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Best of Audrey Hepburn’s Movies

Audrey Hepburn is an icon, known for her beauty and grace, but while a lot of people know who she is, much fewer have actually have seen her movies. Audrey Hepburn’s movies show her acting range and talent and they help you understand what it is about her that captivated audiences of the past and continues to charm audiences of the present. Below are 10 Audrey Hepburn movies that I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching!

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday was Audrey Hepburn’s first big Hollywood feature, for which she won an Oscar. The movie is about a young princess (Hepburn) on a diplomatic mission to Rome. She escapes her escorts and decides to explore the city with a journalist (Gregory Peck) showing her around. The journalist thinks it’s the biggest scoop of his life but after spending the day with her, will he still choose to expose her?

Sabrina

Sabrina is about a chauffeur’s daughter (Hepburn) falling in love with David (William Holden), one of the sons of the wealthy family her father works for. David fails to notice Sabrina, but after she comes back from a trip to Paris, he is smitten and the family disapproves. To get her attention off of David, his older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart), shows her around, but what happens when these two start to develop feelings for each other as well? This movie is a classic love triangle and it’s very entertaining. 

Funny Face

Funny Face is about a young girl in a bookstore (Hepburn) being found by a modeling executive (Fred Astaire). While Hepburn’s character is reluctant to model and is more interested in academic pursuits, she goes along because it means she can finally visit Paris. Through the process, they end up falling in love with each other despite the obstacles in the way. This film is responsible for a lot of iconic photoshoots and the cinematography is excellent. 

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, where a London street girl with a thick cockney accent (Hepburn) is taught by an educator how to talk ‘properly’. He believes that she can pass for the upper-class if she changes her accent. But what happens when she starts to fall for him? While Hepburn isn’t the singing voice in the film, it is still a colorful, classic musical worth watching at least once.

How to Steal a Million

When an art forger’s piece is going to be examined by a museum, his daughter (Hepburn) teams up with a thief (Peter O’ Toole) to steal the piece before they find out it’s a fake (and also collect the million-dollar insurance policy). This is a fun heist movie set in the ’60s that’s super enjoyable. 

War and Peace

This drama is about the Russian aristocracy being affected by Napoleon’s invasion, a Prince (Mel Ferrer, once married to Hepburn), a Count (Henry Fonda), and their relationships with Natasha Rostova (Hepburn). This dramatic, intense tale is around three-and-a-half hours long, but it keeps up a strong pace and stays interesting throughout. 

Charade

Charade is a thriller about Regina Lampert (Hepburn) finding out her husband has died and being pursued by his WWII friends who are trying to find a large amount of money her husband stole from behind enemy lines. She finds an ally in Peter Joshua (Cary Grant), but his identity is largely secret and he keeps changing his name. Hepburn’s acting shines in this thrilling film that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is arguably Hepburn’s most iconic film, and you have no doubt seen her in the famous black dress, white opera gloves, and tiara. When writer Paul Varjak moves next to the flighty Holly Golightly (Hepburn), can he keep up with her crazy lifestyle and past? This film is a classic. 

The Nun’s Story

The Nun’s Story is about the journey of a young nun during the World Wars. This film, to me, shows Hepburn’s great acting range and it’s a deep, personal narrative that focuses on a young woman. This is one of my favorites and you should definitely check it out. 

Paris When it Sizzles

A young screenwriter (William Holden) and a typist (Hepburn) are writing a film together. We see the film take place within the movie, creating a story within a story, and change based on the writers’ whims, creating a fun-filled, eccentric movie. Paris When it Sizzles is a fun parody of movies from the ’60s that you’ll like if you’re familiar with classic films or enjoy a meta-narrative. 

I hope one of these movies catches your eye and you can learn about and appreciate Audrey Hepburn even more!

Ashmita Shanthakumar is a student at the University of Utah pursuing a BA in English and Political Science. She is the Politics & Entertainment News Correspondent for HC Utah for 2020-21. When she's not writing you can find her watching old movies, petting friendly cats, and talking about superheroes.
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