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The Ten Best Movie Crowns

Updated on September 17, 2014

The Top Ten Movie Crowns

Movie crowns are usually opulent, grand and very beautiful. They, like all parts of a costume reveal much about the character who is wearing it.

A crown by definition is a circular headdress wore by monarchs as symbol of authority. For this page, I'm using a slight looser definition and this page will only look at crowns wore by female characters.

The crowns were ranked by beauty, how well the fit the character/movie and memorability.

List Subject to Change

Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I
Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I

Number #10

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth's played by Cate Blanchett, crown is a near accurate remake of the crown that is depicted in Elizabeth's coronation portrait.

It has large gemstones around the edge and curved casted arches that meet at a cross. It has a large pearl that hangs on the forehead. It's very regal.

Designed by Alexandra Byrne

Natalie Portman as the Black Swan
Natalie Portman as the Black Swan

Number #9

Black Swan

Used in the promotion for Black Swan, Nina Sayer, played by Natalie Portman, wears a dark silver crown that is chaotically organic. It is made from burnt copper and it's lightweight. It's very beautiful but it's also edgy and there is something unhinged which fits the transformed Nina.

Designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy

Nicole Kidman as Satine from Moulin Rouge
Nicole Kidman as Satine from Moulin Rouge

Number 8

Moulin Rouge

Satine, played by Nicole Kidman, wears a crown at the end of Moulin Rouge during the wedding portion of the play.

It’s an Indian inspired crown. It’s made from brass, faux pearls, diamantes, silver thread embroidery, sequins, beads and silver pearling (coils). It has two stands that go across the forehead. On the each side there is a piece that is shaped like leaves. These were made with embroidered and beaded mesh. It’s vert pretty and has very delicate feel to much like Satine.

Designed by Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie

Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria from The Young Victoria
Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria from The Young Victoria

Number #7

The Young Victoria

Much like the crown from Elizabeth the crown for the coronation scene in the The Young Victoria is a near replica of the one that Queen Victoria wore.

It a very ostentatious. It has diamonds all over it. A row of pearls, large gemstone and ermine trim. It very over the top and royal.

Designed by Sandy Powell

Tiffany Dupont as Hadassah/Esther  from One Night with the King
Tiffany Dupont as Hadassah/Esther from One Night with the King

Number #6

One Night with the King

Esther's, played by Tiffany Dupont, crown when she is crowned queen has a mixed of ancient Persian and Indian glamor.

The crown has a floral pattern that goes around the rim. The arches seem to have an repousse detail. Repousse is a hammering technique where designs are hammered out from the back. Red jewels adorn the points. There is also tikka that hangs off the crown on to her forehead. While the veil isn't part of the crown the pairing is a nice touch.

Designed by Neeta Lulla

Ziyi Zhang as Mei from House of Flying Daggers
Ziyi Zhang as Mei from House of Flying Daggers

Number #5

House of Flying Daggers

Mei, played by Ziyi Zhang, wear a bright golden crown. It has an engraved pattern on it. On the front on it there is a sun like piece with a blue gemstone on it and a flower right above it and to the sides. There are also chandelier like component that hang off of it they also has little red bead on them. There is a delicateness to this crown but a strength and the suits Mei’s character very well.

Designed by Emi Wada

Connie Nielsen as Lucilla from Gladiator
Connie Nielsen as Lucilla from Gladiator

Number #4

Lucilla from Gladiator

When Lucilla, played by Connie Nielsen, is watching the arena she wear this ornate tiara. It has small gemstones all over and larger one as focal points and medium size one on the sides. This tiara has a grace but there is also a power in it that makes it perfect for Lucilla.

Designed by Janty Yates

Charlize Theron as Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman
Charlize Theron as Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman

Number #3

Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman

Queen Ravenna's, Charlize Theron, crown has a very Romanesque feel. It has very hard, strong, and opposing look to it. It's dark silver with alternating long short pointed peaks although the peaks don't go all the way around the crown. The rim has dark purple oval gemstone that are set on the horizontal. Clearly is this not a dainty crown, it a crown worn by a dark and powerful ruler with fits Ravenna perfectly.

Designed by Colleen Atwood

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

Number #2

Cleopatra

The crown wore by Cleopatra, played by Elizabeth Taylor, in the 1963 version where she parades into Rome is iconic.

There are few movie crown as grand as this. This crown was designed after the crown that Isis wears while nursing Horus. It has feather details and it's accented with blue gems. At the forehead is the cobra and vulture with are royal symbols. At the top has a circle of cobras and from there a symbol that that is a mix of both Isis and Hesat (celestial cow-goddess) symbols.This crown is a show-stopper with it's over-the-top extravagance and opulence but that suited both Cleopatra and Elizabeth Taylor perfectly.

Designed by Renié

Liv Tyler as Arwen Undomeil from The Lord of the Ring; Return of the King
Liv Tyler as Arwen Undomeil from The Lord of the Ring; Return of the King

Number #1

Arwen Undomeil from The Lord of the Ring; Return of the King

Arwen's, played by Liv Tyler, crown is made to look like a butterfly representing the spring. The crown has a very organic look which fits into the overall style of the elves. It's bright silver and has lots of dangling chains that has dozen of green and silver beads on them. On the sides there is a green detail looks like it could be enamel but it's nail polish. the crown is made in two part the front part has a delicate look but the back is a lot bolder. It's a truly lovely crown that has a lot going on but it works and it pulls off the delicate yet strong look exceptionally well.

Designed by Ngila Dickson

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Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

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      AmyLOrr 3 years ago

      Another great lens - so many good choices! Arwen's crown is the most beautiful but I do love Ravenna's :)

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      someone111 4 years ago

      A lot of the ones you had listed on here are ones that I agree with, but wouldn't have thought of! This was nicely done.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is such a unique idea for a lens.

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      Lovely collection of movie crowns.

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      GetAcneFree 4 years ago

      Some of these crowns are so awesome! Great finds.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      Love how you've reached and gathered so many different types of crowns. I tried to pick a favorite. If I had to pick, it might be The Black Swan.