The Most Iconic Swimsuit Moments in Movie History 

Here are some of the most memorable swimwear outfits for the beach and pool, arranged in chronological order.

A teenaged Brigitte Bardot defied censors in a skimpy, pale two-piece at a time when bikinis were considered indecently risqué.

Brigitte Bardot in Girl in the Bikini (1952)

Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Like everything Marilyn Monroe wore, her red form-fitting one-piece with the plunging glittery bustline is iconic.

From Here to Eternity is a title that promises a range of pleasures, and in the swimwear, at least, delivers something for everyone.

Burt Lancaster & Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity (1953)

Jane Russell in The French Line (1953)

In The French Line, Jane Russell plays an oil baroness who goes incognito to find someone who loves her for herself and not for her money.

It was the Elvis look that audience came for: the (very) tight, high-waisted white swim shorts with the racing stripes, hugging those famous Elvis hips.

Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii (1961)

Andress and costume designer Tessa Prendergast worked together to create what may be the most famous two-piece in movie history.

Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)

Less famous than Andress’ bikini but arguably just as awesome is this powder-blue terry-towel onesie with the zip front that allows just a touch of that Sean Connery chest hair to peek through.

Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962)

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