Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Highest Rated: 97% Mud (2013)

Lowest Rated: 8% Hot Pursuit (2015)

Birthday: Mar 22, 1976

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Reese Witherspoon seemed marked for stardom when she won the leading role in her very first film at an open casting call at age 14. Born in Louisiana in 1976 and raised largely in Tennessee, Witherspoon gained her first experiences as an on-camera professional when she was chosen to model in a TV commercial for a local florist at age seven. The young performer would continue modeling until she attended an audition for the feature film "The Man in the Moon" (1991). With zero film experience, Witherspoon expected to win a bit part in the production, but instead, she won the lead role of a young woman coming of age during the 1950s. The acclaimed drama won Witherspoon accolades for her acting abilities, and she was soon appearing in TV movies like "Wildflowers" (Lifetime, 1991) and feature films like "Jack the Bear" (1993). In 1996, Witherspoon impressed critics yet again, this time playing the street-tough would-be victim of a serial killer in the intense movie "Freeway" (1996). The part helped demonstrate Witherspoon's range, though even more high profile roles in movies like "Pleasantville" (1998) and "Cruel Intentions" (1999) tended to reinforce Witherspoon's "good girl" image even as they continued to raise her profile. Witherspoon's no-nonsense persona was perhaps most cemented by her critically acclaimed turn in the quirky black comedy "Election" (1999) in which she played over-achieving high school student Tracy Flick. Witherspoon married fellow actor Ryan Phillippe that same year. Even larger scale success came just a few years later when she starred as Elle Woods in the wildly popular comedy "Legally Blonde" (2001), playing a seemingly vapid young woman who proves her tenacity and intelligence when she is admitted to Harvard Law. She went on to star in similarly light movies, like the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002) and the "Legally Blonde" sequel "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003) before taking on a major challenge, playing June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" (2005). Performing all her own singing for the film, Witherspoon wowed audiences and critics, taking home numerous awards. She went on to appear in films like the fantasy-inspired "Penelope" (2006) and the comedy "Four Christmases" (2008), even as she and Phillippe divorced in 2007. Though films like "Water for Elephants" (2011) and the action comedy "This Means War" (2012) were less commercially successful than Witherspoon's previous films, she did remarry talent agent Jim Toth in 2011, and began laying the groundwork for her next major project. That came to fruition in 2014 when Witherspoon produced the acclaimed mystery "Gone Girl" (2014) in addition to producing and starred in "Wild" (2014), an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about overcoming grief and addiction during a 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. The lauded film demonstrated Witherspoon's nuance as an actor, and she followed it with a variety of distinct choices, from a police officer in the comedy "Hot Pursuit" (2015) to a magical being in "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018). In 2017, Witherspoon joined the likes of Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern on the acclaimed series "Big Little Lies" (HBO, 2017-). She would stick with the series even as she teamed up with Jennifer Aniston for the series "The Morning Show" (Apple, 2019-) and with Kerry Washington on "Little Fires Everywhere" (Hulu, 2020-).

Highest rated movies

Election The Man in the Moon
The Good Lie
Walk the Line Freeway




No Score Yet No Score Yet Legally Blonde 3 Elle Woods (Character),
- 2023
34% 96% Where the Crawdads Sing Producer $72.2M 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fair Play Producer,
Executive Producer
- 2022
71% 98% Sing 2 Rosita (Voice) $162.7M 2021
65% 78% Friends: The Reunion Unknown (Character) - 2021
21% 31% Lucy in the Sky Producer $315.0K 2019
88% 100% This Changes Everything Self - 2018
42% 26% A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Whatsit (Character) $100.5M 2018
32% 44% Home Again Alice (Character) $27.0M 2017
71% 72% Sing Rosita (Voice) $270.4M 2016
8% 35% Hot Pursuit Cooper (Character),
$34.6M 2015
74% 52% Inherent Vice Penny (Character) $8.1M 2014
88% 75% Wild Cheryl Strayed (Character),
$37.7M 2014
87% 82% The Good Lie Carrie Davis (Character) $2.7M 2014
87% 87% Gone Girl Producer $167.8M 2014
25% 39% Devil's Knot Pam Hobbs (Character) - 2013
97% 80% Mud Juniper (Character) $21.6M 2013
26% 56% This Means War Lauren (Character) $54.8M 2012
60% 70% Water for Elephants Marlena (Character) $58.7M 2011
31% 25% How Do You Know Lisa (Character) $30.2M 2010
No Score Yet 37% Legally Blondes Producer - 2009
74% 59% Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy / Ginormica (Voice) $198.3M 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsters vs. Aliens Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 52% Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space Unknown (Character) - 2009
25% 47% Four Christmases Kate (Character) $120.1M 2008
47% 62% Rendition Isabella El-Ibrahimi (Character) $9.7M 2007
53% 73% Penelope Annie (Character),
$10.0M 2006
82% 90% Walk the Line June Carter (Character) $119.5M 2005
54% 75% Just Like Heaven Elizabeth Martinson (Character) $48.3M 2005
51% 50% Vanity Fair Becky Sharp (Character) $16.1M 2004
36% 23% Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Elle Woods (Character),
Executive Producer
$89.8M 2003
38% 78% Sweet Home Alabama Melanie (Character) $127.2M 2002
57% 72% The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily (Character) $8.4M 2002
70% 72% Legally Blonde Elle Woods (Character) $96.5M 2001
14% 37% The Trumpet of the Swan Serena (Voice) $152.5K 2001
21% 55% Little Nicky Holly (Character) $39.4M 2000
69% 85% American Psycho Evelyn Williams (Character) $15.0M 2000
43% 39% Best Laid Plans Lissa (Character) $25.7K 1999
92% 79% Election Tracy Enid Flick (Character) $14.9M 1999
54% 80% Cruel Intentions Annette Hargrove (Character) $38.6M 1999
85% 79% Pleasantville Jennifer Wagner (Character) $40.6M 1998
59% 30% Twilight Mel Ames (Character) $15.0M 1998
43% 52% Overnight Delivery Ivy Miller (Character) - 1996
76% 76% Freeway Vanessa Lutz (Character) $283.8K 1996
45% 63% Fear Nicole Walker (Character) $20.5M 1996
12% 49% S.F.W. Wendy Pfister (Character) $44.2K 1994
45% 69% A Far Off Place Nonnie Parker (Character) $12.9M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate Choices: To Save My Child Cassie Robbins (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 81% Wildflower Ellie Perkins (Character) - 1991
90% 85% The Man in the Moon Danielle 'Dani' Trant (Character) $2.2M 1991
29% 59% Jack the Bear Karen Morris (Character) $4.7M 1991


No Score Yet No Score Yet From Scratch Executive Producer 2022
44% 50% Surface Executive Producer 2022
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014 2016-2019 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2014-2021
64% 79% The Morning Show Bradley Jackson (Character),
Executive Producer
2019 2021
31% 62% Truth Be Told Executive Producer 2019-2021
No Score Yet 6% The View Guest 2021
56% No Score Yet Fierce Queens Host 2020-2021
86% 12% Get Organized With The Home Edit Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2020
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008 2013 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2014 2020
79% 60% Little Fires Everywhere Elena Richardson (Character),
Executive Producer
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Unknown (Guest Star),
2008 2011-2012 2017 2019-2020
89% 89% Big Little Lies Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Character),
Executive Producer
2017 2019
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2011-2012 2015 2017
64% 73% The Muppets Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
29% 55% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris Guest 2015
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2001 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% 60 Minutes Guest 2014
68% 0% American Idol Guest 2008
85% 75% The Simpsons Greta Wolfcastle (Guest Voice) 2002
No Score Yet 56% King of the Hill Debbie (Guest Voice) 2000
79% 93% Friends Jill Green (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet DreamWorks Spooky Stories Unknown (Character)