She also appeared in Playing for Keeps with Gerard Butler. It's just heartbreaking that so many people put so much work into this particular project only to have it sit there, unfinished." The film premiered on April 17, 2015, at the Tribeca Film Festival, receiving mixed reviews, though Biel earned praise for her performance.In April 2008, Biel began working on the political satire Nailed, with Jake Gyllenhaal. In May 2009, Biel spoke about the film's production turmoil, saying: "That was definitely an experience, something I could not say no to. Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair commented that, "Though she’s not given too much to work with in terms of character, Biel plays May with appealing nuance, creating a low-key, bliss-based Angeleno, all light and airy and gentle and poised, who discovers within herself an untapped hardness and anger and strength..Biel has to conjure up more profound emotions, she proves adept, and surprisingly subtle." Biel also appeared in the drama The Book of Love, based on the book The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, about an introverted architect (Jason Sudeikis) who loses his wife (Biel) and sets out to help a teenager named Millie (Maisie Williams).The film centers around a woman who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head, then travels to Washington, D. Biel also produced the project from its conception some years prior, and was directed by Bill Purple, who directed her in the short film Hole in the Paper Sky. On August 2, 2017, a project that she had been working on for some time came to fruition when the debut episode of USA Network's new eight-episode, limited-series-format murder mystery, The Sinner, finally aired.Biel is both executive producer and series lead/title character of the show, playing Cora Tannetti, a housewife diagnosed with significant emotional problems, who inexplicably stabs a supposed stranger to death on a beach in front of dozens of witnesses.The film premiered in September 2008 at the Toronto International Film Festival.The Hollywood Reporter described her performance as "an irresistible force of nature — a kind, witty, supremely intelligent and beautiful woman who …In 1997, she won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress for her role in Ulee's Gold.
In 2010, Biel starred in the large ensemble cast film Valentine's Day and in the A-Team, based on the television series as Capt. In 2011, she appeared in New Year's Eve, directed by Valentine's Day's Garry Marshall.
In her film debut, Biel played the character Regrettal, a lead role in the ambitious musical film titled It's a Digital World, produced and directed by Paul Greenberg.
At the age of fourteen, after auditioning for several television pilots, Biel was cast as Mary Camden, the second oldest child in the family drama 7th Heaven.
Biel also appeared in the 2004 film Cellular, played a supporting role, Ellen, in the romantic comedy Elizabethtown (2005), and starred in the indie film London.
In 2005, Esquire magazine named her the "Sexiest Woman Alive" in a 2005 six-part series, with each month revealing a different body part and clue to the woman's identity.