Demolition Man (1993)
After plying her trade in bit-part roles and made-for-tv movies, Bullock got her big break on the big screen in futuristic thriller "Demolition Man." Though she had to play second fiddle to Hollywood heavyweights Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes, Bullock wasn't overshadowed by her sizable co-stars. In fact, her turn as a clean-cut futuristic cop was one of the highlights of Marco Brambillat's offbeat classic, which overcame middling reviews to bust blocks at the box office to the tune of more than $150 million.
Bullock cemented her place as one of cinema's brightest stars when she co-starred opposite Keanu Reeves in 1994s bus-based blockbuster "Speed." The actress played a passenger who winds up taking control of a runaway bus that's been rigged with explosives that will go off if the vehicle drops below 50mph. It's a madcap premise that became a hit movie thanks to the chemistry of the co-stars, with Bullock in particular showcasing the kind of comic sensibility that's marked her card as one of the industry's funniest women ever since. It could have all been so different however. After all the producers had originally slated Ellen DeGeneres to play Bullock's part. Fortunately they saw sense and the rest, as they say, is history.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
After "Speed" went big at the box office, Bullock wasted no time cashing in on her newfound fame by starring in a string of successful flicks throughout the mid-nineties. In amongst a gaggle of roles that ranged from Internet scare-story "The Net" to socio-political drama "A Time to Kill" the actress marked her card as one of the multiplex's top romantic leads by landing a Golden Globe nomination for her girl-next-door performance in John Turteltaub's sweet-centred coma-comedy.
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Sandra Bullock confirmed her status as one of Hollywood's most bankable stars at the turn of the Millennium as "Miss Congeniality" raked in more than $212 million at the box office. The comic caper saw Bullock play an FBI agent who goes undercover at a beauty pageant in order to crack a terrorist plot. The end result is every bit as hilarious as the set up sounds, a film that provided a fitting showcase for the actress' oft under-appreciated comic talents. A sequel, 'Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous" was inevitably green-lit a few years later. Though the less said about that the better probably.
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Another effort from the actress' rom-com oeuvre, the grammatically incorrect 'Two Weeks Notice" (check the lack of an apostrophe in the title) saw Sandra team up with Hugh Grant for this box office behemoth. Playing a liberal environmental lawyer who clashes with her co-star's billionaire playboy, the film is one of the more formulaic examples of the much-maligned genre. However Bullock's winning charm helped to set the movie apart from the rom-com crowd and ensure it enjoyed a successful stint on the silver screen.
Never an actress to shy away from socially charged roles, Bullock delivered what's arguably one of her most accomplished performances in Paul Haggis' Oscar-winning ensemble "Crash." The critically revered flick was the star's first involvement with a bonafide award-winner; a breakthrough moment that showed that she had the acting chops to match her commercial clout.
The Proposal (2009)
After a break from the limelight, Bullock came back with a bang in 2009 when she starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in this smash hit comedy. The film centres on Bullock's hard-nosed businesswoman, a Canadian resident who's forced to marry her assistant in order to avoid deportation. Whilst the set up and the script were widely panned by critics, there was nothing but praise of Bullock; who alongside Reynolds demonstrated the kind of on-screen chemistry that Walter White would be proud of.
The Blind Side (2009)
2009 was a strange year for Sandra Bullock. After tasting success with "The Proposal" she then hit a low with the inauspicious honour of landing a duo of Razzie awards for her part in the forgettable flop "All About Steve." The roller coaster continued however with "The Blind Side" a semi-biographical sports drama that saw the actress land her first ever Oscar. Bullock beat off stiff competition from Julia Roberts to land the movie's leading role, playing against type as a hardworking mom who takes a troubled teen football star under her wing. It was an inspired piece of casting, which enabled the actress to deliver arguably the finest performance of her big screen career.
The Heat (2013)
2013 saw Bullock continue her success at the box office as she starred opposite Melissa McCarthy in buddy cop comedy "The Heat." The flick was the year's highest grossing comedy, raking in an impressive $230 million. It also reminded audiences of the star's comic talents, as she more than stood her own opposite McCarthy's manic performance.
"Gravity" saw Bullock play character Dr Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. The film won many awards and Bullock dominated the screen by herself for most of the movie.