Jennifer Lawrence in Don't Look Up movie

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Jennifer Lawrence's new movie 'Don't Look Up' with Leonardo Di Caprio and Meryl Streep is in theaters December 10 and on Netflix December 24. Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling toward Earth.

Don't Look Up

"Based on truly possible events."
R2 hr 18 minDec 5th, 2021
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Prepare yourself for Jennifer Lawrence's latest movies by looking back at this list that ranks her most memorable characters.

10. Sam, 'Like Crazy' (2011)

Jennifer Lawrence in Like Crazy movie

Paramount Vantage

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

Like Crazy

Like Crazy

"I Want You. I Need You. I Love You. I Miss You."
PG-131 hr 30 minJan 22nd, 2011

9. Agnes, 'The Poker House' (2008)

Jennifer Lawrence in The Poker House movie

The Poker House

Lawrence's first lead role, shot when she was 17, was this horrific account of writer/director Lori Petty's own childhood marked by poverty and sexual abuse. In what will become a familiar character type for Lawrence, she plays a rural teen forced to grow up way too fast and care for her younger siblings. The rookie star is astonishingly natural and self-assured, especially given how dark the material gets.

The Poker House

The Poker House

"Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid."
R1 hr 33 minJun 20th, 2008

8. Aurora Lane, 'Passengers' (2016)

Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers movie

Columbia Pictures

Your appreciation for this "Titanic"-in-space romance depends on whether you read it as a tragic love story and not a Stockholm Syndrome saga of a woman who falls for the desperate stalker who ruined her life. Lawrence is impeccable, as usual; she has to be in order to sell the movie's hard-to-swallow premise. She and Chris Pratt are certainly adorable. Still, this extravagant flop is likely to be remembered (if at all) as a footnote in both stars' careers.


"There is a reason they woke up."
PG-131 hr 56 minDec 14th, 2016

7. Mystique, the 'X-Men' Prequels (2011 - Present)

Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men movie

20th Century Fox

As scaly-skinned shapeshifter Raven Darkhölme, Lawrence has little to do but stand around looking blue -- literally. She's arguably integral to the plot only in the second film ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"). True to her name, Lawrence's Mystique is still something of a mystery, even after three movies.

Dark Phoenix

"A Phoenix will rise. The X-Men will fall."
PG-131 hr 54 minJun 7th, 2019

X-Men: Apocalypse

"Only the strong will survive."
PG-132 hr 24 minMay 27th, 2016

X-Men: Days of Future Past

"To save the future, they must alter the past."
PG-132 hr 12 minMay 23rd, 2014

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

"Witness the moment that will change our world."
PG-132 hr 12 minMay 25th, 2011

6. Joy Mangano, 'Joy' (2015)

Jennifer Lawrence in Joy movie

20th Century Fox

Lawrence's third collaboration with director David O. Russell is the pair's least successful. It's a fanciful, tortured account of inventor and home-shopping mogul Mangano's rags-to-riches rise. It's all Lawrence's show, and thank goodness she's compelling enough to carry this surprisingly heavy (and uneven) film on her shoulders.


"In America, the ordinary needs the extraordinary every single day."
PG-132 hr 4 minDec 13th, 2015

5. Tiffany Maxwell, 'Silver Linings Playbook' (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook movie

The Weinstein Company

At 21, Lawrence should have been way too young to co-star in Russell's nervous-energy romance opposite a damaged Bradley Cooper. But she's mature beyond her years, giving as good as she gets. Oh, also, she dances up a storm. It's a delightful and charming turn, one that renders Cooper's character helpless to resist. The Academy couldn't resist, either -- they gave her a Best Actress trophy.

4. Mother, 'mother!' (2017)

Jennifer Lawrence in mother! movie


A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.



"Seeing is believing"
R2 hr 1 minSep 13th, 2017
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3. Rosalyn Rosenfeld, 'American Hustle' (2013)

Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle movie

Columbia Pictures

In her second movie with Russell and Cooper, Lawrence is a comic force of nature. In a movie overstuffed with colorful characters, she still manages to steal scenes as the overripe, outer-borough, grudge-nursing wife of Christian Bale's comb-over con man. Her character is a justifiably angry loose cannon, and whenever she's on screen, the film threatens to go off the rails. In a good, exciting, unpredictable way.

American Hustle

"Everyone hustles to survive."
R2 hr 18 minDec 12th, 2013
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2. Ree Dolly, 'Winter's Bone' (2010)

Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone movie

Winter's Bone Productions

Lawrence's breakthrough role in this indie drama saw her playing an Ozark teen whose meth-dealing dad goes missing, leaving her to act the responsible adult. Soon, she's skinning squirrels and trying to steer clear of both the law and the meth underworld in her struggle to save the family home and put food on the table for her two younger siblings. Like "The Poker House," this is practically a gothic horror film, and Lawrence carries it off with maturity, charisma, and authenticity.

Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone

"Talking just causes witnesses."
R1 hr 41 minJan 21st, 2010

1. Katniss Everdeen, 'The Hunger Games' series (2012 - 2015)

Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games movie


It's impossible now to imagine anyone else as the Girl on Fire. The rebellious gladiator of Suzanne Collins' futuristic novels may be the most complex action heroine in movies -- warrior, big sister, survivalist, media icon, revolutionary figurehead, traumatized executioner, and one leg of a teen love triangle.

Displaying all these facets, Lawrence's Katniss is compelling to watch in triumph but maybe even more compelling in failure. After all, she's still just a kid being asked to bear impossible burdens, and letting that anguished, fumbling humanity shine through is a Lawrence specially, too.

The Hunger Games

"May the odds be ever in your favor."
PG-132 hr 22 minMar 23rd, 2012
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