Th former Friends starlet has managed to successfully navigate herself through the transition, despite her small screen co-stars’ big screen failures. For more than a decade, Aniston has been one of Hollywood’s go-to rom-com leading ladies, and it’s about time that America’s sweetheart got a happily ever after of her own.
To celebrate Aniston’s engagement to actor Justin Theroux, we’ve picked the actress’ top five rom-com moments.
1. He’s Just Not That Into You
In this 2009 rom-com, Jennifer stars alongside Ben Affleck as Beth, a woman who’s desperate to marry her boyfriend of seven years, Neil (Affleck). Unfortunately, Neil doesn’t believe in marriage, which then prompts Beth to break up with him. However, when Beth is forced to take care of her father after he suffers a heart-attack — while her sisters’ husbands sit on the couch and watch TV — Neil is there to help her get things in order. That’s when Beth realizes that it’s not marriage she wants — it’s Neil. Of course in perfect rom-com fashion, Neil agrees to a small wedding ceremony on his boat.
2. Marley & Me
Jennifer Aniston + Owen Wilson + puppy = a heartwarming family film full of mushy moments. While Marley is certainly the scene-stealer in this flick, Aniston and Wilson share a few sweet scenes between the doggy shenanigans. And don’t even get us started on the ending. Can you say tear-fest?
3. The Bounty Hunter
Aniston’s first foray into the action genre may not have gone over well with the critics, but at least she got some one-on-one time with co-star Gerard Butler. Sure, the two spent the majority of the film hating each other, but that climatic jailhouse kiss toward the end really set our hearts aflutter.
4. The Break-Up
We know what you’re thinking. The Break-Up is light on the rom and heavy on the com, but that didn’t stop us from putting it on our list. While the majority of the film follows Brooke (Aniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn) as they come to terms with their failed relationship, the first 10 minutes reflect back on the couple’s happier days. Let’s just say that it was love at first hot dog. Also, Aniston and Vaughn began dating during the film’s production, so there must have been plenty of real-life sparks on set.
5. The Object of My Affection
In this 1998 film, Paul Rudd and Aniston star as the original Will & Grace. Nina (Aniston) and George (Rudd) are perfect for each other, but there’s just one problem: George is gay. The fluffy film is full of quintessential rom-com moments, from Coney Island strolls to ballroom dancing.
What’s your favorite Aniston rom-com? Sound off in the comments!