Beating the AFI to the punch, Russell Athletic revealed its list of the Top 10 Sweatshirt Movies of All-Time on Tuesday (Aug. 15).
"The sweatshirt came about in a very serendipitous manner. What started as a random thought has grown to become more a part of American culture than any other clothing item, including jeans," raves Alex Hodges, vice president of marketing of Russell Athletic and head of the sweatshirt movie selection committee.
Is it wrong that it makes us giggle that this man is now the "head of the sweatshirt movie selection committee?"
The head of the sweatshirt movie selection committee continues, "Movies are a reflection of our culture and so are sweatshirts. Sweatshirts have become the student uniform at colleges, workout apparel at gyms, casual shirts on casual days at work, and they are even worn by some people to sleep in. All of these uses are reflected in movies over the past 80 years. Initially, sweatshirts were just seen in sports movies. However, later, it was what Harry wore when he met Sally."
And what is the top sweatshirt movie ever?
"Rocky," of course.
"There was really no debate," the Russell press release says. "Rocky's moment of celebration is one of the top movie images in history."
Second place went to "Animal House," with John Belushi's famous "COLLEGE" sweatshirt, followed "Knute Rockne, All-American."
"Flashdance" took fourth because "People have always looked for ways to make clothing their own. Jennifer Beals inspired thousands of girls to purchase sweatshirts and cut away the collars and create a more individual, sexy look."
"Beverly Hills Cop," "The Never Ending Story," "Meet the Parents," "Million Dollar Baby," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "The Longest Yard" (the original) followed.
Stay tuned for cinema's greatest moments in culottes.