These 16 onscreen moments have had tongues wagging and the audience begging for more.
Ursula Andress in Dr. No. Photo: YouTube
It's summertime in the city and the heat is on - putting us in the mood for the ocean, a long stretch of sand and our itsy-bitsy bikinis (polka-dots optional). It's also the kind of weather that brings to mind the iconic two-pieces that set the tone for sexy swimwear: fur-trimmed jams that would make a caveman sing, a barely-there white bikini equipped with a blade harness and even the outliers - a ruby red one-piece that left little to the imagination. Read on to find out which 16 women revolutionized the bikini and defined the standard of rocking bodies to wear them.
1. Bo Derek in 10
This corn-rowed cutie had men everywhere breaking a sweat while watching a hot body rub in the movie 10 (who knew applying your own sunscreen could be an act of seduction?). While not exactly a bikini, Derek's clingy beige one-piece was a sexy, next-to-naked substitute that still remains a classic to this day.
2. Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Watching just 30 seconds of Cates in her infamous red bikini would leave any Peeping Tom wanting more. The voyeuristic scene made adolescent boys blush and older men pant, but no one was more affected than Judge Reinhold (as Fast Times' Brad Hamilton), letting his imagination run wild from behind the bathroom window.
3. Pamela Anderson in Baywatch
Anderson took the lifeguard job description to a whole new level in a skimpy one piece that did more for her career than even the teeniest of two-pieces ever could. The show was a hit and made Anderson a household name, though we wonder if the audience watched more for the opening credits than the beach-action drama that ensued afterwards.
4. Jessica Alba in Into the Blue
Alba left tongues wagging in her perfectly mismatched bikini in 2005's Into the Blue. While she left the bikini behind to pursue a successful television and blockbuster career, this movie was a showcase for her bangin' bod and the jumpstart she needed to be noticed in Hollywood.
5. Gloria Hendry in Live and Let Die
Hendry broke the racial barriers of the Bond franchise with her fiery performance as Rosie Carver, the first African American Bond Girl to be romantically involved with 007 (Trina Parks was actually the first black Bond Girl in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever). With a funky 'fro, killer abs, and tie-dyed two-piece, Hendry left an impression in the minds of Bond fans for years after Live and Let Die's premiere.
6. Nicolette Sheridan in The Sure Thing
Who can forget Sheridan in a white bikini pulled up to there (and no camel-toe in sight - a true feat). The beautiful blonde made everything but her body seem irrelevant in a cameo that paved the way for the many sexy roles to come throughout her career.
7. Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.
Raquel's famous fur-trimmed bikini didn't spend much time in the water but that doesn't make it any less iconic. The cave-chic design hugged Welch in all the right places, leaving tongues lolling for centuries to come.
8. Demi Moore in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Call it a comeback if you will, but we'll call it an ode to all women over 40 who think life in a bikini ends after childbirth. Moore showed off her perfectly-toned body in a little black number that was the talk of the town even after Hollywood put the Charlie's Angels franchise to rest.
9. Ursula Andress in Dr. No
When the white bikini of all white bikinis made its debut on Andress' picturesque frame, it set a the bar for all the Bond Girls thereafter.
10. Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
This bikini is part metal, part leather, but 100 percent sexy. It's clear that the potent mix of Leia's bravery and bodacious body was how she captured the hearts of Star Wars' diehards the world over.
11. Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn
Hayek entranced viewers in a seductive wine-colored two-piece in From Dusk Til Dawn. While we could do without the toe sucking, it's no wonder a man would take a kick in the face: her erotic dance had even the snake riled up.
12. Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde
As the buxom and bubbly Elle Woods, Witherspoon gave Harvard-hopefuls renewed faith that the admissions process didn't have to be all about grades - a well-oiled bikini clad body in an application "tape" can do the job just as well. We wonder if Elle's method would work on term papers, too.
13. Jessica Simpson in The Dukes of Hazzard
Full disclosure: men didn't flock to this movie to witness Simpson's acting prowess. In a hot pink string bikini, Simpson proves that a little skin can go a long way when trying to divert the long arm of the law.
14. Halle Berry in Die Another Day
Taking a cue from Ursula Andress' classic knife-at-hip bikini, Berry took the look up a notch with a fiery orange bikini and a fierce cropped hairdo. We're just surprised that Pierce Brosnan's binoculars didn't melt - looking directly at Berry could make even the inanimate smolder.
15. Beyoncé in Goldmember
Beyoncé personified the word bootylicious in her eye-widening turn as Foxxy Cleopatra in the final installment of the Austin Powers series. The film showed Knowles in a range of bikini tops - from army green, to a sizzling orange, to a gold number that was hot enough to upstage her freewheeling 'fro.
16. Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Leave it to Jolie to make a black bikini anything but basic. Her character's haltered bikini had men flocking to the nearest movie theater - proving, again, that Angelina in black can make for box office gold.
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