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There are oh-so-many reasons to love Tina Fey’s high school satire, Mean Girls.  The hilarious quotes, the spot-on casting and the anti-girl-on-girl cruelty message make it a classic teen comedy.

This is one of those films that I will always stop and watch if it pops up while I’m channel surfing. If only to hear my favorite line, “You smell like a baby prostitute.”

Obviously, you don’t have to be a teen girl to enjoy this movie. Mean Girls struck a chord with a diverse audience because it’s smart, funny and has a relevant message. 

For super fans, it may be hard to find another movie that measures up. That said, if you can quote the whole movie backward and forward by now, you may want to consider branching out from The Plastics.

To that end, we’ve put together a list of 10 other movies you should check out if Mean Girls is on your list of favorites.

Election (Reese Witherspoon Meets Machiavelli)

Tracy Flick wants to be class president and she will stop at absolutely nothing to win the school election. 

This film was released in 1999, but for my money, it’s STILL one of Reese Witherspoon’s best performances. She’s nothing short of brilliant as the social-climbing fake goody-goody that always gets her way.

No one ever asked the question, “How many people have ever felt personally victimized by Tracy Flick.” But if they did, lots of hands would go up, including her English teacher’s. 

Put this one on your hit-list, Plastics fans. It’s way too good to miss.

Watch on Amazon Prime Video 

Saved! (Knocked Up for God)

What would Regina George be like if she found religion? Probably a lot like Hilary in Saved.

Mandy Moore plays the arch villainess and leader of the Christian Jewels (aka Plastics for the lord) in this biting religious satire from 2004.

Born again Christian Mary gets knocked up by her gay boyfriend when she tries to “save him” by offering up her virginity. Oops! What will she do now?

There are lots of laughs in this clever comedy. But, ultimately, this movie is a message against intolerance. It also begs the question, “What are true Christian values?” 

Sounds kind of serious when you put it like that. But what can I say? Saved is a hell of a lot of fun.

Watch on Amazon Prime Video 

Easy A (It’s Hard Being Slut Shamed)

When good girl Olive lies about losing her virginity, she throws the school rumor mill into action and gets her reputation crushed in the process.

Emma Stone gives a hilarious and heartfelt performance in her first starring role. And despite the obstacles she encounters along the way, she ultimately embraces her real self and finds her own special way of telling her gossiping classmates to “F” off. 

Guess that A stands for awesome. 

Watch on Amazon Prime Video 

13 Going on 30 (Good Girl Goes Bad)

I’m not going to credit this film with any satiric brilliance. But, heck, it’s fun! 

Geeky nice girl Jenna accidentally transports her 13-year-old self into her 30-year old body with the help of a magical dollhouse. 

As she adjusts to life as an adult, she comes to the horrifying realization that somewhere along the way, she turned into a (gasp) really mean girl! Now she has to find a way to make it up to her loved ones and unleash her inner nice girl once again.

Sounds silly, but Jennifer Garner actually does a convincing job of playing a 13-year-old in a grown-up body. It’s definitely light, but I say this chick-flick is worth the popcorn.

Watch on Amazon Prime Video or Hulu 

Clueless (Beverly Hills Bubble Girl)

Chances are you’ve seen this teen hit from the ‘90s. But if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. If you have, it’s well worth watching again.

Cher (Alicia Silverstone) isn’t mean. She’s just clueless from living in her Beverly Hills bubble too long. A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” this teen classic is full of quotable lines. 

Personal favs: “I had an overwhelming sensation of ickiness.” And: “You’re a virgin who can’t drive.”

As the misguided Cher tries to makeover a classmate, she eventually wises up and completely redefines her notion of cool. She also nabs the adorable Paul Rudd.

If you haven’t already, get a clue and watch this movie. 

Watch on Amazon Prime Video 

Related: Do You Remember These Disney Channel Original Movies?

The Devil Wears Prada (Runway to Hell)

What happens when mean girls grow up? They probably work in fashion.

Although Andrea (Anne Hathaway) is a journalist with good intentions, she takes a job at a fashion magazine, and little by little begins to sell off pieces of her soul.

Hathaway and co-star Emily Blunt both give great performances. 

But the real draw of this movie is Meryl Streep’s Oscar-nominated turn as the wicked editor and chief, Miranda Priestly. Despite being soft-spoken, she’s downright terrifying.

Devilishly smart and entertaining, this film will never go out of style. 

Watch on Amazon Prime Video

The Breakfast Club (Now Serving Up ‘80s Teen Comedy)

The athlete, the basket case, the princess, the athlete and the criminal all gather. One Saturday morning five kids from different high school social clicks are thrown together in detention, and the culture clash is on.

Though tense at first, the teens eventually open up to each other. What we find out is that they’re not so different after all. 

If for no other reason you, you need to watch The Breakfast Club because it’s such a common pop culture reference. Mentions have popped up in Pitch Perfect, Gilmore Girls, The Simpsons and a ton of other movies and series.

You get. It’s simply iconic. Especially the last scene in which Judd Nelson’s character raises his fist in the air to Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me.”

Whether you dig it or not, you probably won’t forget The Breakfast Club.

Watch on Amazon Prime Video or Hulu

Heathers (Teens In need of Anti-Psychotic Meds)

Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) infiltrates the most popular click in school comprised of three mean girls all named Heather. Eventually, she gets tired of their B.S. and longs to return to her geeky life.

Enter JD (Christian Slater), a young sociopath that tricks her into murdering all three Heathers and playing it off as suicide. Yeah, this would be a dark comedy. Probably the darkest ever.

If savage criticism of the high school popularity contest is your jam, this one’s for you, try not to die laughing.

Watch on Amazon Prime Video or Hulu

Never Been Kissed (High School Take 2)

When reporter Josie Wells (Drew Barrymore) goes undercover at a Chicago high school, she is forced to relive her awkward teenage years all over again. 

Pretending to be just another student, she forced to contend with the inevitable means girls and her same old insecurities. Oh, and did we mention that she has a crush on her English teacher?

Barrymore is charming as usual in this entertaining rom-com meets teen comedy. And eventually she does get kissed. Phew, that was a hell of a dry spell! 

Watch on Amazon Prime Video or Disney+

To All The Boys I Loved Before (High School WikiLeaks)

Lara Jean Covey writes letters to five of her secret crushes and then locks them away along with her feelings. But by a series of mishaps, they all get mailed. Noooooo! Time to do some serious damage control.

No, she doesn’t have to deal with any mean girls. And she’s not worried about being popular. What she’s trying to do is avoid total humiliation.

Smart, charming and heartwarming, this one has my vote for the best teen comedy in recent years. In fact, I think I may have a crush on this movie. Maybe I’ll write it a letter. 

Watch on Netflix

You might also be interested in: Movies You Grew Up With That You Need To Share With Your Kids

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