8 Of The Greatest Movie Moustaches Of All Time
Facial fuzz above the lip in film usually projects two different qualities in a character: lover or fighter. Not only have become an integral part of how a hero or villain's image, movie moustaches make men want to give their clean shave some shapely growth. Sometimes we know better and the sentiment is more "that's a badass 'stache, but I could never pull that off in public." In fact, maybe it's better if we all just leave these moustaches up to the pros.
Daniel Day Lewis in "Gangs of New York"
The anti-immigrant killer known as "Bill The Butcher" gave Daniel Day-Lewis an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, as well the distinction of greatest movie moustache ever (although the Academy hasn't honored moustaches with their own award category yet). As soon as you set eyes on Day-Lewis with his tall "Cat in the Hat" sombrero and circular moustache–it curls northbound–you feel like you are entering a circus from hell.
Chia Hui Liu in "Kill Bill: Volume 2"
In this Quentin Tarantino martial arts revenge film, Chia Hui Liu's elaborate bright white moustache blends into his beard of wisdom making him look like he might have snatched a cloud out of the sky to wear on his face. This amazing moustache visually informs the audience that his character, Pai Mei, is too busy mastering kung fu to waste time on menial tasks like shaving.
Cheech Marin in "Up in Smoke"
Cheech Marin's wooly "lip wig" is practically the logo for "Cheech and Chong." So important to his persona is his famous moustache, that in films in which he appears sans 'stache, he looks like an entirely different actor.
Billy Dee Williams in "The Empire Strikes Back "
Billy Dee Williams used his romantic whiskers to give Han Solo a run for his money as the only other qualified "lady magnet" in "The Empire Strikes Back." Mr. Williams helped to reclaim the moustache from the cowboys and crooks of cinema, using it as an accessory for the slick and stylish.
Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction"
Who needs a motorcycle when your face already has handlebars? Quentin Tarantino is clearly a director that knows how far a memorable moustache can take a character. Samuel L. Jackson plays Jules, a Bible-quoting killer that keeps it clean on the chin and fuzzy on the grin. Yosemite Sam may be the only other pistol packer that has proven worthy of this look in the world of entertainment.
Sacha Baron Cohen in "Borat"
That brown bush that rises with Borat's every stiff grin is definitely his trademark, not those spandex tights, thank God. Borat managed to make a moustache that brings to mind perverts that get busted for public nudity or child pornography a comedic costume. But, fortunately, we are only dealing with a socially awkward lover of Pamela Anderson so no harm, no foul.
Clark Gable in "Gone with the Wind"
Rhett Butler, the hopeless romantic of the Civil War era classic, played by Clark Gable, keeps his moustache game thin and sleek. His aerodynamic facial decor surely helped set the trend for the classy Hollywood ladies man look back in 1939. His lip is so properly groomed and narrowly shaped that Gable could probably sign his name on his moustache without even touching his nose with the pen.
Sam Elliott in "The Big Lebowski"
Sam Elliott is just the type of rustic wise man who can rock that huge gray caterpillar over his mouth without eliciting a stocking full of razors for Christmas. That mature moustache gives his "cowboy of consciousness" character from "The Big Lebowski" a timeless aura–like he went to bed in a 1950s western and woke up in a 1990s comedy.