Your Call: What’s Reese Witherspoon’s Best Movie?

By People's Choice | 9:26 am on December 6, 2011

Today it’s Reese’s turn. That is to say, today’s the day we continue our look at the 2012 People’s Choice Favorite Movie Actress nominees.

By the way – don’t forget to vote because the polls CLOSE TONIGHT!

So now we’re all about Reese Witherspoon, the (legally) blonde, blue-eyed Oscar- winning actress who’s undeniably one of the most popular – and talented – starlets in America. Nominated for five People’s Choice Awards, winner of three, she won an Academy Award for Walk The Line, which was in and of itself a remarkable victory (especially since it came out of nowhere, and the focus was all on Joaquin Phoenix. Who himself did a wonderful job, but Reese here was the major revelation.)

Neither tall, nor leggy, and rarely goofy, if and when they decide to remake The Philadelphia Story or High Society (which they shouldn’t ever do) here’s your girl. Elegant, sophisticated, charming and Southern, this tiny powerhouse moves quite seamlessly from drama to comedy. She also typifies everything hardworking, organized and committed – while making it look rather cheery and easy. Known as a perfectionist, her childhood nickname was “Little Miss Type A” and the term stuck – she even named her own company after the moniker and has publicly acknowledged her overachieving ways. Nor is her work ethic without priorities (not always the case in Hollywood)  – she’s stated on numerous occasions that family comes first and that her number one responsibility is to Deacon and Ava, her two young children.

When did you first become aware of Reese Witherspoon? I actually remember seeing her in The Man In The Moon  (1991!) when she was just 15 and thinking that here was a young lady definitely wise beyond her years with talent to spare. She went on to make Pleasantville and Cruel Intentions, while working on the latter she met Ryan Phillippe who would subsequently become her first husband. She then made a quirky little film called Election, starring opposite Matthew Broderick, in which she actually played a  hyper-driven, Type-A type student to perfection, winning countless awards in the process. If Election put her on the map, Legally Blonde jettisoned her into the stratosphere – the movie, about a spoiled Beverly Hills law school student, was a massive hit and with it Witherspoon definitely found her comedic niche. She followed this up with the blockbuster Sweet Home Alabama and by then of course she was already one of the most popular (and most highly-paid) actresses on earth. In 2005 she starred in Walk the Line, playing country music firebrand June Carter Cash, whose rocky marriage to Johnny Cash produced extraordinary music and a heartbreaking story of addiction. Also noteworthy about this role is how humbling Witherspoon says the actual singing was – nor had she any confidence about it. She studied with music teachers and voice coaches for six moths before tackling the role, and still admitted that:

… it gets exponentially horrifying when extras show up and have to watch you and you have to pretend you’re at a concert and singing and they like it.”

Could have fooled us, and of course, the results do speak for themselves.

In 2012 audiences will get to watch Reese in a new romantic espionage thriller This Means War, where she’s an operative torn between two spies played by Star Trek’s Chris Pine and Batman’s Tom Hardy (I’ll be buying tickets on the earlier side of that opening night). Is Reese Witherspoon your favorite Movie Actress? Let us know what you think, weigh in on her movies, and don’t forget to vote!

Today’s poll:

Which of these Reese Witherspoon movies is your favorite?

1)   Election

2)   Legally Blonde

3)   Sweet Home Alabama

4)   Walk the Line 

35 Responses

  1. HockeyFantom says:

    Sweet Home Alabama!
    What a great chick-flick!

  2. brian cope says:


  3. RR says:

    She was actually 14 when The Man in the Moon was filmed.

  4. Bam says:

    If you have not seen Freeway, you simply have to. It puts all her other performances to shame, including Walk the Line. I watched it again, for the 50th time, and I still can’t get over the sweet wholesome Reese as a sailor-mouthed, trashy, juvenile delinquent. Its excellent!

  5. Sylvia says:

    Sweet Home Alabama, best!
    Just like heavan
    Legally Blonde

  6. tim gomez says:

    she was great in everything she’s done in acting and in life just a perfect girl/woman/mother/wife,ect.ect.ect. don’t thing she’ll ever do wrong atleast i hope not don’t get much better alot of actors could take lessons from her life. And Yes She Still Has A lot To Offer.
    Fan In Love

  7. Denise says:

    Sweet Home Alabama is my comfort movie, love it

  8. Cat says:

    Reese is so down to earth and can act in anything. Water for Elwphants was great, but I loved Sweet Home Alabama, Vanity Fair, Legally Blonde she is hust great!!

  9. Michelle says:

    Her best movie were Cruel Intentions and Walk the Line!!

  10. Greg says:

    Actually my tie for my fave’s or Reese’s aren’t even listed here…Robert Mulligan’s “The Man in the Moon”, her first film is brilliant and Mira Nair’s “Vanity Fair”, which I think is her best performance to date.

  11. Amanda says:

    Walk the Line, for sure, but I loved Sweet Home Alabama! Actually…I just love all her movies. She is my absolute favorite actress!

  12. Ariel says:

    i think her best movie was cruel intentions!!!! it was kinda weird at the end though but i love her!!!!!!!!

  13. Rhiannon says:

    Cruel Intentions was always my favourite but from the list above, I’ve got to give it Leagally Blonde. She single-handedly proved that not all blondes were dumb. Great film : )

  14. Bonnie says:

    I love her in “A Far Off Place,” “Wildflower” (with Patricia Arquette and Beau Bridges), and “the Man in the Moon.” Of course, she’s always great, so I’ve seen all of her movies except “Freeway” and “Four Christmases.”

  15. LA says:

    FREEWAY!!!!!!!!!!!! CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Mary says:

    My favorite movie was “Freeway” with Kiefer Sutherland, it’s an old movie but it was really good

  17. JLK says:

    Totally Bummed! While she was TOO FUNNY in the Legally Blond series and played the character to a “T”, my favorites are “A Far Off Place” and “Fear”.

  18. StLh2O says:

    Pleasantville was by far her best – both comedy & drama, and really showed the evolving character, along with a story with real meaning – probably why its disregarded.

  19. Michelle says:

    Four Christmases, Man in the moon, Legally Blonde, and of course her best was “Freeway”!!!!

  20. Brandy says:

    I’ve loved her since Freeway, that is definitely her best movie.

  21. Colin says:

    Not on the list, but I rather liked her in “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

  22. Zim51 says:

    I like her very early work. In Freeway she’s a teenage prostitute in a twisted Red Riding Hood with Kiefer Sutherland and Brooke Shields. The girl can act!

  23. jade says:

    Oooooo, some real Witherspoon fans responding! I AGREE: Man in the Moon, Freeway and Election all top my list and I don’t think I can pick one.

  24. Victoria Ryan-Bailey says:

    Man In the Moon is our family favorite. Best showcase of her many talents. I love Reese. Believe she’s got a lot more to give us.

  25. Janice3 says:

    I think that she was at her absolute best, in the Legally Blond movies. Next best was Sweet home Alabama.

  26. Nicole says:

    Walk the Line… not only is her acting amazing but she had a beautiful voice!

  27. Ally says:

    I agree with Rob – Freeway! The movie was out of left field, but when I saw her, I knew she was going to be a star.

    Other than that, I’d say Election. She played that part perfectly.

  28. Darian says:

    Walk the line best movie ever

  29. Rob says:

    Her best movie isn’t even listed.
    It has to be Freeway.
    One of the best movies I’ve ever seen.

  30. Darci says:

    The Man in the Moon is and always will be my favorite.

  31. Harvey says:

    Hard to choose because she is more interesting to watch than any movie.She is so adorable.

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