13 of Julia Roberts’ best romantic comedies, ranked

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Julia Roberts is probably one of my favorite actresses of the last century.

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She’s one of those actors you can’t help but fall in love with, because of her innate ability to wear your heart on your sleeve.

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Recently, I watched all of Jennifer Aniston’s romantic comedies and ranked them. It was so much fun that I thought, why not do it again with another rom-com queen? So here are 13 Julia Roberts romantic comedies ranked.

13.

Larry Crown

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I had high hopes for this film because Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are the protagonists. Unfortunately, he did disappoint. It was slow, devoid of any real plot and, honestly, rather depressing. The romantic angle was also hard to believe as neither Tom nor Julia showed any interest in each other until the final 30 minutes of the film. It’s a movie that’s very easy to forget.

12.

Duplicity

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You’d think a super-sexy spy rom-com would really spice up this list, but the convoluted script and constant plot twists made it hard to get anything out of this movie. It had all the makings of a perfect romantic comedy, but the product wasn’t satisfying at all. I usually like spy movies, especially ones like this where there’s no good guys or bad guys, but with this movie it wasn’t even enjoyable because I had no idea what that was happening. I was so busy trying to figure out what was going on that it was hard to appreciate any flirtatious or sweet moments between Julia and Clive Owen.

11.

The Mexican

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I don’t know why more people don’t know about this movie; it’s actually quite unique and interesting. Unlike other rom-coms, this one is definitely indie style and full of adventure. Julia and Brad Pitt play passionate lovers, torn apart by their separate life goals, then literally torn apart when Brad’s mobster character’s life goes haywire. Although Brad and Julia are apart for most of the film, you can still feel the love they have for each other in all of their dialogue and angry rants. The added plot bonus is the adorable relationship between Julia’s character and the hitman tasked with kidnapping her. There are also some surprisingly insightful takes on love and life throughout the film.

ten.

Valentine’s Day

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Say what you want about all these movies, but I think they’re heartwarming and sweet. Julia’s character doesn’t necessarily take on passionate lovers in this movie, but her role as a loving mother doing whatever it takes to get home to her son is heartbreakingly beautiful. Her and Bradley Cooper’s banter is what makes this movie.

9.

America lovers

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Ah yes, the classic love triangle. From a gaming standpoint, I can see why this movie fell flat in the award-winning speech, but it sure is fun. It was exciting to watch Julia and Catherine Zeta-Jones play polar opposite sisters, both competing for the same man. And the romance between the character of Julia and John Cusack was sweet and developed over a long period. Julia made the cutest, shyest nerd, and the messy plot was fun to watch unfold.

8.

Eat Pray Love

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I remember when this movie came out, expectations were high for a book adaptation of such a global bestseller. But Julia Roberts was the perfect Liz. She was delightfully charming, incredibly down-to-earth and annoying. She and Javier Bardem were the perfect recipe for a film about sex, love and good food. Their passion for each other nearly burned on screen, and this is a great example of a film where Julia acted with her whole face in every scene. Every vein in her face gave a top-notch performance.

7.

A topic of conversation

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For a movie starring Dennis Quaid and Julia Roberts as the protagonists, I expected more, but this movie has a hugely unsatisfying ending. The film is really about relationships in all their forms, not just romantic ones. There’s the unfaithful husband, the father-daughter dynamic, the sibling bond, and two daughters who love each other but are disappointed in their mother. Overall, the dynamic between Julia Roberts and Kyra Sedgwick, who plays her sister, was one of the best parts of the film. It was empowering to see so many strong female characters fight for what they want, which is why the ending was so disappointing. To me, this whole movie leaned towards a message of strength and empowerment, so ending with Julia’s character returning with a man who cheated on her, it felt like it missed the mark. Although, on the one hand, I appreciate the message that even when you break up, the love that remains between two people is strong.

6.

I like problems

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Personally, I had never heard of this film before writing this summary, but it was excellent. Besides being a unique film noir-style romantic comedy, it’s just a great movie. It was fun to see Julia Roberts in a role where she wasn’t the feisty, magnetic dream girl, but rather a dedicated, career-focused reporter. There was mystery, intrigue, and romance, sure, but it was the witty banter and competitive nature of the two leads that really drove this film. My favorite exchange: “Have you read the Chronicle?” “Well, I figured someone in town should always do it.”

5.

Mystical Pizza

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This movie tends to fly under the radar, but it’s a great coming-of-age rom-com, and it’s also Julia’s starring role. Everything about this movie is great, but Julia was clearly the star. Playing the carefree, stubborn and fascinating Daisy, it’s easy to see how she cemented her role in Hollywood as a the actor of choice for strong female roles. Beyond the romantic angle, this film also tells a beautiful story of ever-changing friendships.

4.

bride on the run

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Julia’s character is chaotic in this movie, and I loved every minute of it. Leave it to Julia Roberts to play the perfect rough, tough guy who fixes cars and knows machines, but isn’t boring or in your face about it. Once again, she and Richard Gere deliver the perfect level of witty banter and hater to the love trope. She’s in her element in this film – a woman with magnetic charm and an air of mystery in everything she does. My main question is how did she get all the boys in town to fall in love with her?

3.

Notting Hill

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“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Ohh yes. It’s this line and this line delivery, in particular, who make the whole film. Julia Roberts could have won an Oscar just for this scene. I have never seen anyone eat such a short line so perfectly. Besides this scene, the rest of the film feels quaint, like a salty breeze by the seaside, a warm scarf on a cold rom-com day – the kind that sneaks up on you in its excellence. It’s not fast and not much happens. It’s just a beautiful story of two people who fell in love and finally decided to be together against all odds.

2.

The wedding of my best friend

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Props to this movie for presenting a true laugh-out-loud comedy. The final scene with Julia chasing Dermot Mulroney chasing Cameron Diaz is a perfectly chaotic way to illustrate unrequited love. The dialogue drives the plot forward and viewers keep guessing who will end up together in the end. One thing I’ve always loved about Julia Roberts as an actress is her ability to convey such strong emotions with her facial expressions – and this film is a true testament to that, as we see her suck at Dermot with every ounce of his being.

1.

A pretty woman

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Not only is it Julia Roberts’ best romantic comedy, but it’s hands down one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time. Period. It has all the elements of a perfect rom-com: star-crossed lovers, perfect flirtation, lingering stares, great chemistry between the leads, and some really endearing comedic moments. Also, the movie is well done and Julia was an absolute star. She was so captivating in this role that no matter how many times I saw her, I can never look away.