From bowlers and berets to porkpies and picture hats, certain styles of headwear have had an enduring impact on the big screen. Here, for National Hat Day, are 25 standouts.
Audrey Hepburn — "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
One of the most famous hats in Hollywood history, the black Chapeau du Matin—with a long silk scarf as a hatband—reflected key elements Holly Golightly's character: drama and mystery.
Harrison Ford — "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
Indy's distinctive high-crowned fedora, based on a traditional style called the Poet, became a bestseller even though the star of the movie could have done without it. Said Ford, 'Whoever decided that Indiana Jones should wear a felt hat and a leather jacket in the jungles should have been shot."
Faye Dunaway — "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967)
Although this New Hollywood production is an edgy update of the gangster movies of the 1930, Bonnie Parker's signature beret is a nod to the French New Wave films of the early '60s. It completes a look that still shows up on fashion runways a half-century later,
Julie Christie and Omar Sharif — "Doctor Zhivago" (1965)
Costume designer Phyllis Dalton won an Oscar for her work on this romantic epic, which sparked a fashion revolution known as "the Zhivago look," marked by fur hats and papakhas.
Audrey Hepburn — "My Fair Lady" (1964)
Hepburn's second-most-iconic hat: the colossal chapeau Eliza Doolittle wears to Ascot Racecourse after her makeover. Designed by Cecil Beaton, it ended up in Debbie Reynolds' costume collection and in 2011 was sold at auction—along with the Ascot dress—for $3.7 million.
Diane Keaton — "Annie Hall" (1977)
Like the rest of the pieces that made up her menswear-centric look, Annie Hall's big-brimmed bowler came straight out of Diane Keaton's closet.
Charlie Chaplin — "The Kid" (1921)
The Tramp, featured in classic silent movies from 1921's "The Kid" to 1936's "Modern Tomes," is identified by his tiny-brimmed bowler, a couple of sizes too small.
Grace Kelly — "To Catch a Thief" (1955)
This is how Kelly, playing a rich American tourist out to seduce a retired jewel thief (Cary Grant) on the French Riviera, dresses when she's heading to the beach. The large sun hat came in handy a year later when she quit Hollywood and took up permanent residence on the Mediterranean as Princess of Monaco.
Louise Brooks — "Pandora's Box" (1929)
With her bobbed haircut and cloche—the bell-shaped hat emblematic of the roaring '20s—Lulu became the eternal "It" Girl of the flapper era.
Gene Hackman — "The French Connection" (1971)
He plays Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, a character based on NYPD detective Eddie Egan, who favored a porkpie hat. Hackman wanted wear Egan's hat in the movie, but the real-life detective (who has a small role as a police captain) refused to lend it to him, so a duplicate was made.
Basil Rathbone — "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1939)
Rathbone wore several styles of hats in the Sherlock Holmes film series, which ran from 1939 to 1946, but this double-flapped deerstalker cap is the one that became iconic.
Anne Hathaway — "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006)
Her stylish newsboy caps—not one but two of them—are central to the fashion makeover of Miranda Priestly's junior assistant.
Jeanne Moreau — "Jules and Jim" (1962)
A more traditional newsboy cap shows up in this New Wave classic. It's a key part of an androgynous disguise as the free-spirited Catherine—styled with baggy pants, a fisherman's sweater and a penciled-on mustache—races through belle époque Paris with Jules and Jim in hot pursuit.
Gene Wilder — "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971)
In a letter to director Mel Stuart expressing reservations about the costumes he was to wear in this movie, Wilder noted that Willy Wonka's top hat—with hints of the Mad Hatter and a circus ringmaster—is "terrific." He was right about that. It was later sold at auction for $27,500.
Mia Farrow — "The Great Gatsby" (1974)
She finds Gatsby's shirts so beautiful that she starts to cry, but what we remember are Daisy's hats, which capture the romance of the Jazz Age.
Tobey Maguire — "The Great Gatsby" (2013)
The straw boaters in this remake became a key item in Brooks Brothers' Great Gatsby Collection.
Diana Ross — "Mahogany" (1975)
Although the movie got panned, it earned cult status in the fashion world, thanks in no small measure to the '70s-chic felt hats worn by Miss Ross.
Mike Myers — "Wayne's World" (1992)
His cap anticipated a major fashion trend of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the trucker hat became part of hip-hop chic, embraced by stars like Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher and Pharrell Williams.
Leslie Caron — "Gigi" (1958)
The straw hat with the flipped-up brim conveys the innocence of the title character, a French schoolgirl in turn-of-the-20th-century Paris. The look was designed by English fashion photographer Cecil Beaton.
Harold Sakata — "Goldfinger" (1964)
The bowler-like Sandringham hat worn by Oddjob, Goldfinger's Korean manservant, is equipped with a chakram—a throwing weapon from India—in the brim. Oddjob uses it as a sort of lethal Frisbee to decapitate a stone statue and kill Bond Girl Tilly Masterson. In a 2008 survey, the hat was voted one of the Top 10 weapons in film history.
The Little Rascals (1922-1944)
Each of them wears an iconic hat to suit his character. Most famous are Spanky's beanie, Buckwheat's straw boater and Alfalfa's funky felt hat, seemingly stolen from his father's closet. Even Porky and the monkey sport signature headwear.
Margaret Hamilton — "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!" vows the Wicked Witch of the West, whose cone-shaped black hat—more than a foot tall—remains a potent symbol of sorcery.
John Wayne — "Red River" (1948)
It's tough to single out one style from the countless Westerns churned out by Hollywood since 1903's "The Great Train Robbery," but Thomas Dunson's high-crowned cowboy hat ranks way up there. The Duke was so taken with it that he wore the same hat in "The Searchers" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."
Julia Roberts — "Pretty Woman" (1990)
For her debut at the polo grounds, she trades in the black cap that went with her blond wig for this elegant low-crowned straw hat with a polka dot silk hatband to match her dress. And check out the white gloves. Toto, I have a feeling we're not on Hollywood Boulevard anymore.
Ingrid Bergman & Humphrey Bogart — "Casablanca" (1942)
His classic fedora, as iconic as his trench coat, and her alluring picture hat—the scene at the airport wouldn't be the same without them.
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