s the Man also boasts a cast of Laura Ramsey and Channing Tatum and opened to mixed reviews. Even Amanda Bynes was known to have admitted that her role in the movie caused her to fall into a deep depression for a while, particularly because of seeing the way she looked as a boy, describing it as an out of body experience.
She’s the Man is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
9. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Sweet Home Alabama is a romantic comedy that shows the repercussions of trying to keep secrets hidden. Directed by Andy Tennant, the film follows Melanie (played by Reese Witherspoon), a fashion designer and socialite who seems to have hit the social jackpot when she is engaged to the most eligible and a seemingly perfect bachelor with aspirations of becoming president.
The only problem, back home in Alabama – the place she disowned to recreate her new life, she is already married to a local who refuses to sign the divorce papers she’s been consistently sending him. Looking to jump ahead of an impending problem, she heads on down South to get the divorce papers signed, but things get complicated when she rediscovers why home shall – and always will remain, home.
The movie went to win two Teen Choice Awards out of four nominations and received largely positive reviews from audiences despite the 38% Rotten Tomatoes score. Sweet Home Alabama is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
10. Step Sisters (2018)
If you’re into dance films and teen comedies, Step Sisters might just be the fix you need. Directed by Charles Stone III and starring Megalyn Echickunwoke, Step Sisters follows the story of Jamilah, a black sorority girl who has pretty much climbed the social ladder to its peak. President of her sorority, captain of her step team, and close confidante to the dean of her school, everything seems on course for her to win at life.
That’s until her debauched sorority sisters embarrass the school with their actions. Jamilah is then placed in the unenviable role of setting things right by not only teaching her white and rhythmically challenged sorority sisters how to step dance, but also, lead them to win the most competitive dance competition called the Steptacular.
Step Sisters is a melting pot of humor, culture clashes, and loyalty, all tied up in a neat bow by writer Chuck Hayward. Step Sisters is available now for streaming on Netflix.
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