Few can think of Sandra Bullock nowadays without having their thoughts immediately cast upon the most recent development in her personal life. I am, of course, referencing to her ex-husband, Jesse James’ recent galavanting around with some other woman. How could he cheat on someone as pretty as her? That’s beyond this writer’s comprehension, but let’s take the time to look at another aspect of her career. These are the top 7 movies the middle aged actress has come out with to date:
7. Two Week’s Notice, 2002
Sandra Bullock plays environmentalist lawyer, Lucy Kelson. While attempting to stop the destruction of her childhood community center on Coney Island, she meets George Wade (Hugh Grant), a spoiled rich kid who has yet to grow up. Although she knows of his immaturity, she agrees to work for him as a Chief Counsel. After he abuses her willingness, she gets fed up and decides to turn in her “two week’s notice”, thus we have the movie’s title. The movie follows both her growing self confidence and his growing maturity combining together to become a cute, however unlikely couple.
6. Crash, 2004
In a performance that warranted three accolades for the cast including the Screen Actors Guild Award, Sandra Bullock played Jean Cabot, the wife of Rick Cabot (Brendan Fraser), a racist, manipulative lawyer. Though Bullock was only a supporting actor in this film, this makes the list for the film itself, and the phenomenal screen writing by Paul Haggis.
5. Miss Congeniality, 2000
After receiving a bomb threat threatening the annual Miss United States Beauty Pageant, FBI agent, Gracie Hart (Bullock) must discard her tomboy persona and become the stereotype that is the Beauty Pageant candidate. Amidst struggling to fit in with the other candidates, Hart must continually be on the lookout for any kind of suspicious activity.
4. The Proposal, 2009
One of two movies to make this list from 2009, The Proposal is Bullock’s most financially successful movie to date. It depicts Bullock as Margaret Tate, a Canadian citizen whose visa has expired. Upon learning that she will be deported, she forces her secretary, Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), to marry her. The Immigration Department suspects this, however, and investigates into their marriage, claiming she only marries him to avoid deportation. Bullock received two teen choice awards for her performance both for choice movie actress and choice movie dance scene.
3. While You Were Sleeping, 1995
Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (Bullock), is an orphaned young woman trying to make a life for herself in the big city in Chicago. After work one night, she ends up saving Peter (Peter Gallagher), a successful lawyer. After taking him to the hospital, he falls into a deep coma. During this, a nurse overhears Lucy mutter that she was going to marry him. Assuming she means Peter, the nurse spreads the story everywhere and Lucy is too flabbergasted and overwhelmed to deny it or explain the truth. Despite their fake engagement, Lucy ends up falling in love with his brother. Needless to say, once Peter wakes up, there is something of an awkward situation to be had.
2. Speed, 1994
Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), an LAPD officer, receives a call from Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper), a former bomb squad sergeant who has decided to work the other side of the law, becoming an extortionist who thirsts for revenge. After narrowly escaping death, Payne begins to focus on a particular LA city bus. Once Traven gets on the bus, the bus driver gets shot, and it’s up to none other than Annie Porter (Bullock) to save the day. Once the bomb is set, the bus can’t go below 55mph or the explosion will rock their world.
1. The Blind Side, 2009
Arguably, the most heart-wrenching film of 2009, The Blind Side follows the true story of Baltimore Ravens’ offensive lineman, Michael Oher, played by Quinton Aaron. Upon realizing that Oher has no place to stay after being introduced by her son, SJ (Jae Head), Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock) takes it upon herself to take him into her home. Though she originally thinks it will only be for a short while, they truly begin to love him and decide to adopt him as a true part of their family.
In Love and War, 1996
A Time to Kill, 1996
Miss Congeniality 2, 2005
With her most recent movies in 2009 becoming her most successful ones to date, one can only presume that this successful actresses career is merely beginning. What can we expect next from Ms. Bullock? As of right now, there is nothing that I can find in the works, but rest assured once this whole Jesse James fiasco settles down, she’ll be back full force.