The 10 Best Julia Roberts Movies List

The infamous Julia Roberts is probably one of the greatest known actresses of our time. By "our", I mean the generation of kiddies born in the eighties. (Yes, I am an eighties baby). We were forced to watch "Steel Magnolias" by our mothers but now turn to "Pretty Woman" and pizza when we're having a bad day. Although Julia Roberts is now in her 40's with a husband and baby (yikes), we still love her movies and remember her fondly as Vivian from the "block". Not only is Julia Roberts an Academy Award winning actress, but she is also the highest paid actress in the world.

Here are (in my opinion) the 10 best Julia Roberts Movies of All Time!

*(I called my mother for her input in putting this list together so, thanks mom!)*

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#10 Mystic Pizza (1988)

Short Plot: Sisters Daisy (Julia Roberts), Kat and Jojo work at a pizza place in Mystic, Connecticut. Kat goes off to Yale, while her sister dates a guy from the "money-ed side" of the city. Jojo leaves a guy at the alter because of her commitment-phobia issues. But, the pizza fame continues to grow, perhaps it contains something.. mystic? This isn't Julia's best work, but it does bring her into the spotlight. And, we forgive her for the hair.

Other Stars: Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor

Rated: R

IMDB rating: 6.0/10

*Author Note* (IMDB ratings are subject to change due to open voting.)

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#9 Runaway Bride (1999)

Short Plot: Ike Graham (Richard Gere), is a New York columnist and finds a story about a woman named Maggie Carpenter, a so called "runaway bride", as she leaves grooms at the alter at the last minute. Ike writes the offensive column with no research and gets fired by his boss. To try to remedy the situation, Ike goes to find Maggie and report upon her upcoming fourth wedding. It's the cheesy romance we love Julia for; it's a must-watch. Hula skirts, alter jokes and egg tastings -- what's not to love?

Other Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Cusack

Rated: PG

IMDB rating: 5.2/10

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#8 Stepmom (1998)

Short Plot: A terminally-ill mother, (Sarandon) is shocked by the new woman in her ex-husband's life, (Roberts) who will be her children's new stepmom. It's an extremely sad and heartwarming movie for Julia. (No romantic comedy jokes here!) There will be cute moments, step-mom fights and tears. Grab the kleenex and the fam.

Other Stars: Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

Rated: PG-13

IMDB rating: 6.2/10

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#7 The Pelican Brief (1993)

Short Plot: I want to tell this without giving anything away! Two Supreme Court Justices are assassinated. Only one law student (Julia Roberts) has stumbled upon the truth. A striking investigative reporter (Denzel) knows this and wants her story; and others want her dead.

Other Stars: Denzel Washington

Rated: PG-13

IMDB rating: 6.4/10

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#6 Steel Magnolias (1989)

Short Plot: This comedy-drama is a bonding film for some strong women living in a parish. The film is about strong women who seem like delicate ladies. The plot surrounds a wedding and is a quaint but modern-day Great Gatsby scene.

Other Stars: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah

Rated: PG

IMDB rating: 6.9/10

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#5 Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Short Plot: This is a political drama surrounding a Texas congressman, (Hanks) and his secret dealings in Afghanistan. His covert efforts to assist Afghan rebels in the war against the Soviets have bad, unforeseen and long-reaching effects. Bottom line: Julia Roberts with a Southern accent? Yes, please.

Other Stars: Tom Hanks, Amy Adams

Rated: R

IMDB rating: 7.3/10

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#4 My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

Short Plot: Julianne Porter (Roberts) is devastated when learning that her bestie in the whole world (Mulroney) is finally getting over her and marrying a young billionaire hottie (Cameron Diaz). She does everything in her power to stop the nuptials; Does she succeed and land her man or does Kimberley (Diaz) stand her ground! Catty fights and hot men? Plus sing-along-songs? How can we resist?

Other Stars: Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett

Rated: PG-13

IMDB rating: 6.2/10

You Can't Miss This Classic for Girls Night!

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#3 Erin Brockovich (2000)

Short Plot: Based on a true story, Roberts plays Erin Brockovich, an un-employed, single mother with a low-class wardrobe. She turns her life around when she gets into a lawsuit involving a California water supply polluting the city's water. She becomes a legal assistant (better dressed too) and single-handedly brings down a huge company in one of the largest lawsuits in American history.

Other Stars: n/a

Rated: R

IMDB rating: 7.2/10

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#2 Pretty Woman (1990)

Short Plot: Edward, (Gere) is a rich businessman who lives a dull life making lots of money. He goes to LA for a business trip and ends up hiring a hooker (Roberts) for directions. He hires Roberts not as a prostitute, but as a "social escort" to high-society events. Best scene? Roberts being snubbed by snotty Rodeo Drive stores and going back with a whole lotta money and demanding attention. This movie is so iconic, it had to be my #2.

Other Stars: Richard Gere

Rated: R

IMDB rating: 6.7/10

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#1 Notting Hill (1999)

Short Plot: This is my absolutely favorite Julia Roberts movie. And Hugh Grant certainly helps. Hugh plays a local bookstore owner in Notting Hill, London and Julia Roberts is a visiting celebrity. Needless to say, they fall in love (brutally) and Grant gets hurt over and over again. Is it happily ever after? Perhaps, but this romantic comedy is *Hilarious* and brings the humor as much as the romance. This is an absolute must-see!

Other Stars: Hugh Grant

Rated: PG-13

IMDB rating: 6.9/10

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great Top 10 of Julia Roberts. Not a huge fan of #8 Stepmom...but can not think which movie would move that out of the top 10 in my opinion....great hub.


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Cogerson! Well, I did think of substituting "The Mexican" for Stepmom or Mystic Pizza, since it's one of my personal faves, but people just hate that one! What is your take? =) Guns, El Camino & Julia? Yay or nay.


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bestforbride 5 years ago from Toronto, ON, Canada

Just love Julia Roberts movies. Cannot even pick which one is the best.


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California Author

@bestforbride: I do as well! It was tough picking the top 3, that's for sure. Thanks for the visit! =)


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George Huss 5 years ago from United States

I love Julia Roberts movies! Thanks! I did not know i missed one!! Charlie Wilson's War (2007). Guess what I will be doing one night soon?


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California Author

@George: That one was fantastic but then again I'm also a huge Tom Hanks fan too! Thanks!


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George Huss 5 years ago from United States

HAHA...well, one night soon was tonight! What a great movie! And yes, Tom Hanks has always been a favorite too :)

Thanks for the heads up. Cannot believe I missed it until now. Take care of you!


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California Author

George: That was quick! Glad you liked the recommendation. I've watched all of Tom Hanks' movies and couldn't miss this one. Take care!


Chaiti 4 years ago

Love all the movies of Julia roberts.

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