A look back at the movie's memorable facial hair

By Erin Clements
Updated December 27, 2013 02:00 PM
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If there were awards for the best movie mustaches, Tombstone would win them all.

The 1993 Western, which rode into theaters 20 years ago this week, stars Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, a lawman whose plans to retire in a small Arizona mining town are thwarted when he’s forced to defend the local citizens from a ruthless gang of outlaws. 1994’s Wyatt Earp, released just six months later, covered similar ground, but was no match for Tombstone in the facial hair department.

The mustaches that live on, 20 years later:

Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp

Keeping the peace isn’t easy, but Russell’s stately handlebar was the picture of strength.

Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday

Kilmer’s symmetrical ‘stache was a testament to good grooming and the merits of wax.

Bill Paxton as Morgan Earp

Paxton’s caterpillar was less manicured but a notable effort nonetheless.

Sam Elliott as Virgil Earp

As far as we’re concerned, Elliott’s powerful gray ‘stache is the movie’s real hero.

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