There’s a movement afoot (started right here no less) that is designed to make 50 the new 30. That’s because 40 is the new 20 and 30 has become the new age of consent. This is called ‘evolution’ and it’s apparently unstoppable. People used to commonly believe that sex appeal was an exclusively youthful trait, but no more. It’s safe to say that when Viagra showed up, that belief was eviscerated faster than you could say ‘Giddy-up Gramps!’ Older people are now understood to be no less sexually active or obsessed than any other age demographic, though considerably more affluent than most. Nowhere is this more evident than in the growing appreciation of elder Hollywood stars. It used to be that when an actor (or more commonly, an actress) reached a certain age, usually 40, it meant their careers were likely beginning a downward trend towards less work, less money and less respect. This was summed up beautifully by Ricardo Montalbán in his ‘Five Stages of an Actor’s Career in Hollywood;
1. Who is Ricardo Montalbán?
2. Get me Ricardo Montalbán.
3. Get me a Ricardo Montalbán type.
4. Get me a young Ricardo Montalbán.
5. Who is Ricardo Montalbán?
Now of course, most producers and directors would take a Ricardo Montalban even in his present condition, because some things simply get better with age. In that spirit, let’s take a look at the top 10 hottest stars over 50.
10) James Brolin
Although his greatest claims to fame may be in tolerating Babs for so long and spawning Josh Brolin, there’s no denying that James Brolin is one good looking dude, and has retained those mostly natural, rugged good looks well into seniorhood, while his wife likely has a team of plastic surgeons on hand round the clock. Brolin is one of those guys whose hair looks perfect no matter what shade it is, and is even more impressive in slate gray. Not exactly a cinema icon, he gets a nod simply for being apparently demonically ageless.
9) Sigourney Weaver
Though large, bony cheeked women aren’t everyone’s cuppa, Sigourney Weaver has managed the seemingly impossible; a relatively plain actress who has grown unquestionably more appealing over time. Though she’s always had core support from men who wanted to go all “Ripley” on her, Sigourney Weaver hasn’t been generally considered one of Hollywood’s beauties, but Father Time seems to be softening her aura of kick-ass Tomboyness into Sue Ann Nivens 2.0. It’s probably no coincidence that the acronym ‘m.i.l.f.’ has made its way into the vernacular at precisely the same time.
8) Sam Elliott
Blessed with one of the most recognizable baritone drawls in film history, Sam Elliott is one of those guys who probably scored more in elementary school than you ever did in college. With or without his signature 19th century mustache, Sam continues to set the ladies’ hearts aflutter just by squinting those big brown eyes and flashing that wizened, come hither grin. Equally at home riding a horse on the range or overseeing a high powered meeting in an office tower, Sam has made an art form of character acting, and continues to do so in style. Dude will probably look better at 90 than you did at your High School Prom.
7) Mary Steenburgen
It’s hard to believe that audiences have been delighting in her chaste sexiness for over 4 decades, and she seems to keep making it easy to fall in love with her on screen. There’s a tangible Southern charm that Mary Steenburgen exudes that has always made her performances alluring. She’s got a whole earthy Donna Reed thing going on that is endearing and she is sadly one of Hollywood’s most underrated actresses. She could be 70 and still play the hot French tutor that ushers a young man into adulthood and be smoking sultry sexy. Are you listening Cohen brothers?
6) Susan Sarandon
Okay, now we’re talking about the Cougar of all Cougars. With her first big break in the film version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in which Susan spent the latter half of the film in revealing lingerie that made it difficult to concentrate on her marvelous performance, she has only grown hotter. She has taken that same smoldering sexuality with her throughout her formidable career that has established her as one of Hollywood’s elite. No matter how old she grows, Susan Sarandon is one of those women who men will always find incredibly attractive, and we love her for it.
5) Diane Keaton
Since the early 1970s, Diane Keaton has been one of the loveliest and most talented women in Hollywood. Equally at home in madcap comedy or gripping drama, she has the remarkable ability to grow ever more attractive with the passing of time. Blessed with a smile that would melt the heart of a snowman, she simply couldn’t be more naturally beautiful. For most men, the idea of being marooned on a desert island with Diane Keaton and a bottle of champagne should not only be her next movie, but would be just about the best damn thing they could imagine happening to them.
4) Jeff Bridges
In a career now spanning some 40 years, Jeff Bridges has long been one of Hollywood’s most underrated actors, but has managed to remain one of its most enduring hunks. His boy next door, All-American good looks have only grown more rugged and charming with age and he continues to infuse all his roles with a Devilish sexiness that’s irresistible. He’s one of those guys who you just know could seduce most women with his hair alone.
3) Diane Lane
This irrepressible beauty has a been a femme fatale since she was a teenager, and seems quite literally to be ageless. There is something about the fantasy of possibly meeting Diane Lane at their kid’s next school music recital that keeps most men even attending such events. She seems to so effortlessly embody that sweet, apple pie goodness that makes all of her characters so endearing. Which isn’t to say that she doesn’t do it all with a natural sultry sex appeal that’s powerfully attractive.
2) Liam Neeson
If you like your men super tall, burly and brogue, Liam Neeson could well be your archetype. This Irish mega-man has been breaking hearts on screen for some 30 years and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he’s recently become somewhat of an action star for the first time in his career, which should do his beefcake status no harm, thank you very much. Whether swinging a sword or saving an airplane, LN is keeping his female fan base highly entertained, and doesn’t seem bothered a whit by Father Time. Just the idea of a 62-year-old man fighting terrorists on an airplane is mind blowing.
1) Helen Mirren
Okay, now you just know this had to be coming. There is something about Helen Mirren‘s often stern, schoolmarm demeanor that is undeniably sexy. Having graced cinema screens for the past 50 plus years, she has managed to age with a natural earthy elegance that makes her the undisputed Queen of Super Hot Seniors. Scoff if you will, but we would all be bloody fortunate to look this good at any age. As talented as she is lovely, HM could make the act of preparing tea seem riveting, and she sets a high bar for all of us to embrace ourselves no matter how old we are.