Born into a family of entertainers, Drew Barrymore continued the tradition by acting, producing, directing, and screenwriting.
Barrymore appeared in an advertisement when she was 11 months old. She made her film debut in the 1980 film, Altered States, however, her breakout role was in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at the age of 7.
Barrymore went on to star in films including The Wedding Singer, Ever After, Riding in Cars with Boys, Going the Distance, Whip It! and He’s Just Not That Into You.
She created the production company Flower Films and starred in its first production, Never Been Kissed. The company went on to produce other films that she also starred in, including Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates, Music and Lyrics and Donnie Darko.
Barrymore received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004, and in 2007, she graced the cover of People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful issue. In 2007, she became a CoverGirl Spokeswoman as well as the face of Gucci Jewelry.
Barrymore is married to art consultant Will Kopelman. They have a daughter, Olive Barrymore Kopelman, and just welcomed another baby girl named Frankie.
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Here are the top 10 films of Drew Barrymore.
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10. Going the Distance
In Going the Distance, Barrymore plays Erin, a grad student who is working as an intern. She meets Garrett (Justin Long), and the two decide to have a no-strings-attached relationship. However, when Erin gets ready to go back home to San Francisco, the two realize that they are in love and decide to have a long distance relationship; but things get a little rocky when the distance starts affecting their relationship.
The film received mixed reviews for Barrymore and Long’s on screen chemistry, but was praised for the realistic struggles with long distance relationships. It was also praised for its comedic and raunchy themes that make the film enjoyable. Barrymore was also praised for her role.
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9. 50 First Dates
In 50 First Dates, Henry (Adam Sandler) falls in love with Lucy (Barrymore). After finding out that she is an amnesiac who lives the same day over and over again, he works hard to make her remember him, in hopes of having a future together.
Critics praised the films uplifting story line, as well as the chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore. The two won the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team.
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8. Riding in Cars with Boys
Riding in Cars with Boys follows Beverly (Barrymore), who becomes a mom at age 15. With new responsibilities, she abandons her dreams of moving to New York to be a writer, in order to care for her son and husband Ray (Steve Zahn).
The film was praised for its gritty and unpredictable views on life, and the way the characters dealt with tough situations. Zahn and Barrymore were both praised for their roles.
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7. Charlie’s Angels
Charlie’s Angels is the film adaptation of the popular ’70s television series. It follows Natalie (Cameron Diaz), Dylan (Barrymore), and Alex (Lucy Liu), three women working for a private agency run by a man named Charlie.
The film provides a smart story line and great action that lives up to the popular television series it depicts. It received positive reviews from many critics.
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6. The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer follows Robbie (Sandler), a wedding singer who has a struggling love life of his own. He ends up falling in love with Julia (Barrymore), who is already set to marry someone else. After seeing that Julia’s fiance is no good for her, he tries to stop the wedding and declare his love for her.
The film is a great Romantic comedy, and was the first of three films in which Barrymore worked alongside Sandler. The film received positive reviews, critics praising Sandler and Barrymore’s chemistry.
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5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial tells the story of Elliot, a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial that is stranded on earth. Elliot and his siblings try to help E.T. return home while keeping him hidden from his mom, as well as the government.
The film was a huge blockbuster hit, and was widely praised by critics for its story of friendship and hope. Barrymore, who was 7 at the time, won a Young Artist Award for her role.
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4. Music and Lyrics
Music and Lyrics follows Alex (Hugh Grant), a famous singer known from the fictional boy band, Pop. To try and revive his dwindling career, Alex teams up with Sophie (Barrymore) to write a song for a booming new pop star named Cora. Alex and Sophie fall in love while trying to write a perfect love song.
The film was highly praised by critics for its ability to convey a great amount of entertainment. Both Grant and Barrymore were praised for their roles and on-screen chemistry.
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3. Whip It!
Whip It! follows teenager Bliss (Ellen Page), who joins a women’s roller derby team to escape the pageant life her mom wants her to have. Bliss must keep roller derby from her mother who wants her to be graceful and elegant.
The film received positive reviews from critics despite having a slow run in the box office. Whip IT! is Barrymore’s directorial debut, and she also stars in the film. Critics claim that despite its predictability, the film is widely entertaining and should be watched.
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2. Never Been Kissed
In Never Been Kissed, Barrymore plays Josie, a journalist who goes undercover as a high school student to help parents become more aware of their children’s lives. Josie uses this as an opportunity to be a more popular student instead of the nerdy girl who was bullied in her high school years. Josie ends up falling in love, and hopes that she can fulfill her wish of being kissed for the first time.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was praised by audiences.
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1. Ever After
Ever After is a film inspired by the Cinderella fairy tale. It follows Danielle (Barrymore), who is made a servant by her stepmother after her father dies. When she is older, she meets a prince and falls in love, but pretends to be of a higher class in order for him to accept her. When her identity is revealed, she struggles to regain the trust and love of the prince in order to live happily ever after.
The film received positive reviews from both critics and audiences. Barrymore was praised for her ability to hold the audience’s attention throughout the film with her convincing character and her struggle to live the life of happiness she wants.