21 Movies Like ‘Mean Girls’ That Are So Fetch

When it comes to teen comedy movies, Mean Girls is (and will always be) the gold standard. Not only does it have all the makings of a brilliant coming-of-age story, but it also features unforgettable one-liners, nuanced characters and a *very* sultry take on “Jingle Bell Rock.” Simply put, not too many titles measure up to Tina Fey’s cultural masterpiece. But fortunately for us, there are quite a few that come close.

In honor of Mean Girls Day (aka October 3), we're making “fetch” happen with these 21 movies like Mean Girls, available on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and more.

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1. Do Revenge (2022)

Who’s in it? Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Rish Shah, Talia Ryder, Alisha Boe

What's it about? A popular “it girl” (Mendes) and a new transfer (Hawke) become social outcasts when they're betrayed by those they thought they could trust, leading them to enact revenge on each other's rivals.

2. The Outcasts (2017)

Who’s in it? Victoria Justice, Peyton List, Avan Jogia, Eden Sher, Ashley Rickards, Claudia Lee

What's it about? When two high school misfits and BFFs, Jodi (Justice) and Mindy (Sher), get pranked by the school's mean girls, they decide to fight back by spearheading an outcast uprising, with the help of every other unpopular student. Sounds like something Janis and Damian would totally be down for...

3. Clueless (1995)

Who’s in it? Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

What's it about? If you thought Cady’s glow-up was impressive, just wait until you see Tai Frasier’s (Murphy), who goes from "tragically unhip" to cool with the help of Bronson Alcott High's most fashionable ladies, Cher (Silverstone) and Dionne (Dash).

4. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Who’s in it? Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

What's it about? In this modernized version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, a popular girl tries to work around her dad's strict dating rules by hiring a bad boy to date her uptight sister. Bianca (Oleynik) is no Regina George, but considering her queen bee status, something tells us that these characters would get along.

5. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)

Who’s in it? Lindsay Lohan, Alison Pill, Megan Fox, Adam Garcia, Glenne Headly

What's it about? Like Cady, Lohan’s character Lola is the newbie in town who has to adapt to her surroundings and, worse yet, navigate a new high school. In this case, however, Lola is a confident city girl and aspiring actress who will stop at nothing to rise to the top. Even if it means going up against the most popular girl in school.

6. Easy A (2010)

Who’s in it? Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Haden Church, Dan Byrd, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley

What's it about? Stone is 17-year-old-Olive, an unpopular student whose reputation soars through the roof when her peers start to spread false rumors about her. Watch for Stone's charming performance and the witty dialogue.

7. Heathers (1989)

Who’s in it? Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker

What's it about? Before there were the Plastics, there were the "Heathers," three fourths of the most popular clique at Westerburg High. In the film, Veronica (Ryder), the fourth member of the group, strikes up an unlikely romance with the rebellious new kid, J.D. (Slater). But things take a dark turn when he starts killing the popular kids and staging them as suicides.

8. Cruel Intentions (1999)

Who’s in it? Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair

What's it about? After Annette (Witherspoon) publicly vows to keep her virginity until marriage, two wealthy step siblings, Sebastian (Phillippe) and Kathryn (Gellar), compete to seduce her in order to win a bet. These master manipulators may give the Plastics a run for their money.

9. Jawbreaker (1999)

Who’s in it? Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer, Charlotte Ayanna

What's it about? Inspired by Heathers, this black comedy also centers on a popular high school clique of four ladies. When three of the girls accidentally kill their bestie Liz (Ayanna), the trio decides to cover up the truth while prepping a misfit to replace her.

10. Freaky Friday (2003)

Who’s in it? Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Harold Gould, Chad Michael Murray

What's it about? Fans of Lohan will definitely appreciate this modern-day spin on Mary Rodgers's 1972 novel. It follows teen musician Anna (Lohan), who, after getting a mysterious fortune cookie, ends up switching bodies with her widowed mom (Curtis). To their dismay, they can't switch back right away, forcing them to walk in each other’s shoes—literally.

11. Picture This (2008)

Who’s in it? Ashley Tisdale, Robbie Amell, Lauren Collins, Shenae Grimes, Cindy Busby

What's it about? Mandy (Tisdale), an unpopular high school senior, manages to win the heart of the most popular guy in school, much to the dismay of his mean ex-girlfriend, Lisa (Busby). Can she and her minions stop this budding relationship in its tracks?

12. Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

Who’s in it? Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo

What's it about? When longtime besties Romy (Sorvino) and Michele (Kudrow) are invited to attend their high school reunion, they worry that their mediocre lifestyles will pale in comparison to their peers. So, in order to impress their old classmate, both decide to fabricate new, successful lives. Yes, we’re technically dealing with adults here, but it tackles a lot of coming-of-age themes, from friendships to fitting in.

13. The DUFF (2015)

Who’s in it? Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Nick Eversman, Skyler Samuels

What's it about? High school senior Bianca (Whitman) is stunned to learn that her peers have dubbed her the "designated ugly fat friend" in her popular clique. This inspires her to reinvent herself, with the help of a childhood friend and the school's star athlete, Wesley (Amell).

14. Sugar & Spice (2001)

Who’s in it? Marla Sokoloff, Marley Shelton, Melissa George, Mena Suvari, James Marsden

What's it about? When Diane (Shelton), a popular cheerleader, becomes pregnant with her boyfriend Jack's (Marsden) baby, both of them are abandoned by their families and forced to live on their own. But when Jack's meager salary runs low, Diane recruits her cheerleading squad to help her rob a bank.

15. Wild Child (2008)

Who’s in it? Emma Roberts, Alex Pettyfer, Georgia King, Kimberley Nixon, Juno Temple

What's it about? Imagine Regina George’s reincarnate getting shipped off to boarding school, and you’ve got Wild Child. In the film, Poppy (Roberts), a spoiled rich girl, sends her father over the edge when she pulls a cruel prank on his girlfriend. As a result, he sends her to boarding school, which isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

16. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

Who’s in it? Heather Matarazzo, Brendan Sexton III, Eric Mabius, Matthew Faber

What's it about? Life isn't easy for seventh grader Dawn Weiner (Matarazzo). Aside from dealing with bullies at school, she struggles with loneliness, her insensitive parents and getting rejected by her crush. However, things seem to look up when she starts to connect with an older popular boy.

17. She’s All That (1999)

Who’s in it? Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Usher Raymond, Gabrielle Union

What's it about? After getting dumped by his cheerleader girlfriend, Zack (Prinze Jr.) agrees to take on a wager, where he must turn an outsider, Laney (Cook), into the next prom queen. Fair warning, the entire film is a bit dated, but we imagine that Cady’s transformation into a “Plastic” was partly inspired by Zack's little sister working her magic on Laney.

18. Bring It On (2000)

Who’s in it? Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union

What's it about? New cheerleading captain Torrance (Dunst) is confident that her team's routine will earn them another first place trophy at the national championship. But their chances of winning all but vanish when she learns that the team's former captain stole all of their cheers from a rival hip-hop squad.

19. The Craft (1996)

Who’s in it? Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True

What's it about? Think of it as Mean Girls, but with magic. Three high school outcasts and rumored witches befriend Sarah (Tunney), a new girl with special abilities. But when they form a coven and use their powers for personal gain, they’re forced to deal with quite a few consequences. Sarah’s ability to quickly adapt with her new crew will definitely remind you of Cady’s transformation.

20. Election (1999)

Who’s in it? Matthew Broderick Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

What's it about? In this fascinating black comedy, civics teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick) is out to destroy star student Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) for having an affair with his best friend and getting him fired. When she runs for student body president, he does everything in his power to prevent her from winning.

21. Eighth Grade (2018)

Who’s in it? Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

What's it about? Kayla Day is extremely shy and desperate to fit in with her classmates during her final week of eighth grade. Meanwhile, her single dad is desperate to connect with her, even though she’s constantly on social media. It all takes place in middle school and carries a more serious tone, but this coming-of-age tale also explores themes like acceptance and anxiety.

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