Movie Hats – Tribeca Film Festival Hat Edition

Movie hats are ingrained in our culture. Everything from famous heroes and infamous villains, everyone has a signature hat. With the Tribeca Film Festival this week, honoring independent film makers, we’re looking at movie hats. In the spirit of movie-goers everywhere, we’re judging the most famous hats to hit the big screen.


No list of famous movie hats is complete without Indiana Jones. His adventurous fedora is so renowned, there’s a hat company who specifically designs his hat.




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A newer addition to this iconic collection is Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. Whether he’s called Gandalf the Grey, or Gandalf the White, just don’t call his hat ugly. We love wizard hats and this one is the best.







The Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat is in a class by itself. The function of a deerstalker is for hunting, and specifically to “stalk deer.” The hat has become such a pop culture icon, everyone immediately associates the cap with detectives. Bizarrely, the deerstalker is never mentioned in the original works by Arthur Conan Doyle. It wasn’t until the illustrated story of The Boscombe Valley Mystery that he was portrayed in the signature hat.



Charlie Chaplin is the most famous figure to wear a bowler. No other character comes close. The name Charlie Chaplin is synonymous with slapstick comedy. Before the likes of the Three Stooges, Monty Python, or Saturday Night Live, Chaplin was the funniest man alive. He even earned the distinction of Time magazine’s list of the “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.”







Darth Vader, aka Anakin Skywalker, is the most evil villain around. And while technically not a hat, his helmet is the stuff nightmares are made of. With that sinister vocal rasp, he creates horrors for children, imaging their home planet facing the wrath of the death star. Definitely the most feared of movie hats.


What’s your favorite Hollywood hat?

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