It seems like the title “damsel in distress” has lost its power. That is because women from all over the world have taken their power back into their own hands and showed the world that they are much more than just a pretty face. Elle Woods shows girls and women that it does not matter if people don’t take you seriously, as long as you believe in and stay true to yourself!
Many movies carry the same message as Legally Blonde, and they are all amazing “chick flicks” to watch with your gal pals!
Movies like Legally Blonde include:
- Miss Congeniality
- 13 Going On 30
- Wild Child
- She’s All That
- Mean Girls
- The Devil Wears Prada
- Princess Diaries
- What A Girl Wants
- She’s The Man
- The Wedding Date
- A Cinderella Story
- How To Be Single
- The Other Woman
- Never Been Kissed
If you loved the movie Legally Blonde and you are looking for a similar film, then good news, you have come to the right place! This article will provide you with a list of all-time-favorite chick flicks that are perfect for a fun girl’s night!
Related: 25 Movies Similar to Mean Girls
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Genre: Action comedy, romance
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt
Special Agent, Gracie Hart, is one of the FBI’s top agents. However, the agents underestimate how tough she is because she is a woman, and they assume she’s incapable of doing the same things as them.
But Gracie proves she is anything but a damsel in distress when she goes undercover as a Miss United States pageant contestant. They need her to blend in with the other girls as not to blow her cover, but she is not too well-kept, and it takes a village to clean her up.
When Gracie gets a complete makeover, the agents are blown away by her beauty. Gracie must investigate to unearth the bomb plot, find the bomber, and stop them from blowing up the whole pageant.
All the while, she is taking part in talent competitions and giving speeches about what she would do to make the world a better place. This action-packed comedy will have you laughing and on the edge of your seat.
13 Going On 30 (2004)
Genre: Comedy, romance
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo
Jenna is a typical thirteen-year-old girl in junior high that is into boys and popularity. She tries desperately to become part of the popular girl’s group, but when they agree to come to her birthday party, they set her up to embarrass herself.
Humiliated, she sits in her cupboard and makes a birthday wish to be thirty years old. When she wakes up, her dream has come true. She is “thirty, flirty, and thriving,” has her own apartment, boyfriend, and a top-end career.
She also learns that the mean girl who humiliated her at her birthday party is now her best friend and personal assistant! Confused and scared, she tries to find her feet, realizing that being thirty is not what she thought it would be.
Starring: Emma Roberts, Natasha Richardson, Alex Pettyfer
Poppy Moore is a rebellious teenager from Malibu who does not like to be told what to do. Since her mother passed away, she has acted out on numerous occasions, forcing her father, Gerry, to ship her off to Abbey Mount English Boarding School for Girls.
She puts her walls up even before she arrives and makes enemies and a bad reputation for herself on the first day. The school’s head girl, Harriet, is Poppy’s biggest enemy, and she will stop at nothing to get Poppy expelled.
Harriet notices that the boy she is in love with, Freddie (the headmistress, Mrs. Kingsley’s son), likes Poppy and not her. This enrages Harriet, and she tries to frame Poppy for something so terrible that she will definitely be expelled.
When Poppy realizes that there are girls who really care about her, they become close friends, and Poppy’s attitude starts to change.
She even becomes captain of the lacrosse team and slowly starts to find herself again. Will Abbey Mount be the start of a new and better life for Poppy, or will she go back to her old ways?
She’s All That (1999)
Genre: Romantic comedy
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jnr, Rachael Leigh Cook, Paul Walker, Anna Paquin
Zack Siler is the hottest, most popular jock in high school. All the girls want him, and all the boys want to be him.
When Zack’s girlfriend, Taylor Vaughan, dumps him for a soap star whom she cheated on Zack with over spring break, he tells everyone that she is all clothes and makeup and that he can make any girl prom queen.
One of his best friends, Dean Sampson, engages him in a bet; he must turn Laney Boggs into the prom queen; otherwise, he loses the bet and needs to be naked at his graduation.
The only problem is, Laney is the most unpopular girl in school, and she does not wear makeup and fancy clothes like the girls Zach usually goes for. That’s when Zach asks her out and gets his sister to give Laney a makeover.
To his surprise, underneath the baggy clothes and glasses, Laney is absolutely gorgeous! As the prom approaches, he does everything to make her popular, but something unexpected happens, he falls in love with her.
Zach doesn’t want to look like a loser to his peers, so he carries on pretending that it’s only a bet. When Lacey finds out that he bet on her, she’s humiliated and hurt. Will Zach do the right thing by following his heart and not his ego?
Mean Girls (2004)
Starring: Lindsey Lohan, Rachael McAdams, Amanda Seyfried
After moving from Africa and relocating with her parents to Illinois, Cady Heron has a hard time adjusting. Home-schooling is all she has ever known. The freedom and acceptance she knew are gone, and she is caught in a school where popularity means EVERYTHING!
Regina George, the leader of the school’s A-list girl clique, The Plastics, seems to find a liking in Cady and invites her into their world of gossip and backstabbing. Cady wants nothing more than to make friends and fit in, and she quickly becomes one of them.
It isn’t until “The Burn Book” gets out and reveals everyone’s secrets that Cady realizes she needs to decide whether to carry on being popular, superficial, and hurt people or to stay true to herself and cut the plastics out of her life for good.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Genre: Comedy, drama
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Adrian Grenier
Andrea Sachs is unaware of what she is getting herself into when she applies for the second assistant position at the celebrated fashion magazine, Runway. Andrea is an aspiring journalist and needs something temporary until she lands her dream job.
Her temporary job turns into a nightmare as she tries to get accepted by Miranda Priestly, the ruthless and powerful CEO of the company.
Her journey is full of trial and tribulations, second chances, and drama, and if she wants a good reference from Miranda to get ahead in her journalism career, she has to hang on to the job from hell.
To Miranda’s surprise, Andrea starts to get really good at the job, but she is so preoccupied with work that her personal life begins falling apart. She needs to decide to stay true to herself or become someone else.
Princess Diaries (2001)
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews
Mia is an ordinary teenager whose whole world is about to change. After discovering that she is an heir to a privileged life of a royal family, her grandmother tries to get her ready for her big debut.
It isn’t as easy, and she is quite rough around the edges, but with a bit of hard work and determination, the makeup artists and stylists transform her from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.
At first, things are exciting and new, but she soon finds herself torn between two worlds, her ordinary old life or a new life of royalty and wealth.
Could she find a balance between the two without losing herself in the process? This film encourages girls to notice and take care of their self-worth and inner beauty.
What A Girl Wants (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Starring: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston
New York teenager Daphne Reynolds, who lives with her mother Libby, has always felt that a part of her was missing. She never knew her father, and on her seventeenth birthday, she decides to go on a quest to London to find her father.
When she arrives in London, she meets Ian Wallace, an aspiring musician who she quickly falls in love with. She sneaks into her father’s estate and, to her surprise, finds out that he is a very wealthy aristocrat, Lord Henry Dashwood.
When they meet, he doesn’t believe her when she tells him he’s her father, but a call to his long, lost love, Libby, changes his world forever! The two get to know each other slowly and form a relationship with him she always wished for.
Her relationship will Ian also deepens. However, Henry’s fiancée, Glynnis, and her horrible daughter, Clarissa, make her life miserable and try everything to get her out of Henry’s life.
Daphne needs to doll up if she wants to fit into her father’s world of politics and parties and soon realizes that she is unhappy and not true to herself. Will Daphne go home to her life in New York, or will her “happily ever after” become a reality?
She’s The Man (2006)
Starring: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum
Viola Johnson is determined to prove to the soccer coach that boys aren’t the only ones who are good at soccer.
When her twin brother Sebastian goes to London, Viola takes the opportunity to pose as her brother (a boy!) at a new boarding school and takes his place as the team’s hooky.
Her plan seems to be working apart from a few minor setbacks, but it isn’t until she falls in love with her brother’s roommate Duke that things start to get complicated.
She needs to try everything in her power to prevent blowing her cover until she can make the coach notice her talent and prove him wrong.
Things go array when her twin brother returns from London ahead of schedule, and he has no idea what Viola has been up to. Can she win the coach’s respect and earn her place in the soccer team, or will her plan blow up in her face?
Genre: Comedy, romance
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan
Charlotte (Charlie) Cantilini is a happy-go-lucky, go-with-the-flow girl who works as an office temp, dog-walker, and catering waitress. When she meets Dr. Kevin Field, she falls head-over-heels in love and eventually moves in together.
When his mother, popular talk show host Viola Fields, is released from a wellness institution after a nervous breakdown on live television, Kevin decides to introduce his new girlfriend to his mother.
Little does Charlie know that Viola is an overbearing, controlling, obsessive, jealous and conniving mother that will try anything in her power to break her and Kevin up. Charlie soon realizes Viola’s plan and decides to give her a taste of her own medicine.
Charlie realizes that if she wants to stay with Kevin, she must first tame her monster-in-law; otherwise, they will have no future together.
Will Viola come to her senses and let go, or will Charlie and Kevin’s happily-ever-after never come true? This crazy battle between a woman and her future mother-in-law will have you in stitches!
The Wedding Date (2005)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Starring: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Davenport
Kat Ellis is nervous about going to her sister’s wedding as a single woman, especially because her ex-boyfriend, who left her before their wedding, will be there too.
She decides to take this opportunity to make her ex jealous by hiring a charmingly handsome male escort to accompany her to London for the ceremony as her new love. At first, her plan is working.
She can see Jeffrey checking her out whenever she shows off, and Kat makes sure to look lovey-dovey with her new man each time Jeffrey is around. Little does she know that the love of her life was someone she never expected, and it isn’t Jeffrey!
A Cinderella Story (2004)
Genre: Comedy, romance, family
Starring: Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge
When Samantha Montgomery’s (Sam) beloved father dies in an earthquake, it changes the whole destiny of her childhood. Her evil stepmother, Fiona, and her two evil stepsisters make her life a living nightmare.
She finds comfort online with a guy from her school that calls himself “Nomad.” Little does she know that he is Austin Aimes, the most popular boy in school! When they meet and have their first dance, they seem to be the perfect fit for each other.
But then, when she realizes that it’s almost midnight, she rushes off to beat her stepmother to the diner before she finds out that Sam went to the dance after she was ordered to work.
As Sam runs away, she accidentally drops her phone, and when Austin picks it up, he tries to find his masked Cinderella. Will their relationship continue when they learn each other’s identity or was this fairy tale just too good to be true?
How To Be Single (2016)
Genre: Dramedy, romance
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann
Alice has always done the right thing and played by the rules. As she is about to graduate college, she tells her boyfriend that they should go on a break so that they can both experience a single life.
Her boyfriend reluctantly agrees, so Alice sets out to New York City to go and find herself. She finds that it is not what she has hoped for and that the world can be a very lonely place.
That is until she meets Robin at the office where she is interning. Robin is the exact opposite of Alice. She is a wild and reckless party animal who turns Alice’s world upside down and all around while teaching her how to be single.
Will Alice thrive in her new life, regret the decision she made to leave her boyfriend, or discover that she is all she needs with a little help from her friends?
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003)
Genre: Romantic comedy
Starring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey
Composure Magazine’s “How To” girl, Andie Anderson, is told to do an article on how a woman can lose a guy within ten days after meeting him. If she can pull it off, her boss will allow her to write about important things to her.
Benjamin Barry, a handsome advertising executive, is engaged in a bet with his two female co-workers. If he can make a woman fall in love with him in only ten days, he can do the advertising campaign for a very wealthy diamond merchant.
Without knowing each other’s ulterior motives, Andie and Benjamin are introduced, and soon, Andie is driving him crazy with all the bazaar and outrageous things she does to make him break up with her.
To her surprise, he doesn’t leave her, so she continues to step up her game. Will Ben be able to hold on long enough to get the campaign, or is Andie just too much for him to handle?
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Genre: Romantic comedy
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Luke Wilson
Josie Gellar, A copy editor at Chicago Sun Times, is thrilled when she gets the opportunity to go to high school as an undercover reporter.
When Josie was in high school, she was an unattractive, unpopular nerd that never had a boyfriend, and at the age of 25, she still had never been kissed before.
She is ordered to investigate and report back what teenagers are like these days, and she gets a chance to do things differently in high school this time around. When she meets Sam Coulson, her handsome teacher, they slowly start to fall in love.
Unfortunately, they cannot act on it because Sam could go to jail as Josie is still a “minor.” She will have to blow her cover and sacrifice her career if she wants to be with him.
What will Josie choose, a career she has always wanted, or the love of her life and her potential first kiss ever!?
The Other Woman
Genre: Comedy, romance
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Fierce New York lawyer Carly Whitten has everything in order. She lives by the rules and has complete control over her life. Just when she thinks her life couldn’t get better, she meets a rigorously handsome man named Mark King.
When she goes over to his house to surprise him one evening, Mark’s wife Kate opens the door. Carly is completely confused and humiliated and leaves as fast as she can. Then, Kate shows up at her office to confront her, and Carly tells her everything.
Once they figure out that her husband is a scumbag cheating on both of them, they go on a trip to track down his third mistress. She turns out to be a blonde bombshell who is also unaware that he is married.
The three women form an unlikely friendship, and together they plan to teach Mark King a lesson by sabotaging his entire life. This hilarious film shows women that they do not need a man to complete them; all they need is each other.
After watching all of the movies on this list, you will feel empowered as a woman and that you are capable of anything you set your mind to. Let allowing people’s opinions affect you be a thing of the past, and always remember that you are fierce and powerful!
“Too much of our focus in society is devoted to superficial impressions about people. Appearances come first, and we don’t often go beyond that in judging people, which is a terrible thing,”- Reese Witherspoon.
We hope you enjoyed our fun list of awesome chick flicks that are similar to Legally Blonde.
Many other great films are not mentioned on this list (definitely worth a watch), including titles like Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, Uptown Girls, Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion, Easy A, The House Bunny, and many more!