Remember, there's an important distinction here. These aren't just sexy men; they're men who had a seismic impact on male sexuality.
To be safe, it's probably best to avoid eye contact. John Travolta In his younger days, Travolta had a distinctly masculine grace and sensitivity that recalled the young Marlon Brando.
What enough to make you a sex symbol is sleeping with an alleged 12,000 partners.Just ask Jada Pinkett Smith, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez. Antonio Banderas Antonio Banderas is actually a pretty good actor (see him in an Almodovar movie), but it almost didn't matter in the mid-'90s, when he capably filled the "big-eyed Latin lover" niche. Sidney Poitier In 1963, Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Lead Actor.The camp appeal of stuff like the sex scene from should not be underestimated. Michael Fassbender If you're wondering if you can be called a sex symbol, ask yourself if George Clooney has complimented your enormous penis on national television. But his suave, sophisticated style carried more lasting resonance than any award. Matthew Mc Conaughey Mc Conaughey is one of the few men on this list who's publicly stated that he feels comfortable being called a sex symbol.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. 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. Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni's flawless features and brooding, European inscrutibility made him the international sexual ideal of the 1960s. 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.