The smile of Julia Roberts can be compared to the smile of Mona Lisa (no wonder that the actress played the leading role in the movie titled Mona Lisa Smile, the stars converge). Her smile is full of mystery, warmth and charm. But her smile is not the only thing we love Julia Roberts for. She is a terrific actress, who appeared in a plethora of legendary movies. Here are some of her most notable works.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Perhaps, this is the most famous and successful movie with Julia Roberts. This 1990 American romantic comedy was directed by Garry Marshall, from a screenplay by J. F. Lawton. Besides Julia Roberts, the movie stars incredible Richard Gere and also features Héctor Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo, and Jason Alexander in supporting roles.
The movie’s story centers on prostitute Vivian Ward, who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for some social events. But the situation is getting out of control. Love and various social complications invade their arrangement and have the couple wondering if this Cinderella-story can have a happy ending.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
This is a biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The movie is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, an unemployed single mother who became a legal assistant, who fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Almost single-handedly she brought down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.
Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts. For this role, the actress won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics awards for Best Actress. By the way, there’s one interesting fact about this movie. Early in the film, the real Erin Brockovich has a cameo appearance as a waitress named Julia.
Dying Young (1991)
Julia Roberts plays Hillary O’Neil, a pretty young woman who has had little luck in work or love. After a recent breakup with her boyfriend when she caught him cheating, Hilary finds herself living with her rather eccentric mother. One day, Hilary answers an ad in a newspaper for a nurse. Her client is Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott), a well-educated, rich, and shy 28-year-old, who suffers from leukemia. Soon, the two fall in love. But will they be together?
The story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two women: Jackie (Susan Sarandon), a divorced and now terminally-ill mother of two, and Isabel (Julia Roberts), a new lover of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke (Ed Harris), who does her best to become a good stepmother for Luke and Jackie’s children. When Jackie and Isabel begin to share maternal duties, they are forced to rise above their mutual hostility for the sake of their family.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts), a writer of culinary guides. As her 28th birthday draws near, Julianne looks forward to a proposal from Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), her handsome former college buddy, whom Julianne has always secretly loved him. The thing is that they vowed that if both were still single at age 28, they would marry each other.
One day the phone rings and it is Michael, but her joy quickly turns to shock when he invites her to Chicago to attend his wedding. Furious and hurt Julianne vows to stop at nothing to win Michael back. As the tale progresses, she is led to the point where she must examine her true motives, behavior and emotions, thus adding a depth not usually found in this type of story.