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40. Robert Wagner
Cf. Warren Beatty, the best way to become a sex symbol is often to sleep with other sex symbols. Take it from Robert Wagner, who slept with Joan Collins, Joan Crawford, Natalie Wood, Anita Ekberg, Barbara Stanwyck, and Elizabeth Taylor.
39. Keanu Reeves
When you don't trouble yourself with his didn't-know-he-was-being-filmed approach to acting, you will remember that Keanu Reeves was the wet dream of the '90s, in Speed, The Matrix, and My Own Private Idaho. Even today, we might not rewatch his movies, but we'd probably fuck him.
38. Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal and his unspeakably pretty face could have suffocated quietly in telenovelas. Instead, he earned international recognition with edgy performances in sexually charged dramas like Y Tu Mama Tambien. We're very grateful.
37. Burt Lancaster
One flash of that iconic smile in From Here To Eternity, and a few thrusts amid a surge of waves on a Hawaiian beach, and we have the blue-eyed Burt Lancaster, forever emblazoned in sex-symbol history.
36. Ryan Gosling
Thoughtful, intense, and unabashedly feminist, Ryan Gosling is a sex symbol for our time. Just ask every single woman in your Facebook feed.
35. Ramón Novarro
Lauded as the new Rudolph Valentino, Mexican actor Ramón Novarro subverted the trope of the distant, unattainable masculine love interest with his flashy romanticism in films like Scaramouche and Ben-Hur. He remains a comely vanguard for early gay (and straight) actors.
34. Patrick Swayze
When Patrick Swayze gyrated against a lithe virgin in Dirty Dancing, the world panted. When Patrick Swayze came up behind Demi Moore working a potter's wheel in Ghost, our seats got wet. He illuminated the '80s with his brusque charm, and remains lodged in our memories somewhere between crushable campiness and genuine lust.
33. Tom Selleck
Though Burt Reynolds paved the way for the hairy man, Tom Selleck earned his own witty niche in the mustachioed market.
32. Melvin Van Peebles
Standing at the helm of his own acclaimed film about a revolutionary hustler, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Melvin Van Peebles created blaxploitation and returned black men's sexuality to a cinema that had emasculated them for decades.
31. Wesley Snipes
He probably seems like less of a sex symbol now that he's in prison for tax evasion. But once, the chiseled Wesley Snipes projected the sex appeal of a man who could rip your dress off with one throw of a glaive. Just ask Jada Pinkett Smith, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez.