The versatile actress Jennifer Lawrence is known for her mesmerizing eyes and natural charm. She unlocked her superstar potential at a very early age and began performing in plays at her school and local theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. As a young girl, she always aimed for the moon, eventually turning her dreams into reality.
Lawrence navigated to the City of Dreams New York, hoping to perform on the silver screen, where she came across a talent scout and auditioned afterwards for his agency. Soon she was approached for small roles and commercial modelling which led her to the first step of success and cleared the way for her acting career.
After graduating from high school, she moved to LA, and finally, the natural beauty of Hollywood made her breakthrough in acting with a cable television comedy, The Bill Engvall Show, from 2007 to 2009 and played a teenage daughter of a psychotherapist. Shortly after, in 2010, she starred in a mystery drama film Winter’s Bone, in which she portrayed a sixteen-year-old mountain girl Ree, who searches for her missing miscreant father and manages the household in his absence. For her role, she received the Best Actress Academy Award nomination.
Soon after, when it was her star turn, she was lent a leading role in the mega project Silver Linings Playbook by David O Russell, in which she played a young widow Tiffany Maxwell who befriends a man struggling with mental illness (Bradley Cooper). Her portrayal as Tiffany earned her the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress in 2013, and she became the second youngest woman to win that award.
Later she joined the cast of the Franchises with widespread international acclaim, the X-Man film series and the Game of Hungers and went on to global stardom within just a few years.
Here’s a list of some exciting flicks, so unwind and watch your favorite actress, Jenifer Lawrence, light the screen.
10. Joy (2015)
- IMDb Rating 6.6
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 60%
Russel’s biographical-comedy Joy is narrated in the beautiful tone of Mimi (Diane Ladd), a grandmother of Joy (Jenifer Lawrence), a self-made woman billionaire who has always been passionate about creating new things.
Joy belongs to a dysfunctional family and often witnesses her parents fighting as her father, Rudy (Robert De Niro), is now living in their basement after his divorce from Joy’s mother, Terri (Virginia Madsen), along with Joy’s ex-husband Tony (Edger Ramirez). Terri is extremely reclusive and obsessed with soap operas and watches them all day. Much to Joy’s annoyance, her half-sister Peggy (Elisabeth Rohm), who is close to Rudy, constantly shames Joy about her toxic marriage whenever her children are around. Joy has no support from her family except her maternal grandma Mimi, who also lives with her and her childhood friend Jackie (Dacha Polanco), who has always been an immense support for her to follow her dreams.
Joy manages the household and works at Eastern Airlines as a booking agent. Despite all the challenges and her family feud, she decides to turn her childhood dream into reality, and she designs her own product and puts forth efforts in launching her product in the market. Eventually, Joy ends up building a powerful empire after going through many struggles.
9. The Beaver (2011)
- IMDb Rating 6.6
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 62%
Jodie’s The Beaver is a dark comedy. The film subjects a very serious topic, depression and has mixed conventions from various genres merged together. The plot centres around Walter Black (Mel Gibson), a CEO of Jerry Co., inherited by his deceased father and a troubled husband of Meredith (Jodie Foster). When Walter fails to manage his company, it is now on the verge of bankruptcy. He becomes clinically depressed, which causes him excessive sleepiness.
On the other hand, Walter is struggling with his alcohol addiction, which also ruins his family life. He tries every therapy, but nothing works. He also attempts suicide, but eventually, the story takes an unexpected turn when he adopts a hand puppet named Beaver, with whom he talks and reclaims his life. Soon the things start to improve surprisingly. Soon thing start to improve, surprisingly.
However, the story plot also involves Walter’s teenage son Porter (Anton Yelchin), a genius and gifted writer drawn into a soulful bond with his classmate Norah (Jenifer Lawrence). Porter tends to write a speech for Norah as she hires him to write for him, but he is also curious why Norah cannot write on her own, being a class valedictorian. He discovers the reasons in a side story.
8. The Poker House (2008)
- IMDb Rating 6.3/10
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 63%
The feature directorial debut of Lorie Petty The Poker House, is 2008’s American Independent drama film that depicts the harrowing day in the life of a sister trio, who is abused and neglected. The eldest among them is Agnes (Jenifer Lawrence) who raises her two little sisters Bee (Sophie Bairley) and Cammie (Chloe Grace Moretz). They live with their mother in the poker house run by the gamblers and the atypical teen Agnes has to protect her sisters as their mother doesn’t lead a normal life and brings different men every night. Poor sisters witness their mother being mocked and beaten up by her pimp to get money out of her.
7. Mother (2017)
- IMDb Rating 6.6/10
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 68%
Daren Aronofsky writes and directs a psychological horror flick, Mother, which follows a young lady, a poet’s wife, who lives with her husband in the countryside. The lady spends most of her time in the renovation of her burnt house, and the couple leads a tranquil and placid life together. The entry of an uninvited guest into the picture unfolds the chaos and shocking events, disrupting their peace, and the misery turns their life upside down.
6. Like Crazy (2011)
- IMDb Rating 6.6/10
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 72%
Like Crazy, a deep romantic flick that will make your heart flutter, directed by Drake Doremus. The plot unfurls a love story between a British girl Anna (Jennifer Lawrence), and an American guy Jacob (Anton Yelchin), who meets at a University in LA and falls madly in love with each other.
The huge twist occurs when Anna overstays her visa and accrues unlawful presence in LA. Eventually, she has to get back to London when forced by the government and when she tries to re-enter the US, the American government denies her entry as she has violated the rules previously. The deadlock ensues and the lovebirds face the pitfalls of a long-distance relationship by establishing their lives separately in their respective cities.
At last, the couple ends up togethers after facing all the hardships and overcoming the challenges of a long-distance relationship.
5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
- IMDb Rating 7.5/10
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 84%
Satisfy your taste for adventure with Francis Lawrence’s action-packed film Catching Fire, the sequel to the girl-powered franchise, The Hunger Games, which is the fabrication of sacrifice, survival and the feud between interdependence and independence.
The film features Round 2 of the Hunger Games. When Katniss Everdeen (Jenifer Lawrence) returns home after winning the 74 Annual Hunger Games with her fellow tribute Peeta Millark (Josh Hutcherson), they have to set about on the victory tour of the country.
The megalomaniac leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) shows up and threatens Katniss with the lives of her loved ones; he further explains that their approach of attempting a suicide pact to win the last Hunger Games has inspired the rebellions of the district and emphasizes how dangerous she is for the country if rebels will follow their examples.
Now Snow provides her a final chance to convince the entire country, including him, that her love for Peeta is real by throwing them back to the arena with other victors. Katniss knows that Snow pretends to care about his country; however, deep down, his interest is to engage the audience with this perfect romance story to keep them diverted from unwanted matters.
The unexpected twist comes when the gamekeeper changes the rule, as now there will be only one winner. Katniss chooses to sacrifice her life to save Peeta.
4. X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
- IMDb Rating 7.9/10
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 90%
The intense sci-fi Days of Future Past is the seventh instalment in X-Men series which follows the series of actions and thrill. The film features the super hero squad and is directed and produced by Bryan Singer. The story opens with a dystopian future 2023, where the mutant-hunting robots bring the meta-humans and their supporters to extinction.
During the Vietnam War, Bolivar Trask used Mystique’s DNA to create the powerful Sentinels and tortured the mutants. His inhuman and fatal experiments on mutants led Mystique to kill Bolivar in 1973.
The X-Men sends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), one of their team members, back in the 70s. Wolverine takes up the deadly mission to prevent the mutant and joins forces with his younger self and his allies Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Beast (Nicolas Hault) to persuade Mystique to back off her intentions to kill her creator Bolivar to prevent the mutant race.
3. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
- IMDb Rating 7.7/10
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 92%
American rom-com drama film Silver Linings of Playbook is directed by David O Russell. The movie’s major theme is a mental illness with the charm of screw comedy. The story is about Pat (Bradley Cooper), who has bipolar disorder and has just been released from a mental hospital after eight months.
He reunites his parents and is now determined to fix his broken marriage and repair all the damage he has done to his life. Pat is still obsessed with her ex-wife Nikki, who already has a boyfriend and is willing to turn every stone to rekindle his relationship with his wife. Suddenly, a beautiful young widow Tiffany (Jenifer Lawrence), interrupts his life.
She lives in a neighborhood, and people call Tiffany a slut as she is dealing with her mental issues after the death of her husband. Tiffany offers her help to Pat to bring him closer to Nikki. In return, she asks him to join her in a local dance competition. Both learn to dance together and somehow draw towards each other.
2. Red Sparrow (2018)
- IMDb Rating 6.6/10
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 45%
Francis Lawrence directs the spy fiction filled with mystery, thriller and twists to keep the audience guessing the characters’ true intentions until the end. It tells a tale about the physical and psychological fortitude of its title character, Dominika Engorova (Jenifer Lawrence), a former ballerina.
Fatal intervenes when her career-ending leg break clears the way for her uncle Vanya (Matthias Schoenaerts), a senior officer in SVR, to turn up with a proposal to serve the state. Dominika reluctantly accepts his offer and gets recruited in a Russian intelligence service Sparrow school, where she is forced to use every inch of her body to achieve her goals.
The newest agent, Dominika’s first mission, is to seduce and trap a prestigious target, CIA operative Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton). The young female espionage uses her body as a weapon against this American CIA agent.
1. Winter’s Bone (2010)
- IMDb Rating 7.1/10
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating 94%
2010’s Winter’s Bone is a mystery drama film directed by Debra Grenik. The gritty Ozarks tale portrays the miserable life of a sixteen-year-old girl Ree (Jenifer Lawrence), who lives with her criminal father and unresponsive mother in the Ozarks hills. Ree’s hardships intensify when her father goes missing, and she comes to know that the court has scheduled a court session for her father as he is involved in illegal activities and has put up their house for his bail, so if he doesn’t show up to the court, they will lose their home. The young girl decides to put her life at risk and find her father for the sake of her family.