Top 12 Best Hair Movies that Are Great to Watch

If you’re a die-hard fan of hairstyling and would love to see all the actions on screen, check out our list of the best hair movies!

You’ll get to see the various hairstyles ranging from long, beautiful hair to bob cuts. There are also movies about the various hair cultures and legendary hairstylists who revolutionized the hair care industry.


Reviews of 12 Best Hair Movies

1. Hairspray (1988, 2007)

Hairspray, one of the best hair movies

Set in Baltimore in the 1960s, Hairspray is a musical romantic comedy based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name. 

Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) is a 16-year-old plump student who is a fan of the teen dance TV show – The Corny Collins Show. She dreams of one day dancing on the show.

When auditions are held, Tracy seizes the opportunity and gets selected as her moves get the attention of Corny. Later on, she quickly becomes a popular dancer but soon meets with new dilemmas – an envious dance queen, and a tradition of racial discrimination.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 55 minutes
GenreMusical, Comedy
DirectorAdam Shankman
StudioNew Line Cinema

Award Info

MTV Movie AwardWon
Hollywood Film Festival & Hollywood AwardsWon
Critics’ Choice AwardsWon
Teens Choice AwardsWon
People’s Choice AwardsWon
65th Golden Globe AwardsNominated
Grammy AwardNominated

2. Steel Magnolias (1989)

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias is an American comedy-drama film that is an adaptation of Robert Harling’s play of the same name. The movie is about a group of women, their friendship, and how their lives unfold in a small town.

Annelle (Daryl Hannah) – a shy beauty school graduate, moves to Louisiana where Truvy (Dolly Parton) hires her to work at her home beauty salon. 

Around the same time, M’ Lynn (Sally Field) prepares for her daughter – Shelby (Julia Roberts) who is diabetic, to get married. They – along with Clairee (Olympia Dukakis), the former mayor’s widow, arrive at the Truvy’s to get their hair done and meet Annelle. 

As time passes, the women encounter numerous life events – including ups and downs, and become closer in the process. 

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 58 minutes
GenreDrama, Comedy
DirectorHerbert Ross
StudioRastar Films

3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands is a fantasy romance film directed by Tim Burton.

Johnny Depp plays Edward – an artificial humanoid created by a madman scientist (Vincent Price). Unfortunate for Edward, the scientist dies before finishing assembling him and therefore leaving Edward with a rather rugged appearance and scissor blades for hands.

His life takes an unexpected turn as a kind saleswoman named Peg discovers him in the abandoned castle and takes him home. There Edward makes friends with the locals and also falls in love with her daughter, Kim. 

Despite his artistic talents and kindness, Edward struggles with life in the neighborhood. 

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 45 minutes
GenreFantasy, Comedy, Drama, Romance
DirectorTim Burton
Studio20th Century Fox

Award Info

Academy Award for Best Makeup – Stan WinstonNominated
BAFTA Award for Best Production DesignWon
British Academy Film AwardsNominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy – Johnny DeppNominated
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic PresentationWon

4. The Big Tease (1999)

The Big Tease

The Big Tease is a comedy film starring Craig Ferguson and directed by Kevin Allen. 

Crawford (Craig Ferguson) is a hairdresser of Scottish descent who – while being filmed as part of a BBC documentary, is invited to attend the World Hairdresser International Federation annual contest held in Los Angeles.

We follow as he tries to ease his way into the contest and delivers one of the finest hair creations of his career.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 26 minutes
DirectorKevin Allen
StudioWarner Bros.

5. Blow Dry (2001)

Blow Dry is a British comedy film directed by Paddy Breathnach about a small English town where the British Hairdressing Championship takes place. 

Shelley (Natasha Richardson) operates a hairdressing shop with her partner Sandra in Keighley. As Shelley’s health has been deteriorating secondary to cancer, she wants to attend the hairdressing championship one last time. She asks her ex-husband, son, and Sandra to form a team and compete.

Little does she know the many predicaments that ensue.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 31 minutes
DirectorPaddy Breathnach

6. Barbershop (2002)

Barber Shop, a notable hair movies series

Barbershop is a comedy drama directed by Tim Story based on a story by Mark Brown. The film is about the social life of the members of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. It is the first of the Barbershop series.

Calvin (Ice Cube) who inherits a barbershop from his father struggles to get the business going. He then decides to sell the shop to a local, only to realize that he made a mistake as the barbershop means many things – a community, a forum, a place to foster friendship, and so much more.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 42 minutes
DirectorTim Story
StudioState Street Pictures

7. Beauty Shop (2005)

Beauty Shop, a popular hair movies

Beauty Shop is a comedy film directed by Bille Woodruff, loosely based on the Barbershop film franchise. 

Gina (Queen Latifah) is a hairstylist who moves to Atlanta with her daughter so that she could attend the local music school. Gina wants to make a name for herself and decides to set up her own salon.

Her previous boss – Jorge, is upset that some of his employees and clients start coming to Gina’s salon instead of his and attempting different plots to revert that.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 45 minutes
DirectorBille Woodruff
StudioMetro Goldwyn Mayer

8. Sweeney Todd (2007)

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical slasher film based on a Tony award-winning musical of the same name. Directed by Tim Burton, the film is about an English barber, Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) – who commits serial murders with his razor. His accomplice is a landlady named Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter).

Set in the year 1831, Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) is a barber in London, living with his wife Lucy and daughter Johanna. Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) happens to fancy Lucy and decides to falsely convict Ben and exiles him to Australia.

Returning to London 15 years later and now more or less a mad-man, Ben changes his name to Sweeney Todd and vows revenge. While shaving his customers, Todd slits their throats and shuttles their bodies to the basement to Mrs. Lovett – where she could use the ingredients for her meat pies.

The film received much praise for its outstanding cast, musical, costume, set design, and for its faithfulness to the 1979 musical. It was nominated for and won several awards.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 57 minutes
GenreCrime, Mystery and Thriller, Musical, Drama
DirectorTim Burton
StarringJohnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall
StudioZanuck Company

Award Info

Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actor, Costume DesignNominated
Academy Award for Best Art DirectionWon
British Academy Film Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and HairNominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion PictureWon
Golden Globe Award for Best ActorWon
Golden Globe Award for Best ActressNominated
Golden Globe Award for Best DirectorNominated

9. You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (2008)

This is an American action black comedy film with Dennis Dugan as the director and Adam Sandler as the main actor. It is the fourth film that features the collaboration between the two.

The plot revolves around Zohan Dvir (Adam Sandler) – an Israeli counter-terrorist commando who decides to quit what’s he’s doing by faking his own death and starts a new life as a hairstylist in New York.

Zohan’s scissor skills and sexiness earn him much popularity with the women of Manhattan. Things seem to be going well for him until members of the enemy forces spot him on the streets and decide to track him down.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 53 minutes
DirectorDennis Dugan
StarringAdam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui
StudioColumbia Pictures

10. Good Hair (2009)

Good Hair, one of the best hair movies

Good Hair is a documentary film directed by Jeff Stilson and starring comedian Chris Rock. The documentary focuses on the complicated relationship between African American women and their hair.

Rock was inspired to make the movie after his 3-year-old daughter asked as to why she didn’t have good hair. Most African Americans have kinky and curly hair that is difficult to style. He then decided to delve into the black hair industry and encourage people to talk about the importance of hair in black culture.

In the film, Rock visits beauty salons, barbershops, hairstyling conventions, scientific laboratories that produce hair straightening substances, and interviews celebrities such as Ice-T and Raven Symone.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 53 minutes
DirectorDennis Dugan
StarringAdam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui
StudioColumbia Pictures

Award Info

Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film FestivalWon
Best Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of AmericaNominated

11. Vidal Sassoon: The Movie 2010

Vidal Sassoon The Movie

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie chronicles the life of Vidal Sassoon – a legendary hairstylist who revolutionized the women’s hair care and fashion industry in the UK and around the world. He was most famous for the ‘five-point cut’ and his expertise in quick and easy-to-maintain haircuts that free women from tedious long hours spent at the salon.

Sassoon had a rather difficult upbringing – he was abandoned by his father and placed in an orphanage because his mother could not afford to raise him on her own. She taught him his first hairdressing lessons.

From his first salon shop on Bond Street, he then went on to become one of Britain’s cultural icons having invented and popularized many hairstyles.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 30 minutes
DirectorCraig Teper
StarringElgin Charles, Irina Khokhlova, Kai-Li Ma, Mary Quant, Ronnie Sassoon
StudioVidal Sassoon: The Movie

12. Mansome (2012)

Mansome, one of the haircut movies

Mansome is a documentary film directed by Morgan Spurlock and starring Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Ben Silverman. It is considered one of the best hair movies.

The documentary follows 3 men with very different opinions on facial hair and men’s grooming: Jack Passion, Ricky Manchanda, and Shawn Daivari. 

Jack is considered America’s greatest beardsman and won first place at the German Beard and Moustache Championship. He believes that a man’s natural state is to be bearded.

On the contrary, Ricky is a fashion buyer and believes in proper grooming and being clean-shaven. He also does routine skincare. 

Last but not least is Shawn Daivari – a professional wrestler who adheres to extreme grooming requirements demanded by his profession.

Movie Info

Duration1 hour 24 minutes
DirectorMorgan Spurlock
StudioMPI Home Video

FAQs – Hair Movies

Is Hairspray (2007) a remake?

This movie is not a remake. Although it is similar to the other 2 versions, it has several elements of plot and character unique to each version.

Did everybody in the movie Hairspray do their own singing?

Yes, except for two of the Dynamites.

Is Edward Scissorhands based on a book?

The idea for the movie is actually inspired by Tim Burton’s own childhood. As a kid, he was not able to communicate well with those around him and usually expressed his feelings in drawing. The American writer Caroline Thompson then worked the story into a screenplay.

Who is Mrs. Mooney in ‘Sweeney Todd’?

Ms. Mooney is a rival pie maker. She uses ‘pussycats and toast’ to make her pies.

Summing Up the Best Hair Movies

That is all for our 12 best hair movies in 2020. So far you’ve had a look through the various films that feature hairstyling, hair products, and even the hairstylists themselves. Some of the movies also incorporate meaningful social themes such as the relationship between African American women and their hair.

We hope you’ve found what you’ve been looking for and have a great time watching these movies with your loved ones!

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