23 magnificent movie moustaches

Johnny Depp’s facial hair in the new trailer for spy-comedy Mortdecai is among the finest appearing on cinema screens this year.

With this in mind, Pippa Day looks back at impressive movie moustaches that have paved the way for Depp’s hero handlebar.

Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)


The moustache: A thick dark mo topping the most culturally insensitive lips on this list.

The rating: Wawaweewa! It’s a very nice! – 7/10

Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925)

Charlie Chaplin

The moustache: A toothbrush style on the man that pioneered the look.

The rating: He looks far from a little tramp – 5/10

Tom Selleck in 3 Men and a Baby (1987)

Tom Selleck 3 Men and a Baby

The moustache: Selleck’s signature look – an iconic moustache that accompanies his every on-screen appearance. Never change (shave) Tom.

The rating: Zoolander’s got nothing on this Magnum – 8/10

Daniel Day-Lewis – Gangs of New York (2002)

daniel-day-lewis gangs of new york

The moustache: A bold handlebar to reinforce his authority, crime-boss ‘the butcher’ won’t sacrifice his moustache wax.

The rating: Don’t mess with the mo – 9/10

Groucho Marx in Duck Soup (1933)

Groucho Marx

The moustache: This greasepaint imitation is a deception – but a classic. The matching eyebrows are a common theme in this list.

The rating: Painted perfection – 6/10

The Lorax in The Lorax (2012)

The Lorax

The moustache: This guardian of the forest sports a mo bigger than his face, with impressive expressive eyebrows to boot.

The rating: A triumph of a tash – 9/10

Dustin Hoffman in Hook (1991)

hook Dustin Hoffman

The moustache: No pirate could be complete without some fancy facial hair – pompous Captain Hook is no exception.

The rating: Cool curls – 5/10

Max Von Sydow in Flash Gordon (1980)

Flash Gordon

The moustache: A bold attempt from this evil emperor which accompanies a matching parted beard and violently pointy eyebrows.

The rating: Ming’s magnificent – 7/10

Will Ferrell in Anchorman (2004)

Anchorman glass case of emotion

The moustache: This painter’s brush ‘stache should be served with a baffling chat-up line and a Cuban cigar. It even earned its own teaser poster when it returned in Anchorman 2.

The rating: I don’t know how to put this but… kind of a big deal – 9/10

Merlin in The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Merlin Moustache

The moustache: Often wrongly viewed as an addition to this wizard’s exceptional beard, his moustache assumes its own character on screen, sticking firm to his face as he turns from walrus to mouse to crab during a duel.

The rating: A magical moustache – 6/10

Sam Elliott in The Big Lebowski (1998)

Sam Elliot

The moustache: There’s no better addition to a cowboy hat than a tash, and this Texan old-timer knows what suits his style.

The rating: The Stranger’s signature – 8/10

Anthony Edwards in Top Gun (1986)

Goose Top Gun

The moustache: A cunning decision by the Top Gun filmmakers, this was clearly given to Goose to disguise his dashing good lucks so Tom Cruise as Maverick could take the spotlight.

The rating: Takes my breath away – 5/10

Harry Shearer in This is Spinal Tap (1984)

This is Spinal Tap

The moustache: This porn’stache-trucker hybrid adorns the Spinal Tap bassist in this music mockumentary.

The rating: A rock and roll hit – 8/10

Paddy Considine in Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hott Fuzz

The moustache: The beginnings of a walrus moustache to be proud of.

The rating: A hot mess – 4/10

Tom Hardy in Bronson (2008)


The moustache: Intimidating strong-man style. Charles Bronson himself cut off his moustache and sent it to Tom Hardy to use when filming.

The rating: A true prison pushbroom – 6/10

Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider (1969)

Easy Rider Hopper

The moustache: A mo which embraces the sixties style with effortless cool, this counter-culture character has facial hair that sees side-burns and upper-lip decoration in perfect harmony.

The rating: Easy decision with this grass-grin – 8/10

Frank Morgan in The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Wizard of Oz

The moustache: The gatekeeper of Oz has a statement handlebar. What more would you expect from an actor who brought a briefcase equipped with a mini-bar to work with him?

The rating: Bust my buttons! – 5/10

Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction (1994)

Samuel Pulp Fiction

The moustache: Accompanying long sideburns and and angry glare, this horseshoe moustache is one to be wary of.

The rating: Winnfield winner – 7/10

Val Kilmer in Tombstone (1993)

Val Kilmer

The moustache: A modest handlebar waxed to sharp points – accompanied by a triangular soul patch.

The rating: He’s your huckleberry – 6/10

Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona (1987)


The moustache: Cage goes simple but effective with the copstash standard moustache.

The rating: A misplaced eyebrow – 4/10

David Suchet in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Petit Handlebar

The moustache: This distinctive petit handlebar has complemented Poirot’s quizzical attitude for almost 25 years.

The rating: Good things come in small packages – 6/10

Ben Stiller in Dodgeball (2004)


The moustache: A fierce soul-patch/horseshoe combo, Stiller’s character is not to be messed with.

The rating: He’s better than you, and he knows it – 6/10

Ned Flanders in The Simpsons Movie (2007)


The moustache: Ned’s statement walrus has the best nicknames of all facial hair on this list, including “Nose Neighbour” and “The Cookie Duster”

The rating: A sacred soup-strainer – 8/10

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