Birthday Special: 5 movies of Jennifer Lawrence that prove she's invincible

Updated: 15 August, 2020 08:15 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

As Jennifer Lawrence turns 30 this August 15, we take a look at some of her best performances in the past!

Jennifer Lawrence turns 30 today
Jennifer Lawrence turns 30 today

Jennifer Lawrence - the influential superstar - is a four-time Oscar nominee, who has proved her exceptional talent in various genres making her one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. She earned her first break as the lead cast member in the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show and made her big-screen debut in 2008 with the movie Garden Party. She went on to play many characters but gained recognition for starring in X-Men and the Hunger Games film series.

In fact, these two franchises also made her one of the highest-grossing action heroines of all time. In 2012, she earned her first Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook, making her the second-youngest winner of the award. Her smart choices, combined with her naturally charismatic personality, have made her a fan favourite and as she turns a year older on August 15, we look at her top five films.


Jennifer Lawrence in Passenger
Jennifer Lawrence in Passenger (All photos/Sony PIX PR images)

Jennifer Lawrence tried her hand at science fiction with the 2016 film Passengers, which co-starred Chris Pratt. She plays Aurora Lane in the movie. The flick follows the two as they are awakened before 90 years, which is too soon from an induced hibernation as they travel to a new planet on a spaceship. Some people term what Pratt and Lawrence had in the movie as love whereas the others said it was 'Stockholm syndrome'. The movie earned two Academy awards nominations despite receiving a mixed review from critics.

Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games

The franchise that launched Lawrence into the stratosphere was indeed The Hunger Games. The actress was given a dystopian franchise that could've easily fizzled out from the public's conscious the way so many franchise non-starters do. But through her weighted, emotionally resonant performance, Lawrence helped transport the ambitious franchise-starter into a bonafide box office hit.

Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

Irrefutably her best performance, and one of the best films of 2012, Lawrence portrays Tiffany opposite Bradley Cooper in this dramedy. Lawrence took home the Best Actress trophy at the Oscars for her work in this film. In the movie, Cooper and Lawrence peel back the curtain on mental health and its struggles in a film that brilliantly portrays their personalities. It remains a role that best captures and displays all of Lawrence's multitudes of talents, capabilities and emotional prowess in one firecracker of a performance.

X-Men Franchise

Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men Franchise
Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men Franchise

The X-Men series has always been on wobbly ground. For every rise, there is inevitably a fall. Between 2011 and 2016, Jennifer Lawrence played shape-shifting mutant Mystique (Raven Darkholme) in all the three films of X-Men. Lawrence brought a depth to the character of Mystique and added nicely to the talented cast. The movies were a huge box office success, each bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars. The movies also were a critical favourite, particularly "Days of Future Past."

American Hustle

Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

This period piece is a splashier, ritzier film. Yet, through the passionate and invigoration of its exceptional cast, the film is given a great amount of spry energy and enthusiasm. That's most certainly the case for Jennifer Lawrence's character, Rosalyn Rosenfeld. Lawrence's role in the movie is quite charming and funny. In her Oscar-nominated performance, she plays the role with a bold ferocity that nearly outmatches her work with David O Russell's prior in Silver Linings Playbook.

Here's wishing Jennifer Lawrence a very happy birthday!

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First Published: 15 August, 2020 08:00 IST

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