57 Movie Character Costumes You Can Recreate at Home

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Have you ever wanted to dress up like someone from your favorite film but don’t know where to begin? Well, we compiled a list of 57 movie character costumes that are not only super recognizable, but they’re also extremely easy to recreate at home for Halloween. (Because crafty activities and spooky cupcakes can only take you so far.)

From Hocus Pocus to The Matrix, keep reading for the best movie character costumes.

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1. Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman'

Character: Wonder Woman

So you can fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Get the look: Wonder Woman costume set (from $35); superhero shield ($13)

2. Constance Wu in 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Character: Rachel Chu

Mother-in-law approved.

Get the look: iEFiEL chiffon dress (from $35); Gorjana pendant necklace ($48); Michael Shannon heeled sandal ($24)

3. Uma Thurman in 'Pulp Fiction'

Character: Mia Wallace

You may already have these pieces in your closet—save for the iconic bob.

Get the look: Missufe T-shirt dress ($25); ASOS stilettos ($48); Justinstones necklace ($8); eNilecor short bob wig ($16)

4. Tom Hanks in 'Forrest Gump'

Character: Forrest Gump

Box of chocolates not included.

Get the look: All in Motion running shorts ($18); Aeropostale polo shirt ($8); MAGIC trucker hat ($8); Pareberry tube socks ($9)

5. Lucy Liu in 'Charlie's Angels'

Character: Alex Munday

Shh…don’t tell Charlie.

Get the look: Wild Fable leggings ($7); L'Academie boho blouse ($84); Steve Madden Fashion Boot (from $46)

6. Margot Robbie in 'Suicide Squad'

Character: Harley Quinn

Because everyone deserves a walk on the wild side.

Get the look: “Daddy’s Little Monster” T-shirt ($22); CosInStyle bomber jacket ($40); Gipsy fishnet tights ($8); Splat pink and blue hair dye ($8)

7. Tyra Banks in 'Life-Size'

Character: Eve

Hi, I’m Eve. And you’re my special friend.

Get the look: HDE latex mini dress (from $11); Didder silver crystal tiara ($7); Charter club pendant necklace and earrings ($30); Barbie doll ($15)

8. Kate Hudson in 'Almost Famous'

Character: Penny Lane

Dressing like famous people is just more interesting, amirite?

Get the look: Venus shearling coat ($50); Bluetime lace shirt (from $7); Express high waisted jeans ($40)

9. Robin Williams in 'Mrs. Doubtfire'

Character: Mrs. Doubtfire

Who needs prosthetics?

Get the look: Casual Nights house dress (from $18); C&F Home apron ($32); Kangaroo gray wig ($9); TIJN eyeglasses ($40)

10. Lupita Nyong'o in 'Black Panther'

Character: Nakia

In Wakanda we trust.

Get the look: Yandy African warrior costume ($83); JEOSSY Slouch boots (from $38)

11. Reese Witherspoon in 'Legally Blonde'

Character: Elle Woods

What, like it’s hard?

Get the look: Star Vixen ballerina wrap dress (from $26); Lulu’s lace-up heels ($33); Wild Fable sunglasses ($10)

12. Kirsten Dunst in 'Bring it On'

Character: Torrance Shipman

There must be some Torros in the atmosphere.

Get the look: Cheer Fantastic uniform (from $70); Lunea-Wo canvas sneakers ($15); PUZINE cheerleading pom poms ($9)

13. Gabrielle Union in 'Bring it On'

Character: Isis

Or the Clovers, if that’s your thing.

Get the look: Katamy Clovers cheerleader uniform ($108); Adokoo canvas sneakers ($21); PUZINE cheerleading pom poms ($9)

14. Jennifer Hudson in 'Dreamgirls'

Character: Effie White

Flawless vocals not required.

Get the look: Dreamgirls dress ($70); Fun World toy microphone ($7); Dream Paris stilettos (from $20)

15. Christina Ricci in 'The Addams Family'

Character: Wednesday Addams

Simple, yet recognizable.

Get the look: Melynnco Womens casual dress ($25); Rubie’s Store wig ($15)

16. Laurence Fishburne in 'The Matrix'

Character: Morpheus

Ideal for long jacket lovers.

Get the look: Rubie’s Store Morpheus costume ($150); Royal Girl oval sunglasses ($13)

17. Gwyneth Paltrow in 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

Character: Margot Tenenbaum

It’s the closest thing to actual royalty.

Get the look: Aofur faux fur parka ($70); BABEYOND Satin Gloves ($10); Pink crystal hair clip ($10)

18. Molly Ringwald in 'Pretty in Pink'

Character: Andie Walsh

Cue Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “If You Leave.”

Get the look: Style Cheat halterneck dress ($98)

19. Liu Yifei in 'Mulan'

Character: Mulan

You know, to defeat the Huns.

Get the look: Hope & Ivy kimono dress ($41); French Toast oxford blouse (from $8); Amscan sword ($17)

20. Michael J. Fox in 'Back to the Future'

Character: Marty McFly

It’s Doc approved.

Get the look: AE plaid shirt ($45); BDG jeans ($59); Levi Strauss & Co. denim jacket ($33); J+S aviator sunglasses ($17)

21. Nick Castle in 'Halloween'

Character: Michael Myers

Everyone’s entitled to one good scare.

Get the look: Walls Store coverall (from $36); COSMOVIE Michael Myers mask ($17)

22. Amanda Seyfried in 'Mean Girls'

Character: Karen Smith

“K” is for Karen…right?

Get the look: Misfay spaghetti strap dress ($25); Jiasly blonde wig ($17); Finov self adhesive rhinestones ($10)

23. Natalie Portman in 'Black Swan'

Character: Nina Sayers

Can also double as a ballerina.

Get the look: Grebrafan embroidered corset ($18); v28 tutu skirt ($9); Floral Fall crown ($14); Capezio ballet tights ($13)

24. Bill Murray in 'Ghostbusters'

Character: Peter Venkman

Who you gonna call?

Get the look: Rubie's Store costume with inflatable backpack ($24)

25. Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz'

Character: Dorothy Gale

There’s no place like home.

Get the look: Fun Costumes Store Dorothy dress ($30); Snoozies ballerina slippers (from $15)

26. Audrey Hepburn in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

Character: Holly Golightly

Chic and timeless. Just add a croissant.

Get the look: Grace Karin vintage tea dress (from $24); Zivyes Holly Golightly accessory set ($23)

27. Lana Condor in 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

Character: Lara Jean

Peter Kavinsky…need we say more?

Get the look: Ecowish swing dress ($30); Zeagoo quilted jacket (from $7); Large scrunchie ($6)

28. Emma Stone in 'La La Land'

Character: Mia

“The City of Stars” is already stuck in our head.

Get the look: Allegra K floral dress (from $26); Capezio tap shoe (from $25)

29. Alicia Silverstone in 'Clueless'

Character: Cher Horowitz

As if!

Get the look: Fun Costumes Store Clueless costume ($60); Sinwere retro cellular phone ($10)

30. Antonio Banderas in 'The Mask of Zorro'

Character: Zorro

Toy sword FTW.

Get the look: Goldstitch cape ($18); Tigerdoe Zorro accessories ($13); Rubie's sword ($13)

31. Marilyn Monroe in 'The Seven Year Itch'

Character: The girl

A portable fan is a must.

Get the look: California Costumes Marilyn dress (from $19); Showhow chunky heels ($26)

32. Olivia Newton-John in 'Grease'

Character: Sandy Olsson

Hopelessly devoted to nailing this costume.

Get the look: Everbellus leggings ($18); Sarin Mathews blouse (from $10); A New Day block heel ($30)

33. John Travolta in 'Grease'

Character: Danny Zuko

We’ve got chills, they’re multiplying.

Get the look: Perry Ellis suit (from $25); Diig dress shirt ($23)

34. Minion in 'Despicable Me'

Character: Minion


Get the look: Rubie's inflatable costume ($52)

35. Emma Watson in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Character: Belle

Tale as old as time.

Get the look: Disguise Store blue dress ($35); Amazon Essentials black flat ($21)

36. Bette Midler in 'Hocus Pocus'

Character: Winifred Sanderson

Another glorious morning. Makes me sick.

Get the look: Spirit Halloween Hocus Pocus costume (from $50); Anogol red queen wig ($19)

37. Natalie Portman in 'Jackie'

Character: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First lady vibes.

Get the look: MyPartyShirt '60s costume set ($31)

38. Elaine Hendrix in 'The Parent Trap'

Character: Meredith Blake

An Evian bottle prop = a must.

Get the look: Longyuan T-shirt dress (from $19); Furtalk summer hat ($23)

39. Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook'

Character: Allie Hamilton

Noah won’t be able to resist.

Get the look: Angashion skater dress ($28); Kosmos pearl jewelry set ($15)

40. Ryan Gosling in 'The Notebook'

Character: Noah, Jr.

If he’s a bird, we’re a bird.

Get the look: Amazon Essentials stretch pant ($25); Izod button-down shirt ($20); Russell Athletic tank top (from $7)

41. Hilary Swank in 'Million Dollar Baby'

Character: Maggie Fitzgerald

Fists up!

Get the look: Sioro bathrobe (from $14); Sanabul punching bag gloves ($22)

42. Anne Hathaway in 'The Princess Diaries'

Character: Mia Thermopolis

Shut. Up.

Get the look: French Toast pleated skirt ($8); Beninos simple shirt ($18); Patiky criss-cross bowtie ($8)

43. Carrie Fisher in 'Star Wars'

Character: Princess Leia

May the force be with you.

Get the look: Rubie's deluxe costume (from $35); Rubie's Princess Leia headband ($10)

44. Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman'

Character: Vivian Ward

If you don’t wear it, it’ll be a big mistake. HUGE!

Get the look: Simple favor vintage dress ($21); Furtalk sun hat ($20)

45. Julie Andrews in 'Mary Poppins'

Character: Mary Poppins

Add a spoonful of sugar for even more fun.

Get the look: Smiffys nanny costume (from $35); Elope Mary Poppins hat ($21)

46. Keira Knightley in 'Anna Karenina'

Character: Anna Karenina

A stunning costume, to say the least.

Get the look: Miusol formal dress ($56); Ingemark statement necklace ($10)

47. Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Shakespeare in Love'

Character: Viola De Lesseps

Renaissance fashion at its finest.

Get the look: Auscosplay victorian dress ($106)

48. Anika Noni Rose in 'Princess and the Frog'

Character: Princess Tiana

A true classic.

Get the look: CosWigShop princess costume ($60); Didder crystal tiara ($7)

49. Lily James in 'Cinderella'

Character: Cinderella

Just don’t forget the glass slippers.

Get the look: Leg Avenue princess costume (from $40); Tiktalk glass slipper ($27)

50. Uma Thurman in 'Kill Bill: Volume 1'

Character: The Bride

Practically any yellow jumper will suffice.

Get the look: Fun Costumes Store motorcycle suit ($55); Marc Joseph New York ankle boot ($26)

51. Rita Moreno in 'West Side Story'

Character: Anita

Her wardrobe is as retro as it gets, but this pink number takes the cake.

Get the look: Retro cap-sleeve dress (from $18); Calvin Klein pumps (from $44); gold hoop earrings ($8)

52. Emma Stone in 'Battle of the Sexes'

Character: Billie Jean King

You can’t go wrong with a classic tennis outfit.

Get the look: Adidas Women's Club Tennis Dress (from $63); Direban glasses ($14)

53. Margot Robbie in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Character: Sharon Tate

Sharon Tate, at your service.

Get the look: Zengjo Long Sleeve Turtleneck ($18); Afibi Stretchy Flared Mini Skirt ($17)

54. Florence Pugh in 'Little Women'

Character: Amy March

Or any of the March sisters, for that matter.

Get the look: I-Youth Womens Victorian Costume Dress (from $19)

55. Saoirse Ronan in 'Lady Bird'

Character: Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson

School uniform and a cast? Simplicity at its finest.

Get the look: French Toast Pleated Scooter Skirt ($13); Double Plus Open collared shirt ($19); CastCoverz! arm cast cover ($19)

56. Dakota Johnson in 'Fifty Shades Darker'

Character: Anastasia Steele

Bonus points for a Christian Grey accessory.

Get the look: Amazon Essentials Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt (from $12)

57. Drew Barrymore in 'Never Been Kissed'

Character: Josie Geller

The ’90s nostalgia is aplenty.

Get the look: Marabou feather robe (from $68); Gloria Vanderbilt white jeans (from $7); Hanes T-shirt (from $5)

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