Ever Noticed These Silly Costume Mistakes In Famous Films?

If you’re a history lover like I am, then I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of movies with incredible special effects or amazing settings that recreate some of the most important events in history. Epic films and historical dramas have been around forever, and some of these movies really manage to make you feel as if you were there, living the moment. However, it seems that the producers don’t always pay much attention to small fashion-related details, which sometimes results in silly costume mistakes. Here’s a list of the most embarrassing costume mistakes in some of your favorite films. Let’s see if you can find them for yourself!

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#30. Legends Of The Fall

Set in the 1900s, Legends of the Fall tells the story of three brothers and their father who live in a remote town in Montana, whose lives are affected by the events of World War I and the Prohibition Era. It stars great legends such as Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Aidan Quinn. Everything up to here sounds normal… except for some details.

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At first sight, we have nothing to say about Brad Pitt’s hairstyle. It looks great on him but back in the 1900s, it was quite hard or even impossible to find men wearing their hair like that. Brad Pitt’s hairstyle is from the 1960s to the very least. Bad call.

#29. Troy

Perhaps you’ve read Homer’s great epic novel about the Trojan War or maybe you’ve just watched the movie. If you’ve done both, then you must agree with the fact that the movie is quite accurate and is true to the book’s plotline. Of course, it had some Hollywood ingredients, like Brad Pitt’s romance, but all in all, it’s a great adaptation.

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Well, the film is great, except for one little detail that made historians laugh: when the main characters enter the mythical city riding a carriage, they’re carrying a modern umbrella, for some reason. According to historians, umbrellas were not invented until 800 years after the Trojan War. Of course, the amazing costumes stole the spotlight so nobody even noticed the umbrella was there.

#28. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Famous for the Star Wars and The Adventures of Indiana Jones franchises, Harrison Ford is probably one of the most beloved and famous actors in Hollywood history. In the film Raiders Of The Lost Arkthe archaeologist needs to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler does, which means the film is set around 1936.

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Considering the story is set in the 30s, producers made a huge mistake that will make you laugh. If you look closely, in one of the scenes, you’ll see a man wearing jeans and a grey T-shirt casually walking by behind Ford. Didn’t he notice that nobody else was dressed like him?

#27. Pride And Prejudice

We have to say that the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride And Prejudice is just great. We all loved the film, as we were all anxiously waiting for the ending to find out whether Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Benner would leave their pride and prejudices aside and live happily ever after.

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Everything in this film looks beautiful and harmonious and every actor portrayed their characters perfectly. However, we can’t help but a little detail in Elizabeth Bennet’s outfit: her rubber Welling boots. Those were definitely not a thing back in the 1700s.

#26. Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America is one of the most successful franchises from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, it’s we can say that every movie the company creates is a complete box office success. As regards Captain America: The First Avenger, it takes place during the events of World War II.

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Some costume mistakes on this list are so small that they probably went unnoticed, and this is definitely the case. During the WWII era, female soldiers were not allowed to have shoulder-length hair as Peggy Carter does. Women had to keep their hair up for their entire uniform to be seen.

#25. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

It’s common knowledge that the Indiana Jones films are always related to some of the most important events in history, like the Nazi invasion and the World Wars. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones has to fight in a final battle against Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Army before they get to the Holy Grail.

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The production crew certainly tried to make the film as accurate as possible, but they made some unbelievable mistakes along the way. It’s widely known that soldiers tended to wear medals to symbolize their victories. However, the Nazi troops didn’t wear any medals until the later parts of WWII. But wait a moment… wasn’t this movie set in 1938?

#24. The King’s Speech

Many films and series like to recreate royal families and their daily lives and personal struggles. One of our favorite films in this field is The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter. The portrayal of King George is very accurate and the performances are incredible.

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We could even say that the film is perfect… except for one detail. If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see that Firth, who plays the role of King George VI, is wearing a free-form Irish kilt. Even though these are very common these days, they weren’t a thing back in 1936. Back then, royalty members used kilts with a Scottish Balmoral design.

#23. Glory

Glory is considered one of Hollywood’s greatest classics. It goes around the life of Robert Gould Shaw, the man who leads the American Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company. The film counts with an amazing and talented cast, including Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washinton, and Cary Elwes. But no matter how great the film is, the producers made some pretty silly mistakes.

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As you can see, one of the sailors is seen wearing a modern digital watch in the middle of a battle in the Civil War period. Producers aren’t to blame since we’re talking about a super small detail and it’s common to see these types of errors in films. FYI, wristwatches were not invented until the mid-1920s.

#22. Captain America: The First Avenger

And we’re back to the Captain America franchise! It seems that the production crew did not do their job well since this costume mistake is even bigger than the one mentioned in #26. During WWII, many modern technological gadgets already existed, but wireless wearable communicators like the one we see in the picture did definitely not been created yet.

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It seems that producers didn’t do much research as to what kind of weapons and technologies existed during that period. Come on people, this is what historians are for! In spite of that, the franchise is catchy and thrilling, so you shouldn’t miss it!

#21. Almost Famous

Almost Famous is a famous drama film that tells the story of a high-school boy who has the opportunity to write for Rolling Stone Magazine about the adventures and misadventures of a rock band during their concert tour. I’m sure that we all wanted to be like him when we were teenagers!

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The film was set during the ’70s, the golden age of rock and roll. In this scene, we see a boy with a Black Sabbath T-Shirt in the background. You would think that there’s nothing wrong with that, as the band was formed in the late 60s, but those types of T-Shirts weren’t used before the 90s!

#20. Pearl Harbor

If you’re also a history geek, you should know that Pearl Harbor is one of the most famous historical films in the industry. It’s the story of two long-life friends and a beautiful nurse who witness the terrible bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Even though most historical facts are accurate, there are a few mistakes we can’t overlook!

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Back at that time, women were not allowed to show their legs freely as they are now. Despite that, in the film, you can see a group of ladies wearing skirts without using pantyhose. That would have been a scandal during that era!

#19. Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most famous and talented directors of the industry. Just by looking at any of his films for a few minutes, we can notice its Tarantino vibes. Movies like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs or Kill Bill Vol.1 and Vol.2 are among the greatest classics ever.

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Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained is another of the director’s most successful films. It was a whopping success, earning more than $400 million. We don’t know why Tarantino let Django use those sunglasses, though. They were definitely not a thing during the mid 19th century!

#18. The Untouchables

The Untouchables is one of the greatest Hollywood crime-mystery films ever made. Starring legendary actors like Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Robert De Niro, it’s definitely a must-see. It’s set in the U.S. during the Prohibition era and it follows the misadventures of a Federal Agent as he tries to catch Chicago gangster Al Capone.

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The film is famous for its historical accuracy and the actors’ performances are great too. However, it seems that the crew made a few mistakes related to clothing. For example, let’s take a look at Costner’s suit. During that time, lapels on suits were not common, so why is the actor carrying one?

#17. Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind must be the most legendary romance film in Hollywood history. Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Thomas Mitchell, the film is about a love triangle between two men and a young woman during the Civil War and Reconstruction period.

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Even though it’s not strictly a historical film, historical events are still relevant to the story. Bearing this in mind, the producers made some ridiculous mistakes, and here’s an example. Remember when Melanie picks up an electric lamp? Lamps like these were invented many years after the Civil War.

#16. The Other Boleyn Girl

Another famous historical film is The Other Boleyn Girl starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johanson, and Eric Bana. The movie accurately follows the story of the Boleyn sisters and their fight to win over King Henry VIII’s love.

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The costumes in this film are beautiful and unique and it really does take us back to the 1500s! However, the production crew made some mistakes with the characters’ hairstyles. Natalie Portman, who plays Anne Boleyn, has her hair down most of the time, but back in the 16th century, such a thing would be considered scandalous or even rebellious!

#15. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

Starring Johny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has earned many millions around the world. Even though they shouldn’t be considered as historical films, the events do take place in specific locations and historical periods.

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In the film The Curse Of The Black Pearl, Jack Sparrow and Will Turner need a ship to rescue Will Turner’s love. The film is set somewhere around the 1720s, but we see a group of British soldiers wearing their typical red coats. It happens to be that those signature coats were first designed in 1747. Ouch!

#14. Saving Private Ryan

American actor Tom Hanks has been part of many classic Hollywood films. Thanks to his roles in Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Cast Away, among others, Hanks has become one of the most beloved actors in the industry. Saving Private Ryan is another of his greatest classics, and let’s talk about the film’s historical accuracy.

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Set on the WWII era, at the Normandia Landing, Hanks and his troops are seen wearing typical army uniforms from that time. But they missed out on one little detail: black boots were not invented until 1950, six years after the Normandy War.

#13. Julius Caesar

The 1953 film Julius Caesar starring Louis Calbern, Marlon Brando and James Mason tells the story of Julius Caesar and his ambitions to take the crown of the Roman Empire. In order to do so, he needs to kill Mark Antony but he’s afraid of how the Emperor will retaliate. Even though it’s not strictly a historical film, it’s set during the time of the Roman Empire.

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It’s needless to say that fashion has radically changed ever since the times of the Roman Empire. But wait a moment! In the film, we see the ladies wearing bullet bras, which were really common back in the ’50s, but I seriously doubt women wore them back in 44 BC!

#12. Catch Me If You Can

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, and Amy Adams, Catch Me If You Can is considered one of the greatest Hollywood classics ever. It tells the story of the persecution of professional swindler Frank Abagnale Jr.

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But let’s talk about the film’s flaws. Amy Adams is seen wearing braces, and even though they look adorable on her, these weren’t invented until 1970, while the film is set in the 1960s. But let’s not judge the production crew because, all in all, the film was great!

#11. The Tudors

King Henry VIII has been one of the most mysterious figures in history. Many films and series narrate his life, and such is the case of the series The Tudors. Touring the years of Henry VIII’s reign and his marriages, it’s one of the best historical TV shows ever.

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The costume designers did a really great job, except for one small detail: the use of ruffs. In the 1500s, ruffs were allowed but it was almost impossible to use one without an undershirt. Only women who challenged the crown did that since doing otherwise would be considered a scandal.

#10. Good Night And Good Luck

Starring David Strathairn, George Clooney and Patricia Clarkson, Good Night And Good Luck was the first film that showed the conflicts between politics and media. It went around the story of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and the conflict with Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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The film is set in the 1950s, but although the choice of locations and costumes was great, they made a teenie tiny mistake. The nametags that men used in the film were not invented until 1967, many years after the events of the film took place.

#9. American Hustle

American Hustle was released in 2013 and received a whopping 10 Academy Award nominations. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper, it tells the story of a con man and his girlfriend who must suddenly help a wild F.B.I. Agent to catch a mafia group.

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Despite the film’s success, it had some inaccuracies. For example, in one of the scenes, you can see one of the main characters wearing a specific model of Rolex. The film was set in the ’70s, so it was quite hard to find someone wearing a 2010 Rolex at that time!

#8. Amadeus

Starring F.Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce, Amadeus is about the life and the troubles of gifted musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his archnemesis Antonio Salieri, who was incredibly jealous of him. We can imagine that recreating this era must have been very complicated.

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I’m sure that the costume designers must have carried out a great deal of research to fulfill their jobs. However, they made quite a few mistakes. Even though Mozart’s costume was brilliantly designed, zippers didn’t exist at that time. In fact, zippers were invented more than a hundred years after Mozart’s death.

#7. The Color Purple

Alice Walker’s book The Color Purple was adapted to film in 1985. It tells the story of a black Southern woman during the 20th century that has suffered different types of violence from her father and other men that were near her. Yeah, the film is great, but I’m sure you never noticed this mistake.

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Actor Danny Glover is in the role of Albert and in one scene we see him using a fashion accessory that does not seem to belong to the 1920s, decade in which the film is set. We’re talking about those clips on his tie! Clips for ties were invented in the 50s.

#6. Gangs Of New York

Gangs Of New York is – unsurprisingly – about the gangs of New York during the 19th century. It goes around Amsterdam Vallon, who returns to the big city to take revenge against his father’s killer, Bill The Butcher. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Daniel Day-Lewis, it is one of the greatest period films ever made.

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Even though the actors’ performances are brilliant and the settings were perfectly chosen, some details in the movie are not exactly accurate, considering it is supposed to be set in 1862. Take a look at the uniforms, for instance: most of them, such as the one the firefighter is wearing, are rather modern. Rookie mistake!

#5. My Girl

Raise your hand if you couldn’t stop crying while watching My Girl. Released in 1991, this touching movie is set in 1972 and has young actress Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin as lead characters. Everything in this movie is adorable and unique, but there’s one mistake that didn’t go unnoticed.

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In one scene, we see Macaulay in the role of young Thomas giving Vada a mood ring. Those types of rings were a total hit in the 70s, but they came out in 1975, three years after the events of the film take place.

#4. Sense And Sensibility

Jane Austen was a famous and talented 19th-century English writer who died tragically at a very young age. Her books are still popular these days and most of them have film adaptations. Such is the case of Sense And Sensibility, a book whose film adaptation was released in 1995.

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Finding the appropriate costumes to recreate that era it must have been something really difficult. But here’s where the costume designers spoiled it: that baby is seen wearing diapers, but diapers weren’t invented until the 20th century! Maybe they just couldn’t come up with anything similar to diapers, and just gave it a shot, hoping nobody would notice.

#3. Singin’ In The Rain

The classic musical from the ’50s is perhaps one of the greatest Hollywood films ever. Also, it talks about the difficult transition that silent film productions went through after the first sound films were released. Starring acting legends such as Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds, it’s definitely a must-watch.

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But the moviemakers made one major mistake, and once again, it’s related to clothing. Some of the dresses that the women wear look totally normal for the ’50s, but the film was set in the early 1920s! There’s no way you would see such designs back in the 20s.

#2. The Wedding Singer

As we’ve seen, some mistakes are not specifically related to clothing, but rather to hairstyles. The Wedding Singer was released in 1998 and it tells the love story of Robbie, a singer played by Adam Sandler, and Julia, a waitress portrayed by Drew Barrymore.

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The events of the film take place in the 80s, but if that’s the case, what is it with Barrymore’s haircut? That short bob flip was a trend during the 90s and every girl wanted to have it. We can’t blame Barrowmore for wanting to have it at all costs too!

#1. Schindler’s List

What can we say about the acclaimed and Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List that hasn’t been said already? Starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley, the film is based on the events of WWII in Poland where many Jewish people were captured and slaughtered by the Nazis. We highly recommend this movie, as it’s one of the greatest WWII classics ever.

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There’s nothing we can say about the actors’ performances or the script, but one thing we noticed is that film producers decided to stick to modern aesthetic norms. For instance, the women in the film all have shaved armpits, which was not too common at that time.

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