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The 33 Most Handsome Male
Movie Stars of All Time

WELCOME TO THE UPDATED VERSION OF THE FRESHFILMS'
33 MOST HANDSOME MALE MOVIE STARS OF ALL TIME.
THE ORIGINAL VERSION WAS FIRST PRESENTED AT THIS SITE IN 1999, AND - TEN YEARS ON - WE FELT THE NEED TO REVISE THE LIST.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS NOT TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION - PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS IS ONE PERSON'S OPINIONS BEFORE GETTING YOURSELF TOO WORKED UP.
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? Rudolph Valentino
The now mythic latino-lover of the silent cinema, Rudolph Valentino was more of an icon than an actor. He was the very first actor to base his performances on his erotic presence, and arguably had more devoted female fans than anyone in this list.
BORN 1895
DIED 1926 (31 years)
NATIONALITY Italian/American
BEAUTY PEAK 1920s
POS. 1999 27
BEST FEATURE His Gaze
FILM CHOICE -

Rudolph Valentino

26 Jeff Goldblum
With a lanky body, pointy ears and bulging lips, Jeff Goldblum represents an untraditional form of handsome at the start of our list. But his wildness and pondering eyes make him irresistibly fascinating - even as a young and chic rapist in his first feature.
BORN 1952 (57 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK 1970s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE His killer smile and bronze skin
FILM CHOICE Death Wish (1974)

Jeff Goldblum, late 1980s

25 Ralph Fiennes
The classy and suave Ralph Fiennes was darkly sexy as a complex nazi officer in Schindler's List and sophisticatedly alluring as Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show the next year. His slim lips hide a captivating smile.
BORN 1962 (47 years)
NATIONALITY British
BEAUTY PEAK Early 1990s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE Eyes and smile
FILM CHOICE Quiz Show (1994)

Ralph Fiennes, early 1990s

24 Daniel Day-Lewis
Intense, rejuvenating and darkly sexy, Daniel Day-Lewis has an aura of unattainability about him while at the same time being able to come off as sweet and boyish. He confirmed his enigma by accepting his Oscar for his dense, oldish performance in There Will Be Blood by turning up with a youthful smile and haircut.
BORN 1957 (52 years)
NATIONALITY British/Irish
BEAUTY PEAK Early 1990s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE Smile and hair
FILM CHOICE The Last of the Mohicans (1991)

Daniel Day-Lewis, late 2000s

26 Mel Gibson
Australian Mel Gibson was one of the most popular male attractions of the 80s and 90s. His looks were attracting large audiences well into his forties, and although his face is not unmarked from aging, he still has the lively eyes and contageous smile that initially made him a star.
BORN 1956 (53 years)
NATIONALITY Australian
BEAUTY PEAK The 1980s to early 1990s
POS. 1999 5
BEST FEATURE His sparkling eyes and contageous smile
FILM CHOICE The Bounty (1984)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Maverick (1994)

Mel Gibson, 1988

25 Clint Eastwood
Since he was almost 40 when he became an international star, Clint has always been the seasoned kind of handsome for women who prefer furrowed, simple and macho men. With virtually flawless facial features and a somber expression, Clint's appeal is serious, downright and sexy - even as he closes in on 80.
BORN 1930
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK 1960s and 1970s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE Forehead, nose, cheekbones
FILM CHOICE The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Clint Eastwood, early career

24 Robert Redford
Robert Redford has later in his carreer made a greater name for himself professionally as a director and independent film promoter than he ever did as an actor. Still, Redford was apt at both romantic and comedic material in his early career, utilizing his atypically and unclassically good looks to give liberal thinking a face in the 70s.
BORN 1936 (73 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The late 1960s / 1970s
POS. 1999 18
BEST FEATURE His hair and killer smile
FILM CHOICE Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Robert Redford, 1969

23 Christopher Reeve
The chiselled, impeccable Christopher Reeve went from invulnerable to helpless during the course of his life, but will mainly be remembered for the seductive pureness and statuelike features which earned him the role as Superman.
BORN 1952
DIED 2004 (52 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK Late 1970s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE Eyes, cut
FILM CHOICE Superman (1978)

Christopher Reeve, late 1970s

22 Laurence Olivier
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BORN 1907
DIED 1989 (82 years)
NATIONALITY British
BEAUTY PEAK 1930s
POS. 1999 10
BEST FEATURE ---
FILM CHOICE Wuthering Heights (1939)

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21 Hugh Jackman
With a solid dose of old-fashioned masculinity combined with intelligent eyes and a confident sense of style, this Aussie burst onto the world stage as a late addition to Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000 and hasn't looked back since. People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2008.
BORN 1968
NATIONALITY Australian
BEAUTY PEAK 2000s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE His bone structure
FILM CHOICE X2 (2003)

Hugh Jackman, early 2000s

20 River Phoenix
Enigmatic and dark behind clean-cut good looks, River Phoenix combined talent and style and was a trendsetter before his untimely death. More handsome than his brother (Joaquin), more handsome than his friend (Leonardo).
BORN 1970
DIED 1993 (23 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK Early 1990s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE Eyes, mouth, hair
FILM CHOICE My Own Private Idaho (1991)

River Phoenix, c. 1993

19 Errol Flynn
Here was a good liver who didn't care much about ethics or public opinion. Flynn was iconized for performances as Robin Hood and Don Juan, and lived a life like them off the set as well. Suavely good-looking with a sleezy, swashbuckling presence, Flynn enjoyed the fruits he could grab hold of - including teenage girls. He was 'in like Flynn' and enjoyed every minute of it.
BORN 1909
DIED 1959 (50 years)
NATIONALITY Australian
BEAUTY PEAK The 1930s / 1940s
POS. 1999 28
BEST FEATURE His winning smile
FILM CHOICE The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 

Errol Flynn, late 1930s

18 Anthony Perkins
Ranging from vulnerable youth in Friendly Persuation (1956) to mystified psycho in Psycho, Anthony Perkins' acting depended on presence, expression and appearance. With an ability to be shyly charming and decisively commanding at once, Perkins' had leading-man potential and a brooding, unconventional beauty.
BORN 1932
DIED 1992 (70 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The late 50s / early 60s
POS. 1999 25
BEST FEATURE His deep, brown eyes
FILM CHOICE Psycho (1960)

Anthony Perkins, early career

17 Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson got into the business because of his looks, and was never really expected to act like his idol collegues Marlon Brando and James Dean. He was, however, instantly a fans' favourite with his gentle manner and chiselled good looks. Hudson, who was one of the first public figures to die of AIDS, lived an entire life hiding his sexual preference.
BORN 1925
DIED 1985 (59 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The 1950s and 1960s
POS. 1999 19
BEST FEATURE His clear-cut face
FILM CHOICE Giant (1956) 

Rock Hudson, 1950s

16 John Derek
Although John Derek never will be remembered for his acting talents, he did quite a lot of leading roles in studio films in the 40s and 50s. He later turned to still photographing and directing (without succeeding particularily in the latter). But his remarkable beauty is unarguable. With delicate features, he was known for his insatiable lust for women. Derek is also known for his lust in young women, last married to Bo Derek, 30 years his junior.
BORN 1926
DIED 1998 (71 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK Late 40s / Early 50s
POS. 1999 4
BEST FEATURE His smile and kind eyes
FILM CHOICE Knock on Any Door (1949) 

John Derek from Knock on Any Door (1949)

15 Brad Pitt
Initially the most popular heartthrob of his generation, having been teenage girls' greatest movie attraction all through the nineties. Pitt's model looks are classically beautiful, but his main asset might just be his remarkable style, fashion and ability to renew himself.
BORN 1963 (46 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The late 90s / early 2000s
POS. 1999 8
BEST FEATURE His perfectly shaped face
FILM CHOICE True Romance (1993)
Troy (2004) 

Brad Pitt, mid 1990s

14 Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise started off as a typical teenage boy-idol in the eighties, and developed into one of the biggest,  top-grossing, Hollywood superstars of all time. A solid leading man, Cruise has also proven himself as a capable character actor, even if his off-screen antics have challenged his status in later years. Cruise's face is beautifully proportioned, and his natural appearance rarely catches him in 'off-beauty'-moments.
BORN 1962 (47 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The late 90s/early 2000s
POS. 1999 3
BEST FEATURE His vigorous smile
FILM CHOICE Magnolia (1999)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Tom Cruise, cirka 1997 

13 Cary Grant
Suave, elegant and friendly - but with a seductive lure in his smile. Cary Grant was among the most attractive men of the classic era - women wanted to marry him, men wanted to be him. And maybe sometimes the other way around.
BORN 1904
DIED 1986 (82 years)
NATIONALITY British/American
BEAUTY PEAK 1940s to 1950s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE Eyes and cheekbones
FILM CHOICE The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Cary Grant, 1940s

12 Warren Beatty
Mr. Hollywood, as Time Magazine called him, had everything going for him: the looks, the intelligence, the talent, the style. During the late 60s and entire 70s, Beatty was the number one trendsetter in Hollywood. He shifted from boyish charm to his semi-hippie style, and pulled it off. His charisma was, and remains, second to none.
BORN 1937 (72 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK Early 1960s to late 1970s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE His smile
FILM CHOICE Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The Parallax View (1974)

Warren Beatty, 1960s (Everett Collection)

11 Richard Gere
The rare achievment of Richard Gere, is to have remained a Hollywood sex symbol for nearly 25 years. From his debut in 1975, Gere has enjoyed constant commercial successes, while constantly being discounted by the critics. But despite his somewhat limited talent, Gere has had the ability to carry any feature on his shoulders. And his distinctive looks have suited him increasingly better as he has matured into a silver-haired, middle-aged sex symbol.
BORN 1949 (60 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The 1980s and the 1990s
POS. 1999 21
BEST FEATURE His sexy, narrow eyes and charming smile
FILM CHOICE Unfaithful (2002)

Richard Gere, early career

10 George Clooney
The ultimate bachelor, George Clooney seemingly stayed in the great oblivion, until be got his big break in TV's "ER". He suddenly sprung to stardom as a more mature sex symbol, and was voted sexiest man alive by people magazine in 1997. His combination of boyish and mature features, along with a devilish charisma made him one of the world's leading sex symbols.
BORN 1961 (48 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The late 1990s / early 2000s
POS. 1999 20
BEST FEATURE His devilish eyes and smile
FILM CHOICE From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

George Clooney, late 1990s

9 Rob Lowe
Having revitalized himself as a TV-star and odd character actor, this former teen idol is about to make a name for himself as a persistent and confident stayer whose strikingly, boyish handsome looks not need hold him back after all. In the 80s he was on everyones lips, leading the pack of young hotties ostensibly destined for greatness. With his perfectly proportioned face and killer smile, Rob did enjoy his fair share of successes and has had an enjoyable career.
BORN 1964 (45 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The 80s.
POS. 1999 7
BEST FEATURE His killer smile and bad guy-expression
FILM CHOICE Class (1983)
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Rob Lowe, 1983

8 Jude Law
One of the most sought after new leading men, the Brit Jude Law has proven himself not only a challenger for the position as the sexiest man in the business at present, but also as one of the most talented young actors around. With flawless facial features, beautiful green eyes, and an unusually sensual mouth, Law resembles a young Laurence Olivier.
BORN 1972 (27 years)
NATIONALITY British (English)
BEAUTY PEAK Late 1990s to early 2000s
POS. 1999 6
BEST FEATURE His sensual lips and mouth
FILM CHOICE I Love You, I Love You Not (1996)
EXistenZ (1999)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) 

Jude Law, early 2000s

7 Christian Bale
This young Welshman began as a child performer in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, and grew into an increasingly potent leading man and an incredibly handsome man. With a characteristic mouth and invasive eyes, as well as a chameleon-like presence, Bale has something out of the ordinary.
BORN 1974 (35 years)
NATIONALITY British (Welsh)
BEAUTY PEAK Late 1990s to present
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE His sexy mouth
FILM CHOICE American Psycho (2000)
Laurel Canyon (2002)

Christian Bale, early 2000s

6 James Dean
Nobody knows how the idolizing of James Dean would have turned out, had he not gotten himself killed at the age of 24. It's hard to compete with the mythical of those who die young. Still, Dean was turning into a legend even before he died. Being one of the first protagonists of the youth generation, and probably the best example of exterior portraying interior, James Dean contained mystique, roughness, shyness, sensuality and classical beauty in his expressive face.
BORN 1931
DIED 1955 (24 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The mid 50s
POS. 1999 1
BEST FEATURE
FILM CHOICE Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
East of Eden (1955)

James Dean on the set of Giant (1956) 

5 Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves won't be remembered for being one of the emotionally deepest actors, but for being a great leading man. His ability to choose roles has brought him to the top of the star list, and Reeves slowly built himself a professional reputation to match his increasing status as a sex symbol from the late 80s. His unique ethnic mixture has a rare exotic quality that brings his face to life.
BORN 1964 (45 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The 1990s
POS. 1999 11
BEST FEATURE His exotic mix
FILM CHOICE Speed (1994)
The Matrix (1999)

Keanu Reeves, early 2000s

4 Paul Newman
Paul Newman didn't enter films until he was nearly thirty, leading to him being an idol for a slightly more mature audience than the likes of James Dean. But Newman suited being in his 30s and 40s better than most. With his cool appearance and striking blue eyes, he entangled female audiences for decades.
BORN 1925
DIED 2008 (83 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK The 1960s
POS. 1999 2
BEST FEATURE His crisp, blue eyes
FILM CHOICE Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
East of Eden (1955)

Paul Newman, 1968 

3 Alain Delon
This boyishly handsome French star never succeeded in his attempted convertion to American movies. But he was the main French and European attraction (alongside Jean Paul Belmondo) in the 60s. Delon had boyish good looks on the surface, with hints of a darker personality underneath. A killer combination.
BORN 1935 (74 years)
NATIONALITY French
BEAUTY PEAK The 1960s
POS. 1999 17
BEST FEATURE His cheeks, mouth and skin
FILM CHOICE Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli (1960)

Alain Delon, late 1960s

2 Johnny Depp
This enigmatic, private and introverted performer has achieved the rare position in show business of having all but no critics. His is uniformly loved by the film critics and the public, having distanced any competition as the cinema number one leading man. Even in his early 40s, Depp can shift from mysterious bad guy to boyishly handsome in an instant. His chameleon quality only enhances his extraordinary and characteristic face.
BORN 1963 (46 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK From 1990 to present
POS. 1999 13
BEST FEATURE His sensual mouth and deep eyes
FILM CHOICE Don Juan DeMarco (1995)
Chocolat (2000)
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) 

Johnny Depp, 1990s

1 Marlon Brando 
He was the hunk, with a combination of brutish manliness and soft vulnerability. At his best, his face radiated raw sexuality like none other. His ever-present confidence, deep sexy eyes and oozing masculinity put him in a league of his own in his generation. Additionally, he was the greatest talent of them all.
BORN 1924
DIED 2004 (80 years)
NATIONALITY American
BEAUTY PEAK 1950s
POS. 1999 -
BEST FEATURE His killer smile
FILM CHOICE A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Marlon Brando, 1951


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