Lily Collins made her silver screen debut in the American animated adventure film ‘Tarzan’ directed by Kevin Lima and Chris Buck. The film received a positive response from critics and was a commercial success, grossing over $448.2 million on a budget of $130 million. In 2009, she starred as ‘Collins Tuohy’ in the American biographical sports drama film ‘The Blind Side’ directed by John Lee Hancock. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and performed well at the box office. In 2011, she was seen playing the role of ‘Lucy Pace’ in the American action horror film ‘Priest’ directed by Scott Stewart. The film was largely panned by critics and was given a 15% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, she was also seen in the American action thriller film ‘Abduction’ which also received negative reviews from critics. In 2012, she portrayed Snow White in the American fantasy comedy film ‘Mirror Mirror’ directed by Tarsem Singh. The film opened to a mixed reception and grossed over $183 million on a budget of $85–100 million. Collins also received a ‘Teen Choice Award’ nomination for her performance in the film.
She continued to star in films like ‘Stuck in Love’ (2012), ‘The English Teacher’ (2013), ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ (2013), and ‘Love, Rosie’ (2014). She became a recipient of the ‘Hollywood Film Award’ for her performance as ‘Marla Mabrey’ in the 2016 American romantic comedy-drama film ‘Rules Don't Apply’ directed by Warren Beatty. The film received a mixed response from critics and was a box office bomb. That same year, she also joined the cast of the American television series ‘The Last Tycoon’ where she played the role of ‘Cecelia Brady.’ The series was canceled in 2017 after it completed one season. She next appeared in films like ‘To the Bone’ (2017), ‘Okja’ (2017), ‘Here Comes the Grump’ (2018), ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ (2019), ‘Tolkien’ (2019), and ‘Mank’ (2020). In 2020, she joined the lead cast of the American comedy-drama streaming television series ‘Emily in Paris’ created by Darren Star. The series was renewed for a third and fourth season in January 2022. She was last seen in the 2022 American thriller film ‘Windfall’ directed by Charlie McDowell. The film was released on Netflix and received mixed to positive reviews from critics.