7 of the Most Stylish Action Movie Heroes
We all want to see our action heroes kick ass and save the day. But what is even better is when they look good doing it. These seven men keep it classy while fighting all kinds of villains.
1. James Bond (Daniel Craig) in James Bond franchise
It’d be silly to start this list with anyone other than the king of spies. James Bond, in all his incarnations, is always suave, stylish, and handsome. Played by Daniel Craig in the most recent circuit of Bond films, the character continues to be a fashion icon for men. According to GQ, Craig was involved in selecting the wardrobe for his character, asking for “a slim-fit suit tailored very near the body.” Skyfall‘s costume designer Jany Temime said that “Daniel wanted a suit you could forget — a suit that wasn’t on top of his body, but moving with his body.”
2. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in Guardians of the Galaxy
Not only is Chris Pratt’s unlikely hero witty, charming, and tough, but he also looks damn good in that maroon leather jacket. Peter Quill, or Star-Lord, has shorter and longer versions of the coat throughout the film, but he always stays in the same color palette that might not work on everyone.
Pratt even admitted to taking the costume from set — not just because he knows how good he looks in it, but for a much nobler reason. “I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone — say, like, a Russell Wilson, you know — and go visit kids,” Pratt said in a press junket interview. “If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital — for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them — I’ll do that. I think that’s awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?”
3. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in the Iron Man and Avengers films
He’s certainly got the money, so it’s not surprising that Tony Stark is a stylish dresser when he needs to be. While we see him wearing athletic wear and Black Sabbath t-shirts while his working on his suit technology, he’s no stranger to a good suit. And a part of his signature look is sunglasses — indoors or outdoors, Stark loves his shades. He’s had various pairs, but perhaps most memorably he wore these Initium sunglasses in the first scene of Iron Man 2.
4. Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in the Taken films
He’s got a very particular set of skills, but also a good wardrobe. Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills in the Taken franchise can be spotted in simple, casual clothes that don’t hamper his ability to run around Europe. He’s not usually with a signature leather jacket, though the jacket changes every film — the one in Taken 3 can be bought from Fit Jackets.
5. Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) in Game of Death
This one might be a game of who-wore-it-better, and Bruce Lee does have some tough competition as Uma Thurman donned the same yellow jumpsuit in Kill Bill as an homage to Lee. But truly anyone who can pull off that yellow-and-black one-piece tracksuit and look badass is doing something right. The outfit has been referenced in several other films as well.
6. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in the Indiana Jones franchise
The hat and whip will always be memorable for this character, but Indiana Jones’s whole look is pretty iconic. Harrison Ford is one of the most loved action stars of the last 40 years, and no one can pull off a brown shirt, brown pants, and a brown fedora quite like him. The ass-kicking archeologist makes all combinations of khaki look good, which not every man could do. And he rocks the same brown Alden boots in every film.
7. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) in Batman franchise
While it’s hard to imagine the classic black bat-suit ever goes out of style, Bruce Wayne keeps it classy when he’s not fighting the films’ big bads. In The Dark Knight, Bruce can be spotted in Giorgio Armani suits, which, according to costume designer Lindy Hemming, were a specific choice to fit the character Bruce is pretending to be by day: a wealthy playboy.