National Sunglasses Day: 20 Iconic Sunglasses in Film

Today is National Sunglasses Day; a day celebrating the importance of protecting our eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays with shades. To honour this event, we’re not only offering a huge 20% flash sale site wide, but we’ve also picked 20 of the most iconic sunglasses in the history of film. From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Topgun, check out the most memorable frames and even copy their style with similar suggestions from our site.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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Starting with the oldest, and arguably the most iconic, Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress and over-sized vintage cat-eyes in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was unforgettable. Hepburn’s style is still talked about today and these cateye sunnies were one of her finest moments with fashion.

Lolita (1962)

Lolita
Lolita

Sue Lyon’s heart-shaped shades were the publicity front for the controversial tale of forbidden love Lolita. Saint Laurent have reinvented heart-shaped frames this season, so grab yourself a pair of LouLou’s and form your own iconic style.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver
Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro’s mean look in a pair of square pilot sunglasses is recognised by film-lovers everywhere. But, when you’re watching the film you might also be taken with Jodie Foster’s quirky blue frames. With these iconic pairs, Taxi Driver definitely set the bar high for memorable sunglasses in film.

Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver
Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

Copy Jodie Foster’s blue lenses with the Ray-Ban Folding Blue Gold sunglasses.

The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers

The Wayfarer classics the Blues Brothers wear in this 1980 classic are one of the finest Ray-Ban appearances of many in film and TV.

Scarface (1983)

Al Pacino in Scarface
Al Pacino in Scarface

Al Pacino’s line “Say hello to my little friend” is one of the most iconic quotes in the history of film. Our focus in Scarface though were his oversized aviator sunglasses that created the signature style of his character drug lord Tony Montana. Steal this bold style with these Carrera 100/8S Sunglasses in Matte Black.

Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface
Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface

Al Pacino isn’t the only one know for his shades. Michelle Pfeiffer’s character Elvira Hancock created her statement style with a pair of oversized cat-eye frames like these Guess Metal Cateye Sunglasses in Shiny Beige.

Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun
Top Gun

Aviators are the original pilot frames, and no one pulled them off quite as well as Tom Cruise player fighter pilot Maverick in Top Gun.

The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator
The Terminator

Arnold Schwarzeneggers breakout roll created his iconic mean and muscular persona. The leather jacket and goggle-style sunnies certainly helped create his aura of fear throughout the film and this oversized sunglasses style is still a popular choice today.

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Desperately Seeking Susan

Madonna’s black shades are one of her many incredible costumes moments in comedy Desperately Seeking Susan. Saint Laurent’s Kate Sunglasses are the perfect mirrors of Madonna’s iconic shades.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Ferris Bueller
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Teen hero Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) lived out a kids dream and his cool image was created with a pair of Ray-Ban clubmaster shades.

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Thelma and Louise
Thelma and Louise

Louise Sawyer’s cat-eye shades and bright smile as she takes selfies with Thelma was one of the most iconic moments in Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise. Nearly thirty years on cat-eye frames are still a leading style for playful glamour. If you’re crushing on Louise’s style then try the Ralph Lauren Cateye Sunglasses in Havana Red Vintage on our site now.

León: The Professional (1994)

Leon: The Professional
Leon: The Professional

León is the cool Dad we all wish we had. His burglars hat and quirky round frames became his signature look throughout the movie when he was up to no good.

Boogie Nights (1997)

Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights

 

There are countless striking and colourful sunglasses in Boogie Nights but our favourites are without a doubt Heather Graham’s heart-shaped sunnies.

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix
The Matrix

These tiny futuristic sunglasses in the Matrix have made a major comeback in 2018 on runways and on all the most stylish celebs. Could you have ever believed that stars of this science fiction action classic would be leading future trends?

Notting Hill (1999)

Notting Hill
Notting Hill

Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant’s romance in Notting Hill could warm even the coldest of hearts. Disguising her celebrity status as Anna Scott she wore a black beret and iconic shiny black cat-eye frames.

Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club
Fight Club

Brad Pitt’s portrayal of the quirky salesman Tyler Durden saw him in many memorable outfits, but in particular his red-tinted lenses stood out as his iconic piece.

Mr and Mrs Smith (2005)

Mr and Mrs Smith
Mr and Mrs Smith

Mr and Mrs Smith are the sleekest couple in film. Their tinted lensed sunglasses are actually very on trend for summer 2018, with loads of people being spotted in them at London Fashion Week. If yellow is you colour then copy their style with Tom Ford’s Wilder sunglasses in Gold Yellow.

The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover
The Hangover

Alan Garner’s was the 00’s funniest clown in film. His hilarious iconic style was not only creates with his man bag, but also with a pair of thick oversized pilot frames.

Drive (2011)

Drive
Drive

Drive‘s lead, an unnamed driver with charisma and unflinching menace, was one of the many slick parts Ryan Gosling has played. You attempt his same charisma, or more easily, you can steal his sunglasses style with the Gucci flat top frames.

Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained
Django Unchained

“Hey little troublemaker.” Jamie Foxx as Django, a former slave taking on the system, ends his fight by blowing up a plantation house and watching it burn through double bridged round sunglasses and a cigarette burning. You don’t get cooler than that for shades in film. Copy Jamie Foxx’s look with these Valentino double-bridge light gold frames.

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver
Baby Driver

Only just last year sunglasses played a major role in a film again, as Baby (Ansel Elgort), wore multiple cool pairs of shades throughout the movie Baby Driver. Our favourite pair were the classic black wayfarers her wore for speeding around causing chaos in.

Who have we missed? Let us know any iconic sunglasses styles you love that we haven’t mentioned here in our comments below. Remember to check out our 20% OFF FLASH SALE FOR NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY. It only lasts 24 hours so visit our site quickly so you don’t miss out.