Top 5 Sandra Bullock Films

While I am not a fan of Bird Box (I do not enjoy psycho-horror films), I do like Sandra Bullock’s acting. Here is my list of Sandra Bullock’s top 5 films:

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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  • Synopsis: A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.
  • Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher | Director: Jon Turteltaub
  • Review: I would call this the gold standard of modern romantic comedies. It is about two equally intelligent people falling in love with each other, without gratuitous sex scenes or disgusting body humor. The film explores the concepts of family togetherness, growing up, adult responsibilities, loneliness, and following your dreams in a cute and poignant narrative. Sandra and Bill have an easy-going chemistry on screen and excel at emoting complex emotions without delving into camp. The supporting cast have enough screen time to feel like real characters. Overall, the premise is believable, you care about the characters, and it is a realistic romantic comedy that is not groan inducing. I highly recommend this one.

The Blind Side (2009)

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  • Synopsis: The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
  • Starring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw | Director: John L. Hancock
  • Review: Sandra won the Oscar for Best Actress for this movie. A homeless high school aged student at her kid’s school catches Leigh Anne Tuohy’s eye. Seeing his potential for football, her family takes him in, gives him structure, and helps him achieve his athletic potential. This is based on a true story. Sandra proves her dramatic acting chops in this movie and really carries the narrative. Even if you do not enjoy football, you will enjoy the inspiring message.

Miss Congeniality (2000)

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  • Synopsis: An F.B.I. Agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.
  • Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt| Director: Donald Petrie
  • Review: We all know beauty pageants are really a front for terrorism. When beauty queens start exploring, the F.B.I. steps in to investigate. Since Agent Hart is the only age appropriate, not pregnant female agent available, she gets to infiltrate the pageant. If nothing else, watching Michael Caine play a beauty pageant coach is a reason to watch this movie. He is absolutely hilarious and plays off Bullock quite well. This is not a romantic comedy. It is an action-comedy set in the most absurd setting that somehow works. It’s fabulous darling.

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

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  • Synopsis: A lawyer decides that she’s used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.
  • Starring: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt | Director: Marc Lawrence
  • Review: Bullock plays the principled lawyer against Grant’s high flying playboy billionaire. This film works because the two leads sell their characters exceedingly well. Grant’s billionaire businessman is looking for something to care about and Bullock’s lawyer needs someone to temper her over zealousness. Apart, they are both overbearing. Together, they even each other out and temper their more extreme personality traits. Once again, the romance angle works because both characters are intelligent and are equally strong personalities. No sex is required to make the romantic sparks fly. This is not a deep movie, but is an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours.

A Time to Kill (1996)

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  • Synopsis: In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson| Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Review: This was one of Bullock’s first dramatic roles and she holds her own against McConaughey and Jackson. While Bullock played a supporting role, this film foreshadows the dramatic potential she showcased in The Blind Side. A Time to Kill is an absorbing courtroom/societal commentary with performances strong and convincing performances. Having watched a lot of adaptation of John Grisham novels, this is one of the stronger ones.

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