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Jennifer Garner Has Been Stealing Hearts Since the Early 2000s — See Our Ranking of Her 10 Best Movies & TV Shows

We can't hear 'Thriller' without thinking of her!

She’s sweet as candy, witty, funny and all around lovable — which is why we can’t get enough of Jennifer Garner and the movies and TV shows she’s starred in over the years. However, the Houston-born 52-year-old actress didn’t always have plans for the big screen.

The starlet actually entered college as a chemistry major before transitioning to theater, honing her craft over the years at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut and in summer stock theatre.

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By 1995, she had her first on-screen role in the film Zoya, and roles continued to come her way in both television and film. Her big break came in 2001 when she was cast as the lead in the thriller series Alias as Sydney Bristow — and the rest is history.

Here, take a look at our 10 favorite Jennifer Garner movies and TV shows from over the years.

10 best Jennifer Garner movies and TV shows, ranked

10. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Despite only having a cameo in the film, spotting a young Jennifer Garner opposite Hollywood hunk Leonardo DiCaprio is always a treat!

In Catch Me If You Can, DiCaprio leads as Frank, a top-tier con artist making his fortune with false checks adding up to millions of dollars. With the FBI on his tail, specifically, Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), Frank must stay on top of his game to avoid being caught.

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9. Wakefield (2016)

Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) is a New York City attorney tired of his monotonous suburban existence and passionless marriage to his wife played by Jennifer Garner. One thing leads to another and he takes to living in the detached attic of his home, leaving his family, friends and colleagues to believe he has gone missing.

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As he observes his family in the passing months, his initial feelings of freedom from his stifling life eventually turn to something else. And as the days continue to pass by, the possibility of him returning to them becomes more and more far fetched.

8. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

A couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) live a happy life, but long for a child and are unable to conceive.

When they decide to fill a box with all of their wishes for a child and bury it in their backyard, what they don’t expect is for a young boy named Timothy to arrive at their home. While he may be a bit different than other children, the boy influences their lives in ways they never could have imagined.

7. Peppermint (2018)

When Riley North’s (Garner) husband and young daughter are killed by associates of a cartel in a drive-by attack, she is fueled by the lack of justice for her family to take matters into her own hands.

Disappearing from the life she had known, Riley transforms from the woman she was into someone far more powerful, and sets out to seek revenge on the people who took her family away from her.

6. The Last Thing He Told Me (2023 — )

When Hannah’s (Jennifer Garner) husband mysteriously disappears, she and her step-daughter (Angourie Rice) must work together to put the pieces together and learn the truth.

5. Miracles from Heaven (2016)

When Christy (Jennifer Garner) and Kevin’s (Martin Henderson) daughter Anna is diagnosed with a rare and uncurable condition, she and her husband do all they can to ensure she is cared for, maintaining hope for her health.

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When a freak accident results in their daughter taking a 30 foot fall from a tree, they are perplexed at the fact that not only did she survive with only minor injuries, but she is no longer plagued by her illness and is showing signs of recovery — a miracle no one can explain.

4. Juno (2007) Jennifer Garner movies and TV shows

When teenage Juno becomes pregnant, she decides to give her baby up for adoption to a couple after seeing their ad in the PennySaver. This leads her to young couple Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) and Mark (Jason Bateman).

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As her pregnancy unfolds, Juno must face the challenges that come her way head on as she prepares for what’s next.

3. Alias (2001 — 2006) Jennifer Garner movies and TV shows

Jennifer Garner’s big break came with her starring role in the thriller series Alias, where she led as secret agent Sydney Bristow who finds her world turned upside down when she learns that the agency she was working for as a spy has no connection to the CIA like she was led to believe.

Before long, she’s working as a double agent for the CIA in the hopes of bringing down the group she was deceived by.

2. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Jennifer Garner movies and TV shows

When Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) learns he has AIDS, he refuses to accept his fate of only 30 days to live. When he seeks alternative treatment, he is prescribed something that, although not approved by the FDA, improves his condition.

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Before long, he begins smuggling these drugs into the United States, and with the help of a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto), starts selling them to other AIDS patients seeking treatment.

Jennifer Garner plays Dr. Eve Saks, who grows sympathetic to Woodroof’s cause, eventually sending patients to seek out his treatment.

1. 13 Going on 30 (2004) Jennifer Garner movies and TV shows

Overnight, 13-year-old Jenna (Garner) is transformed into a 30-year-old woman when she makes a wish on her disastrous birthday. She says goodbye to her uncool teenage existence for life in the big city as a magazine editor — but adulthood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

This early 2000s classic is perhaps Jennifer Garner’s most beloved role, and we can’t hear “Thriller” the same anymore!


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