The 25 Coolest Jackets in film


Jackets are the sartorial equivalent of getting a tattoo. Not only does it make a statement about their owner, but wear them long enough and they become faded and a little stretched.

On film, the coat makes up part of a character's personality. Just a glimpse of a collar or cuff and the viewer immediately knows who they're watching. Here we've looked at 25 of the best to ever grace the big screen.

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    Back to the future

    The jacket: Other than the power-lacing trainers, Marty's red puffa gilet was the only item we ever wanted to wear after watching Back to the Future.

    Worn by: Marty McFly

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    The jacket: Slicked-back quiffs aside, Grease's T-Birds looked cool because they wore leather jackets.

    Worn by: Danny Zuko

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    The jacket: A yellow scorpion stitched onto the back of a coffee-coloured satin bomber jacket doesn't exactly say instant classic, or indeed tasteful, but if anyone can make it look slick it's Ryan Gosling.

    Worn by: The Driver

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    The jacket: Apparently the making of this jacket required several processes to get it just right, with the final product being overseen by the film's designers and Harrison Ford. You can even purchase your very own bona fide replica right here.

    Worn by: Indiana Jones

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    The Wild One

    The jacket: As the first film to explore biker-related violence, this jacket gained iconic status thanks to a very young Marlon Brando.

    Worn by: Johnny Strabler

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    Rebel Without A Cause

    The jacket: There is still some debate over what make of blouson jacket James Dean actually wore when filming Rebel Without a Cause, although the general consensus seems to be that he's wearing a classic Baracuta rather than a modified McGregor Anti-Freeze.

    Worn by: Jim Stark

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    Taxi Driver

    The jacket: Originally worn by protesters during the Vietnam war, the field jacket has been widely copied in and outside the army. Perfect attire for De Niro's troubled ex-Marine.

    Worn by: Travis Bickle

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    The Matrix

    The jacket: While Neo's floor-grazing jacket was undoutedly a piece of sartorial brilliance, it was Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus who stole the show with his calf-length alligator coat.

    Worn by: Morpheus

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    The Sand Pebbles

    The jacket: Peacoats were standard issue for the US Navy as early as 1881, as the double-breasted fastening and high collars were perfect for keeping the cold weather out. So it's no surprise we see Steve McQueen's rebellious naval mate, Jake Holman, donning said garment in The Sand Pebbles.

    Worn by: Jake Holman

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    Fight Club

    The jacket: Tyler Durden's laid back approach to dressing is precisely why his red leather blazer is still awesome.

    Worn by: Tyler Durden

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    The Breakfast Club

    The jacket: No high school movie would be complete without the jock character. And everyone knows the jock isn't complete unless he's wearing a Letterman jacket.

    Worn by: Andrew Clark

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    Top Gun

    The jacket: Tom Cruise's jacket in Top Gun was based on the original military flight jacket.

    Worn by:Maverick

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    The jacket: The original jacket worn by Matthew Broderick has become a cult classic with the very one from the film recently selling for £18,000 ($30,000). If you're thinking about getting a replica here are the important things you need to know: it's tan, gray, and black pattern with metal rivets, black fabric cuffs and collar and zipper closure pockets.

    Worn by: Ferris Bueller

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    The jacket: Few wear a trench coat as superbly as the suave Humphrey Bogart. Originally issued during the Boer war, Burberry's trench coat became associated with the underworld, thanks to Bogart's noir thriller roles.

    Worn by: Rick Blaine

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    Casino Royale

    The jacket: Bond doesn't always have to wear a suit. Case in point: Daniel Craig in a leather jacket.

    Worn by: James Bond

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    The jacket: As Wolverine has metal claws in his hands his clothes needed to be hard wearing, which is why his leather jacket includes a thick lining.

    Worn by: Wolverine

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    The jacket: Ewan McGregor's bomber jacket epitomised the youth culture he depicts in Trainspotting. While his sartorial charm most definitely falls into the category of 'heroin chic' that doesn't make him look any less brilliant.

    Worn by: Renton

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    Get Carter

    The jacket: Issued for service men in the trenches during World War I, the trenchcoat has long since established itself as a classic. Michael Caine's Aquascutum version, which he wore in Get Carter was sold for £7,500 at Bonham's in 2011.

    Worn by: Jack Carter

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    It Should Happen To You

    The jacket: Endorsed by royalty, the mac (a favourite of the Duke of York in 1825) was the perfect addition to Jack Lemmon's dishevelled look.

    Worn by: Pete Sheppard

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    Von Ryan's Express

    The jacket: Also known as the A2 jacket, this was worn by Frank Sinatra to give his character a tough edge.

    Worn by: Colonel Von Ryan

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    The jacket: Way before the Gallagher brothers made the parka an ubiquitous part of Britpop, there was classic mod flick Quadrophenia.

    Worn by: Jimmy

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    The jacket: Since Richard Ayoade's coming-of-age film came along, there's a new king of duffle coats. Enter Oliver Tate, played by Craig Roberts, who's mastery of said coat outshines any bear wearing a red hat.

    Worn by: Oliver Tate

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    The jacket: Once again, here's Bond not in a suit. In this year's Skyfall (no spoilers), Bond dons Barbour's classic waxed jackets. On another note, it's the much loved jacket of the Hackney hipster. Although, don't expect to see Bond in Dalston any time soon.

    Worn by: James Bond

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    The Aviator

    The jacket: The leather aviator jacket worn by Leonardo DiCaprio is ideal for his character's pilot status.

    Worn by: Howard Hughes

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    The Dark Knight

    The jacket: Q: What does Batman wear when he's not fighting baddies in Gotham? A: a leather bomber jacket.

    Worn by: Bruce Wayne