10 Iconic Cowboy Hats from Your Favorite Films

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Today is National Hat Day, and even if you didn’t know that was a thing, we still plan on celebrating. And what better way to mark National Hat Day than with an examination of iconic cowboy hats?

Hollywood memorabilia is an industry all its own, and it’s no wonder. Sometimes mere wardrobe pieces end up being almost a recognizable as the actors who wore them. The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and the black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s are good examples of wardrobe items that are now inseparable from the movies from which they originated. While hats may not always take center stage, there are some that every movie lover will remember. Here are 10 cowboy hats that stood out in iconic movies.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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The first two hats on our list come from the same film. The 1969 hit Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is about the real-life bandits of the same name. It wouldn’t have hit home so well without the hats donned by the titular characters.

Val Kilmer in Tombstone

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Doc Holiday, played by Val Kilmer, wouldn’t have seemed half so authoritative without that big black hat.

Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies

Harrison Ford did such an amazing job in his role in these movies that all it takes to dress up as Indiana Jones is a brown leather jacket, a whip and of course, the hat.

Sam Elliot in The Big Lebowski

Would Sam Elliot’s character in The Big Lebowski have become a meme if not or that a awesome hat? I doubt it.

Jeff Bridges in True Grit

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Can you imagine Rooster Cogburn trying to bring Tom Chaney to justice bare-headed? Me either.

Russell Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma

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Lionsgate/Relativity Media – Fair Use

Normally such a small-brimmed hat might make a man look a little less macho, but audiences don’t make that mistake with Crowe’s character who is a brutal, murderous outlaw.

Alan Ladd in Shane

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Paramount Pictures – Fair Use

This iconic old Hollywood tale wouldn’t have been half as memorable if Shane had been hatless.

Jimmy Stewart in How the West Was Won

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Stewart wowed audiences with his role as Linus in the epic film How the West Was Won. His all-leather Davy-Crockett-esque clothing went perfectly with the well-worn hat he donned in many scenes.

John Wayne in McLintock

If there’s a better line than John Wayne’s “I won’t…I won’t…the hell I won’t!” then I don’t know it. Because the Duke did haul off and belt Leo Gordon, and his manly hat was still firmly on his head after the fracas.

Clint Eastwood in The Good the Bad and the Ugly

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If the sight of Clint Eastwood in that poncho and black hat doesn’t bring up the drums and whistling notes of the theme song from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, then your movie knowledge is sorely lacking.

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10 Iconic Cowboy Hats from Your Favorite Films