In the world of Hollywood blockbusters, it is common for the lead characters to be rocking a leather jacket. Whether they’re fighting off bad guys or swaggering around with attitude, many iconic male leads count a leather jacket as a wardrobe staple. And why not? They’re practical, comfortable and the epitome of cool.
The most iconic leather jackets from movies
Most of us will be able to think of an iconic leather jacket in one of our favourite movies. But you might be surprised at how often a leather jacket features in a lead character’s main outfit.
An obvious one, Danny Zuko and co in Grease are usually recognisable by their T-Birds jacket alone. But leather jackets aren’t just reserved for bad boys in high schools.
Here are some of Hollywood’s most famous men’s leather jackets and where you can buy a high-quality replica:
Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator
The Terminator is one of the most loved action franchises of all time and is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s top roles. And his biker jacket plays an important role throughout all of the movies. Travelling through time and impressive fight scenes, The Terminator highlights that a leather biker jacket can look great in any decade.
Inspired by Arnie’s biker jacket? You can recreate his cyborg assassin attire with our Mac Men’s Black Leather Jacket. It’s one of our most popular styles, featuring hand-waxed nappa to create an authentic two-tone finish. Pair with black jeans and a grey marl t-shirt to complete the look.
Gary Oldman in Sid and Nancy
It’s a great example of how leather jackets in movies can symbolise a character’s personality. Gary Oldman portrays Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious in 1986 classic Sid and Nancy, but it’s his accessorised leather jacket that stands out as being one of the most memorable elements of the movie. With buttons, safety pins and studs, this demonstrates how much of a statement can be made by making a leather jacket your own with some personalisation.
Our Budd Men’s Black Leather Jacket is the perfect foundation to personalise. When customising your own leather jacket, it is recommended to opt for a higher quality one that can withstand being studded or having patches sewn on to the leather. Wear with your favourite skinny black jeans and eccentric blouse for the ultimate Sid Vicious look.
Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
When we think of Indiana Jones, we think of his iconic hat and his iconic brown leather jacket. Unlike a lot of the most famous leather jackets worn in movies, Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones rocks a rugged and brown style.
To recreate the rugged look, our 9853 Men’s Brown Leather Blouson Jacket is the right choice. Whilst you don’t have to go for the complete archaeologist attire, Harrison Ford shows us how you can wear leather in hot climates without it looking out of place. Combine your brown leather jacket with a white or beige linen shirt and brown slacks for the perfect spring or summertime outfit.
Hugh Jackman in X-Men
Throughout the X-Men film franchise, Hugh Jackman rocks a leather bomber jacket as Wolverine. His two-tone striped leather jacket is casual and practical, showing how much of a staple item a good leather jacket can be.
Recreate this look with our Lewis Men’s Brown Biker Leather Jacket. The racing style stripes are a homage to those of Hugh Jackman’s, rather than a like-for-like replica, making the look more stylish as opposed to a costume. If you want to recreate his look, pair with a white ribbed muscle tank or t-shirt, jeans and a large buckle belt.
Brad Pitt in Fight Club
Who said leather jackets had to be brown or black? Brad Pitt’s character in Fight Club breaks the mould by wearing a red alternative. Despite not being to everyone’s tastes, it’s certainly an item of clothing that’ll grab attention.
You can recreate this look with jackets from our Men’s and Women’s collections. Our Lisa Women’s Red Leather Biker Jacket is almost identical to Brad Pitt’s, so we would recommend sizing up. Our Budd Men’s Burgundy Leather Jacket is a darker hue to his bright red jacket, but is a more wearable option.
Why are leather jackets so popular in movies?
With leather jackets being part of movie costumes for such a long time, it’s possible to see just how easily this style of clothing transcends standard styles. Despite the trends at the time and the style of clothing that was commonly worn, leather jackets always have a key place. This is why there are so many famous leather jackets in movies. Regardless of when a film was made or when it is being watched, a leather jacket doesn’t go out of style.
There are a lot of different ways that leather jackets have been worn in movies; from the cool guy characters to the action heroes, leather jackets are a good fit. Not only are they extremely comfortable, but they look good with any outfit.
At Hidepark, we offer a wide range of leather jackets for men and women. So, if you’re in search of a new item or you simply want to add to your growing jacket collection, we have a great collection for you to check out.