10 Top Cinematic Trenches

Trench coats have been ready for their close-ups for decades. Here are perhaps the 10 best looks:

Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" (1942): His very traditional trench flaps in the wind on the stormy night when he does the gallantly correct thing and sends Ingrid Bergman on her way.

Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961): Panicky after throwing her beloved cat out of a taxi on a rainy New York night, Hepburn in a classic trench runs out to look for her pet.

Robert Mitchum in "Out of the Past" (1947): As a drifter with a dark past, Mitchum wears a wrinkled raincoat that looks as if he sleeps in it.

Peter Sellers in "The Pink Panther" (1963): His trench coat is intended to make Inspector Clouseau look like a serious investigator, but in actuality it becomes a comic prop.

Dana Andrews in "Laura" (1944): In contrast to Sellers, Andrews makes a convincing detective, and his trench gives off don't-mess-with-me vibrations.

Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006): Satan may favor Prada, but Streep wears Donna Karan, an elegant white trench that matches her hair color.

Jack Lemmon in "The Apartment" (1960): In this precursor of "Mad Men," Lemmon walks the streets of New York late at night in his trench coat after lending his apartment to his bosses for assignations.

Marilyn Monroe in "Let's Make Love" (1960): Wrapped around Monroe, the trench suddenly has sex appeal. She makes you wonder what's under it — if anything.

Doris Day in "Midnight Lace" (1960): In a color-coordinated moment, someone tries to push Day, clad in a red raincoat, under a red bus.

Denzel Washington in "Training Day" (2001): As a corrupt detective with the LAPD, Washington dons a full-length black leather coat. This is the movies, where leather tr! enches a re worn by bad guys.

— R.S.

Source: Rainwear in Films: http://bit.ly/J3UxQM.

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