In honor of the 5th anniversary of the end of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise, here are the top five Jennifer Lawrence films to watch now!

Written by: Tea Kingley – November 20th, 2020 1:49 pm pst

Five films you need to watch

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Jennifer Lawrence is a lot of things: Kentucky girl, relatable queen, and the youngest actress ever to receive four Academy Award nominations (and second youngest to win the Best Actress category). Although she had already been nominated for her first Oscar by 2012 (in Winter’s Bone, but we’ll get to that one later), her starring role that year as Katniss in The Hunger Games is arguably what put her on the map for the general public. That role was one that she nearly rejected, as she knew her life would change forever, and today marks the five year anniversary of the ending of the franchise and thus the end of that life changing role. In honor of this, here are the top five films from the Academy Award winning actress that you should watch now!

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  1. Up first is Red Sparrow (2018), Lawrence’s most recent film before she took a two year hiatus from acting to focus on her personal life and activist work. This film, based on a novel of the same name, is a Russian spy flick that will have you second-guessing everyone’s motives at every turn. Red Sparrow may not be Oscar caliber, but it sure is a fun watch if you’re ready to be thrilled to the max.

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  1. One of Lawrence’s more controversial films, mother! (2017) is a psychological horror film that is heavy handed with its allegories and metaphors. While the first two thirds of this film might have you wishing you were asleep, the last third might just be the craziest ending ever! Lawrence even went on to date director Darren Aronofsky (see his top five films here) for a year following their work together. Love it or hate it, you’ll definitely feel strongly about mother! after you see it, so I would highly recommend giving it a watch. 

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  1. Next is Winter’s Bone, the 2010 film that scored Lawrence her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The mystery film follows Lawrence as a teen in the rural Ozarks who must find her missing father in order to avoid getting evicted, and gets into serious trouble along the way. The film is brutal but real, and showcases one of Lawrence’s best performances by far, making it an absolute must watch.

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  1. Coming in at number two is Silver Linings Playbook, the 2012 film featuring Lawrence’s Oscar winning performance. Directed by frequent collaborator David O. Russell (who also directed the two other films that earned Oscar nominations for Lawrence: American Hustle and Joy), this film stars Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (see his top five films here) as two eventual lovers dealing with mental illness and a dance competition. A moving rom-dramedy from start to finish, Silver Linings Playbook is easily one of Lawrence’s best films.

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  1. Number one, if only for sentimentality reasons, is without a doubt the Hunger Games franchise. One of the best young adult adaptations, the series follows Lawrence as Katniss, a 16 year old girl who is forced to fight to the death in the titular Hunger Games in order to save her sister from that same fate. Along the way, she deals with friends, lovers, and enemies both big and small. The series does an incredible job at conveying a powerful message to teens — one that is more relevant than ever today — in a way that few other comparable films and novels were able to accomplish. Speaking of franchises, Jennifer Lawrence also starred as Mystique in the latest X-Men films, starting with X-Men: First Class; those are worth a watch too!

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BONUS:

Jennifer Lawrence is currently shooting her next film, Don’t Look Up, in Boston! The film, directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice), has an absolutely stacked cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, and even Ariana Grande! Don’t Look Up is a dark satire film about two mid-level astronomers who discover a meteorite will destroy earth in six months and must go on a media tour to warn mankind. The film will be distributed by Netflix in 2021, so keep an eye out for that one — you won’t want to miss it!

About The Author:

Tea Kingley is a senior at Emerson College who is majoring in Marketing and Film. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves being both in front of the camera and a member of the crew. Tea also enjoys marketing, social media, and writing. She’s a TV, movie, and pop culture aficionado. Tea is always eager to discuss the latest releases and news.

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