10 Movie Mustaches For Movember Motivation

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Movie Mustache Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds There's no denying that with passage of time, mustaches have taken a beating - in life and on film. Once the mark of a man's man - an embodiment of rebellion and overwhelming testosterone - changing fashion soon meant that even the most glorious mustaches were played for a laugh, not a silent nod of awed reverence. But as 'Movember' once again commences - the month in which men let upper lips grow freely to raise awareness for men's health and well-being - we can tolerate the prejudice no longer. As fans of film, we know that deep down, every man should spend this month bubbling with pride, not mutual embarrassment. Think you don't have what it takes to join the unshaven masses? Our list of 10 Movie Mustaches For Movember Motivation may just have you sporting one all year 'round.

Harry Shearer - 'This is Spinal Tap' (1993)

Movie Mustaches Spinal Tap Harry Shearer Nothing captured the rebellious lifestyle and nature of the fictional rock group Spinal Tap - the stars of Christopher Guest's iconic mockumentary - better than Harry Shearer's handlebar mustache. Although we would warn that the bangs are still not advisable for the modern man, there is no way of overlooking the raw masculine energy of that 'stache. While Shearer's character 'Derek Smalls' was also famous for his... manufactured manhood, any man bearing this wild a mustache is not only embodying the rock and roll spirit, but a confidence that a sharp suit can't even approach. Some might think that a 'stache this unkempt is just 'messy' - but they just don't get it, man, and they never will.

Dustin Hoffman - 'Hook' (1991)

Movie Mustaches Hook Dustin Hoffman The film may be beloved by a generation, but ask around, and you're likely to find at least a few people who still don't realize that it was Dustin Hoffman underneath the sizable wig and mustache of Hook's titular villain (the false nature of his curls might lead some to assume that the mustache is also fake, but we prefer to leave some dreams unsullied). There were many messages to take away from Robin William's turn as Peter Pan - make time for your family, never grow up, and that we will never, ever understand Mermaids - but one of the most important was that for all his bark, Captain Hook's bite was found wanting. The hat, the wig, the platform shoes - it was all about image. But the key ingredient was that pair of hairy hooks, waxed to perfection. If you have your sights set on a CEO position, or merely a supervisor, take the hint: nothing is more intimidating than a man with this much time to spend on his mustache.

Billy Dee Williams - 'Star Wars' (1980-1983)

Movie Mustaches Star Wars Lando It's a sad truth that for all its good intentions, Movember leads to countless chuckles and hurled insults from those who are not yet wise in the ways of the 'stache. Silly, laughable, or just plain 'uncool' these mustaches remain, they'll say. The only retort? "So...Lando Calrissian wasn't cool?" On the off chance that such a realization leaves your would-be attacker conscious, they'll be forced to accept that Calrissian's mustache - small, thin, and uneven - was still the essence of cool. While the mustache was technically the same one sported by Billy Dee Williams for much of his life, simply imagining Lando without the facial hair makes it clear that it was a key component. A bare-lipped Lando would still be a well-connected, skilled smuggler-turned-entrepreneur. But slap the mustache on him, and suddenly his cape doesn't seem so silly either.

Dennis Hopper - 'Easy Rider' (1969)

Movie Mustaches Easy Rider Dennis Hopper If only it were possible to distill the entire rebellious spirit of the 1960s, along with the freedom and devil-may-care attitude of the American Southwest into a single mustache. Well, it turns out it is possible, and Dennis Hopper managed it in Easy Rider. The hair certainly helped Hopper embody the 'free love' philosophy, along with the early signs of the biker counterculture, but that mustache carries the brunt of the load. Since Hopper was also directing the film, it stands to reason that the proud 'stache was entrusted with not only conveying the character of 'Billy' but also imbuing Hopper with the authority needed to helm the project. Given that Hopper left the world of eccentric geniuses in 2010, we can think of no better tribute than to help his legacy live on atop our upper lips.

Daniel Day Lewis - 'Gangs of New York' (2003)

Movie Mustaches Gangs of New York Daniel Day Lewis Daniel Day-Lewis deserves credit for the mustache shown off in There Will Be Blood - and for growing everything but a mustache in Lincoln - but there is no facial hair in the actor's repertoire that remains as cemented in our memory as that of 'Bill 'the Butcher' Cutting.' As the central antagonist of Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, the bushy, finely curled mustache left us every bit as conflicted as Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Vallon.' Cutting's love of butchery (of both animals and men) made him a man to be feared, but that facial hair projects so much self-control and dedication, we couldn't help but admire him. Very few people would have what it takes to groom a young man as second-in-command after killing his father, but with a mustache that proud, it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch.

Danny Glover - 'Lethal Weapon' (1987)

Movie Mustaches Lethal Weapon Danny Glover In any list of 'buddy cop' legends produced, Detective Roger Murtaugh is a no-brainer. The epitome of a family man, Murtaugh wasn't in the mood for hunting down mass conspiracies or putting his own life on the line in a fit of adrenaline - he was, after all, "too old for this s***." And nothing got the point across like that gloriously thick mustache upon his upper lip. That right there is a mustache only a true husband and father could wear with pride, communicating that while he might be capable of bringing drug smugglers and international crime syndicates to justice, he's also got to worry about his youngest daughter's dance practice. Danny Glover has sported a proud 'stache in many roles, but Murtaugh taught us early on what a 'movie dad mustache' truly meant... and to always check behind the toilet.

Frank Morgan - 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)

Movie Mustaches Wizard of Oz Doorman Some kids dream of being a cowboy, others astronauts. But a select few know that true wonder lies in growing up to be the doorman of a mystical wizard in a faraway land. That might sound like an odd claim, but the authority that Frank Morgan brought to the role in The Wizard of Oz is undeniable. With those clothes, those eyebrows, and that hairstyle, Morgan's doorman should have been a laughable fool. But when that mustache popped through the gates of the Emerald City, and into our hearts, we all knew Dorothy and her gang were in trouble. The mustache was so prominent, most failed to realize Morgan also played The Wizard of Oz - that's how powerful the facial hair was. Take it away, and all you have is a blubbering con man with delusions of grandeur.

Kurt Russell - 'Tombstone' (1993)

Movie Mustaches Tombstone Kurt Russell Few actors have made a career out of playing convincing badasses like Kurt Russell: with starring roles as 'men of action' in Escape From New York, Stargate, The Thing and yes, Captain Ron, Russell's roles have become more iconic than the actor himself. So saying that a mustache helped take him to the next level is quite a claim. But portraying the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Russell's western 'stache conveyed everything he needed to. He was as intimidating as ever, but instead of simply threatening, the mustache made Earp seem goodhearted, dedicated, resolute, and most importantly, gentlemanly. The film featured a wide variety of respectable mustaches, ranging from Val Kilmer to Bill Paxton, so Tombstone should simply be considered required viewing for Movember participants.

Michael Biehn - 'The Abyss' (1989)

Movie Mustaches The Abyss Michael Biehn The '80s brought with it a host of instant action movie classics, with Michael Biehn appearing in more than a few. It's fitting, then, that Biehn's role as 'Lt. Hiram Coffey' in The Abyss includes a mustache that is a better representation of the 1980s than neon spandex. In both Aliens and The Terminator, Biehn played the plucky young soldier forced to shoulder greatness to perfection. We can only assume that director James Cameron arrived at the conclusion that Biehn had all it took to play the antagonist of his next film, The Abyss. But he was missing something... That something was as simple as a fuzzy upper lip, but enough to convince fans that Lt. Coffey's authority was beyond question, and even Ed Harris wasn't enough to stop him. There's no question that if Biehn possessed that glorious soup-strainer on LV-426, the Xenomorphs would have named him their king.

Sam Elliott - 'The Big Lebowski' (1998)

Movie Mustaches Big Lebowski Sam Elliott Any fan of Hollywood westerns knows that mustaches can't be discussed without paying respects to veteran actor Sam Elliott. The actor's lanky gate, Southern drawl and unrivaled whiskers made him a no-brainer when casting cowboys, but even so, his mustache has exhibited admirable flexibility. Ranging from classic (Tombstone) to downright confusing (Hulk), Elliott's mustache has shown range that many modern leading men would envy. But when Elliott paired with the Coen Brothers for The Big Lebowski, his mustache joined many in the cast by delivering a performance for the ages. Grown out to the point of inconvenience, that sterling silver lip-grizzly exuded so much wisdom that audiences had no choice but to accept his fourth-wall-breaking narration, and near omnipotence. We feel wiser just looking at it.

Hall of Famer: Tom Selleck - Everything

Movie Mustaches Tom Selleck One day, Thomas William Selleck woke up, and thought to himself: "I wonder what I'd look like with a mustache." And just like that, history was made. Ask any grown man who lived through the 1980s with a mustache, and they're likely to credit Selleck's run on Magnum, P.I. as their motivation. But as Selleck moved from television to the big screen, his mustache came with him, leaving an indelible mark on nearly every role that followed. Three Men and a Baby, Quigley Down Under and Mr. Baseball were just a few films in which Selleck's duster achieved co-star status, proving that the mustache had nothing to do with the character, but the actor himself. As the essence of cool (with or without the Ferrari and Hawaiian shirt) Selleck's lipholstery defied changing fashions, sporting it to this day. Any man sporting a similar 'stache should walk tall, since even Spielberg knew the world would've embraced a mustachio-ed Indiana Jones in a heartbeat.


Movie Mustaches Anchorman That's just 10 glorious lip-kittens immortalized on film, but it should prove more than enough to let even the patchiest mustache be grown in without hesitation. So the next time you're forced to endure November teasing, or shave your lip clean in shame, just remember: mustaches were cool enough for Billy Dee Williams, Tom Selleck, Brad Pitt and even George Clooney to sport - even if their results were drastically varied. And that, brethren, is some solid company. What movie mustaches are most hallowed in your mind? Feel we've overlooked a few key contenders (there are too many to name)? Be sure to mention your own favorites in the comments, and we wish all movie fans a Merry Movember. _____ Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.


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  1. No Tom Hardy Bronson? surely the strongest of all strongman taches? He even had some of Charlies own tache hair in there!

  2. Anyone else growing their ‘stasch? Seriously, I’m less than a week in and it’s the most annoying thing ever. How did men do this in the 80s?

    • I’m going full beard, I cant handle the tashe only look.

      • I did the full beard for October but then turned it into a stasch as part of a Halloween costume. It’s just an ugly thing but the wife thinks I should keep it. Dang women I tell you! :)

        • I did that for a joke before, my girlfriend was not amused! she likes the beard though, strange creatures I’m 31 and I still don’t get them?

      • I’ve had a full beard for over a year now and even though it’s more of a pain to maintain than just shaving I intend on keeping it going.
        I’ve tried just a mustache once and will never make that mistake again. I can’t even describe how creepy I looked.
        It was pretty sad. :(

    • Whole thing for me. Granted it’s not much more than a full stache and goatee with a mess of sparse facial hair, but it’s all I have dammit and I’m proud! >:-{O

    • I’m rocking the handlebar mustache and soul patch combo right now.

      There’s a pic of me that most people seem to love from a photoshoot I did with one of my first bands back when I was 18 where I had a mustache that was missing in the middle with a patch of hair on my chin that I’d grown down to my chest and plaited.

      Think Jonathan Davis (Korn) mustache from 1999 combined with Wayne Static’s beard from 1999.

      I was able to do it because I was an early member of the facial hair club. Had a full on thick goatee (no mustache) when I was 14.

    • Oh yeah handle bar and chops here.

  3. Tom Selleck’s stash has its own special fx dept.

    • And it’s own trailer on set.

  4. How ’bout Richard Roundtree in the Shaft trilogy, (and everything else he’s been in), Will Ferrell in Anchorman, Ben Stiller in Dodgeball? And shouldn’t Sam Elliot also be in the hall of fame?

  5. Charles Bronson…someone needs to reincarnate Paul Kersey

    • +1

      I’m currently reading the novel and can’t wait to watch the film again. Excellent movie!

  6. Day Lewis came across very Snidely Whiplash in Gangs of New York. Very caricature. The moustache did not help.

    • I think he was robbed of an Oscar for playing Bill “The Butcher” One of my favorite performances ever.

      • Agree, considering Lewis’s penchant for immersing himself in his roles I should imagine everyone gave him a wide birth on set.

  7. I watched a ‘stachless Sam Elliot in Frogs on Netflix recently – it’s unsettling. All time stach, even greater than Selleck’s.

  8. Lando Calrissian in Empire Strikes Back – how awesome was Star Wars in 1980? It had style.

    Generally speaking, the mustache is the ‘riskiest’ type of facial hair. It’s like a distinct fashion statement that you have to just go for. Best to grow a relatively full beard, then simplify to the ‘stache to see if it works for you.

  9. what about Mac’s mustache from Lethal Weapon 5&6? That was pretty good

  10. Wesley Snipes in Blade… Not as iconic like some of these, but it is a different type of mustache, it is thin and neat. These are just big mustaches. I think Wesley Snipes is a good choice.

    And of course, Charles Bronson in Death Wish.

  11. *Womb Brooms*

  12. Anyone remember Snidely Whiplash (from Duddley Do-Right)? How about his mustache? Or Zorro’s?

  13. Hey, who put the Nair in my Old Spice aftershave bottle? Anyways, here is a true story for you (quit yawning). When I was about 18 and had my first apartment, one day I was glueing a little Santa Claus figurine on a wreath outside my apt. door with Super Glue. I did not realize the tube was split opened, and it was oozing all over my hand and finger. As I studied my handiwork of the mounted Santa sitting on a pine-cone, I placed my finger in contemplation on my mustache, and suddenly my glued-up finger bonded to one half of my mustache! I could not get it loose with grace and poise, so had to take a little pair of manicure shears and gently and carefully snip all the hairs one at a time between my finger (index finger of right hand) and my left side of my mustache! Afterwards I had a fuzzy finger and stubbly mustache on the left side. I ended up shaving the whole mustache (probably the best one I had ever grown to this day, my first one at that) and shaving my finger! Wow, that stuff bonds tight! So be fairly warned, use caution when tackling a hazardous job like glueing Santas on apt. door wreathes…it could lead to some hair-raising experiences!

    • Ha. Man that would’ve been great to see.

  14. these were all the same mustaches!

    And Tom Selleck, so overplayed.

    Boo, Screenrant!
    I say boo to thee!

  15. No love for Ming The Merciless, Ron Burgundy or Bennett from Commando I see.

  16. Good to see Michael Biehn’s Abyss entry on there though his Tombstone Tache is my personal fave that I tried to mimic last year!

  17. What about Gomez Addams?

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  19. I can’t imagine a guy, given the choice, of not wanting a mustache like Tom Selleck’s. It’s correct to say that every role Tom played the mustache fit in perfectly but if you want absolute perfection go watch Quigley Down Under. Made me want to grow a ‘stash, move to Australia and be a displaced American cowboy protecting aborigines while having a beautiful girl riding double behind me. And being able to out shoot the area’s biggest bad ass with the most worthless of weapons.? Priceless. But then I realized….I’d still be me not him? And in snake infested Australia no less. :-)