Movies with Jennifer Aniston

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

Films Starring Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston gained national exposure by playing Rachel Green on TV’s Friends from 1994 until 2004 (turning down a role on Saturday Night Live in the process). Since then, she’s influenced hairstyles, married Brad Pitt, divorced Brad Pitt, and launched a successful film career. Our focus is on the latter, delivering our readers a list of good movies with Jennifer Aniston.

The Good Girl (2002) – Aniston boosted her acting cred by starring in this independent movie about a 30-year-old woman bored with her mundane life. That all changes when she meets Thomas “Holden” Worther (Jake Gyllenhaal), a disgruntled young man who constantly reads a well-worn copy of The Catcher in the Rye. Far from the rom-com work that most would expect from her, Aniston delivers a subtle performance filled with tragedy, mirth, and discontent. Co-starring John C. Reilly, Zooey Deschanel, and Tim Blake Nelson.

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Leprechaun (1993) – One year before landing a role on Friends, a young Jennifer Aniston provided the good looks in this tale of an ancient leprechaun (Warwick Davis) obsessed with getting back all his stolen gold. While Aniston wouldn’t appear in the numerous sequels, the franchise would send the pint-sized maniac into outer space and the inner city.

Bruce Almighty (2003) – Jim Carrey is as funny as you’d expect as Bruce Nolan, a pissed-off news reporter who thinks God is doing a poor job. God (Morgan Freeman), meanwhile, hears his complaint and challenges him to do better. Aniston plays Bruce’s gal who gets a breast enlargement thanks to her omnipotent boyfriend, while a pre-fame Steve Carell co-stars as Bruce’s dimwitted office rival.

Office Space (1999) – Writer/director Mike Judge proved himself capable of more than just Beavis and Butt-head by turning out this clever comedy that takes a satirical work at the meaningless existence of the workplace. Ron Livingston is the corporate drone who stops giving a damn after a hypnosis session, Aniston is the waitress with a hatred for flair, and Gary Cole is masterful as the boss you’d love to take a swing at.

Along Came Polly (2004) – After his wife cheats on him during their honeymoon, a safety-obsessed neurotic (Ben Stiller) returns home and falls for a former classmate (Aniston) who’s anything but boring. Co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Hank Azaria, and Alec “The Greatest Actor in the World” Baldwin.

Marley & Me (2008) – While most movies with Jennifer Aniston won’t make you cry, this film about a married couple (Aniston and Owen Wilson) and their Labrador retriever will have you bawling by the final act. Based on the life of journalist John Grogan, the comedy-drama co-stars Alan Arkin, Eric Dane, and Kathleen Turner.

The Iron Giant (1999) – Aniston lends her voice to this animated sci-fi movie about a lonely boy who befriends and protects a giant metal robot from space. Inspired by the Pete Townshend musical, which was in turn based on the 1968 novel by Ted Hughes. Keep the tissues handy, as the latter stages of the film will cause even the most jaded viewer to get misty-eyed.

Rock Star (2001) – Inspired by a true story, this tale of rock ‘n roll excess revolves around a photocopier technician (Mark Wahlberg) who winds up as the lead singer for a successful 80’s metal band. Aniston plays his loyal girlfriend, but the rigors of the road and the constant temptation put a strain on their relationship. Timothy Olyphant, Timothy Spall, Dominic West, and Jason Flemyng co-star alongside real-life rockers such as Jason Bonham and Zakk Wylde.

Derailed (2005) – A tense thriller about an advertising exec (Clive Owen) who toys with the idea of having an affair with a fellow commuter (Aniston), only to wind up attacked and blackmailed by a sadistic criminal (Vincent Cassel). The supporting cast includes RZA, Xzibit, Giancarlo Esposito, and Melissa George.

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She’s the One (1996) – The second feature from actor/director Ed Burns, She’s the One follows a pair of Irish-Catholic brothers (Burns and Mike McGlone) as they deal with romance and family in New York City. Aniston plays an unfaithful wife, and she’s joined in the cast by John Mahoney, Leslie Mann, Amanda Peet, and Cameron Diaz. Soundtrack by Tom Petty.

As of this writing, the gorgeous actress is still in her early 40s, but the clock is ticking on how much longer she’ll be able to play babes. When that time passes, we’ll see if movies with Jennifer Aniston take a more dramatic turn, or if she disappears from the Hollywood landscape entirely. In the meantime, enjoy her hotness while you can.

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