Last Updated on January 24, 2023
With her high voltage smile and countless box office hits, Sandra Bullock remains an evergreen actress. She is best known for her goofy or romantic leading roles but did you know that Bullock is also an engaging performer in genres such as drama and supernatural thrillers? If you want to experience the best of this versatile actress, then get ready to pick a couple of real winners from our master list below!
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
LAPD SWAT officer Jack Traven foils a bomber’s attempt to exchange hostages for a ransom of $3 million. Out for revenge, the bomber blows up a bus in front of Jack and tells him that he now wants $3.7 million and that another bus is also rigged with explosives. Jack finds the bus but the situation becomes a high-speed hazard as the bomb will detonate if the bus slows down below 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).
To prevent a tragedy, Jack has to deal with irate passengers, dangers on the road, and a bomber who seems to know his every next move. LAPD SWAT officer Jack Traven foils a bomber’s plan to exchange hostages for $3 million. Out for revenge, the man blows up a bus in front of Jack and tells him that he now wants $3.7 million or he’ll detonate a second bus.
The race against time turns into a high-speed chase as the bus will also explode if the driver drops below 50 miles per hour.
Bird Box (2018)
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Pregnant Malorie Hayes is visiting her doctor for a routine checkup when the world changes in an instant. Mysterious entities appear and whoever sees them immediately commit suicide. Malorie makes it to a safe house where she holes up with a group of survivors and they carve out a routine to go on with their lives.
But when they open the door to the wrong person, tragedy strikes and Malorie, along with Tom and her two children, hide for five years in severe seclusion. One day, they receive a message that gives them directions to a safe community. The family embarks on a perilous journey in a desperate bid to leave the entities behind.
Practical Magic (1998)
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Sisters Gillian and Sally Owens have a family gift – they are real-life witches and have been taught the craft of practical magic by their aunts. But they also have a family curse. Whenever a man falls in love with an Owens woman, he meets with an untimely death.
But when they are forced to kill a serial killer who had kidnapped them and hurt Gillian, they bury the body. State investigator Gary Hallett arrives to investigate the case but as his feelings grow for Sally, the curse threatens to take his life. Gillian and Sally have to find a way to break the relentless curse before it kills him.
Forces Of Nature (1999)
IMDB Rating: 5.5/10
Ben Holmes is a nervous flyer so when a bird flies into his plane’s engine and causes a flameout, he is more than happy to disembark and buy a train ticket. But one of the other airline passengers, Sarah, also needs to get to his final destination in Georgia and they decide to travel together.
During the train ride, they get to know each other better. Before long, they start to feel a mutual attraction. But Ben is heading to Georgia to get married and needs to make a choice – go ahead with the wedding or stay behind with Sarah.
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Dr Ryan Stone is on a spacewalk when her crew receives a NASA warning to return to Earth immediately. A deadly debris cloud, caused by the destruction of a satellite, is heading their way.
The cloud hits before Stone can make it back to the ship but after she is rescued by a fellow astronaut using a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), they discover that their crew and craft had been destroyed. Wearing only their suits and the MMU, they have to reach the International Space Station before the orbiting debris field hits them again.
The Blind Side (2009)
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Michael Oher has a hard life. His mother is an absent drug addict and his father had just passed away in an accident. After a woman called Leigh Anne sees the hungry Michael picking up leftover food from the school’s bleachers, she decides to take the 17-year-old into her home. This earns her the ire of her friends who believe that the massive boy with a dodgy past has no place in the household.
But Leigh Anne is determined to give Michael a second chance. She notices that he is exceptionally skilled at football and gets him a tutor to get his grades up so that he can play professionally in the future. Based on the true story of NFL player Michael Oher, this is a great movie if you love biographical dramas.
The Proposal (2009)
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
Margaret Tate is an executive editor at a New York publishing company. Her demeanor is so unpleasant that her entire staff hates her. But nothing rattles Margaret until a US Immigration officer informs her that she had violated her work visa and as a result, she will be sent back to Canada. Desperate to stay in America, Margaret proposes to her assistant Andrew Paxton.
He eventually relents but when immigration becomes suspicious and threaten them with jail time, the pair knows that they have to get to know each other better to look like a real couple. However, when Margaret visits Andrew’s family, she really falls in love with all of them and the deception gives way to real feelings.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
Train token seller Lucy is lonely and has a crush on a man who buys a ticket every day. One day, she witnesses him in a dire situation on the platform and saves him from certain death. But he is struck down by a coma and she decides to visit him in hospital. The hospital staff mistake Lucy as his fiance and inform his family who is pleased that their son had finally met someone.
Panicked, Lucy fails to explain that she is not engaged to him. But when she waits too long to say anything, she gets swept up by the flamboyant Callaghan family. Since she has none of her own, Lucy loves being part of a family again but when her “fiance” wakes up and his brother becomes increasingly suspicious of her, it threatens everything that is precious to her.
IMDB Rating: 5.9/10
In this supernatural thriller, homemaker Linda is married with two children. One day, a police officer knocks on her front door and informs her that her husband had been killed in a car accident the previous day. But the next morning she finds Jim, her deceased spouse, enjoying coffee in the kitchen as if nothing has happened – and the cop who told her of his death does not recognize Linda at all.
Over the next few days, she experiences something terrifying. She lives the events that apparently precedes her husband’s fatal crash but in random chronological order. Linda has to endure seeing her children physically scarred, her husband dying multiple times, and with no help from anyone, she has to find a way to stop the accident from happening.
Murder By Numbers (2002)
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Two high-school boys plan the perfect crime and end up committing a random murder. When detectives Cassie Mayweather and Sam Kennedy are given the case, they soon find themselves at odds about who the suspects could be. Cassie believes that the killers are the boys, Richard and Justin. Her partner believes that it could be the school’s janitor who, in reality, was killed and framed by the boys as well.
Things take a violent turn as Cassie closes in on the teenagers. The killers turn on each other and one of them will stop at nothing to murder Cassie as well.
The Vanishing (1993)
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Jeff and his girlfriend Diane are on vacation when they stop at a gas station. In a moment that changes his life forever, Diane vanishes into thin air. Years later, she is still missing and Jeff is obsessed with finding the truth. While revisiting the route they took on that fateful vacation, he meets Rita who eventually becomes his new lover.
But as time goes by, Rita feels increasingly annoyed by his all-consuming search for Diane and the relationship begins to feel the strain. Jeff promises to abandon the search and that he loves Rita. However, when a mysterious visitor shows up at his door and claims to have kidnapped Diane, he offers Jeff a chance he cannot resist. The man will show him exactly what had happened if Jeff agrees to undergo everything that Diane had experienced that night.
All About Steve (2009)
IMDB Rating: 4.8/10
If you are in the mood for a light comedy, then this could be your top pick. Sandra Bullock plays a socially inept woman named Mary who is obsessed with vocabulary. Fearing that she will remain alone forever, her parents arrange a blind date. Initially, her expectations are low but Mary is pleasantly surprised when her date turns out to be Steve, a handsome cameraman who works for a local news station.
Mary instantly becomes infatuated but Steve does not feel the same. He brushes her off but Mary is totally in love. When he travels across the country to cover a mining accident, she decides to follow him and win his heart.
28 Days (2000)
IMDB Rating: 6.1/10
Sisters Lily and Gwen are raised by an alcoholic and irresponsible mother. Lily grows up to be responsible but Gwen, the younger sister, also becomes addicted to alcohol. Gwen spends her days partying with her boyfriend and getting drunk. One day, when under the influence, she crashes a stolen car and the court gives her a choice – go to jail or face 28 days of detox.
While in rehabilitation, Gwen learns more about herself, her past and why she uses a party lifestyle to hide her pain. Lily also has to face up to her role in their past that drove her little sister down the same road as their mother.
Hope Floats (1998)
IMDB Rating: 6.1/10
Birdee is a housewife who suffers a cruel breakup. On a talk show that is televised across the country, her husband reveals that he has been having an affair with her best friend. Humiliated, she moves back to her hometown but things only get worse. Her old schoolfriends rub her nose in the breakup, her young daughter wants to be with her father and Birdee is feeling a growing attraction to her old crush.
Birdee is not ready to commit and it takes several tragic moments to make her realize that she and her daughter will be fine – and that she can love another man again.