The Essential #Menswear Movie Viewing Guide

Being your clique’s designated fashionisto is a challenge. You gotta be able to instantly dig through an obligatory cache of classic hip-hop references, Japanese magazines, Blogspot manifestos and movies especially—they being the dominant visual art form of our time. You don’t ever want to be at a menswear circle jerk with the fashio-economic elite and be the dude looking around blank-faced when somebody makes a terrible joke about Kurosawa inspiring the recent kimono trend.

But movies are long and who has time to watch an entire movie—many of them more than two hours in length—in the Vine era? Isn’t there a Tumblr preloaded with GIFS and one-line synopses of the most stylish films of all time? Unfortunately, not that I know of, but don’t fret, young one. As always, we're here to give you the critical info on critical subjects so your knowledge can reach critical mass. In this spirit of bros helping bros, let's go over the crucial cliff notes on the most essential flicks of menswear's cinematic canon. Keep in mind, you don't have to actually watch these to talk about them in terms of style. I mean, I haven't see, like, half of these and I'm the one writing the definitive guide. Get your notepads ready.

Angelo Spagnolo is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Read his blog here and follow him on Twitter here.

  • Poke Smotter

    No La Dolce Vita or 8 1/2? Sprezzz is at the core of those films.

  • Putney Swope

    No La Dolce Vita or 8 1/2?? No sprezzatura. Although good choices.

  • Ken P


    • FourPinsAnxiety

      Such a shout! The headwear budget alone.

  • I hate this site

    Michael Jackson based his jacket on Akira? Weird, because the Thriller video came out in 1983, and the Akira movie wasn’t released until 1988.

    Maybe do some fact checking sometime?

    • Four Pins up my ass

      Also, I love you suggest lying to people about Japanese designers. “They’ve got weird names, so why give them the respect they deserve.”

    • Lawrence

      See: The humor tag at the bottom on this post. C’mon man, act live you’ve been here before.

    • Aaron

      There was also the original manga release that came out in the early 80s.

  • FourPinsAnxiety

    A couple of legitimately British entries. ‘Gangster No. 1′ may be a little sub-par alongside these heavy hitters but the costume design is sharp. Also, ‘Quadrophenia’, the Mods of the 1960s are more than deserving of an acknowledgement, here.


    Oh c’mon, the original Talented Mr. Ripley (entitled “Purple Noon”, and, y’know, in French) is way more bangin’ in the menswear department. Alain Delon is like Take Ivy on vacay but, y’know, with tiny shorts and, y’know, French.

  • trigandpolished

    Great Stuff! I’d also add the movie, Un Homme et une Femme to the list.