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.