Top 10 Iconic Sunglasses from Iconic Movies

Every few years, a movie comes out that changes an ordinary pair of sunglasses into an icon. If you're looking for a classic pair of shades, look no further than these iconic movies:


1. Holly Golightly, "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
When Audrey Hepburn donned a pair of Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses to window shop at Tiffany's, the world fell in love with her look. A pair of classic Manhattan sunglasses complemented the simple black shift, long black gloves, and extravagant necklace and tiara that gave Holly Golightly her iconic look. In the film, Hepburn wore a Wayfarer-style pair of dark tortoiseshell frames with olive green lenses.

2. Louise, "Thelma and Louise"

When Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon set off on a two-day vacation as Thelma and Louise, they unknowingly posed for a one of the first selfies. Louise sports an attractive scarf and a pair of Ray-Ban Dekko tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses. The adventure that followed Thelma and Louise earned them a place in the hearts of millions of movie fans. But their undeniable style makes the movie just as iconic today as it was the day it was released.

3. Ferris Bueller, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

Matthew Broderick's Ferris Bueller may have lacked initiative in his school attendance, but you can't say he didn't have style. His neutral slacks, white oxfords, leopard print vest and t-shirt combo, and leather varsity jacket worked together to create "cool without trying look" typical of John Hughes movies. But his look wouldn't be complete without his iconic shades. Ferris's Clubmaster Ray-Bans sparked a trend that lasted a decade.

4. Annie Hall, "Annie Hall"

Diane Keaton as Annie Hall brought menswear for women into the mainstream. Her tailored shirts, wide leg slacks, wide ties, and signature hat were symbols of her independence and feminism. Even her iconic tortoiseshell glasses reflected a unisex style: the frames were round, a little oversized, and had an amber lens that let her expressive eyes show through.

5. Neo, "The Matrix"
When Keanu Reeves's Neo discovered the matrix, he introduced a mind-blowing cinematic world to moviegoers everywhere. The sunglasses used in "The Matrix" are important props to the action, often reflecting action happening off-camera and adding an element of surprise and mystery to the actors' performances. The sunglasses were commissioned just for the movie by a company called Blinde. Each pair of sunglasses feature a pair of dark oval lenses held in place by a beta-titanium core wire.

6. Jake & Elwood, "The Blues Brothers"
In their performance in "The Blues Brothers," John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd revived classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, along with the black suit, skinny tie, and fedora. The style had been largely abandoned since its heyday in the '50s and '60s, but came back in full swing in the '80s. In the film, brothers Jake and Elwood decide to reform their blues band and perform to save the Catholic orphanage they grew up in. Hilarity ensues. In the film, Jake wore Wayfarer I glasses with brown frames and Elwood wore black Wayfarer II sunglasses, giving each of them an opportunity to reflect their own personalities.

7. The Terminator, "The Terminator"
When Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in the classic 1984 sci-fi thriller, he made killer robots look good. There's nothing like a 6'2'' former bodybuilder in a black leather jacket, leather fingerless gloves, no shirt, and a pair of classic Gargoyles ANSI classic shades. The frames were large, square, and black, perfectly fitting the '80s predictions of the future and the "take no prisoners" attitude of the Terminator.

8. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, "Top Gun"
Tom Cruise brought once-popular aviator sunglasses out of obscurity when he played Lieutenant Pete Mitchell in the classic '80s movie "Top Gun." Whether he was flying an F-14A Tomcat, playing a competitive game of beach volleyball, or seducing a blonde astrophysics Ph.D., Tom Cruise relied on his trusty aviators for an element of cool. In the film, Cruise wears Ray-Ban aviators, which are still popular today.

9. Tony Montana, "Scarface"
In a movie filled with violence, drug trafficking and murder, you wouldn't expect a fashion item to make much of a statement. However, Al Pacino's sunglasses are ridiculously garish, oversized, and typical of Miami in the '80s. You'll instantly recognize a pair of Linda Farrow "6031" metal frames with smoke-faded lenses. They give a whole new meeting to Pacino's line, "Say hello to my little friend."

10. Agent J & Agent K, "Men in Black"
When Will Smith's Agent K dons the demure black suit, crisp white shirt, and black tie given to him by Tommy Lee Jones's Agent J, he makes the look complete with a pair of Ray-Ban Predator 2 sunglasses. And as his character famously states, he makes it look good. After Men in Black was released in 1997, Ray-Bans sales of the glasses tripled, showing just how popular the sunglass style had become.

Find your own pair of iconic shades that will make you feel like a movie star in your own life.

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