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The Top Ten Movie Coats

Updated on February 20, 2016
Liv Tyler as Arwen
Liv Tyler as Arwen

Top Ten Movie Coats

Coats are yet another way for costumes designer to express the character in an article of clothing. Coast unlike coat and conceal or reveal much about about the inner working of characters.

This page looks The Top Ten Movie Coats as wore by ladies, sorry Indiana Jones. The list takes a loose interpretation of coats as there are a cloaks here, think of it as outerwear. These costumes were ranked on beauty, memorability and how they reflects the character.

List is subject to change


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

Number #10

Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera

In Phantom of the Opera, Christine Daae, played by Emmy Rossum, escapes the chaos of the Phantom to the roof top with Raoul where they declare their love. In this scene she wears a simple red velvet cloak. The simplicity makes her look vulnerable Its beauty comes its vibrant color and its simple elegant lines. It is also offset by the white snow which os falling in during this number.


Coat design by Alexandra Byrne

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

Number #9

Lucilla from Gladiator

The first time we’re introduced to Lucilla’s character in Gladiator she is wearing this fur-trimmed cloak.

The cloak is black and the fur collar is dramatically over-sized. It gives her the look of importance and classic elegance.

Coat design by Janty Yates


Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly from Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly from Chicago

Number #8

Velma Kelly from Chicago

When Velma, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, enters the courtroom in Chicago, she is wearing a glamorous 20 style coat.

It’s a black coat with a grey fur on the shoulders. It matches her cool cunning personality.

Coat design by Collen Atwood


Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility
Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility

Number #7

Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility

Marianne, played by Kate Winslet, in Sense and Sensibility, wears this blue-green cloak a few times but mostly famously when she wanders off in the rain and gets sick.

It’s longer in the front to practically cover her arms but the length difference gives it an edge of whimsy. This whimsy yet romantic edge is the perfect way to communicate her personality.

Coat design by Jenny Beaven


Christina Ricci as Katrina Van Tassel from Sleepy Hollow
Christina Ricci as Katrina Van Tassel from Sleepy Hollow

Number #6

Katrina Van Tassel from Sleepy Hollow

The cloak that Katrina, played by Christine Ricci, wears in Sleepy Hollow is seemingly simple. It’s made from a grayish crushed velvet but the lining is where the interest lives.

The lining is light blue and has embroidered roses and leaves on it. The contrast of the red and light blue with pops of green is very pretty and the softness from the crush velvet makes even more romantic and feminine

Coat design by Collen Atwood

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind

Number #5

Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind

Scarlett, played by Vivien Leigh, wears this darling blue velvet almost shrug during the Mill scene. It is a charming design. It’s has a bustle detail in the back, a shoulder detail and a standing collar that has a lovely pleated chiffon layer which are also at the cuffs. This coat fits Scarlet bold yet elegant persona.

Coat design by Walter Plunkett


Goong Li as Hatsumono from Memoirs of a Geisha
Goong Li as Hatsumono from Memoirs of a Geisha

Number #4

Hastumono from Memoirs of a Geisha

This Coat is pure fantasy by veteran costume designer Colleen Atwood. Geisha did not wear this type coat. Despite its inaccuraties, it's still a lovely coat that mingles the kimono silhouette with a classic women’s coats. It has a fur collar that is paired with an abstract kimono pattern. The combo is strange and very pretty.

Coat design by Collen Atwood

The Sink Coat from Titanic
The Sink Coat from Titanic

Number #3

Rose Dewitt Bukater and Winnie Foster, Titanic and Tuck Everlasting

The Sink coat has a little bit of a film history. For the Production of Titanic, the sink coat was made in a larger size than Kate Winslet wore as trick to make her look vulnerable.

There were also many copies of the coat made for the production as the coat has to get wet. Once the production was done the coats were sold. Tuck Everlasting, a movie from 2002, got one of the coats and modified it to be double-breasted. So one coat, two movies. For the sake of this we’ll just look at Titanic.

The coat is a light pink wool with lots of black details on the cuff and collar. The collar is also oversized which adds more visual interest,

Coat design by Deborah L Scott


Eva Green as Sybilla from The Kingdom of Heaven
Eva Green as Sybilla from The Kingdom of Heaven

Number #2

Sybilla from The Kingdom of Heaven

In the The Kingdom of Heaven, Sybilla played by Eva Green, wears this stunning orange clock when she first introduced. The cloak has bullion embroidery is made more beauty with all the layer of jewelry and trim that adorn it.

Coat design by Janty Yates

Liv Tyler as Arwen from The Lord of the Rings
Liv Tyler as Arwen from The Lord of the Rings

Number #1

Arwen’s Blue Requiem Cloak from Lord of the Rings,

Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, wears this beautiful blue velvet clock over her Requiem dress. The Velvet has a gorgeous floral patten running though it. This clock has sleeves too. The prettiest aspect of this cloak is the hood. The shape is very pretty and this shape makes it drape very lovely around Liv Tyler’s face.

Coat design by Ngila Dickson


Alexis Bledel as Winnie Foster from Tuck Everlasting in the modified Sink Coat.
Alexis Bledel as Winnie Foster from Tuck Everlasting in the modified Sink Coat.

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

Honorable Mention


Padme’s Cloak from a Deleted Scene from Episode II: Attack of the Clones


In a deleted sequence from Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Padme, played by Natalie Portman, visits her family’s home. As she arrives she wears this white crushed burned velvet cloak. The burned out part is light blue and has lovely abstract pattern to it.It also has very pretty gathering on the side and in the hood.

If it had been in the movie it could have made the list.

Coat design by Trisha Biggar


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