Die Another Day (2002)
In a nod to Ursula Andress’s iconic entrance in Dr. No, Halle Berry surfaces sporting a similarly styled, curve-hugging bikini, this time in blazing orange. Leave it to Berry to give Andress a run for her money for best bikini moment ever.
Dr. No (1962)
Yes, it’s often considered the most famous bikini moment in film history. When Swiss stunner Ursula Andress emerged from the depths in this titillating two piece, a U.S. star was born (even if her lines had to be dubbed because of her thick accent).
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Something tells me it wasn’t popular girl Linda Barrett’s red bikini (modeled by Phoebe Cates) that left many a pubescent boy — not to mention Brad Hamilton (Judge Reinhold) — flushed during this slow-motion fantasy sequence. It was when she took the top off that she made the biggest splash.
Hawaii Five-0 (2011)
As soon as she stepped out of the water in her bikini, it made total sense that the reboot had seen fit to re-imagine Kono as a woman this time around.
Beach Party (1963)
Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello irritated Disney by ditching the mouse ears in favor of a bright white bikini to star in this first of a series of ”beach party” movies with fellow teen idol Frankie Avalon.
Cameron Diaz and Demi Moore
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
When Demi Moore made her big screen return rocking an itsy-bitsy string bikini and the body of a 20-year-old, all we could say was ”Wow.” Was it clever foreshadowing that Moore’s fallen Angel Madison Lee was hanging 10 in this black number while do-gooder Natalie Cook (Cameron Diaz) donned a skimpy snow white suit?
Into the Blue (2005)
I think this movie is about treasure hunting. But let’s get real: We all know it’s about Jessica Alba in a bikini.
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Princess Leia’s metal slave costume has so entrenched itself into our pop-cultural lexicon (not to mention the fantasies of fanboys worldwide) that it was even the subject of a Friends episode. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) dons the bronze bikini to fulfill Ross’s (David Schwimmer) schoolboy dreams in the episode entitled ”The One With the Princess Leia Fantasy.”
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Card-carrying PETA members might be the only ones to quibble over Raquel Welch’s heat in this slashed-up, fur-laced number. Her turn as a cavegirl in this prehistoric adventure flick made her a bona fide sex kitten.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Her street racer, Suki, certainly didn’t stall out in these red ruffles.
The Girl in the Bikini (1952)
And God Created Woman (1956)
French fox Brigitte Bardot is often credited with catapulting the bikini to international popularity. And for good reason (as you can see). This is obviously what the swimwear designers had in mind when they named their creation after an atomic bomb testing site.
The Oprah Winfrey Show (2006)
The former Fat Actress star made one of the most memorable Oprah moments by going on air in a fetching brown two-piece after she reached a target weight.
Perhaps Nancy Reagan’s ”Just Say No” campaign should have taken a page from this nurse-by-day, vigilante-by-night’s playbook. Fight drugs with bikinis.
The Sure Thing (1985)
Before she was a desperate housewife, Nicollette Sheridan was a ”sure thing,” sporting a skimpy ivory two piece and tempting Walter ”Gib” Gibson (John Cusack) in this romantic road-trip flick.
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965)
Investigative reporter Jenny Ericson (Shirley MacLaine) becomes a member of an Arab king’s harem while working undercover in the fictional country of Fawzia. Perhaps the actress was a belly dancer in another life?
The Swinger (1966)
Apparently sequined sparklers make good disguises. One year after Shirley MacLaine stepped into a two-piece as an undercover journalist, another would-be writer, Ann-Margret’s Kelly Olsson, attempts to con a girlie magazine editor into publishing her work by convincing him she’s a swinger.
Blue Crush (2002)
Like so many of the women on our list, Kate Bosworth’s breakout came courtesy of a bikini — showing off her hard body as surfer girl Anne Marie Chadwick.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Before Britney’s reptilian romp at 2001’s MTV Video Music Awards, Salma Hayek already had a snake song (complete with burgundy bikini) as vampire queen Santanico Pandemonium in Robert Rodriguez’s blood-bathed flick.
BONUS! Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
God save the Queen! This Union Jack banana hammock should get the shagadelic spy locked up for treason (even though it’s deadly effective on fembots).