Movies like mean girls: Mean Girls have set (and will continue to set) the bar for films aimed at a teenage audience as far as comedy goes. It has everything you’d want in a great coming-of-age tale: memorable lines, complex characters, and a *very* seductive rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock.” To put it plainly, few books can compete with Tina Fey’s cultural masterpiece. But fortunately, there are a fair number of alternatives that are similar enough for our purposes.
To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3), we’ve rounded up 21 films that are similar to Mean Girls and can be streamed on services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and more.
1. Easy A
Emma Stone does a fantastic job channeling Lohan in Easy A. Stone plays the role of the previously unnoticed high school student who becomes the talk of the campus overnight. But it’s not an African dance that gets her noticed by her classmates; it’s a little white lie about losing her virginity, and the commercial opportunity that comes with it.
2. Bring It On
The film that popularised the term “cheerocracy” is an excellent representation of a high school clique narrative. When the new cheerleading captain Torrance (Kirsten Dunst) finds out that the old captain stole cheers from an inner-city squad, she inspires the team to come up with their own routines. The final product is a strong narrative about racism, classicism, and the value of women in athletics.
3. Whip It
In the film Whip It, starring Drew Barrymore, Elliot Page, and Kristin Wiig, the three of them participate in roller derby.
The 2009 film Whip It, directed by Drew Barrymore and featuring a storyline by Shauna Cross (who also created the book on which the film is based), is an excellent teen film that lovers of Mean Girls should not miss. Both movies celebrate individuality and individuality as strengths and have a rebellious streak and message that is similar.
Bliss Cavendar, played by Ellen Page, is one of the best young movie protagonists of all time. Despite her family’s wishes, she decides to become a roller derby player. She’s the polar antithesis of Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls, yet like Cady, she’s a relatable teenage girl.
If you liked the book Mean Girls, Booksmart is another one you’ll love. Friendship and academic success define the lives of Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), the show’s two major protagonists. This film, directed by Olivia Wilde and dubbed the “female Superbad,” follows Molly and Amy as they decide to go out and have some fun before graduating high school.
It’s easy to imagine these BFFs living in Regina George and The Plastics’ universe, where they think working hard is more essential than things like pondering whether or not butter is a carb and dressing like with your BFFs.
5. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Featuring a standout performance from Sarah Jessica Parker, this American dance romantic comedy has all we could want in a fun, optimistic coming-of-age film. This one includes everything you need for an exciting and humorous evening: new friends, dreams, and hopes as well as enemies and undeniable competition.
The story begins when dance fanatic Janey Glenn relocates to Chigaco and discovers an audition for her favorite television program, Dance TV. This is the film to watch if you are seeking the experience suggested by the title.
6. The Princess Diaries
This teen comedy classic is significant since it served as Anne Hathaway’s introduction to the public and opened doors for the rest of her very successful career. Here, she portrays Mia Thermopolis, a social outcast whose life is turned upside down when she learns that she is the rightful king or queen of the made-up country of Genovia.
The transformation she undergoes after getting a haircut, new makeup, and some nice clothes are both a sight to behold and a source of great emotional comfort. Mia’s undeniable attractiveness and the story’s relevant high school jealousies and trickeries combine to create a film that is as vibrant and enjoyable as any other.
Though an instant hit, Mean Girls owes a great deal to Heathers, the original story of high school evil. The protagonist, Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), is a nerd who longs to be accepted by the popular (and despised) Heathers. The moment Cady Heron (Casey Affleck) meets the badass rebel J.D. (Christian Slater), her life rapidly deteriorates. You’ll probably learn a few new words, and you’ll definitely find out where the phrase “What’s your damage, Heather?” originally came from.
The odds of you not having seen Clueless despite being a huge fan of Mean Girls are astronomically low, but here it is anyway. Which term, fashion victim or assembly challenged, do you like more now?
9. Freaky Friday
Just who is involved here? Chad Michael Murray, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, and Harold Gould
Just what is this all about, anyway? This updated version of Mary Rodgers’s classic novel from 1972 is sure to please Lohan fans everywhere. Anna, a young singer played by Lohan, receives a weird fortune cookie and finds herself trading bodies with her recently bereaved mother (Curtis). Unfortunately, they can’t reverse the process immediately away, so they’ll have to experience things from one another’s perspectives.
At first appearance, the 2003 picture Thirteen, about a girl named Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) who changes drastically after befriending a tough girl named Evie (Nikki Reed), appears to be a lot more serious than the raunchy comedy Mean Girls. Reed’s early adolescence, during which she also went through a difficult period, served as inspiration for the film.
Both films, however, share the honest portrayal of an adolescent girl whose life undergoes such profound upheaval that she no longer recognizes herself. Holly Hunter, who plays Tracy’s mother, also gives a solid performance in the film.