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20 Hollywood Hunks Of The Past Who Prove That Nothing Beats The Original

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

Hollywood has given rise to many a good-looking movie star in the past twenty-odd years. After all, where would celebrity crushes be without the likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt?

That said, maybe I’m just being nostalgic, but it sure seems like they just don’t make ‘em like they used to!

The leading men of the moment — like good-hearted soccer player David Beckham — may end up on the cover of People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, but they simply lack a certain je ne sais quoi.

I don’t know what it is about the film stars of the good old days, but they just had a certain charm, a rugged and dashing quality that todays movie stars seem to lack.

Johnny Depp is great and all, but he doesn’t look like much next to the likes of Paul Newman!

Do you agree? Who was your favorite film star from the past?

Let us know in the comments, and check out our top picks for the most swoon-worthy actors of a bygone age!

1. James Dean

1. James Dean

The devilishly handsome Rebel Without A Cause star was the original prototype for the Hollywood “bad boy,” a reputation that he leaned into in his personal life as well.

2. Jimmy Stewart

2. Jimmy Stewart

Famous for playing protagonists in far over their heads, Jimmy Stewart was always the wise, capable everyman. Offscreen, he was known for his quiet humor and impressive military record.

3. Burt Lancaster

3. Burt Lancaster

After returning from fighting in WWII, Lancaster began auditioning for plays. Before long, he was a big time star, known for his bright blue eyes and winning smile.

4. Cary Grant

4. Cary Grant

British-born Cary Grant was a true ladies man. Over the course of his life, Grant married five times, and his heartthrob movie career made him synonymous with all that’s dashing and debonair.

5. Charlton Heston

5. Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston got his start in film noir, but quickly became famous for his commanding leading roles in big-budget epics like Ben-Hur. He’s still remembered for his dark good looks and fiery temperament.

6. Clark Gable

6. Clark Gable

Clark Gable started his career in silent films, but by the end of the 1930s was most famous for his turn as the rugged, romantic Rhett Butler opposite Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind.

7. Montgomery Clift

7. Montgomery Clift

Clift made a name for himself playing sensitive young men with troubled pasts, and was known for his frequent collaborations with Elizabeth Taylor.

8. Clint Eastwood

8. Clint Eastwood

Along with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood was one of the original leading men of the Western genre. His all-American looks and rugged charm made him a surefire hit.

9. Harry Belafonte

9. Harry Belafonte

Though Harry Belafonte originally made his name as a musician popularizing the “calypso” genre, he went on to star in a variety of films and make in-roads against some of Hollywood’s most pervasive racial stereotypes.

10. John Cassavetes

10. John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes wrote and directed dozens of films in his career, but as an actor, he’ll always be remembered for the steamy and controversial scenes he shared with Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.

Now click through to the next page to see which dreamy male lead was awarded the title of “Baron” back in his native England!