The Best of the Best: Sandra Bullock's Top Films

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November 30th, 2013

The Best of the Best: Sandra Bullock's Top Films

Sandra Bullock started her career back in the 1980s, but like many Hollywood actresses, she struggled to land a breakout role. After appearing in a few television films and shows, she starred in the television adaptation of the hit film "Working Girl." Though the show failed, her performance led to big-screen roles, including her starring role in "Speed." That film launched her career into the stratosphere and made her a star. With rumors swirling that she might pick up an Oscar nomination for her work in the film "Gravity," now is the perfect time to take a look back at the top films of her career.

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"The Blind Side"

"The Blind Side" was a hit book long before it became a film. The book told the story of a Texas family who took in a homeless young man and nurtured him. That young man considered them his family, and they were by his side when an NFL team drafted him later. Bullock took on the role of Leigh Ann, the mother of the family. She dyed her naturally dark hair blond and spoke with a Texas accent for the role, and some viewers hardly even recognized her. Bullock shared great chemistry with Tim McGraw, the country singer who played her husband in the film, and she made "The Blind Side" all her own. Bullock won several awards for her performance, including an Academy Award.

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"The Proposal"

Bullock is one of the few actresses who can handle comedies as well as dramas, and one of her best comedic roles came in the film "The Proposal." The actress portrayed Margaret Tate, a Canadian woman so consumed by work that she doesn't have time for friends or relationships. After firing her assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds, "Green Lantern"), she learns that she forgot to renew her visa and needs to find a husband quickly to stay in the country. After convincing Andrew to stage a fake marriage with her, she finds herself in the rural countryside where he grew up, surrounded by his family. Bullock even manages to upstage the legendary Betty White in a few of theirscenes together.

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"Murder by Numbers"

"Murder by Numbers" is one of the best dramatic roles of Bullock's career. As Detective Cassie Mayweather, Bullock is a no-nonsense woman who only cares about her career and closing her next case. When she finds herself investigating the so-called perfect murder, she realizes that the murderers are a pair of high-school students. Tasked with bringing them down, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper into their web of deception. Not only was "Murder by Numbers" one of her top films, it also led to a long relationship between Bullock and her costar Ryan Gosling ("Drive").

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"Gravity"

Even before "Gravity" arrived in theaters, insiders whispered that Bullock would walk away with an Oscar nomination if not a win. Paired with George Clooney ("The Descendants"), Bullock plays an astronaut on her first mission. When something goes wrong in space, the two find themselves trying to survive even though they know help will never arrive. As Dr. Ryan Stone, Bullock does a phenomenal job playing a woman who knows she might die but won't let that stop her from remembering the daughter she lost. Her performance was so strong that Clooney even stopped doing press tours and interviews in the hopes of making viewers and reporters focus on her performance. The film made more than $500 million at the box office and received a large number of positive reviews, many of which focused on Bullock.

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"The Heat"

Pairing Bullock with Melissa McCarthy ("Identity Thief") led to comedic gold. Bullock plays Ashburn, a by-the-books FBI agent, and McCarthy plays Mullins, a police officer with little concern for the law or the rules. From the moment Bullock walks into the department in her plain suit and sensible shoes, she shows viewers exactly who her character is. Working with McCarthy gave Bullock the chance to spread her wings and hone her comedic talents. Whether the two are drinking and dancing in a bar or holding a suspect over a balcony several stories in the air, they manage to channel their off-screen friendship. The pairing was so strong that fans hope to see a sequel to the film in the coming years.

Sandra Bullock went from a relative unknown actress with a few television shows to one of the biggest stars in the world. The actress can handle both comedic and dramatic roles with ease, and she's smart with the roles that she picks. Though these are the top films of her career, it's clear that the list will grow as she keeps choosing great roles.