Top 10 Men's Leather Jackets in Movies
From bomber to biker, all men want a cool leather jacket. Part rebellious, part practicality and part charisma, leather jackets serve many purposes. Nothing completes a look on or off the screen like the perfect leather jacket. On the blog we’ve already covered the most popular leather jacket types, but today we’ll talk about some of the coolest and most iconic leather jackets worn in some great movies.
Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in "Fight Club"
This may be an obvious choice but for good reason. This 70s throwback-style, rust-red leather car coat is grungy, indifferent and sleazy. It captures the mood of the film and Tyler's character in one iconic garment. The jacket and Tyler Durden's character represent power, the "ideal man", confidence and disregard for authority. Tyler Durden is everything the narrator wants to be but isn’t. He is everything the narrator wishes he could think, feel and say, but can't. This leather jacket embodies the freedom he wished he had. It might be a hard jacket to pull off in real life, but it is also one of the most reproduced jackets. It is single-breasted with white double stitching. It has a shirt-style collar and has four plastic red buttons.
Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler in "The Wild One"
Nothing changed the perception of leather jackets in mainstream fashion like this one. This leather motorcycle jacket was reinvented and copied more than any other. This iconic bad-boy motorcycle jacket was the one that started it all and it has never gone out of style. Its thick, heavy black leather and chunky hardware solidify Strabler as the king of the pack and leader. The embroidered "Johnny" on the right shoulder is still a trend today on jackets and shirts alike. This motorcycle jacket truly captures the gritty freedom associated with the motorcycle world and changing times.
Peter Fonda as Wyatt in "Easy Rider"
Leather jackets don’t have to be all black to be cool, in fact, some of the best ones aren't. This famous red, white and blue American jacket is iconic, cool and patriotic. It boasts stripes on the left sleeve as well as the Stars and Stripes on the back. This is a story of two bikers who travel across the country in search of freedom, themselves and life. This classic counterculture movie is perfectly juxtaposed with this patriotic jacket. This is a jacket for someone bold at heart and not afraid to be themselves.
Richard Roundtree as John Shaft in "Shaft"
As a slick New York City private eye, John Shaft sports a black leather jacket and pants combo that screams cool. Caught in a war between Mafia houses, he has only his wits and his leather to protect him. This 70s classic leather jacket has wide lapels and pockets on both sides of the waist. Richard Roundtree only had six costume changes in Shaft, all of which influenced men's fashion for the next decade. However, none were as influential as his signature leather jacket. This is a tough leather jacket for a tough guy. If worn, you may not become a crime-fighting private eye, but you will look cool.
Tom Cruise as Maverick in "Top Gun"
Competing to be top in class at the Top Gun Naval Flying School, Tom Cruise's character is a true hero. No one can be a hero without a hero's leather jacket. This classic take on a Navy G-1 bomber jacket has a shearling collar and heavy embroidered patches. Each patch signifies an assignment or achievement earned in the military. This bomber combines the love of military, flying and motorcycles all in one sweet jacket. Even though this jacket screams 1980s, it still works today. Bomber jackets typically have a looser fit and square body, but that doesn’t make them any less cool. Cruise could have made this list for War of The Worlds and Minority Report but this 80s bomber is just too iconic to pass up.
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in "Raiders of The Lost Ark"
Harrison Ford has always symbolized effortless manliness. His lambskin leather bomber jacket is just as effortless. It is a dusty, well-worn brown leather jacket that looks like it has traveled the world several times. Indiana Jones has always been a popular male hero as well as archeologist and adventurist. A distressed brown leather jacket is ideal for the tough guy who loves adventure and excitement. This jacket is a hybrid of the A-2 and 440 bomber jackets. It is perfectly cut and styled to match his personality and profession. This jacket goes perfectly with a felt hat and whip, but that look might not be practical in the real world. Harrison Ford is another actor who has worn many cool leather jackets, including several in the "Star Wars" series.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in "The Terminator"
As a time-traveling cyborg, it only makes sense that Arnold would sport such an iconic black leather jacket. The Terminator actually steals his leather jacket from a biker in a pool hall in one of the first scenes in the movie. The asymmetrical styling is inspired by the jacket worn by Marlon Brando in "The Wild One". This distressed leather jacket has some of the coolest hardware placement on any movie jacket. The sleeves also zip and unzip for comfort. The Terminator is one of the most recognized characters in the world and his slick jacket helped put him there. The jacket says danger like no other. The sunglasses don't hurt either.
Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max"
Almost military-inspired, this shiny black biker jacket is about as iconic as they come. As a policeman looking for revenge, this jacket is the perfect mix of lawlessness and structure. It embodies the conflict of the hard world in which Mad Max lives. His life has been reduced to riding his motorcycle around, chasing bad guys and trying to restore justice to a barren wasteland. Sounds like some people's dream life. With his jacket as his trusted companion, he can restore balance to the dystopian future. The jacket's hardware and styling help to create the apocalyptic look the movie was striving to create. The enhanced shoulder pads give this jacket a rugged and grisly look. By the sequel, his jacket was dusty, worn and missing an arm. In the remake of this film, they keep the jacket true to character including the missing arm.
Keanu Reeves as John Wick in "John Wick"
As a deep-feeling, honorable and expert assassin, John Wick is a true loner hero. This jacket is deceptively simple and understated, just like Keanu's character in this film. It is brown lambskin, has a shirt-style collar and hits about waist length. There is some exposed stitching to add a rugged detail to this otherwise upscale jacket. This is the perfect jacket for a man that knows what he wants and likes to keep things simple. He has a cool car, a cool job and a cool jacket. His high-quality minimalism is often associated with hitmen. They need to move fast, trust what is around them and leave no trace when they leave.
Chris Pratt As Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy"
Chris Pratt plays the Star-Lord, an opportunistic space traveler who must save the galaxy from an evil villain. His character and leather jacket seem inspired by Hans Solo, whose leather jacket almost made this list. This café racer jacket is an updated version for today's future's future. The Star-Lord just wouldn't look as cool if it weren’t for his intergalactic, grid-textured jacket. It is a sleek and slick collarless jacket. The color blends well with the metallic and futuristic world in which they live.
There have been so many awesome leather jackets in films over the last fifty plus years they couldn’t all make this list. Being a hero, or antihero is demanding work. Luckily, their leather jackets never fail them in times of need.