12 Best Jennifer Lopez Movies That Showcase Her Immense Talent

Jennifer Lopez is one of Hollywood’s most prominent film actresses and one of the biggest celebrities in the world. At the age of 24, she decided to pursue a career in acting and landed her first leading role in the 1997 Gregory Nava directed Selena Quintanilla-Perez biopic and managed to garner immense critical acclaim for her performance. Since then she has managed to establish her niche as an actress in the industry and now the one could almost argue that Jennifer Lopez movies have become some sort of a brand. Typically, most Jennifer Lopez movies are rom-coms and there are very few actresses who could beat her in that zone. However, she has also proved herself to be an actress of remarkable range and depth by starring in a wide range of films ranging from rom-coms and thrillers to dramas and full-fledged biopics. So with all that said now, let’s take a look at the list of 12 best Jennifer Lopez movies.

 

12. Jersey Girl (2004)

One knows what to expect from a Kevin Smith movie and this is movie is no different. It entertains, makes you laugh and cry and that’s all it intends to do. Ben Affleck stars in the lead role along with Liv Tyler and strangely enough this Jennifer Lopez movie doesn’t have much of her as her character dies right in the beginning of the film. The film follows Affleck’s character who is shouldered with the responsibility of being the sole parent of his precocious child and needs to take care of her. Smith has stated that a longer version of the film had much more interesting scenes, including more of Lopez but we badly miss her in the original cut.

 

11. The Cell (2000)

Lopez genuinely surprised us here in a completely different avatar as a female psychotherapist. Noted for its richly designed costumes and faultless visual aesthetics, ‘The Cell’ was also criticized for its trite storyline and a blatant emphasis on style over substance. Honestly, I’d be lying if I say that the film is good by any means. It’s a painfully mediocre exercise in genre filmmaking which gets caught up in its own ambitions but of course, it’s fun to watch Lopez take on a completely different kind of role. As Dr. Catherine Deane, she is lethal, wild and seductively heroic.

 

10. Shall We Dance (2004)

Well, I have to admit that I’m a sucker for these Hollywood rom-coms. There’s something so endearingly charming I find about the genre that even the worst rom-coms would manage to find a place among my list of guilty pleasures. This Richard Gere starrer is one such film and despite its very obvious flaws, it certainly comes off as a highly satisfying affair partly due to the performances. Lopez is surprisingly good here and manages to bring out the believable, human side of her character. Her dance sequences with Richard Gere has to be the highlight of the film.

 

9. Parker (2013)

Starring alongside action hero Jason Statham, Lopez, surprisingly, proves to be the sole dominant force in Taylor Hackford’s action flick and impresses us with her fine acting chops. Lopez plays a real-estate agent who helps Statham’s character seek revenge from his crew who double crossed him. Lopez is the only good thing about the film and her performance is ultimately the saving grace here. Her natural charisma and flamboyant personality come in handy here but she also manages to be dynamic, funny and graceful at parts which make it one of her most memorable performance in recent times.

 

8. Bordertown (2006)

To be honest, ‘Bordertown’ really disappointed me. Not because it’s a bad film but because it could have been so much better. It’s remarkably ambitious and tries to be relevant but doesn’t come anywhere near realizing the true vision of it which terribly affects the film on many levels. However, the film is not without its merits. It’s engaging for the most part and Lopez looks in good touch, captivating us with her flamboyant persona and impeccable screen presence. It’s a shame that the film couldn’t live up to its potential because this seemed like a career defining role for Lopez.

 

7. Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Another enjoyable rom-com, another lovely performance from Lopez. In Wane Wang’s endearingly quirky rom-com, Lopez plays a hotel maid with whom a rich politician falls in love with.  Now the funny thing is that he thinks she is a socialite as he once saw her trying on a wealthy woman’s outfit. Ralph Fiennes plays the politician and he is just as equally charming and hilarious as Lopez as together they form a surprisingly cute couple and it’s their unlikely chemistry that turns this film into an entertaining affair despite its trite plot, fraught with cliches.

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