As something of an Audrey Hepburn aficionado, I’m offering my services to help you choose the best of her movies for your next movie night or rainy Sunday afternoon.
Here are my personal favourites and a short reason why you should watch:
Two for the Road— To me this is the Audrey Hepburn movie to end all Audrey Hepburn movies. This story of a young couple as told over 12 years of road trips through the south of France is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, and Audrey offers up her best acting for this one.
How to Steal a Million — Out of all of Audrey’s leading men, the most palpable chemistry comes from How to Steal a Million and Peter O’Toole. Audrey and Peter are perfectly matched in this art heist caper, and the impossible scenarios they find themselves in are brilliantly and hilariously solved, making this a great movie to watch.
Roman Holiday — Our introduction to Audrey Hepburn came with Roman Holiday, her first major production (for which she won the Best Actress Oscar). Here she plays the reluctant princess of a never-named European country determined to have a Roman holiday with two ex-pats (unbeknownst to her, journalists!) after sneaking away from her royal life in the middle of the night. Watching all of Audrey’s adventures around Rome makes me want to go there myself.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s — Perhaps Audrey’s most famous movie, this glamorous story of a young call girl in 1960s New York City is chock-full of gorgeous costumes, stunning scenery, and fun plot. You’ll be humming “Moon River” under your breath for a week.
Funny Face — Here’s a quick list of why Funny Face is so great: it’s a musical, it’s set in Paris, Audrey gets to dance with Fred Astaire (jealous!), there’s a Givenchy wardrobe, and a fun dance sequence (later immortalized in a Gap commercial). What more could you want?
Charade — A popular opinion regarding Charade is that it’s the greatest Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never directed, which makes you truly sad that Audrey and Hitch never worked together. Can you imagine that pairing? Anyways, as far as mystery and intrigue goes, Charade is one of my go-tos. Also, I want that yellow Givenchy coat!
What are your favourite Audrey Hepburn movies? Let me know!
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