My insomnia, mixed with an uncomfortable stomach ulcer has given me some long nights recently so I have been working my way through some films, and I decided on Julia Roberts films, because this long-limbed, large featured woman with the fabulous hair, big laugh and unladylike walk has been my favourite actress forever, if I could look like anyone in the world it would be Julia Roberts. I have read that she is no angel (thanks for pointing that out Auntie…) but I have been a fan for too long. However after a few films I kinda wished I had chosen someone else, as her normal genre is not really my kind of entertainment, I like more of an action film, filled with cheesy lines, amazingly choreographed fight scenes and if I am lucky a gorgeous man wearing a tight top. And Julia Roberts doesn’t really do those kind of films.

Anyway I have watched quite alot of her films recently, not all, and some I didn’t get all the way through, but I have made a little top 10 list of what I did like.

#1 Erin Brochovich

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handily brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.

Oscar winning, strong, foul-mouthed, honest, true story, great lines, a fight for justice with a positive ending.

#2 Pretty Woman

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.

Ultimate chick-flick film, watched many times in my youth, many lines never to be forgotten, red dress, Richard Gere is a bit meh, but a nice happy ending.

#3 Steel Magnolias

A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.

I love this film! Should it be at number 2??? Brilliant cast, I wanna be in their gang. Many witty lines. Makes me laugh and at one point really cry. Julia; baby of the group is not the most interesting character but her storyline is moving, you admire the stubborn, strong woman and her relationship with her mum (Sally Fields) is honest and wonderful.

#4 Satisfaction

A group of teenagers have a band and spend the summer performing in a bar on the coast, there are dramas and in the end a big decision for the lead singer.

One of my fave films as a teenager. It has certainly dated, but a simple, enjoyable story. Julia was the beautiful, self-absorbed member of the band, with the great hair, and her pretend base guitar playing was dubious. Good to watch again as a nostalgic watch.

#5 Notting HillThe life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.

A british chick-flick, led by a bumbling Hugh Grant. The rest of the cast and all the witty lines make a v entertaining film, Julia kind of plays herself but you do love the popular and slightly sad actress.

#6 Flatliners

Four Medical students experiment on ‘near death’ experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

Another film from my teenage years, and one that has been remade this year. A more serious story and role for Julia, a bit spooky and clever. A well known, but a lot younger, cast, and Kevin Bacon’s hair must be mentioned…

#7 Money Monster

Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.

I enjoyed this film, a serious modern day theme, with a few giggles. Strong cast; George Clooney was entertaining playing someone who is quite an arse. Julia is the best character as his calm, friend/producer and they work so well together.

#8 My Best Friends Wedding

When a woman’s long term boyfriend reveals he’s engaged she realises she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

Can’t believe another ‘rom-com’ has fitted in here, but I have a soft spot for this one, and the scene at the restaurant when the table bursts into song – ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ is one of my happiest film moments ever.

#9 Stepmom

A terminally ill woman has to settle on her former husband’s new lover, who will be their children’s stepmother.

This is more Susan Sarandon’s film then Julia Roberts, but they both do a great job, feel for them both, a real tearjerker.

#10 Larry CrowneAfter losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

Not much really happens in this film, but I really enjoyed it, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are another great team working together. It isn’t an exciting or hilarious film, just a nice one, and sometimes just nice is okay.

I have watched quite alot more but I think a top 10 is enough. I don’t know if many of these films would make it into my fave films of all time but I still think she is a beautiful talented actress.

I think I am going to try someone like Tom Cruise next, liven things up a little.

 

 

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