Ahead of the premiere of Julia Roberts’ latest film Ticket to Paradise on Oct. 21, here’s a look back at all of the actress’ romantic comedies
Though Julia Roberts appears as a supporting role in the 1988 flick about a female-led rock band, it marks the beginning of the actress’ decades-long career on the big screen — and particularly, in romantic comedies. Justine Bateman leads the cast of this film, which follows her band, The Mystery, taking a trip to Florida to audition for a summer gig following high school graduation. In the process, Roberts’ Daryle is sure to find a summer romance of her own.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
In this film set in the seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut, Roberts begins to shine. Mystic Pizza follows the story of two sisters, Kat (Annabeth Gish) and Daisy (Roberts), plus their friend Jojo (Lili Taylor), over one summer working at the titular pizza shop. The three women deal with their own romantic journeys throughout the film, including Daisy entering into an affair with a married man played by William R. Moses.
Pretty Woman (1990)
The role that launched Roberts into stardom! Pretty Woman tells the story of Vivian Ward (Roberts), a sex worker who, after being hired by businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) for the night, falls into an unexpected romance. What first starts as a business arrangement, as Edward needs an escort to various events during a weekend in L.A., quickly turns into something more.
I Love Trouble (1994)
Roberts plays a young reporter, Sabrina Peterson, in this 1994 Nancy Meyers film costarring Nick Nolte as seasoned journalist, Peter Brackett. The two competing reporters team up in an effort to solve the mystery of a train derailment but in the process, find romance.
Something to Talk About (1995)
On the surface the plot of the film might not scream comedy — or romance — as it chronicles the story of Grace (Roberts) discovering that her husband Eddie (Dennis Quaid) is cheating on her. Following the revelation, however, she decides to stay with her sister, played by Kyra Sedgwick, as she navigates what’s next for herself and her marriage.
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
In this Woody Allen film starring Goldie Hawn, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore and Allen, Roberts plays Von, a woman whom Allen’s character, Joe, meets in Venice after another failed relationship — sparking a fling. Joe’s daughter, played by Natasha Lyonne, encourages the relationship, telling her father in the trailer, “She’s perfect for you.”
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
In this beloved rom-com, Roberts plays Julianne Potter, a food critic who tries to sabotage her best friend’s wedding. See while in college, Vivienne and Dermot Mulroney’s Michael had made a marriage pact that said if they were both unmarried at 28, they’d tie the knot. Cut to weeks ahead of her 28th birthday when Michael calls to reveal that he is set to wed Kimmy, played by newbie Cameron Diaz. This plan does not cut it for Julianne, who sets out to change the script.
Notting Hill (1999)