Drew Barrymore has played countless roles over a 30-year film career, and she's currently in the beginning stages of her biggest one: mom.
She gave birth last September to her first child, Olive, but it remains to be seen if she will follow in the child star footsteps of her famous mother. Drew has taken on plenty of challenging films in recent years, but her most popular ones came during the '80s and '90s. In honor of her 38th birthday, check out the 10 best old-school Drew flicks of all time!
1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
In only her second big screen release, Drew struck the kind of gold as a seven-year-old that most performers can only dream about. Playing the role of Gertie, who befriends a stranded and adorable extra-terrestrial along with her brother, the film has made nearly $800 million over the course of its three box office releases and was the highest-grossing film of all time at one point.
2. Firestarter (1984)
Keeping the sci-fi trend going, Drew took on a darker role in playing a young girl who develops pyrokinesis (the ability to create fire strictly by thought) and tries to avoid being controlled by a secret government agency. Despite scaring the crap out of young kids everywhere, the movie did considerably worse than her previous outing and only made $17 million at the box office.
3. Irreconciliable Differences (1984)
This movie was fantasy that would eventually play out in real life. The film opens with Drew playing a young girl who decides to divorce her parents and have her nanny become her legal guardian. Five years later in 1989, a 14-year-old Drew won a court ruling to legally emancipate herself from her parents.
4. Cat's Eye (1985)
A cat who hears disembodied voices. A child who almost has her breath stolen by a malevolent troll. Despite being critically acclaimed and remaining a cult classic, this sci-fi flick was just a little too dark for moviegoers and tanked in tickets sales.
5. Wayne's World 2 (1993)
Schwing! After years of battling professional and personal problems, Drew earned a cameo as sexy Bjergen Kjergen in this comedy franchise. Although it was a bit part, the huge exposure that the movie got exposed her to the masses and was responsible for helping to jumpstart her career.
6. Scream (1996)
"What's your favorite scary movie?" This horror flick was a cut above the standard teen slasher flicks of the '80s, and Drew's first box office success in over a decade. She was featured front-and-center in the advertising, leading to a Psycho-style gimmick where the film's biggest star is killed off early in the movie. (Spoiler alert.) Although her role is small, her appearance is credited with raising the profile of the movie and helping to spawn three sequels.
7. The Wedding Singer (1998)
One of the quintessential rom-coms of the '90s, her role as lovestruck waitress Julia Sullivan helped the film earn over $120 million at the box office and even spawned a Broadway musical in 2006.
8. Ever After (1998)
Largely inspired by Cinderella, Drew takes on the role of kind but headstrong Danielle de Barbarac. She eventually falls in love with her Prince Charming in the film, otherwise known as Prince Henry. The role became iconic for young girls who were aging out of Disney princess territory but still needed a little fairytale magic to believe in.
9. Never Been Kissed (1999)
By the end of the '90s, the most popular rom-coms in Hollywood starred Drew and anyone. Playing the role of "Josie Grossie," a copy editor who works for the Chicago Sun-Times, she goes undercover as a high school student for an article and develops her first real relationship with a handsome English teacher at the school. Audiences swooned.
10. Charlie's Angels (2000)
Good morning, Angels! Based on the TV series from the late '70s, the modern franchise was just as sexy as the previous one, with Drew leading the pack of Angels rounded out by Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz. Moviegoers seemed to dig these tough and savvy women in various disguises; it earned a whopping $264 million at the box office. As Drew herself would say in the movie: "And that's kicking your ass."
What's your favorite early Drew Barrymore flick?
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