With an illustrious career spanning more than four decades and over a dozen feature films, it can be a challenge to pick out Audrey Hepburn’s best movies. Having starred in some of the most iconic films of all time, Miss Hepburn left a lasting impression on audiences across the globe.
From her delightful role as a princess-for-a-day in Roman Holiday to her memorable turn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, each film showcased the depth and breadth of her talent. With that in mind, here are our picks for the top 10 best Audrey Hepburn movies, which any fan of classic cinema must see.
The Top 10 Best Audrey Hepburn Movies
10. How to Steal a Million (1966)
Synopsis: How to Steal a Million follows Nicole Bonnet (Audrey Hepburn) who must steal a statue from a prestigious art gallery in order to help keep her father’s art forgeries a secret. She meets Simon Dermott (Peter O’Toole), who helps her in her quest. Romance and a fun museum heist ensue.
Bottom Line: How to Steal a Million isn’t a bad movie by any means. It’s just not a fantastic Audrey Hepburn film. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not enjoyable to watch. It is, as Hepburn and O’Toole’s fantastic chemistry helps keep the movie a fan favorite.
9. Wait Until Dark (1967)
Synopsis: A group of thugs terrorizes a blind woman (Hepburn), searching for a doll stuffed with heroin that they believe is in her apartment.
Bottom Line: Notably Hepburn’s one and only horror/thriller film, Wait Until Dark is eerie to watch even today. This is specifically because of Hepburn’s fantastic performance of a recently blinded woman who is just attempting to survive. Also, we get to see a young Alan Arkin in this film!
8. The Nun’s Story (1959)
Synopsis: Sister Luke leaves her wealthy family in Belgium and decides to become a nun. However, she faces struggles she’s never experienced before and tries to keep her faith amid multiple crises, including World War II.
Bottom Line: The Nun’s Story is based on the real story of Sister Luke, who became great friends with Audrey Hepburn during the filming of this movie. They even stayed in touch after filming ended. While this is one of Hepburn’s favorite of her own films, and while it is incredibly entertaining, it lacks the certain charisma that the top five films have. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good movie, because it is.
7. The Children’s Hour (1961)
Synopsis: Chaos ensues when a troublemaking child spreads a rumor about two teachers at her school, professing that they are lesbians.
Bottom Line: This movie is devastatingly sad and so well acted with Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine leading the movie. This film is also incredibly ahead of its time, which is one reason why it’s here on this list and considered one of the best Audrey Hepburn movies. A film in the early ’60s that accurately deals with the social issues queer people faced? Unheard of. Therefore, this film is kind of iconic.
6. Two for the Road (1967)
Synopsis: Depicting a ten-year marriage, Two for the Road follows a couple through their ups and downs, including many, many, fights and infidelities.
Bottom Line: Two for the Road is a 1960’s drama that manages to accurately be both funny and sad. A huge reason why this film is still so engrossing to watch is because of Hepburn and Albert Finney’s chemistry, which is evident in each and every scene in this film.
5. Sabrina (1954)
Synopsis: After a year abroad in Paris, a young lady returns home and catches the attention of a rich playboy she’s always been in love with. However, she also becomes entwined with his older brother, who may actually be a better match for her.
Bottom Line: A classic film filled with gorgeous clothes, Sabrina boasts a great cast that includes Hepburn, William Holden, and the iconic Humphrey Bogart. The only negative this film has is the miscasting of Humphrey Bogart (especially when next to a young Hepburn). However, if you can get past this and ignore it, this film really is delightful and Hepburn at her best. Therefore, we had to add it pretty high up. It’s one of the best Audrey Hepburn movies around, even with its flaws.
4. Charade (1963)
Synopsis: A recent widow finds herself in a tricky situation when several men begin to search for money they think her recently departed husband left her. However, can the man helping her throughout this debacle actually be someone she trusts?
Bottom Line: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant together in a fun 60’s mystery drama? How could this film not be iconic? It’s a great story with a great partnership that is Hepburn and Grant. Plus, Hepburn’s 60’s wardrobe is to die for.
3. My Fair Lady (1964)
Synopsis: A phonetics professor agrees to a bet that he can make a poor young woman into a woman who can navigate the tricky waters of high society.
Bottom Line: The classic musical that is continuously watched even today, My Fair Lady is glorious to experience in each and every scene. Hepburn is glorious in it. It’s a classic for a reason, you know.
2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Synopsis: A socialite by the name of Holly Golightly begins a friendship with the man who moves in next door to her. Both troubled people with a past of their own, their friendship (and eventual relationship) is threatened to go up in flames when Holly’s past catches up with her.
Bottom Line: Breakfast at Tiffany’s is iconic. Even people who don’t know Audrey Hepburn have probably seen the iconic image of her in that black dress in front of Tiffany’s. Whether you like the film or not, it’s enjoyable to watch and has made Hepburn a legend. There is a reason why it’s considered one of the best Audrey Hepburn movies.
1. Roman Holiday (1953)
Synopsis: A princess runs away from her court so that she can see Rome for herself. She meets a journalist, who realizes that she’s the runaway princess in disguise, and offers to take her around Rome and see the city firsthand.
Bottom Line: Hepburn’s first starring role in a feature film, Roman Holiday earned her an Oscar for Best Lead Actress. The film depicts a romcom at its best, mainly because Hepburn and her co-star Gregory Peck are so delightful to watch on screen. Hepburn acts her heart out here in her very first feature film — and it’s a delight to watch, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
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