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Top 10 Famous Beards in Movies

Whether because of Duck Dynasty, Mountain Men, or the majesty of DecemBeard, we can agree that beards have woven themselves into our (pop) cultural landscape. And why shouldn’t they? For centuries, beards gave away your line of work, your place in society, and your willingness to embrace trends (see: the 2010s). So in case you were feeing too special about your own beard, here are 10 movies that capture the essence of #BeardLyfe to the fullest extent.

1. Harry Potter (Hagrid, Dumbledore)

The beards of Dumbledore and Hagrid
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If you for one minute think Harry Potter didn’t set the bar high, obviously you never saw the franchise. (How dare you.) But while Hagrid’s asset was impressive on its own, it was Dumbledore’s Gandalf-esque look that secured Hogwarts as a bearded mecca. Voldemort obviously wasn’t worthy.

2. Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit (Gandalf)


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A Gandalf Beard™ is a phenomenon. Literally speaking, it’s a very long, white beard (as sported by Sir Ian), but figuratively, it contains power, magic, and secrets – all revolving around quests, rings, and dwarves. Having one earns instant respect, or the need to shout, “You shall not pass!”

3.The Life Aquatic (Steve Zissou)

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Ten years ago, Halloween was defined by guys wearing red toques, blue shirts, and white beards who channeled their inner Bill Murray (and/or the great Steve Zissou, ocean enthusiastic). We can’t blame them: “fisherman chic” earned a bold new reputation, and we learned beards don’t necessarily have to be long to be impressive.

4. Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln)

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It’s actually a little-known fact that Daniel Day-Lewis actually didn’t play President Lincoln at all: he just played his beard.

5. Rocky III (Mr. T)

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I pity the fool who doubts the importance and impact of Mr. T’s beard. I pity the fools who can’t grow something similar.  I pity the fools who have no idea why I keep repeating this line.

6. Cast Away (Chuck Noland)

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Unfortunately, some beards exist not because the owner made a choice, but because the owner had none. Enter: Cast Away and its tale of a man marooned on an island with no choice but to avoid shaving forever and to befriend a volleyball.

7. Die Hard (Hans Gruber)

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Never trust an overly groomed beard. First, the person obviously has a lot of time on their hands. Second, they’re probably movie super-villains trying to overthrow a guy like Bruce Willis. Is Hans Gruber’s beard great? Of course – but only because it’s also the calling card of any guy who doesn’t respect the sanctity of John McClane’s life.

8. The Little Mermaid (King Tritan)

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The man lived under the sea and his beard was bouncy and sleek, constantly. I mean, we’ve seen Cast Away (which we’ll get to in a second), so we know that sea-and-island life isn’t necessarily conducive to the stuff GQ columns are made of. Thus, Tritan truly was a king. (Or, more realistically, he scored some beard product from Ariel’s stash of human things.) 

9. The Hunger Games (Seneca)


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If you ever see a beard like Seneca’s in real life, call the police immediately because he’s masterminding The Hunger Games (and also is way too committed to facial grooming). Both are equally upsetting.

10. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (Madame Truska)


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It’s like this: not only does Madame Truska’s beard put the majority of guys’ to shame, her beard is magical, so she can make it completely indestructible on cue (and, well, use it to destroy her enemies). Your move, Mountain Men.

Anne T. Donahue

Anne T. Donahue is a pop culture and comedy writer originally from Cambridge, Ontario. You can find her on Twitter and Tumblr.

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