By Alex Doria
When I was ten years old, I was introduced to the magic that is Audrey Hepburn and it has been a never-ending love affair ever since. She immediately became my fashion icon for obvious reasons (she taught me that a LBD always wins and classic looks never go out of style) and her grace, poise, and unshaken vulnerability on screen made her the model of woman I always wanted to be.
While it’s hard to emulate one of the most beautiful women in the world—she holds the record for most magazine covers, she appeared on 650 of them!—Audrey is easily relatable on screen and I can always pull out one of her films for any mood.
Here is my top five:
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
While this is the go-to choice for an Audrey Hepburn movie, it does live up to its fame and glory. What I especially love about this movie is that Audrey’s character, Holly Golightly, is a hot mess. Holly represents what I think a lot of us go through in our twenties: she doesn’t know who she is or what she wants (so much so that she even refuses to name her cat). While we may not necessarily find ourselves in an alley hugging our beloved cat in the rain, we can still dream, right?
2. Funny Face (1957)
Nothing like a good old movie-musical when you’ve got the blues. Funny Face is one of those old classic movies that feels like you stepped into a dream. Audrey’s character, Jo Stockton, is whisked away to Paris to become a model and falls in love with her photographer, played by Fred Astaire. As the official muse of Givenchy, Audrey is dressed in 1950s high fashion throughout the film that makes you want to jump through the screen and steal all of her clothes.
3. How To Steal A Million (1966)
Somehow this movie is severely underrated and overlooked in the Audrey Hepburn film repertoire. It’s hard to understand when you see the unbelievable chemistry between Peter O’Toole and Audrey in this charming romantic comedy. I never can resist a pairing between a witty and intelligent man and a smart and sassy young woman. If you love witty banter, this is your movie.
4. Roman Holiday (1953)
There’s just something about princess narratives that will always appeal to me. Even though Audrey’s Princess Anne is trying to escape her royal life, her adventures as an everyday girl on holiday in Rome are still the stuff of fairytales. Not to mention a very handsome Gregory Peck giving her the tour of a lifetime on his Vespa! Not only was this Audrey’s first film but she also earned an Oscar for her performance.
5. Sabrina (1954)
The hopeless romantic in me will always identify with Sabrina Fairchild. While she does try to pull a Juliet Capulet in the beginning when she sees the man she has loved from a distance with another woman (it was the 1950s, guys, just gotta roll with it). But she goes off to Paris for cooking school and comes back sophisticated and fabulous. Not even Humphrey Bogart’s prickly demeanor can resist her charm as his character quickly falls in love with hers. Noteworthy scene: Audrey singing La Vie En Rose while in the car with Humphrey Bogart. Absolutely gorgeous and haunting.