In today’s post I wanted to share some of the best (and most iconic!) dresses from films in the last few decades. I’ll be counting them down to my favourite one of the moment. Let me know in the comments which of these dresses is your favourite or if there is one I haven’t thought of that you find truly iconic! I had so much fun writing this post that you can definitely expect to see more of this type of post…I’m thinking wedding dresses next?!
30. Jennifer Garner in 13 going on 30 (2004)
I had to include a dress from my favourite film on this list! Whilst this may not be the nicest of dresses, it’s a bit of fun and is definitely iconic!
29. Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses (2008)
This film has more dresses than any other so surely one can make the list?! Well the one above is my favourite of the lot and would look amazing without all the ribbons! The colour is stunning!
28. Constance Wu in Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
I’ve never seen Crazy Rich Asians but I really love the white and blue tulle of this dress. The add on flowers are a bit much for me though, I would have taken these off and kept it simple.
27. Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles (1984)
The pink dress at the end of Sixteen Candles is iconic so of course I had to add it to the list! Again it has lovely tulle fabric that gives such ballerina vibes. Despite the film being slightly older, I think with some slight modern touches, the dress could still be worn today.
26. Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
We may all dislike ‘Miranda Priestly’ in this film but she’s the editor in chief of a fashion magazine for a reason. This classic black dress looks amazing with the off the shoulder sleeves.
25. Amy Adams in Enchanted (2007)
I really love the colour of this dress and the silver straps holding it up. Personally, I’m not a fan of fishtails which is the only reason I’ve put it in 24th place.
24. Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
This dress brings ultimate 90s vibes and I love it. Picture it with a more modern hairdo and you could wear it out today. I just love a slip dress.
23. Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing (1987)
Now I can’t imagine anyone who hasn’t seen Dirty Dancing or at least the finale lift scene. Whilst this dress may be one of the simpler styles on the list, it’s certainly a classic and one of the most famous film dresses there is.
22. Lily James in Cinderella (2015)
Let’s be honest, we all love the Cinderella story. The embellishments on this dress are maybe a bit much, but I’d be surprised if there is anyone out there who doesn’t want this dress if it makes your waist look this small!
21. Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde (2001)
Thinking pink dresses, my mind immediately goes to Elle in Legally Blonde. Throughout the film she wears a number of them, each as amazing as the last.
20. Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)
Sex and the City constantly gives us outfit inspiration, with clothing from the latest fashion designers. This dress is one of the more toned down of the film and that’s maybe why I love it so much.
19. Olivia Munn in Love, Wedding Repeat (2020)
I turned this film off after 10 minutes as it just wasn’t my kind of humour, however Olivia Munn’s dress is worthy of a mention on this list. For sure, it is a best dressed wedding guest outfit and the green does wonders for Olivia’s complexion.
18. Katie Holmes in First Daughter (2004)
Katie’s dress in First Daughter is seriously underrated. We very rarely see purple used for ballgowns in film or tv and it’s lovely to get it in such a vibrant shade.
17. Sarah Snook in The Dressmaker (2015)
I won’t lie, The Dressmaker goes down as one of my least favourite films (did you see the ending?!), but some of the fashion was just incredible. I just love this gown on Sarah Snook and all the floral embellishments.
16. Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Marilyn Monroe will always be a fashion icon and this white dress is one of the most famous out there. I love that despite it’s older age, it’s retro style can still make it a classic today.
15. Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The Beauty and the Beast gown is one of the most recognisable of the lot and I love that the live-action film did the gown from the animation justice.
14. Lana Candor in To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)
Lana Candor’s dress is just stunning in this film. The straps make it totally unique, elevating it from a boring strapless into a stunning gown. Also, the shade of it too is utter perfection.
13. Gabriella Wilde in Endless Love (2014)
If there was ever a film I wanted to steal a characters entire wardrobe, Endless Love would be it. I especially love this dress that is such a simple shape and just so classic.
12. Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
I wasn’t a huge fan of this film but I love this dress all the same. There’s something utterly timeless about a cowl neckline and the silver was a great colour choice.
11. Emilia Clarke in Me Before You (2016)
Some of Lou’s outfits were a bit out there for me in the film, but her gowns were beautiful and I would wear them in a heartbeat; both the red and blue have gorgeous sleeves and necklines.
10. Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story (2004)
Wedding dress turned masquerade ball dress? Hilary Duff’s got you covered. This dress gives me nostalgic flashbacks of my childhood and has us all wondering who’s wedding dress we can steal for our next big night out.
9. Miley Cyrus in The Last Song (2010)
I think this is a dress that few people would remember off the top of their head. I really like that it has an almost ombre effect and I wish I was the type to pull off a dress like this!
8. Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy in Monte Carlo (2011)
I just adore the outfits in this film, and the ball gowns are no exception. They just ooze glamour and luxury, with no need for accessories or over the top styling.
7. Blake Lively in Age of Adaline (2015)
Blake Lively’s NYE dress in Age of Adaline is a stunning shade of burgundy, and is a modern take on a vintage style. She looks so effortless, I feel I can completely overlook the slightly exaggerated shoulder pads. I would 100% wear this!
6. Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
A dress that in the film turns into a mockingjay as she twirls?! Of course we’re going to remember that!
5. Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Yes Emma Watson makes the list twice! There’s not a soul out there who didn’t lust after this dress when growing up with the Harry Potter films. The neckline, the pink, the sheer shoulders, we want it all!
4. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Can we really talk dresses without the woman who essentially launched the ‘Little Black Dress’? Again, despite it’s older film date, this dress is a timeless classic which could be worn in modern day.
3. Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries (2001)
I think most of us wanted to be Mia’s character in the Princess Diaries and live out our own fairytale. The gown at the end of the film is worthy of a princess and the subtle floral pattern and embellishments make it look effortless.
2. Keira Knightley in Atonement (2007)
Atonement is another film I’ve never seen, but I absolutely love this shade of green! Not only that, but the draping at the front and the backless style looks utterly flawless on Keira Knightley.
1. Kate Hudson in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
If someone said to me ‘movie dress’, my mind would instantly think of Andie’s dress in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, which is why it’s earning the number one spot on this list. The first time I watched this film, I completely fell in love with the yellow satin and crossover back of this dress. The dress does all the talking and so there is very little styling and only a natural makeup look to go with it.
*Disclaimer- These photos are not my own and are sourced from a mixture of Pinterest, Google Images etc, credits go to the original owners