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Top 10 Jennifer Aniston Movies

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When Jennifer Aniston appeared as Rachel on the sitcom Friends, Hollywood began a love affair with this actress. She began her acting training at the New York School of Performing Arts and spent some time on the stages of New York before dabbling in television, which includes a small stint on the Ferris Bueller show in 1990. But it was her role as Rachel that brought her to the attention of fans. Here's 10 of her best efforts as an actress in films:

1. 'The Good Girl' (2002)

The Good Girl
© Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jennifer Aniston plays Justine Last, a married woman who wants to start a family. Her husband isn’t so helpful as he basically spends his days smoking pot. Justine begins an affair with a young man named Holden (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) to escape her life. However, the affair turns dangerous as Justine comes to understand she's made a mistake and fights her way back home.

This was to be Aniston’s break away from her comedic role on Friends. She pulled it off well and showed a serious side to her skills, however her performance - and the film - weren't embraced by audiences or critics.

2. 'Derailed' (2005)

Derailed
© The Weinstein Company
In this film Aniston plays Lucinda Harris, a mysterious woman who catches the eye of a handsome gentleman named Charles (Clive Owen). It begins with drinks and ends with the violent rape of Lucinda (not by Charles) in a hotel room. The couple then must deal with the demands of the thief who wants money for his silence, but not everything is as it seems.

It’s nice to see Aniston not be the sweet and innocent character in this twisted film. It’s a dark suspenseful thriller that is surprisingly unexpected from this actress.

3. 'The Break-Up' (2006)

The Break Up
© Universal Pictures
Jennifer Aniston plays Brooke Meyers, a woman who's feeling slighted by her boyfriend. Thinking she will strengthen their relationship with the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” philosophy, she couldn’t have been more wrong. Now the condo where they lived becomes the grounds for a bitter break-up.

The best part of this film is that Aniston gets a chance to use her comedic timing and continue to show her range as a serious actress. She plays off her co-star Vince Vaughn beautifully, perhaps a test run to their real life short-lived relationship.

4. 'Rock Star' (2001)

Rock Star
© Warner Bros Pictures
Aniston rocks out as Emily Poule, girlfriend of wanna-be rock star Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg), in this inside look at rockers and tribute bands. Cole finally gets his chance at the big time, and Emily goes along for the ride. But as with all excess of fame something has to give and it's Chris' relationship with Emily that suffers.

Although this is a small role for Aniston, it's well done. At that point in her career she still had the wide-eyed innocence about her that came in handy for the part of Emily.

5. 'Along Came Polly' (2004)

Along Came Polly
© Universal Pictures
Ruben (Ben Stiller) is jilted on his honeymoon when he discovers his new wife cheating with a scuba instructor. Returning home he runs into his old classmate, Polly, and begins a relationship. Just a small problem, Ruben is a risk management worker and Polly is a risk he isn’t prepared for.

Aniston gets a chance to play a flaky-free-for-all character and she does it exceptionally well.

6. 'Marley and Me' (2008)

Marley and Me
© 20th Century Fox
Aniston plays Jennifer Grogan, a married lady whose husband gives her a dog named Marley as a means of slowing down her biological clock. Unfortunately, Marley never grows out of his puppy-like behavior, which makes for some incredibly challenging days for the Grogan clan.

Once again we see Aniston in a role that is both humorous and emotional. Owen Wilson plays her husband in the film, a newspaper reporter who winds up writing about the dog in his column. Aniston ends up having babies and raising a family. That might seem normal enough, however Aniston, who has no children in real life, did a smashing job of making her frustrations look real enough.

7. 'Bruce Almighty' (2003)

Bruce Almighty
© Universal Pictures
In her role as Grace Connelly, Aniston is up against funny man/physical comedian Jim Carrey as her husband, Bruce Nolan. Bruce is given the power of God by God (Morgan Freeman) and unfortunately uses it unwisely. Grace sees the changes ruining their relationship and makes the difficult decision to leave Bruce, even though she still loves him.

It’s tough enough to be a good comedic actress without having to stand next to one of the funniest comedic actors around, but Aniston is pretty much up to the challenge.

8. 'Management' (2009)

Management
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Aniston plays Sue, a busy woman who sells wall art for offices and who, while on a road trip, checks into an Arizona Motel. Behind the counter is Mike (Steve Zahn), a sweet dreamer who falls for Sue after one touch of her butt. But Sue wants a good life with her boyfriend, Jango (Woody Harrelson), and a chance to do charity work. Mike wants to change that!

This is a role that gives Aniston a chance to play the straight woman to Zahn’s zany character. It’s an offbeat film that has heart.

9. 'Love Happens' (2009)

Love Happens
© Universal Pictures
As Eloise Chandler, Aniston is a woman who's just ended a relationship and has thrown herself into work as the owner of a florist shop. That is until she meets the handsome Burke (Aaron Eckhart), a motivational speaker with problems of his own.

Although this is a romantic comedy, it's filled with serious emotional issues, and Aniston gives a smooth performance.

10. 'The Bounty Hunter' (2010)

The Bounty Hunter
© Columbia Pictures
In The Bounty Hunter Aniston plays Nicole Hurley, a journalist onto a big story – so big she skips out on a court date. That’s when Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) comes along as the bounty hunter who must bring her in – and he does so happily. Why? Because Nicole is his ex-wife!

There is something about this pairing that everyone wanted to see, plus Butler does tackle Aniston which could possibly be almost every males dream come true.

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