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The T-Shirts that made cinema history

Giulia Guido

There are two types of movies. On one hand, we have those characterized by costumes that resemble sculptures, seemingly emerging from fantastic worlds and made with materials yet to be discovered. On the other hand, there are all those films where the protagonists only need a T-shirt, which sometimes seems to be chosen at random. But sometimes it’s the simplest garment that becomes the most coveted by everyone. Whether worn for entire sequences or just a few seconds, dozens of T-shirts have driven audiences wild after appearing on the big screen.

We started with the simplest, monochromatic ones like the shirt worn by Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, the timeless white T-shirt of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, or the military green one worn by Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with the inevitable pack of cigarettes rolled into the sleeve. Then, we allowed ourselves to be transported through over 70 years of cinema history, traveling from Kill Bill to Rocky, from Thelma & Louise to Pulp Fiction, all the way to the more recent The Avengers and Jurassic World.

And no, we haven’t forgotten the most talked-about T-shirt of 2024.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Breathless (1960)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 

Animal House (1978)

Rocky II (1979) 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Footloose (1984)

The Terminator (1984)

Police Academy (1984)

Twins (1988)

Thelma e Louise (1991)

White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994) 

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)


Notting Hill (1999)

S.O.S. Summer of Sam (1999)


Fight Club (1999)


Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)


Once upon a time in Mexico (2003)


Napoleon Dynamite (2004)


The Avengers (2012)


Jurassic World (2015) 


The Suicide Squad (2016)


Challengers (2024)

Written by Giulia Guido
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