On March 23, 1990, a Cinderella story set in Los Angeles debuted to numbers bigger than The Hunt for Red October and quickly became the must-see movie of the year. Pretty Woman was a smash hit thanks to its fairy tale story, glamorous setting, and one superstar performance from a rising young actress named Julia Roberts. Pretty Woman has since become the favorite film of many and a barometer movie. Want to judge someone's character? Ask them if they've seen the Garry Marshall-directed romantic comedy.