Directed by William Wyler • 1953 • United States
Starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
Audrey Hepburn shot to stardom with her Academy Award–winning performance in this romantic-comedy classic. While on an official visit to Rome, an adventure-seeking princess (Hepburn) slips away from her chaperones to explore the city with a brash newspaperman (Gregory Peck), who believes he’s got the scoop of a lifetime—until love gets in the way. Hepburn’s enchanting presence and the picture-perfect location shooting—from the Spanish Steps to the Colosseum—make for a captivating modern fairy tale that has lost none of its luster. The film’s best story Oscar was originally awarded to Ian McLellan Hunter, who served as a front for the then-blacklisted Dalton Trumbo; only decades later was Trumbo’s credit reinstated and his win acknowledged by the Academy.