The 9 Greatest Mustaches of the '90s

11/25/2013 at 07:05 PM EST

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Yanni, 1991
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All throughout Movember, PEOPLE is celebrating the finest facial hair ever to grace the upper lip (and only the upper lip) of our favorite celebrities.

The '70s and '80s may have been the height of the mustache trend, but the carefree, innocent days of the 1990s also saw a few notable caterpillars.

9. Will Smith

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Will Smith, circa 1995

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In West Philadelphia, born and raised, Will Smith's stubbly 'stache in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air set him apart from the manicured mustache of his cousin Carlton.

8. Bill Murray

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Bill Murray in Rushmore, 1998

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As Bill Murray aged into one of our finest character actors, a sleazy 'stache (seen here in Rushmore) helped him sell the transformation.

7. Steve Buscemi

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Steve Buscemi in Fargo, 1996

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There's no better example of a creep-stache than the one sported by that guy who played in Fargo, we think his name is Steve.



6. Ned Flanders

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Ned Flanders in The Simpsons

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Hey-diddly-ho, 'stacherino! By the time The Simpsons ruled the airwaves, mustaches had mostly disappeared from the facial-hair menu; Flanders's 'stache marked him as harmlessly passé as his oversized sweaters.

5. Jeff Foxworthy

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Jeff Foxworthy, 1998

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With his impeccable mustache, redneck-spotting comedian Jeff Foxworthy looked smarter than a fifth-grader.

4. Yanni

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Yanni, 1991

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Sensual. Spiritual. Earthy. If new-age musician Yanni hadn't grown a mustache, we would have had to Photoshop one on him.

3. Got Milk?

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Whoopi Goldberg, 1999

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The most buzz-worthy mustaches of the 1990s weren't made out of hair. As part of a push to get Americans to drink more milk, the National Milk Processor Education Program launched an ad campaign that attempted to turn the milk mustache from embarrassing faux pas to trendy style symbol. Soon milk mustaches were even more popular than the real ones: even women and children were sporting the iconic white splash on their upper lips.

2. Randy Johnson

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Randy Johnson, 1998

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In a sport that can sand down its players into anonymity, Randy Johnson stood out. The pitching ace's lanky frame helped, as did his party-hardy mullet. But the look was capped off by an intimidating mustache – sometimes, as seen here, accompanied by soul patch – that made the Big Unit a force of terror on the mound.

1. Sam Elliott

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Sam Elliott, 1990

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Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. And then there's a man like Sam Elliott, whose raw masculinity seems to place him outside the bounds of time and space. With this look, he could be a Civil War general, a Wild West gunslinger, a Haight-Ashbury hippie – either way, the 'stache abides.

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