A great beard can be a delicate thing.
There is a fine line between a facial masterpiece and a catastrophe on your face.
You can't go wrong with a carefully groomed beard, but sometimes letting your facial hair go wild can look just as good.
The one area where even the scraggliest of beards can reign supreme is on the silver screen. As strange as it may sound, a great beard can make a great movie.
Zach Galifianakis' character Alan in 'The Hangover' series just wouldn't be the same without that thick beard. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the X-Men saga, Gerard Butler as Leonidas in '300' and Mr. T as Clubber Lang in 'Rocky III' would not be nearly as intimidating without their signature facial hair.
At the very least, a character with a great beard can make a movie a bit more bearable (I'm looking at you, 'The Love Guru').
There are several elements that contribute to making a great beard.
Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf in the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' series sports a beard complimented by long gray hair. Johnny Depp used bead accessories to pull off a pirate-style beard as Captain Jack Sparrow in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' saga.
There are plenty of memorable beards in cinema, from Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark to Charleston Heston in 'The Ten Commandments.' Some, sadly, didn't make it on this list, but the ones that did are one great bunch of beards.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun