Movies Like 'Pitch Perfect' to Watch Next

If a decade of female bonding over a cappella leaves you wanting more, try these 10 films.
by Annie Lyons — 

'Pitch Perfect'

Universal Pictures

Can you aca-believe that Pitch Perfect came out 10 years ago?

Directed by Jason Moore, the 2012 musical comedy introduced viewers to the fascinating world of competitive collegiate a cappella. Anna Kendrick stars as Beca Mitchell, a new freshman student at Barden University and aspiring DJ. Though she has no real interest in college, she strikes a deal with her dad to give this first year a try. She soon gets roped into successfully auditioning for the Barden Bellas, the school's all-female a cappella group, helmed by uptight Aubrey (Anna Camp) and friendly Chloe (Brittany Snow). 

The previous year, the Bellas suffered an embarrassing defeat at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella to their all-male rival group, the Barden Treblemakers. Aubrey is determined for the group to regain its reputation but insists on keeping the same dated setlist, while Beca pushes to add modern tunes into the mix. As the Bellas prepare for the competition, Beca also finds a spark with Treblemaker Jesse (Skylar Astin) and friendship with her fellow Bellas, including confident Patricia "Fat Amy" Hobart (Rebel Wilson). The film is written by Kay Cannon and is loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin's non-fiction book, Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory.

Pitch Perfect received mostly positive reviews and has a Metascore of 66. The film became a cultural phenomenon thanks to its quotable dialogue and catchy mashup tunes. Three songs on the film's soundtrack charted on the Billboard Hot 100; a version of Kendrick's performance of Beca's audition song peaked at No. 6. The film's success spawned two sequels,Pitch Perfect 2(Metascore: 63) and Pitch Perfect 3 (40).

To celebrate 10 years of aca-awesomeness, Metacritic has compiled a list of more feel-good movies like Pitch Perfect. The list below features plenty of musical comedies, teen comedies, and comedies about female friendship.

Here, Metacritic highlights 10 movies like Pitch Perfect to watch next, ranked by their Metascore. 


From left to right: Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein in 'Booksmart'

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Metascore: 84
Best for: Fans of high school comedies and comedies about female friendship
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 102 minutes

Directed by Olivia Wilde in her feature directorial debut, this 2019 coming-of-age comedy follows the chaotic night shared between two longtime best friends on the eve of their high school graduation. Academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) have worked hard for the past four years, prioritizing school over their social lives. But after learning their popular peers have experienced the same success, Molly fears they've missed out on quintessential teenage experiences. Molly convinces Amy that they should finally let loose and attend a classmate's graduation party, but their night takes some unexpected turns. Feldstein received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance. 

"A different kind of teen comedy — clever and buoyant, proudly feminist and wonderfully reassuring that, yeah, the kids are alright." — Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle


Jack Black in 'School of Rock'

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School of Rock

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of musical comedies and films about starting a band
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , Vudu
Runtime: 108 minutes

In this 2003 feel-good musical comedy directed by Richard Linklater, Jack Black stars as Dewey Finn, a passionate rock guitarist who slacks off in the other areas of his life. Recently fired from his band and strapped for cash, he becomes a substitute teacher at an elite prep school after impersonating his roommate. After discovering his fourth-grade students' musical talents, Dewey transforms his class into a band and begins preparing them for the upcoming local Battle of the Bands contest. While band practice takes over their academic lessons, the experience brings the students new confidence. Black received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy. 

"The movie is the cinematic equivalent of a near-perfect three-minute pop song. It makes you laugh, smile and tap your toes over a brisk 88 minutes, and when it's finished, you're ready to hit repeat." — Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune


'Sing Street'

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Sing Street

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of films about starting a band and the 1980s
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , Pluto TV, Tubi, Vudu
Runtime: 106 minutes

Taking place in 1985 Dublin but released in 2016 as a period piece, Sing Street follows Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), a sensitive teenager with a tense home life and tough new school. When he meets the enigmatic Raphina (Lucy Boynton), he tries to impress her by asking her to be in his band's music video. Only, he doesn't actually have a band yet and scrambles to make good on his promise by assembling a group. As the new band explores the decade's different musical trends, Conor cultivates his own artistic style and dreams for the future. Written and directed by John Carney, the film received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

"It's a sweetly funny, charming and poignant depiction of this very specific time in life — at once universal and specific — when anything seems possible. And with killer pop tunes to boot." — Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times



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Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of female-driven comedies about friendship and wedding planning
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, , Vudu
Runtime: 125 minutes

If you're a fan of how Pitch Perfect injects raunchy humor into its exploration of intense female camaraderie, you might enjoy this 2011 comedy written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig. Bridesmaids follows Annie (Wiig), a flailing 30-something woman whose life spirals even further out of control after she says yes to being her best friend Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) maid of honor. As she tries to ensure a perfect wedding experience for Lillian, she gets wrapped up in a competition with another bridesmaid, the seemingly flawless Helen (Rose Byrne). Bridesmaids earned two Oscar Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

"The movie is smart about a lot of things, including the vital importance of female friendships. And it's nice to see so many actresses taking up space while making fun of something besides other women." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


Emma Stone in 'Easy A'

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Easy A

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of teen comedies inspired by classic literature
Where to watch:

, , Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 92 minutes

This 2010 teen romantic comedy is partially inspired by The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and examines how a high school rumor mill impacts a witty teenager's reputation. Emma Stone stars as Olive Penderghast, a relatively anonymous student who lies to her best friend about losing her virginity to a college freshman. But when the story spreads around the school, Olive gains new notoriety, especially after she also agrees to help a bullied, closeted friend by pretending to sleep with him. Like Pitch Perfect, Easy A references The Breakfast Club, as well as other classic '80s teen comedies. Stone received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance.

"It's a funny, engaging comedy that takes the familiar but underrated Emma Stone and makes her, I believe, a star." — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times



Columbia Pictures


Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of raunchy comedies and high school comedies
Where to watch:

, , Google Play, , Vudu
Runtime: 102 minutes

Cannon made her directorial debut with Blockers, which combines bawdy humor with heartfelt themes about parent-child relationships. The 2018 comedy follows single mother Lisa (Leslie Mann), divorced Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), and stubborn Mitchell (John Cena), three parents who have been close friends since their daughters met in kindergarten. After they discover their now teenage daughters (played by Geraldine Viswanathan, Kathryn Newton, and Gideon Adlon) make a pact to lose their virginities at prom, they decide to track them down and stop them. However, their night takes a chaotic turn as they get tangled up in a few shenanigans of their own. 

"Don't get me wrong — the movie lays on the raunch, and there are more gut-busting laughs than you can count. But no one gets objectified or patronized." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


Andy Samberg (left) in 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping'

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of satirical musical comedies and mockumentaries
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , Vudu
Runtime: 87 minutes

Created by comedy trio The Lonely Island, this 2016 mockumentary musical comedy satirizes the modern music business, complete with original comedic songs and plenty of cameos of musicians portraying themselves. Childhood friends Conner (Andy Samberg), Owen (Jorma Taccone), and Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer) rose to fame together as hip-hop trio The Style Boyz. After Conner's ego caused friction with Lawrence and the group's eventual dissolution, he emerged as an even more successful solo artist, dubbing himself Conner4Real. But when his new album flops and his popularity spirals, Conner must finally reflect on his past missteps, all while his extensive team tries to keep his career afloat. 

"The film's lampooning of a business built on pure surface extends to its riotous original songs." — Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine


From left to right: Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, and Lacey Chabert in 'Mean Girls'

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Mean Girls

Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans of female-fronted high school comedies 
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , Netflix, Vudu
Runtime: 97 minutes

Beca tries her best to avoid cliques when she first arrives at college in Pitch Perfect, but in Mean Girls, cliques are seemingly inescapable at North Shore High School. Directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey, the 2004 teen comedy revolves around Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), a naive teenager who's new to the unwritten social rules of public high school after being homeschooled in Africa. Queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams) takes a shine to Cady, but the newcomer quickly finds herself in over her head when she gets caught up in the quest for popularity. The film became a pop culture phenomenon and is often recognized as one of the most iconic high school movies of all time

"An edgy comedy, where laughs stem at times from uncomfortable situations. In other words, Mean Girls lives up to its title." — Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter


'Work It'


Work It

Metascore: 58
Best for: Fans of dance movies and teen movies
Where to watch: Netflix
Runtime: 93 minutes

Chloe scouts Beca for the Barden Bellas after hearing her natural singing talent, but in Work It, a high school senior works hard to become a good dancer — despite her innate clumsiness. After a misunderstanding with a college recruiter, Quinn Ackerman (Sabrina Carpenter) decides to audition for her school's award-winning dance team in hopes that their impressive reputation will give her an extra edge. After she gets rejected, she forms her own eclectic dance team and begins training for the popular annual Work It competition, enlisting the help of her talented best friend Jasmine (Liza Koshy) and Jake (Jordan Fisher), a former elite dancer who stopped competing after a bad injury. 

"The expectations of the genre provide a framework for Work It that both delights (so many dancing montages! all of them fun!) and confounds (a chemistry-less romance). When it dares to break those boxes, however, things get miles more interesting." — Kate Erbland, IndieWire


From left to right: Eliza Dushku and Kirsten Dunst in 'Bring It On'

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Bring It On

Metascore: 52
Best for: Fans of female-fronted teen comedies and movies about competitions
Where to watch:

, Google Play,
Runtime: 98 minutes

Much like Pitch Perfect, Bring It On also features a group of girls preparing for a team competition —  only in this case, they're competitive cheerleaders. Kirsten Dunst stars as Torrance Shipman, the new captain of her San Diego high school cheerleading squad, the Toros. She faces immense pressure to help the Toros bring home their sixth consecutive national title. However, she soon learns that the previous captain stole all their highly successful routines from the East Compton Clovers, who are captained by Isis (Gabrielle Union). Often recognized as a cult classic, the 2000 Peyton Reed-directed film explores themes about cultural appropriation as it follows Torrance's journey to nationals and inspired quite a few sequels. 

"Succeeds in displaying the physical drive and demands of cheerleading." — Robert Koehler, Variety