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The Top Hair Accessories in Movies

Updated on November 5, 2015

The Top Ten Best Hair Accessories in Movies

The perfect compliment to any great movie costume is a great hair accessory. Mostly these hair adornments go unnoticed but a few shine and are memorable and a few stand part from for their companion costumes.

This list looks at the best hair accessories to grace the film screen. They are ranked by beauty, memorability and how they reflect the character they are worn by.

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Connie Neilsen as Lucilla  from Gladiator
Connie Neilsen as Lucilla from Gladiator

Number #10

Lucilla from Gladiator

Early in the movie, Gladiator, Lucilla, played by Connie Neilsen, wears twin golden headbands. The Twin headbands style is very Roman. The headbands match and have a slight square pattern of contrasting gold. It's a simple hair accessory but it's very attractive.

Costume Designed by Janty Yates

Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode II
Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode II

Number #9

Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode II

One of Padme's more memorable hair accessories in Episode II is her African hair piece that she wears with her purple senate gown. The design of this is inspired by Central African designs. The piece is composed of rings and strips of gold bands that form a cone-like shape. It's offset by the Elizabethan style of her gown. The play between the two designs is fantastic and both shine together.

Costume Design by Trisha Biggar

Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina
Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

Number #8

Anna Karenina

The 2012 version of Anna Karenina, played by Keira Knightley, is widely regarded for its opulent costumes that mix Victorian silhouettes with 1950s couture and the head pieces really encapsulates that vision.

The head piece that Anna wears with her iconic black gown is delicate and refined much like Anna herself. The veil is made of chiffon that looks like peacock's feathers. In the back there is a star-burst brooch. The sad part about this particular head piece is not very noticeably in the scene.

Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran

Aishwariya Rai as Jodhaa from Jodhaa-Akbar
Aishwariya Rai as Jodhaa from Jodhaa-Akbar

Number #7

Jodhaa from Jodhaa-Akbar

Through the course of Jodhaa-Akbar, Jodhaa wears stunning and opulent jewelry and head pieces. This headband-like one is composed of floral pieces and pearls. It has a youthful and regal sensibility to it. It was also used in the promotion of the film.

Costume Design by Neeta Lulla

Illona's Hair stick from Gloomy Sunday
Illona's Hair stick from Gloomy Sunday

Number #6

Illona from Gloomy Sunday

During Gloomy Sunday, Illona, played by Erika Marozsan, is given a hair stick as birthday gift from her lover. The hair stick is made of blue stones and has a floral design.

This hair stick isn't just any ordinary hair accessory whose sole purpose is aesthetics. It plays a big part at the end of the movie in identifying Illona which makes the ending for this movie possible. Beauty and functionality are all in this movie hair accessory.

Costume Design by Andrea Flesch

Kate Winslet as Rose from Titanic
Kate Winslet as Rose from Titanic

Number #5

Rose DeWitt Bukater from Titanic

During the beloved dinner and third class dance scenes in Titanic, Rose, played by Kate Winslet, wears a lovely yet simple headband. This headband is long strip with jewels that spaced apart and wraps around her head and into her hair. It gives her almost ethereal look that is also sophisticated.

Costume designed Deborah L. Scott

Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera
Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera

Number #4

Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera

For her grand opera debut, Christine Daae, played by Emmy Rossum, wears a stunning white gown that is decorated with star-bursts. The Star-burst elements are not only seen on her gown but in her earrings and her hair clips. She wears several matching star-burst clips in her hair. They frame her face and are also positioned in the back. The Star-burst Clips create an almost halo-like effect around her face that gives her an angelic appearance which is fitting for her character.

Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne

Tami Stronach as Child-like Empress from The Never-Ending Story
Tami Stronach as Child-like Empress from The Never-Ending Story

Number #3

The Child-like Empress from The NeverEnding Story

The Child-like Empress, played by Tami Stronach, in the The NeverEnding Story wears a very simple yet lovely white dress. The Statement piece to her costume is her beaded head piece. It's made from four strands of pearls that have a slightly larger pearl spaced ten beads apart. In the center there is a gold component that have a pearl set in the center and a teardrop bead that hangs off of it. This piece fits her ethereal and child-like persona perfectly.

Costume Designed by Count Ul de Rico & Diemut Remy

Carey Mulligan as Daisy  Buchanan from The Great Gatsby
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby

Number #2

Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby

The 2013 version of The Great Gatsby is full of over-the-top grand costumes. While attending one of Gatsby's parties, Golden Girl Daisy Buchanan, played by Carey Mulligan, wear a diamond headband.

In keeping with the fashions of the 1920s it's Art Deco in style The headband has a leaf-like motif and it's off-center focal point has diamond encrusted leaf-like pieces coming off it. Three strands of pearls hang off. It's a very opulent head piece that has a flirty air to it.

It was used in the film's promotion.

Costume Designed by Catherine Martin

Jennifer Connelly as  Sarah from Labyrinth
Jennifer Connelly as Sarah from Labyrinth

Number #1

Sarah from Labyrinth

In the famous ballroom scene in Labyrinth Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, dons a fantastical grand gown. Her hair pieces are just as fantastic as her gown. In her hair there are these organic vein-like garlands that look melted silver. It has a very Art Nouveau style. Ribbons are also tied in her hair. It's quite lovely and whimsical and fits the style of the scene.

Costume Designed by Ellis Flyte & Brian Froud

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Jennifer Connelly as  Sarah from Labyrinth
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