While an actor’s performance is what matters the most in the portrayal of a character, you can’t brush off their wardrobe, as it helps them bring the character to life. From sunglasses to t-shirts, there are some iconic pieces of apparel out there that have been made famous by tremendously popular films. Being obsessed with gear, we watch movies in a slightly different way, as we take notice of stylish garb that grabs our attention, especially if the actor struts in it like a champ. There’s a ton of pop culture apparel out there, but right now we’re going to hone in on some of the best movie jackets that have graced the silver screen.
Considering the performance, quality of the film and the stylish influence of the apparel, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best movie jackets out there that you can actually grab yourself, and no, they’re not all leather jackets. Sometimes the jacket amplifies the ruggedness of the character, like Indiana Jones’ leather apparel, or sometimes it’s a debonair, yet functional, piece that keeps the character looking slick while he saves the world, like James Bond’s peacoat. Whatever reason it may be, jackets help to express the cool-factor of a character the way sunglasses do. You just have to remember one thing: the clothes don’t make the man, but they are certainly an extension of his swagger.
The Breakfast Club
Levi's Trucker Jean Jacket
The Breakfast Club is one of the quintessential films of the 80’s, and John Bender, played wonderfully by Judd Nelson, gave us an inside look at ‘the criminal’ of high school that we won’t soon forget. Instead of a leather jacket, which is common attire for rebels, Bender wears a denim trucker jacket. Levi’s first released the trucker jacket in 1967 and it’s still as trendy today as it was back in detention in the John Hughes classic. The Levi’s jean jacket looks pretty much the same today with a point collar, side hem adjusters, button closures at the cuffs, welt side pockets and button-flap patch pockets on the chest.
Release Date: February 15, 1985
Director: John Hughes
Material: 100% cotton, denim
Alpha Industries M-65 Field Jacket
Replacing the M-51 field jacket in 1965, this tough infantry jacket became standard issue for U.S. soldiers in the Vietnam War, which is why it was Travis Bickle’s go-to jacket in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Robert DeNiro helped set a few fashion trends as Bickle with his mowhawk, square gold-rimmed aviators and this cool weatherproof, storm-ready jacket. Along with its original mil-spec fit, this jacket has a zippered collar that stores a hood, four front flap pockets, adjustable waist drawcords, an interior welt pocket and a concealed zip placket. It comes in a variety of colors, but Travis Bickle rocks it in vintage olive green.
Release Date: February 8, 1976
Director: Martin Scorsese
Material: 50% cotton, 50% nylon
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Wested Leather Indiana Jones Jacket
Harrison Ford can definitely rock a leather jacket, but he’s at his fashion peak in his brown leather jacket, playing the rugged, adventure-savvy Indiana Jones. Along with the Fedora hat and his whip, Jones’ jacket is a classic piece of adventure apparel, and Wested Leather, who made the actual jacket for Raiders of the Lost Ark, can make a screen-accurate copy for you to sport. Made of lambskin, in a medium rich brown, this jacket has action pleats, side vents with adjustable straps, two-way hand-warmer pockets, one leather-bound inside pocket, brass zips and D rings. Constructed in England, this leather jacket comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Release Date: June 12, 1981
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rebel Without A Cause
G9 Barcuta Jacket
Created in 1937, the G9 was designed to be a functional rainproof jacket for the modern English working man. Fast-forward to 1955 and the jacket became immortalized by James Dean, as he portrayed the protagonist, Jim Stark, a red Harrington wearing juvenile who embodied teen angst in Rebel Without A Cause. It is a timeless jacket that has been worn by some of the coolest men that ever lived, including Steve McQueen. This style icon is also as functional as they come, with water-resistant cotton/polyester, a breathable Tartan lining, a classic two-button collar and an umbrella-inspired back vent to help rain roll right off.
Release Date: October 29, 1955
Director: Nicholas Ray
Material: 50% cotton, 50% polyester
Back To The Future
Magnoli Clothiers McFly Denim Jacket
Marty McFly was a pretty stylish kid and we know the self-sizing jacket from Back to the Future Part II is neat, but the denim jacket he wears in the first movie can actually be integrated into your wardrobe. The original denim jacket in the film is speculated to be made by Guess, but nobody knows for sure; however, a highly-respected film apparel replica company offers a film-accurate version of it. This two-tone denim jacket has an elastic waist, flapped pockets, rear shoulder gussets and brass snaps. You can even turn back the cuffs to show off the green paisley cotton lining, just like Marty has it when he’s playing a hard rock version of “The Power of Love.”
Release Date: July 3, 1985
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Material: denim, cotton
Billy Reid Bond Peacoat
Skyfall is definitely one of the richest James Bond outings to date. It also may be Bond at his most stylish, as he dons a dashing peacoat while he pursues his target in Shangai by jumping onto a rising elevator. Peacoats are already pretty cool, but if you’re going to get one, you might as well get the one that Bond wears. This unlined double breasted melton wool peacoat has horn buttons, a leather under-collar, a locker loop, a double-side entry and flap pockets, making it fit for the best British spy in the world.
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Director: Sam Mendes
Material: 80% wool, 20% nylon
The Wild One
Schott Classic Perfecto Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Arguably the greatest actor of all time, Marlon Brando was the epitome of cool wearing his Perfecto leather jacket as Johnny, the leader of a biker gang that rolls into Carbonville to raise hell in The Wild One. Associated with a renegade nature, the jacket was actually banned from schools in the mid 50’s for an entire year, which stoked the fire of America’s young rebels, leading it to even more fame. Everything about it is classic, including its three pocket design, zippered sleeve cuffs, belt with a nickel plated square buckle and its snap down lapels. It’s also made with U.S. sourced, drum dyed, hand-cut, full aniline cowhide.
Release Date: December 30, 1953
Director: Laslo Bendek
Material: aniline cowhide naked leather
Cockpit USA Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket
When you’re on the highway to the danger zone, this unique 1985 flight jacket with movie-accurate patches is absolutely perfect. Continuing the association of rebellious badasses with leather jackets, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, wonderfully portrayed by Tom Cruise, is a dangerously confident pilot that you could root for with 80’s wardrobe that you could get down with. Everything about this American-made jacket is handled with care, including the 60’s specifications, the light russet colored antiquated mouton collar, the bi-swing back and the worn patina on both the goatskin leather and the 17 patches.
Release Date: May 16, 1986
Director: Tony Scott
Material: vegetable tanned goatskin leather
Jonathan A. Logan Tyler Jacket
Tyler Durden has a fashion sense that matches his diabolical free-spirit, leading him to rock a red Italian leather jacket with a 70’s vibe. It’s an extension of his transparent, aggressive nature, as he led Edward Norton’s character, who is simply credited as the ‘narrator,’ down a volcanic path of self-destruction. The jacket was designed by Jonathan A. Logan, a veteran in the film industry who has brilliantly crafted some of the finest garments for a variety of silver screen characters. The Tyler Jacket offered is handmade from the original pattern and can also be made with a custom color by request.
Release Date: October 15, 1999
Director: David Fincher
Material: Italian calfskin leather
Burberry The Kensington Heritage Trench Coat
Nobody looks better in a trench coat than Humphrey Bogart, and in his first major role as Rick Blaine, in one of the most important films in cinema, he wore a Burberry trench coat and was the first person to make standing in the rain look cool. Burberry submitted a similar design for an officer’s raincoat to the British War Office right before World War I. In Casablanca, Rick was involved in the war as a pro-Ethiopian gun runner, which explains the coat, and he probably made it his go-to jacket because it looks both dapper and dangerous. Burberry kept the classic silhouette, double-breasted closure, hook-and-eye collar closure, gun flap, belted cuffs, storm shield and D-ring belt; however, they did modify the fit to be more modern.
Release Date: January 23, 1943
Director: Michael Curtiz
Material: 100% cotton
Silver Screen Shades: 20 Best Movie Sunglasses
So you’ve picked out a timeless movie jacket that will help you get into character. Now it’s time to pick out some cool shades. Check out our picks of the best movie sunglasses that you can scoop up.
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