Hollywood always seems to be hunting for the next big “It” girl that will captivate audiences. While not all films involve a love story within the plot, there are a huge amount of roles that feature a beautiful girlfriend that just so happens to add to the storyline. When seeking out the perfect girlfriend type to be cast into a film, there are a number of beautiful actresses to pick from amongst all the up-and-comers and Hollywood elite.
It’s only human nature that causes people to compare these beautiful girlfriends with the ones they cuddle up with at night. Yet, it shouldn’t be so surprising that these Hollywood hotties are far better than anyone you might meet at the local mall or through a dating app. Although many can dismiss it by blaming the Hollywood lighting and professional makeup application, it’s hard to deny that some of these movie girlfriends are simply natural beauties that could stun even after the cameras stop rolling. While it’s tempting to compare and contrast between these onscreen girlfriends and the one that may be cuddled up with you on the couch, it’s probably best to keep those thoughts and critiques to yourself. In the meantime, there’s no harm in appreciating these beauties for what they are and indulging in some of the steamy scenes they’ve played over the years. Check out our list of the 18 movie girlfriends who are hotter than yours and see if you might be able to discreetly hint to your partner on her next hair color or wardrobe choice to get them a little closer to one of the hotties on our roster.
18. Emily Ratajkowski
Prior to Gone Girl making it to the big screen, it had already created a huge amount of success as a best-selling book. When the cast was starting to come together for the film, there was a huge amount of buzz even before the film hit movie screens. Rosamund Pike was being coined as the next big “It” girl and Ben Affleck portrayed the hot husband that may or may not have killed his wife. Even Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris had small roles in the film but they weren’t the only ones that were trying to make the most out of their limited screen time. Emily Ratajkowski played the role of the mistress/girlfriend of Ben Affleck’s character and filmgoers got to see two distinct sides to her in the movie. At first, she was the sex vixen with the beautiful lips but her persona completely changed during the news story scene. Regardless of whether she was all covered up in a cardigan or making out with a former professor, Ratajkowski was a good choice for portraying a woman that could make a man stray from his wife.
17. Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone has had one of the most unique starts in the world of Hollywood since she became recognized through music videos. Artists have recognized how an interesting music video can affect the popularity of a song but Aerosmith took it a step further by using the same girl in various storylines. Silverstone first appeared in the music video for “Cryin” but many remember her for starring alongside Steve Tyler’s own daughter in the video for “Crazy.” These performances led to more opportunities in Hollywood and she soon transitioned to be one of the most sought-after leading ladies. She’s played the role of a girlfriend on more than one occasion, with memorable portrayals in Clueless and Blast from the Past. Nowadays, Silverstone seems to have stepped back from acting in order to focus on her family, so she’s probably been recategorized as a MILF.
16. Emma Stone
Emma Stone is an actress that has shot her way up to the top in a huge way. From her very first film in 2007, Stone quickly began to get role after role in a way that truly solidified her as a formidable actress in Hollywood. From Zombieland to Easy A to The Help, she always seemed to portray a likable character that helped her obtain substantial roles. While the world had already fallen in love with her as Spider-Man’s girlfriend in The Amazing Spider-Man film series, it was her role in Gangster Squad that was truly phenomenal. She looked like a sexy Jessica Rabbit due to her glamorized persona and there were some pretty steamy scenes involving her and Ryan Gosling. While she may have started out being the girlfriend of Sean Penn’s character, Mickey Cohen, it wasn’t long until audiences started envisioning her with Jerry. Stone is just one of those girls that look good in any hair color so there are numerous films that portray her as a striking beauty, whether she’s a blonde or a redhead.
15. Margot Robbie
Although Margot Robbie got her start in acting through the Aussie series, Neighbours, the world now knows her for being one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses. Her true breakout moment occurred when she starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, which undoubtedly helped land her more roles. When she was cast as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, it was the second time she had filmed with Will Smith. Her role of playing The Joker’s girlfriend wasn’t exactly her most appealing, especially since audiences had already seen her in her birthday suit in The Wolf of Wall Street. Yet, even the clown makeup and punked out hair couldn’t diminish her beauty. She strutted around in a pair of hot shorts and a t-shirt for the majority of the film and audiences couldn’t help but wish they were her “puddin.”
14. Eva Green
Eva Green had been known for portraying highly controversial roles, ever since her first film was released with an NC-17 rating. When she was cast for the Bond girl role in Casino Royale, she seemed like the perfect choice. Who better to play a glamorous Bond girl than Eva Green? She had an amazing chemistry with Daniel Craig and seemed like the Bond’s best new girlfriend (until the whole utter betrayal thing). Green went on to play in a number of other successful films but is probably best known for her TV character, Vanessa Ives, in Penny Dreadful. What’s interesting is that she played the girlfriend role in that series as well, changing from Josh Hartnett’s werewolf character to being the love interest to Dracula himself.
13. Kate Beckinsale
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hollywood found a way to cast Kate Beckinsale year after year through various films. She is thought of as one of the most beautiful and ageless actresses in the entertainment industry and has starred in some of the biggest films ever made. As the girlfriend to a Lycan in the Underworld film series to the center of the love triangle in Pearl Harbor, Beckinsale has proven that she is definitely hot enough to play the lead actress on the big screen. Her role in Pearl Harbor was a bit tricky since there were some that criticized her character for so easily jumping in bed with another man. Yet, the steamy love scenes between her and Josh Hartnett seemed to make even the naysayers happy with the outcome of the film.
12. Anne Hathaway
Prior to Anne Hathaway starring in Les Misérables, she went through a period where the public started to turn on her. Strangely, she was well on her way to being considered one of “America’s Sweethearts” when the public began sneering every time she went to a red carpet event. Hathaway wound up taking some time away from the spotlight in order to let the public have a break from her, which seemed to work. While the world may have criticized her personally, there were many great comments about her portrayal of Catwoman in The Dark Knight film series. As the girlfriend to Batman, Hathaway was a great addition to the series and definitely knew how to work a cat suit. With her looking so sexy in black leather and riding a motorcycle, there were millions of men that were hoping their own girlfriends could look that good.
11. Kate Hudson
Hollywood is known for embracing the offspring of some of their biggest stars, especially when they embody the same look and talent of their parents. Kate Hudson is the daughter of Goldie Hawn and musician, Bill Hudson. Yet, she was able to make a name for herself outside of her famous parents. This beautiful blonde actress has played a number of roles on the big screen as the girlfriend of the leading man and it’s obvious why filmmakers would want to choose her. From Almost Famous to My Best Friend’s Girl, it seems like Hollywood truly knows how to portray her in the best light. Even when she played the super annoying character, Andie Anderson, in How to Lose a Guy in 10 days, Hudson was still extremely appealing throughout the film. There’s no surprise that she ultimately got the guy at the end of the film and no one can deny that she would be good enough to bring home to the parents in real life.
10. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz has played a number of memorable roles over the length of her long career in Hollywood and she’s been able to perfect her portrayal as the sought-after girlfriend. From dancing in her underwear in Charlie’s Angels to being the ultimate prize in There’s Something About Mary, Diaz has often been the go-to choice when filmmakers were looking for the hottest actress for the girlfriend role. Even with her maturing in age, Diaz has continued appeal with audiences. In The Other Woman, Diaz played the role of the girlfriend of a married man and it took the likes of Kate Upton to upstage her on the big screen. While seeing Upton jog in a white bikini on the beach was definitely a huge selling point to the film, audiences couldn’t discount seeing Diaz in a sexy plumber’s uniform either.
9. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon started off her career at a young age and it took quite some time for audiences to stop thinking of her as a child actress. Yet, she was able to gradually transition into older roles without having to completely reinvent herself on the big screen. Her Legally Blonde film series as well as her chick flick roles helped her transition on the big screen but it didn’t seem to hinder her career. In fact, Witherspoon wound up winning an Academy Award for her portrayal in the 2006 film, Walk the Line, and she’s highly respected as an actress in Hollywood. There have been many films where she played the role of the girlfriend and many of them showed just how sexy she can be. One of the best films that truly showed this off was in This Means War, where she was dating two friends/brothers and they both fought to be the one she chose in the end.
8. Jennifer Lawrence
It’s hard to believe that Jennifer Lawrence first started out acting on television since she has since become one of Hollywood’s hottest “It” girls. Early on in her film career, there was a huge amount of buzz surrounding her stellar talent. It wasn’t long before her career took off in a big way, especially after she was cast in The Hunger Games film series. While she’s played a wide variety of different roles throughout her career, it was her portrayal of Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook that was the real standout. The entire film seemed like a constant push and pull between her and Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat Solitano, but the ending resulted in the acceptance of their romantic relationship. While she may not have played the most stable girlfriend in the film, she was definitely not lacking in the sex appeal category. The role wound up earning her an Academy Award and is arguably her most memorable to date.
7. Amy Adams
Amy Adams is an actress that has gradually evolved into one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading ladies. Some of her most memorable roles have been in hit films like Enchanted, Julie & Julia, Fighter, and American Hustle. She even landed the role of the iconic Lois Lane in The Man of Steel film series and had three films that were released in 2016. Although she’s proved her ability to portray a wide range of characters on the big screen, she seems to be able to play the girlfriend role with ease. What could be better than being Superman’s girlfriend? Yet, she was probably at her hottest when she portrayed the girlfriend of Bradley Cooper’s character in American Hustle. From her fake accent to her 70s fashion ensembles, Adams has solidified herself as one of the hottest redheads in Hollywood.
6. Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard is a famed French actress that has created a hugely successful career for herself through films like Inception and La Vie En Rose. She caused a media firestorm when she costarred with Brad Pitt in the recent film, Allied, since there were rumors of an intense chemistry between these two A-list actors on the set. After the news broke that Pitt and Angelina Jolie were headed for divorce, some were quick to blame Cotillard for perhaps having a personal relationship with Pitt while filming. Later, it turned out that the rumors were all false and she was actually happily pregnant with her partner and wasn’t involved in the drama in their marriage at all. While she played Pitt’s wife in Allied, she’s played her share of girlfriend roles over the years. The most notable was when she starred alongside Johnny Depp in the 2009 film, Public Enemies. As the loyal and beautiful girlfriend of John Dillinger, Cotillard perfectly portrayed the type of girl that could even make a bad boy turn good.
5. Dakota Johnson
When it was announced that the Fifty Shades Trilogy was being made into a film series, there were a number of different names being thrown around to play the beautiful virgin, Anastasia Steele. Yet, people were surprised when it was Dakota Johnson that attained the role. As the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, she had already received some attention in Hollywood but never played in such a high profile role before. Luckily, fans were more than pleasantly surprised by her portrayal of the newest submissive girlfriend in Fifty Shades of Grey. The first of the film series was received well and the most recent film, Fifty Shades Darker, was just another stepping stone in the fascination over Christian Grey and his sex room. Johnson looked good enough to even get the Christian Grey character to pop the question and it’s easy to see why.
4. Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley started out acting at a young age and even landed a role alongside George Clooney in the 2011 film, The Descendants. Yet, her biggest breakout moment was when she starred as the lead in the Divergent film series. Her Beatrice Prior character proved to be strong, loyal and compassionate, which really translated well on the big screen. There were some that felt like she may not have been hot enough to land a super sexy boyfriend, played by Theo James. Yet, others thought that her fresh-faced girl next door look was the perfect pairing to the smoldering look of James. Whatever the case, Woodley is still a far hotter girlfriend than half the girls in their 20s and her conviction in sticking to her beliefs has given her a reputation of being kind and compassionate even without the cameras.
3. Odeya Rush
When news broke out that Hollywood was thinking about making a film adaptation of the famed book, The Giver, people became really excited once they heard that Jeff Bridges was signed onto the project. Yet, casting the younger characters in the film was a bit trickier. This was an opportunity to give roles to some of the newest faces in Hollywood while working alongside some of the biggest names like Bridges and Meryl Streep. The girlfriend to the main character was played by up-and-comer, Odeya Rush, who got her start on Law & Order and Goosebumps. When she appeared on the big screen, people couldn’t help but notice how beautiful this red head was as the love interest. Even though Taylor Swift had a small part in the film, it was Rush that made everyone want to see her in more roles.
2. Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough is an actress that hasn’t had too much luck when it comes to being cast in hugely popular films. While she’s had consistent work since she first appeared on the big screen in 2005, it wasn’t until 2013 that people started to sit up and take notice. It was her role in Oblivion that really had people talking since she played the girlfriend of Tom Cruise in a futuristic storyline with a Sci-Fi twist. There was a super steamy scene where Riseborough swam naked but even when she was just sitting at the control panel, she looked stunning as the redhead at the helm. Later it turned out that she wasn’t actually his girlfriend but just a former crewmate that was “assigned” to Cruise but that doesn’t take away memories of those amazing pool scenes.
1. Teresa Palmer
Just when Hollywood seemed to have a dozen young blonde actresses that were hard to distinguish, Teresa Palmer began getting role after role in a number of hit films. One of the most memorable roles was in the film, Warm Bodies, starring alongside Nicholas Hoult. While she started off in the film playing a victim and hostage, she soon became the girlfriend to a zombie. She must have pleased filmmakers with her portrayal because she went on to star in a number of other films in the girlfriend role. Unlike other blonde actresses that seem far too intimidating in their beauty, Palmer is able to look stunningly beautiful without taking away from the character she is trying to portray. With the perfect mix of the girl-next-door and hot supermodel, Palmer could easily be anyone’s dream girl.