The Top Ten Movie Crowns
Movie crowns are opulent, grand and very beautiful. They, like all parts of a costume reveal much about the character.
A crown by definition is a circular headdress wore by monarchs as symbol of authority. For this page, I'm using a slight looser definition and this page will only look at crowns wore by female move characters.
The crowns were ranked by beauty, how well the fit the character/movie and memorability.
List Subject to Change and is currently go through an update.
Played by Cate Blanchett in the titular role of Elizabeth, this crown is a near accurate remake of the crown that is depicted in Elizabeth's coronation portrait.
It has large gemstones around the edge and curved casted arches that meet at a cross. It has a large pearl that hangs on the forehead. It's very regal.
Designed by Alexandra Byrne
Mei from House of Flying Daggers
Mei, played by Ziyi Zhang, wears a bright golden crown. It has an engraved pattern On the front on it there is a sun like piece with a blue gemstone on it and a flower right above it and to the sides. There are also chandelier like component that hang off of it they also has little red bead on them. There is a delicateness to this crown but a strength and the suits Mei’s character very well.
Designed by Emi Wada
Satine, played by Nicole Kidman, wears a crown at the end of Moulin Rouge during the wedding portion of the play.
It’s an Indian inspired crown. It’s made from brass, faux pearls, diamonds, silver thread embroidery, sequins, beads and silver pearling (coils). It has two stands that go across the forehead. On the each side there is a piece that is shaped like leaves. These were made with embroidered and beaded mesh. It’s vert pretty and has very delicate feel to much like Satine.
Designed by Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie
The Young Victoria
Much like the crown from Elizabeth the crown for the coronation scene in the The Young Victoria is a near replica of the one that Queen Victoria wore.
It a very ostentatious. It has diamonds all over it. A row of pearls, large gemstone and ermine trim. It very over the top and royal.
Designed by Sandy Powell
One Night with the King
Esther's, played by Tiffany Dupont, crown when she is crowned queen has a mixed of ancient Persian and Indian glamor.
The crown has a floral pattern that goes around the rim. The arches seem to have an repoussé detail. Repoussé is a hammering technique where designs are hammered out from the back. Red jewels adorn the points. There is also tikka that hangs off the crown on to her forehead. While the veil isn't part of the crown the pairing is a nice touch.
Designed by Neeta Lulla
Lucilla from Gladiator
When Lucilla, played by Connie Nielsen, is watching the arena she wears this ornate tiara.
It has small gemstones all over and larger one as focal points and medium size one on the sides. This tiara has a grace but there is also a power in it that makes it perfect for Lucilla.
Designed by Janty Yates
Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman
Queen Ravenna's crown has a very Romanesque feel. It has very hard, strong, and dark opposing look. It's dark silver with alternating long short pointed peaks although the peaks don't go all the way around the crown.
The rim has dark purple oval gemstones that are set on the horizontal. Clearly this is not a dainty feminine crown instead it's a crown that showcases a dark and powerful ruler which fits Ravenna's character as the evil queen perfectly.
Designed by Colleen Atwood
Used in the promotion for Black Swan, Nina Sayer, played by Natalie Portman, wears a dark silver crown that is chaotically organic. It is made from burnt copper and is lightweight which ideal for the Black swan's permance at the end of the movie.
It's very beautiful but it's also edgy and there is something unhinged which fits the transformed Nina.
Designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy
This crown which is worn by Cleopatra, played by Elizabeth Taylor, in the 1963 version when she parades into Rome is iconic and showcases her soveignity and Egypt's wealth.
There are few movie crown as grand as this one. This crown was designed after the crown that Isis wears while nursing Horus. It has feather details and it's accented with blue gems.
At the forehead is the cobra and vulture which are royal symbols. At the top has a circle of cobras and from there a symbol that that is a mix of both Isis and Hesat (celestial cow-goddess) symbols.
This crown is a show-stopper with it's over-the-top extravagance and opulence that suited both Cleopatra and Elizabeth Taylor perfectly.
Designed by Renié
Arwen Undomeil from The Lord of the Ring; Return of the King
Arwen is played by Liv Tyler and the crown that she wears during the big finale is made to look like a butterfly representing spring.
The crown has a very organic look which fits into the overall aesthetic of the elves. It has veinlike quality that also looks like stained glass.
It's made form a bright silver and has lots of dangling chains that has dozen of green and silver beads.
On the sides there is a green detail looks like it could be enamel but it's actually nail polish. The crown is made in two part the front part has a delicate look but the back is a lot bolder. It's a truly lovely crown that has a lot going on but it works and it pulls off the delicate yet strong look exceptionally well.
Designed by Ngila Dickson
Which one of these movies is your personal favorite?
AmyLOrr on April 08, 2014:
Another great lens - so many good choices! Arwen's crown is the most beautiful but I do love Ravenna's :)
someone111 on February 26, 2013:
A lot of the ones you had listed on here are ones that I agree with, but wouldn't have thought of! This was nicely done.
anonymous on February 01, 2013:
This is such a unique idea for a lens.
gradientcat on January 31, 2013:
Lovely collection of movie crowns.
GetAcneFree on January 29, 2013:
Some of these crowns are so awesome! Great finds.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on January 23, 2013:
Love how you've reached and gathered so many different types of crowns. I tried to pick a favorite. If I had to pick, it might be The Black Swan.