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Top 10 Films that Feature Great Sunglasses

Walk down the street on a sunny day and you will see most people wearing sunglasses. Whether you buy the most expensive designer label or a pair of inexpensive sunglasses from the local pharmacy, you do not stop twice to think about it. In light of that, we would expect to see sunglasses in mainstream film.   It turns out that sunglasses are all over the film industry. The thing is, we never stop to consider what the characters in our favorite movies are wearing because sunglasses are so commonplace. Indeed, companies like Olympic Eyewear (http://www.olympiceyewear.com/) and others combine to sell millions of pairs of wholesale sunglasses that end up on retail shelves and, eventually, in the hands of consumers. In order to recognize the concept of wearing sunglasses and how common it is in U.S. feature films, we have listed below the top 10 mainstream films featuring great sunglasses. Enjoy.  

1. The Blues Brothers

  In 1980 John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd film, The Blues Brothers, set the standard for wearing sunglasses in mainstream films. The two sported black rectangles that fit perfectly with their black suits and fedoras. Of course, the film was all about the music – which was actually darn good for two guys who weren’t professional singers.  

2. Risky Business

  What 1980s teenager can forget the image of Tom Cruise and his ultra cool sunglasses in Risky Business? Not only did Cruise truly look the part in the film, but promoters focused on an image of the actor in sunglasses to sell the film. Great move.  

3. Dirty Harry

  Dirty Harry was a 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood as San Francisco cop “Dirty” Harry Callahan. The film is loosely based on the story of the infamous zodiac killer and one that was instrumental in separating Eastwood from the spaghetti Westerns on which he built his career. Throughout the film, Dirty Harry wears a pair of black squares. Eastwood made them cool long before they actually were.  

4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

  The 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off essentially launched the career of actor Matthew Broderick. The sunglasses he and his partner (actor Cameron Frye) wore during several scenes epitomized what happens when uncool teenagers try to be cool. There are a lot of laughs in this film.  

5. Scarface

  Despite Scarface being an intensely violent film, the sunglasses worn by star Al Pacino made a difference in the look of his character, gangster Tony Montana. Pacino’s portrayal of Montana probably would not have been as convincing without those dark aviators that fit the actor’s face perfectly.  

All the Rest

  We do not have enough space to detail the remaining five films listed, but all five are worth mentioning anyway. Perhaps you have seen some of them:  
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Easy Rider
  • Back to the Future
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Terminator
  The final film in our list is the film that made a movie star out of the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger. His sunglasses were actually important to the storyline. Schwarzenegger played a robotic creature from the future hellbent on exterminating the mother of someone who would eventually go on to be a thorn in the side of the robots. His character wore sunglasses to hide the fact that his eyeballs were not real, thus hiding the fact that the Terminator was actually a robot.   So there you have it, the top 10 mainstream films featuring great sunglasses. Next time you go shopping for a new pair of aviators or wayfarers, remember that you can look just as cool as your favorite movie star.