Jun 23 2011

The Best Grumpy Old Men in Movies

Published by at 8:00 am under Lists,Movies

For some reason the movie On Golden Pond has been on TV a hell of a lot lately.  And I have to say that as I get older the more I like Henry Fonda’s character Norman Thayer Jr.   I think of all the grumpy old men in movies he might be the best one.  In fact I contend that he is.   Never have I seen a character more sincere, bitter, yet totally likable as in that film.

However, there are certainly others that have nailed the grumpy part to a tee.   I decided to look around and came up with a pretty solid list that the whole family will enjoy.

I decided to have video scenes of these guys so you could see how awesome they are.  Enjoy the list after the jump….

Mickey Goldmill in Rocky

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsgNi3jhMYE

Definitely one of the best if not best “coaches” in the history of movies.  “What are waiting for!  Tickets!”

Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond

httpc://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8T1VxZoT6s&feature=related

If you haven’t seen this movie then you really should.  He’s one of the all time greats.  “I’m nice.”

Max Goldman – Grumpy Old Men

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EwgvDvtqQs

I can’t support Jack Lemmon in this.  Sure he was good but Max and Grandpa are 100 times better.

Grandpa Gustafson – Grumpy Old Men

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh81LMz1sPo

Good God Burgess Meredith was awesome in this.

Walt Kowalski – Gran Torino

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u86D0jWw5No

Sure this clip makes fun of the movie but it’s pretty damned funny.  You could also go with Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby.

Melvin Udall – As Good as It Gets

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCOxcDcZ69o

I’d have to say that other than A Few Good Men this is way up there as being one of Nicholson’s best roles.

Jack Manilow –  Road Trip

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppOyEbYVi0A

Clearly his best stuff is when he’s walking around with a boner.

Ted “Old Man” Clemens – Billy Madison

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uWjt2y_G0Q

It’s Poop Again!

Carl Fredrickson – Up

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqAwvPyh_pg

Awesome movie.

 

 

 





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6 responses so far

  • joe

    Peter Fonda was not in On Golden Pond.

    • Nattyb

      Yes, we made the change. Sorry.

  • Lubz

    First person I thought of when I saw the title was Grandpa from Grumpy Old Men.

  • Bert

    Burgess Meredith was awesome in EVERYTHING. Yes, even in the GI Joe movie.

  • Bernie

    Thanks Natty, great selection and the Grumpy Old Men out takes had my eyes watering.

  • http://www.pacrimjim.com PacRim Jim

    W.C. Fields was the best. Any list that omits him is uninformed.

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