Happy Birthday, Sandra Bullock: Top Five Movies Of The Actress Fans Must Watch

Jul 26, 2021 by apost team

Sandra Bullock has been a working actress in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s and has also worked as a producer during her impressive and long-lasting career. She is an eclectic actress and doesn't really fit into just one genre since her talents are so unique and diverse. From suspenseful thrillers to romantic comedies, Bullock has starred in a wide variety of films and television shows. Some of her most notable films include "Miss Congeniality," "Ocean's Eight" and "Bird Box."

Bullock was born on July 26, 1964, in the Washington, DC suburb of Arlington, Virginia. She has one younger sister named Gesine Bullock-Prado, who actually went on to serve as president for Bullock's production company Fortis Films later in life. Her love for the arts was consistent, and Bullock performed in school theater productions while attending Washington-Lee High School. After graduating in 1982, she went on to attend East Carolina University, where she received her degree in drama. During her time in college, Bullock continued to pursue her passion, both in the classroom and outside, and she performed in a few productions such as "Peter Pan" and "Three Sisters." The hopeful star moved to Manhattan, New York, shortly after and worked as a bartender, cocktail waitress, and coat checker to support herself financially while auditioning for roles.

From a young age, Bullock showed a lot of promise as a smart and successful woman in the entertainment industry, as she pursued her passions both academically and during her personal time. Her impact on the industry has captured the attention of many fans and critics, and the star has earned herself quite the collection of awards and accolades. 

In honor of Sandra Bullock's 57th birthday today, we're looking at five of her must-see films. Read on to learn our top Bullock picks.

1. The Proposal (2009)

Sandra Bullock (2020), (Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty images)

In this beloved romance-comedy film, Bullock plays a manipulative Canadian publisher facing deportation. In order to avoid her fate, she guarantees her assistant (played by Ryan Reynolds) a long-deserved promotion if he marries her in order to retain her US citizenship. The connection between Bullock and Reynolds (and, of course, Betty White, who plays Reynolds' grandmother) makes this an enjoyable comedy for all. 


2. Bird Box (2018)

Sandra Bullock (2014), (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty images)

In this horror flick, Bullock plays a mother who must defend her children from an ominous, invisible entity that has caused the majority of the world's population to take their own lives. Bullock's character is challenged to always remain blindfolded, or else she sees horrors that will also cause her to end her life. The gripping thriller is enhanced by Bullock's performance, and it drew in millions of viewers just its first week after being released.

3. Miss Congeniality (2000)

Sandra Bullock (1993), (Michael Tighe/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

In another heartwarming comedy movie, Bullock plays FBI agent Gracie Hart. She's the kind of woman who doesn't bother with makeup, prefers a pantsuit over a dress, and doesn't let herself be hassled by her male co-workers. In an unexpected turn of events, agent Hart discovers that the Miss USA pageant is the next target for terrorists. The mission then requires her to grudgingly take on the undercover persona of pageant queen and mix in with other pageant competitors in order to save the day. Bullock has to learn a whole new decorum in order to complete her mission, hence the name 'Miss Congeniality.'

4. Gravity (2013)

Sandra Bullock (2010), (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In this movie, Bullock takes her turn in the role of a scientist. After their shuttle is wrecked in a mishap, Bullock's character scientist Ryan Stone and experienced astronaut Matt Kowalski (played by George Clooney) are left in space with nothing other than the oxygen tanks on their backs. The two must work together to figure out how to live with limited resources and return home before time runs out. Aside from the technological effects, Bullock's Oscar-nomination-worthy performance drew in much attention at the box office. 

5. Speed (1994)

Sandra Bullock (2018), (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images/Netflix)

In this older Bullock film, the insane-but-not-stupid character of Dennis Hopper sets a bomb on a bus that is set to detonate if the vehicle, which is packed with passengers, does not exceed 50 mph. Young but astute detective Jack Traven — played by Keanu Reeves — jumps on board, enrolling young Annie Porter, played by Bullock, to operate the bus while he figures out how to defuse the situation. This is an action-packed thriller fit for anyone looking for a suspenseful movie to watch. 

What do you think about these top five films? Which Sandra Bullock movie is your favorite? Let us know which one you're watching in honor of her birthday today, and be sure to pass this on to other Sandra Bullock fans you know!

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