Have you got your swimsuit ready for the beach this year? Still not sure what style you want? Be inspired by the beach babes in the movies.
1 Halle Berry in Die Another Day (2002)
In Pierce Brosnan’s final Bond outing, Halle shows off a body that earned her a spot in the Miss World pageant of 1986.
2 Bo Derek in 10 (1979)
The scene of Bo running on the beach with braided hair caused a major stir.
3 Brooklyn Decker – Just Go with It (2011)
And then, swimsuit model turned actress Decker recreated the iconic Derek moment in an homage to the iconic scene.
4 Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
One of the iconic swimsuit scenes from the '80s.
5 Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC (1966)
Even cavewomen knew how to make a damned fine bikini. Today the bikini would be made from faux fur, not real.
6 Pam Grier in Coffy (1973)
Yep, you can still look good even when gravity drags your boobs to your sides!
7 Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Looking fabulous, Liz proves you can never go wrong with a white bikini
8 Deborah Kerr in from Here to Eternity (1953)
Deborah Kerr, in a black one piece, rolling about in the surf with Burt Lancaster is one of the greatest beach scenes in the movies.
9 Brigitte Bardot in the Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (1952)
The rise in popularity of the bikini is credited to the French sex kitten in this movie.
10 Sue Lyon in Lolita (1962)
Showing exactly why 14 year old Lolita captivated a middle aged professor.
11 Salma HAYEK in from DuSk Till Dawn (1996)
Is it any wonder that every eye in the place is on her?
12 Carol Lynley in Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969)
This movie was a remake of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. I’m pretty sure Hitchcock never had spear fishing, bikini clad women in his original.
13 Gloria Hendry in Live and Let Die (1973)
Gloria was the first African American woman to fall for the charms of James Bond. Maybe it was her kick ass body in the tie dye bikini that made him swoon.
14 Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice (1967)
The first Asian Bond Girl wowed in the most popular of movie swimsuits – the white bikini.
15 Annette Funicello in the Beach Party (1963)
Another stunning example of how to rock a '60s white bikini.
16 Nicollette Sheridan in a Sure Thing (1985)
And this is a white bikini 1980s style. How fashion has changed!
17 Bridget Fonda in Jackie Brown (1997)
A movie in which Bridget seemed to live in a bikini top and jeans shorts. A look that has never gone out of style.
18 Grace Kelly in High Society (1956)
More of what we would consider a swim dress these days but perfect for a future princess.
19 Brooke Shields in the Blue Lagoon (1980)
DIY swimwear! This movie was rocked by a debate about Shields being exploited by her mother. Brooke was 15 when she made this movie.
20 Jill St. John in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Yet another Bond Girl makes the list. There’s rarely a moment in this movie that Tiffany Case (Jill) isn’t wearing a bikini.
21 Demi Moore in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Looking fit and fabulous at 40.
22 Sandra Dee in Gidget (1959)
Even in a swimsuit, Sandra Dee’s reputation for wholesomeness is untarnished.
23 Keira Knightley in Atonement (2007)
I love how the '50s swimsuit in #17 isn’t so very different to this one from the 1930s.
24 Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled (2000)
A picture of devilish temptation.
25 Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine in Spring Breakers (2012)
A true bikini clad beauty fest.
26 Sarah Jessica Parker in L.a. Story (1991)
It’s about time we saw a sporty swimsuit.
27 Jessica Simpson in Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
A coral pink bikini made a change from Daisy’s usual short shorts.
28 Jessica Alba in into the Blue (2005)
Jessica always looks smoking whether in street clothes or a bikini.
29 Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Not a beach in sight in this movie but Marilyn still manages to rock a killer red one-piece swimsuit.
28 Rachel McAdams in the Notebook (2004)
30 Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde (2001)
Only Elle Wood would choose a sparkly pink bikini to wear for her video application to Harvard.
31 Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)
Is there a man alive who doesn’t know this shot? Ursula Andress set the standard for every Bond girl that followed her.
32 Ali Larter in Varsity Blues (1999)
Not a bikini that holds up to swimming in a pool or a dip in the ocean!
33 Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush (2002)
Proof positive that it isn’t just dudes that look good on a surf board.
34 Kate Upton in the Other Woman (2014)
The ubiquitous white two-piece is still dominating – even today.
35 Pamela Anderson in Baywatch
So, it’s not a movie but can it really be left out?
36 Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
A movie that launched a celebrity phenomenon. Because it’s a great movie? Because she’s one of the best actors ever? Or because of how she looks good in a bikini? You decide!
37 Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Can you ever see Leia in a gold bikini without thinking of Ross Geller’s mom?
Could I really not include this?
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