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Who's Better? Halle Berry vs. Sandra Bullock

Updated on July 3, 2017

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Halle Berry
vs.
Sandra Bullock
August 14, 1966
Birthdate
July 26, 1964
50
Age
52
Cleveland, OH
Birthplace
Arlington, VA
5'4"
Height
5'6"
55 kg
Weight
54 kg
36-26-37
Vital Statistics
34-24-34

INTRODUCTION

In the 4th installment of Who’s Better?, we take two prolific actresses whose bodies of work spanned 3 decades, and yet look amazingly great…and hot. Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock have been all over magazine covers as two of the most beautiful women Hollywood has ever produced. Beauty is only part of their resume since both are also acclaimed actresses in their own right with acting trophies to prove it. They are also two of the highest paid actresses and rank among the top list of influencers. Berry has represented the African-American community well while Bullock is active in several philanthropic works.

In Who’s Better?, we’ll take a closer look at the careers of Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock, put their movies, roles, awards and other achievements under the microscope and scrutinize. And we back it up with statistics gathered from the internet in order to come to the conclusion of who is the better actress. We dare to compare.

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CATEGORY 1:

The Movies

It didn’t take long for Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock to top-bill their movies. In only her second film in her debut year, Halle Berry’s name appeared on the poster of Strictly Business (1991) with 2 now forgotten actors. For Bullock, it was a slow climb, and when her name did appear on promotional materials it was beside Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper in Speed (1994). And soon enough, these two actresses were out-billing their male co-stars.

How scores are computed: In the first category, we take the top 10 movies of Berry and Bullock as rated by the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) and Rotten Tomatoes and get their averages to see who top bills who.

Halle Berry

There are two things that make Halle Berry special: she could well damn act as well as she could well damn flaunt. Her brief appearance in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever (1991) as Samuel L. Jackson’s crack woman could have been her area of specialty. Scene-stealing roles. She could have had the career of a great role player a la Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer, the problem is that she is just too beautiful, that dreamy roles followed quickly in Boomerang (1992) and the Flintstones (1994).

But, Berry has always been tempted to go back to ahem, crack and did so in Losing Isaiah (1995), in her ever increasing pursuit of challenging roles which eventually culminated in Monster’s Ball (2001) which earned her an Oscar Best Actress award. The first African-American to ever do so. In her roles, she has never really reached the glamorous type, but she has that with modeling and Revlon, and that almost every magazine was already crowning her most beautiful and sexiest. After making history in Monster’s Ball, she was earning her $10 Million plus paychecks with the box-office smash X-Men franchise. Beauty and talent to flaunt, she has it all.

10 Best Halle Berry Movies

Movie
Director
IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Scores=Average
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Bryan Singer
80/91=85.5
X2 (2003)
Bryan Singer
75/86=80.5
Monster's Ball (2001)
Marc Forster
71/85=78
X-Men (2000)
Bryan SInger
74/81=77.5
Jungle Fever (1991)
Spike Lee
65/81=73
Bulworth (1998)
Warren Beatty
68/75=71.5
Cloud Atlas (2012)
The Wachowskis / Tom Tykwer
75/66=70.5
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Susanne Bier
72/65=68.5
Executive Decision (1996)
Stuart Baird
64/63=63.5
X-Men: Last Stand (2006)
Brett Ratner
67/58=62.5
 
AVERAGE
73.1

Sandra Bullock

The world first took notice of Sandra Bullock in the action blockbuster Speed (1994) when she played opposite Keanu Reeves’ Jack Traven as Annie Porter, the accidental heroine, damsel in distress and quirky dream girl all rolled into one. A role Bullock seemed to have invented on the spot. The quirky woman on a permanent soul search would define most of her roles in RomComs like While You Were Sleeping (1995), Hope Floats (1998), Forces of Nature (1999) and The Lake House (2006), among many, many others.

Bullock's characters play her beauty awkwardly and she was never the glamorously stunning one, but she could exude an inner beauty and desirability that makes her leading men leave the bombshell for her. Bullock played the romantic for 17 long years in her career, in movies that usually ends with her and a man in love, that when she finally gave it up and starred in the football drama The Blind Side (2009), Oscar and the rest of the world took notice again and she ended up with an Oscar trophy. Well, she still got her man, sort of.

10 Best Sandra Bullock Movies

Movies
Director
IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Scores=Average
Gravity (2013)
Alfonso Cuaron
78/96=87
Speed (1994)
Jan DeBont
72/93=82.5
Crash (2004)
Paul Haggis
78/75=76.5
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Jon Turtletab
67/80=73.5
Infamous (2006)
Douglas McGrath
71/73=72
The Blind Side (2009)
John Lee Hancock
77/66=71.5
A Time to Kill (1996)
Joel Schumacher
74/67=70.5
Demolition Man (1993)
Marco Brambilla
66/64=65
The Thing Called Love (1993)
Peter Bogdanovich
63/57=60
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Randa Haines
71/57=64
 
AVERAGE
72.25
The role of Annie that went to Bullock was first offered to Halle Berry who apparently turned it down, saying later on, "It would not have done for me what it did for Sandra Bullock. I would've just been the black bus driver."
The role of Annie that went to Bullock was first offered to Halle Berry who apparently turned it down, saying later on, "It would not have done for me what it did for Sandra Bullock. I would've just been the black bus driver."

The Movies Box Scores

Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
73.1 (Average rating)
72.25 (Average rating)

The results

Among the two, Bullock has the highest rated movie with the Oscar nominated Gravity (2013) with 87. Followed close by Berry’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) with 85.5. Bullock has an Oscar movie under her belt with Crash (2004) averaging 76.5, while Berry has all her X-Men movies in her top 10. X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: Last Stand (2006), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) average 76.5.

It’s a close fight with only a difference of 0.85. Halle Berry’s average of 73.1 for her ten movies beats Sandra Bullock’s 72.25. This is one category that would change hands easy in the coming years, but until that time, Berry wins this one.

EDGE: Berry

CATEGORY 2:

The Roles

In Miss Congeniality (2000), Sandra Bullock plays a detective who goes undercover as a contestant in a beauty pageant in order to thwart a terrorist attack. Realistically, she’s in her 30s and this would place her as the oldest contestant to do so. But, that doesn’t matter. You see, Bullock can change into a glamorous beauty queen with one trip to the salon. In the movie, she even ended up as 1st runner-up. Halle Berry is the exact opposite. From a Nubian goddess, she could transform into, what else, a crack addict, or in lesser mode, a stripper. In Frankie and Alice (201), she struggles with split personalities.

They are two of the more diverse actresses in movies who could turn on and off from being normal to knockout beauties. You could put them in any kind of role and they would adjust and fit right in. In this category we list down their very best roles and compare.

How scores are computed: First, how roles are chosen—its a combination of greatest or best roles/characters and best performances as collected from various dependable lists on the internet. Appearances of those roles in lists are then tallied to give the actress an overall score. So, its basically a numbers game.

Sandra Bullock

5 Best Bullock Roles

Role
Movie
Annie Porter
Speed (1994)
Gracie Hart
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Jean Cabot
Crash (2004)
Leigh Anne Tuohy
The Blind Side (2009)
Dr. Ryan Stone
Gravity (2013)

Bullock and why love always sells

Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Aniston…these are among the best actresses who could sell a love story better than anybody, even the authors themselves. And you would believe it. In her 10 plus romantic comedies, she has been paired, mixed and matched with various leading men and in almost all of these stories, Bullock carries the burden of making the pairing work. Her energy is addicting, her delivery almost flawless. Although, she made a career out of RomComs, her very best roles are not necessarily hopeless romantics.

She showed great range in action movies like Demolition Man (1993) and Speed (1994), thrillers like Murder By Numbers (2002) and Premonition (2007), and in dramas like A Time to Kill (1996) and Infamous (2006). In 5 of her finest roles, she is undeniably the heart and soul of those movies.

5 Best Berry Roles

Role
Movie
Storm
X-Men (2000)
Leticia Musgrove
Monster's Ball (2001)
Jinx
Die Another Day (2002)
Audrey Burke
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Jocasta Ayrs/Luisa Rey/Ovid/Meronym/Native Woman/Indian Party Guest
Cloud Atlas (2012)

Berry and the role super-model

When we think of Halle Berry, what immediately comes to mind is her coming out of the water in that orange bikini as Jinx in Die Another Day (2002). The black Bond bombshell. She has the same problem with beauties like of Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson, that they couldn’t get the roles they wanted simply because they are too beautiful, or too sexy. This frustrated Berry throughout her career, but that didn’t stop her for pursuing roles that didn’t rely on her obvious beauty: Losing Isaiah (1995), Bulworth (1998), Gothika (2003), Frankie & Alice (2010), and The Call (2013) where she plays a trainer for 911 operators (when she could easily be a model for like, Revlon?). There you go. Quote Berry, “Let me tell you something - being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory.”

The Roles Box Scores

Halle Berry
No. of appearances
Sandra Bullock
No. of appearances
Storm (X-Men)
4
Annie Porter (Speed)
7
Leticia Musgrove (Monster's Ball)
7
Gracie Hart (Miss Congeniality)
6
Jinx (Die Another Day)
5
Jean Cabot (Crash)
4
Audrey Burke (Things We Lost in the Fire)
5
Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side)
6
Jocasta et al (Cloud Atlas)
4
Dr. Ryan Stone (Gravity)
6
TOTAL
25
TOTAL
29

The results

In 7 internet lists, Halle Berry’s Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball (2001) is always cited as her very best role, while it’s Annie Porter in Speed (1994) for Bullock with the same number of appearances. Bullock gets the upper hand with 3 of her next roles getting 6 points each, these are Gracie Hart (Miss Congeniality), Leigh Anne Tohy (The Blind Side) and Ryan Stone (Gravity). Berry’s next 3 roles has a combined points total of 14 against Bullock’s 18. The overall tally has Bullock winning by 4 points which prove that her set of 5 best roles is more memorable (and better) than Berry’s.

EDGE: Bullock

CATEGORY 3:

Awards & Nominations

The pinnacle of any actor’s career is to get that elusive award. Not everyone gets that chance, only the best of them through sheer hard work and determination, and of course, talent are given the glory. Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock have tasted victory and knew what its like to get up on stage and be honored in front your peers. In this category, we compare their achievements in acting and see who has more than her share.

How scores are computed: It’s the number of times an actress was nominated and won in an acting category. A breakdown is given separately for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. Totals for wins and nominations for each actress are shown side by side to see who has the advantage.

Halle Berry was wearing an Elie Saab gown during Oscar 2002 night. Matches the statue, yes?
Halle Berry was wearing an Elie Saab gown during Oscar 2002 night. Matches the statue, yes?

Berry's Oscar

Halle Berry made history during the 74th Academy Awards when she became the first African-American woman to ever win Best Actress. Since 1954 when Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for Carmen Jones, there's a total of 11 actresses who got nominated in the category, and up to now, Berry IS still the only one who holds the trophy. In the Supporting Actress, there are 7 African-American women who have already won, a category that Berry has yet to be nominated in. Berry’s win for Monster’s Ball is her one and only, which makes it sweeter since she got it on the first try, but, that was 16 long years ago that it feels like a distant memory. Berry should get back on the Oscar race.

Halle Berry Oscar Awards & Nominations

Movie
Category
Result
Monster's Ball (2001)
Best Actress
WON
Bullock's good luck charm, her Marchesa gown was inspired by the Oscar statue itself.
Bullock's good luck charm, her Marchesa gown was inspired by the Oscar statue itself.

Bullock's Oscar

Bullock opened her acceptance speech with, “Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?" For it took 22 years since starting her acting career for a nomination (and a win) to go her way. Bullock has been in the power list of Hollywood for many years and an Oscar trophy solidifies her career thanks to a great part in The Blind Side. She beat Meryl Streep for Julia & Julia and avoided a potential upset from Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.

Sandra Bullock Oscar Awards & Nominations

Movie
Category
Result
The Blind Side (2010)
Best Actress
WON
Gravity (2014)
Best Actress
NOMINATED

Academy Awards (the Oscars) Score Sheet

 
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Best Actress Wins
1
1
Best Actress Nominations
1
2
Best Supporting Actress Wins
0
0
Best Supporting Actress Nominations
0
0
TOTAL (W/N)
1/1
1/2
Berry played Dorothy Dandridge in a 1999 TV movie. She told of stories how Dandridge's spirit visited her during filming.
Berry played Dorothy Dandridge in a 1999 TV movie. She told of stories how Dandridge's spirit visited her during filming.

Oscar re-cap

9 years separate Berry and Bullock’s Oscar wins. In between, some of their contemporaries like Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, and Reese Witherspoon got their Oscars. Beyond that, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow already have statues. Thus, Bullock’s speech, she must’ve really wear down Oscar, but she pulled off another Best Actress nomination only after 4 years with Gravity (2013), which in saying, gratifies her win. Coming into the other award tallies, Bullock has 1 nomination more than Berry.

Other Awards Score Sheet

Award (Wins/Nominations)
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
BAFTA
0/1
0/1
Critics Choice Movie Awards
0/0
2/4
Golden Globes
1/4
1/5
Screen Actors Guild
2/2
1/2
Chicago Film Critics Association
0/2
0/1
Houston Film Critics Society
0/0
1/2
Kansas FIlm Critics Circle
0/0
1/1
North Texas Film Critics Association
0/0
1/1
National Board of Review
1/1
0/0
Berlin International Film Festival
1/1
0/0
Emmys
1/2
0/0
TOTAL
6/13
7/17

Awards & Nominations Box Scores

 
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Academy Awards
1/1
1/2
Other Awards
6/13
7/17
TOTAL
7/14
8/19

The results

Berry’s two finest performances are in Monster’s Ball (2001) and as the titular character in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), a made for TV Movie which won her the Emmy for Best Actress. For Bullock, it’s The Blind Side (2009), the true to life story of Leigh Anne Tuohy who adopts a young black football prospect from a poor neighborhood and the sci-fi epic Gravity (2013). Its her performance in Gravity that made all the difference in the fight for the awards category. Gravity garnered many acting nominations and wins in other award giving bodies such as the Critics Choice Movie Awards, Houston, Kansas and North Texas Critics Associations and give her an overall total of 8 wins out of 19 nominations. She outscores Berry’s 7 and 14 and takes home this category.

EDGE: Bullock

CATEGORY 4:

The Box-Office

In this category, we tally the total of 15 movies from each of the actress. These 15 movies comprise of the 10 that are listed in Category 1 with an additional 5 movies of their highest grossing movies that are not on that list. We consider only movies that the actress is the main star or in an important supporting role. Animated movies are not included since, we believe, people (especially kids) go to see them without really knowing who the voice actors are. Makes things more fair.

How scores are computed: For each of their 15 movies, we gather data of its Adjusted Domestic earnings, then sum it up to get a total Average Box-Office take. The actress with the highest average gets the edge.

Sandra Bullock's Box-Office Numbers

(click column header to sort results)
Movie  
Adjusted Domestic Box-Office in Millions  
Gravity (2013)
291,170,500
Speed (1994)
256,419,500
Crash (2004)
75,236,800
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
164,722,800
Infamous (2006)
1,553,900
The Blind Side (2009)
294,379,300
A Time to Kill (1996)
217,532,000
Demolition Man (1993)
123,964,500
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
589,900
The Thing Called Love (1993)
1,029,721
The Proposal (2009)
194,252,800
The Heat (2013)
179,880,800
Miss Congeniality (2000)
168,994,700
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
138,386,500
Hope Floats (1998)
113,192,000
TOTAL
$2,221,305,721
AVERAGE
$148,087,048
Sandra Bullock got her Hollywood Star in March 25, 2005.
Sandra Bullock got her Hollywood Star in March 25, 2005.

Bullock's Star Power

The Blind Side (2009) and Gravity (2013) each with $290M+ box-office take are Bullock’s top two money making movies, they are followed in 3rd place by Speed (1994) with an adjusted domestic box-office take of $256 Million and A Time to Kill (1996) at 4th with $217 Million. Bullock has 7 movies that went over $100 Million and her total domestic gross for 15 movies is $2.2 Billion, with an average of $148 Million.

Halle Berry's Box-Office Numbers

Movie
Adjusted Domestic Box-Office in Millions
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
248,695,700
X2 (2003)
315,117,000
Monster's Ball (2001)
47,585,500
X-Men (2000)
257,983,200
Die Another Day (2002)
243,842,900
Bulworth (1998)
50,001,900
Cloud Atlas (2012)
29,774,000
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
4,223,800
Executive Decision (1996)
113,138,400
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
316,299,900
The Flintstones (1994)
276,051,600
Boomerang (1992)
149,220,100
Swordfish (2001)
108,974,000
Gothika (2003)
87,391,500
The Call (2013)
57,752,100
TOTAL
$2,306,051,600
AVERAGE
$153,736,773
Halle Berry poses on her Hollywood Blvd Walk of Fame Star on April 3, 2007.
Halle Berry poses on her Hollywood Blvd Walk of Fame Star on April 3, 2007.

Berry's Star Power

Halle Berry’s X-Men movies power her domestic box-office grosses: X-Men (2000) $257 Million, X2 (2003) $315 Million, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) $316 Million and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) $248 Million, combine for an uncanny $ 1.1 Billion. That’s nearly half of the total of her 15 movies which is $2.3 Billion! Berry also has other movies in the $200 Million mark, and they are Die Another Day (2002) with $243 Million and The Flintstones (1994) with $276 Million, both adjusted domestic grosses.

The Box-Office Box Scores

Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
$153,736,773
$148,087,048
Ave. Domestic Box-Office earnings/movie
Ave. Domestic Box-Office earnings/movie
SOURCE: boxofficemojo.com

The results

Berry’s X-Men movies unite with James Bond, the Flintstones and others for $2.3 Billion with an average gross of $153 Million beating Bullock’s $148 Million average (from a total of $2.2 Billion). The difference is just $84 Million and this could change a bit when new movies of the two come in, for now it is enough to give Berry the edge.

EDGE: Berry

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CATEGORY 5:

The Flops

In Hollywood, there are more than just bad hair days, or times when the stylist/couturier tells the actress the media would definitely love the dress only to become fodder for the fashion police. There will be pitfalls like bad choices in roles, box-office bombs and awful movies that will be critically-panned. Surely, Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry have their share of flops. In this category, we reveal them.

How scores are computed: We’ll gather data of the following: 5 worst rated films, 5 awfully bad roles and 5 box-office bombs. Again, we’ll go to IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes to see which movies rated the lowest, look at the box-office numbers to know which movies tanked, and finally, search the Razzies to see which actresses were nominated as well as various internet "worst" lists. The score sheets will then have three sub-categories with the actress having the most edges, wins.

Sub-category 1: WORST MOVIES

Bullock and Berry built their resumes by appearing in small movies which eventually sucked and bombed. Sandra’s debut movie is Hangmen (1987), followed by two direct-to-video movies A Fool and His Money (1989) and Who Shot Patakango? (1989). These are movies that were re-released on video featuring Bullock on the cover though she wasn’t really the star, only to capitalize on her later fame. Though that didn’t really help boost sales. Berry’s are a victim of bad directing and writing, and Catwoman—but, that’s already a given.

5 Worst Halle Berry Movies

Movie
Director
IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Scores=Average
Catwoman (2004)
Pitof
33/9=21
Dark Tide (2012)
John Stockwell
43/1=22
B*A*P*S (1997)
Robert Townsend
41/13=27
Father Hood (1993)
Darrell Roodt
43/11=29.5
New Year's Eve (2011)
Garry Marshall
57/7=32
 
AVERAGE
26.3

5 Worst Sandra Bullock Movies

Movie
Director
IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Scores=Average
Hangmen (1987)
J. Christian Ingvordsen
30/5=17.5
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
Jan DeBont
37/3=20
Fire on the Amazon (1993)
Luis Llosa
35/13=24
All About Steve (2009)
Phil Traill
48/7=27.5
Who Shot Patakango (1989)
Robert Brooks
46/11=28.5
 
AVERAGE
23.5

Worst movies re-cap

Man, you can’t get any lower than 17.5—the rating for Bullock’s debut movie Hangmen (1987). Add the out of control disaster that was Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), a couple of bad TV movies and Razzie darling All About Steve (2009), and you get an embarrassing 23.5 average. Berry fared better with her average of 26.3, but that isn’t something to be proud of. Catwoman and the shark movie Dark Tide (2012) are just painful to watch, but Berry would settle for the win.

Sub-category 2: BOX-OFFICE BOMBS

Let’s turn to movies that didn’t do well in the box-office, for reasons that were not entirely the actresses’ fault. Maybe its bad publicity or not enough publicity, or just plain lack of interest. It’s like, hey, let’s just wait for the video release, or download it. That’s a fact now. The risk is just too high for high budget movies to sink in the box-office if they don’t do it right. Bullock and Berry have some movies that proved problematic, gross-wise.

Sandra Bullock's Top 5 Box-Office Bombs

Movie
Budget ($)
Domestic Gross ($)
Losses ($)
Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
28,000,000
7,114,900
-20,885,100
In Love and War (1996)
46,000,000
27,889,900
-18,110,100
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
110,000,000
93,615,500
-16,384,500
The Thing Called Love (1993)
14,000,000
1,029,721
-12,970,279
Infamous (2006)
13,000,000
1,553,900
-11,446,100
TOTAL
 
 
79,796,079
Average
 
 
$15,959,216

Halle Berry's Top 5 Box-Office Bombs

Movie
Budget ($)
Domestic Gross ($)
Losses ($)
Cloud Atlas (2012)
130,500,000
29,774,000
-100,726,000
Catwoman (2004)
100,000,000
57,228,500
-42,771,500
Perfect Stranger (2007)
60,000,000
30,817,900
-29,182,100
Frankie & Alice (2010)
13,000,000
750,300
-12,249,700
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
16,000,000
4,223,800
-11,776,200
TOTAL
 
 
196,705,500
Average
 
 
$39,341,100
No, it's not a XXX Parody, just an S&M inspired super heroine.
No, it's not a XXX Parody, just an S&M inspired super heroine.

Box-Office Bombs re-cap

This is something for Bullock fans to cheer about: her movies, except for a few bad eggs, are all money-earners. The reason is that Bullock’s movies have a high ratio of budget in favor of gross. Get this: the approximate average budget of her movies is only $38 Million against the average gross of $98 Million. That’s really a great job of money-handling. Berry’s ratio is not bad either at $64 average budget against $109 Million gross. But, Bullock’s money difference is just too high and wins this category in-your-face. The average loss of her 5 worst movies is only $16 Million compared to Berry’s $39 Million. That’s more than half!

Sub-category 3: AWFULLY BAD ROLES

Bullock and Berry share something in common. They are 2 of only a handful of actors (Ben Affleck, Tom Green, Tom Selleck and Bill Cosby) who were kind (or sport) enough to accept their Razzie award in person during the ceremony. Both actresses appear onstage to wild cheers and delivered speeches which are as good as the ones they had at the Oscars (Bullock has one of the greatest sense of humor). Here, we present their 5 worst roles to date.

5 Awfully Bad Berry Roles

Role
Movie
Nisi
B*A*P*S (1997)
Miranda Grey
Gothika (2003)
Patience Philips/Catwoman
Catwoman (2004)
Rowena Price
Perfect Stranger (2007)
Kate Mathieson
Dark Tide (2012)

5 Awfully Bad Bullock Roles

Role
Movie
Roz
Two If by Sea (1996)
Annie Porter
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
Gracie Hart
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
Linda Hanson
Premonition (2007)
Mary Horowitz
All About Steve (2009)

Awfully Bad Roles Box Scores

Halle Berry
No. of appearances in lists
Sandra Bullock
No. of appearances in lists
Nisi
3
Roz
2
Miranda Grey
2
Annie Porter
4
Patience Philips/Catwoman
5
Gracie Hart
2
Rowena Price
3
Linda Hanson
2
Kate Mathieson
2
Mary Horowitz
4
Total
15
Total
14

Awfully bad roles re-cap

Bullock’s reprising her role as Annie Porter in Speed 2: Cruise Control got 4 appearances in internet "bad roles" lists, while Berry's Patience Philips a.k.a. Catwoman appears in 5. This is one close catfight which Bullock scratched away from with just 1 point.

The Flops Box-Scores

 
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Edge
Worst Movies
26.3
23.5
Berry
Box-Office Bombs
$39,341,100 (average/movie)
$15,959,216 (average/movie)
Bullock
Awfully Bad Roles
15 (appearances in lists)
14 (appearances in lists)
Bullock
FINAL EDGE
 
 
BULLOCK (2) / Berry (1)
If only Keanu Reeves had said yes to the sequel and get back in the action as Jack Traven instead of that guy Jason Patric, Speed 2: Cruise Control would have been a hit.
If only Keanu Reeves had said yes to the sequel and get back in the action as Jack Traven instead of that guy Jason Patric, Speed 2: Cruise Control would have been a hit.

The results

Berry takes the edge with her 5 worst movies rate-wise being better than Bullock’s 5 worst movies. The score is 26.3 against 23.5. However, Bullock retaliates by winning the battle of the Box-Office Bombs with her movies amazingly averaging far less than Berry’s. Her $16 Million average is the smallest we’ve seen in the Who’s Better? Series. In the Awfully Bad Roles, Bullock pulls a 1 point edge and wins.

EDGE: BULLOCK

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CATEGORY 6:

Other Skills

When you're an actress for a long time, there's the tendency to dive into other pursuits related to the movie making business. Some become directors like Angelina Jolie or Jodie Foster, others having learned on the job, become producers. Some who are just too talented are able to write their own stories while many make extra living as voice talents in animated features. In this category, we investigate if Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry got other goods besides their looks.

How scores are computed: There are 7 sub-categories, namely Directing, Writing, Producing, Voice Talent, Music, TV Acting, and Broadway. In Directing, movies are scored based on their IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes average ratings. The other 6 sub-categories are scored through a battle of numbers. The score sheet is divided into 7 of these sub-categories and points are assigned to each to see which actress has the edge. Whoever has the more edges in the total tally, wins.

Other Skills Sub-Categories

1) DIRECTING. Sandra Bullock directed a short film called Making Sandwiches (1996) for Sundance which starred herself and Matthew McConaughey. It may not look much but we’ll accept it as experience. Halle Berry has yet to go behind the lens.

EDGE: BULLOCK

2) WRITING. How about that, Bullock also wrote the screenplay for the short film. That’s a plus. Halle Berry has yet to write something other than cheques.

EDGE: BULLOCK

3) PRODUCING. Bullock has her own production company called Fortis Films which released All About Steve (2009). Well, hell. She was producing movies since 1998 and was Executive Producer for Hope Floats (1998), Murder By Numbers (2002), The Proposal (2009) and Our Brand is Crisis (2015). She has Producer credits in Miss Congeniality (2000) and Miss Congeniality 2 (2005), and 3 more movies. Berry has also delved into producing, but these are movies still in production. With 11 movies, Bullock owns this one.

EDGE: BULLOCK.

4) VOICE TALENT. Bullock lent her voice in two animations: as Miriam in The Price of Egypt (1998) and the villain Scarlett Overkill in Minions (2015). Berry was the voice of Cappy in Robots (2005). That’s 2 against 1, and Bullock wins again.
EDGE: BULLOCK

5) MUSIC. They have no musical credits to their name.

EDGE: NONE

6) TV ACTING. This is Berry’s cup of tea. Before becoming a household name in movies, she acted in several TV shows like Living Dolls and Knots Landing. She had appearances in A Different World, They Came From Outer Space and Frasier. Her pride and joy would be portraying Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dandridge from which she was honored with best acting awards from the Golden Globes and the Emmys. She has two other TV movies, namely Solomon & Sheba (1995) and Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005). This an overwhelming win for Berry.

EDGE. BERRY

7) BROADWAY. They have no Broadway acting credits.

EDGE. NONE.

Bullock shows her versatility in playing various roles. Here, she's almost unrecognizable as a villain.
Bullock shows her versatility in playing various roles. Here, she's almost unrecognizable as a villain.

Other Skills Box Scores

Sub-category
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Edge
Directing
0
1
Bullock
Writing
0
1
Bullock
Producing
0
11
Bullock
Voice Talent
1
2
Bullock
Music
0
0
None
TV Acting
12 TV series/movies
0
Berry
Broadway
0
0
None
TOTAL
 
 
Berry (1) / Bullock (4)
FINAL EDGE
 
 
BULLOCK

The results

Bullock easily dominates Berry with edges in directing, writing, producing and voice talent. Berry's TV experience isn't enough and loses by a score of 4-1.

EDGE: Bullock

CATEGORY 7:

LEGACY

Legacy is what the actress has accomplished in a lifetime in films. The diversity of directors she has worked with. All the other wonderful and likewise, great actors and actresses she has acted with in movies. All these define her legacy.*

How scores are computed: There are 3 sub-categories: 1) the directors the actresses worked with, 2) other great actors they’ve worked with, and 3) other great actresses they've worked with. We’ll once again, look at Berry and Bullock's filmography and list all the notable directors and actors.**

In the sub-category of directors, there are 3 tiers and each actress gets the following score: TIER 1 - 3 points, TIER 2 - 2 points and TIER 3 - 1 point.

In the sub-category of actors and actresses, there are up to 4 tiers. Each actress gets the following score: TIER 1 - 4 points, TIER 2 - 3 points, TIER 3 - 2 points, and TIER 4 - 1 point.

Sub-category 1: DIRECTORS THEY'VE WORKED WITH

This seems to be a sort of weak spot in both Berry and Bullock’s resume as they haven’t worked with the really great directors. Well, it has something to do with the projects they have chosen as RomComs and superhero movies don’t attract the likes of a Steven Spielberg or a Martin Scorsese. Anyway, Spielberg or not, so far, whom they’ve worked with brought out the best in their abilities as thespians resulting in blockbuster movies that have entertained millions.

Directors Score Sheet

 
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
TIER 1
Spike Lee
Alfonso Cuaron
TIER 2
Brett Ratner
Richard Attenborough
 
Bryan Singer
Peter Bogdanovich
 
James Foley
Joel Schumacher
 
Tony Scott
Irwin Winkler
 
Warren Beatty
 
TIER 3
Garry Marshall
Barbet Schroeder
 
The Wachowskis
Jan DeBont
 
Marc Forster
Jon Turtletab
 
Lee Tamahori
Paul Haggis
 
 
Stephen Daldry
TOTAL POINTS
17
16
Halle Berry begged Spike Lee to allow her to read for her part. Lee was adamant at first, but, finally let Berry get a crack at it. Berry's film debut surprised many.
Halle Berry begged Spike Lee to allow her to read for her part. Lee was adamant at first, but, finally let Berry get a crack at it. Berry's film debut surprised many.

Directors they've worked with re-cap

There are some names that immediately pop out like Spike Lee and Joel Schumacher. They’ve worked with some old school masters like Richard Attenborough, Peter Bogdanovich and James Foley. Alfonso Cuaron ang Lee are tiered higher for having won Oscars and are still actively making movies. Both have 10 directors on the board with Halle Berry winning by only a mere point, 17-16.

Sub-category 2: ACTORS THEY'VE WORKED WITH

Now, this is a long list as Berry and Bullock have worked with the best contemporary actors of their generation. They have their share of handsome leading men as well as veteran actors like Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Warren Beatty. The board features some of the big name stars of the last 3 or 4 decades.

Actors Score Sheet

 
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
TIER 1
Robert DeNiro
George Clooney
 
Tom Hanks
Liam Neeson
 
Warren Beatty
Robert Duvall
 
 
Tom Hanks
 
 
Michael Caine
TIER 2
Eddie Murphy
Ben Affleck
 
John Travolta
Christopher Plummer
 
Robert Downey Jr
Keanu Reeves
 
Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L Jackson
 
James Caan
Kevin Spacey
 
Bruce Willis
Sylvester Stallone
 
 
Jeff Bridges
 
 
Donald Sutherland
 
 
Matthew McConaughey
 
 
James Garner
 
 
Max Von Sydow
 
 
Richard Harris
TIER 3
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
 
Benecio Del Toro
Bradley Cooper
 
Casey Affleck
Daniel Craig
 
Chris Rock
Dennis Hopper
 
Cuba Gooding Jr
Hugh Grant
 
Heath Ledger
John Goodman
 
Hugh Grant
Kevin Bacon
 
Hugh Jackman
Matt Dillon
 
Ian McKellan
Ryan Gosling
 
James McAvoy
Ryan Reynolds
 
John Cleese
Viggo Mortensen
 
John Goodman
Willem Dafoe
 
Kurt Russell
William Shatner
 
Martin Landau
 
 
Michael Fassbender
 
 
Pierce Brosnan
 
 
Rick Moranis
 
 
Steven Segal
 
 
Zac Efron
 
TIER 4
Ashton Kutcher
Bill Pullman
 
Ben Foster
Brendan Fraser
 
Brian Cox
Chris Cooper
 
Clive Owen
Chris O'Donnell
 
David Duchovny
Denis Leary
 
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
 
Giovanni Ribisi
Jeff Daniels
 
James Belushi
Kiefer Sutherland
 
James Marsden
River Phoenix
 
Jim Broadbent
Steve Buscemi
 
Jim Sturgess
Terrence Howard
 
John Leguizamo
Toby Jones
 
John Lithgow
Wesley Snipes
 
Kyle MacLachlan
 
 
Nicholas Hoult
 
 
Ossie Davis
 
 
Patrick Stewart
 
 
Peter Boyle
 
 
Sam Rockwell
 
 
Sam Shepard
 
 
Seth Meyers
 
 
Stellan Skarsgaard
 
 
Tim Robbins
 
 
Wesley Snipes
 
TOTAL
104
95
Sandra Bullock joined the dating game early in her career and almost married Tate Donovan, her co-star in Love Potion No.9 (1992). She went on to date Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Gosling.
Sandra Bullock joined the dating game early in her career and almost married Tate Donovan, her co-star in Love Potion No.9 (1992). She went on to date Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Gosling.

Actors they've worked with re-cap

Halle Berry has been part of huge ensembles like the X-Men movies, Cloud Atlas (2012) and New Year’s Eve (2011), which allows her to work and know more stars than she already has. Bullock’s movies are usually “starring Sanda Bullock and leading man,” but she does have big movies with a lot of stars in them like A Time to Kill (1996), Infamous (2006) and Crash (2004). If it comes to quality rather than quantity, they both have worked with A-list actors: Sandra with Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Keanu Reeves, and Sylvester Stallone; Halle with Robert DeNiro, Warren Beatty, Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Robert Downey Jr, and also with Tom Hanks. Even though Berry has less movies than Bullock in her filmography, she still wins with 9 big points.

Sub-category 3: ACTRESSES THEY'VE WORKED WITH

A lot of great names here and screen legends like Liz Taylor, Shirley MacClaine and Anne Bancroft. But, compared to actors, the list of actresses Berry and Bullock have worked with are fewer by half. This is expected since both of them are the stars of their movies, and usually in tandem with leading men.

Actresses Score Sheet

 
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
TIER 1
Elizabeth Taylor
Gwyneth Paltrow
 
Jessica Lange
Nicole Kidman
 
 
Shirley MacClaine
TIER 2
Hilary Swank
Ellen Burstyn
 
Jennifer Lawrence
Sigourney Weaver
 
Susan Sarandon
 
 
Sharon Stone
 
TIER 3
Anna Paquin
Dianne Wiest
 
Judi Dench
Anne Bancroft
 
Michelle Pfieffer
Maggie Smith
 
Penelope Cruz
Melissa McCarthy
 
Rosamund Pike
Gena Rowlands
 
Rosie O'Donnell
Isabela Rossellini
 
Sarah Jessica Parker
Kathy Bates
 
 
Marisa Tomei
 
 
Stockard Channing
 
 
Viola Davis
TIER 4
Eliza Dushku
Ashley Judd
 
Elizabeth Perkins
Betty White
 
Ellen Page
Candice Bergen
 
Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd
 
Famke Janssen
Evan Rachel Wood
 
Ruby Dee
Kyra Sedgwick
 
Sarah Paulson
Piper Laurie
 
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Shirley Kinght
TOTAL POINTS
42
46
Halle Berry had a fine early dramatic turn acting opposite Jessica Lange in Losing Isaiah (1995). Unfortunately, Lange hated the movie.
Halle Berry had a fine early dramatic turn acting opposite Jessica Lange in Losing Isaiah (1995). Unfortunately, Lange hated the movie.

Actresses they've worked with re-cap

With actresses they’ve worked with, Bullock and Berry have almost the same number. Even though they are the stars in most of their movies, they had the pleasure of acting alongside some other fine actresses. Berry has acted with Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lawrence, while Bullock starred in movies with Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sigourney Weaver and Kathy Bates. It’s pretty much a close fight with Bullock narrowly edging Berry 46-42.

Legacy Box Scores

 
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Edge
Directors they've worked with
17
16
Berry
Actors they've worked with
104
95
Berry
Actresses they've worked with
42
46
Bullock
TOTAL
 
 
Berry (2)/Bullock(1)
FINAL EDGE
 
 
BERRY
Halle Berry in bikini, sharks, Olivier Martinez and a $25 million budget should have been a big splash, but it tanked and sank. However, love found its co-stars...for a brief time.
Halle Berry in bikini, sharks, Olivier Martinez and a $25 million budget should have been a big splash, but it tanked and sank. However, love found its co-stars...for a brief time.

The results

Berry gets the slim edge in directors and wins "actors" by 9 points. Bullock avoided a landslide by winning "actresses" with 4 points. Berry wins this category 2-1.

EDGE: Bullock

The Finals

Final Box-Scores

Categories
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Edge
1: The Movies
73.1 (ave. rating)
72.25 (ave. rating)
Berry
2: The Roles
25 appearances
29 appearances
Bullock
3: Awards & Nominations
7/14
8/19
Bullock
4: The Box-Office
$153,736,773
$148,087,048
Berry
5: The Flops
1 Edge
2 Edges
Bullock
6: Other skills
1 Edge
4 Edges
Bullock
7: Legacy
2 Edges
1 Edge
Berry
TOTAL
 
 
Berry (3) / Bullock (4)
FINAL EDGE
 
 
BULLOCK

Winner: Sandra Bullock

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