19 On-Screen Heartthrobs From the ’90s Whose Modern Counterparts Look Very Different

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Many of us associate the 1990s with careless childhood or teenage years. At that time, we could easily fall in love with handsome actors who starred in movies or on TV shows. But nowadays, we have new heroes, and they look quite different from the ones we adored in the past.

The mythical hero

The charming loser

Elijah Wood in The Faculty vs Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming

The hot hunk

Kevin Smith in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys vs Jason Momoa in the Aquaman film series

The scientist

Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap vs Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers

The funny guy

Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective vs Andy Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The lover

Philippe Vasseur in Helen and the Boys vs Burak Özçivit in The Magnificent Century

The main hero’s friend

Michael Hurst in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys vs Joey Batey in The Witcher

The action movie villain

Gary Oldman in Léon: The Professional vs Rami Malek in No Time to Die

The action hero

Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element vs Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious

The homme fatale

Grant Show in Melrose Place vs Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey

The most popular boy in school

Jason Priestley in Beverly Hills, 90210 vs Jacob Elordi in Euphoria

The long-haired good-looker

The brave man

A Martinez in Santa Barbara vs Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy

The charming villain

Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves vs Tom Hiddleston in Loki

The hunk with a fast vehicle

Hulk Hogan in Thunder in Paradise vs Vin Diesel in Furious 7

The aristocrat

Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice vs Josh O’Connor in Les Misérables

The businessman

Richard Gere in Pretty Woman vs Kerem Bürsin in You Knock on My Door

The policeman with a dog

Tobias Moretti in Kommissar Rex vs John Reardon in Hudson & Rex

The captivating villain

Nicholas Rogers in Fantaghirò: Cave of the Golden Rose vs Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal

Who served as your biggest heartthrob in the 1990s? Are there any contemporary actors that you’d compare them to?

Please note: This article was updated in January 2023 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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