Audrey Hepburn is one of the most iconic actresses of her generation…make that any generation. Though many people are under the impression that Audrey Hepburn is the daughter of famed actress Katherine Hepburn, the truth is that the two can barely be considered as related. Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston, she took on the Hepburn name only when she became an actress; she did this in honor of Katherine Hepburn. Known then and now for her classic and elegant beauty Audrey Hepburn was nominated as, “the most beautiful women of all time” by beauty professionals at Evian (Yes, the water people). She stared in some of Hollywood’s most beloved romance stories and brought a certain charm with every spoken word she put on a film. She is a representation of Hollywood’s lost grip on true beauty and elegance. These are her top ten best films of all time.
10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
It’s painful to have to list this classic Hepburn film at number ten on the list, but as influential and popular as Audrey’s performance as Holly Golightly may have been, many people have come to realize that the film is only a shadow of the novel from which it is based on. Fun fact: Truman Capote was outraged when Hepburn was cast in the lead role; his dream casting for Golightly was none other than Marilyn Monroe. People also need to realize Hepburn’s talents for more than her role in this film.
Audrey Hepburn + Humphrey Bogart = A romance for the ages. Sabrina is a modern day Cinderella tail (Modern for the 1950’s that is) about the young daughter to the Larrabee family’s chauffeur. The young and awkward Sabrina (Audrey) goes to school in Paris and comes back all the wiser, more sophisticated, and absolutely beautiful. This is a somewhat sad tale with a happily-ever-after ending.
8. The Nun’s Story
Based on the novel of the same name, which is loosely based on the life of Marie Louise Habets, this film follows a young girl’s journey to become a nun. Hepburn gives one of her most emotional performances in this film as, Sister Luke. The film tells the story of a nun’s battle to stay true to her oath during one of history’s most violent and tumultuous times.
7. The Unforgiven
There is no genre that has had more ups and downs in Hollywood than the western. Filled to the brim with so many classic archetypes, themes, and motifs, The Unforgiven is a heavily drama laden western that stars Audry Hepburn as, Rachel Zachary who is an adopted child with Native American blood. John Huston, one of the greatest western directors of all time, directed the film.
6. The Charade
Starring both, Hepburn and Carry Grant, this film melded the popular espionage thriller with a satirical flair that only Stanley Donen (the director) could incorporate. Toss in the comedic generous of Walter Matthau and you’ve got 113 minutes of purely fun, thrilling, entertainment.
5. My Fair Lady
Some people discredit poor Audrey’s performance and would probably rank this masterpiece a bit lower since Hepburn did not do her own singing in the film. However this decision was not up to her. The girl could sing, as heard in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, yes…#10…it’s still amazing.
4. Funny Face
Did I just mention that Audrey Hepburn could sing? Well, she could dance too; in fact she does both in this musical based on the Broadway show. Featuring the dancing god that was Fred Astaire and music by George and Ira Gershwin, Funny Face is a combination musical, comedy, romance that showcases Audrey’s insane array of talents.
3. The Children’s Hour
“Martha! Marth!” This film has the benefit of have two amazing actresses in Audrey Hepburn and Shirley McLain, in a story that was way ahead of its time. The film focuses on lies and deceit that is powerful enough to destroy lives, when a girl accuses two schoolteachers (Hepburn and McLain) of being homosexual.
2. Two for the Road
An incredibly compelling film about the construction, destruction and than reconstruction of a couples marriage as told through three separate story lines. Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney and Mr. Feeny…I mean William Daniels, star in this incredible emotional, risqué, passionate film about love and reconciliation.
1. Wait Until Dark
It is impossible to describe the amount of pure emotion, thrill, and freight that is portrayed by not only Hepburn in this film but also the very creepy Alan Arkin, this is one of his best roles. Hepburn plays Susy Hendrix, a woman who is home alone, while a murder plot unfolds right in front of her eyes…and did I mention she was blind. There is a reason this film is #1, a reason that can only be described by seeing this film. See it, because Susy Hendrix can’t.