19 Movies Like 13 Going On 30

Jennifer Garner attended the "13 Going on 30" Premiere on April 14, 2004.

In 13 Going On 30, thirteen-year-old Jenna is tired of being unpopular and restricted by her age. She wants a boyfriend, be thirty years old and flirty! When she chants a wish in her closet after an unfortunate incident involving the popular girls and her crush, Jenna wakes up the following day and finds that her wish came true.

Jenna soon learns that you should be careful what you wish for, take nothing for granted, and being an adult isn’t as much fun as she thought it would be. If you enjoyed the movie, you would love the following films:

  • First Daughter
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • The Princess Diaries
  • Legally Blonde
  • Win A Date With Tad Hamilton
  • Mean Girls
  • Never Been Kissed
  • Post Grad
  • Penelope
  • The Holiday
  • The Other Women
  • TiMER
  • Just Go With It
  • Easy A
  • A Cinderella Story
  • Freaky Friday
  • The Proposal
  • 17 Again

If you are searching for your next chick flick similar to 13 Going On 30, you are in the right place! This article will provide an excellent list of movies that will make you want to call your girlfriends and have a slumber and watch movies all night long!

1. First Daughter (2004)

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Director: Forest Whitaker

Cast: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Michael Keaton, Margaret Colin

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Movie Plot

All Samantha wants is to feel like a regular college student. However, that isn’t so easy when your father is the president, and on your first day of college, you arrive in a limo and are escorted into the building by Secret Service Agents.

Well, that is precisely what happened to Sam. When she asks her father to recall the agents, he “agrees” and assigns an undercover agent, James, to pose as a student and keep an eye on her.

Eventually, Samantha and James start falling in love, and she finally feels like she fits in with her peers. But what will happen to their romance when she discovers that James was hired by her father to protect her?

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2. Just Like Heaven (2005)

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Director: Mark Waters

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Reese Whitherspoon, Jon Heder, Donal Logue

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Movie Plot

Shortly after an architect, David becomes a widower; he moves into an apartment in San Francisco to start his new single life. But David soon realizes that he isn’t as alone as he thought he would be.

He meets the ghost of a woman named Elizabeth, who claims she lives there and is trespassing. Elizabeth cannot remember anything else about her life, but she will not tolerate him telling her that she is dead.

David turns to an absent-minded psychic, Darryl, to help him find out what happened to Elizabeth and why she cannot leave the apartment.

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3. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

Sweet Home Alabama Poster Movie (27 x 40 Inches - 69cm x 102cm) (2002)

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Director: Andy Tennant

Cast: Reese Whitherspoon, John Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Movie Plot

When Melanie, a fashion designer from New York, gets engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in the city, she realizes that she will need to tie up loose ends from her past before she can move on with her life.

She is still legally married, and her “ex-husband” refuses to sign the divorce papers. Melanie decides to take matters into her own hands by sneaking back to her childhood home in Alabama and demanding Jake sign the papers.

He is highly reluctant to her request and instead takes her for a trip down memory lane. Without realizing it, Mel starts enjoying her ex-husband’s gestures and needs to decide whether or not she wants to let go of her old life permanently. 

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4. The Princess Diaries (2001)

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Director: Gary Marshall

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Mandy Moore, Heather Matarazzo

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Kids, Family

Movie Plot

Mia Thermopolis is a shy, ordinary teenager from San Francisco. She isn’t exactly what you would call popular; in fact, she only has two close friends, her loving cat, and lives a very ordinary life.

But all of that is about to change! When her formidable grandmother, also known as Queen Clarisse Renaldi, shows up in her life, she gives Mia news that will change her life forever! All this time, she had no idea that she was a princess and heir apparent to the crown of the European principality of Genovia.

Mia is a bit rough around the edges, but Queen Clarisse and her noble team clean her up and put her through a finishing school crash course! Will Mia be ready for her royal introduction to the people of Genovia, or will the once ordinary girl from San Francisco choose to go back to her old life?

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5. Legally Blonde (2001)

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Director: Robert Lukeric

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Coolidge, Selma Blair

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Movie Plot

Elle Woods has everything she needs and wants in life. The only thing missing to complete her perfect world is marrying her boyfriend and becoming Mrs. Warner Huntington III. When out on a romantic date, Elle expects him to pop the question, but instead, he dumps her.

The reason; she is too blonde! Determined to win him back and prove that she is more than just a pretty face and stereotypical “dumb blond,” Elle sets off and manages to get into Harvard Law School to win him back.

But along the way, she has a change of heart as she realizes that what you think you want isn’t necessarily meant for you, and allowing life to run its course, true happiness will find you.

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6. Win A Date With Tad Hamilton (2004)

Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!

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Director: Robert Lukeric

Cast: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Nathan Lane

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Movie Plot

Pete is a modest, quirky, down-to-earth grocery store manager who is madly in love with his co-worker and best friend, Rosalee. She is entirely unaware of his feelings for her, and when she wins the date of a lifetime with her gorgeously handsome, all-time-favorite actor, Tad Hamilton, Pete has to pretend it does not bother him at all.

When she returns home after her date, Pete tries to admit his feelings for her, but then, to her surprise, Tad Hamilton shows up in her small town to pursue a relationship with the only girl that has ever declined to jump into bed with him after meeting him in person.

A devastated Pete tries everything in his power to make her see that he is the one she must choose, but things don’t go exactly as smoothly as he had hoped. Will he be able to win Rosalee’s heart before the hunky actor does, or will he forever remain in the friend zone?

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7. Mean Girls (2004)

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Director: Mark Waters

Cast: Lindsey Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried

Genre: Comedy, Teen

Movie Plot

A teenager from Africa, Cady Heron, moves with her parents to the suburbs of Illinois. She has always wondered what public school would be like, and now she finally gets a chance to experience it for herself.

Unfortunately, it isn’t as great as she had imagined, and she soon changes everything about herself to fit into the most popular girls in school known as “the Plastics.” The click leader, Regina George, turns Cady into a version of herself, and she starts ditching the two people who befriended her when she first arrived at the school.

Cady is faced with a moral dilemma; does she continue hurting her faithful friends to remain popular, or will she be true to them and herself?

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8. Never Been Kissed (1999)

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Director: Raja Gosnell

Cast: Drew Barrymore, Michael Vartan, David Arquette, Molly Shannon

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Movie Plot

Josie Gellar did not have the best time in high school. She was a bit of a loser, and she made a fool of herself more times than she could count. She was so unpopular that to this day, she has yet to experience her first kiss.

Fortunately, her luck is about to change when her boss sends her back to high school as an undercover reporter to find out what today’s teens are like. Determined not to relive the terrible time in high school, Josie tries everything to fit in and be popular.

She falls for her charming, dreamy, handsome English teacher, Sam Coulson. She needs to decide which is more important to her; her career, her reputation as a cool high-school teen, or the potential love of her life and first kiss.

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9. Post Grad (2009)

Post Grad: Life After Film School with Vicky Jenson

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Director: Vicky Jenson

Cast: Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Michael Keaton, Carol Burnette

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Movie Plot

Ryden Malby has a great plan for her life after college graduation. She will live in a glamorous apartment, work at a prestigious publishing house, and completely control her life.

But when she finds out that Jessica (her rival) steals the job of her dreams, Rydan has no choice but to move back to her weird family’s house until she gets back on her feet.

Together with her best friend and her neighbor, she tries to develop a new plan for her life while the rejection letters pile up. Ryden soon realizes that life doesn’t always go according to plan, and sometimes life has an even better plan installed for us.

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10. Penelope (2006)

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Director: Mark Palansky

Cast: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon, Catherine O’Hara

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Movie Plot

Penelope Wilhern spends her life at home because she was born with a pig snout. She was told that the only way to break free from this unfortunate spell was by marrying someone who was just like her. To her dismay, all her so-called suitors reject her.

Two devious men assign a man to pose as her true suitor. Complications arise when the man starts falling in love with her for real, she decides to bid for her freedom.

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11. The Holiday (2006)

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Director: Nancy Meyers

Cast: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Movie Plot

Iris from England is devastated and depressed after the man of her dreams announces his engagement to another woman. Amanda from California needs to take a break from her busy lifestyle, especially after discovering that her boyfriend cheated on her with his secretary.

Desperate to get as far away from her ex-lover, Iris places an ad to swap houses with someone for a holiday. When Amanda sees the ad, she immediately applies, and the two agree to stay in each other’s homes.

Both Iris and Amanda got more when they bargained to meet strangers who seemed to be the missing puzzle pieces in their lives.

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12. The Other Woman (2014)

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Director: Nick Cassavetes

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Movie Plot

Carly Whitten is a powerful, driven New York lawyer who plays by the rules regarding intimate relationships. However, her rules quickly fly out the window after they meet rigorously handsome Mark King.

One night, Carly decides to surprise him at his home, but to her horror, she learns that Mark is a married, cheating scumbag who has lied to her like he is lying to his poor wife, Kate King. Mark’s wife confronts Carly about the affair, and she admits to not having known that he was a married man.

They soon find out that he is cheating on them too with a hot blonde bombshell, and when they confront the other woman, the three of them form a rather unusual friendship. They plan to stalk Mark and sabotage his entire life as revenge for playing with their feelings and breaking their hearts.

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13. TiMER (2009)

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Director: Jac Schaeffer

Cast: Emma Caulfield, John Patrick Amedori, Michelle Borth

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Movie Plot

A TiMER is implanted in your wrist and counts down to the exact time when the wearer will find their soulmate for life. Unfortunately for Oona O’Leary, her soulmate is yet to have his TiMER implanted, resulting in her TiMER being blank.

She starts to get impatient and realizes that she is not getting any younger, so she goes against her plans and falls for Mikey, a very young, charming supermarket clerk who has a countdown of just four months left on his TiMER.

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14. Just Go With It (2011)

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Director: Dennis Dugan

Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Bailee Madison

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Movie Plot

To enjoy the company of a woman without having to commit to a relationship, Danny Macca bee, a plastic surgeon, pretends to be a married man with a broken heart. The women all fall for his tricks and lies, and he is living every man’s dream.

However, when he meets the girl of his dreams, Palmer, his game suddenly changes. Instead of being honest with Palmer, he asks his assistant, Katherine, to pretend to be his soon-to-be-ex-wife.

His goal is to make Katherine look like he was in an abusive relationship with her and that he is the bee’s knees. His plan goes anything but according to plan when Katherine brings her two kids along to join Palmer and Danny for a vacation in Hawaii.

He tries hard to juggle the roles of doting dad, innocent ex-husband, and best boyfriend in the world but soon realizes another problem or situation has made its way onto the list. How long will Danny be able to keep up with all the lies and pretending?

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15. Easy A (2010)

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Director: Will Gluck

Cast: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Movie Plot

When Olive’s popular best friend demands that she tell her everything about her weekend, she decides to throw in a little lie to spice things up a little. The modest, clean-cut teenager tells her friend that she lost her virginity over the weekend.

When this news lands on the eras of a popular, all-over-the-place high school student, she spreads the rumor over the entire campus. The news spreads fast, and suddenly, Olive becomes notorious for something she never did.

She learns that lying about something can wreak havoc on your life, and she has to try and turn things around; otherwise, she will remain the scandal of the year.

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16. A Cinderella Story (2004)

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Director: Mark Rosman

Cast: Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, Regina King

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Movie Plot

When Sam is just a little girl, she experiences a great loss when her beloved father dies. She is left to live with her evil stepmother and her two horrible daughters. The only thing that makes her life feel worthwhile at the moment is her secret email pal.

She can share her feelings with him like she can with no one else, and it makes her feel like she belongs and that someone cares about her. When they agree to meet at the school dance and find out that she has been talking to Austin Aimes (the most popular boy in school) this whole time, she chooses not to reveal her true identity.

Before revealing her identity, the clock strikes twelve, and Sam rushes off to beat her stepmother to the diner before she realizes Sam went to the dance that she forbids her to go to.

She accidentally drops her mobile, and when Austin picks it up, he goes on a mission to find his masked Cinderella. Will their romance last once he finds out that she is the girl who serves him at her father’s diner?

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17. Freaky Friday (2003)

Freaky Friday (2003)

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Director: Mark Waters

Cast: Lindsey Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chad Michael Murray, Mark Hammon

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Movie Plot

Anna and her mother are complete opposites, and it makes life very difficult at times. Anna is a teenager who does not care about anything else but her friends and her band, and her mother, Tess, is a sophisticated, level-headed psychologist who lives her life according to the strict rules she sets for herself.

After receiving cryptic fortunes from their fortune cookies at a Chinese restaurant, they wake up the next day and discover that they have switched bodies.

Anna is forced to live her mother’s life and even treats her patients, and Tess has to act like her teenage daughter at school, where she needs to deal with Anna’s boyfriend and her rock band. Will they finally understand each other better when forced to walk in each other’s shoes, or will they never see eye to eye?

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18. The Proposal

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Director: Mark Waters

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White, Malin Akerman

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Movie Plot:

Margaret Tate, a high-powered book editor from Canada, is facing a deportation dilemma. If she is to stay in New York, she needs to develop a plan to make herself a permanent residency. Desperately, she sees a way out by telling her bosses that she and her assistant is getting married.

Her bosses are relieved and request that they make it official otherwise, she will be deported. Andrew agrees to the plan in return for the position of a book editor and takes Margaret to her grandmother’s 90th birthday for the weekend in Alaska.

The suspicious immigration officer is keeping a clod=se eye on the two who he believes are committing fraud. How long can they pretend they are truly in love, and will their plan keep Margaret from deportation?

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19. 17 Again

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Director: Burr Steers

Cast: Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Matthew Perry, Michelle Trachenberg

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Movie Plot

When Mike O’Donnell was a basketball star in high school, his future was sure to be bright and successful. But life got in the way, and he ended up retiring from basketball to marry his pregnant teenage girlfriend.

Twenty years go by, and Mike’s marriage is falling apart, his job is going absolutely nowhere, and his kids think he’s a bit of a loser.

One day, he has mysteriously transformed back into his 17-year-old self again after an encounter with a high-school janitor, and he gets a second chance at a better life, or so he thinks. However, he soon finds that he might jeopardize his present and future by trying to correct his past.

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