On Friday, Our Brand Is Crisis opens in theaters, giving Sandra Bullock fans the chance to see her star in her newest feature film. As far as Bullock movies go, it’s an outlier – a based-on-real-events comedy-drama set in the political world, and the promotion of it hasn’t hinted at the slightest bit of a romantic subplot.
Although she may be the reigning romcom queen, Bullock has been playing roles in all genres of film for years. She’s amassed quite the filmography, as evidenced below. Let us know in the comments whether you agree with our rankings!
28. All About Steve (2009)
Not to start the list on a sour note, but hey – it’s all uphill from here. This is the film that won Bullock the Raspberry Award for Worst Actress, but the same year she also won the Oscar for Best Actor, so let’s just call a Mulligan on this one.
27. The Vanishing (1993)
A thriller that’s a remake of a superior French film by the same name, it’s only recommended for Sandy B completionists. Spoiler alert: Her character is the subject of the titular vanishing, and Nancy Travis plays the actual romantic lead.
26. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
There’s nothing wrong with Bullock’s performance as Bus Drivin’ Annie, now encountering terrorism on the high seas, but even she would have to admit that a second Speed wasn’t necessary. You have to wonder what a fully developed Speed franchise would have been like: Annie on a plane? Annie on a hot air balloon? Annie in a submarine? Annie in a support group for people afraid of public transportation?
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25. Two If by Sea (1997)
Worth it to hear Bullock’s take on a New Yawk accent – and the strangeness of there being a time in which Bullock and Denis Leary were of equal Hollywood standing enough to co-star in a romcom. Two If by Sea is so very ’90s, though it’s up to you if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
24. Demolition Man (1993)
Most who remember this film probably think of Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes in the lead roles. Some might be surprised to realize that Bullock played the love interest, Lt. Lenina Huxley, who aids Stallone’s action hero protagonist in the futuristic false utopia of San Angeles. It’s maybe too “action movie” to be the greatest fit for Bullock, who’d shine more brightly in later roles.
23. Practical Magic (1998)
Bullock and Nicole Kidman starring together? At the height of their ’90s majesty? That alone should have been magic, to say nothing of the film’s central witchcraft plot. Somehow, the magic spell cast by this film ended up being less than the sum of its ingredients. Of course, Practical Magic has its fans, who are no doubt cursing this list for giving the film a lowly ranking on the Bullock-o-meter.
22. Hope Floats (1998)
This is exactly what people think of when they hear the phrase “Sandra Bullock romantic comedy.” If that phrase rings your bell, then you probably already love Hope Floats. In the context of her entire film career, it’s not a standout, but to Bullock’s credit, it’s the first one in which she was credited as executive producer.
21. Premonition (2007)
A standard supernatural thriller in which the best thing going for it is Bullock. As is the case with many of her lesser films, the overall product may be subpar but Bullock is stellar, as always.
20. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Based on a great book, this film should have been one that won all the Oscars. In the end, the adaptation wasn’t quite on par with the source materials, but you can’t fault Bullock’s performance as a woman widowed in the wake of 9/11.
19. Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
It’s just fine, as far as early ’90s romcoms go, but there’s not too much from Bullock’s performance as a homely scientist with Eugene Levy eyebrows that would indicate that she’d shoot up to the A list one day.
18. Two Weeks Notice (2002)
It has everything you would have expected from a Sandra Bullock-Hugh Grant rom-com released in 2002. Well, everything but the apostrophe that should go after the “s” in “Weeks.”
17. The Lake House (2006)
Don’t overthink the premise too much and this film, which features the first re-teaming of Bullock and her Speed co-star, Keanu Reeves, is an unconventional little romance that cares more about love than logic.
16. Forces of Nature (1999)
By the late ’90s, Bullock had starred in enough romcoms that they all start to bleed together. This is the one with Ben Affleck, but at least Bullock gets to stretch her acting muscles playing a dream girl who’s also a borderline nutcase.
15. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
Light years better than Speed 2, this sequel stemmed from Bullock’s desire to do a female buddy cop pic. Props to that, and props to giving a prominent role to Regina King, who’s always welcome in any movie.
14. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (1999)
Boasting the best made-up Southern lady names since Steel Magnolias, Divine Secrets focuses on the close bonds between women and the volatile way big personalities can interact when they happen to share a family tree. It’s worth it just to see Bullock act opposite other great actresses, such as Ellen Burstyn and Maggie Smith.
13. The Net (1995)
The film’s take on the digital age seems laughable today, even if it did foretell how big a threat identity theft would later become. However, The Net has stuck around, even 20 years later. Why? Bullock! She makes you care about her hacker protagonist character to the point that The Net has outlived many other B-grade ’90s action thrillers.
12. Murder by Numbers (2002)
Bullock stars opposite a young Ryan Gosling as a character unlike any she’s played before. She’s not lovable. She’s not funny. But she is tough, and it’s a kick to see her in a film where falling in love isn’t the end result for her character’s existence.
11. 28 Days (2000)
Another romcom, sure, but one of the few rom-coms to spin its tale of love in the context of addiction and rehab. Give it points for taking the genre to a new place.
10. The Proposal (2009)
This film would be nothing without the remarkable chemistry between Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. It’s worth watching for that alone.
9. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
The first major film to feature Bullock as the top-billed star, this rom-com is only slightly more farfetched than the pseudo-science antics of Love Potion No. 9. Come on – in what universe would Sandra Bullock work as a toll booth operator? That aside, it proved to be a major hit and helped prove that Bullock was a bankable leading lady.
8. The Heat (2013)
Melissa McCarthy + most people = a winning combination, but Melissa McCarthy + Sandra Bullock = an especially good combo, and enough to whet the appetites of anyone still holding out for Miss Congeniality 3.
7. Crash (2004)
Beloved by some for dealing with Real Issues, dismissed by others for beating viewers over the head with the heavyhanded morals, Crash won the Oscar for Best Picture. Make of this one what you will, but any way you slice it, even the top-billed Bullock is just one player in an expansive ensemble cast.
6. The Blind Side (2009)
Like Crash, this film addresses issues of race, and the result inspired some and rubbed others the wrong way. But again, even middling reviews of the movie praised Bullock’s performance as the white woman who takes in a black teenager in need of a home. Unlike Crash, it’s not an ensemble film. Bullock’s lead performance earned her her first Oscar nomination – and her first win. And even if you didn’t like the message of the film, it’s hard to argue that Bullock didn’t knock the role out of the park.
5. A Time to Kill (1996)
Preachy? Yes. Powerful? To many viewers, yes. The John Grisham adaptation cleaned up at the box office, and Bullock managed to stand out in what is essentially an ensemble cast of heavy-hitters, including Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey.
4. Miss Congeniality (2000)
Sandy superfans might balk at our placing Miss Congeniality above A Time to Kill, but Miss Congeniality rocks. It’s a well-made comedy, and it’s unique in Bullock’s filmography prioritizing the funny elements above the romantic ones, even if she gets the guy in the end.
3. Infamous (2006)
Capote, the biopic that featured Philip Seymour Hoffman as the title character and Catherine Keener as his right-hand gal, author Harper Lee, may have been the more famous of these two dueling films, but Infamous is good in its own right, and Bullock brings something special to her take on the To Kill A Mockingbird author.
2. Speed (1994)
Demolition Man may not have been the right action movie for Bullock, but Speed sure was. As Annie, who took the wheel of the most famous bus in movie history, Bullock showed us she could be smart, brave, funny and a great sidekick to Keanu Reeves’ standard issue ’90s action hero protagonist.
1. Gravity (2013)
A harrowing movie that’s both action flick and drama, all anchored by Bullock in what is essentially a one-woman performance. Bullock was nominated for Best Actress for her role as an astronaut just trying to get home. She didn’t win, but she nonetheless proved she could hold her own in a way that few other actors – male or female – have ever had the chance to even attempt.