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.
As Good as It Gets Movie Poster
As Good as It Gets
PG-131997
Based on 30 critics

Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who's rude to everyone... Read More

Meet the Parents Movie Poster
Meet the Parents
PG-132000
Based on 33 critics

Everything that can possibly go wrong for groom-to-be Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) does. The problems begin... Read More

Scrooged Movie Poster
Scrooged
PG-131988
Based on 14 critics

In this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful... Read More

Grumpy Old Men Movie Poster
Grumpy Old Men
PG-131993
Based on 16 critics

John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) are two curmudgeonly neighbors who have... Read More

Meet the Fockers Movie Poster
Meet the Fockers
PG-132004
Based on 34 critics

Now that Greg Focker is "in" with his soon-to-be in-laws, Jack and Dina Byrnes, it looks like smooth... Read More

What About Bob? Movie Poster
What About Bob?
PG1991
Based on 17 critics

Before going on vacation, self-involved psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) has the misfortune... Read More

Morning Glory Movie Poster
Morning Glory
PG-132010
Based on 38 critics

Newly hired as a producer on a national morning-news program called "Daybreak," Becky Fuller (Rachel... Read More

Gran Torino Movie Poster
Gran Torino
R2008
Based on 34 critics

Retired auto worker and Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) fills emptiness in his life with... Read More

April 10, 2017
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