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MFF Special: The 10 Best Mustaches of 2016

November 29, 2016


2016 has been a great year for cinematic mustaches. I started noticing the trend after watching Sully and I began compiling a list of the best mustaches. The list kept getting bigger and bigger and I was worried people wouldn’t want to read a list featuring 30 mustaches of all shapes and sizes.

So, I decided to feature characters who only grew mustaches. The mustaches couldn’t be part of a goatee, and if there was extra hair on the chin the character was disqualified. Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys is a great example of somebody who didn’t trust themselves enough to only have a mustache.

the stuff on the chin kept Gosling off the list.
the stuff on the chin kept Gosling off the list.

Here are the top 10 mustaches of 2016!

10. Taron Egerton – Eddie the Eagle

Egerton’s mustache in Eddie the Eagle is far from pristine, but I appreciate that he went for it and grew the funky looking thing. It takes a lot of guts to rock a mediocre mustache and Taron embraced the facial hair and wore it with aplomb. The mustache isn’t number one on the list, but it gets a 10 in my book.

9. Jamie Dornan – The Siege of Jadotville

Jamie Dornan’s mustache allowed him to look awesome while fighting off a siege in Africa. What I like about the mustache is how it adds an automatic level of authority and superiority. If I knew my superior officer could grow a badass mustache then I would follow him anywhere (probably not).

8. Bryan Cranston – The Infiltrator

If you are going to infiltrate a drug cartel you are gonna need a sweet mustache. If your mustache game isn’t strong the cartel members will immediately know you aren’t serious about doing work with them. That is why Bryan Cranston was so successful in The Infiltrator. He grew a mustache that only he could grow and became one of the most successful undercover agents of all time.

7. Dan Fogler – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dan Fogler’s mustache in Fantastic Beasts is fantastic. It isn’t bombastic and looks like something a gentleman in the 1920s would wear. What I like most about the look is how the mustache moves around on Fogler’s very nimble face and it compliments all the various expressions. Fogler + Mustache = a fantastic pair.

6. Samuel L. Jackson – The Legend of Tarzan

Sam Jackson has had some interesting hairstyles throughout the years. Go back and watch Pulp Fiction, Unbreakable, Jumper and Fahrenheit 51 and you will notice the amazing hairdos. Now, Jackson has embraced the mustache and it is awesome. He is the best part of The Legend of Tarzan and I think a big part of that was the mustache.

5. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

I’m pretty sure Jeff Bridges grew this mustache over night. I love Hell or High Water and Jeff Bridges was a big reason why it worked so well. I’m guessing he drew inspiration from his mustache and turned in a brilliantly “manly” performance that worked perfectly in the movie. If I was a criminal and I came across that mustache I would be deeply worried.

4. Glen Powell – Everybody Wants Some!!

If awards were handed out for “Best Ensemble Mustache” than Everybody Wants Some!! would be the clear winner. However, one person had to singled out and I think Glen Powell’s mustache is the clear front-runner of the group. It is a personable mustache that fits Powell’s motermouthed character perfectly and feels totally earnest. It isn’t bombastic, yet its big enough to let everyone know that it isn’t ironic.

3. Denzel Washington – The Magnificent Seven

If you are going to be the leader of a badass group of good guys you are gonna need a badass mustache. Denzel’s mustache in The Magnificent Seven is truly heroic and I find it impressive that his facial hair can stay immaculate while he lays a whooping on bad guys. Do not mess with Denzel or his mustache.

2. Kurt Russell – Deepwater Horizon

Kurt Russell has a long history with amazing facial hair (The Thing, Hateful Eight), and this mustache adds a new wrinkle to his cinematic facial hair catalog. This mustache was formed by years of working on oil rigs and it has an everyday man appeal. If you want a mustache like this you’d better start chopping wood and drilling for oil.

1. Aaron Eckhart and Tom Hanks – Sully

And the Oscar for “Best Performances by Mustachioed Men” goes to Aaron Eckhart and Tom Hanks in Sully. I love Sully and I think it features some of the best performances of 2016. It also has some of the best mustaches I’ve seen in years. I’m still surprised I was able to focus on the plot over such amazing facial hair. Did Aaron Eckhart know his face was capable of such a great mustache? Can Tom Hanks do everything and grow a sweet mustache?

All hail the mustaches of Sully. They are the obvious winners.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    November 29, 2016 12:15 pm

    Wow. Aaron Eckhart has about the most dense mustache…ever? Not full or big (e.g., Kurt Russell in Hateful 8), but “dense.” Look how tightly packed and thick that it! If you punched him in the upper lip, the mustache would completely absorb the blow.

    • November 29, 2016 12:16 pm

      I wonder if he was surprised at the results of his finished mustache?

      • John Leavengood permalink
        November 29, 2016 12:17 pm

        How could he not be! That thing has never previously been reported by science! I checked Web of Science, PubMed, and GoogleScholar!

      • November 29, 2016 12:18 pm

        Amy Adams should study the mustache in Arrival 2.

      • John Leavengood permalink
        November 29, 2016 12:19 pm

        But Amy should NOT grow one! lol

      • November 29, 2016 12:22 pm

        Maybe that is the only way to save the world in 4,000 years.

  2. John Leavengood permalink
    November 29, 2016 12:18 pm

    I’d like to see the cartel guys directly interrogate Cranston’s mustache. Like, such that if Cranston answered “for” his mustache, they’d beat him. Beat him until the mustache yelled “stop, I’ll talk, just don’t hurt him anymore! He doesn’t know anything!”


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