Julia Roberts delivers genuine, thought-provoking performances role after role. She’s captured the world‘s attention, turning her into the ultimate leading lady.

Julia Roberts's film career has snagged her many leading roles.
Julia Roberts’s film career has snagged her many leading roles.
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Julia Roberts’s Work Speaks for Itself

  • Oscar Winner – Best Actress
  • Golden Globe Winner – Best Actress
  • BAFTA Winner – Best Actress
  • Critic’s Choice Movie Award Winner – Best Actress
  • National Board of Review Winner – Best Actress

These are just a few of Julia Roberts’s awards, she has proved herself an amazing actress time and time again. I’m not sure if Roberts ever sleeps, but I can tell you she doesn’t seem to age. Since her first big role in the film Steel Magnolias to her current work on Amazon Prime’s Homecoming, she still has the fun, spunky look and work ethic she’s always had.

Let’s look at some of the best roles in her career.

Hollywood wouldn't be the same without Julia Roberts.
Hollywood wouldn’t be the same without Julia Roberts. Photo by Martin Jernberg on Unsplash

1. Steel Magnolias

In her first big film, Julia Roberts proves her emotional range can handle anything. Shelby Eatenton shows audiences that love truly conquers all. The big-name cast and wonderful story rocketed Roberts into the spotlight. It landed Roberts her first Oscar nomination.


2. Pretty Woman

Arguably, Julia Roberts’ most known role comes from playing Vivian Ward in Gary Marshall’s Pretty Woman. Her performance from hooker to elegant lady of society in this film drew crowds to the theatre. Let’s not forget Roberts’ famous scene with the stuck-up sales lady refusing to sell her a dress. “You made a big mistake! Huge!”


3. My Best Friend’s Wedding

Her spunk. Her attitude. Her love for her best friend (who in genuinely Julia Roberts’s best friend today.) This film let us laugh, cry and even sing-along. You know the scene I’m talking about. The unique story and stellar performances made this film an all-time success.


4. Notting Hill

She’s just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. Julia Roberts’ performance in this loveable comedy brought her even farther into fame. Julia Roberts delivered lines in a way that made them all her own. She fully became Anna Scott.


5. Runaway Bride

Julia Roberts has a knack for weddings, it seems. Role after role, she’s either a bride or a bride’s worst nightmare. In this runaway hit film, Roberts delivers unmatched chemistry with her Pretty Woman co-star Richard Gere. It’s a recipe for success.


Julia Roberts's acting career has included many leading roles. Many of her films have reached a fame no one expected.
Julia Roberts’ acting career has included many leading roles. Many of her films have reached a fame no one expected.
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6. Erin Brockovich

Strip away the humor and romance, and Julia Roberts will still give you an award-winning performance. In this fan favorite, Erin Brockovich takes on a consumer giant. This genuine story shines a spotlight on a woman who’s giving it her all. Roberts does Erin justice is every way possible.


7. Ocean’s Eleven

This star-studded cast couldn’t leave out our one-and-only leading lady. Roberts joins big names to pull-off a complicated casino heist. This fun film may not be her most famous performance, but it’s still widely known today.


8. Eat. Pray. Love.

This novel turned film followed Julia Roberts as she tried to find herself in the character Liz Gilbert. Through religion, food and of course, a little love, she’s put to the test. Roberts showed compassion and unmatched energy in this one-of-a-kind journey.


9. Homecoming

Julia Roberts’s most recent role as Heidi Bergman on Amazon Prime’s Homecoming proves just how far Roberts can go. Transitioning soldiers back to civilian life in the Homecoming program shows a side of Roberts that we never knew she had. She really can pull off any role.