The 30 Best Hairstyles in Movie History
My sister once asked me if I’d ever seen the movie Amélie, and I replied, “Oh, is that the movie about the girl with the cute hair?” Solid plotlines, dynamic characters, beautiful dialogue, etc., are all really important to me, but let’s be real—I’m in it for the beauty inspiration, too. So I compiled a list, '60s on, of the best styles on film that are not only iconic, but are also still relevant and wearable today (as much as I love Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, I can't imagine seeing anyone on the street now with that updo, as fabulous as it was). Need some fresh ideas? Click away!
Jean Seberg in Breathless
You can thank Seberg (shown here post-Breathless) for the rise of gamine, borrowed-from-the-boys close crops.
Penélope Cruz in Vanilla Sky
So sensual: a Spanish accent plus touchable, pushed-to-the-side bangs and cascades of chestnut hair.
Brigitte Bardot in Contempt
The volume! The texture! The headband! This is the original bombshell hair.
Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby
Where did Rosemary get hair this good? She says it was from Vidal Sassoon. More like the devil!
Winona Ryder in Reality Bites
The piecey, textured, tucked-behind-the-ears crop that sent Gen-Xers to salons in droves—#WinonaForever.
Jane Birkin in Blow Up
This swinging 60’s style looks like it’s fresh from a modern-day Chloé campaign, right?
Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Clementine’s rainbow parade of hair colors makes watching this movie slightly less heart-obliterating.
Halle Berry in Die Another Day
You don’t need long, luscious strands to snag James Bond. But it doesn't hurt to be Halle Berry.
Léa Seydoux in Blue is the Warmest Color
The best part of her Smurf hair is how washed out it is—you can spot glimpses of blonde underneath, which makes it look less movie-set manicured.
Meryl Streep in Manhattan
Hair goals: There are clips and gifs circulating the internet dedicated to this over-the-shoulder style just blowing in the wind!
Pam Grier in Foxy Brown
It is not insignificant that Grier was the first African-American woman action star, and that she did it with big, beautiful, natural hair.
Franka Potente in Run Lola Run
The flaming red shade is equal parts punk and cartoon character.
Audrey Tautou in Amélie
Ah, Amélie. She makes a really strong case for fate. And mini bangs.
Zoë Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy
The fuchsia tips on Gamora’s perfectly-waved hair really bring out the green in her face, don’t you think?
Demi Moore in Ghost
Who knew a bowl cut (the style my mother saddled me with from the ages of 4 through 6) could be so cool?
Salma Hayek in Desperado
This is a #girlboss—a bookstore owner who can walk away from a burning building and thwart assassins with her soft spirals still in perfect condition.
Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan
Everyone in this movie is desperately seeking Susan—and Susan’s smartly-accessorized, wild new-wave hair.
Alicia Silverstone in Clueless
Cher’s hair is like spun silk. I wonder if her shampoo was from, like, a totally important designer?
Nicole Kidman in Days of Thunder
Who needs a wind machine when you’ve got Nascar? There’s a lot of footage of her beautiful, strawberry blonde curls dancing around in the wind on the racetrack.
Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface
Elvira shines—from her trophy-wife hair to her barely-there gowns.
Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Why was she hiding the prettiest, bounciest auburn curls in the universe underneath all those prostitute wigs?
Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale
Don’t cheat on Bernie: she’ll burn your car and then rise from the ashes like a phoenix with sexy, short hair.
Anna Karina in A Woman is a Woman
Oh, yes—a stripper with a heart of a gold! But this one is played by legendary bangs icon, Anna Karina (shown here later in the decade still wearing her signature style).
Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice
Janet Jackson is incapable of having mediocre hair (ever seen her The Velvet Rope album cover?)—and this is fully supported by her turn as poet/hair stylist Justice, whose braids are swingy, sexy and cool.
Ali MacGraw in Love Story
Start brushing your hair 100 times a night with a Mason Pearson brush if you want this kind of preppy, rich girl luster.
Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club
Who cares if she’s the basket case? Look at that shag!
Rinko Kikuchi in Babel
Kikuchi is on a crazy color streak (of streaks), from pink as a Japanese teen in Babel to blue as a pilot in Pacific Rim.
Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
Sweet red barrette aside, there’s something depressing yet insanely chic about Margot’s pin-straight and severe, blunt cut.
Bridget Fonda in Singles
Even when hidden under a bowler hat, the 'do is obviously adorable.
Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
From the red lips to the major twist dance moves to the black, bang-ed bob, Mrs. Mia Wallace lives boldly.