Reese Witherspoon Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Walk the Line
PG-13

Walk the Line

(2005)
28
2
As:
Cast
Role:
June Carter
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Drama, Music, Romance, Biography
Star Cast:
Ginnifer Goodwin, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts
Plot:

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. 

28
2
Gone Girl
R

Gone Girl

(2014)
20
4
As:
Producer
Director:
David Fincher
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon
Plot:

Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name is the basis of this David Fincher’s Psychological thriller. Nick Dunne becomes the prime suspect when, on their fifth marriage anniversary, his wife Amy goes missing. His portrayal of happy married life falls apart with growing media attention and police pressure.

20
4
The Man in the Moon
PG-13

The Man in the Moon

(1991)
23
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Dani Trant
Director:
Robert Mulligan
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Sam Waterston, Jason London, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland
23
4
Wild
R

Wild

(2014)
23
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Cheryl
Director:
Jean-Marc Vallée
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae
Plot:

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. 

23
3
Just Like Heaven
PG-13

Just Like Heaven

(2005)
30
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Elizabeth
Director:
Mark Waters
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Donal Logue, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Shenkman, Dina Spybey-Waters
Plot:

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.  

30
4
Mud
PG-13

Mud

(2012)
11
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Juniper
Director:
Jeff Nichols
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland
Plot:

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.  

11
1
Freeway
R

Freeway

(1996)
23
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Vanessa Lutz
Director:
Matthew Bright
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Perri, Bokeem Woodbine, Brooke Shields
23
3
Sweet Home Alabama
PG-13

Sweet Home Alabama

(2002)
34
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Melanie Smooter
Director:
Andy Tennant
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dakota Fanning, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen
Plot:

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. 

34
2
Pleasantville
PG-13

Pleasantville

(1998)
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jennifer
Director:
Gary Ross
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire, William H. Macy, Joan Allen
Plot:

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. 

8
3
The Good Lie
PG-13

The Good Lie

(2014)
12
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Carrie
Director:
Philippe Falardeau
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal
12
5
Legally Blonde
PG-13

Legally Blonde

(2001)
31
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Elle Woods
Director:
Robert Luketic
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Victor Garber, Matthew Davis
Plot:

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. 

31
1
American Psycho
R

American Psycho

(2000)
2
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Evelyn Williams
Director:
Mary Harron
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Christian Bale, Chloë Sevigny, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux, Willem Dafoe
Plot:

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 .

2
4
Cruel Intentions
R

Cruel Intentions

(1999)
15
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Annette Hargrove
Director:
Roger Kumble
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Tara Reid, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher, Ryan Phillippe
Plot:

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.

15
1
Election
R

Election

(1999)
6
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Tracy Flick
Director:
Alexander Payne
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Chris Klein, Matthew Broderick, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik
Plot:

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. 

6
4
Water for Elephants
PG-13

Water for Elephants

(2011)
11
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Marlena
Director:
Francis Lawrence
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton
Plot:

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?

11
6
The Importance of Being Earnest
PG

The Importance of Being Earnest

(2002)
5
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Cecily
Director:
Oliver Parker
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Frances O'Connor, Judi Dench
5
2
A Far Off Place
PG

A Far Off Place

(1993)
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nonnie Parker
Director:
Mikael Salomon
Genres:
Drama, Family, Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Jack Thompson, Ethan Embry, Robert John Burke, Sarel Bok
11
2
This Means War
PG-13

This Means War

(2012)
14
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lauren
Director:
McG
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Romance
Star Cast:
Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Til Schweiger, Chelsea Handler
Plot:

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.

14
1
Rendition
R

Rendition

(2007)
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
Director:
Gavin Hood
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Arkin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard
3
1
Penelope
PG

Penelope

(2006)
1
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Mark Palansky
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Star Cast:
James McAvoy, Michael Feast, Richard E. Grant, Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon
1
2
Inherent Vice
R

Inherent Vice

(2014)
2
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Star Cast:
Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Joaquin Phoenix
Plot:

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. 

2
2
Jack the Bear
PG-13

Jack the Bear

(1993)
2
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Marshall Herskovitz
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gary Sinise, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Art LaFleur, Danny DeVito, Reese Witherspoon
2
2
Fear
R

Fear

(1996)
4
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Nicole Walker
Director:
James Foley
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Alyssa Milano, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman
4
1
Twilight
R

Twilight

(1998)
7
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Mel Ames
Director:
Robert Benton
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
James Garner, Stockard Channing, Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman
7
4
Best Laid Plans
R

Best Laid Plans

(1999)
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lissa
Director:
Mike Barker
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Alessandro Nivola, Josh Brolin, Gene Wolande, Jonathan McMurtry
3
1
Vanity Fair
PG-13

Vanity Fair

(2004)
4
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Becky Sharp
Director:
Mira Nair
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Pattinson, Gabriel Byrne, Angelica Mandy, Roger Lloyd Pack, Ruth Sheen
4
4
Four Christmases
PG-13

Four Christmases

(2008)
11
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Kate
Director:
Seth Gordon
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Vince Vaughn, Jon Voight, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Reese Witherspoon
11
1
Devil's Knot

Devil's Knot

(2013)
1
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Pam Hobbs
Director:
Atom Egoyan
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Colin Firth, Alessandro Nivola, James Hamrick, Seth Meriwether
1
3
S.F.W.
R

S.F.W.

(1994)
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Wendy Pfister
Director:
Jefery Levy
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tobey Maguire, Jake Busey, Pamela Gidley, Stephen Dorff
2
1
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
PG-13

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

(2003)
20
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Elle Woods
Director:
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Regina King, Sally Field, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Newhart
20
1
Hot Pursuit
PG-13

Hot Pursuit

(2015)
13
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Cooper
Director:
Anne Fletcher
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Michael Mosley, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Robert Kazinsky
13
2
Little Nicky
PG-13

Little Nicky

(2000)
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Brill
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans, Quentin Tarantino, Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler
Plot:

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.  

7
1
How Do You Know
PG-13

How Do You Know

(2010)
4
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Lisa
Director:
James L. Brooks
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon
4
3
Lucy in the Sky
R

Lucy in the Sky

(2019)
0
0
As:
Producer
Director:
Noah Hawley
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz
0
0
A Wrinkle in Time
PG

A Wrinkle in Time

(2018)
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Whatsit
Director:
Ava DuVernay
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo
7
2
9 Kisses

9 Kisses

(2014)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Elaine Constantine
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Steve Carell, Shailene Woodley, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, Kristen Stewart
1
1
Home Again
PG-13

Home Again

(2017)
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Alice Kinney
Director:
Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Sheen, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander
10
1

TV Movie(s)

Wildflower
PG-13

Wildflower

(1991)
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Ellie Perkins
Director:
Diane Keaton
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Patricia Arquette, Beau Bridges, William McNamara, Susan Blakely
6
1
Desperate Choices: To Save My Child

Desperate Choices: To Save My Child

(1992)
3
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Andy Tennant
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joanna Kerns, Jeremy Sisto, Bruce McGill, Bruce Davison
3
2
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

(2014)
0
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Herself - Presenter
Director:
Chris Donovan
Star Cast:
Patton Oswalt, Matthew McConaughey, Lake Bell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
0
2

Animation(s)

The Simpsons
TV-14

The Simpsons (1989)

As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Kirkland, Steven Dean Moore, Bob Anderson, Matthew Nastuk, Jim Reardon
Genres:
Animation, Comedy
Star Cast:
Adam West, Ben Stiller, Carmen Electra, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner
Sing
PG

Sing (2016)

As:
Cast
Role:
Rosita
Director:
Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet
Genres:
Musical, Family, Comedy, Animation, Music
Star Cast:
Seth MacFarlane, Wes Anderson, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson
Plot:

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.

King of the Hill
TV-14

King of the Hill (1997)

As:
Cast
Director:
Wesley Archer, Klay Hall, Tricia Garcia, Kyoung Hee Lim, Adam Kuhlman
Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Rickman, Ben Stiller, Carmen Electra, Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy
Monsters vs. Aliens
PG

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

As:
Cast
Role:
Susan Murphy / Ginormica
Director:
Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Genres:
Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Rudd, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Will Arnett
Plot:

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.

Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space
TV-PG

Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (2009)

As:
Cast
Role:
Susan Murphy / Ginormica
Director:
Peter Ramsey
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Animation, Fantasy, Family, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Seth Rogen, Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Reese Witherspoon
Gunter Babysits

Gunter Babysits (2017)

As:
Cast
Role:
Rosita
Director:
Eric Favela, Adrien Borzakian
Genres:
Short, Family, Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman, Oscar Jennings, Leo Jennings
The Trumpet of the Swan
G

The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)

As:
Cast
Role:
Serena
Director:
Richard Rich, Terry L. Noss
Genres:
Musical, Animation, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Alexander, Seth Green, Mary Steenburgen, Carol Burnett

TV Shows and Videos

Friends
TV-14

Friends (1994)

As:
Cast
Director:
Gary Halvorson, Kevin Bright, Michael Lembeck, James Burrows, Gail Mancuso
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ben Stiller, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Big Little Lies
TV-MA

Big Little Lies (2017)

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Director:
Andrea Arnold
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley
Nature Is Speaking

Nature Is Speaking (2014)

As:
Cast
Director:
Eric Grunbaum, Scott Trattner
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, Penélope Cruz, Edward Norton, Lupita Nyong'o, Robert Redford
The Morning Show
TV-MA

The Morning Show (2018)

As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Mimi Leder, Roxann Dawson, David Frankel
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jennifer Aniston, Billy Crudup, Martin Short, Steve Carell
The Muppets.
TV-PG

The Muppets. (2015)

As:
Cast
Director:
Randall Einhorn, Matt Sohn
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jason Bateman, Elizabeth Banks, Kristin Chenoweth, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson
The Mindy Project
TV-14

The Mindy Project (2012)

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Spiller, Michael Weaver, David Rogers, Marco Fargnoli, David Stassen
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Smith, Missi Pyle, Julie Bowen, Ellie Kemper, Drea de Matteo
Return to Lonesome Dove

Return to Lonesome Dove (1993)

As:
Cast
Director:
Mike Robe
Genres:
Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Jon Voight, Oliver Reed, Ricky Schroder, Barbara Hershey
Monsters vs. Aliens
E10+

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

As:
Cast
Role:
Susan Murphy / Ginormica
Director:
Margaret Tang
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, James Horan, Rainn Wilson
Overnight Delivery
PG-13

Overnight Delivery (1998)

As:
Cast
Role:
Ivy Miller
Director:
Jason Bloom
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Paul Rudd, Christine Taylor, Sarah Silverman, Buffy Sedlachek
Four Christmases: Gag Reel

Four Christmases: Gag Reel (2009)

As:
Cast
Role:
Kate
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Reese Witherspoon
Freedom: A History of Us

Freedom: A History of Us (2003)

As:
Cast
Director:
Philip Kunhardt III, Peter W. Kunhardt, Nancy Steiner
Genres:
Documentary, History
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Katie Couric, Eric Foner, Philip Bosco, Tom Hanks
Legally Blondes
PG

Legally Blondes (2009)

As:
Producer
Director:
Savage Steve Holland
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Curtis Armstrong, Lisa Banes, Christopher Cousins, Brittany Curran, Milly Rosso

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