50 Worst Movie Wigs
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)
Who's Under The Wig: Jason Isaacs makes his grand Harry Potter debut as venomous viper Lucius Malfoy, father to the equally-venomous Draco.
Why So Hair-rible? There's a reason audiences likened Lucius Malfoy's appearance to Vanessa Feltz when the film was first released, and over a decade later, we just can't shake the comparison.
This is one platinum 'do that would give even X-Men 's Storm a run for her peroxide money.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Who's Under The Wig: Brothers Neil and Adrian Rayment, who play the simply-named Twins, aka weird computer programmes sent to harass Neo (Keanu Reeves).
Why So Hair-rible? As if the pasty-faced make-up wasn't enough, these guys also have crusty white dreadlocks, too.
Obviously, dreadlocks are cool on the right person, but these bizarre wigs sit waaaay back on the Rayment twins' skulls, giving them terrifying, bulging craniums…
Pretty In Pink (1986)
Who's Under The Wig: Andrew McCarthy does swarthy and hip as high school preppy kid Blane McDonough, the apple of Andie Walsh's (Molly Ringwald) eye.
Why So Hair-rible? McCarthy wore a wig during reshoots on the film's final scene, and boy does it show.
"I was in New York doing in a play and I had shaved my head. They threw a bad wig on me," he said of the reshoot. "If they knew we'd still be talking about it 25 years later, they would have paid for a better wig."
Star Wars (1999-2005)
Who's Under The Wig: Natalie Portman comes over all Oriental as Queen Amidala in George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels.
It’s the worst hair the franchise has ever seen – and that’s saying something considering this is a franchise that’s also home to Chelsea buns and Chewbacca.
Why So Hair-rible? It looks more like a cushion than a hair do.
Are we really supposed to believe that Amidala has her hair wrapped into her head-crown-thing every day? Must be a bastard to get out of every night.
The Craft (1996)
Who's Under The Wig: Robin Tunney plays Sarah, a white witch and newbie at an LA high school. She befriends Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Nancy (Fairuza Balk) and Rochelle (Rachel True) to cast a spell or three.
Why So Hair-rible? Tunney was totally bald when she shot The Craft , having shaved her head for another role (in Empire Records ).
Director Andrew Fleming plonked a long, girl-next-door wig on her instead, but it only serves to cause confusion over why the character’s so obviously wearing a wig that’s never explained.
Who's Under The Wig: Colin Farrell, doing the hero thing in Oliver Stone’s historical epic as the titular emperor.
Why So Hair-rible? Alexander the Great, you say? Well, there’s nothing great about this floppy mop. Hell, there’s nothing even good about it.
Resembling more of a boy band member than a Macedonian emperor, Farrell should really be wearing a vest top and a whistle and dancing alongside a '90s Gary Barlow.
Superman Returns (2006)
Who's Under The Wig: Kate Bosworth, doing her utmost to bring Lois Lane up to date, but instead just looking bird-like and uncomfortable opposite Brandon Routh's Superman.
Why So Hair-rible? Alright, there are worse wigs out there (just check out the rest of this list), but there's no denying this is one that should've been left in the box. It's just so obviously a wig.
Couldn't Bosworth have just dyed her locks for one film?
Who's Under The Wig: Christina Aguilera as ex-waitress and wannabe-performer Ali rose, who ups sticks to Los Angeles where she attempts to make it at a burlesque club run by Cher. Yes, Cher.
Why So Hair-rible? Ali's meant to be totally broke, so how she can afford a wig like that is anybody's guess.
Perhaps she simply raided Cher's dress-up box.
Wild Hogs (2007)
Who's Under The Wig: John Travolta as Woody Stevens, a Cincinnati biker who goes on an adventure with his old buddies.
Why So Hair-rible? Travolta hides the 'do under a bandana for most of the film, and we wish he'd just kept it on the entire time - that bouncy bit of stuck-on hair isn't convincing anybody.
Who's Under The Wig: Sir Ben Kingsley who, for some unknown reason, surrendered himself to Uwe Boll for this loose video game adaptation. Kingsley plays the King of the vampires, naturally.
Why So Hair-rible? Well, just look at it. Seemingly sucker-cupped onto Kingsley's head, it's just sort of THERE, all plastic-y and shifty, knowing it looks bad.
Really, what do you expect when you put yourself at the mercy of Uwe Boll?
Who's Under The Wig: Matthew Goode, attempting to keep his dignity in tact as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias in Zack Snyder's ambitious comic-book adap.
Why So Hair-rible? Mr Goode's got a lovely barnet, so why Snyder and co decided to cover it up with this mousy-brown number is beyond our comprehension.
Given the suit, it seems they were going for some kind of dressed-down David Bowie look. It fails. Big time.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Who's Under The Wig: Tina Turner prowls around as Aunt Entity, the no-bullshit leader of Bartertown. Think 'glamour puss meets Amazonian'. With a bad wig.
Why So Hair-rible? Given Turner's own vast collection of rock wigs - worn on-stage throughout her mucho impressivo career - it boggles the mind that she agreed to don something this cheap.
Comparisons to poodles are inevitable, but just look at that stuck-on hairline. Simply the worst. (Sorry.)
Life Or Something Like It (2002)
Who's Under The Wig: Angelina Jolie as Seattle news reporter who interviews a supposed prophet (Tony Shalhoub) who predicts she only has seven days left to live.
Why So Hair-rible? It looks like something Marilyn Monroe might have worn back in the fifties, except it’s been left to gather dust in some cupboard somewhere for the past half a century.
84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
Who's Under The Wig: Anne Bancroft stars in David Jones’ adaptation of James Roose-Evans’ play as Helene Hanff, whose hunt for rare books sees her striking up a relationship with Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins).
Why So Hair-rible? Though the fake hair is somewhat convincing on this one, it's the style that does Bancroft few favours.
Really, who actually had their hair like that in the forties?
Fantastic Four (2005)
Who's Under The Wig: Jessica Alba slips into blue lycra to play Sue Storm, who becomes the Invisible Woman when a freak space storm rearranges her DNA. Handy.
Why So Hair-rible? It looks like something Paris Hilton wears when she can't be bothered to wash her hair before a big public event.
The bright blue contacts don't help either. Really, if you're going to change EVERYTHING about your lead actress' appearance, surely a better idea would be to just get a different actress altogether?
Ghost Rider (2007)
Who's Under The Wig: Nicolas Cage makes his dream to become a comic-book hero come true as he plays the chain-lashing Ghost Rider.
Why So Hair-rible? It's a weird mix of crew cut and bowl cut, all tufty and far too short at the front.
The only explanation for the wig's sorry state has to be that Cage accidentally reversed over it a dozen times while roaring about on that motorcycle.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Who's Under The Wig: Brit wunderkind Tom Hardy, who plays Circus agent Ricky Tarr in Tomas Alfredson's handsome adaptation of John le Carré's novel.
Why So Hair-rible? It's so UN-Tom Hardy. In the wake of Warrior/Dark Knight Rises/Locke et al, this wig's even more hilarious as Hardy attempts to look clean cut.
Sometimes clean cut isn't a good thing. Sorry, Tom.
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Who's Under The Wig: Colin Farrell (again), waving farewell to vanity in order to play greasy boss Bobby Pellitt.
Why So Hair-rible? Nobody likes a comb-over, and this one's particularly shocking, giving even Christian Bale in American Hustle a run for his money.
It was all Farrell's idea, though, and we're glad he went for it. Bobby really is repugnant, and the horrible hairdo is super-funny.
Who's Under The Wig: Javier Bardem as preening bad guy and ex-MI6 operative Raoul Silva.
Why So Hair-rible? Obviously that kooky hair style is meant to be part of the crazier-than-a-box-of-frogs character, but that doesn't make it anymore pleasing to the eye.
It looks hairsprayed to hell and back - Bond should've just whipped out a lit match and had done there and then.
Who's Under The Wig: Samuel L Jackson, sporting one of his more unusual 'dos (see also Unbreakable, Pulp Fiction etc) as Jumper-killer Roland Cox.
Why So Hair-rible? It's just bizarre, particularly as Jackson donned the grey skullcap willingly, actually suggesting it to his director.
"It's a look. It's a science fiction movie," he reasons. "We don’t know how old he is and that gives him a sense of gravitas in a way, but he’s also strong and principled. It also makes him distinctive. That’s all. No big deal." We beg to differ.
Who's Under The Wig: Comedy maestro Will Ferrell gets villainous as fashionista Jacobim Mugatu, who makes life hell for model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller).
Why So Hair-rible? It’s a comedy wig that is the thing of snowy-white nightmares.
Plus the fact that it’s clearly inspired by Mugatu’s poodle can never be a good thing. This doggy needs putting down.
Waynes World (1992)
Who's Under The Wig: Dana Carvey, who plays the lovably-shy Garth, best bud and co-presenter to Wayne (Mike Myers) on their TV show Wayne’s World.
Why So Hair-rible? This is one wig that’s seen better days. It’s a wig in the twilight years of its head-hugging life. It’s a wig that once had dreams, but now only regrets.
In short: it seems to have been worn by somebody who made a habit of running through bushes backwards. It should be killed with fire.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Who's Under The Wig: Cameron Diaz, who frumps it up something chronic as Lotte Schwartz, the animal-loving wife of Craig Schwartz (John Cusack).
Why So Hair-rible? It's the ultimate in frizz, transforming Cameron Diaz from ice-cool surfer chick to dowdy nobody.
The film's make-up artist, Gucci Westman, admitted it was "a challenge to make her look homely". No kidding.
Who's Under The Wig: Angelina Jolie as the kick-ass Evelyn Salt.
When she's blonde, she's a 'good' CIA agent. Later in the film she goes brunette, which of course signifies that she might just be the evil Russian she's accused of being.
Why So Hair-rible? It looks like somebody scalped Doris Day and then rented out the remains to Hollywood A-listers.
The Parent Trap (1961)
Who's Under The Wig: Hayley Mills dons a wig to play sisters Susan and Sharon, twins who were separated at birth but miraculously end up at the same summer camp. What are the chances?
Why So Hair-rible? Even the most raging of squalls couldn’t displace a single hair on this head.
Every strand seems to have been glued together, and the effect is that of a scrappy bird’s nest that belongs in a tree.
The Accused (1988)
Who's Under The Wig: Jodie Foster plays Sarah Tobias, a woman who is attacked in a bar after sharing a few drinks with the rowdy patrons.
Why So Hair-rible? It’s basically a Mohawk gone wrong. In the film, Sarah cuts her hair as a sign of empowerment, but it’s difficult to imagine anybody feeling empowered by this atrocious 'do.
That Foster manages to give the character dignity and strength despite the wig was definitely deserving of the Oscar.
Back To The Future Part II (1989)
Who's Under The Wig: Elisabeth Shue steps into the role of Marty McFly’s girlfriend Jennifer Parker, tagging the role from non-returning Claudia Wells.
Why So Hair-rible? The first scene of Part II is the same as the last scene of the first film (keep up), which necessitated recreating that scene with Shue when Wells was unable to return for the sequel.
Sadly, Shue gets stuck in a tacky wig of such cheapness that the cast switcheroo stands out like a big, hairy sore thumb.
Henry V (1944)
Who's Under The Wig: Laurence Olivier directs and stars in this Shakespeare adaptation, one of the first ever successful Bard flicks.
Why So Hair-rible? Remember that time when you were a kid and you decided to try to cut your hair yourself instead of going to the hairdressers?
Remember how awful it looked? Well, Laurence Olivier just stole that look. And he seems to be regretting it majorly.
A Sound Of Thunder (2005)
Who's Under The Wig: Ben Kingsley as Charles Hatton in this futuristic sci-fi from director Peter Hyams.
Why So Hair-rible? Kingsley's faux crop has more in common with a parakeet than a human being.
It's as if he put his wig in the machine with a white wash, rendering it so dazzling it feels like we're looking at the sun.
Batman Forever (1995)
Who's Under The Wig: Jim Carrey, who pulls faces and prances around like a big gangly spider as The Riddler, thorn in Batman’s (Val Kilmer) side.
Why So Hair-rible? It’s something we’d expect to see on a budget kids' TV show really early on Saturday mornings.
That, or something you’d use to sweep up the kitchen floor.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Who's Under The Wig: Barbara Stanwyck plays a blonde bombshell and sexy housewife who dreams of killing her husband. Will she go through with it?
Why So Hair-rible? Stanwyck famously hated dying her hair, which is why she opted to don this stiff-as-an-old-brush wig for Wilder’s film.
It’s so bad that the crew would often call her George Washington. Which is mean, but understandable.
The Witches Of Eastwick (1987)
Who's Under The Wig: Susan Sarandon as Jane Spofford, one of three women (the others: Michelle Pfeiffer and Cher) who discover they have magical powers.
Problem: they also all fall for the same guy, the mysterious Daryl (Jack Nicholson).
Why So Hair-rible? It’s a wig of such acrylic awfulness that it wouldn’t look out of place at a high school theatre production.
Sarandon has gorgeous red curls already, why cover them up with this cheap prop?
Halloween II (1981)
Who's Under The Wig: Jamie Lee Curtis returns as young victim Laurie Strode, again attempting to escape the clutches of evil phantom Michael Myers.
Why So Hair-rible? Halloween II is set on the same night ( he came home) as the first film, despite being made three years later.
Problem? JLC’s hair was different, given three years had passed, which is why she gets plonked in this horrendous curly brown creature. It doesn’t look anything like her hair from the first film. Or hair, full stop. No wonder she spends most of the film shrieking.
The Conqueror (1956)
Who's Under The Wig: John Wayne takes to the stage as Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan in Dick Powell’s cinematic epic.
Why So Hair-rible? The film’s been derided as one of the worst ever made, and the same easily applies to Wayne’s chuckle-worthy rug.
It gets points for greasiness, which adds a much-needed dash of realism, but this wig pivotally seems to have been made for somebody with a much smaller head…
Who's Under The Wig: Joe Pesci pitches up to play David Ferrie, a private pilot with a hugely conspicuous rug.
Why So Hair-rible? Just because it’s deliberately bad doesn’t stop it from being BAAAAD.
Is this thing even made out of hair? Or just collected bits of Barbie fluff stuck together and dyed brown?
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Who's Under The Wig: John Travolta in full-on alien mode as a ruthless ET in the sci-fi movie everybody would like to pretend never happened.
Why So Hair-rible? Yeah, John? Chewbacca called, said something about being annoyed that you’re wearing his favourite second cousin.
This is a hairy travesty all over, from the over-sized cranium and the weird dread-like tendrils all the way down to that truly hair-raising beard.
The Godfather (1972)
Who's Under The Wig: One-time Annie Hall Diane Keaton, who pitches up in Francis Ford Coppola's mafia saga as Kay Adams-Corleone.
Why So Hair-rible? It's so big, hideous and fake that even Keaton hated it. “I just saw that clip of me and Al Pacino and all I could think about was that wig," Keaton said when she watched the film again recently.
"I’ve never seen so much hair on my head. I’ll never forget. It felt like 10 pounds. It was the worst experience [ wearing that wig ]."
Beyond The Forest (1949)
Who's Under The Wig: Screen siren Bette Davis in her last contracted role for Warner Bros. She plays neglected housewife Rosa Moline in King Vidor's book adaptation.
Why So Hair-rible? A severe, hideous black number that does Davis few favours.
The actress reportedly hated the wig so much (she was forced to wear it by the studio) that she decided to turn it into a big joke by fiddling with it throughout the entire shoot. You go, girl.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Who's Under The Wig: "I'm just the way God made me..." the hotel clerk insists in one scene from the spoof rockumentary, despite wearing a great big flippin' wig.
Why So Hair-rible? The wig's the butt of this joke, but that doesn't mean it doesn't earn its place on this list.
An intentionally-bad wig is still a bad wig, no matter how you snip it.
Who's Under The Wig: Singer-actor David Bowie, donning skintight trews and frills as sneaky goblin king Jareth.
Why So Hair-rible? It's surely one of the oddest hair cuts to grace the big screen (and that's saying something, especially given Bowie's own, uh, 'interesting' fashion choices over the years).
Part mullet, part spiky punk 'do, this is one wig that just doesn't know what it wants to be - other than weird. Very, very weird.
The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008)
Who's Under The Wig: Brendan Fraser reprises one of his most famous roles as mummy-fighting adventured Rick. Third time, though, ain't the charm for this franchise…
Why So Hair-rible? We all know Fraser's hair isn't what it used to be (and that's fine), but this wig is one, big, hairy insult.
It doesn't even look properly attached in this shot from the film, having slid to one side during one of the threequel's action scenes. Poor Fraser.
Drive Angry (2011)
Who's Under The Wig: Nicolas Cage (again) as John Milton, a dead criminal who becomes demonstrably UNdead when he busts his way out of Hell to get revenge on Jonah King (Billy Burke).
Why So Hair-rible? Half this list could be made up of Cage's catalogue of crimes against wigs, but that would just be mean, so we'll end with this one, a ratty blond number that does the actor few favours.
Who's Under The Wig: Halle Berry, emoting for all she's worth as mutant Storm.
You know, the one who can summon storms at will.
Why So Hair-rible? The fringe is just horrific, and Berry looks like she should be starring in creepy Japanese flick The Bride With White Hair rather than playing one of the coolest mutants ever.
Who's Under The Wig: Bruce Willis, who also dons a grey goatee and his signature bald noggin to play an FBI agent who's on the trail of a humanoid killer.
Why So Hair-rible? Willis hasn't had hair since the early eighties, so plonking him in a wig just feels mean.
Plus he sort of looks like Jon Hamm gone wrong in that thing.
Behind The Candelabra (2013)
Who's Under The Wig: Michael Douglas takes to the stage in more glittering outfits than Cher in order to play notoriously flamboyant entertainer Liberace.
Why So Hair-rible? Yes, we get that it's meant to be a lovingly-bad ode to the real Liberace, but that doesn't stop this dead rat of a toupee shocking us to the very core.
We need to have a soak in the Jacuzzi to get over it.
The Grifters (1990)
Who's Under The Wig: Anjelica Huston as Lilly Dillon, a gifted con artist who begins to reconsider her life as a con when her son almost dies during a botched swindle.
Why So Hair-rible? It's a total affront to the eyeballs, not least because Lilly's shocking white-blonde hair doesn't match her dark eyebrows.
"We got a hairdresser in," Huston recalls, "she did some styling on my head with some blonde wigs and we took some photographs and that was it, I got the part." A miracle…
Who's Under The Wig: Taylor Lautner, doing the 'awkward lovesick pup' thing as werewolf Jacob.
Why So Hair-rible? You have eyes, right? Most teenagers who go through that awkward mosh-pit phase generally do it away from the cameras.
Poor Lautner did it resolutely IN FRONT of them - and a buzillion shrieking Twilight fans. Thank god he took scissors to those locks for New Moon.
The Help (2011)
Who's Under The Wig: Emma Stone, here playing nosy wannabe-journalist Eugenia 'Skeeter' Phelan. Yes, that really is her name.
Why So Hair-rible? It's trying so desperately to make Stone look nerdish that it comes out the other side and turns her into the kind of cartoon character we'd expect to see skipping around in Dexter's Lab.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Who's Under The Wig: Anne Hathaway, putting in an impressive early performance as a heinous cow in this tear-jerker of a cowboy flick.
Why So Hair-rible? It looks like something Dolly Parton rejected and donated to charity.
Plus it gives the impression that Ms Hathaway has a giant, pulsing brain beneath her 'do. There's eighties and then there's THIS.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Who's Under The Wig : Chris Tucker is the elephant in The Fifth Element , screaming his way through the movie as Ruby Rhod. Fabulous he ain't.
Why So Hair-rible? Obviously, it's ridiculously. Obviously, it's meant in the best of bad taste. But there's no getting around how awful this wig really is.
Resembling both an ice cream cone and a self-pleasuring device, it looks like it was cut out of cotton wool and stuck together with PVC glue. Bad Chris Tucker, bad.