Reese Witherspoon has been dazzling us on the big screen for over 20 years. Although she had a number of strong movies with leading roles, her breakout role didn’t come until 2001, when she starred as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. The next year, she starred in her most successful commercial film to date, Sweet Home Alabama, before returning to the court room in 2003 as Elle Woods once again in Legally Blonde: Red, White, & Blonde . In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide praise and attention when she portrayed June Carter in Walk the Line. This role earned her an Oscar for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and BAFTA. Since then, Witherspoon has appeared in movies such as Rendition, Four Christmases, and Water for Elephants. Witherspoon has never been one to appear negatively in the news, but recently, she had a run-in with the cops. Her husband, Jim Toth, was pulled over and arrested and charged for drunk driving. Witherspoon, who admitted to being intoxicated as well, disobeyed instructions and argued with the cops. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct She accepted full responsibility and apologized publicly. Although her ‘pristine’ image has been slightly tarnished, Witherspoon is a talented actress, who has much more success to look forward to, and to many, she is still know as ‘America’s Sweetheart.’ Here is a list of the top ten Reese Witherspoon movies:
Witherspoon received praise for her performance in the film, Freeway, which is a twist on ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ The critics enjoyed both the performances of the actors, as well as the films hard-edged satire. Witherspoon performed alongside Kiefer Sutherland, Brooke Shields and Matthew Bright.
9. Monsters vs. Aliens-2009
Witherspoon provided the voice for Susan Murphy, the main character in the 3-D film, Monsters vs. Aliens. The film received positive reviews, having a 72% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Witherspoon was nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie. The film went on to gross $381 million worldwide.
8. The Man in the Moon-1991
Witherspoon made her film debut in 1991 in the American drama film, The Man in the Moon. Fourteen-year-old Witherspoon starred in a lead role, and gave a memorable performance. The movie appeared on Roger Ebert’s Top 10 list of the best films of 1991. He praised the film for its ‘purity and perfection.’
Witherspoon starred with Mark Wahlberg and Alyssa Milano in the American thriller film, Fear. The movie received mixed reviews, but was well received by fans. Fear was listed at #19 on Bravo TV’s 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments.
6. Sweet Home Alabama-2002
Sweet Home Alabama was released in 2002, between Witherspoon’s Legally Blonde films. The movie received mixed reviews, but it is a fan favorite, and it was successful in the box office. The film won the Teen Choice Award in 2003 for Choice Movie- Comedy.
Pleasantville starred Witherspoon alongside of Tobey Maguire. The two who play a brother and sister who were transported into a black-and-white TV show, Pleasantville. Roger Ebert called the film “one of the best and most original films of the year.”
In 1999, Witherspoon starred in Election, which is based off of a novel with the same name. The film wasn’t a major box office success, but it earned Witherspoon a Golden Globes nomination for Best Actress.Election received positive reviews and it ranked #61 on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies, and #9 on Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Best High School Movies list. Witherspoon also found herself on the 100 Greatest Film Performance of All Time list by Premiere Magazine, for her performance as Tracy Flick.
3. Cruel Intentions-1999
In 1999, Witherspoon starred in Cruel Intentions alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair, and Ryan Phillippe, whom she was married to for seven years. The movie received mixed reviews from critics, but was a commercial success, bringing in over $75 million worldwide. The film has gained a cult following, becoming one Witherspoon’s most popular and memorable films.
2. Legally Blonde-2001
Witherspoon’s breakout performance as Elle Wood in Legally Blonde received positive reviews and gained Witherspoon a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her role. The film’s popularity lead to a sequel, a direct to-DVD-spin-off called Legally Blondes, and a musical that hit Broadway in 2007.
1. Walk the Line-2005
Witherspoon received acclamation for her portrayal as June Carter in 2005’s biographical drama film, Walk the Line. The film received positive reviews, and was a box office hit. Witherspoon almost backed out of the film when she learned that she would be performing in front of a live audience. Staying onboard, she spent six months learning to sing for her role. Witherspoon went on to receive an Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and BAFTA award for Best Actress for this performance.