When it comes to hot actresses wearing bathing suits on screen, less is typically—but not always—more. Click through our gallery for more cinema swimwear that rocked the movie house, and prepare yourself for that “gotta hit the gym” urge.
Kristen Bell, Kristen Davis and Carlos Ponce, Couples Retreat
On last year's Tahiti-set Couples Retreat, swimwear was the costume du jour for the cast, including Ponce as amorous yoga teacher Salvatore.
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, Fool’s Gold
The duo reunited for nearly two hours of flaunting their beach bods on the big screen.
Halle Berry, Die Another Day
Following in Dr. No star Ursula Andress’s sandy footsteps, Halle Berry was more a blessing than a curse on-screen as Bond girl “Jinx,” paying tribute to Andress as she exited the surf in a holstered bikini—orange this time.
Raquel Welch, One Million Years B.C.
The animal-skin number was tagged in the movie’s slogan as “mankind’s first bikini” – and Raquel Welch wore it well as a Stone Age sexpot who got even the dinosaurs roarin’. This gem’s poster art became more famous than the movie itself and helped launch Welch’s career.
Kate Bosworth, Blue Crush
Kate plays a surfer girl training to win a surf competition, and whether she’s hanging ten or getting pummeled by monstrous waves, she and her sun-kissed co-stars look great in their swimwear.
Brigitte Bardot, The Girl in a Bikini
The French actress made a name for herself with this appropriately titled film (only her second), introducing the skimpy two-piece as acceptable in European film in the 1950s and establishing Bardot as the quintessential mid-century sex symbol.
Keira Knightley, Atonement
Although steeped in 1930s fashion, any bathing suit Keira shows up in is a must-see. Delicate, conservative, yet still sexy.
Jessica Alba, Into the Blue
"At times, Into the Blue seems to exist solely to show off Jessica Alba's body," one critic sniped – though intended as criticism, no doubt more than a few male moviegoers gravitated to theaters interested less in the storyline than in seeing a 12-foot-tall, half-naked Alba.
Kristen Bell and Russell Brand, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The pair delivers the goods along with unforgettable laughs in Judd Apatow’s latest comedy.
Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
However brief Angie’s bikini-clad part was on the jet ski, Tomb Raider gamers everywhere made a mental note to themselves that this was their new favorite movie.
Carrie Fisher, Return of the Jedi
Although we only get a few minutes’ glimpse of Princess Leia in gold-plated “desert bondage chic” as Jabba the Hutt’s enchained slave in Star Wars VI, her weird belly-dancer getup became the stuff of legend—today, you can find entire websites and fan groups devoted to the costume.
Virginie Ledoyen, The Beach
This French beauty effortlessly steals the spotlight from co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Put her in a two-piece on a pristine beach with white sand and clear waters and you’ve got paradise on Earth.
Bo Derek, 10
Bo Derek jogging slo-mo on a Mexican resort beach in beaded cornrows and a one-piece flesh-colored fantasy? 10 was moviegoers’ lucky number…until Martin Lawrence ruined it for us all in his Big Momma’s House 2 take-off on the scene.
Rodrigo Santoro, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
We barely glimpse a shirtless, sun-kissed Rodrigo with so much screen time for Charlie’s trio of Angels, but oh yes, he’s worth it. His subsequent sans-shirt roles in Love Actually and 300 forever cemented his hotness in the minds of his fans.
Phoebe Cates, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
It was puberty that came fast for boys everywhere when Linda Barrett popped her red bikini top on the diving board in Brad Hamilton’s (Judge Reinhold) summer daydream, a scene that has been endlessly imitated (notably in the Fountains of Wayne music video for “Stacey’s Mom”).
Sara Foster, The Big Bounce
Good looks can be deceiving. Sara’s character indulges in petty crime, and with her assets, it’s not so bad being her prey!
Ursula Andress, Dr. No
As Honey Ryder, this Bond bombshell set the bar for bodacious, bikini-bedecked beach babes when she emerged, tan and shapely, from the waves in a white two-piece complete with knife belt accessory.
Elizabeth Hurley, Bedazzled
Red hot and dazzling, Hurley pulls off the perfect temptress...and a tough Satan to bargain with.
Daniel Craig, Casino Royale
Bond flipped the script this time, as the über-toned super spy himself materialized from the surf in a short, tight-but-not-toooo pair of aqua-blue swim trunks that perfectly matched his baby blues. The sight was enough to make girls and guys put the controversy surrounding Craig’s casting to bed.
Cameron Diaz, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Cameron Diaz. White bikini. Do we need to say more? Didn’t think so.
Sasha Baron Cohen, Borat
Girls in bikinis? Who needs ’em, when you can feast your eyes on Borat’s implausible fluorescent green body floss? High fiiiive…