Over the last decade Jennifer Lawrence has become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Her roles in blockbuster franchises have made her a box office draw, but her raw talent and off-screen charm have endeared her to fans. In her upcoming film Red Sparrow, Lawrence will likely shine once again, this time as a prima ballerina turned secret intelligence agent.
To celebrate the release of Red Sparrow, we are going to look at the movies that put Lawrence on the map. From comic book films to indie romances, Lawrence’s range is on full display in these six films.
When Winter’s Bone premiered in 2010, it quickly became one of the most celebrated films of the year. Jennifer Lawrence led the film like a seasoned pro and delivered a truly inspired performance. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, the film follows the heart-wrenching story of Ree Dolly (Lawrence), as she sets off in search of her drug-addicted father who has been missing for years. It’s unfair to say that Lawrence carried Winter’s Bone (since it had a compelling script and a great direction), but it was Lawrence’s performance that made the film truly special.
Winter’s Bone proved that Lawrence had serious acting talent, and she even got an Oscar Nomination for her work. She didn’t take home the trophy, but the fact that Lawrence was nominated alongside the likes of Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Annette Benning and Nicole Kidman is incredible. Although she has starred in several amazing films over the last decade, Lawrence’s built her career off her role in Winter’s Bone. It’s probably the most important film of her career.
The Hunger Games
Based on the wildly popular book series by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games franchise was a cultural phenomenon before the first film premiered. At the time Lawrence was cast as Katniss Everdeen, fans didn’t know what to expect from the actress. Sure, she had the Oscar nomination, but no one knew if she could tackle a more action-driven film. Not surprisingly, Lawrence completely owned the role, and shortly after the The Hunger Games premiered she became a superstar.
The Hunger Games launched an extremely successful franchise that grossed almost $3 billion worldwide. Not only were the films wildly successful, they also proved that Lawrence was a bankable leading woman.
Silver Linings Playbook
After rising to fame as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lawrence’s next film, Silver Linings Playbook, cemented her status as a serious actress. Lawrence starred opposite Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell’s film, which tackled real-life issues involving tragedy and emotional vulnerability. The entire cast was terrific, but Lawrence’s performance was absolutely outstanding.
Lawrence’s portrayal of Tiffany was incredibly grounded and genuine. Even compared to her amazing performance in Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook transcended anything she had ever done before. Ultimately, Lawrence was nominated and won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, which rocketed her career into the stratosphere.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past wasn’t Lawrence’s first portrayal of Mystique, but it was by far her best. The film made some bold choices, especially with its use of time travel, but it succeeded on every level. In the X-Men comics, Mystique wasn’t a lead, but Lawrence’s star power put the shape-shifting mutant at the forefront of this version of the story.
While Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was the main character, in many ways, Lawrence’s portrayal of Mystique was the centerpiece of the film. X-Men: Days of Future Past was yet another box office smash for Lawrence, adding to her already impressive filmography. Fans are thrilled that Lawrence will reprise her role as Mystique in the upcoming film, X-Men: Dark Phoenix; however, it will be hard to top her performance in Days of Future Past.
Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! was one of the most controversial films of 2017. The film itself is extremely intense, but Lawrence’s performance as Mother really stood out beyond all the film’s other idiosyncracies and excesses. Sure, the film polarized critics and audiences. Lawrence’s raw talent, however, was beyond question. Throughout the movie, Lawrence proved that she is one of the best actresses working today.
While the film was a risky step for Lawrence, it turned into one of her finest performances to date. Lawrence said that the filming of Mother! was grueling, and once she finished filming, she had to take a break from acting. Hopefully, she will continue to tackle similar roles in the future and continue to push her work to new levels.
Like Crazy was one of Lawrence’s first films, and she doesn’t have a large role. The story follows different stages of love, seen through a relationship between Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones). Like Crazy is a beautiful look at young love, but it also covers heartbreak in a realistic way.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Sam, who ends up being a love interest for Jacob. Of course, as the audience, it’s hard to root for someone that comes between Jacob and Anna, but Lawrence is terrific in the role. Thanks to Lawrence’s portrayal, Sam presented as an assertive and confident woman. The role could have easily been a forgettable bit part, but Lawrence owns the role and brings her patented gravitas to her character.
Make sure you catch Jennifer Lawrence’s next film, Red Sparrow, when it hits theaters on March 2, 2018. Check out the movie info below to set a reminder and get tickets when they go on sale!