10 Awesome Sunglasses Inspired by Movies

We may not all be movie stars, but that doesn't mean we can't dress like we are. Look your best while protecting your eyes with our round up of 10 great looking pairs of sunglasses featured by Hollywood.

Updated! We've added some cheaper alternatives that are similar styles below. Hat tip to Billy K. in the comments!

There’s something to be said about a great pair of sunglasses. It can be an instant self-esteem booster. In fact, if a pair of sunglasses does its job right, it makes you feel like you’re the star of your own movie.

And with good reason. A measure of coolness in movies often revolves around what the protagonist wears, specifically, a hot pair of shades. Even movie posters, like the one for Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, feature sunglasses prominently in order to attract audiences (“It” girls like Kate Hudson aren’t too shabby, either).

Sometimes a movie becomes so popular that the sunglasses from said movie become popular, as well.

Here are 10 Awesome Sunglasses Inspired by Movies:

Persol 714 – The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). Let’s go back to the beginning of movie cool, starting with Steve McQueen, who looked oh-so chic in these honey-colored, blue-tinted shades (the blue tint was actually a specific McQueen trait).

Tom Ford Aviator TF108 – Quantum of Solace (2008). Daniel Craig’s smoke-blue-tinted lenses are a throwback to McQueen’s, but with a sleek Aviator update on semi matte Rhodium frames.

Oliver Peoples Victory – Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005). These boxier, Aviator-style sunglasses are probably the only square thing about Brad Pitt (and in a good way!). Fun fact: these are also the shades you see on USA’s “Burn Notice.”

Ray-Ban 3016 Clubmaster – Reservoir Dogs (1992). Tim Roth’s Mr. Orange adorns the classic browline frame in Quentin Tarantino’s first feature-length film. It’s the quintessential 1950s and ‘60s look you’ve seen plenty of times before, but the cool factor is enhanced with the frame’s ability to block sunlight and prevent onlookers from knowing your intentions.

Tortoise shell Ray-Bans – Catch Me If You Can (2002). It takes a real man to pull off a patterned frame. But if anyone can do it, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio. Tom Hanks chased him throughout the film, but he probably just wanted to catch up with him so he could trade glasses.

Michael Kors S110 – The Kingdom (2007). Jamie Foxx may be known for his iconic look in glasses as Ray Charles in Ray (which won him the Academy Award), but it was his turn in 2007’s The Kingdom where he told that image to hit the road and sported these blazin’ hot shades.

Blublocker Demi Tortoise Nylon – The Hangover (2009). “We fucked up,” admits Bradley Cooper’s character Phil, clad in sexy Ray-Bans during the opening scene of the 2009 sleeper. Yet, audiences knew that despite Phil and the gang losing their best friend in Vegas, they hadn’t fucked up on style. Even Zach Galifianakis’ Alan, often the butt of many jokes in the film, donned these hip frames.

Von Zipper Unisex Adult Fulton – Iron Man 2 (2010). Tony Stark’s sunglasses in the sequel to Iron Man are part hipster, part deflectors of the sun, but all cool. And since they’re unisex, they’re even perfect for Pepper Potts.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer – Risky Business (1983). With his tousled hair, boyish charm, and million dollar grin (at the time, it wasn’t worth as many millions), Tom Cruise burst onto the scene in the 1980s, specifically with the film Risky Business, which helped launch his career. The black Wayfarers he wore in the film became iconic, eventually becoming a symbol of ‘80s style (see also: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Blues Brothers).

Mirrored Aviator – Top Gun (1986). Tom Cruise appears again on the list, in the homoerotic film that heterosexual men love (contains what will forever be known as, “the superfluous volleyball scene”). You can’t put on a pair of Aviators without wanting to call someone “Goose.”

What’s most appealing about sunglasses is that they hide people’s eyes. You can’t tell what a person is thinking because the lenses mask what many call the “windows to a person’s soul.” The same goes for the movies. Maybe a protagonist is only a pitch-perfect symbol of cool because you can’t see how scared he is behind his shades.

Which are your favorite? Have any favorite movie sunglasses we missed? Leave them in the comments!

Update! Thanks to Billy K. for directing us to Topman, which offers some cheaper alternatives to the styles above.

Megan McLachlan currently resides in the Pittsburgh area where she freelance writes, drinks coffee, and obsesses over popular culture. She was an English major, but doesn't think she wasted her life. Yet. Her blog is megoblog.com.


  • Reply March 23, 2011

    billy k

    You can get a much more inexpensive version of all of these on Topman. I was shocked.

  • Reply March 23, 2011


    I am definitely keen on the Oliver Peoples Victory sunnies! But specificallythe ones from Burn Notice (they are a bit different to the ones shown in the link here).
    The sunnies worn by Michael Westen are Oliver Peoples Victory sunglasses in size 55 with Gold frames and Cognac lenses. Apparently pretty hard to come by if you want the exact same ones. 🙁

  • Reply March 23, 2011


    Luke, I wonder if you check a place that will do them in prescription if it’s any easier?

  • Reply March 23, 2011


    Billy, good find! There are a bunch of similar ones on there. I’ve updated the article to include some of them. Thanks!

  • Reply March 23, 2011

    billy k

    No problem, Andrew. I am going to be jumping on the manly blog bandwagon as soon as I have some more free time from work. I hope to get some of your expertise in the process. http://www.5ocs.com

  • Reply March 23, 2011


    Any suggestions for those of us with narrow heads?

  • Reply March 23, 2011


    David, You may have to try them on to find a good pair. Try to find a pair that have stems that go straight back from the glasses to over your ears. I think the square-frame aviator looks good on anyone, and they come in different sizes: http://www.primermagazine.com/2009/field-manual/square-framed-aviator

  • Reply March 23, 2011


    David, here’s another link that includes where to get them http://www.primermagazine.com/2010/spend/don-drapers-sunglasses

  • Reply March 24, 2011


    no men in black? no blues brothers?

  • Reply March 24, 2011


    Hey Charles, I believe the Blues Brothers are the Ray Ban Wayfarer that’s featured. The MIB sunglasses are a little too ‘Oakley’ for my taste.

  • Reply March 24, 2011


    Andrew thanks for the response, its always hard to find sunglasses

  • Reply March 27, 2011

    Jal Lenma

    Actually, Ferris Bueller sported Ray Ban Clubmasters, not Wayfarers

  • Reply April 3, 2011


    Not sure if it really inspired a popular movement to wear the sunglasses, but George Clooney in Three Kings was the first time I remember seeing RE’s squared-off aviators. I wanted them for about 10 years until they really became popular and I found out who made them. Finally have a pair!

  • Reply April 4, 2011


    Jal Lenma I agreed.

  • Reply April 17, 2011


    I want to thank the blogger very much not only for this post but also for his all previous efforts. I found your blog to be extremely interesting. I will be coming back. CU

  • Reply April 18, 2011


    I have to say that to me those Wayfarers dwarf Cruise’s face. Way too big. I think the “New Wayfarers” are better in every way. I just got some last month and they are, in my opinion, fantastic. Same look, but better executed, and much better fitting for the average face!


  • Reply September 29, 2011


    I really am digging the sunglasses Zach Galifianakis and Tom Cruise are wearing. The classic aviator and wayfarer styles.

  • Reply December 20, 2011


    Does anybody know which sunglasses Mr Nice is wearing in the mvie Mr Nice?

  • Reply March 30, 2012


    totally forgot D’Annunzio’s shades from the Caddyshack pool scene

  • Reply April 8, 2012


    Hi there, interesting the information above. By any chance anybody knows which sunglasse did Michael Douglas used in the movie TRAFFIC?
    I have been trying to find out and haven’t had any luck. Please help me if you can. Thanks a lot in advance.

  • Reply April 18, 2012


    I loved the sunglasses they wore in the Matrix films. Bit dated now, alas ;(

  • Reply April 24, 2012


    I love the type sunglasses Cuba Gooding jr. wears in the movie The Hit List (2011) Does anyone knows what Brand/Model it is. Thanx.

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  • Reply September 11, 2012


    Devoted sunglass wearer, tried many of the “best” but without a doubt the sweetest are the Oakley Inmate sunglasses that Denzel Washington wore in “Book of Eli.” Most compliments of any shades I’ve owned by far.

  • Reply January 1, 2013


    I looked and looked for the sunglasses Mel Gibson wore in ‘What Women Want’.  Any ideas, anyone???

  • Reply July 27, 2013


    Still looking for the glasses worn by Jamie Foxx in Ray.the ones with the emblems on the arms.

  • Reply September 8, 2013


    I wanna get me a pair of ray charles style sunglasses but I hate those stupid looking jewels on them it would be great to get a plain all black pair

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  • Reply December 15, 2014

    Debvrat Chaturvedi

    Its a very useful and informative blog for me. I like reading this blog, and very much benefited. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Reply February 22, 2015


    I ‘m fond of Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses as my choice. You have missed the Sunglasses worn by Paul Newman in The Color of Money, http://www.lenspick.com

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  • Reply June 16, 2016

    mark h

    What are the black wraparound brad pitt wears in mr ans mrs smith

  • Reply June 27, 2016


    I just loves the sun glasses……..

  • Reply August 4, 2016


    How do you know Tom Cruise wore Randolph Engineering Concored and not Ray Bans???

  • Reply October 28, 2017

    Larry Lucoe

    Trying to convince Oakley to bring back the “Crosshair 2.0”
    They look as cool as Elvis on the bullet train (they make anyone look good). Help the cause by emailing [email protected] with the suggestion. Thanks. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d94063b1ebf0afa8820bb5018f07094386a917d2a4f403de1b2d7c14a89c6d32.jpg

  • Reply January 14, 2018

    Mắt kính rayban

    Ray-Ban was inspired the most.

    • Reply May 17, 2018


      I am writing from Brazil, from the city of Curitina, state of PR. Please, I would like to know what was the actual model of glasses, used by Tom Cruise, in the movie Top Gun. It was: 1) Randolph Engineering Aviator or 2) Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator Large Metal 001. If it was: Ray-Ban RB3025, was the model: Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator Large Metal 001 or Model: Ray-Ban RB 3025 L0205 55 Aviator? Thank you very much for your attention !!!

  • Reply May 8, 2018

    Fabricio Marques

    What model of glasses… for Cuba Jr. in movie The Hit List (2011)?!?

  • Reply September 13, 2018


    Great Looking for men’s. I have some sunglasses. If you check any others then search like it women’s fashion

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