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    Meredith Goldstein’s leading men

    Bodyguard/Kevin Costner

    And she . . . will always . . . love him. (And so will I.)

    Twilight/Robert Pattinson


    Say what you want about him, but he turned a young adult book into a billion-dollar franchise. Leading man, indeed.

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    Grease/John Travolta

    No one else could have done Danny.

    Mr. Mom/Michael Keaton

    Sexy, silly, and charming — even more desirable in this one than he was in “Batman.”


    Four Weddings and a Funeral/Hugh Grant

    King of sheepish shrugs and floppy hair.

    The Notebook/Ryan Gosling

    “I want you. I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day.” Um, OK.

    Sound of Music/Christopher Plummer


    Plummer recently called his “Sound of Music” role “so awful and sentimental and gooey.” That’s why it worked.

    Out of Sight/George Clooney

    He’s never been sexier.

    Grosse Point Blank/John Cusack

    A high school fantasy come true, especially in this one.

    What’s Eating Gilbert Grape/Johnny Depp

    So much depth in Depp.

    The Inside Man/Denzel Washington

    When he laughs in this one, I get chills.

    A Knight’s Tale/Heath Ledger

    That face. That charm. He should have been able to make so many more of these.

    Chances Are/Robert Downey Jr.

    Romancing two women at once, and already showing signs that he’d grow up to be a superhero.

    Superman/Christopher Reeve

    Pulled off the cape. Even better as Clark Kent.

    Steve Carell/40-Year-Old Virgin

    Sad and funny, and weirdly sexy. And he can carry a two-hour movie, no matter the costar.

    Bill Murray/Groundhog Day

    The most magnetic of leading men. In this one, day after day after day.