1953, Paramount, 118 min, Dir: William Wyler

A real-life princess (Audrey Hepburn), weary of her sheltered existence, takes off on her own to see the sights of Rome, only to encounter romance in the form of suave Gregory Peck. But unbeknownst to Hepburn, Peck is really a reporter out for a story, a fact that inevitably complicates things as the two grow more intimate. This sweet-natured romantic comedy won three Oscars, including Best Actress for Hepburn.

1981, HBO Films, 115 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Director Peter Bogdanovich uses the private-eye genre as a vehicle to deliver deeply romantic insights about love, marriage and regret. John Ritter and Ben Gazzara work for the Odyssey Detective Agency, a firm where the investigators are more concerned with their own complicated love lives than with solving any cases. Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Stratten co-star in this hilarious ensemble dramedy, a film that Quentin Tarantino declared one of the 10 greatest ever made.

1951, Rialto Pictures, 81 min, UK, Dir: Charles Crichton

The distinctive blend of comedy and crime that made Ealing one of Britain’s most revered studios is on full display in this tale of a bank clerk (Alec Guinness) and a foundry owner (Stanley Holloway) who concoct a nearly perfect plot to steal a fortune in gold bullion. The film struck some gold at the Academy Awards, with a Best Actor nomination for Guinness (his first) and a Best Original Screenplay award for writer T.E.B. Clarke. Keep your eyes peeled for young Audrey Hepburn and Robert Shaw in minor roles.

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