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Top 10 People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive

VO: Emily Brayton
Script written by Eliza Baynes Hollywood is the land of beautiful people, but these men have named People’s sexiest men alive and we have to agree. Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Denzel Washington, David Beckham, Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey, Richard Gere, people magazine, John F. Kennedy, Jr and George Clooney have been named over the last few years.
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Top 10 People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive


We know that they haven’t actually searched the whole planet, but they’ve still managed to come up with some pretty worthy specimens! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 People Magazine Sexiest Men Alive.


For this list, we’ll be looking at male celebrities who have been deemed the sexiest of the bunch by People mag in their yearly special issue. We’ll be focusing on the few years leading up to each man’s win, ranking them based on their looks, charm, and popularity as they were during those time periods.

#10: Channing Tatum
2012


You’ve got to admire a man who knows how to move! Tatum was already pretty hot when he showed off his dancing ability in “Step Up,” but once this actor and real-life former stripper showed off his bod in “Magic Mike,” his “sexy” status was firmly cemented. Toned and talented, Channing seems like a laidback and naturally charming guy. He’s also got a cute butt, and he clearly isn’t shy about flaunting it. If we ever met him in person, we’d probably be a bit tongue-tied too!

#9: Ryan Reynolds
2010


This hunky and versatile Canadian actor has quite a long filmography, having acted in numerous TV series and films across many genres. Although he’s also starred in dramas and horror films, he seems to thrive in roles that combine comedy and action, like that of mouthy mercenary Wade Wilson in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and in “Deadpool.” Tall, good-looking, buff, and hilarious to boot, it’s no surprise that Ryan was crowned “Sexiest.” His mug pretty much looks like it was designed to be on the cover of magazines. Even Deadpool agrees!

#8: Denzel Washington
1996


He’s an Oscar-winning actor who earned critical acclaim for his work on “Fences,” doing triple-duty by directing, producing, and starring in the film. Very impressive! Equally as impressive is the fact that Denzel looks just as handsome in it as he did in the ‘90s, when his first name alone was enough to conjure up feelings of admiration and lust. Debonair and irresistible, with a dazzling smile and an intense gaze, it’s nearly impossible to take your eyes off of him when he’s on the big screen. But why the heck would you want to, anyway?

#7: David Beckham
2015


This retired English football star, also known as Mr. Posh Spice, is a perfect mix of bad boy looks and nice guy personality. While his inked, athletic body and high-fashion frown practically scream, “naughty,” his devotion to his four children and his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador are proof of his inner softie. In addition to his talents on the field, the very stylish Beckham is also a clothing designer and spokesmodel. A wise career move indeed, as many men would probably love to emulate his personal brand of “sexy.”

#6: Hugh Jackman
2008


They sure know how to make ‘em Down Under! In 1985, Australian-American actor Mel Gibson was chosen as People Magazine’s first “Sexiest Man Alive,” and fellow Aussie Jackman was selected 23 years later. Best-known for his portrayal of clawed mutant Wolverine in the “X-Men” movie franchise, Hugh’s hot in all kinds of ways. First off, he’s got a good-natured personality and a sexy accent. He’s also got a handsome face and an easy smile. But best of all, he’s got THAT…BODY. We’re so happy that his signature character’s signature look is jeans and a tight tank top!

#5: Matt Damon
2007

He shot to fame a decade before his win for playing a troubled genius in “Good Will Hunting”, a film he co-wrote with close friend, fellow actor, and 2002 “Sexiest Man” Ben Affleck (xref). The talented Mr. Damon then went on to further success with roles in the “Ocean’s” trilogy and in the “Bourne” action-film franchise. With his perpetually-boyish good looks and bright smile, there was no way that People wouldn’t eventually take notice. Upon hearing of his win, Matt was super-humble, telling the mag that they’d “given an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime”. Of course, that modesty only added to his appeal!

#4: Tom Cruise
1990


His role as cocky fighter pilot Maverick in the extremely successful action film, “Top Gun,” made him a top-billed movie star, and he’s been one ever since. Tom’s win came in the early days of his popularity, after he’d played characters such as a flirtatious bartender and an ambitious racecar driver. These parts made the most out of Cruise’s natural charisma, showing off his penetrating stare and trademark megawatt smile. He still manages to look charming when his pearly whites are hidden, as evidenced by this mischievous grin . Throw in a strong jaw and a fit form, and boom! A shoe-in for studliest dude.

#3: Johnny Depp
2003 & 2009


He’s played infamous pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise since 2003, a character who manages to be sexy despite his eccentricities. Then again, maybe it’s the quirks that make him sexy… or maybe it’s just because he looks like Johnny Depp! With killer bone structure; deep, dark eyes; and a low, smoky voice, Depp’s rather hard to ignore. A heartthrob since the ‘80s, he did the “fine wine” thing and got better with age, hitting his stride in the 2000s and snagging the “Sexiest” title twice during that era. Although he’s often been quite disguised for his roles, it’s nearly impossible to hide the brooding good looks that lurk underneath.

#2: Brad Pitt
1995 & 2000


You may know him as one half of the now-divorced celebrity power couple “Brangelina,” but long before he met fellow thespian Angelina Jolie, he was famous just for being “Brad.” Pitt was chosen twice for the “Sexiest Man” honor, and it’s easy to see why. Those piercing baby blues, those full lips, those dimples when he smiles! Let’s not forget his lean, chiseled physique. And can we please talk about the hair? It always looks good, whether it’s long, spiky, brown or golden Combine all that with a magnetic screen presence, and you’ve got a sure-fire recipe for getting People’s attention. Pun absolutely intended.


Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

John F. Kennedy, Jr.
1988


Richard Gere
1993 with Cindy Crawford & 1999


Matthew McConaughey
2005


#1: George Clooney
1997 & 2006


The first time he was chosen, Clooney was best known for playing pediatrician Dr. Doug Ross on the TV medical drama “ER.” By the second time, he’d moved on to the movies and had evolved into a respected director, helming and acting in films such as “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Between wins, his hair got grayer and his laugh lines got deeper, somehow adding to his attractiveness and turning him into a veritable silver fox. In addition to being witty, intelligent, and a humanitarian, George has a certain mature, classy charm, and the ladies love him for it. Like, really love him. See?
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