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Top Ten Movie Crushes

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy Photo: BBC
Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy
Photo: BBC

I am what you would call a dreamer, spending most of my time inside my own head. I guess that’s why the men on screen are sometimes more real and enticing than the men off screen. I remember Autumn’s post about her ten literary crushes and thought I would do something similar, if not exactly the same. I am presenting my ten movie crushes today. They may not exist in real life, but they are certainly real to me. These men are my dream crushes that all the poor sops around me can’t live up to.

Now, some of these are highly influenced by my literary and tv crushes. But, I can’t help who I find attractive any more than I can control the movement of the stars and planets around us. Some of these men come all the way from my childhood days, so don’t freak out if you see a cartoon in here. It’s all in good fun. Now, let me get started.

The Ten Movie Crushes:

1. Westley (Cary Elwes) from The Princess Bride

Westley (Cary Elwes) and Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the Princess Bride Photo: Act III Communications
Westley (Cary Elwes) and Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the Princess Bride
Photo: Act III Communications

I love a man who will do anything I say. “As you wish,” has got to be my favorite line from a movie. He’s dashing and handsome, and just a little bit dangerous. Westley is the quintessential romantic hero rescuing his damsel in distress. His devotion to his lady is something I think most women would love out of a man. I actually named one of my dogs Westley out of love for this character.

2. Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) from Pride and Prejudice

Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) in Pride and Prejudice Photo: BBC

Mr. Darcy is one of my all time literary crushes, but Colin Firth took him to a whole new level. That scene where he is walking out of the lake in a wet white shirt will be seared into my brain for all eternity. It doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome and rich too. Colin Firth is one of my favorite actors, and here he is playing one of my favorite characters. What could I do but fall in love?

3. Prince Henry (Dougray Scott) from Ever After

Danielle (Drew Barrymore) and Prince Henry (Dougray Scott) in Ever After Photo: Twentieth Century Fox
Danielle (Drew Barrymore) and Prince Henry (Dougray Scott) in Ever After
Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Ever After is one of my favorite movies. I fell in love with Prince Henry the minute I laid eyes on him in the movie theater all those years ago. He’s prince charming from Cinderella for crying out loud! How could you not love him. My favorite scene is when he goes to save Danielle, and goes down on his knees in front of her after she’s already saved herself to apologize and ask her to marry him. His broodiness only adds to his appeal. He’s most certainly one of those Byronic heroes that Amber loves so much. (I admit, I love them too) But, that’s part of what makes him so attractive. He’s utterly tall, dark, brooding, and handsome; and I’d say yes in a heartbeat if he asked me to marry him.

4. Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy) from Ella Enchanted

Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy) in Ella Enchanted Photo: Miramax Films
Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy) in Ella Enchanted
Photo: Miramax Films

Ella Enchanted is in my list of top five novels that I love above all others. So, when it came out into movie format you can imagine how excited I was. I also love Hugh Dancy, so I was very happy when they chose him for the role. He’s yet another Prince Charming that I’ve fallen in love with. What can I say? I love the fairy tale Cinderella. Hugh also portrayed him exactly as I pictured he was in the book. He’s charming and lighthearted, doesn’t take himself too seriously, and is, above all else, warm hearted.

5. Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid

Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes) in The Little Mermaid Picture: Disney
Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes) in The Little Mermaid
Picture: Disney

OK, I know he’s a cartoon character, but I absolutely fell head over heals for him when I was a kid. He was my ideal man. I remember playing a game with my cousins where we would pretend to be characters in different Disney movies, and I always wanted to be Ariel so I could have Eric as my prince. He seems like the most genuine man out of the Disney list of heroes. He’s down to earth with a bit of a dreamer in him. He’s my first love, and I will forever hold him in my heart.

6. James Neil Arber (David Tennant) from The Decoy Bride

James Neil Arber (David Tennant) and Katie Nic Aoidh (Kelly Macdonald) in The Decoy Bride Photo: Isle of Man Film
James Neil Arber (David Tennant) and Katie Nic Aoidh (Kelly Macdonald) in The Decoy Bride
Photo: Isle of Man Film

OK, so I admit that a large part of why I love James is that David Tennant is playing him. I simply love David Tennant. So, when he agreed to be in a romantic comedy I was all for it. I wish to God he would do another one!! But just because it’s David Tennant doesn’t mean his character is at all like the Doctor from Doctor Who. James has his own completely different personality. One thing I really love about him is that, even though his fiancé has some pretty ridiculous things that she wants for their wedding, he goes along with it anyways, letting her have her way on their big day. He is so sweetly loyal and willing to compromise for those he loves. I think that’s a really important characteristic for a partner to have. You’ve got to be willing to give a little now and then.

7. Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) from Bridget Jones’s Diary

Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) in Bridget Jones's Diary Photo: Miramax Films
Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) in Bridget Jones’s Diary
Photo: Miramax Films

So, we have yet another Mr. Darcy here. I don’t deny my love for the man…err character. Colin Firth plays him to a tee once again. You simply can’t top Mr. Darcy when it comes to leading men. I don’t care what anyone has to say about it. He’s my favorite, and I like him in the 21st century just as much as I like him in the 19th century. I’ll take him either way.

8. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates of the Caribbean Photo: Disney
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates of the Caribbean
Photo: Disney

He’s a little crazy, but what the hell; I really don’t mind that. Captain Jack is still one of my major crushes. Everything he does just adds to his charm. Even the eyeliner…hmm, I wonder what that says about me? He’s handsome, charming, a little bit dangerous, and he’s good with a sword. I think I may have a thing for pirates too, so that explains part of my attraction to him. He’s a bad boy from another century. How could I resist?

9. Achilles (Brad Pitt) from Troy

Achilles (Brad Pitt) in Troy Photo: Warner Bros.
Achilles (Brad Pitt) in Troy
Photo: Warner Bros.

Here’s another example of my penchant for bad boys. Achilles is definitely a bad boy, and he is one of my favorites. I’ll admit, I think of this one as my guilty pleasure. The movie wasn’t that great, but god was Brad Pitt hot in it. I let my shallow side take over for this one. I really just like him for his body and his bad attitude. I know he’s not good for me, but I just can’t help myself.

10. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) from the Indiana Jones movies

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Photo: Paramount Pictures
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Photo: Paramount Pictures

God, I guess I really do like the dangerous, brooding bad boys. Indiana Jones certainly breaks enough hearts in these movies. But he’s the ultimate combination of tempting traits. He’s got the bad boy vibe going on, but he’s also scholarly and brilliant. I like a guy with brains who knows how to use them. Indiana Jones certainly fits the bill. He’s yet another example of the dashing hero rushing to the rescue. But he adds the professor and scholar type into the mix. This makes him practically invincible. He has it all. How is a girl supposed to resist?

So, there they are, my top ten. There are many more, but I won’t bore you with an endless list of hunky, delicious men. Maybe next time…


Do you have your own movie crushes in your top ten list? Sound off below…



Check out Autumn’s own list of hunky heroes in the list of her Ten Literary Crushes.

Take a peek at Amber’s list of The Smolder: Thirty Male Characters With a Sexy Stare.

Make sure to look at the Top 20 Bad Boys: Byronic Heroes in Film.

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By on December 17th, 2013

About Rebecca Lane

Rebecca Lane grew up in the hot desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona where she decided early on she wanted to write, if only to mentally escape her blistering surroundings. She has always been enamored of the arts and literature. As a child she often wrote short stories, and rewrote the endings of novels that she simply could not abide. She received her Undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was lucky enough to also spend a year studying at Oxford University. While she began her journey dreaming of the day she would sing opera in a large Manhattan theater, she found in the end she could not stand waitressing and simply could not give up books and her hopes of someday writing them. She is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and earning her Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Movie Crushes”

  1. I agree with many of yours.

    Here’s a few that are on mine too.
    1) Mr. Thornton in BBC’s North & South
    2) Mr. Moray in Masterpiece’s The Paradise

    • I totally agree with both, but I think of The Paradise as being more of a TV show than a movie. But yes, both are very yummy.

  2. Totally agree with Cary Elwes and Brad Pitt in Troy, total eye candy.
    And Prince Eric is hot for an animation! Greg Wise was also mighty tasty in Sense and Sensibility But I adored Mr Thornton best of all. He is not physically as good looking, but in North and South, his personality renders him irresistible and sexy as hell!


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