Ah, curmudgeons. They've been a Hollywood staple since the dawn of movies, and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau perfected the cinematic archetype in their aptly titled 'Grumpy Old Men.' We've grown to love movie curmudgeons over the years – y'know, prickly men getting on in years who are quick to shout out insults but almost always prove to have hearts of gold. (Well, hearts less cold than they initially appear, at least.) Last year, 'Up's Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner) was everyone's favourite curmudgeon du jour.

This week's release of 'Morning Glory' looks poised to earn Harrison Ford a spot in the movie curmudgeon hall of fame. He plays a sour morning show anchor who reluctantly accepts a job co-hosting America's lowest-rated national morning show. Much to the chagrin of his ambitious producer, played by the Rachel McAdams, Ford's grumpy character refuses to play ball by not taking on zany assignments like his perky co-host (Diane Keaton).

Ford's withering stare and gruff mumble make for perfect curmudgeon material. His steely eyes say 'Don't talk to me,' while his stern tone confirms he's not your friend. Or anybody's, for that matter. Will he prove to be a big softie in the end? It's Hollywood, so probably. Besides, even curmudgeons can't resist a sweet smile from the ever-charming McAdams.

In honour of Ford's crotchety turn in 'Morning Glory,' we've compiled a list of our favourite movie curmudgeons.
Meet the Fockers
Based on 34 critics

Future in-laws (Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman) clash in Florida. Read More

What About Bob?
Based on 17 critics

A patient (Bill Murray) maddens a psychiatrist (Richard Dreyfuss) but charms the guy's family. Read More

Morning Glory
Based on 38 critics

A producer (Rachel McAdams) tries to revitalize a struggling morning-news program. Read More

Gran Torino
Based on 34 critics

Friendship slowly takes shape between a bigoted war vet (Clint Eastwood) and his Asian neighbors. Read More

As Good As It Gets
Based on 30 critics

A New York City waitress, a gay painter and a dog help a misanthropic author reach a self-awakening. Read More

Meet The Parents
Based on 33 critics

A woman's father (Robert De Niro) thinks her boyfriend (Ben Stiller) is unworthy. Read More

Based on 14 critics

A ruthless TV-network chief (Bill Murray) meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future. Read More

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Grumpy Old Men
Based on 16 critics

Minnesota neighbors (Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau) compete for widow's (Ann-Margret) love. Read More

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