Hollywood is notorious for showcasing scenes with bikini clad actresses in films to infuse a sexual component, regardless of whether or not it coincides with the storyline. Parody films almost always highlight some bikini scenes just to show how ridiculous those slow motion shots look on screen, and horror flicks somehow seem to include a girl running for her life in a skimpy swimsuit- every single time. It has become a normal occurrence for films to include at least one scene of a beautiful actress in a bikini or sexy swimsuit, and no one seems to bat an eye.
This definitely isn’t a new concept, since Marilyn Monroe even swam in the buff during the film Something’s Gotta Give. However, catching a glimpse of Monroe’s full-coverage panties in The Seven Year Itch isn’t exactly as risqué as it once was. Hollywood has definitely amped up its game when it comes to what is considered provocative and sexy on screen, and this includes bikini scenes.
Bikini scenes that would have caused quite a stir back in the time of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, are now just part of the norm in all of the top blockbuster films. However, there are some that go above and beyond when it comes to shooting just the right scene to flaunt the body of a bikini-clad actress. Swimming at a pool, coming out of the ocean, or using a pool-side shower, each successive film has certainly been creative in trying to make its bikini scene stand out from all the rest. Check out our list of the 15 sexiest bikini scenes in film, and see if your favorite made the cut.
Compared to the other highly controversial adolescent film, Kids, Spring Breakers offered an eye-opening look at the Spring Break experience. It also surprised fans of the “good girl” cast due to their character portrayal, and showed a whole new look to Disney kids Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. The film was shot with the cast being in bikinis (and sometimes not even that) the majority of the film, so there are some really great sexy bikini scenes to choose from. Whether it was riding scooters around town or dancing on the beach…even the lineup at the police station was kind of hot.
14. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Hollywood is notorious for making films based on characters in video games. From Mortal Kombat to the Resident Evil series, Hollywood knows how to capitalize on characters from popular video game series. So, when it was announced that Angelina Jolie would be playing Lara Croft in the film adaptation, people wondered whether or not she would be able to pull that off. Yet, not only did she completely embody the look of Lara Croft, she was a much sexier version of the game character. From the boat scene to the futuristic jet ski scene, Angelina Jolie created some super sexy bikini moments in this kickass Lara Croft flick.
13. Die Another Day
Long before Esquire magazine named Halle Berry “The Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2008, she had already proven herself as one of the sexiest leading ladies in Hollywood. 2002 was a huge year for Halle Berry. That was the year that fans saw every inch of her in Monster’s Ball, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, and her name was added to the very short list of African American actresses featured as Bond girls in a James Bond film. Portraying Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson in Die Another Day, Berry’s bikini scene was shot in classic Bond fashion and nothing’s sexier than a woman with a holster on her bikini bottom!
12. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Typically, women in Hollywood don’t tend to age gracefully. From botched plastic surgery attempts to diminished roles in film, there aren’t many stars with success in the ’90s that have been able to stay current. However, Demi Moore not only continues to star in hit films, but she seems to look even better than her Ghost character. In the 2003 film, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, she unveiled her new long-haired look, and created an iconic bikini scene that showed off her amazing body. Propping up a surfboard alongside Cameron Diaz, Moore stood her own against an actress ten years her junior.
11. From Dusk Till Dawn
Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for From Dusk Till Dawn, and starred alongside heavy hitters like George Clooney and Juliette Lewis. A hostage situation mixed with a bar full of vampires, the story isn’t exactly Saving Private Ryan but it is jam-packed with action and features the ever-seductive Salma Hayek. While her part was fleeting, it was enough to make a memorable and lasting impression on audiences. Hayek plays the queen of the vampires, and starts off in tribal style swimsuit complete with headdress. Starting her walk down the runway stage with a snake on her shoulders, she performs an ultra sexy bikini dance (until she turned into a snakehead-looking’ monster, that is).
10. Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising
Released as the sequel to the hugely successful film, Neighbors, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron both return along with a whole new cast of characters. Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse than living next door to a fraternity, Chloë Grace Moretz shows up with the sorority from hell. While she may have been super cute in the first Kick-Ass film, she is definitely not that same little girl dressed up in purple. All grown up in this latest 2016 film, Moretz features sexy beach blonde hair and a red string bikini. Her character definitely isn’t a pushover, but there are some pretty sexy bikini scenes in the film (including a hose-down shot on the front yard).
9. Date Movie
So many films have become major clichés due to their storyline and never-ending sequels. Parody flicks are the perfect remedy for all those movies that are just begging to be recreated for a few laughs. Off of the success of the Scary Movie parody films, Date Movie addresses all the film moments that can be twisted for utter ridiculousness. Sophie Monk stars in Date Movie with a myriad of bikini shots that are worthy of receiving iconic status. While the burger-eating-while-washing-a-car-in-a bikini scene definitely drew some laughs, it was the gold pool scene that really stood out. Utilizing the poolside shower, the suit looks painted on with perfection and it’s easy enough to get past the whole head twirling thing.
8. Just Go With It
Hugely successful at the box office, Just Go With It combined the fan base of both Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in this romantic comedy set in a Hawaiian environment. While the film boasts super sultry actresses like Nicole Kidman and Minka Kelly, it’s Brooklyn Decker’s performance that really made her stand out as the beautiful blonde bombshell in the film. There are a number of bikini scenes in the movie, but the waterfall scene is the clear winner. Reminiscent of a scene from Blue Lagoon, Decker’s blonde locks and matching yellow bikini offered the perfect addition to mix in with all the laughs.
7. Piranha 3D
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, the 2010 film Piranha 3D made swimmers afraid of something far more sinister than sharks. Coined more as a comedy than a true horror flick, the film is filled with spring break style partying that borders on the ridiculous. Kelly Brook and Riley Steel have an amazing bikini scene on top of a boat where they dance and even partake in some “motorboating” action (no pun intended). Wearing the same style of metallic string bikinis, Brook seems to shine brighter than Steel during this super sexy scene.
6. Furious 7
Ever since the original film that was released in 2001, The Fast and the Furious, the franchise has continued to soldier on, even with a different cast of characters in subsequent sequels. Furious 7 is the seventh installment in the series, and features the up-and-coming Nathalie Emmanuel. She has only had a few acting roles throughout her professional career, but they have all been super memorable. There are several bikini scenes in Furious 7, including some hose-down dance scenes that are very stripper-esque, but Emmanuel’s water scene tops them all. Slowly coming out of the water in a black string bikini, she even makes the simple act of bending over to pick up her towel a super sexy must-watch scene in the film.
5. Dukes of Hazzard
Long before the Jessica Simpson shoe and handbag line, the kids, and the infamous mom jeans stage performance, Dukes of Hazzard was in search of the perfect actress to fill the role of Daisy Duke. Riding high off the popularity of her reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, Jessica Simpson portrayed the perfect version of this beloved character. The police station scene that involves Jessica opening up her trench coat to reveal nothing but a pink bikini was a huge hit in the film, and also reemerged in the music video for “These Boots Are Made for Walkin.” A snapshot in time when Jessica Simpson was in the best shape of her career, Dukes of Hazzard was her moment in film history.
4. Wild Things
Released in 1998, Wild Things starred Neve Campbell during the height of her Scream film success and the ever-seductive Denise Richards. Coined as an erotic thriller, the girls collaborate with Matt Dillon’s character in an elaborate scheme involving sexual assault allegations. This is a bit ironic since all three have a downright NC-17 rated threesome scene. Yet, it’s the pool scene with just Richards and Campbell that most people reference when Wild Things is mentioned. Whether it’s Denise Richards coming out of the pool solo or the girl-on-girl brawl that ends with a sex scene with Campbell, Wild Things features bikini scenes that not too many other films have been able to top.
3. Into the Blue
Jessica Alba is famous for being in films that showcase her bikini-ready body, whether it’s dancing in leotards in Honey to the stripper-meets-cowgirl look in Sin City. However, it was the 2005 film, Into the Blue, that truly showed Alba’s ultra feminine physique. Mixing a romance between Alba’s and Paul Walker’s character with an action-packed thriller plot, the majority of the film revolves around water (hence, Into the Blue). Alba is snorkeling, free swimming, or just wearing the infamous blue bikini on a boat throughout the film. It’s hard to say which is the sexiest bikini scene, but suffice it to say that you won’t be hard pressed to find one.
2. The Other Woman
For a woman that became infamous for dancing the “Dougie” in a bikini, you’d think Kate Upton was the most confident and sexy woman in the world. However, she opened up to Good Morning America about the bikini scene in The Other Woman, and said she was a little concerned during filming. In order to make her feel less jittery, her co-stars Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann jumped in to make her feel more comfortable. In a film about women supporting each other, rather than stabbing one another in the back, Upton said, “This is my first movie role, and these two supported me every step of the way.”
1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Released in 1982, Fast Times at Ridgemont High isn’t exactly present-day, but what it lacks in being current it more than makes up for in iconic status. Like other coming-of-age films like Dazed and Confused, it represented a particular quintessential time. Starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood earlier in their careers, Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, and Forest Whitaker all made an appearance in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. However, it’s the scene with Phoebe Cates in the now-infamous red bikini that people mostly remember. Coming out of the pool in a seamless slow-motion style maneuver and then going on to remove her top, this is a scene that would be hard to dethrone at the number one spot.