50 Greatest Movie Swimsuits

This way to the beach

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…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.
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