With her wholesome, girl-next-door good looks and her self-deprecating humor, Sandra Bullock has charmed audiences around the world playing everything from an undercover cop to an alcoholic in denial. Here is a list of Bullock’s ten best films, based on awards, audience response, and earnings.
1). The Blind Side
In 2009 Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for Best Actress for this role. She goes blonde and plays a wealthy wife and mother who takes in a homeless teenaged athlete. Her tough love turns his life around, and he in turn influences her with his compassion.
2004’s Crash intertwines the stories of an ethnically and economically diverse group of Los Angeles residents and reveals the racial tensions underlying everyday life in California that are brought to a head when the characters are forced to interact. Bullock plays a privileged white woman, and the cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for their outstanding performance.
In the 1994 action film that placed Sandra Bullock on the map, she teams up with Keanu Reeves and drives a bus through Los Angeles at no less than 50 miles per hour to prevent a terrorist’s bomb from detonating.
4). The Proposal
One of the most financially successful films of Sandra Bullock’s career, The Proposal is a romantic comedy in which she plays a career-obsessed executive editor that forces her assistant, played by Ryan Reynolds, to marry her for a visa to avoid deportation to Canada. They visit his wealthy family in Alaska and fall in love “for real.”
5). While You Were Sleeping
Sandra Bullock was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for playing a very lonely railroad clerk who convinces the family of a comatose man that she is his fiancée, only to fall in love with the man’s brother.
6). Miss Congeniality
Sandra Bullock plays a tomboyish undercover cop infiltrating the world of Texas beauty pageants on the lookout for terrorists in this 2000 police comedy. Despite – or perhaps because of – the silly plot, audiences were charmed as Bullock snorted while laughing, mimicked pageant walks, and taught judges self-defense for a talent competition.
7). 28 Days
Not to be confused with zombie film 28 Days Later, 28 Days stars Sandra Bullock as newspaper columnist and out-of-control party girl Gwen Cummings. Cummings is forced into rehab after stealing and crashing a limo at her sister’s wedding. At first reluctant to admit she has a problem, Cummings learns to accept her weaknesses and attempt to overcome them after befriending a 17-year-old heroin addict played by Azura Skye and a charming professional baseball player played by Viggo Mortensen.
8). Two Weeks Notice
In this 2002 romantic comedy, Sandra Bullock plays an environmental lawyer in New York City who gets suckered into becoming the chief counsel for millionaire playboy Hugh Grant. After discovering that what he really needs is someone to manage every aspect of his life for him, Bullock’s character quits, only to realize that she is in love with him when she becomes jealous of her replacement.
9). The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Based upon the book of the same title, Ya-Ya tells the story of a group of Southern women who survive dysfunctional families and lost loves and forge a decades-long friendship. Sandra Bullock plays one woman’s estranged daughter who reunites with her mother after learning about her colorful past.
10). Hope Floats
Another tale reflecting the resilience of Southern women, in Hope Floats Sandra Bullock plays Birdee, who is forced to return to her parents’ home in Texas with her young daughter after her husband reveals that he is having an affair with her best friend on national television. High-school sweetheart Harry Connick Jr. awaits her return and teaches her to love again.