Beautiful women have been turning our heads for thousands of years. From Cleopatra to Marilyn Monroe. From Helen of Troy to Angelina Jolie. From some really hot cave woman in a leopard skin mini skirt to that smoking middle-aged lady who used to come to all your soccer games and you had this weird little fantasy that she was there to watch you until you realized that she was just the mom of one of your teammates.
And just so you know, once a hot woman starts to age and people don't find her as attractive anymore, she doesn't just wither up and die, and she isn't exiled to some sad, lonely island where all the former hotties hang out together, lamenting over their former, superficial beauty. A lot of them still do really cool stuff. Like the fifteen women on this list. Most of them are still rocking the big and/or small screens, despite being on the upper side of 60 (or 70, or 80, or even 90 in some cases). It's almost like their value extends beyond their physical appearance. Strange, eh?
Nonetheless, let's spend some time harkening back to their younger days. Here are fifteen old actresses who used to be hot (and some of them who still are.)
15 Jamie Lee Curtis
The original scream queen! Jamie Lee Curtis shot into the spotlight with her film debut: the very first Halloween movie in 1978. Throughout the 1980s, Curtis continued to build her resume on schlocky horror films like Prom Night, The Fog, Terror Train, and, of course, a few more of those Halloween movies, playing the sister of the franchise's masked killer.
Later on in her career, she found more a niche in comedy. One of her highlights was 1994's True Lies, in which she played Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife. And if you want proof that Curtis was still real damn hot in 1994, you need to look no further than her striptease routine in that film.
Of course, in recent years, Curtis is known a lot more for yogurt commercials and writing children's books than she is for being a big screen bombshell.
14 Goldie Hawn
Do you want to know an easy way to tell how hot Goldie Hawn was when she was a much younger woman? Just take a gander a current Kate Hudson, who so happens to be her daughter. The apple, so they say, does not fall all that far away from the tree. Goldie Hawn is still a gorgeous woman at 71 years of age, but Goldie Hawn of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, was truly a sight to behold and presence to experience. She rose to prominence in the last sixties, thanks to her quirky charm and beauty in movies like Cactus Flower and There's a Girl in My Soup, and she never looked back.
In 2017, after a fifteen-year break from making movies, Goldie Hawn returned to life in front of the camera in Snatched, starring alongside Amy Schumer.
13 Jessica Lange
If you want a lesson on what "hot" truly is, go check out Jessica Lange in her very first professional film role: that of Dwan in 1976's King Kong. Oh yeah, Lange is a true stunner, playing the damsel in distress who captures the interest of the iconic giant ape. That role skyrocketed her career and turned her into a legitimate box office star, and she is still turning out top-notch performances four decades later. Of course, these days Lange's roles have more of a creepy, nightmare fuel sort of vibe, thanks to four seasons of work on American Horror Story, and less of a scantily-clad babe on a primitive island who has been kidnapped by an oversized gorilla sort of vibe.
12 Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon might be 70 years old, but she is still rocking screens, both big and small, in movies like The Lovely Bones, Cloud Atlas, and Zoolander 2, and TV shows like American Dad, Feud, and the occasional guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. Her career is still revving in high gear, despite her age, because she is a fantastic actress.
Back in the day, Sarandon was an absolute smoke show, lighting up the cameras in films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Witches of Eastwick. And it's pretty hard to forget her role as the beautiful and dangerous fugitive on the run with Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise, for which both she and Davis were nominated for the Best Actress award at the Oscars.
11 Jane Seymour
10 Raquel Welch
Ask your dad or your grandpa or your uncomfortably sweaty uncle who the hottest woman in movie history is, and there is a fairly reasonable chance that Raquel Welch's name will come in the conversation at some point. 1966, Welch had a three line role in One Million Years B.C., but the part turned her into an international sex symbol, largely due to a promotional poster for the film, which featured Welch in a deer skin bikini and caught the attention of pretty much every single red-blooded heterosexual man in North America. She also had roles in Fantastic Voyage, The Three Musketeers, and Bandolero! And in 1979, she posed for Playboy magazine, although she refused to go fully nude for the shoot.
9 Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot is a French actress and fashion model who was one of the best-known celebrity blonde bombshells in the 1950s and 1960s. At the time, she was right up there with Marilyn Monroe, which is saying a lot. After starring in a number of standard comedies, Bardot was cast in And God Created Woman in 1956. The film was an erotic French drama that turned Bardot into a bonafide star, despite some of its racier scenes being edited for its American release.
In 1973 Bardot retired from acting and turned her attention to animal rights activism, becoming a vegetarian and starting her own foundations: The Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. Lately, she has found legal trouble, being fined five times for inciting racial hatred after speaking out against Islamic immigration to France.
8 Meryl Streep
All hail the Queen of the Screen! It's pretty hard to argue that Meryl Streep is one of the best living actresses, if not the best. It's also pretty hard to argue with the fact that she is an extremely beautiful woman. It's probably a little unfair to put her on this list, because, yeah, young Meryl was a real head turner, but current Meryl is pretty easy on the eyes too!
With her career spanning over four decades, she has accumulated 20 Oscar nominations, including three wins, which is more than anyone else ever. Add in a whole host of Golden Globes, Emmys, BAFTAS, and over 300 other award nominations, and you've got a living legend - not only for her extraordinary talent but also for her extraordinary looks!
7 Diana Rigg
You know Olenna Tyrell, that awesome old lady on Game of Thrones, who seems to have a skewering insult for anyone who dares to take an afternoon stroll through a garden with her, especially if that person is Cersei Lannister? That delightfully biting performance has been brought to life by Diana Rigg, a near legendary British actress, so well respected that she's actually been knighted.
What would you say if we told you that Diana Rigg used to be crazy hot? Like hot enough to play Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, a.k.a. George Lazenby's wife in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Yeah, you read that right: ol' Lady Tyrell was once a Bond girl. And not just any Bond girl. She played the only Bond girl who eventually became a Bond wife! (And soon after, a Bond corpse, as it were.)
6 Maggie Smith
Dame Maggie Smith is one of the most recognizable British actresses of all time. You probably recognize her from both of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies, or from both Sister Act movies, or playing the perpetually grumpy Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey. Or maybe, just maybe, from a little-known film series called Harry Potter.
Of course, by the time she was in any of those, she was rather elderly. But if you go back in time, you'd find that young Maggie Smith damn good looking. Check out some footage from when she played Desdemona in 1965's Othello, for example, or photos of her during her time on Broadway in the play Mary, Mary and see for yourself. A little different from Professor Minerva, if we do say so ourselves.
5 Helen Mirren
Okay, do you want to try a little experiment? Go do an image search for pictures of young Helen Mirren and be real honest with yourself - doesn't she have a real Jennifer Lawrence thing going on? Kind of crazy, eh? As it turns out, Helen Mirren in her twenties was an absolute bombshell. Of course, Helen Mirren in her seventies is not too shabby either. She seems to be one of those true beauties that age cannot defeat.
And none of that takes away from her professional achievements, being one of the select few who have won the coveted triple crown of acting: an Academy Award (for The Queen), an Emmy (actually four Emmys, but who's counting?), and a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of The Audience.
4 Jacqueline Bissett
Jacqueline Bissett might not be the most famous actress on this list, but she has been around since the sixties, starring in notable films such as Bullitt, Murder on the Orient Express, Domino, and Under the Volcano. She might be best known in America for her role a 1977 flick called The Deep, which had an opening scene that featured Bissett scuba diving in little more than a thin white t-shirt. The film's producer has credited that scene for The Deep's box office success, claiming, "That t-shirt made me a rich man." And it is very easy to understand why. Jacqueline Bissett, especially a 1977 Jacqueline Bissett, had some assets easily flaunted in a soaking wet t-shirt and The Deep put them to very, very good use.
3 Betty White
Here's a fun fact: Betty White is older than sliced bread, making sliced bread the best thing since Betty White and not the other way around.
Here's another fun fact: back when sliced bread was in its infancy, Betty White was a young actress with a real "girl next door" kind of vibe. It's hard to believe that movie studios back in the 1930s and '40s originally turned her down because she wasn't photogenic enough! White has the longest-running career of any female television entertainer ever, starting way back in 1939 and still going strong today at 95 years old. She's the only woman to win Emmys in every single comedic performance category, as well garnering nominations in a dramatic category and a reality show category. Her looks certainly aren't a problem!
2 Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway has been in some of the best films of all time, including Chinatown, Bonnie and Clyde, Network, Mommie Dearest, The Towering Inferno, and the original 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair. She's also one of the hottest women to grace the silver screen. At 76 years old, Dunaway is still a very beautiful woman, but looking back at her Oscar nominated and winning roles in the 60s and 70s is something else altogether. Not only did she give fantastic and complex performances in a number of Hollywood's greatest flicks, but she looked damn fine while doing it.
Most recently, she's best known for being the person who incorrectly announced La La Land instead of Moonlight as the Best Picture winner at last year's Academy Awards ceremony. In 2017, Dunaway returned to the big screen after an eight-year hiatus in the psychological thriller Inconceivable, also starring Nicolas Cage.
1 Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling is probably most well known for doing a slew of European art house films. Impressively, she has made movies in three languages: English, French, and Italian. And in 2016 she was nominated for her first Academy Award for her work on the film 45 Years.
But while Rampling has come to be known for her trilingualism and her gritty, award-winning movie performances, her original claim to fame was that of a model and fashion icon because young Charlotte Rampling was a stunningly good looking lady. She even posed nude for Playboy magazine in 1974. Being a muse for art house directors meant that Rampling has done plenty of highly sexual films (including one where she falls in love with a chimpanzee...weird...), and hasn't shied away from those kinds of adult themes as she's gotten older either.