Julia Robert's Top 10 Movie List

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The Top 10 Julia Roberts Movies of All Time

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March 25, 2015

Check out our list of Julia Robert's best movies, from Mystic Pizza to Eat Pray Love, and let us know your favourite!

Mystic Pizza

Julia Roberts, best known best at the time as actor Eric Roberts' little sister, played the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who worked at a coastal Connecticut pizzeria and dated the son of a wealthy local in Mystic Pizza. Even in the 1988 movie, it was clear Roberts was about to make her mark in Hollywood. A New York Times film review called her "voluptuous," "lively," "beautiful" and "scene-stealing." The film also includes stellar  performances from Lili Taylor and Annabeth Gish and features the big-screen debut of another future Oscar winner (and Roberts' costar in the Ocean's movies), Matt Damon -- whose only line is when he asks, while eating lobster, "Mom, do you want my green stuff?"

Steel Magnolias

After shooting this poignant chick-flick gem adapted from the hit Broadway play, Roberts earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and continued creating buzz as Hollywood's new It girl. In Magnolias, she's a Southern nurse who dreams only of marrying her boyfriend (Dylan McDermott, who became Roberts' first famous fiancé offscreen) and having babies -- despite her Type 1 diabetes and medical advice against getting pregnant. Her tragic character fuels the film's most heartbreaking moment among her costars (including Tom Skerritt, pictured, Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine), but Shelby's very pink wedding ("Pink is my signature color," she drawls) also provides much of the movie's humor.

Pretty Woman

Roberts became America's sweetheart in this classic romantic comedy, which earned the actress her first Best Actress Oscar nomination. Her Vivian Ward started as the paid escort of Richard Gere's handsome corporate raider, Edward Lewis, but with her infectious laugh and rare talent to make her character both tough and vulnerable, the gorgeous redhead won over Edward  -- while Julia was winning over movie audiences. Iconic scenes included Vivian's hot-tub sing-along to Prince's "Kiss," her shopping spree on Rodeo Drive, her slapstick adventure with escargot and her polo match outbursts. All were propelled by Roberts' charm.

My Best Friend's Wedding

Matched with a great leading man (in this case, two) and a good script, Julia Roberts can spin chick-flick gold. In this story, Julianne and her college BFF Michael (Dermot Mulroney) had made a pact long ago: If they were still single at 28, they'd marry each other. So when Michael calls days before her 28th birthday, she thinks he's looking to collect on their promise. But he's actually engaged to bubbly, blond Kimmy (Cameron Diaz, who you want to hate as Julia's rival, but can't). Julianne, realizing she's in love with her old pal, schemes -- with help from gay pal George (Rupert Everett) -- to torpedo Michael's wedding. In lesser hands, Julianne could've been a horrible character, but thanks to Roberts, the film makes you empathize with, and root for, everyone.


It was billed as a dramedy, but the heavy subject matter far outweighs the lighthearted moments in this tearjerker starring Roberts and real-life friend Susan Sarandon. The two play rivals: Roberts' Isabel is a hip photographer about to marry Luke (Ed Harris), ex-husband of Sarandon's Jackie. The biggest issue? Luke and Jackie's kids. Jackie fears they'll find their stepmom cooler than she is; Isabel fears they'll never accept her as a mother figure. When Jackie learns she's terminally ill, the women are forced to admit their worries and resentments, and move past them for the sake of the kids. The double wattage of Roberts and Sarandon lights up the screen.

Notting Hill

This romantic comedy was proof that, nearly a decade after Pretty Woman, she was still queen of the genre. In the Golden Globe-nominated flick, Roberts plays Anna Scott, a Hollywood superstar who wanders into the Notting Hill bookstore owned by recently divorced William (Hugh Grant, whose charm made for perfect chemistry with Roberts). Through a series of comical mishaps, they end up bonding at his apartment, sharing a kiss and, eventually, sharing a birthday meal with William's sister. Bad timing and hesitations by the skittish pair lead to will-they-or-won't-they suspense -- and an ending that's as delightful as every scene that precedes it.

Erin Brockovich

No one can pull off a sassy but kind-hearted character like Julia Roberts. In this fact-based story, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar, Roberts plays Erin Brockovich, a single mom of three who's barely able to put food on the table. She's not an easy fit at the local law firm where she manages to snag a file clerk job. However, when she unearths evidence of deadly misdeeds by a utility company, her grumpy boss Ed (Albert Finney) sees dollar signs. Brockovich, meanwhile, is compelled by the personal stories of citizens whose lives were ruined because PG&E knowingly let them keep consuming contaminated water. And Roberts is fierce in her portrayal of a woman determined to see that the residents of Hinkley, Calif., find justice.

Ocean's Eleven

In this box-office smash and remake of the 1960 Rat Pack romp, Roberts more than holds her own in a boys' club of costars including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac and Carl Reiner. As Tess, ex-wife of Danny Ocean (Clooney), she's the real reason why he plots the intricate robbery targeting casino boss Terry Benedict (Garcia) -- the high roller who happens to be Tess' current boyfriend. Not that we'd have bet otherwise, but the Roberts-Clooney chemistry is aces.

Charlie Wilson's War

Julia Roberts scored a Golden Globe nomination for another role in which she played a real-life character -- this time Joanne Herring, the oft-married Texas socialite who encourages Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) to pursue aid and arms for Afghani freedom fighters during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The blond grande dame is Wilson's friend and romantic interest, and sporting some fine costumes and wigs, Roberts has a saucy delivery that helps her play the society dame to perfection.

Eat Pray Love

This Julia Roberts flick might be subtitled 'How Julia Got Her Groove Back,' as the star returns to classic chick-flick form, playing real-life author Elizabeth Gilbert. Adapted from Gilbert's bestselling memoir, the film stars Roberts as Gilbert, a New York writer healing from a painful divorce and (as she says in the movie's trailer) longing to "marvel at something." A yearlong trek around the world to Italy, India and Indonesia -- and encounters with delicious pizza and even more delicious men (hello, Javier Bardem!) -- provide Liz with the spiritual (and carb-laden) nourishment she was seeking. Not only have Roberts and director Ryan Murphy (Glee) made the feel-good flick of the summer, but they've also made what is quite possibly the best travel video ever.


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