Audrey Hepburn is synonymous with Hollywood charm, but which of her movies are the most beloved according to IMDb?
Audrey Hepburn is considered one of the most iconic and beloved cinema actresses of all time. Also a fashion icon, she was recognized by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend of Hollywood’s Golden Age of cinema.
Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston, was born on May 4, 1929, in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. She climbed to notoriety by the time she was 24 years old, and she was launched into recognition when she acted in two well-received pictures, Roman Holiday and Sabrina. Hepburn’s films are historically well valued for being a part of an important era. Let’s take a look at 10 of her best movies, according to IMDb.
Update November 23rd, 2020 by Darby Harn:
Audrey Hepburn continues to be one of the great icons of cinema. With a lot of people watching a lot more movies at home than they used to, much of her repertoire has gotten a lot more exposure in recent years. As more and more people become aware of her early work and the classics that still hold up today, her IMDb ratings are constantly fluctuating.
15. Funny Face (1957) – 7.0
In the 1957 musical comedy Funny Face, Hepburn worked with legendary dancer Fred Astaire. Upon photographing Jo Stockton (Hepburn), a bookshop employee by mistake, fashion photographer Dick Avery (Astaire) immediately falls in love with her beauty. He sees her as a future model with a lot of promise.
Dick persuades Jo to join him on a trip to France. The two eventually fall in love, as in most classic Hollywood films, but not before they have to overcome a slew of difficulties. As a fashion legend in her own right, Audrey Hepburn was the perfect choice to act in a film that showcased the most iconic fashion designs of all time.
14. Laughter In Paradise (1951)– 7.1
Laughter in Paradise is a brief appearance by Audrey Hepburn. A schedule clash with a theater play caused her to take only a minor role as a cigarette girl in the movie. Even yet, it’s one of her most enduringly memorable looks.
Basically, it’s a slapstick comedy. Millionaire dies and leaves inheritance to four children, who win money if they figure out his posthumous riddles and games.
13. Love In The Afternoon (1957)– 7.2
Love in the Afternoon is just one example of how young Audrey Hepburn will be matched with older actors throughout her career. Actor Gary Cooper plays a private investigator who falls in love with the daughter of the guy he is trying to uncover dirt on, played by Audrey Hepburn.
The role of a wealthy socialite that Hepburn plays when she follows Cooper to Paris is a perfect showcase for her cosmopolitan charm and spirit.
12. Dutch In Seven Lessons (1948)– 7.5
Dutch in Seven Lessons is a little-known 1948 film, yet it’s critically significant. For her, it’s a big step into the big screen. This Dutch film, which ran slightly over an hour, was a hybrid between a documentary and a feature film (though some versions were much shorter).
Instead, the film was more like an advertisement to promote the Netherlands. A Stewardess in the movie, Hepburn would go on to greater and greater success in the years to come.
11. Two For The Road (1967) – 7.5
To meet with one of his clients, architect Mark Wallace (Albert Finney) and his wife Joanna (Audrey Hepburn) travel to France in the romantic comedy Two for the Road (Claude Dauphin). Their first 10 years of marriage are revisited throughout this trip as they reminisce on the details of their romance and the many road trips they took throughout France.
Couples struggle to reignite their desire, and cheating threatens to end their relationship. Hepburn was going through a divorce at the time of filming (from War and Peace co-star Mel Ferrer), but she managed to nail every scene.
10. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) – 7.6
Alec Guinness, best renowned for his role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, also stars in this film, but Audrey Hepburn only has a brief role. As a bank clerk named Holland, Guinness tries to steal gold bullion with a neighbor of his while overseeing the transfer.
As Chiquita, Audrey Hepburn plays a young woman with an uncertain relationship to Holland. Despite the fact that she appears in only a few scenes, it is nevertheless popular with admirers.
9. The Nun’s Story (1959) – 7.6
Hepburn portrays Gabrielle van der Mal, the daughter of a distinguished Belgian surgeon, in the 1959 film The Nun’s Story (Dean Jagger). Her decision to give up her high-class lifestyle and become a nun surprises everyone.
When Gabrielle is assigned to Dr. Fortunati’s medical team in the Belgian Congo as Sister Luke, she works as a nurse (Peter Finch). As a result, she no longer believes she can be a nun following the death of her father in World War II. One of her most underappreciated, yet strong, roles is found in this picture by critics. It was all she could do to portray her feelings of fear, disappointment, and tiredness through her expressions. Her performance in the film was nominated for an Oscar.
8. How To Steal A Million (1966) – 7.6
According to Rotten Tomatoes, How to Steal a Million is one of Audrey Hepburn’s best movies. Hepburn stars as the daughter of a well-known art forger in the slick heist comedy. She enlists the help of a thief to attempt to steal back one of his fakes before the truth gets out.
Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole feature in a light-hearted comedy that still holds up today.
7. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961) – 7.7
You probably picture Audrey Hepburn in a black dress and black gloves in front of Tiffany’s in New York City when you think of her. The 1961 romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in which Audrey Hepburn played Holly Golightly, the naive, youthful neighbor of Paul Varjak, was Hepburn’s breakout role (George Peppard).
In the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella of the same name, Audrey Hepburn became one of the most recognizable fashion icons of all time.
However, the film was far from flawless. Mickey Rooney’s cringe-worthy portrayal of an Asian man is enough to warrant a remake.
6. Sabrina (1954) – 7.7
Audrey Hepburn rose to fame in 1954 with the romantic comedy Sabrina, her second film. Hepburn plays Sabrina, the daughter of a driver, in one of her most renowned cinematic performances. Having spent two years in Paris, she’s back in the States looking and acting like a million bucks. David (William Holden), the playboy son of her father’s wealthy employers, rapidly falls in love with her.
Even though Sabrina has always been in love with David, he woos and wins her heart throughout the film. Although Linus (Humphrey Bogart), David’s older brother, is adamant that David marry an heiress to save the family business, their love is jeopardized. Hepburn was nominated for an Academy Award for her witty and nuanced performance in the film.
5. The Children’s Hour (1961) – 7.8
Films like The Children’s Hour were groundbreaking at the time they were released. Even forty years later, there were few films that dealt with LGBTQ characters and stories. Hepburn plays Karen Wright, a boarding school director who works alongside Shirley MacLaine as her best friend.
It’s a coming-of-age film that examines the importance of fairness and respect for others, as well as how falsehoods and manipulation may have a negative impact on a person’s life.
4. Wait Until Dark (1967) – 7.8
Hepburn’s film Wait Until Dark stands apart from the rest of her work. For the most part, she avoided thrillers and other grim films. In this case, she made an exception and produced an outstanding film. In this film, Audrey Hepburn portrays a recently blind woman. When she can’t see, she’s forced to live in fear of intruders breaking into her house.
Cat-and-mouse game between Hepburn, who is blind, and the crooks (including Alan Arkin), who are searching for a doll they believe is stuffed with heroin.
3. My Fair Lady (1964) – 7.8
This 1964 film adaptation of My Fair Lady is one of the best Broadway adaptations ever. Phonetic professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is certain that Eliza Doolittle (Hepburn) can be transformed from a Cockney working-class girl into a sophisticated member of high society. As one of the most unforgettable female protagonists in history, Audrey Hepburn is characterized by reviewers as an angel.
Despite their differences, Higgins and Eliza forge an unexpected friendship. However, an aristocratic suitor is threatening this relationship (Jeremy Brett). You can’t help but fall in love with Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal in this film.
2. Charade (1963) – 7.9
Hepburn’s films were always fascinating when she took risks. Hepburn portrayed Regina Lampert in the 1963 thriller Charade, in which she falls for Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) while skiing in the French Alps. After her husband’s murder, she must return to Paris.
With Peter’s help, Regina tries to solve this enigma. Among the suspects are three former World War II buddies of her late husband’s. Regina, on the other hand, is dubious about Peter’s penchant for rebranding himself. What’s the matter? In contrast to her normal film roles, Hepburn found this to be a refreshing change of pace.
1. Roman Holiday (1953) – 8.0
Roman Holiday was Audrey Hepburn’s first leading role. Rarely is an actor’s first leading part in a big motion picture regarded as their finest work. Hepburn plays a European princess on the road (Ann) who stops in Rome for the night. Joe Bradley, an American reporter, finds her after she passes out on a park seat (Gregory Peck). For her own protection, he brings her back to his flat.
Joe discovers Ann’s regal rank the following day. Her interview with him is a bet, but the two quickly fall in love. Peck and Hepburn have a chemistry that is both enchanting and compelling. For this performance, Audrey Hepburn earned her first Academy Award. An incredible way to start a career!