The 15 Finest Jennifer Lopez Films Of All Time



Over almost three a long time, Jennifer Lopez has established herself as a multi-hyphenate expertise: she’s been a Fly Lady, a Hollywood main woman, a vogue icon whose crimson carpet decisions necessitated the creation of Google Pictures, a profitable recording artist, an entrepreneur, and a producer.

The via line connecting the numerous roles Lopez has inhabited in her profession, onscreen and off, is the essence of her persona—her larger-than-life presence, simple star energy, and dazzling charisma. That is maybe most cogent when trying again on her filmography, a medley of thrillers, dramas, and romantic comedies, a lot of which have turn into beloved within the zeitgeist. This, in line with TIME’s film critic Stephanie Zacharek, is much less a testomony to the inventive worth of the movies than it’s to Lopez’s immense skills and countless enchantment, a lot in order that she hails Lopez “the patron saint of romantic comedies.”

With that in thoughts, right here’s a glance again at 15 of J. Lo’s finest movies of all time, from Selena to Hustlers.

My Household (1995)

Though she had appeared in movies earlier than My Household, Gregory Nava’s 1995 movie gave Lopez her first notable function on the large display screen. The bittersweet, touching household drama facilities on the challenges and triumphs that a number of generations of a Mexican-American household face after immigrating to Los Angeles. Whereas Lopez was initially uncredited for her function because the younger matriarch Maria Sanchez within the movie, she obtained an Impartial Spirit Award nomination for Finest Supporting Actress for her function. The movie additionally opened up doorways to a different pivotal alternative—following working along with her on My Household, Nava solid Lopez in Selena.

The place to stream: Unavailable for streaming; DVDs obtainable for buy on Amazon

Selena (1997)

Lopez’s function as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in 1997’s Selena catapulted her to stardom. Her exuberant efficiency of the enduring Tejano music famous person within the movie, which portrayed each Selena’s meteoric rise to fame and her premature and tragic finish, was critically acclaimed and netted Lopez her first Golden Globe nomination. The movie additionally made Lopez the primary Latina actor to earn $1 million.

The place to stream: HBO Max

Out of Sight (1998)

Whereas Lopez had loads of roles in motion flicks earlier than Out of Sight, this sensible, fast-paced thriller set itself aside because of the scorching chemistry between her and co-star George Clooney. The movie is a battle of charms and wit between Clooney’s rakish financial institution robber and Lopez’s feisty U.S. marshal as they resolve whether or not or not their flirtation throughout a high-stakes theft try is motivated by love or the legislation.

The place to stream: In the stores or hire on YouTube

The Marriage ceremony Planner (2001)

Lopez cemented her standing as a Hollywood main woman along with her charming flip as Mary Fiore in 2001’s The Marriage ceremony Planner. Although sure components of the film are puzzling now (like Lopez’s character being written as Italian American), the movie has turn into an simple a part of the rom-com canon because of its candy however kooky storyline, the place Lopez’s titular character falls in love along with her shopper’s fiancé, performed by Matthew McConaughey. Lopez additionally made historical past as the primary girl to concurrently have a primary album and film after The Marriage ceremony Planner and her sophomore album, J. Lo, launched throughout the identical week.

The place to stream: Peacock

Sufficient (2002)

A longtime hallmark of Lopez’s filmography is her penchant for tales about survivors. Her characters are by no means shrinking violets; as a substitute, they’re marked by a measure of tenacity, power, and the flexibility to beat, even in probably the most dire of circumstances. There’s no higher instance of that than 2002’s Sufficient, through which Lopez’s character is a mom who flees an abusive marriage, then trains so she will precise her revenge on her violent husband in self-defense.

The place to stream: Peacock

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

In Maid in Manhattan, a reimagined Cinderella story for the early 2000s, a case of mistaken identification leads Lopez’s character Marisa, a resort maid, to fall in love with a high-profile politician (performed by Ralph Fiennes) who’s staying at her place of employment. Whereas some particulars of the movie haven’t aged nicely (Marisa’s son’s preoccupation with Richard Nixon and Fienne’s character’s seemingly conservative politics), the movie’s hopeful narrative and Lopez’s winsome efficiency makes it a staple of the romance style.

The place to stream: HBO Max

Gigli (2003)

When this rom-com starring Ben Affleck as a lovelorn, down-on-his-luck gangster and Lopez as a henchwoman for rent launched, it was universally panned because of an astoundingly dangerous premise and an equally horrific script that relied on low-key racism, homophobia, and ableism for laughs. What makes this movie important, nonetheless, is its function within the cultural zeitgeist. Affleck and Lopez, who met on the set of the movie, started a much-publicized romance (immortalized in her “Jenny From the Block music video”) that led to an engagement and their notorious hybrid couple title, Bennifer, making them one of the crucial notorius and ubiquitous duos on the top of superstar tabloid tradition within the early aughts. Now, with their romance rekindled almost 20 years later, Gigli with all its flaws and shortcomings, would possibly simply be price revisiting.

The place to stream: HBO Max

Monster-in-Regulation (2005)

Lopez reveals off her comedic chops to nice impact within the screwball 2005 comedy Monster-in-Regulation. Forward of her impending nuptials, Lopez’s spunky bride Charlie’s romance along with her soon-to-be-husband Kevin takes a again seat to her main points together with his troublesome mom Viola, performed by a formidable and hilarious Jane Fonda. The slapstick tussles between Fonda and Lopez, who each convey their A-game to this extraordinarily foolish movie, will preserve you in stitches.

The place to stream: In the stores or hire on YouTube

El Cantante (2006)

Lopez starred reverse her then-husband Marc Anthony in 2006’s El Cantante, a colourful biopic concerning the life and profession of Puerto Rican salsa singer Héctor Lavoe. Whereas the movie obtained lower than rave evaluations, the movie is price a watch because of the scorching chemistry between Anthony and Lopez, who performed Lavoe’s spouse, Nilda “Puchi” Roman Perez with unimaginable charisma and appeal.

The place to stream: Hulu, HBO Max

The Again-Up Plan (2010)

The rom-com bought a shocking replace with 2010’s The Again-Up Plan, through which Lopez’s character Zoe, an impartial girl dwelling within the metropolis, decides to pursue single motherhood. After conceiving by way of synthetic insemination, nonetheless, she meets the love of her life, resulting in her pursuing a brand new relationship whereas getting ready for parenthood.

The place to stream: Paramount+, YouTube

The Boy Subsequent Door (2015)

Lopez co-produced and starred on this horror movie, which facilities on a suburban instructor with a philandering husband who has a one-night stand with the boy subsequent door, earlier than discovering out that he’s a scholar at the highschool the place she teaches. His subsequent obsession along with her results in her combating for her life and the lives of these she loves. Is the movie corny and unrealistic? Completely. But it surely follows in a practice of many different nice horror movies in that respect, and Lopez provides it her all.

The place to stream: In the stores or hire on YouTube

Second Act (2018)

Lopez is at her finest when she performs an underdog, which is why 2018’s Second Act works so nicely. Lopez performs the middle-aged Maya, an assistant supervisor at a worth retailer, who dares to begin a brand new life after she’s handed up for function at work that she’s greater than skilled for as a result of she doesn’t have a school diploma. Counting on her avenue smarts, she rebrands as a company bigwig, however re-encounters a secret from her previous that makes her re-evaluate the life she desires. The story is undeniably feel-good, however earnest and glorious performances by Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, and Milo Ventigmigalia make this price a watch.

The place to stream: Hulu

Hustlers (2019)

Lopez gave the efficiency of her profession as Ramona, the street-smart and maternal dancer who heads up a scheme that scammed finance bros at a NYC strip membership after the 2008 monetary crash impacts the membership’s revenue margin. The movie, which was based mostly on a real story, led to unanimous reward and demanding popularity of Lopez (additionally a producer on the movie) who was nominated for a number of awards for the function, together with a Golden Globe and an Impartial Spirit award.

The place to stream: Hulu

Marry Me (2022)

Lopez leans into the rom-com components she’s perfected during the last three a long time of her profession with Marry Me, through which her character, Kat, a worldwide pop famous person, marries a whole stranger on stage at one among her concert events after discovering that her fiancé is dishonest on her. Co-starring Owen Wilson and singer Maluma because the stranger and the dishonest fiancé, respectively, Lopez is as luminous and magnetic as ever on this foolish and candy film, which loyal followers of hers might acknowledge as skewing dangerously near artwork imitating life, following her 2021 cut up from former fiancé Alex Rodriguez, following allegations of his infidelity.

The place to stream: Peacock

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