To look more like the common American, Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem of Zamunda decides to lose the long, royal braid he's been growing since birth in the middle of the most famous barbershop in movie history. "Just make it nice and neat," he asks the barber, also played by Murphy. In the scene, Eddie's actually three out of the six men in the room, schooling himself on the relative merits of the great Joe Lewis versus Rocky Marciano.
8. Broderick Sings in the Shower, Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
You don't have to rock a soap-hawk in the shower like Matthew Broderick to be "a righteous dude." But it helps. "Life moves pretty fast," Bueller tells us. "If you don't stop to look around every once in a while, you could miss it." Good advice. Also, remember to loofah twice a week.
7. De Niro Gets Nicked, The Untouchables (1987)
Time is money, they say. That's why this mob hit opens with Al Capone (De Niro) holding a press conference while getting a manicure, a shoe shine, and a shave. When an understandably nervous barber nicks the mafioso, drawing blood from the unofficial mayor of Chicago, the room goes silent. But Capone lets the man live. Violence is "not good business," he says. Nor is it a good way to tip your barber.
6. Travolta's Five-Step Prep,Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Step 1: Face the mirror in your blackest briefs. Step 2: Set your hair with a Super Pro dryer and a vent brush. Step 3: Flex like Bruce Lee. Step 4: Don your chains. Step 5: Suit up in your finest polyester. Don't forget to swivel your hips to the Bee Gees' "Night Fever," and, boom, you're ready to roll like Tony Manero.
5. Grant Lathers Up on the Run, North by Northwest (1959)
Size does matter. In this Hitchcock classic, a close shave with what might the tiniest razor in movie history saves a purused Cary Grant. A loaner from Eva Marie Saint, the Barbie-playhouse-small blade draws more than a few second glances when Sir Suave whips it out on a Chicago train while on the run from the cops. "Big face, small razor," he jokes when he exits the men's room when asked why he was gone so long. Living life on the lam is no excuse for a five o'clock shadow.
4. The Tramp Gives a Close Shave, The Great Dictator (1940)
In his first full-fledged talkie, Charlie Chaplin plays a Jewish barber who bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain Fascist dictator. Moving in perfect time to Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 on the radio, Chaplin taps his heels, lathers up his client, whips out a straight razor, and starts a shave that carves 10 years off his customer's life.
3. James Dean's Ace In The Hole, Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Where would Ace combs be without James Dean? After the movie was released, word spread that the heartthrob's character used a simple, white Ace comb to style his lustrous, now iconic hairdo to near perfection. Naturally, Ace ran with it and sales soared. But the real showstopper was Buzz Gunderson (Corey Allen) and not Dean who groomed himself with a simple white number and then clenched it between his teeth before driving off a cliff to his fate.
2. Carell's Manscaping Torture, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Beauty hurts. And when you're a hairy beast who's never depilated your body in 40 years Oh, Kelly Clarkson! it's going to hurt even more. Thanks to three dudes and one petite, somewhat evil wax clinician doing everything they can to aid Steve Carell's aging virgin friend, we get the funniest grooming scene of all time. Note that Carell did his own stunts and sacrificed his own hair for this one.
1. Patrick Bateman's 10 Steps to Killer Good Looks, American Psycho (2000)