The Bowler hat has been around since the 1850’s and has been gracing the big screen since its early beginnings. It’s a hard topped felt hat with a rounded crown originally designed to protect game-keepers from low branches while on horseback. The style gained quick popularity among the proletariat Americans (who call it a derby) and British in the 19th century and later worked its way onto the hat racks of the upper class internationally.
This hat is often associated with sophistication, worn by politicians like Churchill and leaders in the 20th century. In film however, the hat often symbolizes a glimmer of refinement in an otherwise uncivilized character or setting. From the classics to modern film, the Bowler is so popular in movies; it should have its own IMDB page. We’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 favorite bowler appearances:
2. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999): In this heist story with romantic undertones, the bowler is used with great success to create a diversion for a robbery. The final scenes features a slew of identically dressed accomplices strolling around a museum all topped with bowler hats.