Blake Ellender Lively is one Hollywood star we can’t seem to get enough of. In any movie or TV series she appears, the actress is a delight to watch because of how perfectly she brings to life any character she takes up. A look at her background explains why she acts so naturally, seeing that she was born to an actor father – Ernie Lively (né Ernest Wilson Brown Jr.) and a talent scout mother named Elaine (née McAlpin). With this, it is not difficult to also see why questions are always being asked about which works make up the greatest Blake Lively movies and TV shows. In this piece, we present 10 of such movies and TV shows with a quick summary of what happened in each, the role Blake played and the reviews and ratings such film or TV show has.
Blake Lively’s Top 10 Movies and TV Shows
1. The Town (2010)
Top on our list of the greatest Blake Lively movies and TV shows is this American crime thriller that starred Bn Affleck as Douglas “Doug” MacRay, Rebecca Hall as Claire Keesey, Jon Hamm as FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley, Slaine, Jeremy Renner as James “Jem” Coughlin, Chris Cooper as Stephen MacRay, Owen Burke as Desmond “Dez” Elden and Blake Lively as Krista “Kris” Coughlin.
The film tells the story of Doug MacRay, James Coughlin, Albert Magloan and Desmond Elden, four Charlestown, Boston natives who are professional armed robbers. In one of their robberies, they successfully robbed a bank but due to some circumstances, they decided to take the bank manager named Claire Keesey hostage. The robbers later released her but found out that she also lives in Charlestown like them. They, therefore, began doing everything possible to clean out any traces that might lead to her identifying them.
In the film, Blake Lively’s role is that of Krista Coughlin, the sister of James Coughlin. She had a casual sexual relationship with Douglas MacRay the leader of the criminal group.
Tv.com: 8.1 User rating
Metacritic Score: Meta score 74
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 93%, Audience score 85%
Everything about The Town was rightly done. From the adaptation of the film from Chuck Hogan’s novel ‘Prince of Thieves’ to the cast assembled to play various roles, The Town had everything as it should be if not better. At the box office, the film made $154 million on a budget of $37 million.
2. Elvis and Anabelle (2007)
Elvis and Anabelle is the 5th movie Blake Lively starred in after she began her career in 1998. It is an American romantic drama film where she played the character of Anabelle Leigh, alongside Max Minghella as Elvis Moreau, Joe Mantegna as Charlie Moreau, Keith Carradine as Jimmy and Mary Steenburgen as Geneva Leigh.
In the film, Anabelle was on her way to becoming Miss Texas Rose but met her death as a result of complications arising from an eating disorder. At the morgue where she is about to be embalmed, she miraculously resurrects at the hands of Elvis Moreau. Later on, they began to take a liking for each other and in no distant time, through the help of Elvis’ father who has now made a full recovery, Elvis and Anabelle became lovers.
While Elvis depicts an embittered young man who jettisoned his dream because of his sense of attachment and love for his family, in particular, his ailing father, Annabelle, on the other hand, is a beauty pageant contestant who does everything she can to satisfy her over ambitious mother.
Tv.com: 10.0 User rating
Rotten Tomatoes: Audience score 74%
On several movie review websites, Elvis and Anabelle are praised among the characters, no doubt, this movie is always listed as one of the greatest Blake Lively movies and TV shows.
3. The Age of Adaline (2015)
Blake Lively as Adaline Bowman is a 29-year-old woman who remained stuck in age for 8 decades after she was involved in an accident. She, therefore, chose to live a solitary life so that no one would notice her longevity and begin to ask questions. However, all that changed when she met Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), a charismatic philanthropist who gave her reasons to fall in love again. But after spending a weekend at Ellis’ parents’ house which threatens to uncover the truth about her, Adaline is forced to make a life-changing decision, the result of which will see her running away from Ellis.
While she was on the run, she got involved in an accident where she died but with the electric charges from the defibrillator, she was revived again. When Adaline woke up, Ellis was right there beside her and it was then that she told him of her 107 years old life. Despite the absurdity, Ellis confessed his love for Adaline and so did she. About a year later, Adaline noticed her first grey hair which signified she had begun to age naturally again.
Tv.com: 8.0 User rating
Metacritic: 51 Metascore
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 56%, Audience score 67%
The Age of Adaline to some people is everything they want to see in a romantic fantasy film while to others, it should have been a bit better. Despite these differences, critics all agreed that the film has one of the best performances of Blake Lively. The Age of Adaline earned $65.7 million at the box office from a budget of $25 million.
4. Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl is the first television series on our list of the greatest Blake Lively movies and TV shows. The talented Lively starred as Serena van der Woodsen, alongside stars like Penn Badgley as Daniel “Dan” Humphrey, Chace Crawford as Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald, Zuzanna Szadkowski as Dorota Kishlovsky, Taylor Momsen as Jennifer “Jenny” Humphrey, Ed Westwick as Charles “Chuck” Bass, Kelly Rutherford as Lilian ‘Lily’ van der Woodsen, Matthew Settle as Rufus Humphrey, Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams, and Kaylee DeFer as Ivy Dickens.
Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series centered around the lives of privileged teenagers in an elite private school in New York City. The series began airing on September 19, 2007 and had a successful 5 years run till it last aired on December 17, 2012.
In the series, Serena van der Woodsen is a beautiful blonde socialite who is very popular. She also has a friend Blair Waldorf, the Queen Bee but it is always Serena who is at the center of attention, including with Blair’s boyfriend Nate Archibald.
Tv.com: 8.5 User rating
Metacritic: 59 Metascore
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 84%, Audience score 77%
Gossip Girl as one of the best Blake Lively movies and TV shows won her Teen Choice Awards in the categories of Choice TV Actress Drama in 2008 and 2011, and Choice TV Breakout Star-Female in 2008. The show also earned the approval of several critics as it developed the course of its 6 season segments.
5. Café Society (2016)
Back in the 1930s, Café Society tells the story of Bobby Dorfman (played by Jesse Eisenberg) who traveled to Hollywood and fell in love with a certain Veronica “Vonnie” Sybil (played by Kristen Stewart). Vonnie is however in an illicit relationship with Phil Stern (played by Steve Carell) who is actually the one helping Bobby settle down in Hollywood. A point came when Vonnie had to choose between Bobby and Phil and she opted for the latter.
A heartbroken Bobby moved to New York and quickly got swept away by the high-end lifestyle of the city. As he went about living the city life, he met a divorcée named Veronica Hayes (played by Blake Lively) whom he began dating. The duo got married and started raising a family together. This turn of events opened up a new phase in Bobby’s life but his past is far from bygone.
Later on, Phil and Vonnie visited New York and met Bobby and Veronica. Apparently, there were some noticeable romantic sparks between Bobby and Vonnie, even leading to the duo sharing a kiss. They, however, ensured it didn’t happen again but felt otherwise inside. The film ends with the duo starring at each other from a distance.
Tv.com: 4.7 User rating
Metacritic: 64 Meta score, 6.6 User score
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 71%, Audience score 56%
On a budget of $30 million, Café Society earned $43.8 million at the box office. The film earned positive reviews from critics who praised its well thought out storyline and delightful portrayal of the characters by the cast.
6. A Simple Favor (2018)
A Simple Favor is an American black comedy mystery thriller film where Anna Kendrick acted as a mommy vlogger named Stephanie Smothers while Blake Lively is Emily Nelson, her best friend. Emily suddenly disappears and Stephanie took it upon herself to investigate the disappearance of her friend alongside Emily’s husband Henry Golding played by Sean Townsend. As they went about looking for Emily, several secrets and revelations were made, as well as betrayals, revenge, murder, without leaving out the show of loyalty and love.
Metacritic: 67 Meta score
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 85%, Audience score 74%
A film with such storyline thrills viewers with lots of suspense as events unfold. This is exactly how A Simple Favor played out. For this reason, it received favorable ratings on some movie review websites. For its grossing capacity, the film which was made with a budget of $20 million, earned $97.6 million at the box office.
7. Savages (2012)
This 2012 American crime thriller film on our list of greatest Blake Lively movies and TV shows started off very much different from many other drug-related films. Pot growers Ben (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Chon (played by Taylor Kitsch) went about their marijuana business in Laguna Beach, California, peacefully with a wide customer base. As business boomed for the duo, they became wealthy, with Ben, in particular, spending a reasonable sum of his money in charity works with a focus on Africa and Asia. The two businessmen were equally in a relationship with Ophelia Sage (played by Blake Lively).
Things however turned around and got messy when Mexican Baja Cartel led by Miguel “Lado” Arroyo (played by Benicio del Toro) decided to move into Laguna Beach and also force the pot growers into partnership with them. The refusal of Ben, Chon, and Ophelia to give in to the request of the Mexican cartel is what rightfully gave this Blake Lively movie its name – Savages.
Tv.com: 7.0 User rating
Metacritic: 59 Meta score
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 51%, Audience score 54%
On a budget of $45 million, Savages earned $83 million at the box office. With critics, however, the film received mixed reviews. Those who praised it particularly noted the performances of the actors and locations of the various scenes shown in the movie as apt. However, others that took a different stance on the movie opined that its portrayal of Mexican drug criminals as “invincible supermen” in the war on drugs feed a “dystopian narrative of Mexico.”
8. New York, I Love You (2008)
New York, I Love You is not like many other Blake Lively movies and TV shows we have here. The American romantic comedy-drama anthology is made up of 11 short films directed differently but with their storylines related in various ways, mostly as it concerns love. The film had its setting in the five boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
Blake Lively acted in the 5th segment as Gabrielle DiMarco. Other actors in that segment include Anton Yelchin, James Caan, and Olivia Thirlby. The segment was written by Jeff Nathanson while Brett Ratner directed it.
Tv.com: 8.8 User rating
Metacritic: 49 Meta score, 5.3 User score
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 37%, Audience score 37%
New York, I Love You is a sequel to the 2006 French anthology film Paris, Je T’aime (Paris, I love you) which has 20 short films directed by 22 directors. At the box office, the film made $8 million but its production budget is not publicly known.
9. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee has Robin Wright as Pippa Lee, Blake Lively as Young Pippa, Alan Arkin as Herb Lee, Keanu Reeves as Chris Nadeau, Maria Bello as Suky Sarkissian and others. In the film, Pippa went through her past life through a series of flashbacks with her younger version played by Lively.
In her teens, she had a confrontation with her mother after which she opted to move out of their home. She began living with her aunt who has a roommate she is having a lesbian affair with. An indecent incident happened which saw Pippa being thrown out by her aunt. Now homeless, she began living a bohemian lifestyle, while also working as an exotic dancer.
At this new phase in her life, Pippa found love with Herb Lee who is about 30 years older than she is. The two got married and began a family with two kids. Pippa turned into the quintessential wife and mother every home deserves but to herself, she was no-one. As time went on, Herb had an affair with one of Pippa’s friends while Pippa, in turn, harbored an attraction for a young man named Chris Nadeau. It wasn’t long before Herb died and Pippa drove off with Chris at the end of the movie.
Tv.com: 6.0 User rating
Metacritic: 49 Meta score, 5.9 User score
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 69%, Audience score 50%
Going by what critics said, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is one of those movies that would leave anyone watching it nervous and edgy. The actors were no doubt, top-notch in their performances and this contributed to the good reviews the film got on various review sites.
At the box office, it made $2.8 million but details of its production budget are not yet publicly known. Be that as it may, the film is listed as one of the greatest Blake Lively movies and TV shows everyone should see.
10. All I See Is You (2016)
In terms of film revenue, All I See Is You has no rival when considering the lowest-earning Blake Lively movies and TV shows in comparison to the production budget. The psychological romantic drama film, released in 2016, cast Blake as Gina; the cynosure of the film. Other actors and actresses who played roles in the film include Jason Clarke as James, Danny Huston as Doctor Hughes, Ahna O’Reilly as Carla, Wes Chatham as Daniel and Yvonne Strahovski as Karen.
It is not often that we see films where a blind character is in a lead role, but in All I See Is You, that is exactly what happened. In the film, the character of Lively is a blind woman named Gina who is married to James. When she regained her sight after undergoing a successful corneal implant, Gina’s relationship with her husband began to change as she started seeing disturbing details about their lives together.
Metacritic: 43 Meta score, 5.2 User score
Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer 27%, Audience score 31%
In line with its dismal performance at the box office where the film earned $646,946 against its production budget of $30 million, All I See Is You have poor ratings on several film review sites. However, this does not exclude it in any way as one of the most interesting Blake Lively movies and TV shows.