Lionsgate, an American-Canadian company, is known for bringing many popular films to the big screen – including The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, and Divergent – holding their place as one of the most successful and noteworthy entertainment companies in Hollywood.
The company was originally started in Vancouver, Canada. As the company grew, it’s headquarters were relocated to Santa Monica, CA, where it remains to this day. Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, was able to turn the independent film company into one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, which currently accumulates a yearly revenue of $2 billion.
While Lionsgate is most known for releasing films that are based off of popular book franchises, they recently revealed they are in the process of making a film revolving around the life of Jeff Baumer, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. In honor of their announcement, here are our top 10 Lionsgate films!
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10. Precious (2009)
Precious stars Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey in a film following an overweight and illiterate sixteen-year-old girl, Precious, that is based off the novel Push, written by Sapphire.
Viewers get a glimpse inside Precious’ life and are able to see she has big dreams and aspirations for herself, despite being on her second pregnancy, living with an abusive mother, and dealing with the troubled life she has lived up to this point. When she transfers schools however, she meets a young teacher that inspires her to realize that life is precious and should not be taken for granted.
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9. The Expendables 2 (2012)
The Expendables 2 is a jam-packed action thriller that takes fans alongside Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) as he leads the “Expendables” in another adventure, but things don’t go as planned when one of their men gets murdered.
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8. Kick-Ass (2010)
Kick-Ass is about teenager Dave (Aaron Johnson), who loves comic books but finds himself being a bit of a loner in high school. To fix this problem, Dave transforms himself into a super hero named Kick-Ass and begins doing good deeds to help out around the community. He ends up catching the eye of the girl he likes, but things don’t go as planned when a gangster thinks Kick-Ass is responsible for actions toward his gang, and plots against the fake superhero.
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7. Saw (2004)
Saw took the phrase, “Let’s play a game,” to a whole new level in Lionsgates’ twisted horror film. Starring Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 2) and Cary Ewles, the characters are forced to perform different tasks to stay alive in a sick game that is being lead by a serial killer named “Jigsaw.”
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6. Twilight (2008)
Based off the best selling books from author Stephanie Meyer, Twilight tells the classic story of a young girl falling in love with a vampire, but when another vampire becomes obsessed with killing her, she is put into a situation that risks her life.
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5. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
In this documentary, Michael Moore takes viewers on an inside look at the 9/11 tragedy in an attempt to shed some light on the terrorist attack.
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4. The Hunger Games (2012)
In the first film of The Hunger Games series, we are introduced to the country of Panem, Katniss and her family, and the hunger games, setting up the basic guidelines for the next films.
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3. Ender’s Game (2013)
Ender’s Game is based off the novel written by Orson Scott Card that follows a young boy, Ender Wiggins, who is chosen to train with the military to fight against an alien species.
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2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2014)
With a large following due to the previous The Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was highly anticipated as fans waited to see what has become of Katniss after she returns to District 12.
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1. American Psycho(2000)
American Psycho is a film about a charming and attractive young man that happens to have an obsession with killing. Who doesn’t love a film with Christian Bale in it?