Thanks to her exceptional acting prowess and knack for getting into character so well, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the well-known names from Hollywood. From a career that spans over a decade, this stunning actress, who is a delight to watch, has appeared in over 20 movies. Her performances have earned her an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, and even a Satellite Award. Ranked from best to worst, here are seven Jennifer Lawrence’s movies and TV shows that you should certainly watch.
7 Jennifer Lawrence Movies and TV Shows
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Box Office: $2,187,463,944
Production Budget: $200 million
Catching Fire serves as the second entry in The Hunger Games franchise and is the sequel to 2012’s The Hunger Games. The film is based on Suzanne Collins’ 2009 novel of the same name and was directed by Francis Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence reprised her role as Katniss Everdeen from the previous movie.
Catching Fire begins where The Hunger Games left off, with Katniss and Peeta Mellark returning home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Reviews for the movie were overwhelmingly positive, with critics and audiences alike applauding Lawrence’s acting. It holds a score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and a rating of 76/100 on Metacritic.
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
Box Office: $ 755,356,711
Production Budget: $125 million
Mockingjay is the first of two movies based on the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is also the third movie released in The Hunger Games franchise. Like the previous one, it was directed by Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen. Other stars including Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, and Julianne Moore return to reprise their roles. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie holds a score of 69% while on Metacritic, it holds a rating of 64/100.
3. Red Sparrow (2018)
Box Office: $151,572,634
Production Budget: $69 million
Based on author Jason Matthews’ novel of the same name, this spy thriller was directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Justin Haythe. Starring Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role, the movie is about a Russian intelligence officer sent to contact a CIA officer with the hope of finding a mole’s identity.
Despite high praise for Lawrence’s acting, the movie was met with mixed reviews. It holds a 46% score on Rotten Tomatoes and 53/100 rating on Metacritic.
4. Dark Phoenix (2019)
Box Office: $252,442,974
Production Budget: $200 million
Based on the Marvel Comics X-Men, Dark Phoenix is the sequel to the 2016 movie X-Men: Apocalypse written and directed by Simon Kinberg. It was Jennifer Lawrence’s fourth and final appearance as the character Mystique and the film also stars actors like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Sophie Turner. But despite the star cast, Dark Phoenix ended up receiving poor reviews with a score of 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and a rating of 43/100 on Metacritic.
5. The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009)
Number of Seasons: 3
Number of Episodes: 30
This is a sitcom that aired on TBS from the 17th of July, 2007 to the 5th of September, 2009. Starring comedian Bill Engvall, it was created and written by Engvall and Michael Leeson. The story followed family counselor Bill Pearson (played by Bill Engvall) who has a hard time understanding his own family. The cast includes Nancy Travis as his wife and Time Meadows as his best friend. Bill Pearson’s children were played by Jennifer Lawrence, Skyler Gisondo, and Graham Patrick Martin. This series is quite notable for being one of Jennifer Lawrence’s first major roles.
6. Like Crazy (2011)
Box Office: $3,731,489
Production Budget: $250,000
Starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence, this romantic drama movie was directed by Drake Doremus. Like Crazy tells the story of a British exchange student who falls in love with an American student before they later get separated due to an expired student visa. The story was partly based on the director’s own long-distance relationship with a lady in London while he was in Los Angeles. The movie holds a 72% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a rating of 71/100 on Metacritic.
7. Serena (2011)
Box Office: $5,075,622
Production Budget: $25 million
Set in Depression-era North Carolina, this American-French drama was based on Ron Rash’s novel of the same name. The movie follows the story of two newlyweds, played by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who try to run a timber business. Reviews for the movie are negative, with 106 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes giving Serena a 16% score. On Metacritic, the movie holds a rating of 36/100 based on 29 reviews. Despite the negative reviews of the movie, however, Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was highly praised for being passionate and confident.