People magazine’s annual Sexiest Man Alive usually creates a big buzz every time a new celebrity is picked for the title. 2021 saw Paul Rudd win the honor, with the actor and comedian generally shedding light on his nomination as the Most Desirable Man on Earth. The magazine’s practice of selecting nominees and winners really gained popularity in the 2010s when the social media buzz became a huge thing.
It’s worth watching the movies the men who have been nominated for this decade have starred in, with Rotten Tomatoes serving as the best indicator for who they might be. It includes the movies which can be live or of the animated variety depending on the highest score of Rotten Tomatoes.
ten 2015 – David Beckham: Goal II (2007) – 39%
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David Beckham was named the Sexiest Man of 2015, becoming the second person not to be in show business for the honor. While this is far from the greatest sports film to make, it is the best place for fans to check out Beckham when it comes to the big screen.
Objective II tells the story of a young footballer rising through the ranks playing for Real Madrid. Beckham presents himself as his team-mate, offering a guide as a senior player as he and the protagonist take Real Madrid to the UEFA Champions League final to claim the title.
9 2017 – Blake Shelton: The Angry Birds Movie (2016) – 43%
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The most popular movies starring famous singers who are not actors are of the animated variety, and the sexiest man of 2017, Blake Shelton can be heard in The Angry Birds movie. Based on the popular mobile video game, the story tells the battle of the birds against the evil pigs who want to claim their land.
Shelton voices a pig named Earl, which is linked to his background as a singer as Earl gets his own song during the movie. The Angry Birds movie didn’t win over critics, but Blake Shelton fans will appreciate the comedic presence and voice he brings to the performance.
8 2013 – Adam Levine: Starting Over (2013) – 83%
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It’s fitting that the Sexiest Man of 2013 appeared in a highly acclaimed film about music, as this feature takes a look at the industry and how difficult it is for emerging singers to do so. Adam Levine plays Dave Kohl, the protagonist’s former boyfriend who sold his musical integrity in favor of fame.
Restart is a touching comedy-drama that works across the board, with the characters trying to record an album without compromising its quality. Levine’s role is a secondary genre, but he does a good job in a movie that has Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo like.
seven 2010 – Ryan Reynolds: Mississippi Grind (2015) – 91%
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The Sexiest Man of 2010 is best known for his acting skills, but Ryan Reynolds’ most acclaimed film just happens to be a drama. Mississippi Grind has him teamed up with Ben Mendelsohn as two players, where the latter’s character takes Reynolds on a journey thinking he’s the lucky charm they need.
Fans will be able to see what acting skills Ryan Reynolds has best in this film, which deals with the dangers of gambling addiction and is reinforced by his chemistry with Mendelsohn. Even with the overall heavy theme, viewers should find themselves chasing the pair to hit the jackpot by the end.
6 2019 – John Legend: La La Land (2016) – 91%
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The sexiest man of 2019 has appeared extensively in small roles in movies, though he has a life support arc here. La La Land is considered Ryan Gosling’s best film, with Legend’s character appearing as the conductor that Gosling’s protagonist joins in an effort to keep jazz music relevant.
The main story is about the love story between Sebastian de Gosling and Mia d’Emma Stone, with beautiful visuals in the musical setting. John Legend also gets a scene for himself, where his character performs with a creative approach to jazz for fans who love his style.
5 2011 – Bradley Cooper: Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – 92%
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The sexiest man of 2011 got his first major critical hit with Silver Linings Playbook, as bipolar patient Pat Solitano as he falls in love with young widow Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence). The film is both heartbreaking and heartwarming for the way it deals with the subject, ultimately leading to a touching love story.
Bradley Cooper went on to star in other highly acclaimed films like A star is born, corn Silver Linings Playbook remains his biggest critical success outside of the superhero movies where he voiced Rocket Raccoon. It might not be the first time he’s proven his acting skills, but it could be his most important.
4 2012 – Channing Tatum: Logan Lucky (2017) – 92%
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Channing Tatum has been named the Sexiest Man of 2012, though it will be half a decade before he stars in his biggest critical hit ever. Lucky logan. A heist comedy film, it follows members of the Logan family who hatch a plan to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway after Tatum’s character is unfairly fired.
It’s a well-thought-out movie that mostly benefits from the chemistry of the cast, which features Adam Driver, Hilary Swank, and a hilarious performance by Daniel Craig. It also reinforces Tatum’s status as a leading man, having directed a great movie like this at the helm of history.
3 2014 – Chris Hemsworth: Avengers Endgame (2019) – 94%
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The biggest superhero movie to ever release saw the sexiest man of 2014 portray a very human version of the Norse god. Avengers: Endgame sees Chris Hemsworth’s Thor at his lowest point due to his depression for not stopping Thanos, eventually regaining his mind when the heroes attempt to reverse Thanos’ Snap that claimed half the life of the universe.
While Hemsworth’s take on the hero has always been praised for the level of physique he brings to the role as well as his chiseled beauty, Thor is much more relevant to the emotional journey he finds himself on in this film. . Of course, the amazing action sequences also help make this movie such a great one to watch.
2 2016 – Dwayne Johnson: Moana (2016) – 95%
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The Rock won the honor of the sexiest man in the same year as Moana became his best-received film. It voices Maui, a legendary demigod who assists the main character in his attempt to save his people from the threat to their homeland.
While Maui has a formidable presence similar to The Rock’s in real life, the best part of the performance is listening to the actor’s musical performance. With Lin-Manuel Miranda responsible for the soundtrack, Moana is a must see adventure musical for fans.
1 2018 – Idris Elba: Zootopia (2016) – 98%
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Some fans felt Idris Elba was due for the honor of the sexiest man years before he got it in 2018, but he landed his most acclaimed film earlier with Zootopia. Elba voices Chief Bogo in Anthropomorphic Zootopia, who is unable to see the talent of main protagonist Judy Hopps and is a pragmatic veteran police chief.
The cast includes stars like Jason Bateman, JK Simmons, Octavia Spencer, and Ginnifer Goodwin, so Elba is in good company. Fans of the actor who tested him in rougher roles are sure to have a good laugh with his portrayal of Chef Bogo, whose stern personality is played for laughs.
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