Happy Birthday, Sandra Bullock; Here are her 10 best movies – AL.com

Sandra Bullock turns 56 today. As an actor and producer, the Oscar-winners films have made billions worldwide.

To wish the film icon and Virginia native a happy birthday, well share our 10 favorite films of hers.

Well cover plenty of the hits you know and love, but also include some lesser celebrated titles that deserve the love. Read our picks (and honorable mentions) below:

Love Potion No. 9 (1992)

Two scientists who are hopeless with the opposite sex experiment with a substance that makes them irresistible to anyone who hears them speak. So yeah, the premise (and much of the follow-through) are plenty problematic through a 2020 (or any) lens, and its cheesy. But it retains a certain 80s comedy aura and gave Bullock the opportunity she needed to show Hollywood she could carry a movie in any genre.

Demolition Man (1993)

A police officer (Sylvester Stallone) is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis (Wesley Snipes) who is loose in a non-violent future society. This clever sci-fi satire has plenty of the action and brawn fans expect from Stallone, but its comic strengths shine brightest thanks to Bullocks breakthrough performance as the naive but well-studied Officer Lenina Huxley. Hes finally matched his meet.

Speed (1994)

A police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 miles per hour. Sound dumb? Well, it isnt. Its awesome. While Keanu Reeves leads the way as the heroic cop, stealing much of the spotlight is the equally brave passenger-turned-bus driver played by Bullock, in a star-making turn that gave this big dumb flick more charm than anyone expected. It was an instant action classic, but the takeaway was Whats next for Bullock?

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector (Sandra Bullock) is mistaken for the fiance of a coma patient (Peter Gallagher). Bill Pullman co-stars in this hit comedy that helped make Bullock an even bigger star. Perfect for those lazy Saturdays if you can find it streaming.

Miss Congeniality (2000)

Bullock plays a straight-laced F.B.I. Agent who goes undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event. Opposite Michael Caine, she plays against type, scoring big laughs and another huge box office hit, further cementing her status as an A-list draw and queen of the rom-com.

The Lake House (2006)

A lonely doctor, who once occupied an unusual lakeside house, begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before its too late. Unusual romantic fantasy gives us the Speed reunion (by way of this remake of a South Korean film Il Mare) we needed. And yes, its weird, but it kind of...works?

The Blind Side (2009)

Bullocks Oscar-winning performance as a housewife with a heart of gold won over American audiences two years ago with this touching tale about a family who takes in a homeless high schooler. Knock this film all you want for its cheese; you cant deny the fuzzy feelings you get just a half an hour into it when Mrs. Tuohy gives Michael Oher the first bed he ever had. While she has her strict moments, the tough love approach usually melts away, as the film brings us a proud new addition to our list of great movie moms.

The Proposal (2009)

Bullock plays a pushy boss who forces her young assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. Tack on the type of well-liked romantic comedy few like Bullock can pull off to her amazing 2009, when she scored a pair of box offices hits and an Oscar. Yet another reminder of her star power. Nevermind All About Steve, mkay?

Gravity (2013)

Bullock scored another Oscar nomination as one of two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space. Director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Roma) defies the laws of astro-physics and big-screen visual effects with another harrowing adventure, letting Bullock guide us through an unprecedented and immersive movie-going experience with a physically and emotionally daunting performance.

Oceans 8 (2018)

Debbie Ocean (Bullock) gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York Citys yearly Met Gala. While were huge fans of Steven Soderberghs Oceans Eleven trilogy that grouped A-list superstars like George Clooney and Brad Pitt to pull of ultra-cool high-tech shakedowns, we echo actress Rosamund Pikes female Bond sentiments that it also feels a bit like sloppy seconds for talented women like Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. But the women get it done in this breezy heist flick that fits nicely within the franchise.

Honorable Mentions: The Net (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), 28 Days (2000), Crash (2004), Practical Magic (1998), Bird Box (2018)

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