‘Wild’ Star Reese Witherspoon’s Best Movie Roles

A Special New York Luncheon Honoring Fox Searchlight's "Wild"

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, biography-drama flick Wild is officially released in theatres today. Based on the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, the film brings us the real-life story of one woman’s journey to overcome addiction and recover from divorce.

As leading lady Cheryl Strayed, 38-year-old blonde bombshell Reese Witherspoon embraces an edgy role in this much-anticipated movie. Her character sets off on an 1100-mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail, with a heavy backpack and an ultimate goal of healing. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in August, and also showed at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. According to, Witherspoon’s role has left her with Oscar buzz for Best Actress.


While her role in Wild has been stealing the spotlight, here’s a look back at some of Reese Witherspoon’s best flicks over the years,

1) Legally Blonde (2001): Directed by Robert Luketic, this classic rom-com brought us the hilarious story of blonde sorority girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon). Who can forget cheering along as the ditzy yet delightful Elle found her way into Harvard Law? While she may have enrolled only to chase her ex-boyfriend Warner (Matthew Davis), she quickly proved herself to be both brainy and beautiful!

2) Sweet Home Alabama (2002): As a young Southern-born fashion designer, Reese Witherspoon was right at home in her role as Melanie Smooter in this Andy Tennant-directed film. This romantic comedy brought us Melanie’s troubled yet unique love story with childhood sweetheart, Jake (played by Josh Lucas).

3) Walk The Line (2005): As June Carter in this James Mangold-directed film, the actress stepped into character as wife to country music superstar Johnny Cash (played by Joaquin Phoenix). While we adored her brunette locks and Southern charm in this ladylike role, we were also drawn in by their passionate love story.

4) Just like Heaven (2005): As Elizabeth in this fantasy-romance-comedy directed by Mark Waters, the actress played a young physician who suffered a car accident and almost dies. After her spirit begins to haunt the home of landscape architect David (Mark Ruffalo) and she eventually recovers, it looks like an otherworldly connection is set to kick off.

5) Water for Elephants (2011): The actress played Robert Pattinson’s love interest in this Francis Lawrence-directed drama-romance, which was based on the 2006 novel by Sara Gruen. Veterinary student Jacob (played by Robert Pattinson) joins the circus as a vet, where he quickly falls in love with mysterious Marlena, the wife of his boss August (Christoph Waltz).

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