The 15 Most Iconic Fashion Moments in Action Movies That Prove Looks Can Kill

rarely are Action films thought of as centers of fashion. Audiences tend to focus on the mission or the car chases or explosions over a character’s lapel or tailored suit. That said, fashion in an action movie often says more about the character than how cool he looks when he walks away from an explosion. Action movies centered around a rogue agent or spy have a variety of suits or button-down shirts to match the occasion. For example, James Bond often dons a tailored three-piece suit to blend in to high society functions, while a god like Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will wear traditional attire such as gemstones and jewelry.

Since action movies have historically been male-centric, other characters often appeal to a man’s fantasy. Women usually wear bikinis or plunging necklines, somehow able to run fast in stiletto heels. Helpers tend to wear a similar outfit to the hero, while villains wear a monochromatic outfit, signaling their difference to the hero. However, some action movies like charlie’s angels or Gunpowder milkshake poke fun at the fashions women wear in an empowering way. Arguably, fashion in action movies is just as important as explosions.


15 Chris Hemsworth’s White Suit — Spider Head

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In spider head, Chris Hemworth portrays Abnesti, a program director at Spiderhead, a facility for criminals who volunteer to be guinea pigs to lessen their prison time. He wears an array of blazers, but his casual white suit with a light gray shirt is exquisite. Of course, your TAG Heuer Carrera watch, as Watch ID points out, is the piece that holds the outfit together.

14 John David Washington striped linen shirt — Tenet

John David Washington on Principle
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Starring John David Washington as Protagonist and Robert Pattinson as Neil, the sci-fi action thriller Principle puts the actors in suits that would give James Bond a run for his money. Though it’s not just the suits Washington wears that draw attention: The knit polo shirts and linen-striped buttons he wears between suits are just as impressive.

13 Gerard Butler’s navy blue suit — London fell

Gerard Butler in London fell
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As the President’s Secret Service, Mike Banning (played by Gerard Butler) wears a lot of suits while on the job. While it’s his navy blue suit that’s the piece de resistance in london fell. Even though he’s running through the London Underground tunnels in a suit, he protects world leaders and democracy in style.

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12 Hat and Vest of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II — Ambulance

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Ambulance
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When his wife needs over $200,000 for his wife’s experimental surgery, Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), brother Danny, for his help in Ambulance. Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) convinces Will to join a bank robbery that is supposed to net $32 million. To be discreet, Will wears a camouflage vest and a baseball cap. This heist outfit is something even superheroes wear when they’re on the run.

11 Sean Connery’s Brown Suit – Never Say Never Again

Sean Connery and Rowan Atkinson in Never Say Never Again
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Almost every action movie has the lead actor in a suit, but today’s action heroes rarely live up to James Bond standards. Like the original James Bond, actor Sean Connery had many costumes that stole hearts and thwarted villains’ plans, although it was his beige suit in never say never again this is his best.

10 Chris Evan’s Stealth Suit – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Although the stealth suit is the former captain’s favorite outfit, it has a certain significance to the trajectory of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In comparison, Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) stealth suit mirrors the Winter Soldier’s (Sebastian Stan) uniform. Both costumes are fairly monochrome and intended for combat, as Comic Book Resources explains.

9 Ryan Gosling bomber jacket and driving gloves — Driving

Ryan Gosling in Drive (2011)
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A man of many talents, Driver (Ryan Gosling) is hired for his skills by mobsters. As he drives through Los Angeles, he wears a satin jacket with a gold scorpion embroidered on the back and brown leather gloves. According to Vogue, Gosling, director Nicholas Refn and costume designer Erin Benach collaborated on the jacket design in To drive.

8 Michael B. Jordan brown button – Creed III

Tessa Thompson and Michael B. Jordan in Creed III

The third installment of Belief franchise, Creed III stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, one of the best boxers in the world. Living up to his name Adonis is a glory to behold in the ring. Even outside the ring, he dresses to steal the show, especially in his brown shirt.

7 Oscar Isaac’s Infinity Scarf — Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

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O Star Wars franchise is hardly the inspiration for Fashion Week. However, Poe Dameron’s (Oscar Isaac) infinity scarf in The Rise of Skywalker it’s pretty epic. While infinity scarves get a bad rap in the fashion world, Syfy reminds the audience that Poe’s scarf is Instagram-worthy in a galaxy far, far away.

6 Sebastian Stan denim jacket — The 355

Edgar Ramirez and Sebastian Stan in The 355
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With a female-led spy movie, the 355 there are plenty of fashion-conscious moments for the lead actresses, but Nick Fowler’s (Sebastian Stan) denim jacket stops audiences in their tracks. Despite being simple, the jacket is a perfect disguise for those who cheat on the love of their life.

5 Maelstrom Coat by John Boyega – Pacific Rim: Uprising

John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Uprising
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Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) is a Jaeger pilot turned cadet trainer in Pacific Rim: Revolt. While the pilot suits got an update, Jake’s cozy whirlwind coat stole the show. According to Slim Fit Jackets, the Jake Jacket is a comfortable person’s dream come true with fleece and hooded jersey fabric.

4 John Cho’s Yellow Shirt – Star Trek Into Darkness

John Cho in Star Trek Into Darkness
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When the latest venture where no one had gone before debuted, a fashion update was in order. As Empire explains, the original cast of Star Trek wore shirts with gold thread while the cast of Star Trek – Beyond the Darkness received an updated uniform. John Cho, who plays Sulu, wore a gray t-shirt that further highlighted his yellow shirt in the best way.

3 Tenoch Huerta Gems and Gems — Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


Tenoch Huerta in Black Panther Wakanda Forever as Namor
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Shuri (Letitia Wright) can understand vibranium better than anyone on the planet. She designed each costume for her brother, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), as well as a costume for herself when she took up the mantle of the Black Panther. But it’s Namor’s (Tenoch Huerta) use of vibranium that stands out in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. His gems and jewelry are made of vibranium in the movie, but the headdress he wears before he declares war on Wakanda is reportedly eight pounds.

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two Angela Basset’s Diner Uniform – Gunpowder Milkshake

Angela Bassett in Gunpowder Milkshake

In the female-led murder movie Gunpowder milkshake, the retro appearance should be considered a leading role in the film. Anna May (Angela Bassett), in particular, rocks these retro looks in her undercover roles. The best disguise she uses is a piece of teal and white diner as she knocks down someone who is trying to kill her.

1 Lucy Liu’s Archery Costume — Charlie’s Angels

Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels
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This fashion moment serves two purposes. First: Alex’s (Lucy Liu) versatility as Charlie’s spy in a high-speed chase, shooting an arrow. Second: Alex is wearing an all-black ensemble with her hair pulled back in a half ponytail and, most importantly, shooting an arrow during a high-speed chase. Undoubtedly, the reinvention of charlie’s angels (2000) reminded audiences that women can take down bad guys and look epic while doing it.

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