Natalie Wood Maria West Side Story

Natalie Wood plays Maria in West Side Story. Photo courtesy of Everett Collection

With a major style moment about to hit when "Sex and the City 2" opens in May, The Times of London decided to recount what it considers the 25 most influential flicks in fashion.

And while we don't agree with all of them ("Avatar" made it, but "Breakfast at Tiffany's" didn't? Wha?), it's definitely a great start for building your Netflix queue.

Below, the top 10 fashion films and a brief description of The Times's reasoning.


1. West Side Story (1961), because of Christian Dior's 1950s era post-war "New Look" silhouettes worn by Maria.

2. Belle de Jour (1967), because of Catherine Denueve's YSL wardrobe.

3. The Big Sleep (1946), because of Lauren Becall's sharp-shouldered jackets, artfully tilted hats, and pinned-back hairstyle.

4. Atonement (2007), because of Keira Knightley's masterfully done 1930s wardrobe, including a chic bathing cap and an emerald-hued dress that brought The Times's editors "close to tears."

5. Bonnie and Clyde (1967), because of Bonnie's varied hat collection.

6. Annie Hall (1977), because of Diane Keaton's mastery of androgynous style.

Sienna Miller Edie Sedgwick Factory Girl

Sienna Miller plays 60's "It Girl" Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl. Photo: The Weinstein Co

7. Factory Girl (2006), because of Edie Sedgewick's (played by Sienna Miller) original getups consisting of leotards, animal prints, and oversize cocktail rings.

8.
Coco avant Chanel (2009), because, well duh, it's Chanel! Also, it's the adorable Audrey Tautou playing Chanel!

9. Gone With the Wind (1939), because of the over-the-top Walter Plunkett ballgowns featuring super-tiny waists.

10.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), because of the '50s fashion nostalgia, including wholesome A-line skirts, polka-dot and gingham bikinis, and crisp white navel-gracing tops.


The other fifteen films that The Times highlights, in order, are: Pulp Fiction (1994), Top Hat (1935), Funny Face (1957), To Catch a Thief (1955), The Matrix (1999), A Single Man (2009), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), The World of Suzie Wong (1960), Zoolander (2001), Grey Gardens (1975), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Priceless (2006), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Avatar (2009), and Mildred Pierce (1945).

To read about all of these films and their best fashion moments in more depth, head over to TimesOnline.co.uk.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of this list, as well as your own vote for the best fashion film, in a comment below.

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