Who on earth couldn’t possibly like Julia Roberts? Starting from her breakthrough role as Daisy Araujo in Mystic Pizza (1988), to her captivating role as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman (1990), onto countless other titles, Julia Roberts has secured her place as the icon of romantic comedies. Besides being one of the most uniquely beautiful women we’ve witnessed on screen, the Oscar®-winning actor has stolen the hearts of millions with some of the most beloved movie roles over the years. To celebrate her career, here is a list of our top 5 favorite Julia Roberts moments!
5. Notting Hill
Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) in Notting Hill (1999)
Sparks fly on screen between two romantic comedy superstars Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Notting Hill (1999) practically perfected all rom-com clichés and provided some beautifully written (and performed) dialogue; who could forget the infamous “I’m also just a girl” speech?
Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) in Hook (1991)
As Tinkerbell, Julia Roberts gave us the perfect portrayal of a pixie and nearly stole the movie from the remainder of the movie’s star-studded cast. When Tink connects with Peter Pan, Roberts’ cheerful fairy delivers a touching and, at times, heart-wrenching performance.
3. My Best Friend’s Wedding
Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
There’s no shortage of rom-coms in Julia Roberts’ repertoire, and My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) is one of the best. Roberts is relentless and terrifically conniving as Julianne Potter and finds a charming balance between her slapstick clumsiness and her more earnest scenes as the movie progresses.
2. Erin Brockovich
Ed Masry (Albert Finney) and Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) in Erin Brockovich (2000)
Her performance as legal and environmental activist, Erin Brockovich, won Roberts a slew of awards, including the 2001 Oscar® for best actress. Playing a less-staple Julia Roberts role, she was able to flex her more dramatic muscle (with, of course, intermittent tenderness and charm).
1. Pretty Woman
Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) and Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) in Pretty Woman (1990)
This is undoubtedly Julia Roberts' most memorable role, earning her a second Oscar® nomination for her performance. Delivering iconic lines still remembered and repurposed today, her role as Vivian Ward was the epitome of Julia Roberts. The biggest highlight from the movie (and possibly her best moment on camera) was of course the unscripted scene (shown above) where Richard Gere snaps the case down on her hand, resulting in an authentic laugh that perfectly emulates her true charm and grace.