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20. Bruce Lee
With one flying high-kick in Fist of Fury, Bruce Lee shattered a sign reading "No Dogs and Chinese Allowed." With the whole of his career, he shattered the similar restrictions about Asian-Americans in Hollywood, allowing actors who'd once been relegated playing waiters and servants to take roles with agency, sex appeal, and killer abs.
19. Ewan McGregor
Though Ewan McGregor's square jaw, bright blue eyes, and lovely speaking voice are indisputably appealing, we're most attached to his penis, which he shows off at any opportunity (see Trainspotting, The Pillow Book, Velvet Goldmine, Nightwatch, or Young Adam). More than his handsome face, it's that fearlessness that makes him a sex symbol for our time.
18. Rudolph Valentino
Rudolph Valentino was known as "The Latin Lover" despite being French-Italian. Part of that was just the total racial cluelessness of his times, but his fans may have been responding to the ambiguous exoticism of his sexuality, which tempered the usual action-hero machismo with a mysterious femininity.
17. Clint Eastwood
Before Clint Eastwood was exclusively speaking to empty chairs, his taciturn brand of masculinity was speaking directly to our downstairs parts. His work with Sergio Leone introduced us to a rough manhood that was terrifyingly sexy.
16. Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni's flawless features and brooding, European inscrutibility made him the international sexual ideal of the 1960s.
15. Johnny Depp
Though everyone agrees that he's been laying on the pancake makeup a little thick this decade, Johnny Depp can't make us forget the soulful persona he built up in the '90s. He's probably responsible for more unnamed adolescent stirrings than any other actor in history.
14. Kirk Douglas
A gift from the Golden Age, Kirk Douglas made himself a sex symbol with a series of virile, often bare-chested performances; no woman of 1960 could resist his sexual ferocity in Spartacus.
13. Cary Grant
Cast beside iconic female leads like Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant persuaded us that his suave, devilishly good-looks were not to be outshone. His very name still connotes suave handsomeness.
12. Harrison Ford
Even as he has turned into a cranky old guy with an earring before our eyes, Harrison Ford remains, somewhere, the irresistible rake we remember. His performances are actually generally quite chaste — probably as a result of his getting famous in the adolescent fantasies of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg — which makes it all the more impressive that he's an international sex symbol. He's just that fine.
11. Sean Connery
The domineering brow and the panty-dropping lilt of his Scottish accent were enough to make Sir Sean Connery an indelible sex symbol. Then, put that combo in a tux with a handgun and a rotating band of arm-candy.