[[caption-width-right:283:''"Isn't it romantic?"'']]

->''I have learned how to live, how to be in the world and of the world ... and not just to stand aside and watch. And I will never, never again run away from life, or from love, either.''
-->--'''Sabrina Fairchild'''

'''Sabrina''' is a 1954 RomanticComedy film starring Creator/HumphreyBogart, Creator/AudreyHepburn and William Holden. It was directed by Creator/BillyWilder and based on a play called ''Sabrina Fair''. It was Audrey Hepburn's second film, meant to capitalize on her rising popularity. The film was nominated for several Oscars and won the award for Best Costume Design, further cementing Audrey Hepburn at the top of the best dressed list for years to come. The film has become a classic of the genre. In 1995, it was remade with Creator/HarrisonFord, Julia Ormond, and Greg Kinnear in the respective roles.

The story introduces us to Sabrina Fairchild, the waifish daughter of the wealthy Larrabee family's chauffeur. The Larrabees have two sons: the workaholic Linus (Bogart) and the carefree playboy David (Holden). Sabrina is madly in love with David, and tries to kill herself when he doesn't return her advances, but Linus stops her. Sabrina is then shipped off to Paris to attend culinary school, but still pines for David. She returns home extravagant and radiant, and immediately turns David's head, even though he doesn't recognize her at first. This causes problems as David is about to marry Elizabeth, who is essential to an important company merger. Linus tries to direct Sabrina's attention away from David, and unexpectedly falls in love with her himself.

Not to be confused with Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch.
!!The films contains examples of:

* ActuallyIAmHim: Sabrina and David's first interaction is hilarious because of this.
* CharacterTitle
* CoolOldGuy: The Baron, Sabrina's classmate, who immediately discerns her problems and helps her come out of her shell in Paris.
* EiffelTowerEffect: The cooking workshop's main window provides a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower.
* FamilyBusiness: Both Larrabee brothers as well as their father sit in the board of directors of the family company.
* {{Fiction 500}}: The Larrabee Conglomerate has its fingers in just about every industrial sector in the world, and its own towering skyscraper in Manhattan. Linus admits that at this point he doesn't even care about making more money, to him that's just a "byproduct" of his managerial activities.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: David and Linus
* GayParee: Where Sabrina spends two years to learn cooking. She comes back having learned head-turning sophistication as well.
* HaveAGayOldTime: While Sabrina learns how to make a souffle, the teacher tells her and the other students, "The souffle, it must be gay. Gay like...two butterflies dancing the waltz in the summer breeze."
* ImportantHaircut: Sabrina loses her ponytail after the Baron jokingly tells her it makes her look like a horse. In the remake, she doesn't have a ponytail, but a huge mop that conceals her face. It's no wonder David genuinely doesn't recognize her when he first sees post-snip.
* InterruptedSuicide: Pre-Paris, Sabrina tries to suffocate herself on carbon monoxide due to her failure to catch David's attention, but Linus stops her. [[spoiler:Later, Linus confides in Sabrina that he nearly jumped off of his office balcony after [[NoodleIncident a woman broke his heart]], but decided against it, after noticing [[ChildrenAreInnocent children playing hopscotch on the sidewalk]].]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Used by both parties. Linus knows Sabrina is in love with David even though he [Linus] is in love with her. He tells David to get on the boat with her, and they'll cancel the merger. David recognizes his affection, and takes his responsibility with the company so that Linus and Sabrina can be together.
* LethalChef: Sabrina at first. She gets better during her time in Paris.
* LiteralAssKicking: David sitting on his champagne glasses.
* LittleBlackDress
* LoveMakesYouDumb: The Baron claims to have noticed that if one tries to bake while happily in love with someone, he/she ends up burning the dish. Alternatively, if one tries to bake while ''un''happily in love, he/she forgets to turn on the oven.
* MarriedToTheJob: Linus, by his own admission. "If I got married, I'd have to take a dictaphone, two secretaries and four corporation counsellors along on the honeymoon. I'd be unfaithful to my wife every night with vice presidents, boards of directors, slide-rule accountants... This is my home. No wife would ever understand it."
* MayDecemberRomance: Sabrina is 21. Linus is much older.
* NauticalKnockout: This happens to Linus Larrabee.
* OnceUponATime:
** Audrey Hepburn opens the original movie by delivering narration that begins like so:
--->"Once upon a time, on the North Shore of Long Island, some 30 miles from New York, there lived a small girl on a large estate..."
** In the remake, Julia Ormond delivers both opening and ending narration containing this phrase.
* PanAndScan: Inverted: 4:3 prints actually show ''more'' picture than originally shown in theaters. This probably explains why the film never received a widescreen home video release until the 60th anniversary Blu-Ray.
* PimpedOutDress: Sabrina's dress at the party has lots of embroidery, and a voluminous second skirt (in the shape of a ShowgirlSkirt) attached to the narrow main skirt.
* ProductionForeshadowing: Linus orders two tickets for the play ''TheSevenYearItch'', which was Wilder's next film. In interviews, Wilder said this was intentional.
* RaceForYourLove: By the time Linus realizes his love for Sabrina, she has already boarded a boat back to Paris. David helps Linus catch up to her by arranging for a tugboat to transport him.
* RomanticFalseLead: David Larrabee.
* ScienceMarchesOn: When Sabrina tells the Baron that wanting David to love her feels as difficult as reaching for the moon, he tells her that people have started building rockets to reach the moon.
* SheCleansUpNicely
* ShesAllGrownUp: "Would you have recognized her? That scrawny kid who'd run away when she saw us, her knees painted with Mercurochrome. How do you like those legs now? Aren't they something?"
* SiblingTriangle: The brothers for Sabrina.
* UnequalPairing: Both Linus and David are members of the upper crust. Sabrina is a chauffer's daughter. Her father attempts to discourage her budding feelings for this very reason.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: As Christopher Buckley put it, Sabrina apparently takes along "about 10 steamer trunks full of Givenchy" when she returns to America.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Sabrina's poodle is named David.