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9 Under The Radar Jennifer Lopez Films

From heist films to rom-com domination, J. Lo has stayed booked and busy for decades.

Let’s all agree on something: Jennifer Lopez is actually one of the most hardworking actresses in Hollywood. Over her storied tenure as one of our best celebrities, Lopez has been lighting up the big screen for decades, all while maintaining her status as pop icon. Ahead, you’ll find the most underrated performances from Lopez’s prolific as hell side-gig with acting.

Money Train (1995)

A comedy heist film, but make it about the most random criminals of all-time: New York City transit officers. (HBO Max)

Anaconda (1997)

Jenny from the block faces off with a killer, giant anaconda from the Amazon in this cult-classic horror thriller. It’s honestly camp! (HBO Max)

Out Of Sight (1998)

The 90s crime comedy features Lopez as a U.S. Marshall (again with the law enforcement!) and the decade’s hottest heartthrob, George Clooney as a career bank robber. Will she throw the criminal in jail or drive off into the sunset with him? The Steven Soderbergh came out to critical acclaim and even snagged a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination at the Oscars. (Starz)

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The Wedding Planner (2001)

Next stop: rom-coms! Lopez faced opposite Matthew McConaughey (in the salad days before he became a serious, prestige actor) as a wedding planner who is simply too sexy and lovable for her own good. (Tubi)

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Enough (2002)

This movie has everything: a sinister husband, a cat-and-mouse sense of thrill, and J. Lo kicking ass with Krav Maga. (YouTube)

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Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Lopez plays the titular maid in Manhattan who catches the eye of a senatorial candidate in yet another touching rom com. (YouTube, Google Play)

Gigli (2003)

Full disclosure: I've never seen this movie and I probably never will. That won't stop me from adding it in! Gigli is a gangster film with that brought such a state of confusion to the world (as well as sour reviews) that it still remains infamous to this day. Plus, it was shot at the height of Bennifer: Part I. Iconic! (Starz)

Monster-In-Law (2005)

J. Lo plays her favorite type of role — lovable and sexy! — but this time opposite comedy powerhouses Jane Fonda and Wanda Sykes. This should have opened the floodgates for the latter two to star in endless buddy comedies, but alas, Hollywood lacks any semblance of vision. (HBO Max)

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The Boy Next Door (2015)

If Lopez isn't playing sexy and lovable, she is playing sexy and troubled. Lopez sleeps with — you guessed it! — the boy next door, only to have it spiral out of control as he develops a dangerous obsession with her. (YouTube)

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