Have you ever wondered who was the hottest movie star of the year you were born? Or how our definition of beauty has changed over the years?
Here we break down the past 75 years of stars; chronicling the best looking of them all.
Who did we consider the most attractive each year? This list stretches over three fourths of the last century; so let’s dive right into it.
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1940 – Judy Garland
Judy Garland was most famous for her role in the 1939 movie “The Wizard Of Oz”; but she also starred in 18 other films throughout her career. She sadly passed away in 1969 from an overdose of barbiturates; but her memory will continue.
1941- Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine took Hollywood by storm in 1941 when she won the Oscar for Best Actress. She didn’t stop there – she went on to star in a total of 13 films over her career.
1942- Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland is best known for her character in the 1940 movie “Gone With The Wind”‘. She would have won the Oscar in 1941 for that film also; but her sister ( Joan Fontaine ) won instead. Despite the loss; she continued to star in films.
1943- Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford was most well known for her 1945 movie called “Hollywood Canteen”. However, it was in 1943 that this star had her contract with MGM ended; going on to sign with Warner Bros. and solidifying her iconic film role.
1944- Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall broke into the Hollywood scene in 1944 with her sexy role in “To Have and Have Not”. She continued to preform in Hollywood and passed away just recently; in 2014.
1945- Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth was famous long before a poster of her assisted Andy Dufrane’s great escape in “The Shawshank Redemption”. She starred in films such as “You’ll Never Get Rich” and “The Strawberry Blonde” – adding to her status as the hottest movie star from 1945.
1946- Lana Turner
Lana Turner starred in 18 films during the 1940’s. Her most famous role was in the 1946 movie “The Postman Always Rings Twice”; leading to her continuing on to be considered the most famous “Pin-up Girl” during WW2!
1947- Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn has not only won 4 Oscar’s over her career – she is also our hottest movie star of 1947. She was the star in several movies in the 40’s; like “Woman of The Year” and “The Philadelphia Story”. Her story continued for the next 60 years.
1948- Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman impressively portrayed “Belinda McDonald” in the 1948 film “Johnny Belinda”. The role earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress that year; and a spot as our 1948 hottest Movie star of the year.
1949- Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1949 for her role in the film “My Foolish Heart”. Her portrayal of “Eloise Winters” captivated audiences so much that Susan Hayward makes our list of hottest movie star of 1949.
1950- Bette Davis
Bette Davis had a long and successful career in Hollywood and when her movie “All About Eve” came out in 1950 she was clearly solidified as the hottest movie star of that year.
1951- Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh is most well known for her role in the 1951 film “A Streetcar Named Desire” where she played the role of “Blance Dubois”. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress that year; securing her role as our 1951 hottest movie star – before continuing her successful career.
1952- Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe has become one of the most iconic women of the 1950’s – in 1952 alone she starred in six films. She continues to be an inspiration and a role model for young women of Hollywood even today. This secures her spot as our 1952 hottest movie star.
1953- Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn famously portrayed “Princess Ann” in the 1953 film “Roman Holiday”. Her skill and amiable attributes as a serious actress secured both the Academy Award for Best Actress that year and also our spot as the hottest movie star of 1953.
1954- Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly was the star of the year; when in 1954 she played the role of “Georgie Elgin” in the award winning film “The Country Girl”; putting her at our number one hottest movie star of 1954.
Anna Magnani’s role as “Serafina Delle Rose” in the 1954 film “The Rose Tattoo” was enough to earn her the Academy Award that year; and land her on our list of hottest movie stars.
1956- Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman knocked her role as “Anna Koreff” in the 1956 movie “Anastasia” out of the park. She not only took the academy award that year; but also our 1956 spot for hottest movie star of the year.
1957- Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward stunned the world with her amazing performance in the 1957 film “The Three Faces of Evil”. Her role as “Eve White / Eve Black” landed her not only an Academy Award; but also a spot as our 1957 hottest movie star.
1958- Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr was well known in Hollywood in 1958 for her role as “Angela” in the hit film “Heaven Knows; Mr. Allison”. She busted onto screens nationwide and earned her spot as our hottest movie star of 1958.
1959- Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret is best known for her role as “Alice Aisgill” in the 1959 movie “Room at the Top”. Regarded as one of France’s greatest film stars; she also takes the 1959 spot on our list of hottest movie stars.
1960- Elizabeth Taylor
When Elizabeth Taylor accepted the role of “Gloria Wandrous” in the 1960 film “Butlerfield 8”; she may not have known just how iconic her role would be. With an Academy Award under her belt for the role; she lands here as our hottest movie star of 1960.
1961- Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren played “Cesira” in the 1961 critically acclaimed film “Two Women”; earning herself not only an Academy Award for Best Actress; but also a top spot as our hottest movie star of 1961.
1962- Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft was amazing as the character “Annie Sullivan” in her 1962 film “The Miracle Worker” – landing her spot as our 1962 hottest movie star.
1963- Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal’s carefully calculated and wonderfully executed performance in the 1963 hit film “Hud” as her character “Alma Brown” was enough to secure her an Academy Award. It was also enough to land her as our 1963 hottest movie star.
1964- Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews took the world by surprise with her popular performance in the 1964 film “Mary Poppins”. While her onscreen role wasn’t exactly meant to be seductive; the grace and power she exhibited more than made up for it. She not only won the Academy Award that year for Best Actress but also our top spot for 1964 hottest movie star.
1965- Julie Christie
Julie Christie played “Diana Scott” in the 1965 film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. Her performance was so convincing that she took the Academy Award for Best Actress that year. This lands her as our 1965 hottest movie star.
1966- Ida Kaminska
Ida Kaminska is best known for her role as “Rozalie Lautmann” in her 1966 film “The Shop on Main Street”. She more than earned her role as 1966’s hottest movie star.
1967- Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway captivated audiences with her role as “Bonnie Parker” in the 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde”. With her convincing performance and her Academy Award win that year; she is now on our list as the hottest movie star of 1967.
1968- Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1968 for her role as “Fanny Brice” in the hugely successful film “Funny Girl”. Her amazing performance and widely accepted appeal have earned her our 1968 spot for hottest movie star.
1969- Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith portrayed the character “Jean Brodie” in the 1969 film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”. Although she is most well known today for her role later in her career in the Harry Potter films; in 1969 she was won the Academy Award & earned her spot as our hottest movie star of 1969.
1970- Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson’s role as “Gudrun Brangwen” in the 1970 film “Women in Love” was a huge success. Beloved by all; she makes our list as hottest movie star of 1970.
1971- Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda’s name has become iconic. When she won the Academy Award in 1971 for her role as “Bree Daniels” in the film “Klute”; her career took off to new heights.
1972- Liza Minneli
Liza Minnelli is our 1972 sexiest movie star. Her role as “Sally Bowles” in the super hit film “Cabaret” not only won her awards that year; but also places her as our 1972 hottest movie star.
1973- Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson played “Vickie Allessio” in the 1973 film “A Touch of Class”. Winning the Academy Award that year for Best Actress; her “touch of class” is also one of the factors that landed her this spot as our 1973 hottest movie star.
1974- Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn portrayed “Alice Graham-Hyatt” in the hugely successful film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”. She is our hottest movie star of 1974.
1975- Louise Fletcher
Louise Fletcher’s famous role as “Nurse Mildred Ratched” in the 1975 hit film “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” not only won her an Academy Award for Best Actress; but also earned her spot on our list as the hottest movie star of 1975.
1976- Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek is well known for her 1976 role in the film “Network” as “Diana Christensen”. Along with being part of a movie that is still relevant today; she takes the spot here on this list as the hottest movie star of 1976.
1977- Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton famously portrayed “Annie Hall” in the 1977 smash hit film “Annie Hall”; gaining an Academy Award for herself. She lands here on our list as hottest movie star of 1977.
1978- Jill Clayburgh
Jill Clayburgh is best known for her role as “Erica Benton” in the 1978 smash hit “An Unmarried Woman”. Her Academy Award nomination along with her seductive performance in the film lands her as our 1978 hottest movie star.
1979- Sally Field
Sally Field played the role of “Norma Rae Webster” in the widely successful film “Norma Rae”. Along with winning the Academy Award for Best Actress that year; she also became well known for the role and takes our hottest movie star of 1979 spot.
1980- Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore may not have won the Academy Award in 1980 for her role in “Ordinary People” – but she definitely wins our hottest movie star of 1980 award.
1981- Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon did an absolutely stunning job as her character “Sally Matthews” in the 1981 film “Atlantic City” – So amazing that she is our 1981 hottest movie star.
1982- Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is a household name; back in 1982 she starred in the movie “Sophie’s Choice” as the character “Sophie Zawistowska”. Winning the Academy Award for Best Actress that year; she also takes our award for hottest movie star of 1982.
1983- Shirley MacLaine
In 1983 Shirley MacLaine took the Academy Award for Best Actress for her stunning role as “Aurora Greenway” in the film “Terms of Endearment”. She is our 1983 hottest movie star.
1984- Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave burst onto the Hollywood scene with her wildly successful role as “Olive Chancellor” in the Academy Award nominated 1984 film “The Bostonians”. So it makes sense that she is our choice for 1984 hottest movie star.
1985- Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page’s excellent work in her role as “Carrie Watts” in the 1985 film “The Trip to Bountiful” has earned her not only an Academy Award and the fame that goes with it; but also the 1985 spot of hottest movie star.
1986- Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin captivated audiences in 1986 with her role as “Sarah Norman” in the popular film “Children of a Lesser God”. She took the Academy Award for Best Actress that year as her success continued.
Cher is a household name. In 1987 her portrayal of “Loretta Castorini” in the film “Moonstruck” was accepted widely as the most successful film of the year. She takes our spot as hottest movie star of 1987.
1988- Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster knocked it out of the park with her role as “Sarah Tobias” in the 1988 film “The Accused”. She won Best Actress that year at the Academy Awards; and is our 1988 hottest movie star because of it.
1989- Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance in her role as “Susie Diamond” in the 1989 film “The Fabulous Baker Boys” secured her an Academy Award. She also has secured her spot as our 1989 hottest movie star.
1990- Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts burst into fame in 1990 with her role as “Vivian Ward” in the iconic film “Pretty Woman”. She continues her successful career to this day; but she takes our 1990 spot for hottest movie star.
1991- Geena Davis
Geena Davis’s character “Thelma Dickinson” in the extremely popular 1991 film “Thelma & Louise” not only earned her an Academy Award; but also skyrocketed her to superstardom. She takes our title of hottest movie star of 1991.
1992- Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson played the character “Margaret Schlegel” in the 1992 hit film “Howards End”. Her success in the role led to her winning the Academy Award that year; and becoming our 1992 hottest movie star.
1993- Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter played “Ada McGrath” in the hit film “The Piano”. Her performance was so good that she went home with the Academy Award for Best Actress that year. She takes our spot as 1993’s hottest movie star.
1994- Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange amazed audiences with her portrayal of “Carly Marshall’ in the 1994 film “Blue Sky”. She also amazed us and because of that she is our hottest movie star of 1994.
1995- Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone’s portrayal of “Ginger McKenna” in 1995’s “Casino” will always be remembered. It’s no wonder she was nominated for an Academy Award that year; and no wonder either that she is here as our hottest movie star of 1995.
1996- Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton is our sexiest movie star of 1996. She played “Bessie Wakefield” in the popular film “Marvin’s Room”. She may not have won the Academy Award that year; but she does win our 1996 spot for hottest movie star.
1997- Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet’s iconic role as “Rose” in the incredibly popular 1997 film “Titanic” will forever be remembered. Although she did not win the Academy Award; she was in what was arguably the most memorable movie of 1997. She is also our 1997 hottest movie star.
1998- Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow was the 71st Academy Award winner for Best Actress when she won for her role as “Viola de Lesseps / Thomas Kent’ in “Shakespeare in Love”. She takes our spot as hottest movie star of 1998.
1999- Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore played “Sarah Miles” in the 1999 film “The End of the Affair”. She takes our spot for 1999’s hottest movie star.
2000- Laura Linney
Laura Linney starred as “Sammy Prescott” in the hit 2000 hit movie “You Can Count on Me”. She is our hottest movie star of 2000.
2001- Halle Berry
Halle Berry’s performance as “Leticia Musgrove” in 2001’s “Monsters Ball” was unforgettable. She lands our 2001 spot as hottest movie star of the year.
2002- Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman’s performance as “Virginia Woolf” in the 2002 movie “The Hours” earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. She has also earned her spot as our 2002 hottest movie star.
2003- Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron played “Alleen Wuornos” in the hit 2003 movie “Monster”. Her performance was well recognized and she is our hottest movie star of 2003.
2004- Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank’s remarkable role as “Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald” in 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby” got her an Academy Award. It also got her our 2004 spot as hottest movie star.
2005- Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon’s absolutely stunning performance as “June Carter Cash” in “Walk the Line” was enough to earn herself an Academy Award. It was also enough to earn her our 2005 spot as hottest movie star of the year.
2006- Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz is our hottest movie star for the year 2006. She didn’t win an Academy Award this year; but she did star in the film “Volver” as the character “Raimunda”.
2007- Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett takes the spot for 2007’s hottest movie star. She starred as as “Queen Elizabeth I of England” in the 2007 movie “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”.
2008- Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has been a familiar face in Hollywood for a long time. In 2008 she starred “Changeling”; as “Christine Collins”. She takes our 2008 hottest movie star spot.
2009- Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock is our hottest movie star of 2008. She also starred in the 2008 film “The Blind Side” for which she won an Academy award.
2010- Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman earns our top spot for hottest movie star of 2010. Her role in 2010’s “Black Swan” shocked audiences.
2011- Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams lands our hottest movie star of 2011. She played “Marilyn Monroe” in the extremely popular 2011 movie “My Week With Marilyn”.
2012- Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence gave a stunning performance in 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook” as “Tiffany Maxwell”. She is our 2012 hottest movie star.
2013- Amy Adams
Amy Adams takes our 2013 hottest movie star spot – her role as “Sydney Prosser” in the smash hit “American Hustle” also earned her an Academy Award Nomination.
2014- Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike is our hottest movie star of 2014. She also was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as “Amy Elliot-Dunne” in “Gone Girl”.
2015- Brie Larson
Brie Larson is our hottest movie star of 2015. She has starred in many films; most notably her 2015 performance as “Joy Newsome” in the film “Room”.
2016- Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie is well known for her excellent portrayal of Harley Quinn in the 2016 film “Suicide Squad”. She lands the top spot on our list for the current hottest movie star of 2016.