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Audrey Hepburn is one of the finest, talented and most creative actresses to have ever graced movie screens. She is an Oscar award-winning actress who featured in several iconic movies before her demise in 1993, at the age of 63. Below is a selection of Audrey Hepburn’s greatest movies ranked from best to worst in that order. Read further to know more about them.
Audrey Hepburn’s 10 Greatest Movies Ranked From Best To Worst
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
This movie is considered as one of the best in which the actress starred in. The romantic comedy, which was released in 1963, was directed by Blake Edwards and written by George Axelrod. It is an adaptation of Truman Capote’s 1958 novella of the same title. The movie tells the story of two young people – a man and a woman who crossed parts as neighbors living in the same apartment building in New York, each with dreams and aspirations. It features other actors and actresses such as George Peppard, , Buddy Esen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. The film was officially released by Paramount Pictures on October 5th, 1961.
After its release, the movie clinched two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Moon River. It was further nominated for another three Academy Awards – Best Actress for Hepburn, Best-Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction. It made a box office return of $14 million on an initial budget of $2.5 million.
2. Roman Holiday
This is a 1963 American romantic comedy which tells the tale of a beautiful European Princess Ann, played by Audrey Hepburn, who decided to take a night off in Rome while on tour. She falls asleep in a park after taking a powerful sedative from her doctor but is found by a journalist, Joe Bradley, and a romance ensues between them.
The movie was directed and produced by William Wyler and it features who played the role of Joe Bradley. Roman Holiday was officially released on the 21st of July 1963. It ran on a budget of $1.5 million and was a box office hit of $12 million. Audrey Hepburn landed an Academy Award for Best Actress due to her performance. The movie itself won the Academy Award for Best Story.
Next up on our list of Audrey Hepburn’s Greatest Movies is Sabrina. The movie was adapted from for the screen from Sabrina Fair, a play by Samuel A. Taylor. It tells the story of a beautiful young lady and daughter of a Chauffeur, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn), who returns home after spending two years in Paris and catches the attention of the son of her father’s rich employer, David (William Holden). However, they face one obstacle to their romance, David’s no-nonsense older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart), who wants his younger brother to marry to an heiress for the sake of their family business.
The movie won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black and White. The Hollywood classic was officially released in Toronto, Canada, and the United States in September 3rd and October 15th of 1954 respectively. It recorded a $4 million box office total against a budget of $2.2 million.
Another iconic Audrey Hepburn movie is Charade, which was released on the 5th of December 1963. It is based on a short story written by Peter Stone and Marc Behn titled The Unsuspecting Wife and directed by Stanley Donen. It also features Walter Matthau, Dominque Minot, James Coburn, Ned Glass, George Kennedy, and Jacques Marin.
The movie is a tale of romance packed with comedy and action where it tells the story of Regina Lampart (Audrey Hepburn), who fell in love the handsome Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) while on a vacation in the French Alps. After returning from Paris, she finds her husband dead. This leads to her going on the run with Peter after being chased by her late husband’s world war II buddies – Tex, Scobie, and Gideon. Her late husband and his World War II friends had stolen a quarter of a million dollars in gold behind enemy lines but he had double-crossed them, keeping the money for himself; now, they assume Regina has it and they want what they believe they’re owed. The movie was a success, making $13.4 million on a budget $3 million.
5. My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady is a musical drama released on the 21st October 1964, which was adapted from Lerner and Loewe’s stage musical of the same name, which in turn was based on a 1913 stage play by George Bernard Shaw titled Pygmalion. The film was directed by George Cukor.
It tells the story of a poor flower seller, Elizabeth Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) and an unapologetic and arrogant Professor of Phonetics, Henry Higgins, who wagers that he can tutor her to be better English speaker, making her presentable to the sophisticated society of Edwardian London. The film also features Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Gladys Cooper, and Wilfred Hyde-White.
My Fair Lady clinched eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. It was named the 91st greatest American film of all time by the American Film Institute in 1998 and ranked 8th in the AFI’s greatest movie musical list. At the box office, it made $72 million on a budget of $17 million. It’s easy to see how My Fair Lady earned its place on our list of Audrey Hepburn’s Greatest Movies.
6. Two For The Road
This film was released on the 20th of September 1967 by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Stanley Donen and written by Frederic Raphael, featuring Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Eleanor Bron, William Daniels, Claude Dauphin, and Nadia Gray.
Two For The Road tells the story of the marital life of a husband and wife who examined their 12-year relationship while on a trip to France. However, the marriage turned into a struggle as they both try to reignite the old flame of love, while mutual infidelity threatens the very foundation of their marriage. The movie was considered experimental to some extent due to its non-linear outline. It had a box office total of $12 million on a budget that ran between $4 to $5 million. Hepburn got a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actress.
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7. The Nun’s Story
This film is based on a novel of the same title written by Kathryn Hulme in 1956. It reveals the story of a young Belgian lady, Sister Luke (Audrey Hepburn) who relinquished her high-class social status and become a nun. But her loyalty is tested when her father is murdered by the Germans and she doesn’t feel like she can maintain and sustain her order’s neutral nature.
The movie was released on July 18th, 1959, directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Henry Blanke. It got 8 Academy Awards nominations, which includes the Best Actress in a leading role (Audrey Hepburn). It gained $12.8 million at the box office on a budget of $3.5 million.
8. Wait Until Dark
Wait Until Dark was released on 26th October 1967. It was directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel Ferrer, featuring Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Jack Weston, Julie Herod, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. The movie is based on a play titled Wait Until Dark (1966) by Frederic Knott.
The movie was ranked as one of the 100 Scariest Movie Moments on Bravo’s list. It had a box office earning of $17.5 million on a budget of $3 million. Hepburn got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1967.
9. Funny Face
Another musical romantic comedy makes the list of Audrey Hepburn’s greatest movies. Funny Face was released on the 13th of February, 1957 in the US and April 25th, 1957 in the UK. It was directed by Stanley Donen and produced by Roger Edens. It features Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, and Robert Flemyng.
The movie tells the story of how a New York City fashion photographer, Dick Avery (Fred Astaire), was taken aback by the beauty of Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), who works in a bookstore. He accidentally took a photo of her and believes she has all it takes to be a successful model. He convinces her to follow him to Paris where he took more photos of her and eventually they fell in love with each other, but there are obstacles to their love along the way. Sadly, the movie didn’t quite pay the bills as it wasn’t a commercial success. It ran on a budget of $3 million and made $2.5 million at the box office.
10. Love in the Afternoon
Finally on our list of Audrey Hepburn’s Greatest Movies is Love In The Afternoon. This is a 1957 romantic comedy movie directed and produced by Bill Wilder featuring Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. The screenplay is based on a novel by Claude Anet titled Ariane, jeune fille Russe, translated as ‘Ariane, Young Russian Girl’. Furthermore, the movie is inspired by a 1931 German adaptation of the novel titled Ariane directed by Paul Czinner.
It tells the story of a playboy who became fascinated with the daughter of a private investigator after she saves him from being shot by the husband of his mistress. The movie didn’t do quite well at the box office, recording $2 million on a budget of $2.1 million. Hepburn, however, got a Laurel Award for Best Comedy Performance in 1958.