Every once in a while, a film so perfectly nails a particular subject matter that it inspires decades of imitators that fail miserably to accomplish the same feat. Throughout his career, Steven Spielberg has managed to do just that on several occasions. However, few of his films have remained as potent and unmatched as Jaws. In fact, no killer shark film has ever come close to matching the terror and elegance of that 1975 classic.
Yet, the The Shallows makes an admirable effort, delivering quite possibly the best shark film since Spielberg’s film. Moreover, the movie could prove to be a star-making turn for actress Blake Lively, who has heretofore been known more for her work on TV’s Gossip Girl than her film roles. Nevertheless, we look back at Lively’s best films thus far. Admittedly, there aren’t too many to choose from, but don’t worry, we’re still keeping Green Lantern far away from this list.
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Though Lively technically made her film debut in 1998 film Sandman, this adaptation of the Ann Brashares novel marked her true introduction to the big screen. Along with Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Amber Tamblyn, Lively plays part of a quartet of friends who bond over the seemingly magical garment of the title.