The Top 10 Movie Beards
To be a great actor, you’ve got to be prepared to commit. Not only to your character’s idiosyncrasies,
weird limp, or bizarre southern accent, but also to their facial hair. If your character has a beard, then
you need to grow a beard. A real one. None of this stick‐on fake beard nonsense (we’re looking at you
Here are ten of our favourite (real) movie beards.
1. Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover (2009)
Zach Galifianakis’ portrayal of Alan Garner in The Hangover films probably didn’t require the comedian
to keep his trademark beard, but we’re glad he did as it made the man‐child character even funnier.
2. Al Pacino in Serpico (1973)
As a storytelling device to show the passage of time, there are few things that work better than a
beard. Pacino’s journey from moustache to epic full bushy beard really hammers home his 12 years
3. Brian Blessed in Flash Gordon (1980)
As Prince Vultan in this cult sci‐fi classic, Brian Blessed undoubtedly sported the finest facial hair in the
entire galaxy. Ming the Merciless ran a close second.
4. Gerard Butler in 300 (2006)
Admit it, if Butler’s Prince Leonidas was clean shaven, you’d really question his ability to lead those
299 other Spartans into battle.
5. Tom Hanks in Cast Away (2000)
Talk about commitment. Not only did Tom Hanks lose 55 lbs for his role as Chuck Noland, he also grew
a most majestic beard to truly underline that there were no razors on that desert island.
6. Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Bill Murray’s salt and pepper (more salt than pepper) number gave his character of Steve Zissou a real
sense of wisdom and worldliness in Wes Anderson’s delightful comedy‐drama about one man’s pursuit
of the shark who ate his friend.
7. Alan Rickman in Die Hard (1988)
The best movie villain of all time? He’s certainly up there. The late Alan Rickman was menacing as
Hans Gruber, and among his clean shaven, blonde‐haired henchman, the audience was in no doubt as
to who was running this operation.
8. Ben Affleck in Argo (2012)
Based on a real person with a real beard, Ben Affleck stepped up and grew one to take on the role of
C.I.A operative Tony Mendez, tasked with the rescue of six Americans from Tehran during the Iranian
9. Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (1994)
If we’re going to get bogged down in technicalities here, then The Dude has a goatee rather than a
full‐blown beard, but he’s just too damn cool to leave off this list.
10. Leonardo Dicaprio in The Revenant (2015)
Finally, after 6 nominations, Leo won an Oscar. We suspect it was for his performance in some
incredibly gruelling and inhospitable settings rather than for his beard, but his beard game was
on‐point in Alejandro Inarritu’s survival epic. Good job, Leo!