Top 5 Julia Roberts Movies
For some reason, I wasn’t being able to sleep one day. Tossing and turning and out of a strange whack I started thinking about what I would be ten years down the line. And guess who I thought of? Julia Roberts! I haven’t seen any of the latest Roberts flicks quite a while now (I heard ‘Eat Pray Love’ wasn’t that much of a chartbuster) now, but somehow her million dollar smile is still imprinted in my mind. I went to my old DVD collection that I has stashed away in my drawer and rummaged for my favorite Julia movie. These are my top five Julia Robert movies.
1. Pretty Woman (1990)
Remember Julia’s sassy outfits in this movie when she’s shopping on Hollywood Avenue in Los Angeles? Remember the way Richard Gere sits Julia down on the piano and makes out with her? Are you weak in the knees already? I still remember going “Woooow” as a kid when I saw that. No other movie in the world can possibly beat this gem. Not only is this film iconic because it has phenomenal chemistry between Gere and Roberts, this movie also defined the late eighties' generation. Roberts plays a charming, honest girl who is forced into prostitution. Picked up accidentally by Gere (a wealthy businessman), they eventually fall in love. The charm of the movie lies in how opposite the two characters are.
2. Erin Brockovich (2000)
Well, this is my next best Julia movie, considering she won an Academy award for this. She plays an unemployed single mother who becomes a legal assistant and brings down a power company that was accused of polluting a city’s water supply. Portraying the true story of Ms. Erin Brockovich, Julia crusades against a greedy utility company.
3. Notting Hill (1999)
Whenever I think of Notting Hill, I think of the blue house in downtown London and Hugh Grant’s crazy roommate. And I can’t stop laughing. It’s confusing sometimes to decide who is better in this hit – is it Hugh or Julia? But I must admit, I give the prize away to the chemistry that both of them shared. The movie is essentially about an American movie star (played by Roberts) who is literally harassed by the paparazzi. How she accidentally meets Hugh and gets introduced to the simple life of a London commoner is shown with great British humor and charm. If you haven’t seen Notting Hill, you haven’t seen anything!
4. Runaway Bride (1999)
Ever heard of a woman having commitment issues? Well, that’s Julia Roberts for you in her second hit movie of 1999. A completely rustic character played by Roberts, she just can’t stick to one man. The minute she reaches the altar, she freaks out and runs away – literally, on a motorcycle, a horse or even in a Fedex truck. The beauty of the film, as you much expected, is of course, that she manages to overcome this fear and eventually weds Ike Graham (Richard Gere).
5. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
This film is a cult classic. I still remember seeing it at school as a part of my film making beginners' class. This movie says it all – films are not about sets, grand costumes or characters. They’re about great stories. And Sleeping with the Enemy is one top movie that proves that. Years go by and I still get shivers down my spine when I watch it. Roberts plays an abused wife whose husband (played by Patrick Bergin) seems to pamper. But that’s hardly the truth. To escape him, Roberts fakes death, runs away and tries to start over with a new name. But as fate would have it, her psychotic husband figures what happened and becomes obsessed with finding her. I thought this was an intense way of expressing what abuse really means. Earth shattering for me if I ever think I was in Julia’s place!
For most women in America and the world, Julia embodies just about everything – class, style, grace, and a down-to-earth attitude. How many times have you seen Julia’s life being splashed all across the news tabloids? Not too many. That shows class. The flicks that I listed are my top Julia Roberts movies – I bet they are yours too!