Denim has a special place in every person's wardrobe, so it comes as no surprise that the sturdy cotton fabric is well represented in the movies, too. After all, it's comfortable, flattering, and transcends time, age, and gender. From the burgeoning young baseball stars of The Sandlot to Ryan Gosling's Canadian Tuxedo in Drive, here's a comprehensive list of the best jeans onscreen.
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1. Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961
While there's no shortage of fashion moments in this legendary rom-com, one of the sweetest scenes is when Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) plays guitar on her windowsill in blue jeans.
2. Grease, 1978
Danny Zuko and his fellow T-Birds were seldom seen around the halls of Rydell High without their cuffed jeans (and custom leather jackets).
3. The Outsiders, 1983
Denim is the distinguishing wardrobe of the poor Greasers in Francis Ford Coppola's ensemble drama about a rivalry between two boy gangs.
4. The Breakfast Club, 1985
Few cinematic looks are more iconic than John Bender (Judd Nelson) in a rugged jean jacket, throwing his fist in the air.
5. Thelma & Louise, 1991
Badass fugitives Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) and Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) make an iconic denim duo while embarking on an epic journey in a '66 Thunderbird.
6. The Sandlot, 1993
In this nostalgic coming-of-age film, a group of neighborhood boys play in a pickup baseball game every day, sporting jeans, T-shirts, and PF Flyers.
7. Dazed and Confused, 1993
Seeing as the '70s were synonymous with bell-bottoms and overalls, it makes sense that both styles of denim would be showcased in Richard Linklater's cult-favorite comedy.
8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 2005
A pair of old jeans—that miraculously fit four different-sized friends—is at the center of the plot in this teen drama, based on the YA novel of the same name.
10. Drive, 2011
Considering Ryan Gosling is Canadian, it's only fitting that his character in Drive would rock a Canadian Tuxedo (a denim jacket paired with jeans) with purpose.