20 Undeniably Awesome Beards in 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.

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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  1. 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. @LordChristo

    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.

  3. @ 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.

  4. @ Jeremy

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

  5. @ 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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