Julia Roberts Movies

Julia Roberts' latest movie...Money Monster has been added to the page

Julia Roberts’ latest movie…Money Monster has been added to the page

Want to know the best Julia Roberts movies?  How about the worst Julia Roberts movies?  Curious about Julia Roberts’ box office grosses or which Julia Roberts movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Julia Roberts movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information and much more.

Julia Roberts (1967-) was born in Smyrna, Georgia. She is a four time Oscar® nominated actress (Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman, and Erin Brockovich). Roberts won the Oscar® for her performance in Erin Brockovich. She is also a eight time Golden Globe® nominated actress. She has won the Golden Globe® three times (Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich).

Her IMDb page shows 55 acting credits from 1987-2017. This page will rank 42 Julia Roberts movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.

When we first started writing movie web pages back in January 2011, the first pages we wrote were on my favorite two current actors, Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks, and on my wife’s favorite actress, Julia Roberts. Since then her page has moved to new website providers and has been updated many times over the years.

Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in 1999's Notting Hill.

Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in 1999’s Notting Hill.

Julia Roberts Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Julia Roberts movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Julia Roberts movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Julia Roberts movies by yearly domestic box office grosses
  • Sort Julia Roberts movies by how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Julia Roberts movie received.
  • Sort Julia Roberts movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Erin Brockovich (2000)Albert Finney & David Brisbin$196.4013th of 200078.67%05 / 0182.91
Pretty Woman (1990)Richard Gere & Jason Alexander$355.504th of 199064.50%01 / 0069.34
Ocean's Eleven (2001)Brad Pitt & George Clooney$273.708th of 200179.00%00 / 0068.13
Notting Hill (1999)Hugh Grant & Rhys Ifans$193.4016th of 199976.00%00 / 0067.10
Steel Magnolias (1989)Sally Field & Shirley MacLaine$177.9014th of 198968.50%01 / 0066.48
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)Cameron Diaz & Dermot Mulroney$233.509th of 199766.50%01 / 0064.03
Pelican Brief (1993)Denzel Washington$205.208th of 199359.00%00 / 0058.73
Runaway Bride (1999)Richard Gere$253.709th of 199949.00%00 / 0054.03
Ocean's Twelve (2004)Brad Pitt & George Clooney$170.4014th of 200458.00%00 / 0053.82
Hook (1991)Robin Williams & Dustin Hoffman$239.606th of 199144.00%05 / 0053.68
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)Tom Hanks & Amy Adams$81.7040th of 200777.00%01 / 0050.97
Charlotte's Web (2006)Robert Redford & Oprah Winfrey$106.3026th of 200673.33%00 / 0050.74
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)Patrick Bergin & Kevin Anderson$203.408th of 199140.50%00 / 0050.04
Stepmom (1998)Ed Harris & Susan Sarandon$163.8020th of 199853.00%00 / 0049.98
Conspiracy Theory (1997)Mel Gibson$139.6019th of 199758.00%00 / 0049.20
Flatliners (1990)Keifer Sutherland & Kevin Bacon$122.5018th of 199058.00%01 / 0047.04
August: Osage County (2013)Meryl Streep$39.1079th of 201370.50%03 / 0046.09
The Mexican (2001)Brad Pitt & James Gandolfini$99.7036th of 200158.00%00 / 0043.22
America's Sweethearts (2001)John Cusack & Christopher Walken$139.7023rd of 200144.00%00 / 0042.14
Closer (2004)Natalie Portman & Jude Law$46.1082nd of 200470.00%02 / 0041.44
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)Drew Barrymore & George Clooney$23.30120th of 200275.00%00 / 0038.87
Michael Collins (1996)Liam Neeson$21.20120th of 199674.67%00 / 0038.39
Duplicity (2009)Lily Collins & Armie Hammer$45.6074th of 200963.50%00 / 0038.26
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)Woody Allen & Goldie Hawn$18.60132nd of 199675.33%00 / 0038.26
Mystic Pizza (1988)Lili Taylor & Annabeth Gish$26.2076th of 198871.00%00 / 0037.44
Something to Talk About (1995)Dennis Quaid & Robert Duvall$98.6034th of 199546.00%00 / 0036.91
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)Kirsten Dunst & Maggie Gyllenhaal$89.3046th of 200348.00%00 / 0036.46
Mirror Mirror (2012)Lily Collins & Armie Hammer$68.8049th of 201254.00%01 / 0036.43
Money Monster (2016)George Clooney$41.00Too Soon For Ranking62.00%00 / 0035.62
The Ant Bully (2006)Nicolas Cage & Paul Giamatti$36.1099th of 200662.67%00 / 0035.07
Eat Pray Love (2010)James Franco & Javier Bardem$86.1042nd of 201043.50%00 / 0033.86
Valentine's Day (2010)Bradley Cooper & Anne Hathaway$118.0024th of 201030.67%00 / 0033.11
Dying Young (1991)Campbell Scott & Vincent D''''Onofrio$67.4042nd of 199142.50%00 / 0030.41
Larry Crowne (2011)Tom Hanks$37.9090th of 201147.00%00 / 0028.02
I Love Trouble (1994)Nick Nolte$63.7044th of 199433.50%00 / 0025.50
The Secret in Their Eyes (2015)Nicole Kidman$20.20101st of 201544.50%00 / 0024.15
Satisfaction (1988)Liam Neeson$16.9098th of 198841.67%00 / 0022.23
Ready To Wear (1994)Sophia Loren & Directed by Robert Altman$23.30104th of 199439.00%00 / 0021.90
Mary Reilly (1996)John Malkovich & Glenn Close$10.90144th of 199641.50%00 / 0021.26
Full Frontal (2002)Catherine Keener & David Duchovny$3.70195th of 200243.00%00 / 0020.82
Mother's Day (2016)Jennifer Aniston & Kate Hudson$32.50Too Soon For Ranking32.00%00 / 0020.17
Fireflies in the Garden (2011)Ryan Reynolds$.10371st of 201142.50%00 / 0019.99

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Julia Roberts Table

  1. Seventeen Julia Roberts movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 40.47% of her movies listed. Pretty Woman (1990) is her biggest domestic box office hit.
  2. An average Julia Roberts movie grosses $104.50 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 17 of Julia Roberts’s movies are rated as good movies…or 40.47% of her movies.  Ocean’s Eleven (2001) is her highest rated movie while Valentine’s Day (2010) was her lowest rated movie.
  4. Ten Julia Roberts movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 23.80% of her movies.
  5. One Julia Roberts movie (Erin Brockovich) won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 2.38% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking Score is 40.00.  20 Julia Roberts movies scored higher that average….or 47.61% of her movies.  Erin Brockovich (2000) got the the highest Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score while Fireflies in the Garden (2011) got the lowest UMR Score.
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in 2007's Charlie Wilson's War.

Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War.

Possibly Interesting Facts About Julia Roberts

1.  Julia Roberts is the sister of actor Eric Roberts of Runaway Train and The Dark Knight fame. She is also the aunt of Emma Roberts of Nancy Drew, Scream 4 and We’re The Millers fame.

2.  Julia Roberts has been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” a record tying eleven times.

3.  Julia Roberts has a production company called Red Om Films. That is her husband, Daniel Moder, name spelled backwards.

4. One of Julia Roberts first television appearances was as a juvenile rape victim in the initial season of the series Crime Story in 1986.

5.  Meg Ryan was initially under contract to play Shelby, the Julia Roberts role in Steel Magnolias, but the producers let her out of it to play Sally in When Harry Met Sally. It turned out well for both of them ….Harry was a huge hit for Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts got an Oscar nomination for playing Shelby.

6. The very next year Disney did not want to use Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman…..they instead wanted to use….you guessed it…. Meg Ryan in the role of Vivian. Daryl Hannah also turned down the role that would make Julia Roberts a household name.

7. Three of Julia Roberts biggest box office hits were directed by Garry Marshall….they were Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride and Valentine’s Day.

8. When Julia Roberts won the Academy Award® for best actress for her role as Erin Brockovich, she famously forgot to thank Brockovich in her acceptance speech. Afterward she was quoted as saying, “It doesn’t bring out the Einstein moment that you hoped it would.”

9. Movies Julia Roberts has turned down over the years….Sleepless in Seattle, Shakespeare in Love, The Blind Side, Godfather 3, While You Were Sleeping and Basic Instinct.

10. Check out Julia Roberts‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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66 thoughts on “Julia Roberts Movies

  1. 1 Julia Roberts is one of my own personal favourite actresses of all time so for me this a valuable update. Julia’s own idol is apparently Meryl Streep and she says that she wept joyfully when she learned that she would be making August Osage County with Meryl.

    2 There was a time when Julia was Box Office gold and could churn out hit after hit but her last 4 films have earned a paltry 133 mil in total adjusted domestic grosses which averages about 33 mil per movie.

    3 Indeed it has been 6 years since she had a flick which crashed through the Cogerson domestic 100 mil barrier – Valentine’s Day which was an ensemble picture. The ‘Ocean’ films were also ensemble and she was just a voice in Charlotte’s Web so it could be argued that you would have to go back to 2001 for a proper Roberts stand-alone picture that made an adjusted 100 mil in domestic gross in the Cogerson tables.

    4 Nevertheless in her heyday she was in my view one of the few modern performers in the box office league of feminine stars of yesteryear such as Doris Day and Liz Taylor. Indeed when worldwide grosses are taken into account there would probably not be many classic era actresses who could match Julia’s box office record; because as Bruce’s figures have repeatedly demonstrated in the old days foreign revenues tended to be generally a good deal lower than domestic grosses whereas Julia’s overseas takings actually slightly exceed even her large domestic grosses.

    5 Also because of the time frame in which her movies were made it is likely that only box office giants such as Duke the King and Jimmy Stewart among the men would match the PURCHASING POWER in today’s dollars of Julia Roberts’ worldwide grosses

    1. Hey Bob.
      1. In the end…they both got Oscar nominations for August Osage County…so not only did she get to work with Streep…now their roles will be remembered evenmore.
      2. Sadly she seems to be yet another actress to fall under the “curse of 39″….if you look at her career after 2006…it is not too impressive.
      3. Wow….2001…..that is a long time ago….but I agree with your logic.
      4. I agree with you….on my Top 25 actresses of 1950-2010…I have listed at #3….behind her idol…Streep and Audrey Hepburn. Her run from 1988 to 2001 was very impressive.
      5. On the update…I left off the worldwide grosses…and went with the yearly ranking totals instead.
      6. Good stats on her purchasing power. As always thanks for sharing your movie knowledge.

      1. 1 As you suggest Julia unfortunately seems to be another actress whose career is substantiating the findings of W o C’s survey.

        2 However a star don’t exactly increase the odds of reviving her box office career when she appears in a film with the awkward title of Money Monster.

        3 For me it’s one of the most unappealing film titles that I’ve ever known for an A film. Indeed it sounds like the kind of second rate horror film that Bela Lugosi would have appeared in ages ago. We used to have titles like that all the time for trash movies and mundane serials like The Purple Monster Strikes.

        4 Nice though that as you say your own Top 25 Actress Table [1950-2010] supports my view of Julia as one of those actresses that could ‘open’ a film in her heyday.

        BOB

        1. Hey Bob….I agree Money Monster did not capture the attention of movie audiences….though at this point in her career….she might have been happy with the movie earning over $40 million. No matter what happens in the future…her legacy is set….she has been one of the greatest actresses of the last 60 years. Thanks for the return comment…it is greatly appreciated.

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