Jennifer Aniston is the reigning queen of romantic comedies. Surprisingly, the majority of her movies are not particularly conventional rom-coms and her characters have a wide range. Although she has stayed within the same genre for the majority of her career, her roles are diverse and range from the neurotic girl next door to the caring mother to the condescending boss.
Aniston is stepping more into dramatic roles in recent years but she keeps making rom-com gold and fans are more than happy to see her continue to show up in new ways.
Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is an actuary who assesses risk for insurance companies and is addicted to playing it safe. While on his honeymoon, his new wife cheats on him, and when he returned home devasted ... Along Came Polly (Jennifer Aniston). She is everything that he is not. She dances, eats spicy food, and has pet ferrets. All things that are very not Reuben.
This movie might not have any of Ben Stiller's funniest quotes, but it does have non-stop memorable scenes as Reuben tries to keep up with Polly and step out of his comfort zone. The restaurant scene is especially uncomfortable. More comedy than romance, the unlikely couple do hilariously end up together in the end.
Wally Mars (Jason Batemen) is neurotic and a pessimist in The Switch. His best friend Kassie (Jennifer Aniston), who he is secretly in love with, is the main bright spot in his life. When Kassie becomes ready to start a family, she announces that she will be using a sperm donor. At Kassie's insemination party, he drunkenly substitutes his own sperm with the donor's and then passes out. He doesn't remember what happened until he meets Kassie's son years later and there is a striking resemblance.
Aniston plays a bit of a straight-woman next to Bateman in this film and does an excellent job playing off his sarcasm. As strictly friends on Kassie's side at the beginning of the film, Aniston does a great job turning on the chemistry throughout the movie.
Aniston plays the hometown girlfriend in the movie Rockstar alongside Mark Wallberg. She knew him before he was famous and then watches on the sidelines as his world evolves when he is suddenly swept up by fame. She is a supportive girlfriend and is along for the ride, but feels the distance come between them as his star rises.
This is a lesser-known movie, but worth the watch primarily because of the amazing '90s outfits. There is also A LOT of hair. And despite the crimping and teasing, Aniston's hair is not the biggest on set.
He's Just Not That Into You was one of the first star-studded hyperlink cinema movies in the early 2000s that was quickly followed by others, such as Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve. These films show characters in separate storylines at the beginning of the film and then gradually reveal how each storyline and character is connected by the end of the movie.
Jennifer Aniston plays Beth, one of the central characters, Gigi's (Jennifer Goodwin), co-worker. Beth is looking for a commitment from her long-term boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck), however, he is not interested in marriage and wants to keep their relationship going the way it is. They decide to break up, however, they reunite at the end of the movie realizing they are happier together than apart.
Just Go With It is another fantastic pairing between Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. In this movie, Adam Sandler plays plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Macabee and Aniston plays his office assistant, Katherine. After a failed wedding, Daniel learns the magic of using his wedding ring to take women home. One evening he meets a woman that he is actually interested in spending the rest of his life with. However, when she discovers the ring, Daniel has to pull off the lie that comes with it.
To convince her that he has a soon-to-be ex-wife, he recruits the help of Katherine and her children. This leads to each of the characters improvising moment by moment and going to extraordinary lengths to keep the lies alive. This brilliant premise takes the movie in so many wild directions and allows Aniston to play both a down-to-earth single mom and an over-the-top, high-maintenance estranged wife.
The Pisces of Jennifer Aniston roles, she plays Rosie in Dumplin, a washed-up beauty queen who continues to keep her beauty contestant past alive by organizing the annual pageant for her small town. One hilarious scene shows Rosie having to ride in the car lying down and needing to be pulled out by her feet because the old pageant dress she is trying to wear is too tight, and the movie is simultaneously ridiculous and relatable.
Her teenage daughter, Willowdean, whom Rosie calls Dumplin, signs up for the pageant to protest it and other contestants follow in her footsteps. Self-absorbed, Rosie can hardly relate to her daughter and what she hopes to achieve, but in the end, she is proud of her daughter for learning to love herself and put herself out there. Aniston pulls off a very convincing Southern drawl in this role and it is great to see her character come around.
Jennifer Aniston's highest-grossing film, Bruce Almighty is the story of a news reporter who complains to God about the state of his life and is unexpectedly handed all of God's powers if he thinks he can do better. Bruce uses the powers in countless self-serving and entertaining ways, only to realize that the world's prayers are going unanswered and he is not equipped to respond to them.
Jennifer Aniston plays his girlfriend, Grace, who ultimately is the reason for Bruce's change of heart. Once again, Aniston plays the straight character and is the human voice of reason in the movie who helps to ground Bruce back in reality. A unique spin on a rom-com, this is a fun exploration of what someone might do with unlimited powers.
In We're The Millers, Jason Sudeikis plays David, a small-time pot dealer that loses his cash and stash to a group of teens. To pay back his debt to his supplier. he must go to Mexico to pick up the latest shipment. David needs a plan to cross the border, so he packs a fake family into an RV for a wild weekend. Aniston plays an exotic dancer and his fake wife for the trip.
The "family" encounters a series of road bumps along the way and it turns into a wild and action-packed trip. Aniston manages to balance the perfect combination of stripper and housewife character in the film and gradually starts to merge the character and the alter ego into one identity throughout, making her character both brilliant and hilarious.
A story about one of the best dog's on the big screen, Marley and Me is a love story between a dog and his family. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star as newlywed couple, John and Jenny, who open the movie by buying their first home and a puppy, Marley, to share it with.
Marley gets into mischievous trouble throughout the movie but manages to bring out the best in his family. Although John and Jenny's relationship is central to the story, this film is more about the dog. Based on a novel of the same name, this movie was just as well-received as the book and is a shining moment in Aniston's career.
A cult classic, Office Space is the story of Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) who works for a corporate software company in the '90s. Peter goes through a series of mishaps at work and in his relationship as a result and casually begins seeing Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), a waitress at a local restaurant.
A memorable moment in the film sees Joanna upset at the "flair" that she has to wear with her uniform at work. It is one of the many reasons that she eventually quits the job. The role features Aniston's trademark dry sense of humor and delivery and her character is one of the highlights of the movie.