Hope Floats (1998)
Quietly tiptoeing around Speed 2: Cruise Control (why Sandy, why?!), we’ll move on to Hope Floats, the movie that saw Bullock first practice her beauty queen walk as former pageant contender Birdee Pruitt. But it wasn’t all bikini waxes and “world peace” for this washed-up winner as, fast forward a few years later, she’s ambushed on live TV with the news that her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. Directed by Forest Whitaker, this film was one of Bullock’s first projects through her own production company, Fortis Films, a business largely founded on the back of all that Speed coin.