As I’ve already done it for Grace Kelly and for Ingrid Bergman, so now it’s time to present you my (current) top 10 Audrey Hepburn films! As we celebrated her 90th birthday two days ago, I thought we had the perfect occasion to do so.
These are my personal choices. Therefore, it’s a very subjective list. I’m not saying that these are her best films, but simply the ones I personally prefer. So, it’s unnecessary to write things such as “you should have included this or that film.” No, if I decided not to include it, that’s my own business.
I’ve seen a total of 15 of her films so, five of them will obviously not be included in the top list (and those I haven’t seen yet either, for obvious reasons). But, to tell you the truth, I think I’ve seen most of what are considered Audrey’s BEST films.
I have to admit that I absolutely love most of Audrey Hepburn’s films I’ve seen so far, so ranking them wasn’t an easy task!
Anyway, here we go!
10. The Nun’s Story (Fred Zinnemann, 1959)
I must admit, I really hesitated between this one and Robin & Marian for the 10th position (nothing to do with the fact that Audrey plays a nun in both films). I might have liked the story of Robin & Marian a little bit more, but the reason why I chose The Nun’s Story is that Audrey really delivers one of her finest and most memorable performance in it.
9. My Fair Lady (George Cukor, 1964)
This film is quite important to me as it was the first Audrey Hepburn’s film I ever saw! Despite some of its problems (Audrey’s singing voice being dubbed when she clearly could have used her own voice), it reminds a lovely and spectacular entertainment. I saw it on the big screen not a long time ago and Cecil Beaton’s costumes made the experience totally worthy!
8. Sabrina (Billy Wilder, 1954)
Sabrina is an Audrey Hepburn-essential. It might be one of her most iconic roles and how is it possible not to like her in this film?! Blame Humphrey Bogart’s miscasting for the 8th place. You can read my review of the film here!
7. Wait Until Dark (Terence Young, 1967)
I saw this film for the first time two days ago. Audrey Hepburn in a thriller? Who would have thought?! Well, she surely proves her versatility as an actress here. I also like the fact that she shared the screen with Alan Arkin whom, years after, played grandpa Hoover in one of my very favourite films: Little Miss Sunshine!
6. Charade (Stanley Donen, 1963)
We would have liked to see Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant co-starring in more than one picture! They made a terrific team together! The film itself has everything to keep you at the edge of your seat: suspense, action, humour, and love! It is often said that this is the best Hitchcockian film not directed by Alfred Hitchcock!
5. Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957)
This is the kind of film I love more and more! I love the pairing between Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, the songs, the story, but also the whole world of fashion and fashion photography that surrounds it. If you haven’t done it yet, you can read my full review of the film here!
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Blake Edwards, 1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is probably THE film that people associate the more often to Audrey Hepburn. Yes, Holly Golightly was an iconic role. Curiously, her character and performance here are much different from the ones we saw in many of her films. I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s because it’s a complicated story that managed to be told with a beautiful simplicity. Holly Golightly can be seen as a role model of an independent and free-spirited woman. And also, there’s so much happening!
3. How to Steal a Million (William Wyler, 1966)
This film is SO MUCH FUN. Really, Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole are brilliant together and everything is so clever in this picture! I mean, their plan to steal a statue in a museum is memorable. How to Steal a Million is the kind of film I don’t want to stop once I’ve pushed the “play” button. This was the last collaboration between Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. I invite you to read my review here!
2. Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953)
This actually used to be my #1 favourite Audrey Hepburn film and, to tell you the truth, it would almost be tight with the film that is now #1. In other words, I’m crazy about this film. Roman Holiday is what put Audrey Hepburn on the map (she even won an Oscar for it). There, she is perfectly able to share both her sense of comedy and drama, as well as a beautiful chemistry with the handsome Gregory Peck!
1- Love in the Afternoon (Billy Wilder, 1957)
As I’ve said, this would kind of be tight with Roman Holiday. The reason why I put it #1 is that I really can’t find anything wrong to say about this film (I’ve never made a big deal about the age difference between Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. Get over it, guys!). Each time I see it I see more and more of the actor’s brilliance but also what makes it an essential Billy Wilder-I.A.L Diamond romantic comedy! You can read my review here.
Well, that’s it! Please don’t hesitate to tell me what are your most favourite Audrey Hepburn films in the comment section!