50 Greatest Movie Swimsuits

Piranha 3D (2010)

The Models: Kelly Brook and Riley Steele, a former Page 3 girl and a porn star. All the ingredients are there…

The Swimsuits: Dental floss bikinis ahoy! Nice, primary colours too. Not that this one was aiming for the lowest common denominator or anything.

Blue Crush (2002)

The Model: It's fanboy hate-figure Kate Bosworth, never to be forgiven for her slightly wishy-washy turn in Superman Returns .

The Swimsuit: A two-tone blue ensemble requires a hell of a figure to pull off. Handily, Kate has just that. But she was still rubbish in Superman , right guys?

Along Came Polly (2004)

The Model: Hank Azaria, showing off a completely unexpected beach bod in Ben Stiller's mega-grossing comedy. Who knew Chief Wiggum was so buff?

The Swimsuit: A banana hammock that leaves very little to the imagination. Put it away, Hank.

Lolita (1962)

The Model: Sue Lyon, playing the jailbait temptress who leads poor James Mason off the straight and narrow.

The Swimsuit: A startlingly provocative two-piece for a girl of fourteen. We blame the parents.

Thunderball (1965)

The Model: When you talk about Bond-related bikini girls, Ursula Andress is always the first name on everybody’s lips. However, Claudine Auger’s Domino could certainly give her a run for her money…

The Swimsuit: Domino sports a range of fetching swimwear throughout the film, but our favourite has to be this monochrome bikini, the perfect antidote to Connery’s loud pink shirt. For a spy, he doesn’t really do inconspicuous…

Beach Party (1963)

The Models: Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, stars of this interminable beach-set franchise. Think of it as the Jersey Shore of its day. Kind of…

The Swimsuits:
For her, a racy mesh design giving the impression of modesty whilst still displaying a good deal of flesh. For him, a pair of loud, striped shorts accessorised by a gleaming gold necklace. Upmarket stuff.

Swimming Pool (2003)

The Model: Ludivine Sagnier’s French nymphet, who sends Charlotte Rampling’s stuffy British author into a right old tizzy.

The Swimsuit: A two-piece bikini in cheeky pink and black stripes. Very minxy indeed.

The Beach (2000)

The Model: Heart-stoppingly beautiful French actress Virginie Ledoyen. Why has she not been on our screens more often?

The Swimsuit:
A dark blue number, chosen presumably for the contrast provided by the pure white sand. Or because it makes her look sexy, one or the other.

Inferno (1964)

The Model: Romy Schneider, appearing here in unreleased French thriller Inferno . Thankfully, Henri-Georges Clouzot made a documentary on the film using the surviving reels of footage, treating us to a glimpse of the above…

The Swimsuit: A black and white bikini seems a fairly conventional choice for somebody who favours bright blue lipstick.

Atonement (2007)

The Model: Keira Knightley, pouting her way into the affections of James McAvoy.

The Swimsuit: A rather conservative swimsuit to reflect the social mores of the time. Going for a dip in the fountain of her family home still seems a bit racy to us though…