Julia Roberts has been one of the most sought after actresses of Hollywood, starring in roles alongside some of the top actors of Hollywood. Her carefree and dynamic nature and a bold attitude towards accepting a variety of challenging roles has led her to a successful career of nearly 30 years. She has won three Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for four Academy Awards for her film acting, winning the Academy Award for the category of Best Actress for her performance in Erin Brockovich. Not only that, she has been named the world’s most beautiful woman by People a record five times.
We bring you a list of best Julia Roberts Movies that shows her different shades as an actor.
#1 Erin Brockovich
This movie is a personal favorite of mine. Julia has won her only Academy Award for portraying a real life story of an aggressive single mother who took on a corporate giant all by herself and helped a lot of families with their problem. Of course, with the elegant touch of comedy and drama you surely can’t miss this one. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh and released in 2000 and is considered as one of the best Julia Roberts Movies.
The story revolves around a woman, a mother of three who meets an accident with a doctor, and decides to sue him, but loses the case. She ends up at her lawyer’s office and starts working. Out of pity he gives her the job. Later, she starts working on a case which involved the ill-health of people because of the chromium contamination of water. Ultimately, she wins the case despite her lack of knowledge in law-suits and is paid well.
#2 Pretty Woman
Her role as Vivian a hooker is one of the most loved roles of her, an all time favorite and one of the best Julia Roberts Movies is ‘Pretty Woman’. A hit over the box office, this film is still loved over the world. The film is one of the most-quoted romantic comedies ever. This movie was directed by Gary Marshall and released in the year 1990.
The plot builds around a hooker named Vivian who meets Edward, a successful corporate raider. He hires her to be his date for a conference for which he would pay her, and asks her to stay with him for the next 6 days. But gradually they start opening up to each other. She teaches him to live life in a much easy going way. But Edward’s work at LA is now complete and he’d go back to his life, Vivian still falls for him. At the end Edward comes in like her prince charming, but in a white limo and rescues her.
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#3 Notting Hill
The ultimate romantic comedy masters Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant and their chemistry set the screen on fire. This feature film also won three Golden Globe Nominations and is often regarded as one of the best pairings of all times. Julia Roberts in Notting Hill, not just portrays her life as a Hollywood star but also as an ordinary woman who falls in love with an ordinary man. This movie was released in the year 1999, directed by Roger Michell and became the highest grossing film that year.
Hollywood star, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) when in London meets an ordinary man, William Thacker. But they start meeting each other and William eventually falls for her. But she being a renowned actor cannot keep seeing him. But she comes back to him, asking him to love her. Though he denies at first, he goes back to her. A perfect rom-com happy ending.
#4 Mystic Pizza
Mystic Pizza Julia’s first film, released in 1988, directed by Donald Petrie, went hit and opened new doors for her career .
“The first time I felt I was famous was when I went to the movies with my mom. I had gone to the loo, and someone in the bathroom said in a very loud voice, “Girl in stall No. 1, were you in Mystic Pizza (1988)?” I paused and I said, “Yeah, that was me.”[Interview in People Magazine,8-2-99]
The movie is about three girls, Kat, Daisy and Jojo who work at a pizzeria called, Mystic Pizza. All of them seek different things from their lives. Daisy and Kat are sisters and rivals too. Kat falls in love with a 30 year-old married man. But when he leaves her, she finds comfort in Daisy. However, Daisy is not the preferred daughter by their Portuguese mother. Jojo on the other hand at first panics at her wedding, but ends up marrying him.
#5 August Osage County
This film is an adaptation of Tracy Letts’, Pulitzer Prize-winning play. It was released in 2013 and directed by John Wells.
Julia Roberts portrays a member of an extremely dysfunctional and crazy Oklahoma family who have mysteries and scandals about each one. Barbara’s (Julia Roberts) mother Violet (Meryl Steep) is suffering from oral cancer because of her addiction to nicotine. It’s her father’s funeral. Despite the family getting together, everything seems to be unstable. Barbara realizes her mother is beyond fix, so she just goes to the city, away from her mother.
This movie has a big cast of fantastic actors. Even in all the comedy lies sorrows of the past and present. You are going to enjoy each ones performance.
#6 My Best Friend’s Wedding
Falling in love with your best friend is no crime, but if he’s engaged and ready for a wedding, you need lot of potential to get your sweetheart back, and Julia wins it all! This was directed by P.J. Hogan and released in 1997.
Julianne (Julia Roberts) and Michael (Dermot Mulroney) had been best friends since forever, but only when Michael asks Kimmy (Cameron Diaz) to marry him, does Julianne realize that he did not love her. Scared that she might lose him, she goes to the wedding and reveals her feelings. The movie has a lot of funny scenes and drama. If you haven’t watched it, watch to know whether or not she gets married to her best friend.
This is one of the most definitive Julia Roberts Movies , this one surely has to be your list!
As quoted ‘Closer’ features Robert’s in her least sympathetic role till date. The movie throws intense light on relationships, love and lust. Robert’s has brilliantly pulled-off her cut through the edge, icier than the ice role of Anna Cameron . With Natalie Portman , Jude Law and Clive Owen it’s a treat to watch this 2004 American Melodrama directed by Mike Nichols.
There are junctions of love affairs between two couples. Dan (Jude Law) wants to have an affair with Anna (Julia Roberts) though he was with Alice (Natalie Portman). However, Alice overhears and tells Anna. Over the year, Anna meets Larry (Clive Oven) and gets married. Yet Anna and Dan have an affair. Gradually things fall apart between all of them. They try to get back, but it doesn’t work out. At the end it is revealed that Alice who was stripper, it wasn’t her real name.
#8 Mona Lisa Smile
Julia Roberts’s role in Mona Lisa Smile has inspired many girls till date to explore their dreams and live them. This movie was released in the year 2003, directed by Mike Newell.
The plot builds in the year 1953, a 30 year-old graduate student in Art History, Katherine Ann Watson (played by Julia Roberts) takes the position of teaching ‘History of Art’ at Wellesley College, a conservative women’s private liberal arts college in Massachusetts. Initially she is intimidated by the girls because they were already very well prepared with the entire syllabus. Then she introduces them to modern art. However, only later does she realize that these brilliant girls only studied to get married later.
Julia Roberts in this movie provides a new perspective of the world to these girls. She teaches them the art of living and exploring their dreams. Unlike the initial impression, all the girls in the college start admiring her. This movie has brilliantly marked Robert’s career and is one of my personal favorite Julia Roberts Movies.
#9 Eat Pray Love
If you feel lost, then this is one movie you must watch. Julia Roberts will inspire you to discover the self which you may have lost out on at some point. This movie directed by Ryan Murphy was released in the year 2010. It is an adaptation from the book “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Elizabeth Gilbert is a 32 year old woman with a successful career, a loving husband and a lavish lifestyle. However, there comes a point where she finds herself in crossroads, she was not really happy with what she had. She gets divorced and realizes that she needs to find something to make her genuinely happy. That’s when she decides on taking an year off.
This movie is about her journey through that one year. Her first destination is Italy, where is she eats to her heart’s content (EAT). Then she visits India where she discovers the power of prayer (PRAY). Her final stop is Bali, Indonesia where she finds her inner peace and balance of true love. She even falls in love with a Brazilian business man (LOVE).
Stepmom was released in the year 1998, directed by Chris Columbus.
Jackie (Susan Sarandon) and Luke (Ed Harris) are divorced. Isabel (Julia Roberts) is the new woman Luke is dating. Jackie and Luke’s children, Ben and Anna are not fond of Isabel. It is tough for them to cope with the sudden changes in their lives. Jackie repeatedly sabotages Isabel’s attempts to make things better. Gradually, it is discovered that Jackie has lymphoma which is terminal. Thus, she is repeatedly jealous of Isabel trying to steal her family as she would anyway end up dying. Luke even proposes Isabel, so she becomes the official stepmom. Anna is highly displeased at this news. Eventually they all learn to adjust, and Ben and Anna start liking Isabel. Isabel reveals to Jackie how she never wanted to be a mother, but she tries her best at being one.
This movie brings forward the idea of coping with changes and how ‘often in life the ones you initially dislike are the ones you cannot live without later’. The movie ends with the family Christmas celebration where Isabel and Jackie make their peace.
#11 Runaway Bride
The movie was directed by Gary Marshall, the same director of “Pretty Woman”. It was released in 1999.
Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) has run away from three of her weddings. On the other hand, Homer Eisenhower or ‘Ike’ (Richard Gere) is a New York columnist. He hears Maggie’s story from one of the grooms she left at the alter. So, Ike writes a column on her as the ‘Runaway Bride’. However, he is fired for not providing authentic information. He goes to visit Maggie to write a column on actual experience. When he meets her, she’s about to get married for the fourth time. When he shares his idea of the column on her, she is very willing to help him. Eventually, Ike discovers that it was Maggie’s constant attempt to be much like her fiance that she ends up running away. Ike falls for her and pretends to be her groom at the rehearsal dinner. This leads to them expressing their feelings. It is Ike and Maggie’s wedding, yet she runs away for the fourth time. But this time she finds him in New York and opens herself to him. Ultimately, they get married privately.
#12 Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias is a 1989 Comedy-Drama film directed by Herbert Ross. The film has been adapted from the play of the same name written by Robert Harlings. The plot revolves around six women in a small town southern community and the bond they share. What happens to them when one of their own dies and how do they cope up with it? The title suggests the dual nature of the female characters in the film, who can be both, as strong as ‘steel’ and as delicate as a ‘magnolias flower’. It is one of the best Julia Roberts movies.
Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), is a newly married woman. On the Christmas festivities, she announces that she, and her husband, Jackson(Dylan McDermott) are expecting their first child. Her father is thrilled by the news, but her mother M’Lynn(Sally Field) is too worried to share in the joy because of Shelby’s type 1 Diabetes. M’Lynn looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battles her deepest fears of death of her child. Although, Shelby successfully delivers a baby boy, but her health starts to recline after one year of the baby, and she eventually dies after getting into a coma. Later, M’Lynn accepts her daughter’s fate and helps Jackson raise his child.
One of Julia Roberts latest movies, Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on the NewYork Times bestseller of the same name by R.J. Palacio. It is a truly inspiring and a heart warming film.
August(Auggie) Pullman is a fifth-grade boy who has a rare medical facial deformity. He has been homeschooled by his mother Isabel Pullman (Julia Roberts) due to numerous surgeries. His parents decide to enroll him in Beercher Prep, a mainstream school. He is repeatedly bullied by his classmates but he befriends a guy named Jack. During a school trip, Auggie and Jack are threatened by some seventh graders but their classmates come to their defence. On the graduation ceremony. Auggie is awarded Henry Ward Beecher Medal for standing out.
Julia Roberts has time and again moved us with her performance. Honestly, her audience can never stop admiring her. If you are one of them, then you must watch these thirteen Julia Roberts films and also movies such as Ocean’s Eleven, Mirror Mirror, Money Monster and Sleeping with the Enemy. Checkout her complete filmography here.
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