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What's the Best Audrey Hepburn Movie?

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by Michaelie Clark (subscribe)
Pun-loving freelance writer based in Victoria.
Published July 10th 2011
With her impish smile and portrayal of oft-times eccentric characters, what better person is there to brighten up a cold winter afternoon than Audrey Hepburn? With over forty years on the silver screen, Ms Hepburn's career saw her starring in some of the most loved films of all time, preserving her forever as an icon of style, beauty and cinematic charm.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Known as the film that truly launched Hepburn as a star, winning her a Golden Globe, Academy Award and BAFTA Award, Roman Holiday has her donning the regal role of a princess who has escaped the confines of her royal duties to experience the wonders of the real world under the pseudonym Anya Smith.

Sabrina (1954)
This film sees Hepburn taking the title role of Sabrina, an irrepressible teenager, infatuated with the son of her chauffeur father's employer, the wealthy and irresponsible David Larrabee (William Holden). Returning from her studies at a culinary school in Paris as a woman of outward sophistication, Sabrina suddenly has the attention of the man she still pines for – as well as his stead, conscientious brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart), causing a titillating imbroglio of class conflict and warring affections.

Love in the Afternoon (1957)
After saving a play-boy from an enraged husband tipped off by her investigator father, Hepburn's character Ariane, a young music student, falls in love with the philanderer and poses as a femme fatale in order to capture his interest. Things go pear-shaped when the playboy unwittingly enlists the services of Ariane's father to find her true identity and investigate her long list of fictional lovers.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Hepburn stars as one of pop-culture's most cherished heroines, Holly Golightly, a socialite of dubious makings with a less than glamorous past and a knack for disorder. Opportunistic and ambitious by necessity, she lives in the moment, rarely indulging her more idealistic tendencies until a series of unexpected events and a strange alliance with struggling writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) unravel her carefully constructed façade.

My Fair Lady (1964)
Hepburn lends charm and hilarity to her role as Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower-seller from the slums of Edwardian London. Arrogant and callous linguist Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) takes Eliza on as special project after boasting that he could train any woman to pass as a member of the aristocracy, but while he is tutoring her in genteel deportment, Eliza teaches him a thing or two as well.

If you adore Audrey, tell us – which of her films is your all time favourite?
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Being a fan of Audrey's life and work, I would love to have been able to vote on this; but unfortunately, my personal favourite never made the shortlist: 'Funny Face'.

Audrey makes the transition from bookish New York shop clerk to Parisian model with all the elegance and grace one would expect, without ever losing her personal integrity. The lush cinematography exposes the real model potential of Audrey; indeed, she at her fashion finest in some of the most iconic outfits of her career. The plot, if thin, is whimsical and fun, and with Fred Astaire and his characteristic savoir faire providing an enthusiastic romantic lead, not to mention the backdrop of Paris, some visually impressive dance routines and a striking and memorable supporting turn from music stalwart Kay Thompson, this is a film classic to be enjoyed again and again.
By JohnRTaggart - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 12th of July @ 03:45 am
My Fair Lady, definitely. Followed by Roman Holiday.
By Jon Jones - general editor
Wednesday, 13th of July @ 02:42 am
It was a toss-up between Funny Face and Love in the Afternoon for my top five - but you are welcome to put forward your favoured film, whether it's listed in the article or not!
By Michaelie Clark - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 13th of July @ 02:28 am
I'm ashamed to admit it, but I actually have never seen an Audrey Hepburn film. I'd love to collect them and watch them all one day, but I just haven't got around to it yet. I've been wanting to see Breakfast at Tiffany's ever since that song back in the 90s!
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Thursday, 14th of July @ 09:37 am
my fair lady
By alum_ - reader
Thursday, 14th of July @ 03:43 am
I am shocked that no one has voted for Wait Until Dark or Charade! Those are two of my faves and I highly recommend both.
By CaryG - reader
Tuesday, 26th of July @ 06:28 pm
Out of the ones I have seen, my favourites would be Breakfast at Tiffany's and Roman Holiday. I recommend you read the original book version of Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote-it is fantastic.
Funny Face was an amusing musical number but I didn't really like it that much.
By Alexandra McKenzie - reader
Thursday, 21st of July @ 01:19 am
My Fair Lady
By barba48 - reader
Tuesday, 26th of July @ 01:59 pm
Wait Until Dark
By patri59 - reader
Monday, 26th of September @ 08:14 pm
i'm a hopeful romantic, Breakfast At Tiffanys, followed by Wait Until Dark and Charade.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 2nd of October @ 03:54 am
Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday.. so many lovely Audrey Hepburn films!
By Daniella - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 18th of October @ 04:52 am
paris when it sizzels
By Anonymous
Sunday, 4th of December @ 05:15 am
For me, My Fair Lady will ALWAYS be my fave Audrey Hepburn movie. The songs alone are some of the best ever written and Audrey was her most stunning. Another one of my favourite movies was Nun's Story, one of her earlier ones I think. I still watch it whenever it comes on TV.
By steve - reader
Tuesday, 28th of August @ 06:40 am
For me, My Fair Lady will ALWAYS be my fave Audrey Hepburn movie. The songs alone are some of the best ever written and Audrey was her most stunning. Another one of my favourite movies was Nun's Story, one of her earlier ones I think. I still watch it whenever it comes on TV.
By steve - reader
Tuesday, 28th of August @ 06:40 am
my favourite, as well as my daughter's is 'How to steal a million' with Peter O'Toole. This match was one made in heaven; with class just oozing from Hepburn and O'Toole, in this one. With an art world background, a great plot, scatty and dubious father (Hepburn's), love and a sports car with a Paris setting - well, just the right mix for a rainy Saturday afternoon's watching. Don't forget the popcorn and blankets! Can't believe no one mentioned this gem... it's funny and clever and so worth watching.
By curiouser&curiouser - senior reviewer
Saturday, 8th of September @ 02:56 am
It's a hard question to ask: they were all good.
Breakfast at Tiffany's would have to be my choice.
By enriquito2005 - reader
Tuesday, 11th of September @ 10:02 pm

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