30+ Movie Stars Show How Male Beauty Has Changed Over Time (Part 2)
In every decade since movies have been a thing, actors have stood out for their grace, beauty, elegance, charisma, and seductive charm. When we see what the most famous actors of each decade looked like, we can compare and understand how the term “gallant” has changed over time. Today’s ways of dressing, of combing one’s hair, of posing for the cameras, are totally different than those of, for example, the ’50s. On the other hand, we also can’t deny that this review is just an excuse to see the most attractive men in the history of cinema.
Just like we did in a previous article, Bright Side wanted to travel back in time and take a look at how beauty has changed over the years by compiling some of the most iconic Hollywood studs from the ’50s to today.
In the ’50s
Stewart was a television, film, and theater actor recognized for his striking personality when performing. He appeared in movies that are now considered to be classics and he was nominated 5 times for an Oscar for Best Actor. He did win one and in 1985, the Academy also honored him for his career by giving him an award.
John Charles Carter, whose stage name was Charlton Heston, was an acclaimed actor of the golden era of American classic cinema. He is mostly known for his roles in movies belonging to the epic genre. He played characters like Moses and Judah Ben-Hur, the latter being the role that earned him an Oscar for Best Actor.
Tony Curtis’ physique and his accent were the characteristics that made him so famous. He appeared in more than a hundred films throughout his career, including Some Like it Hot, in which he starred alongside Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. He’s Jamie Lee Curtis’ father.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Edward Montgomery Clift was an actor known for his role as a sensitive, but also moody young man. Despite being nominated for an Oscar on 4 occasions (3 for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor), he didn’t win any of them.
Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. (that was his full name) was a renowned actor. He made a reputation in the modern classic era of cinema thanks to his roles as a Hollywood stud.
In the ’60s
Robert Redford is an American actor, director, and activist. He has won several awards, including one from the Academy granted in 2002 celebrating his entire career in the industry. He is also the founder of the Sundance Film Festival, and his reputation is such that in 2014 Time magazine included him on its list of the “100 most influential people in the world.”
Born in San Francisco, California, in 1930, Clinton Eastwood Jr. is an actor, producer, director, musician, and composer. His first major role was in Rawhide, a television series that ran from 1959 to 1965. But his breakthrough came with his performances in Dirty Harry and in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns known as the Dollars Trilogy. Thanks to these characters, he became an icon of masculinity.
On top of being the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley had a considerable career in the movies. He appeared in more than 30 different productions. His filmography includes classics like Viva Las Vegas, Jailhouse Rock, and King Creole.
Born in La Spezia, Liguria, Giancarlo Giannini is an Italian actor, director, and dubber. He started his career in the cinema in 1965 during the Italian golden age of cinema, with his appearance in Fango sulla Metropoli. And after years of working with Italian directors from the ’80s, he started working more and more on foreign films. Some of the most important work he did was with American directors Francis Ford Coppola and Ridley Scott.
Caine is an icon of the British film industry with more than 150 films in his filmography. Caine gained public recognition during the ’60s thanks to his performances in films like Zulu, The Ipcress File, and Alfie (he was nominated for an Oscar), among others. He is also a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
In the ’70s
Born in 1949 in Philadelphia, Richard Tiffany Gere is an actor and activist who began his career in film in the 1970s. He became a famous and coveted man after his role in American Gigolo in 1980. His role in Pretty Woman established his reputation as a Hollywood stud. In 2003, he won a Golden Globe for his role in the musical Chicago.
This actor, comedian, and director was born in Los Angeles in 1937. He jumped to fame with the ’60s classic The Graduate. Throughout his career, he was nominated 7 times for Best Actor at the Oscars, winning 2 of them for his performance in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988).
Michael Douglas, son of the legendary actor Kirk Douglas, began his film career in the late ’60s and today has accumulated several awards, including the Oscars he won with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1976 and with Oliver Stone’s Wall Street in 1988.
Born in Breukelen, Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1944, Rutgerus Oelsen Hauer was an actor, writer, and environmental activist known primarily for his role in Blade Runner, a film now considered a classic of science-fiction. He also appeared in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
In the ’80s
Kevin Bacon is an actor that has appeared in films, theater, and television. He is known mainly for his roles in Friday the 13th, Footloose, and Diner, among others. Throughout the years, Bacon won a Golden Globe and 2 awards from the Actors’ Union. He is also known for something else: British newspaper The Guardian has named him as one of the best actors who was never nominated for an Oscar.
Born in Virginia in 1964, Robert Hepler Lowe is an American television and film actor that has been in the industry since 1979 and, who, thanks to his looks and physique, has worked several times as a stud in various Hollywood productions.
Born in New York State in 1964, Matthew Raymond Dillon is an actor, screenwriter, and director in film and television. He has participated in films like The Flamingo Kid, Crazy About Mary, and The Big Town, among others.
He began his film career in 1984 with his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and his filmography includes repeated appearances in films made by director Tim Burton. Together, they released a total of 8 films, including the classic Edward Scissorhands. He was chosen in 2003 and 2009 as the most attractive man alive by People magazine.
Broderick is an actor who was born in New York in 1962 and who has been active since 1979. He became popular thanks to the great performances he delivered in WarGames, The Freshman, The Cable Guy, and Godzilla, among others.
In the ’90s
Born in 1974 in Delaware, Ryan Phillippe began his acting career in 1992 and jumped to fame thanks to several roles that he played in the same decade. He starred in movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions, and 54. He solidified his career by appearing in Gosford Park.
Born in 1969 and raised in Texas, Matthew David McConaughey is an actor and film producer who became famous for his appearances in Dazed and Confused, Contact, How to Loose a Guy in Ten Days, and Dallas Buyers Club (which earned him his only Oscar so far), among others.
His full name is Willard Carrol Smith and he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1968. He is an actor, rapper, and producer. In the mid-90s he starred in box office hits like Men in Black and its sequel, Independence Day, and Bad Boys, among others. He also starred in the famous TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
One of the most charismatic actors of our time, Keanu Charles Reeves, was actually born in Beirut in 1964. He is an actor, musician, and the guy that brought Neo to the big screen for The Matrix trilogy. He also played Johnny Utah in Point Break, and Kevin Lomax in The Devil’s Advocate, among other films.
A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and born in 1978, Joshua Daniel Hartnett is an actor and producer recognized for films like Lucky Number Slevin, The Black Dahlia, and Pearl Harbor, among others. He began his film career at the end of the ’90s starring in Debutante, Here on Earth, and The Faculty, among other ’90s classics.
In the 2000s
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, born in Los Angeles in 1980, is an actor and producer born into a family of artists. He is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhall and screenwriter Naomi Foner. He was acclaimed for his performance in films from the 2000s like the indie classic Donnie Darko. He has also played in action movies, for instance, The Day After Tomorrow and in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.
His career in the music industry was already well on its way to success in the 2000s. After his band NSYNC took what people referred to as an indefinite break, he became a soloist. He then entered the world of acting. Some of Timberlake’s most successful appearances include Shrek the Third, Friends with Benefits, and The Social Network.
Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada was born in Guatemala in 1979. He is a musician and actor, and began his career in the movies in 2002. He became famous for his role in the Coen brother’s black satirical drama Inside Llewyn Davis. His appearance in A Most Violent Year and his role in Ex-Machina consolidated his reputation as an indie actor that can pull off commercial movies too. But his jump to worldwide fame came with the new Star Wars trilogy produced by Disney where Isaac plays Poe Dameron.
Born in Alabama on April 26, 1980, Channing Matthew Tatum is an actor, dancer, model, and producer. His art-related career began in modeling and then turned to acting, where his roles in 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street, Dear John, Magic Mike, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra stand out. More recently he appeared in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and the drama The Foxcatcher, establishing a reputation as a versatile and capable actor.
A native of Iowa and born in 1978, Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an actor, producer, and former model who rose to fame for his role in the series That 70’s Show, where he played Michael Kelso. His filmography includes films like The Butterfly Effect, Just Married, Dude, Where’s My Car?, and other rom-coms, a genre that is considered his specialty.
In the 2010s
Michael B. Jordan
Recognized for his roles in Creed and Black Panther, Michael Bakari Jordan is an actor who was born in California in 1987. In addition, he co-starred in films like The Fantastic Four, That Awkward Moment, and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Born in 1989 in Wokingham, Nicholas Caradoc Hoult is an actor and model who rose to fame in 2002 as a child-actor, after appearing in the film About a Boy. Then, as an adult, he played more mature characters like Beast in the X-Men saga and Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Born in 1983, Adam Douglas Driver Wright is a former Marine and actor who rose to fame for his roles in the Girls series and later on in the Star Wars saga as Kylo Ren.
Born in 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California, Zachary David Alexander Efron is an actor who rose to fame for his role as Troy Bolton in High School Musical. Later on, he left the days of being a high school sweetheart behind and went for more serious roles in films like Liberal Arts, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and Baywatch, among others.
Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, born in 1976, Ryan Rodney Reynolds is an actor, producer, and businessman who became popular for his performances in Blade: Trinity, Definitely, Maybe, Green Lantern, and Deadpool, among others. People magazine chose him in 2010 as the most attractive man of the year.
A new generation — 2020s
Born in New York in 1995, Timothée Hal Chalamet is an actor known for his roles in Call Me By Your Name, Little Women, Interstellar, Beautiful Boy, and more recently the Netflix series The King.
Actor, musician, singer, and activist, Ezra Miller is known for his roles in We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Batman vs Superman: The Origin of Justice, Justice League, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, among other great productions.
Born in 1996 in Texas, Tye Kayle Sheridan is an actor who became popular after appearing in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, X-Men: Apocalypse, Ready Player One, and Deadpool 2, among others.
Actor and DJ (known by the nickname Ansølo) was born in 1994 in New York. Elgort was launched to fame for his roles in the remake of Carrie, The Fault in Our Stars, and Baby Driver, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Born in Chile in 1990, Jorge Luis López Astorga is an actor, dancer, and singer who rose to fame for his roles in Disney’s Soy Luna, a youth series, and Elite, a series taking place in Spain and produced and released by Netflix.
Do you remember who the first actor was that made you feel like you had butterflies in your stomach? Which series or movie did he appear in?