50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century

From rom-coms to raunch-coms, 'Anchorman' to 'Wet Hot American Summer' – the funniest movies of the new millennium so far

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'Legally Blonde' (2001)
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45. 'Legally Blonde' (2001)

Having just been dumped by her Harvard-bound boyfriend for being too Marilyn Monroe and not enough Jackie Kennedy, sorority president Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) proceeds to prove she can be both. Suddenly, this supposedly ditzy dame is acing her LSATs and recording a video essay for the Cambridge college's law school in a sparkly pink bikini. Surprise, it works! Take that, Ivy League stuffed shirts! This is the movie in which Witherspoon bend-and-snapped into our hearts, and in a comedy full of laughs, the lawyer with a heart of gold (and a mane to match) gets the last one, defying teachers and classmates' expectations to become a courtroom superstar – in the most Elle Woods way possible. KYK

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