Oscar-Winner Sandra Bullock's Greatest Roles

Ever since her first major role in 1993's "Demolition Man", Sandra Bullock has been an audience favorite. She has that girl-next-door quality, with a touch of the wild side thrown in for good measure. Bullock's movie roles all seem to have the same underlying tone -- she's approachable. The following list of her best movies was selected based on her performances and the entertainment value of the film.

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'The Blind Side' (2009)

The Blind Side

Warner Bros Pictures

Sandra Bullock got tough, went blonde, and delivered what will likely be considered the best performance of her career in "The Blind Side", which was based on a true story. Bullock picked up her first Academy Award nomination starring as a wealthy, outspoken wife and mom who takes in a homeless teen and turns his life completely around. Of course, in the process of changing the teenager's life, her life is also forever altered.

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'Gravity' (2013)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Bullock received her second Academy Award nomination for her performance in this sci-fi thriller. In fact, much of the film is a one-woman show for Bullock (the only other actor who physically appears in the film is George Clooney). Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a rookie astronaut who is stranded in space when her space shuttle is destroyed. The film won seven Oscars at the 86th Academy Awards.

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'28 Days' (2000)

28 Days
Columbia Pictures

Not to be confused with Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later", "28 Days" finds Sandra Bullock playing a drunk and disorderly newspaper columnist sent away to a rehab facility to sober up. Although she's initially resistant to the program, Bullock eventually sees the light and admits to herself she has a problem that won't go away without help. Viggo Mortensen co-stars as a major league baseball player and fellow rehab center patient who connects with Bullock on an emotional level.

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'Infamous' (2006)

Warner Independent Pictures

Although "Capote" beat "Infamous" to the punch, entering theaters before "Infamous" and garnering all the awards recognition, "Infamous" is actually the better film of the two. Both movies follow author Truman Capote as he researches the Clutter family murder for his book "In Cold Blood". Bullock plays Capote's closest friend, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird".

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'Crash' (2004)


"Crash" follows an ethnically diverse group of Los Angeles citizens, including a Persian store owner, a Mexican locksmith, an upper-class housewife (played by Bullock), and a middle-aged Korean couple, and examines the complexities of racial tolerance when these individuals' lives collide. Every actor in this film is first-rate, and as a privileged, pampered woman, Bullock delivers one of her best dramatic performances. "Crash" controversially won Best Picture at the 78th Academy Awards.

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Warner Bros. Pictures

A film that's almost the very definition of "chick flick", this tale of Southern life and dysfunctional family relationships benefits from a talented ensemble cast that includes Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn, James Garner, Shirley Knight, Maggie Smith, and Fionnula Flanagan.

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Hope Floats (1998)

Hope Floats
20th Century Fox

After finding out about her husband's infidelity during an appearance on a nationally televised TV talk show, Birdee (Bullock) packs up her daughter and heads back to her hometown, and her mother's semi-open arms. Harry Connick Jr. plays Justin, a former schoolmate of Birdee's who opens her heart to the prospect of new love.

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'While You Were Sleeping' (1995)

While You Were Sleeping
Buena Vista Pictures

This charming film is a feel-good movie with enough lighthearted comedy to keep it from being maudlin. Sandra Bullock thinks she's in love with a man she's never really met, and after rescuing him from almost being run over by a train, his family mistakenly believes she's his fiancee. While he's in a coma, she finds true love in the form of his brother.

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'The Net' (1995)

The Net
Columbia Pictures Corporation

Though it's certainly dated now, this 1995 film made Sandra Bullock the poster babe for all computer/tech geeks worldwide. Bullock stars as a software expert who becomes the victim of identity theft and is thrust into a life and death struggle in this tale of computer espionage.

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'Miss Congeniality' (2000)

Miss Congeniality
Warner Bros. Pictures

Sandra Bullock stars as an FBI agent forced into going undercover at the Miss United States Beauty Pageant in order to track down a serial killer. The catch? Bullock's uncoordinated, fashion-challenged and has an irritating, horsey laugh. In other words, she's an ugly duckling who'll need lots of work to pass as a swan. The 2005 sequel "Miss Congeniality: Armed and Fabulous" unfortunately didn't pack the same punch.