When it comes to cigars, there are a number of ways in which we can enhance their enjoyment. While a quality cigar can easily be appreciated alone, many cigar aficionados like to add a little extra to their experience. Some may pair their stogie with a fine glass of Scotch, while others may opt for a tasty treat.
However, another way that you can enhance the experience you have with your cigar is to smoke it while watching a cinematic masterpiece!
While there are thousands of movies out there for you to choose from, there are some films which include iconic scenes of stogie smoking, which are sure to add an extra element to your cigar smoking experience.
We take a look at some of the cigar-related moments in films for you to see!
Why Are Cigars Used in Films?
Cigars have long been associated with power, wealth and sophistication. These traits are instantly translated to the viewer on-screen when a character smokes a stogie. As soon as they light up, you know that character means business!
Cigar culture has dominated the scenes of movies for decades, adding that little bit of drama or elation to any film that includes them. Here’s a list of movies you need to add to your must-watch list (if you haven’t seen them already!):
Die Another Day (2002)
The last film to star iconic Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan, ‘Die Another Day’ features a scene where Bond visits a Cuban cigar factory to find a sleeper agent who has been stationed there. Arriving at the factory, he asks for “Delectados”, which at the time of the film was not a type of cigar but in fact a code word for the sleeper agent. Shortly after the film was released, many cigar companies began to produce Delectado cigars (the cigar of James Bond!).
An older James Bond classic starring Pierce Brosnan, featuring Xenia who is a renegade agent working for Alex Trevelyan, James Bond’s rogue former partner. James Bond and Xenia, played by Famke Janssen, play cards in a casino as Xenia samples a cigar.
If you haven’t watched this already- where have you been? ‘Predator’ is a classic starring the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger, a self-proclaimed cigar-lover. The film follows a Special Forces team, led by Arnold’s character, who have been sent to a Central America jungle to save hostages.
Things don’t go to plan, and the team are hunted by an advanced alien species. Before all the drama unfolds, Arnold is seen enjoying a cigar before departing from the military helicopter.
Independence Day (1996)
Starring the dynamic duo Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, ‘Independence Day’ has one of the most iconic cigar scenes in cinematic history.
Towards the end of the movie, while they are inside the alien mother ship on a mission to save the world, Will Smith’s character (Steve Hiller) hands David (Jeff Goldblum) a cigar stating, “This is our victory dance… Not until the fat lady sings. This is important.” We feel everyone should have a cigar motto to live by!
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1996)
What iconic movie list is complete without ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’? Starring Hollywood genius Clint Eastwood, this western movie often sees Clint’s character lighting up a cigar. One scene depicts him sharing a cigar with a dying soldier.
DC Comics released this superhero classic based on a 1986-1987 comic series called ‘Watchmen’. A rather dark scene, The Comedian lights up his cigar with a flamethrower (of all things!), before going on to attack Vietcong in the Vietnam War.
The Wolverine (2013)
Popular Marvel movie, ‘The Wolverine’, features a scene where Hugh Jackman (who plays our protagonist) is standing upon a construction vehicle, surrounded by several Japanese ninjas.
Biting the end off his cigar (who do not recommend this at all, we have cigar cutters for that!) he slashes the gas tank causing an all-mighty explosion!
Of course, Wolverine is not hurt because of his superpowers, and his cigar also remained undamaged throughout the ordeal but was lit by the explosion. (Not something to try at home!).
Partly based on the graphic novel of the same name, ‘Hellboy’ is about a demon who the Nazis summoned but he is raised to be a defender of good, after being saved by the Allies.
Hellboy is often seen with a short, stout cigar- if you don’t get distracted by the storyline, count how many times you see a cigar and let us know how many times you see one!
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film features one of the most renowned lines regarding cigars in movie history. Mr Atto is smoking a cigar, the U.S. Troops then come to pick him up to have a meeting with General Garrison.
His offer to give the General a Cuban cigar is turned down when Garrison says, “No, thanks. I got one.” The reply is truly spectacular! Mr Atto replies, “Miami, my friend, is not Cuba.”
These are just a few of the best films that have some powerful and memorable cigar scenes. Think we’ve missed any? Let us know on our social media accounts!