Jun 26 2009

20 Undeniably Awesome Beards in Movies

Published by at 9:00 am under Lists,Movies


Last month, Natty brought you 20 undeniably awesome mustaches in movies.  I’m a big fan of mustaches and in the past have sported one myself.  That said, a good beard blows away a good mustache any day of the week.  There’s two types of beards in Hollywood: the hair that covers a man’s face and a Katie Holmes/Kelly Preston.  To be clear, this gallery is dedicated to the former.

I’ve had a beard in the past, and the benefits are glorious.  Sure, it itches, but women love it.  My bosses no longer told me to do things; instead they politely asked.  Everyone respects a good beard.  And we’re talking about thick, awesome beards that you have to trim with scissors before shaving off.  Goatees and those stupid line beards don’t count.  That’s high school stuff.

After the jump, enjoy the gallery of 20 undeniably awesome beards in movies.

Kevin Smith in most of his movies


Hart Bochner in Die Hard


Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks


Sean Connery in many of his movies


Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover


George Clooney in Syriana


Viggo Mortenson in The Road


Lou Ferrigno in Hercules


Pat Roach in Willow (and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)


Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy


Tom Hanks in Cast Away


Terrence Stamp and Jack O’Halloran in Superman I and II


Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou


Jack Black in Orange County


Ewan McGregor in Revenge of the Sith


Sir Alec Guinness in Star Wars


Harrison Ford in The Fugitive


Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall


Patrick Cranshaw in Old School


Tommy Chong in the Cheech & Chong movies


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40 responses so far

40 Responses to “20 Undeniably Awesome Beards in Movies”

  1. Gillon 26 Jun 2009 at 10:11 am

    Kevin Smith’s beard is embued with unearthly magic, much like Steven Spielberg’s or Chuck Norris’s (where’s Chuck on this list, eh?).

    Oh, and I do believe it’s “Revenge of the Sith”, not “Return”.

  2. Korinthianon 26 Jun 2009 at 11:35 am

    I deny that most of those are awesome. Beards are pretty ugly most of the time.

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  4. Marcuson 26 Jun 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Zach Galifianakis rocks a mean fucking beard.

  5. Madisonon 26 Jun 2009 at 2:08 pm

    @ Korinthian

    You are wrong. It must be beard envy.

  6. Madisonon 26 Jun 2009 at 2:15 pm

    @ Gill

    How could I forget Chuck???? Please forgive me.

  7. espensoron 26 Jun 2009 at 3:57 pm

    viggo had a good one in return of the king as well

  8. Madisonon 26 Jun 2009 at 4:57 pm

    @ espensor:

    Indeed he did. And it was a good one. His beard in The Road, however, is just killer.

  9. LordChristoon 26 Jun 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I’m forced to agree, this new movie with Viggo looks like it could be the greatest thing ever. . . because of that beard.

  10. Madisonon 27 Jun 2009 at 12:45 pm


    I actually have very low expectations for The Road, but man, Viggo’s beard will make it worth watching. That does it, I’m growing a beard again. Starting….now.

  11. Lauraon 27 Jun 2009 at 5:39 pm

    What about Martin from Knocked Up??

    “I think it’s Matisyahu”

  12. Madisonon 28 Jun 2009 at 10:30 am

    @ Laura

    Awesome, awesome call on Marty. I should have included him for sure. I did remember, though, to put him in my memorable movie stoners article.

  13. Jeremyon 29 Jun 2009 at 1:45 am

    You forgot arguably the most awesome beard ever seen on the silver screen. Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson.


    The fact that his hair is blonde, and his beard is very dark, makes it all the more intense.

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  15. Madisonon 29 Jun 2009 at 2:22 pm

    @ Jeremy

    That’s a great link you attached. You’re right, there’s something very intense about that very impressive beard. Nice find.

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  19. diocanon 30 Jun 2009 at 4:39 pm

    and what about:

  20. Madisonon 30 Jun 2009 at 4:41 pm


    Ha! Man, I hated that movie, but you’re right – a very thick, masculine beard, fit for a king.

  21. sankofaon 02 Jul 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Kenneth Branagh is the beard king.

    Long live the beard king!

  22. Andrewon 05 Jul 2009 at 5:52 pm

    What about Jonathan Frakes and his Riker beard from the Star Trek movies?

  23. Abe Frohmanon 08 Jul 2009 at 12:54 am

    Hart Bochner was awesome in Die Hard…and I’ve never seen him again. Anyone know what happened to him?

  24. Madisonon 08 Jul 2009 at 10:56 am

    @ Abe Frohman

    Bochner definitely went on to appear in a number of films after Die Hard, though none of his roles were nearly as memorable as that of Ellis. I don’t like thinking that an actor played Ellis; I prefer to believe he was a real life, incredible bearded douchebag.

  25. Anthonyon 12 Jul 2009 at 2:01 am

    Davy Jones Pirates?

  26. Madisonon 12 Jul 2009 at 11:46 am

    @ Anthony

    Uh, you sure that Borat has a beard?

  27. Lauraon 19 Jul 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Oooh Hagrid from HP

  28. Marcuson 19 Jul 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Well, that one’s fake.

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  30. Tomon 20 Oct 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Jeff Daniel’s deserved his Oscar nomination for The Squid and the Whale based on his beard alone.

  31. Peteon 20 Jan 2010 at 12:39 pm

    No Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting or The Fisher King? See http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1517525248/nm0000245

    I would have to say that his beard growing is stronger than his acting these days…

  32. Gary Slaughteron 11 Mar 2010 at 11:39 am

    Maybe it’s just my age, but one of the best was Steve Reeves’ beard in ‘Hercules’ and ‘Hercules Unchained’. I’ve trimmed my beard to approximate Sean Connery’s in ‘The Rock’, ‘Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Rising Sun’. It’s getting gray in the right places.

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  34. Jesuson 06 May 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Whistler in Blade!

  35. Jadeon 16 Jul 2010 at 2:14 am

    Also, Jack Black in School Of Rock. Man I love that movie

  36. stewyon 06 Sep 2010 at 5:44 pm

    WHAT?!? No beards from the awesome LOTR series??? I see we have gandalf but what of all those other incredible viking beards!!

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  38. Linnon 07 Jul 2011 at 4:54 pm

    What about Davy Jones?? :)

  39. beardardoon 15 Oct 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Kurt russell in the thing. Hands down best movie beard.

  40. Craigon 31 Jul 2012 at 2:51 am

    What about the beards sported in both Boondock Saints movies. Billy Connolly & David Della Rocco in the first and Norman Redus & Sean Patrick Flannery with the previous two as well. Awesome beards.

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