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16 Movies like A Cinderella Story11 min read

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A Cinderella Story is a 2004 movie about a girl named Sam (Hilary Duff) who is forced to work as a janitor and dishwasher at her stepmother’s diner. After getting into some trouble with her phone, she texts an anonymous person and they start an e-mail relationship. Eventually, she realizes that this person is her prince (Chad Michael Murray), and has to find a way to make herself cooler before their meeting.

Plot Summary:

Sam Montgomery is just your average high schooler in California – average grades, average friends, average family life – but things change when she starts working as a janitor at the restaurant where her estranged stepmother works. One day there’s a mix-up on her phone, and she starts an anonymous relationship via text message and email with a boy named Chad. One day they finally meet, and the person turns out to be none other than Austin Ames – the cutest boy in school! Sam panics and has to find a way to make herself cooler before their meeting.

Here are some movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story:

1) She’s The Man (2006): After being cut from the boys’ team at her boarding school, Viola heads to a nearby public school disguised as her twin brother and joins its soccer team in hopes of eventually getting a chance to play with the big boys.

What this movie has in common with A Cinderella Story is the main character pretending to be someone else in order to get what she wants, make some friends and win some games.

2) Mean Girls (2004): Cady has always been a bright girl who reads a lot but being home-schooled all her life has made it difficult for her to socialize with kids from public school. When she’s shipped off to a high school in Evanston, Illinois, as part of a family reunion, she meets a group of girls who are not that welcoming. They’re a lot like a non-tribe from a Survivor season, and the leader is the queen bee, Regina George.

What movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they both have a mean girl as the protagonist’s rival.

3) Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide (2004-2007): The show centers around the life of Ned Bigby, who is just trying to survive seventh grade at James K. Polk Middle School. On his first day at school he finds out about a website called the “Unofficial Survival Guide to Getting Through Seventh Grade”, which gives all kinds of advice on how to survive in school and was written by a boy in the previous year, who mysteriously disappeared after getting his book published.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is that they’re also about someone trying to balance their social life with understanding what’s going on at school.

4) Fired Up (2009): Two high-school football players, Nick and Shawn decide to skip the big game on Senior Day so they could open a clinic for girls. One of their teammates overhears them talking about it and blackmails them into resuming practice, which was banned by their coach due to an injury.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone trying to help other people.

5) The Duff (2015): When Bianca finds herself surrounded by “the pretty people” at school, she feels completely excluded and convinced that this particular clique will never accept her. Yet when the hottest guy in school invites her to a small party, a strange turn of events leads her to actually enjoying herself.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is that they’re also about someone trying to fit in at school/university.

6) Easy A (2010): Olive Penderghast, a 17-year-old girl living in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois, finds her life complicated when a false rumor circulates that she is sexually active.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone dealing with rumors.

7) Hop (2011): E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny, tries to find a diplomatic way to tell his father he doesn’t want to carry on the family business.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone who can’t decide what to do after high school/university.

8) 17 Again (2009): Mike O’Donnell is a 37-year old man who inexplicably sees his life take a different turn when he gets struck by lightning and becomes his 17-year old self again. The newly teenaged Mike, with the help of his best friend Ned (who now has Mike’s adult memories) must try to rekindle high school romance with his old flame, Scarlet, while managing the everyday perils of being a 17-year old boy.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone dealing with being young again.

9) Big Fat Liar (2002): A junior film producer named Marty Wolf has a chance meeting with a kid named Jason Shepherd and tells him about his idea for a movie.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone who writes their own story.

10) Now and Then (1995): Four preteen girls walk the path of life during one magical summer.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with four friends at once point or another.

11) The Princess Diaries (2001): When Mia Thermopolis, an ordinary teenage girl living in San Francisco, learns that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia, she must learn how to be a princess.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone becoming royalty/an heir.

12) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004): Lola, a rebelious and bratty teenage girl from New York, gets shipped off to a suburb in San Francisco by her father after causing problems at her posh private school.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone moving from one place to another.

13) The Prince and Me (2004): A Wisconsin farm girl’s life changes dramatically when she attends an elite college and enters into a mysterious romance with a British prince who is hiding out from the press.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone whose life is about to change.

14) The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003): While on a school trip to Rome, Lizzie McGuire and her friends uncover a plot by a terrorist organization that plans to blow up the Colosseum.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone who must save the day.

15) The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005): Tired of living in a dull, colorless world, imaginative Max draws a door into his closet that leads to the fantastic planet he created. When evil Mr. Electric threatens this new world, Max and Lina must find a way to defeat him.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone who has created another world/universe.

16) 13 going on 30 (2004): After wishing on her 13th birthday that she could be “grown-up”, Jenna Rink wakes up in the body of a 30-year old woman in New York City, living in her ideal apartment and dating an attractive man named Matt.

What these movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have in common is they all deal with someone becoming their ideal self.

It seems that the movies with a romantic teen comedy story just like A Cinderella Story have at least one thing in common, which is having something to do with being young or becoming their ideal self. This list has shown these different ideas and how they are represented throughout each movie. If you’re looking for more great films about romance, check out our blog post on top 15 Romantic Comedies of All Time!

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