While her five 'Friends' have been floundering with canceled TV shows and lackluster box office performances, the woman who made Rachel Green a household name is still ... well, a household name. Jennifer Aniston has become famous for many roles over the course of her career; with almost as many of them off-screen as on. Whether she's playing a favorite Friend, one half of Hollywood's golden couple, or a jilted wife starring in the soap opera of her own love life, audiences just can't get enough of Aniston.
While her five 'Friends' have been floundering with canceled TV shows and lackluster box office performances, the woman who made Rachel Green a household name is still ... well, a household name.
After her dubious start as a typical horror-movie scream-queen, facing off against a disgruntled and vertically challenged Irishman in 'Leprechaun,' Aniston has somehow managed to stay on top of the box office with a series of smart career moves (we'll even forgive her for all those '90s rom-coms). And with the upcoming release of her romantic-action-comedy 'The Bounty Hunter' opposite hunky Gerard Butler, it looks like Aniston is in no danger of being toppled from her spot as America's sweetheart any time soon. With that in mind, we've composed a list of our favorite Aniston movies.
7. 'Friends With Money' (2006)
Slipping into all too familiar territory, Aniston plays lovelorn thirtysomething Olivia, the only singleton in a friendship circle full of married couples. But while Olivia is having a midlife financial crisis, quitting her job as a teacher to work as a maid, all of her friends envy her freedom. We know Aniston has a lot of friends and money in real life, and after seeing how miserable all of the couples are in this movie, we're betting that her understated role as Olivia proved very liberating.
6. 'She's the One' (1996)
Okay, we know that we dissed the '90s rom-coms, but this witty zinger, directed by Ed Burns, has a lot more depth than say, 'Picture Perfect.' Aniston has a pretty thankless role as Renee, the long-suffering wife of a stockbroker who leaves her for a gold-digging nymphomaniac played by Cameron Diaz. Few of the characters are actually likeable, but for a rom-com, 'She's the One' breaks a lot of the rules, which makes it worth a repeat viewing.
5. 'Marley & Me' (2008)
We all know it was a mischievous Labrador who had America in the palm of his paw, not his human co-stars, but Aniston and screen hubby Owen Wilson still give us a plot to invest in alongside all the doggy shenanigans. Seeing how the dysfunctional couple are brought closer together through the destructive adventures of their four-legged friend makes the ending that much more heart-wrenching.
4. 'The Iron Giant' (1999)
One of the most underrated animated movies of all time also boasts an eclectic vocal cast, including Aniston, Vin Diesel and Harry Connick Jr. Before Brad Bird became one of the wizards of Pixar with 'The Incredibles,' this was his greatest achievement, a heartwarming tale of a boy and his 50-foot alien robot. Aniston voiced the boy's skeptical mom.
3. 'Bruce Almighty' (2003)
The premise -- Jim Carrey as God -- sounds a little hard to swallow on the surface, but this divine comedy was Aniston's first bona fide box office smash. She played the unenviable straight (wo)man opposite Carrey's rubber-faced antics and provided a surprisingly heartfelt center to the film as neurotic Bruce's faithful girlfriend Grace.
2. 'The Good Girl' (2002)
Before 'The Good Girl,' Aniston was still pretty much seen as "that chick from 'Friends'" as far as moviegoers were concerned, but this is the performance that turned audiences and critics around. Ditching the glamor and fashion that made her a fantasy figure, Aniston went to the other end of the scale in this offbeat comedy as checkout clerk Justine, a depressed small-town wife who begins an affair with kooky shopboy Jake Gyllenhaal.
1. 'Office Space' (1999)
Aniston seems to find her niche in quirky comedies, and 'Office Space' is no exception. She plays beautiful waitress Joanna, the object of office drone Peter's affections. This quirky satire mocked the doldrums of office life way before TV's 'The Office' got in on the act; it should be required viewing even for non-Aniston fans.