As a singer, dancer and actor, it's fair to say Jennifer Lopez is a woman of many talents. Although Lopez is mostly recognised for her music, she actually started her career off with acting. Her first performance was in the 1997 biographic musical Selena, which not only set J Lo on the path to stardom, but also earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
From there, she landed roles in the successful romcoms The Wedding Planner, Shall We Dance? and Monster-in-Law, acting alongside Jane Fonda, Matthew McConaughey and Richard Gere. More recently, she served as an executive producer on Hustlers, for which her performance as savvy stripper Ramona earned her nominations for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Here, we take a look back at some of the best Jennifer Lopez movies to date...
J Lo and Jane Fonda make this romcom an absolute joy. Jennifer plays Charlotte (the sweetest girl you will ever meet) who falls in love and becomes engaged to (equally nice) rich boy Kevin. But when Kevin's mum (Fonda) comes on the scene, she makes it her ultimate mission to try and split the couple up.
The Wedding Planner
Jennifer and Matthew McConaughey make a perfect pair in this romantic comedy. Mary Fiore (Lopez) helps couples’ dreams come true as San Francisco’s top wedding planner, although she’s yet to find it in her own life. Things finally start looking up when she meets handsome paediatrician Eddie (McConaughey) until she realises he’s the groom for the next wedding she’s planning.
In this 1997 biographical musical-drama, Jennifer transforms into Tejano music star, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. The story follows her life and career as a recording artist leading up to her tragic death. Lopez’s performance saw her receive a Golden Globe nomination and helped pave the way for her acting career.
Lopez was an executive producer for this Box Office hit, as well as a star of the movie. Inspired by an article in the New York magazine, the film follows a group of strip club employees who set out to drug Wall Street bankers and steal their money. Jennifer was highly praised for her role as Ramona, the savvy lead of the group.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Based on Heidi Murkoff’s 1984 pregnancy guide of the same name, Lopez comes together with a great cast in this must-see comedy, including: Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick, Chris Rock and Matthew Morrison. It follows the lives of five different couples who are pregnant (or trying) as they experience the surprises of having a baby.
Maid in Manhattan
With a plot line very similar to Cinderella, J Lo play’s Marisa, a single mum and maid who works in a hotel in the heart of Manhattan. When she meets Chris (Ralph Fiennes) a senatorial candidate who mistakes her for a wealthy hotel guest, the two begin to fall in love. But being from completely different worlds, can these two ever be together?
Shall We Dance?
Although Lopez doesn’t lead in this film, her performance is brilliant none the less. She plays a dancer called Paulina, who meets John Clarke (Richard Gere), a lawyer who impulsively signed up for dance lessons after seeing her on his journey home. He feels like something is missing in his life, but it’s soon fulfilled by his passion for dance and a new friendship.
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