Jennifer Lawrence has established herself as one of the most successful and well-known actresses of her generation. Her oeuvre is incredibly versatile, ranging from the immensely popular Hunger Games franchise to Darren Aronofsky’s complex psychological horror film Mother!, which was a critically acclaimed modern masterpiece.
“I struggled through school. I never felt very smart,” Lawrence explained in an interview with 60 Minutes. “And when I’m reading a script, and I feel like I know exactly what it would look like if somebody felt that way, that was a whole part of my brain that I didn’t know existed. It’s something that I could be confident in, and I didn’t want to let it go.”
Most of her education, including her knowledge of cinema, came from informal sources. However, Lawrence did end up developing an intense passion for the performing arts and began her acting career at the young age of 16. Since then, there has been no looking back as she has quickly climbed to the very top of her field.
Lawrence reflected on the difficulties of convincing her parents to let her pursue her passion: “It’s so hard to explain, it was just an overwhelming feeling of, ‘I get this. This is what I was meant to do.’ And to get people to try to understand that when you’re 14 years old, wanting to drop out of school and do this and your parents are just like, ‘You’re out of your mind.'”
While discussing some of her favourite films, Lawrence cited David O. Russell’s beloved 2004 comedy: “I love I Heart Huckabees. I think that might be my favourite comedy. And I know it’s weird because every time I tell people that, they’re like, ‘Oh, I’ll have to see it.’ And I say, ‘You know, you might not like it,’ because it’s just so weird. But I loved it. I was obsessed with it when I first saw it; I watched it four times in one week.”
Check out the full list of some of Jennifer Lawrence’s favourite films of all time below.
Jennifer Lawrence’s 12 favourite films of all time
- The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich – 1971)
- Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby – 1971)
- A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes – 1974)
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles (John Hughes – 1987)
- Dumb and Dumber (Peter Farrelly – 1994)
- There’s Something About Mary (Farrelly brothers – 1998)
- The Big Lebowski (Coen brothers – 1998)
- Bridget Jones’ Diary (Sharon Maguire – 2001)
- Old School (Todd Phillips – 2003)
- Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola – 2003)
- I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell – 2004)
- Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen – 2011)
Lawrence had this to say about Woody Allen’s 2011 project Midnight in Paris: “I was just blown away. I think it might be my favourite movie now. I loved it. It was funny, it was inventive, imagination and dresses and all of our favourite writers. Owen Wilson was hilarious. It was just perfection.”