Top 10 Moustaches in Film

Movember means thousands of men in the UK and around the world are growing moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health. To celebrate we look at the best moustaches in film.

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During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

With Movember 2012 past the halfway point, some people may be starting to sag under the immense pressure of the hair on their top lip. To keep you motivated, Top 10 Films takes a look at some of the finest upper lip adornments to have appeared in movies.

Charlie Chaplin as The Little Tramp in Kid Auto Races at Venice


Charlie Chaplin’s trailblazing toothbrush style moustache was first seen in the 1914 motion picture Kid Auto Races in Venice, several years before infamous war criminal Adolf Hitler made the look popular.

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman


Backed up by his incredibly good looks and male charm, Ron Burgundy’s moustache was just the tip of the iceberg which left him irresistible to all women.

Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.


The boom in powerful moustaches during the 80s was all thanks to one man and two initials; Magnum P.I.

David Tomlinson as Emelius Brown in Bedknobs and Broomsticks


David Tomlinson manages to capture the true spirit of the 40s spiv in classic children’s fantasy adventure musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The seemingly innocent growth belies the underhand motives of a breed of man that would happily nick my things and sell my stuff for cash – probably back to me.

Dustin Hoffman as Captain James Hook in Hook


The twitching, greasy slug stretched out on Dustin Hoffman’s top lip was one of the creepiest things in Hook, bettered only by Robin Williams in tights.

Bob Hoskins as Mario in Super Mario Bros.


Ex-BT salesman Bob Hoskins stunned audiences with his moustache in thrilling science fiction adventure Super Mario Bros. Maybe if Bob had put as much effort into selling phone deals as he did growing moustaches he’d still have his job at BT.

Sir Edward Elgar as himself in The Man Behind the Mask


English Romantic Composer Sir Edward Elgar had the definitive Victorian moustache. To examine the ferocious facial feature in detail, one need only watch The Man Behind the Mask, John Bridcut’s 2010 Elgar biopic, which grants enthusiasts access to rare personal photos and film footage of the famous whiskers.

Thomas F. Wilson as Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen in Back to the Future III


The third installment of iconic trilogy Back to the Future sees the first incarnation of a Tannen with a moustache, and it’s a terrific effort: a full length handlebar, slightly turned at the ends, backed up by a classic 5 o’clock shadow.

Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood


Errol Flynn may have been billed as the main star in 1938 swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood, however, the moustache worn by Basil Rathbone in the role of Sir Guy of Gisbourne stole the show. His superb Pre Raphaelite replica was not only haughty, it was arrogant; the perfect moustache for an evil henchman of the exorbitant Sheriff of Nottingham.

Nicolas Cage as John McLoughlin in World Trade Center


Nicolas Cage’s moustache has appeared only fleetingly during the Hollywood superstar’s glittering acting career, most memorably in 2006 disaster film World Trade Centre, with many critics citing this as Cage’s greatest facial hair performance to date.

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  1. Jaina Reply

    Tom Selleck has the classic tache. You can’t go wrong with that one!

  2. mark Reply

    Frank Zappa in Baby Snakes (or 200 Motels, or Head)

    Sam Elliott in Gettysburg

    Bruno Ganz in that movie about Hitler

    The guy who played Hitler in Inglorious Basterds

    Robert Duvall in Stalin

    Charles Bronson in all those Michael Winner films from the 70s

    Sascha Baron Cohen in Borat

    Oliver Reed in The Devils

    Paul Newman in The Sting

    Robert De Niro in The King of Comedy

    Jeff Bridges in Cutter’s Way

    Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider

    Groucho Marx in just about anyhting

    William Holden in The Wild Bunch

    Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit

  3. Dan Reply

    There’s a lot of love for Sam Elliott (in most things!).

    My own contribution – Richard Dreyfuss AND Emilio Estevez in Stakeout! :)

  4. Rodney Reply

    Has to to be Tom Selleck for number 1, that thing is legendary!

  5. Jack Deth Reply

    Hi, Dan, Rodney and company:

    Definitely Selleck and his moustache. He wouldn’t be Tom Selleck without it.

    Same with Sam Elliot. It goes so well with his voice.

    I would also add for Honorable Mention:

    Charles Middleton’s Fu Manchu as Ming The Merciless in many Flash Gordon serials.

    Dick Van Dyke’s elegant and well maintained moustache and Van Dyke in ‘Some Kind of a Nut’ from 1969.

    Richard Dyeyfuss’ drooping, Zappa~esque caterpillar as he played San Francisco private eye, Moses Wine in ‘The Big Fix’ in 1978. An off shot of his and Hooper’s grungy ‘Old Man and the Sea’ look from ‘Jaws’, three years earlier.

    Charles Hunman’s greasy, always dirty looking moustache and goatee as ‘Jax’ Teller. In FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’.

  6. Pete Reply

    I just love Burgundy’s face. He’s my number one. Nic Cage’s pout in that picture on the other hand makes me want to slap him.

  7. Evan Crean Reply

    Glad Tom Selleck made the cut. Surprised Nicolas Cage did though; never thought he’d be recognized haha. Agreed that Sam Elliot in basically anything should be on the list and I hate to admit it but Sacha Baron Cohen would be a good addition too. Plus like everyone in the movie Tombstone. There are mustaches a-plenty in that.

  8. Eric Reply

    Gotta chime in with the others here — it’s all about Selleck!

  9. ruth Reply

    Ahah, perfect post for Movember! Glad to see Tom Selleck, I mean his ‘tache is iconic :)

  10. Alex Withrow Reply

    Great list. Rock on Movemeber! I’ve always loved Hoffman’s Hook stache. Pretty epic. But Sir Edward Elgar has to take the cake here. That thing has a life of its own.

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