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From ‘Mystic Pizza’ to ‘Erin Brockovich,’ Our 10 Favorite Julia Roberts Movies, Ranked!

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Julia Roberts has been celebrated over the years for her iconic movies, from romantic comedies throughout the 90s to more serious roles that showcase just how impressive her range is.

The Georgia born and raised actress had the arts in her blood — her parents were involved in the craft and later ran a children’s acting school in Georgia.

Julia Roberts, 1989
Julia Roberts, 1989Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images

When she moved to New York to pursue acting, it was a role in the series Crime Story in 1987 that gave her her first taste of life in front of the camera. However, her part in the 1988 film Mystic Pizza really got things moving for her, and it wasn’t long before she achieved leading lady status.

Today, the 56-year-old actress continues to shine on our screens. Here, take a look at our favorite Julia Roberts movies from over the years — Did your favorites make the list?

Top 10 Julia Roberts movies

10. Mystic Pizza (1989)

Mystic Pizza chronicles the young lives of three girls working at a Connecticut based pizzeria, all on different paths.

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Daisy, played by Julia Roberts, is content with her life as is, behind the counter of the pizza spot she works at, on the receiving end of attention from various suitors. Meanwhile, her sister Kat has a much clearer path ahead of her, headed onto her first semester at Yale.

Then there’s Jojo, who just can’t get over the cold feet she’s experiencing that would allow her to marry her longtime boyfriend. This coming-of-age classic gives a genuine depiction of navigating the ups and downs of early adulthood.

9. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

Liz (Julia Roberts), who seemingly has everything one could want, finds herself questioning if the life she’s created for herself is the one that’s really meant for her.

Newly divorced from her husband, she sets out on a journey of self-discovery through Italy, India and Bali, in the hopes of learning about what truly matters.

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8. Ben Is Back (2018)

Holly (Julia Roberts) is mother to Ben, a 19-year-old who has returned home on Christmas Eve after being away at a treatment center for his drug addiction.

While Holly is happy to see her son again, her guard remains up. When the family dog goes missing, Ben comes to the realization that the dog’s disappearance has to do with he and his past associates, and Holly comes to learn more about her son than she thought she knew.

7. Notting Hill (1999) Julia Roberts movies

Notting Hill is one of Julia Roberts’ most iconic romantic comedy movies of the 90s, starring Hugh Grant as her love interest.

Roberts stars as an American movie star who has a chance encounter with bookstore owner William (Grant) that leads to a romance neither of them expected — despite the fact that they come from different worlds. Can this duo beat the odds?

6. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

Who doesn’t love some good old fashioned pining? Jules (Roberts) and Michael (Dermot Mulroney) are two longtime friends who made a pact that if they both were unmarried by 28, they’d tie the knot with each other.

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Just weeks shy of his 28th birthday, Michael announces he is engaged. Jules, realizing she’s in love with Michael, will do everything she can to keep the happy couple apart.

5. Closer (2004) Julia Roberts movies

Closer stars Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, four people whose lives intertwine. Jude Law is Dan, a writer who begins a relationship with stripper Alice (Natalie Portman) after he witnesses her hit by a car and takes her to the hospital.

When he later writes a book about her, he ends up falling for photographer Anna (Julia Roberts), who later married Larry (Clive Owen), a dermatologist who met her through a “chance” encounter orchestrated by Dan.

Over the course of the movie, infidelity intertwines the lives of these four individuals.

4. August: Osage County (2013)

Three sisters (Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson) return home for their father’s funeral, only to be met by their volatile mother (Meryl Streep) as they deal with the loss of their dad.

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The film showcased a raw depiction of family disfunction, and Julia Roberts earned herself an Oscar nomination for her role.

3. Pretty Woman (1990) Julia Roberts movies

Julia Roberts stars opposite Richard Gere as a prostitute who falls for a wealthy businessman, and vice versa, when he enlists her help to attend various social events by his side. Despite coming from different worlds, this Cinderella story is one for the ages.

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2. Steel Magnolias (1989)

In this beloved tale of friendship, the lives of six Louisiana women intertwine ahead of Shelby’s (Julia Roberts) wedding.

As time goes on, they each individually face a number of obstacles and heartache in their life, but remain bonded with one another despite all that life throws their way.

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1. Erin Brockovich (2000)

Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a down on her luck single mom who becomes a legal assistant at her attorney’s law firm.

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During her time there, she discovers a real estate case, in which evidence points to a suspicious cover up involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, where residents were suffering serious illness due to contaminated water.


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