74 Movie Character Costumes You Can Recreate at Home

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 74 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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Warner Bros.

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 $69); superhero shield ($15)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

2. Constance Wu In Crazy Rich Asians

  • Character: Rachel Chu

Mother-in-law approved.

Get the look: iEFiEL chiffon dress (from $35); Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace In Rock Crystal ($100); Unisa Carcin Sandal ($60)

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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 ($30); ASOS stilettos ($30); Justinstones necklace ($7.50); eNilecor short bob wig ($22)

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Paramount Pictures

4. Tom Hanks In Forrest Gump

  • Character: Forrest Gump

Box of chocolates not included.

Get the look: Lululemon Hotty Hot High-Rise Shorts (from $68); Aeropostale polo shirt ($10); Trucker hat ($10); Pareberry tube socks ($10)

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Columbia Pictures

5. Lucy Liu In Charlie's Angels

  • Character: Alex Munday

Shh…don’t tell Charlie.

Get the look: Wild Fable leggings ($7); Lace Up Front Tank Top ($8); Delhia Boot ($40)

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Warner Bros.

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 ($28); CosInStyle bomber jacket ($46); Large Fishnet Tights ($33); Suicide Squad Adult Harley Quinn Wig ($50)

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Buena Vista Television

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 $19); Didder silver crystal tiara ($10); Pear Shaped Drop Lariat Necklace ($17); Barbie doll ($10)

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Columbia Pictures

8. Kate Hudson In Almost Famous

  • Character: Penny Lane

Dressing like famous people is just more interesting, amirite?

Get the look: Plus Borg Collar Belted Faux Suede Coat ($53); Bluetime lace shirt (from $7); Express high waisted jeans ($20)

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9. Robin Williams In Mrs. Doubtfire

Character: Mrs. Doubtfire

Who needs prosthetics?

Get the look: Mrs. Doubtfire Halloween Costume ($45)

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Marvel studios

10. Lupita Nyong'o In Black Panther

Character: Nakia

In Wakanda we trust.

Get the look: Yandy African warrior costume ($72); Suede Pointed Knee-High boots ($50)

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Tracy Bennett/MGM Pictures

11. Reese Witherspoon In Legally Blonde

Character: Elle Woods

What, like it’s hard?

Get the look: Star Vixen ballerina wrap dress (from $14); Lulu’s lace-up heels ($42); Wild Fable sunglasses ($12)

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Beacon Pictures

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 $40); Lunea-Wo canvas sneakers ($15); PUZINE cheerleading pom poms ($10)

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Beacon Pictures

13. Gabrielle Union In Bring It On

  • Character: Isis

Or the Clovers, if that’s your thing.

Get the look: Katamy Clovers cheerleader uniform ($100); Adokoo canvas sneakers ($24); PUZINE cheerleading pom poms ($11)

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Dreamworks Studios

14. Jennifer Hudson In Dreamgirls

  • Character: Effie White

Flawless vocals not required.

Get the look: Dreamgirls dress ($70); Toy microphone ($8.50); Dream Paris stilettos (from $23)

wednesday addams costume
Paramount Pictures

15. Christina Ricci In The Addams Family

  • Character: Wednesday Addams

Simple, yet recognizable.

Get the look: Melynnco Womens casual dress (from $20); Rubie’s Store wig ($20)

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16. Laurence Fishburne In The Matrix

  • Character: Morpheus

Ideal for long jacket lovers.

Get the look: Retro Gothic Victorian Frock Coat ($30); Royal Girl oval sunglasses ($13)

royl tenenbaums costume
Touchstone Pictures

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 ($77); BABEYOND Satin Gloves ($12); Pink crystal hair clip ($9)

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Paramount Pictures

18. Molly Ringwald In Pretty In Pink

  • Character: Andie Walsh

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

Get the look: Polka Dot Belted Round Neck Midi Dresses ($19)

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Walt Disney Studios

19. Liu Yifei In Mulan

  • Character: Mulan

You know, to defeat the Huns.

Get the look: Mulan Women's Deluxe Hero Red Costume ($53)

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Universal Pictures

20. Michael J. Fox In Back To The Future

Character: Marty McFly

It’s Doc approved.

Get the look: Flannel Easy Shirt ($30); BDG jeans (from $49); Levi Strauss & Co. denim jacket ($40); J+S aviator sunglasses ($19)

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21. Nick Castle In Halloween

  • Character: Michael Myers

Everyone’s entitled to one good scare.

Get the look: Walls Store coverall (from $39); COSMOVIE Michael Myers mask ($15)

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Paramount Pictures

22. Amanda Seyfried In Mean Girls

  • Character: Karen Smith

“K” is for Karen…right?

Get the look: Misfay spaghetti strap dress ($21); Jiasly blonde wig ($22); Finov self adhesive rhinestones ($10)

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Searchlight Pictures

23. Natalie Portman In Black Swan

Character: Nina Sayers

Can also double as a ballerina.

Get the look: Lace Up Black corset ($19); v28 tutu skirt ($13); Floral Fall crown ($13); Capezio ballet tights ($17)

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24. Bill Murray In Ghostbusters

  • Character: Peter Venkman

Who you gonna call?

Get the look: Rubie's Store costume with inflatable backpack ($45)

dorothy costume
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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 ($40); Rubie's Adult Dorothy Sequin Shoes ($27)

breakfast at tiffanys costume
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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 $30); Zivyes Holly Golightly accessory set ($25)

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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 ($37); Zeagoo quilted jacket (from $28); Large scrunchie ($7)

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Summit Entertainment

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 $30)

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29. Alicia Silverstone In Clueless

  • Character: Cher Horowitz

As if!

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

zorro costume
Sony Pictures

30. Antonio Banderas In The Mask Of Zorro

  • Character: Zorro

Toy sword FTW.

Get the look: Goldstitch cape ($19); Tigerdoe Zorro accessories ($17); Deluxe Zorro sword ($49)

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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 $16); Dream Pairs White heels ($41)

sandy grease costume
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32. Olivia Newton-john In Grease

  • Character: Sandy Olsson

Hopelessly devoted to nailing this costume.

Get the look: Everbellus leggings ($21); Sarin Mathews blouse (from $10); Minimalist Point Toe Court Pumps ($22)

danny zuko costume
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33. John Travolta In Grease

  • Character: Danny Zuko

We’ve got chills, they’re multiplying.

Get the look: Perry Ellis suit (from $22); Diig dress shirt ($25)

despicable me costume
Universal Pictures

34. Minion In Despicable Me

  • Character: Minion


Get the look: Adult Inflatable Minion costume ($100)

beauty and the beast costume
Walt Disney Pictures

35. Emma Watson In Beauty And The Beast

  • Character: Belle

Tale as old as time.

Get the look: Disguise Store blue dress (from $40); Amazon Essentials black flat ($12)

hocus pocus costume
Walt Disney Pictures

36. Bette Midler In Hocus Pocus

  • Character: Winifred Sanderson

Another glorious morning. Makes me sick.

Get the look: Spirit Halloween Hocus Pocus costume (from $100); Anogol red queen wig ($32)

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Fox Searchlight

37. Natalie Portman In Jackie

  • Character: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First lady vibes.

Get the look: Forum Novelties First Lady Costume ($30)

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Walt Disney Pictures

38. Elaine Hendrix In The Parent Trap

  • Character: Meredith Blake

An Evian bottle prop = a must.

Get the look: Longyuan T-shirt dress (from $17); Furtalk summer hat ($26)

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New Line Cinema

39. Rachel Mcadams In The Notebook

  • Character: Allie Hamilton

Noah won’t be able to resist.

Get the look: Angashion skater dress ($20); Kosmos pearl jewelry set ($15)

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New Line Cinema

40. Ryan Gosling In The Notebook

  • Character: Noah, Jr.

If he’s a bird, we’re a bird.

Get the look: Men's Skinny Khaki pant (from $14); Izod button-down shirt ($16); Russell Athletic tank top (from $9)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

41. Hilary Swank In Million Dollar Baby

  • Character: Maggie Fitzgerald

Fists up!

Get the look: Sioro bathrobe (from $14); Sanabul punching bag gloves ($28)

princess diaries costume
Buena Vista Pictures

42. Anne Hathaway In The Princess Diaries

  • Character: Mia Thermopolis

Shut. Up.

Get the look: French Toast pleated skirt (from $9); Beninos simple shirt ($22); Patiky criss-cross bowtie ($9)

princess leia costume
20th Century Fox

43. Carrie Fisher In Star Wars

  • Character: Princess Leia

May the force be with you.

Get the look: Rubie's deluxe costume (from $74); Rubie's Princess Leia headband ($30)

pretty woman costume
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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 (from $24); Furtalk sun hat ($26)

mary poppins costume
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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 $42); Elope Mary Poppins hat ($25)

anna karenina costume
Universal Pictures

46. Keira Knightley In Anna Karenina

  • Character: Anna Karenina

A stunning costume, to say the least.

Get the look: Miusol formal dress ($64); Ingemark statement necklace ($10)

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Miramax Films

47. Gwyneth Paltrow In Shakespeare In Love

  • Character: Viola De Lesseps

Renaissance fashion at its finest.

Get the look: Auscosplay victorian dress ($168)

princess and the frog
Walt Disney Studios

48. Anika Noni Rose In Princess And The Frog

  • Character: Princess Tiana

A true classic.

Get the look: CosWigShop princess costume ($70); Didder crystal tiara ($10)

cinderella costume
walt Disney Studios

49. Lily James In Cinderella

  • Character: Cinderella

Just don’t forget the glass slippers.

Get the look: Leg Avenue princess costume (from $57); Clear Heels Pointed Toe Ankle Buckle Dressy Pumps ($50)

kill bill costume
Miramax Films

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 ($65); Marc Joseph New York ankle boot ($143)

west side story costume
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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: 1950s Retro Rockabilly Prom Dress (from $19); Calvin Klein pumps (from $60); Medium Hoop Earring ($62)

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Fox Searchlight

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 $70); Fashion Round Glasses ($15)

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Warner Bros.

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 ($17); Afibi Stretchy Flared Mini Skirt ($18)

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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 $80)

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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 ($11); Double Plus Open collared shirt ($20); CastCoverz! arm cast cover ($20)

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Universal Pictures

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 $21)

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20th Century Fox

57. Drew Barrymore In Never Been Kissed

  • Character: Josie Geller

The ’90s nostalgia is aplenty.

Get the look: Marabou feather robe (from $43); Gloria Vanderbilt white jeans (from $12); Hanes T-shirt (from $6)

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58. Kelly Macdonald In Brave

  • Character: Merida

Being brave never felt so good.

Get the look: Miccostumes Women's Merida Adult Cosplay Costume with Quiver ($59), Yuehong Long Curly Orange Wig ($26)

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Lorne Michaels Productions

59. Rachel McAdams In Mean Girls

  • Character: Regina George

Because you can totally make “fetch” happen.

Get the look: Purple bra (from $7); St. John's Bay Womens Scoop Neck Sleeveless Tank Top ($5); Black pleated skirt ($13)

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Universal Pictures

60. Jodie Turner Smith In Queen & Slim

  • Character: Queen

Double animal prints? Yes, please.

Get the look: Tiger Stripes Print Mini Cami Dress ($10), Lou Boot ($128)

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New Line Cinema

61. Halle Berry In B*a*p*s

  • Character: Nisi

The gold teeth are 100 percent optional.

Get the look: Amilia Spaghetti Strap Bodycon Jumpsuit ($21); Yellow Crop Denim Jacket (from $17); Clear Vinyl Dress Sandals ($80); Blonde wig ($11); Skinny metallic Italian leather belt ($40)

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

62. Scarlett Johansson In Black Widow

  • Character: Black Widow

Killer combat skills not required.

Get the look: Party City Adult Black Widow Costume ($38)

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Touchstone Pictures

63. Lisa Kudrow In Romy And Michele's High School Reunion

  • Character: Michele

Find the Romy to your Michele, and you’ve got an epic BFF costume.

Get the look: Women’s Pink Reunion Dress (from $45)

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64. Diana Ross In Mahogany

  • Character: Tracy Chambers

Take a trip back to the ’70s with this classy ensemble.

Get the look: Wide Brim Floppy Hat ($22); Seamless Merino V-Neck Sweater ($80); Business Essential Ivory Wide Slacks ($40)

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Columbia Pictures

65. Janet Jackson In Poetic Justice

  • Character: Justice

Add some box braids for the full effect.

Get the look: Women's Lightweight Newsboy Cap ($20); VETIOR Women's V Neck Crop Top (from $17); H&M 90s Baggy High Jeans ($21)

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Paramount Pictures

66. Jasmine Guy In Harlem Nights

  • Character: Dominique La Rue

You’ll feel like you just stepped out of the 1830s.

Get the look: Satin Asymmetrical Dress ($26); Demure and Dreamy Blush Pink Faux Fur Stole ($48)

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de Passe Entertainment

67. Kirsten Storms In Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century

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Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

68. Elizabeth Taylor In Cleopatra

  • Character: Cleopatra

Well, who could pass up the chance to dress like royalty?

Get the look: Dreamgirl Cleopatra Egyptian Queen Adult Costume Wig ($18), V-Neck green dress ($338)

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Lionsgate Films

69. Jennifer Lawrence In The Hunger Games

  • Character: Katniss Everdeen

As Effie Trinket would say, the odds are definitely in your favor.

Get the look: Rubie's Costume Co The Hunger Games Deluxe Katniss Costume ($55)

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Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures

70. Sandra Bullock In The Lost City

  • Character: Loretta Sage

It's not the best choice for a jungle adventure, but it'll turn heads at your next party.

Get the look: Wide Leg Sequin Slip Jumpsuit ($16)

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71. Dakota Johnson In Persuasion

  • Character: Anne Elliot

We can't say no to a stunning period costume.

Get the look: Birch Silk Dress ($378); White Gold Plated Shape Necklace ($13)


72. Billy Crystal In Monsters Inc.

  • Character: Mike Wazowski

Prepare to feel like an awkward teen again.

Get the look: Adult Mike costume ($60)

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73. Emma Watson in Harry Potter

  • Character: Hermione Granger

It's wingardium leviosa, not leviosaaa!

Get the look: Adult Hermione Costume ($100)

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20th Century Fox

74. Meryl Streep In The Devil Wears Prada

  • Character: Miranda Priestly

Bonus points if you actually wear Prada with this look.

Get the look: Chocolate Katia Skirt ($118); Leopard V-Neck Top ($74)

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