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List of Reese Witherspoon Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Walk the Line (2005)
27
7
Walk the Line
PG-13
27
7

Based on two autobiographies by singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, the film Walk the Line follows Cash's early life, his enduring romance with June Carter, and his rise to fame in the country music scene. The film received positive reviews and was nominated for five Oscars at the 78th Academy Awards. 

Role:
June Carter
Starring:
Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts
Directed By:
James Mangold
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2. American Psycho (2000)
40
12
American Psycho
R
40
12

Patrick Bateman is a handsome and wealthy investment banker who is focused on maintaining a high status in front of his friends and fiancée Evelyn and living a life full of vanity. However, by the night, he turns into a violent serial killer who mindlessly murders anyone around him .

Role:
Evelyn Williams
Starring:
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Chloë Sevigny, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux
Directed By:
Mary Harron
3. Pleasantville (1998)
20
5
Pleasantville
PG-13
20
5

David, who enjoys 1950s TV shows, and Jennifer, who is his opposite in many ways, receive a magical remote control which mysteriously transports them to ‘Pleasantville,’ a simple place from 1950s black-n-white sitcom, with simple-minded people and perfect things. The twin siblings from the real world help add some wonderful colors to the drab lives of the ‘Pleasantville’ people. 

Role:
Jennifer
Directed By:
Gary Ross
4. Mud (2012)
17
7
Mud
PG-13
17
7

Two teenagers Ellis and Neckbone discover fugitive Mud, wanted for murder ,living in a boat on a small island in the Mississippi River. They agree to help him reunite with his lover Juniper. But things take a violent turn when the family of the man he killed arrives to take revenge.  

Role:
Juniper
Starring:
Directed By:
Jeff Nichols
5. Sing 2 (2021)
13
5
Sing 2
U
13
5

Along with his friends, Buster Moon is launching a new show. However, he needs to find Clay Calloway, one of the world’s most reclusive rock stars to join them for the opening.

Role:
Rosita
6. The Good Lie (2014)
9
4
The Good Lie
PG-13
9
4

A group of Sudanese refugees are given the chance to resettle in the United States. They soon arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where an employment agency helps them find jobs and rebuild their shattered lives.

Role:
Carrie
Starring:
Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal
Directed By:
Philippe Falardeau
7. Election (1999)
15
5
Election
R
15
5

Jim McAllister is a beloved civics teacher at a high school and resents overachieving senior student, Tracy Flick, who will do anything for success. When Tracy decides to run for student body president, an appalled Jim encourages football player, Paul Meltzer, to run as well. Unfortunately, things don’t end well for Jim. 

Role:
Tracy Flick
Starring:
Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik
Directed By:
Alexander Payne
8. The Man in the Moon (1991)
9
3
The Man in the Moon
PG-13
9
3

The Man in the Moon is a coming-of-age romantic drama film which revolves around Dani, a 14 year old tomboyish girl who finds herself attracted to Court, an older boy who is her neighbor. However, their journey of love is not as smooth as she had hoped.

Role:
Dani Trant
Starring:
Sam Waterston, Jason London, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland
Directed By:
Robert Mulligan
9. Wild (2014)
14
6
Wild
R
14
6

After the death of her mother, who had taken great pains to raise her and her brother, Cheryl Strayed finds herself sliding deep into drug addiction which breaks her marriage. To pull herself out of grief and addiction, Cheryl embarks alone on a 1000-miles Pacific Crest Trail hike. As she faces setbacks and hazards, it proves to be a journey of self-discovery. 

Role:
Cheryl
Starring:
Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae
Directed By:
Jean-Marc Vallée
10. Wildflower (1991)
9
3
Wildflower
PG-13
9
3
Role:
Ellie Perkins
Starring:
Patricia Arquette, Beau Bridges, William McNamara, Susan Blakely
Directed By:
11. Water for Elephants (2011)
13
6
Water for Elephants
PG-13
13
6

In 1931, a veterinary student Jacob Jankowski, who is left penniless after his parents’ sudden death, joins a circus as their vet. The volatile, violent circus owner, August Rosenbluth, asks Jake to train the new circus attraction, elephant Rosie, for his wife Marlena to ride. Their compassion for Rosie brings Jake and Marlena closer, but can their love survive possessive August’s ire?

Role:
Marlena
Starring:
Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Hal Holbrook, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton
Directed By:
Francis Lawrence
12. Cruel Intentions (1999)
19
7
Cruel Intentions
R
19
7

Kathryn, a wealthy manipulative teenager, agrees to watch over naive Cecile with the secret intention of defaming her to take revenge on Cecile's lover, her ex. When her philanderer stepbrother Sebastian refuses to seduce Cecile in favor of the headmaster's virgin daughter Annette, who wants to stay chaste until marriage, the two spoiled step-siblings make a wicked wager.

Role:
Annette Hargrove
Starring:
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joshua Jackson, Louise Fletcher, Christine Baranski, Tara Reid, Swoosie Kurtz, Selma Blair
Directed By:
Roger Kumble
13. Rendition (2007)
9
4
Rendition
R
9
4

When Anwar El-Ibrahimi, a Chicago based American-Egyptian chemical engineer, goes missing, his wife, Isabella, starts a search for him, unaware that he is being interrogated for his supposed involvement in terrorist activities and tortured in a secret facility. Luckily, CIA analyst Douglas Freeman is not convinced of Anwar’s guilt. 

Role:
Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed By:
Gavin Hood
14. Freeway (1996)
9
4
Freeway
R
9
4

This dark comedy crime thriller film tells the story of a teenage girl Ramona, who goes in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is offered a ride by a charming man named Bob, but soon she realizes that Bob is a notorious and sadistic serial killer.   

Role:
Vanessa Lutz
Starring:
Brooke Shields, Kiefer Sutherland, Brittany Murphy, Amanda Plummer, Alanna Ubach, Paul Perri, Bokeem Woodbine
Directed By:
Matthew Bright
15. The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
8
4
The Importance of Being Earnest
PG
8
4

This romantic comedy drama film takes us to 1890s London, and revolves around two men who use the same pseudonym Ernest for their secret courtship activities.  Things turn complicated when they meet face to face, and their deception is discovered.

Role:
Cecily
Starring:
Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Frances O'Connor
Directed By:
Oliver Parker
16. Just Like Heaven (2005)
16
6
Just Like Heaven
PG-13
16
6

David Abbott moves into a San Francisco apartment only to find it is haunted by the spirit of Elizabeth Masterson, the former owner. Only David can see her, and all Elizabeth can remember is that she isn’t dead. As David tries to find Elizabeth’s identity, the two fall in love.  

Role:
Elizabeth
Starring:
Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue, Ben Shenkman, Dina Spybey-Waters
Directed By:
Mark Waters
17. Penelope (2006)
10
6
Penelope
PG
10
6

Penelope Wilhern, heiress of an aristocratic family, is born with a pig-nose owing to a family curse which can break only if she finds true love with ‘one of her own kind.’ Raised alone hidden in mansion, when her family fails to find right suitor she escapes in the outside world and discovers her true self. Will she succeed in breaking the curse?     

Starring:
Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Russell Brand, Lenny Henry, Michael Feast, Richard E. Grant
Directed By:
Mark Palansky
18. Inherent Vice (2014)
12
6
Inherent Vice
R
12
6

Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello is a good-hearted but inept stoner who works as a private investigator. His former lover, Shasta suddenly shows up and asks him to prevent her rich lover, Wolfmann, from being committed to insane asylum by Wolfmann’s wife. Doc soon finds himself tangled in the psychedelic world of drugs and corrupt LAPD. 

Starring:
Sasha Pieterse, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Michael K. Williams, Maya Rudolph, Eric Roberts
Directed By:
19. Jack the Bear (1993)
6
3
Jack the Bear
PG-13
6
3
Starring:
Danny DeVito, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gary Sinise, Art LaFleur, Danny DeVito
Directed By:
Marshall Herskovitz
20. A Far Off Place (1993)
8
3
A Far Off Place
PG
8
3
Role:
Nonnie Parker
Starring:
Maximilian Schell, Jack Thompson, Ethan Embry, Robert John Burke, Sarel Bok
Directed By:
Mikael Salomon
21. Legally Blonde (2001)
19
9
Legally Blonde
PG-13
19
9

Fashion-conscious sorority girl Elle Woods’ boyfriend Warner Huntington leaves her for a smarter girl and enrolls in Harvard Law School. Determined to prove her mettle and win him back, Elle too joins Harvard. Realizing her own potential, she not only teaches Warner a lesson but also proves all blonde stereotypes wrong, as she successfully defends an innocent murder suspect. 

Role:
Elle Woods
Starring:
Selma Blair, Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Wilson, Ali Larter, Victor Garber, Raquel Welch, Alanna Ubach
Directed By:
Robert Luketic
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Comedic Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Line, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Dressed
22. This Means War (2012)
16
8
This Means War
PG-13
16
8

Two CIA agents who are also best friends end up dating the same woman. On finding out, they turn the best of their combat skills against each other.

Role:
Lauren
Starring:
Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Chelsea Handler, Laura Vandervoort, Abigail Spencer, Angela Bassett, Til Schweiger
Directed By:
McG
23. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
16
6
Sweet Home Alabama
PG-13
16
6

Even though Jake Perry and his wife Melanie Smooter are estranged, he still hopes for a reconciliation. Melanie wants to divorce and marry Andrew Hennings, a wealthy man. However, things don’t work out according to her plans, and she ends up falling in love with Jake once again. 

Role:
Melanie Smooter
Starring:
Dakota Fanning, Patrick Dempsey, Jean Smart, Melanie Lynskey, Kevin Sussman, Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen
Directed By:
Andy Tennant
24. Fear (1996)
10
5
Fear
R
10
5

Fear is a 1996 psychological thriller film, which revolves around a teenage girl, Nicole Walker, who develops a liking for a handsome and charming man named David McCall. However, David has a darker side, about which she is completely unaware of, which eventually turns her love into fear. 

Role:
Nicole Walker
Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Amy Brenneman, Alyssa Milano, William Petersen
Directed By:
James Foley
25. Vanity Fair (2004)
6
4
Vanity Fair
PG-13
6
4

Vanity Fair is a drama film which revolves around the life of Becky Sharp, who had been orphaned at an early age, and had grown up in a poor neighborhood in London. However, she manages to ascend up the social ladder along with her friend Amelia.  

Role:
Becky Sharp
Starring:
Tom Sturridge, Gabriel Byrne, Rhys Ifans, Bob Hoskins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Romola Garai, Robert Pattinson
Directed By:
Mira Nair
26. Twilight (1998)
6
4
Twilight
R
6
4

Twilight is a mystery thriller film which tells the story of Harry Ross, a private detective, who lives with two former movie stars named Jack and Catherine Ames. When Jack assigns a simple task to Harry, which involves delivering a package, things get confusing as when Harry arrives at the address, he encounters a wounded man named Ivar, who starts shooting at him.  

Role:
Mel Ames
Starring:
Paul Newman, James Garner, Susan Sarandon, Jason Clarke, Liev Schreiber, Gene Hackman, Stockard Channing
Directed By:
Robert Benton
27. Devil's Knot (2013)
7
4
Devil's Knot
7
4

A small town in Arkansas makes headlines when three teenagers are arrested for brutally murdering three young children, as part of a satanic ritual. Although they are all sent to prison, the defense investigator soon feels that there is more to the case than what meets the eye.

Role:
Pam Hobbs
Starring:
Martin Henderson, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Moyer, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Colin Firth, Alessandro Nivola
Directed By:
Atom Egoyan
28. Best Laid Plans (1999)
7
4
Best Laid Plans
R
7
4

Bryce is a wealthy man who is unaware that he is a target for several schemers and crooks. He stops at a local bar, when he meets the seductive Lissa. The two spend the night together, but in the morning, she blackmails him, by claiming that she is underage. In a panic, unsure of what to do, he decides to tie her up, and ask an old of his for help.

Role:
Lissa
Starring:
Terrence Howard, Josh Brolin, Alessandro Nivola, Gene Wolande, Jonathan McMurtry
Directed By:
Mike Barker
29. Four Christmases (2008)
7
6
Four Christmases
PG-13
7
6

Coming from dysfunctional families, both Brad and Kate have resolved not to marry or have kids. Every Christmas, they travel abroad in order to avoid visiting their parents, all of whom have remarried. But when their plan to visit Fiji falls apart, they have no other option but to visit their four sets of parents, a visit which changes them for good. 

Role:
Kate
Starring:
Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw, Katy Mixon, Kristin Chenoweth, Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen
Directed By:
Seth Gordon
30. S.F.W. (1994)
5
4
S.F.W.
R
5
4

Cliff is a misanthropic teenager who doesn’t seem to care about anything. His life takes a turn when he is taken hostage by terrorists at a store. However, he is indifferent to their threats, and he takes a bullet for Wendy, a fellow hostage, which makes him a national hero.

Role:
Wendy Pfister
Starring:
Tobey Maguire, Jake Busey, Pamela Gidley, Stephen Dorff
Directed By:
Jefery Levy
31. How Do You Know (2010)
6
5
How Do You Know
PG-13
6
5

Lisa, a star softball player, finds herself evaluating her life, after she fails to make it into the National Team. She also falls in love with two men at the same time, and struggles to find the true meaning of love. 

Role:
Lisa
Starring:
Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Jack Nicholson
Directed By:
James L. Brooks
32. Little Nicky (2000)
9
8
Little Nicky
PG-13
9
8

Furious that their father thinks they are not fit enough to rule the Hell, Satan’s two elder sons come down to the earth to create another Hell and while doing so they freeze the entrance of the Hell, knowing that it will cause their father’s body to decompose. Satan is now forced to rely on Nicky, his mild-mannered third son, to bring his errant brothers home before it is too late.  

Starring:
Adam Sandler, Rodney Dangerfield, Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey, Carl Weathers, Quentin Tarantino, Rob Schneider
Directed By:
Steven Brill
33. Hot Pursuit (2015)
5
6
Hot Pursuit
PG-13
5
6

An uptight police woman is assigned to escort a couple to Dallas to testify against a drug lord. Their plan go ashtray when her fellow officer and the main witness are killed in an ambush at their home. Immediately after the incident, his wife grabs a suitcase full of shoes and the two women flee, pursued in their flight by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.   

Role:
Cooper
Starring:
Michael Mosley, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Robert Kazinsky
Directed By:
Anne Fletcher
34. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
6
6
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
PG-13
6
6

Harvard lawyer, Ellie Woods, postpones her wedding plans and goes to Washington DC to have her say and oppose animal testing for cosmetics. She starts working for Rep. Victoria Rudd, but realizes how tough it is to get ‘Bruiser’s Bill’ on the floor of the house. Though an uphill task all the way, Ellie is not the one to give up easily.

Role:
Elle Woods
Starring:
Sally Field, Bob Newhart, Masi Oka, Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Wilson, Alanna Ubach, Regina King
Directed By:
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
35. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
4
5
A Wrinkle in Time
PG
4
5

A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy adventure film which tells the story of Meg, whose father disappears into another realm in space, while attempting a scientific discovery. Meg, along with her brother and her friend, are sent to find him by three peculiar creatures.

Role:
Mrs. Whatsit
Starring:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, David Oyelowo, Rowan Blanchard, Chris Pine
Directed By:
Ava DuVernay
36. 9 Kisses (2014)
6
3
9 Kisses
6
3
Starring:
Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley, Steve Carell, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed By:
Elaine Constantine
37. Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992)
6
4
Desperate Choices: To Save My Child
6
4
Starring:
Jeremy Sisto, Joanna Kerns, Bruce McGill, Bruce Davison
Directed By:
Andy Tennant
38. Home Again (2017)
6
4
Home Again
PG-13
6
4
Role:
Alice Kinney
Starring:
Michael Sheen, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander
Directed By:
Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Animation Movies

The Simpsons
29
4
The Simpsons
TV-14
29
4
Starring:
Liam Neeson, James Woods, Jay Leno, Patrick Stewart, Eddie Izzard, Andy Serkis, Phil McGraw
Directed By:
King of the Hill
9
3
King of the Hill
TV-14
9
3
Starring:
Carl Reiner, Billy West, Bruce Dern, Sydney Pollack, Kyle Chandler, Chris Rock, Ed Asner
Directed By:
Wesley Archer, Klay Hall, Tricia Garcia, Kyoung Hee Lim, Adam Kuhlman
Sing (2016)
13
5
Sing
PG
13
5

Buster Moon, an impresario koala who owns a struggling theater in the city of Calatonia inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, decides to host a singing competition with a prize of $1,000. However, when his assistant misprints the fliers to inflate the amount hundred times, the optimistic koala struggles to gather the amount as hopeful participants flock to his theater.

Role:
Rosita (voice)
Starring:
Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Wes Anderson, Peter Serafinowicz, Tara Strong, Rhea Perlman, Jennifer Hudson
Directed By:
Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
11
6
Monsters vs. Aliens
PG
11
6

Far away in space, an unknown planet explodes sending a meteorite towards earth which strikes a bride just before her wedding ceremony. Her appearance changes, the authorities take charge of her and soon she finds herself in a secret facility with monsters of all shapes and sizes.

Role:
Susan Murphy / Ginormica (voice)
Starring:
Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Renee Zellweger, Stephen Colbert, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd
Directed By:
Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009)
6
3
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space
TV-PG
6
3
Role:
Susan / Ginormica (voice)
Starring:
Hugh Laurie, Rainn Wilson, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett
Directed By:
Peter Ramsey
Gunter Babysits (2017)
4
3
Gunter Babysits
4
3
Role:
Rosita (voice)
Starring:
Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman, Oscar Jennings, Leo Jennings
Directed By:
Eric Favela, Adrien Borzakian
The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)
3
3
The Trumpet of the Swan
G
3
3
Role:
Serena (voice)
Starring:
Jason Alexander, Carol Burnett, Corey Burton, Seth Green, Mary Steenburgen
Directed By:
Richard Rich, Terry L. Noss

TV Shows

Friends
54
7
Friends
TV-14
54
7
Starring:
Tom Selleck, Giovanni Ribisi, George Clooney, David Schwimmer, Denise Richards, Elle Macpherson, Fred Willard
Directed By:
Nature Is Speaking
9
2
Nature Is Speaking
9
2
Starring:
Penelope Cruz, Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Marion Cotillard, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Spacey, Robert Redford
Directed By:
Eric Grunbaum, Scott Trattner
Big Little Lies
20
4
Big Little Lies
TV-MA
20
4
Role:
Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Starring:
Zoë Kravitz, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Meryl Streep
Directed By:
Andrea Arnold
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series
The Morning Show
14
3
The Morning Show
TV-MA
14
3
Starring:
Janina Gavankar, Billy Crudup, Martin Short, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Directed By:
Mimi Leder, Roxann Dawson, David Frankel
The Mindy Project
8
3
The Mindy Project
TV-14
8
3
Starring:
Bill Hader, Kunal Nayyar, Drea de Matteo, James Franco, Ken Burns, Laverne Cox, Jussie Smollett
Directed By:
The Muppets.
7
3
The Muppets.
TV-PG
7
3
Starring:
Elizabeth Banks, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Bateman, Christina Applegate, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul, Josh Groban
Directed By:
Randall Einhorn, Matt Sohn
Return to Lonesome Dove
7
3
Return to Lonesome Dove
7
3
Starring:
Chris Cooper, Jon Voight, Oliver Reed, Ricky Schroder, Barbara Hershey
Directed By:
Mike Robe
Four Christmases: Gag Reel (2009)
5
3
Four Christmases: Gag Reel
5
3
Role:
Kate (uncredited)
Starring:
Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jon Favreau
Overnight Delivery (1998)
5
3
Overnight Delivery
PG-13
5
3
Role:
Ivy Miller
Starring:
Jim Belushi, Christine Taylor, Sarah Silverman, Paul Rudd, Buffy Sedlachek
Directed By:
Jason Bloom
Freedom: A History of Us
4
3
Freedom: A History of Us
4
3
Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Tom Hanks, Richard Gere
Directed By:
Philip Kunhardt III, Peter W. Kunhardt, Nancy Steiner
Legally Blondes (2009)
2
3
Legally Blondes
PG
2
3
Starring:
Curtis Armstrong, Lisa Banes, Christopher Cousins, Brittany Curran, Milly Rosso
Directed By:
Savage Steve Holland

Reese Witherspoon Awards

Academy Awards
Walk the Line Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2006
Golden Globe Awards
Walk the Line Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 2006
Primetime Emmy Awards
Big Little Lies Outstanding Limited Series 2017
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Female Movie Star 2009
Winner Favorite Female Movie Star 2008
Winner Favorite Leading Lady 2006
BAFTA Awards
Walk the Line Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2006
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Legally Blonde Best Comedic Performance 2002
Legally Blonde Best Line 2002
Legally Blonde Best Dressed 2002