9 Rom-Coms That’ll Help You Rememb er JLo is The Queen
In case you have been living under a rock, Jennifer Lopez has made it her mission to bring the rom-com back to life and she’s doing it ASAP. In fact, her latest movie “Second Act” is all about the romance and the jajas and it’s one that you will definitely want to catch. She stars as a woman in a dead-end-job who gets mistaken for a high-powered consultant and lands her dream job. It’s especially refreshing to see a rom-com in which the woman sets her sights on a better career instead of a man.
If you’re getting ready to head to the movies, don’t forget that the queen of rom-coms had plenty of other movies that you can watch, too. You’ll probably be inspired to rewatch some of her classics and we don’t blame you. From her adorable turn in The Wedding Planner to being a badass in Enough to our forever favorite role in Selena, here are JLo’s 20 best movies that you need to watch and re-watch before this year ends.
1. The Wedding Plannerkayla_jlover/Instagram
This 2001 romantic comedy stars our love JLo along with Matthew McConaughey. She plays, of course, a wedding planner who is in charge of planning the wedding of the man of her dreams and someone else. And the truth is, he might like her a bit, too.
2. Maid in Manhattanxavierajlovers/Instagram
The lovely JLo plays a maid in Manhattan (get it?) who accidentally meets the politician running for office, played by Ralph Fiennes in this 2002 film. Unfortunately, he mistakes her for one of the hotel’s fellow wealthy patrons and hijinks ensue in this case of mistaken identity and the Cinderella fairytale.
3. The Back-Up Plan__hawaii.five0__/Instagram
In 2010, JLo came back to rom-coms in a movie co-starring with Alex O’Loughlin. She plays a woman who, frustrated with dating, decides to become a single mother and gets artificial insemination. But, wouldn’t you know it, she finally ends up meeting the man of her dreams on the same day. Oops…
This 2005 romantic comedy stars JLo alongside Michael Vartan (as her fianceé in the film) and Jane Fonda (as the title character, the monster-in-law). It’s hysterical what happens when these two women vie for the affections of Vartan, who can’t help but get caught in the middle between his feuding bride and mother.
5. Shall We Dance?saraispain/Instagram
In this 2004 film, JLo plays Paulina, a lonely dance teacher who catches the eye of happily-married-yet-missing-something Richard Gere. He signs up for ballroom dance lessons only to discover a new interest and a renewed thirst for life, rekindling his relationship with his wife and thankfully not being too much of a creep to JLo.
6. Jersey Girljlo_mlo/Instagram
You might have blinked and forgotten that JLo was actually in the 2004 film Jersey Girl, which is primarily focused on single dad Ben Affleck, his adorable daughter played by Raquel Castro and his new love interest, played by Liv Tyler. However, the REASON he’s a single dad in the first place is because JLo tragically dies in childbirth earlier in the film.
7. What to Expect When You’re Expectingwhattoexpectmovie/Instagram
This 2012 romantic comedy is partially based on the famous pregnancy book but mostly an ensemble comedy that, yes, co-starred JLo as a photographer who can’t conceive. Ultimately, she and her husband (played by Rodrigo Santoro) decide to adopt a child from Ethiopia and the film culminates in the touching scene where they go there to adopt their boy.
This 2003 comedy is what originally brought JLo and Ben Affleck together in a romantic venture that ultimately failed and, well, so did the film. However, this rom-com still deserves a spot on the list for showing us what happens when a mobster (Affleck) and a girl named Ricki fall in love.
9. Second Actsecondactmovie/Instagram
After the release of Second Act on December 21, 2018, you’ll be able to watch and rewatch this movie over and over. And we’re betting you’ll definitely want to see JLo starring as a woman who gets a second chance in life after accidentally receiving a fake resume and mistaking her for a high-powered consultant.
In 2002, JLo proved once again that she can do more than rom-coms by starring as an abused wife who learns how to fight back. It’s a pretty badass role for her and one that inspires many of us to, you know, learn to fight… especially if we can look as good as she did.
11. The Boy Next Doorwerejustfranx/Instagram
In yet another tale of how women need to be careful of their men sometimes, this 2015 film stars JLo as a high school teacher who has a one-night-stand with a hot young neighbor (Ryan Guzman). Unfortunately, he develops a dangerous obsession with her until she has to fight for her life.
This 2006 film stars JLo, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, and others. JLo plays a reporter from a Chicago paper whose editor sends her to investigate the murders of young women on a border town in Mexico. Once she makes it to Ciudad Juaréz, she meets Banderas, who is an editor at a rival newspaper, and the two attempt to find out who is killing these women.
If you’ve never seen this 1997 adventure horror film, then you are seriously missing out. JLo plays the director of a documentary film crew who comes across a snake hunter (played by Jon Voight) and follows him into the Amazon rainforest because they believe he can lead them to a tribe they’re searching for. Unfortunately, they come across a deadly, giant anaconda… and things don’t end well for most of them, to say the least.
14. Lila & Evelilaevefilm/Instagram
This 2015 crime drama co-stars JLo and Viola Davis as two grieving mothers who get entangled in the world of crime as they try to figure out why Lila’s son died in a drive-by. There are tons of moments that made us gasp out loud and, if you’re looking for a movie about female partnerships, then this one’s definitely it.
15. Angel Eyesengindemircan70/Instagram
Although this 2001 movie has all of the makings of a rom-com, it’s actually more of a romantic drama starring JLo and Jim Caviezel. He is a mysterious man who finds himself drawn to JLo’s police officer and, through their connection, the two begin to heal wounds from their pasts.
16. El Cantantepatocamilo/Instagram
If you thought that JLo’s been in only one biopic, then you’ve likely forgotten about 2006’s El Cantante. Starring her then-husband Marc Anthony as Héctor Lavoe and JLo as Puchi, Lavoe’s wife, this film is about the life of the legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer.
17. The Cellbluevesper8/Instagram
She may not have done it much but, in 2000, JLo starred in this sci-fi horror film with co-stars Vince Vaughn and Vincent D’Onofrio. Although it wasn’t a critical success, the movie is still one of the best visuals and make-up jobs that she has been in and… well, if you like sci-fi, it’s the best kind of weird that there is.
18. Out Of Sightsaraispain/Instagram
Before she really became the queen of rom-coms, JLo was in this 1998 crime drama co-starring with George Clooney. Although it is definitely more his movie than hers, she gives a stellar performance as a U.S. Marshall who is after the career bank robber played by Clooney.
19. U Turnuturnfilm/Instagram
This 1997 western crime thriller movie came out the same year as Selena (below!), so you probably don’t remember it much. It starred JLo along with a large cast of Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and more. But don’t worry, she still got plenty of screen time and was able to wow us in this neo-noir film.
Without a doubt, her most beloved role, 1997’s “Selena” is a biopic about the Tejano singer of the same name. The tragic story of Selena Quintanilla really made a superstar of JLo and, thanks to her, millions of people can relive the music of the Mexican-American singer. And yes, it’s impossible to watch this without crying… But maybe let’s rewatch it anyway, yes?
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