Most film fans will agree — with record-breaking box office numbers and thrilling stories to keep us at the edge of our seats, 2013 was a great year to go to the movies. It was an even better for leading ladies. Many of the year’s top films featured strong leading female characters that kept audiences engaged. These five actresses rose to the top and proved what we already know — that women are a huge box office draw.
1. Sandra Bullock
In 2013, this Oscar-winner turned in two fantastic performances in two very different roles. In the comedy The Heat, Sandra Bullock plays a special agent who takes on a drug kingpin. The film grossed was a hit with critics and audiences, earning $159 million domestically. In Gravity, she played a brilliant medical engineer who’s stranded in space. For a large part of the film, she’s the only person on camera, but her stunning performance kept audiences around the world on the edge of their seats. The film has raked in over $249 million and earned Bullock some serious Oscar buzz.