The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars: The Top 20

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You voted in your tens of thousands, so here's our round up the crème de la crème of our list of the top 100 sexiest movie stars. Set your hearts to "aflutter" and read on...


10. Zoe Saldana

Holding her own against the guys in Star Trek is no easy feat, but it's one that Saldana has managed with aplomb as the capable, intelligent Uhura. She was a dancer before she became an actress and her lithe figure has always been part of her appeal. But she combines funny with sexy, and has carved out a niche as one of the believable action icons, no matter whether she's blue and animated (for Avatar) or green (for the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy).

SEXIEST ROLE: Tough to chose between Cataleya in Colombiana and the rough-and-tumble Aisha in Losers. STROKE OF CHARM: She plays the idiot sometimes.

9. Angelina Jolie

Tattooed tough girl one moment, all-action kick-ass spy the next, then beautiful and refined woman who is so far out of your league you can't even afford tickets to the game. Jolie channels old school Hollywood with iconic good looks, but matches it all with range and effortless style – and has an Oscar to prove her abilities. Her appeal isn't diminished even when she's voicing a tiger in DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda franchise. Wait, is that just us?

SEXIEST ROLE: TV movie Gia still holds a lot of people rapt, and she shows her impossibly gorgeous, Brad-grabbing side in Mr. And Mrs. Smith. STROKE OF CHARM: Something a little less predictable in a Marie Claire photo shoot.

8. Natalie Portman

Whether working in period togs (The Other Boleyn Girl) or futuristic clobber (the Star Wars prequels), Natalie Portman has always been blessed with a certain spirit, something that shines through no matter what she's doing. She matches looks with brains and chooses a wide variety of work to keep things interesting. From her breakthrough as a would-be assassin to her Oscar win, there's no danger of her becoming stuck in a rut.

SEXIEST ROLE: Many liked her as the damaged, yet still sexy Nina Sayers in Black Swan, but she defined a genre in Zach Braff's Garden State as Sam, at the forefront of the pixie dream girl movement – though she works on a level beyond it. STROKE OF CHARM: Portman and Rashida Jones explain what's really important in life.

7. Mila Kunis

"Confidence, not cockiness. Knowing who you are is confidence. Cockiness is pushing it down everyone's throat." Words to live by from Mila Kunis, who combines adorability with plenty of acting talent and who is fluent in Russian. Voted Woman Of The Year by more than one publication, her on-screen persona is an intoxicating combo of hopelessly sexy and entirely relatable. Oh, and she's also a huge Star Trek fan. How do you say "perfect" in Klingon, again?

SEXIEST ROLE: Charming Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was a highlight (and bikini-tastic), but we're going for her pairing with Justin Timberlake in Friends With Benefits. STROKE OF CHARM: Hanging with the Sesame Street crew. Like you do.

6. Emma Stone

Not every young actress can combine looks with actual funniness, but Emma Stone is genuinely witty both on and off screen. Admirably centred in her career and personal life, she's gorgeous and gregarious but also capable of bring thoughtful in the likes of Crazy, Stupid, Love. She can even battle the undead, as she showed in Zombieland, so she's the first person we want around in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

SEXIEST ROLE: Her Gwen Stacy won over Spider-Man (and, in real-life, Andrew Garfield), but her ballsy, whip-smart high schooler Olive in Easy A was the perfect role. STROKE OF CHARM: No one is safe from her photo bombing. Not even her boyfriend.

5. Anne Hathaway

Anna Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

We're puzzled by the backlash that swamped Hathaway during the run-up to this year's Oscars, where she capped months of awards with a golden baldie. Hathaway has always come across as sweet, funny, real and, it almost goes without saying, beautiful. She also has a backbone and a set of pipes to die for. Presumably everyone was basically jealous; there's no other explanation.

SEXIEST ROLE: Whether battling it out with Christian Bale, or setting up smug senators, her Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises was definitely one to watch. STROKE OF CHARM: A sad-off with Samuel L. Jackson.

4. Kristen Stewart

Twilight's Bella might have been the role that launched her to the next level of superstardom, but Stewart is more than simply a girl with a weakness for sparkly vampires. She's proved herself capable of much more, in films like On The Road and even Snow White And The Huntsman – who doesn't love a woman that can swing a sword likes she means it?

SEXIEST ROLE: We'd plump for Adventureland's Em Lewin, where she charms Jesse Eisenberg with her sarcastic appeal and quick wit. STROKE OF CHARM: Outing her fame-whoring dad (with love) on Conan.

3. Jennifer Lawrence

Emerging to awards acclaim with Winter's Bone, Lawrence has quickly cemented a reputation as a natural, down-to-earth beauty who can also turn her hand to any role going, shining in big ensemble films like X-Men: First Class or being the focus as with The Hunger Games. In real life, she's by turns a goofball and one of the more beautiful women to walk a red carpet – a pretty irresistible combination.

SEXIEST ROLE: It's not tough, for someone who looks like she does, to be sexy in Mystique's blue body paint, but she's also hot and Oscar winning in Silver Linings Playbook. STROKE OF CHARM: Did you hear about her holiday? It was un-Belizeable.

2. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow Johansson graces perfume ads and fashion shoots – which seems inherently unlikely for someone who broke through to the big time thanks to Ghost World. But it's her brains and that husky voice that really put her ahead. Impressively, she can make anything from her Black Widow bodysuit to thick glasses and awkward gawkiness seem sexy.

SEXIEST ROLE: Working with Woody Allen brought out something great in her, particularly when she was paired with Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. STROKE OF CHARM: Making with the funny at a Cosmopolitan photoshoot in 2004.

1. Emma Watson

Combining smarts with beauty, Emma Watson's been a favourite for years, even back in the days when people really shouldn't have been thinking that way about young Hermione. But since leaving Hogwarts she's blossomed into a fine young actress, playing roles from teen thief to music nerd, and even having fun as herself in This Is The End.

SEXIEST ROLE: Her later Potter days might have hit the pop culture heights, but she's charming, self-possessed and full of spark in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower as Sam. STROKE OF CHARM: Talking Santa and more with our Chris Hewitt at Cannes.

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10. Bradley Cooper

It's hard to reconcile Bradley Cooper, mega-star, to the guy who used to play Jennifer Garner's nerdy friend on Alias. Some men just have to grow into their own handsomeness, but boy did Cooper do so, suddenly erupting onto the scene with The Hangover and establishing himself as Tinseltown's go-to guy for slightly caddish heartbreakers. Then came his Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook, and it turns out he can do anything. Who knew?

SEXIEST ROLE: Call us crazy, but Pat in Silver Linings Playbook is pretty adorable. And you know he's in great shape because of all the running and the dancing, whereas Phil in The Hangover seems like he'd be a riskier bet to have around. STROKE OF CHARM: He speaks French. Brace yourselves.

9. Hugh Jackman

There's probably something about Hugh Jackman that isn't awesome. Sure, he can sing, dance, act, and rip people to shreds with his claws, and sure, he's so frequently shirtless that he makes Matthew McConaughey look like a never-nude. Oh, and he spends his holidays going to cookery schools in France. But there's bound to be something. It's just that no one has found it yet.

SEXIEST ROLE: Obviously Wolverine, but more specifically the X2 vintage, where he spends most of the movie in a vest looking worried about people. He probably needs a hug. STROKE OF CHARM: Famously one of the nicest men in Hollywood, there's a wealth of contenders, but we're partial to this inexplicable but adorable shot.

8. Michael Fassbender

An irresistible Irish brogue, a cheeky grin and acting talent to burn. Whether he's playing Magneto in X-Men or Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre, Michael Fassbender is so attractive he can make the most awful characters seem appealing. And aren't you impressed we got the whole way through this blurb without ever alluding to his full-frontal shot in Shame?

SEXIEST ROLE: Stelios in 300. He grins a lot, he's cocky and he's practically nekkid throughout. STROKE OF CHARM: Perhaps this pre-fame advert.

7. Robert Pattinson

The once and former R.Pattz may have burst onto the scene as dreamy vampire Edward, but he's not one to rest on pretty boy laurels. What keeps the fans affections (we like to think) is the way he keeps pushing himself into tougher and tougher roles, and his ability to laugh – hard – at the idea that his perfect features and great hair in any way make him a sex symbol.

SEXIEST ROLE: Let's be controversial here, and suggest Water For Elephants, where he's still dreamy and gentleman-like, but doesn't sneak into the bedrooms of teenage girls while they're asleep. STROKE OF CHARM: His own views on Edward are enough to make even Twi-haters reassess him.

6. Chris Hemsworth

There's a moment in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot where someone points out that Thor is not, technically, a god. Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill retorts, “You haven't been near his arms.” It's hard to argue with the sex appeal of a man with biceps like that. And indeed all the other muscles. And the voice. And the smile. That he's also a devoted family man and unfailingly nice guy is just a bonus.

SEXIEST ROLE: While he's handy with a big chopper in Snow White & The Huntsman, it's still as Thor that he shines most and swings the hammer hardest. STROKE OF CHARM: Basically everything on this page.

5. Robert Downey Jr.

If the results of this vote teach us anything, it's that voters find intelligent men hot. Downey was always ludicrously good-looking, but as he's gotten older and relied more on his sheer charisma and obvious smarts, he's only gotten sexier. As Sherlock and Tony Stark, he dispelled forever the notion that inventors should be anything but a mega-babe. Sorry, merely-average looking geniuses: you need to try harder.

SEXIEST ROLE: At the risk of stating the obvious, it's Tony Stark, all boundless energy and intelligence and charisma. If you could actually catch his attention for more than 30 seconds, it would totally be worth it. STROKE OF CHARM: Here he is posing with dozens of little Iron Men.

4. Ryan Gosling

When Ryan Gosling was not voted Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine a couple of years back, an actual protest took place outside the magazine's offices. God knows what will happen to us now you've voted the Drive star fourth. But one thing is sure: the dog-loving, mugger-thwarting, meme-inspiring Gosling will only grin wryly and keep on being cool about all the craziness, while planning his next awesome role.

SEXIEST ROLE: Still The Notebook, which seems him being all romantic and steadfast and strong-but-silent and kissy-in-the-rain. STROKE OF CHARM: Have you seen him with his dog? But we're also partial to this adorably embarrassed video.

3. Henry Cavill

Sculpted. Impossibly buff. So handsome he might well be an alien from Krypton. Poor Henry Cavill has to cope with such descriptions on a daily basis, and he does it all without developing a single worry line to mar those perfect features, when we imagine he'd rather be loved for his not-inconsiderable mind instead.

SEXIEST ROLE: Probably Immortals, where he models his wardrobe on 300's less-is-more maxim in a commendable effort to take down the Greek gods. STROKE OF CHARM: He wasn't always this handsome.

2. Tom Hiddleston

Tall, eloquent and impossibly charming, Hiddleston is so hot right now that – in this vote – he single-handedly defeated every single Avenger and the Man Of Steel for good measure. He also seems to a cheerful and philosophical soul who goes out of his way for his fans, his colleagues and recently for UNICEF. Maybe bad guys really do have more fun.

SEXIEST ROLE: Why, Loki of course, turning fratricidal angst into frenzied lust for millions of viewers worldwide. Apart from that, we're partial to his F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight In Paris. STROKE OF CHARM: Here he is with Cookie Monster.

1. Benedict Cumberbatch

You're damn right he's number one. While not as hyper-muscly or comically chiselled as others on this list, Cumberbatch specialises in characters that are far too clever, and far too cool, to take the rest of humanity seriously – and then he somehow makes us love him for it. It helps that, off-screen, he's still clever and insanely charismatic but quite a bit nicer than the characters he habitually plays.

SEXIEST ROLE: In film, it's his turn as "John Harrison" in this year's Star Trek Into Darkness. He always seems to get great coats with great collars. If we consider TV, however, then Sherlock will be slugging it out with Harrison for the title. STROKE OF CHARM: He compares himself to Sid from Ice Age.

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