If the Army is looking for new ways to enlist recruits, there are a few actors and actresses who could convince us to sign on.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation, starring Bruce Willis and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, hits theaters today. The sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra features Bruce in the main role and it's the best we've seen him look in years. But while Bruce is a debatable sex symbol, there are plenty of military men and women that left us wondering whether there was even a war going on... because we were totally focused on how smokin' they looked in uniform.
Check out our roundup of the 15 hottest soldiers in movies!
1. Jake Gyllenhaal (Jarhead; LCpl/PFC Anthony Swofford)
This 2005 movie chronicles Anthony's journey from boot camp to being a sniper on the Saudi-Kuwaiti border, then retreating back to civilian life. As good as Jake looks in that uniform, there's an entirely other suit he looks even better in... a cross between a Santa suit and a birthday suit, with Jake dancing around wearing only a Santa hat. Moviegoers agreed as well; the film received generally positive reviews and earned nearly $100 million at the box office.
2. Jude Law (Cold Mountain; W.P. Inman)
This romantic drama tells the story of a Confederate soldier heading home to return to the love of his life at the end of the Civil War. Not only did the flick earn Jude some of the best critical praise of his career, it also led to his co-star Renee Zellwegger winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2003.
3. Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down; SSG Matt Eversmann)
This 2001 flick's adaptation of the book of the same name did plenty to piss off Somalians, but was the first major box office smash of Josh's career (and likely his best role). Chronicling the events of the Battle of Mogadishu and the U.S. efforts to capture a Somalian warlord is all fine and dandy, but we couldn't stop staring at Josh long enough to really pay attention to the plot.
4. Tom Cruise (Top Gun; Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell)
Tom has been in the movie business for 30 years, but this 1986 flick is still considered by most to be his signature role. Not only did the film turn him into a bonafide sex symbol, but it still remains popular to this day: Top Gun had a six-day IMAX 3D theatrical re-release last month.
5. Matt Damon (Saving Private Ryan; Private First Class James Francis Ryan)
Even as a hardened soldier, Matt still has a babyface going. This epic film set during World War II had a huge ensemble cast, but also delivered the goods in terms of quality. It raked in an astounding $481 million at the box office during its 1998 release and went on to be nominated for 11 Academy Awards.
6. Channing Tatum (Dear John; John Tyree)
Channing has struggled for good reviews throughout his career and this 2010 romantic drama did little to help his cause. Luckily for him, it further cemented his reputation as a super hottie and he at least earned brownie points for the on-screen chemistry with co-star Amanda Seyfried.
7. Meg Ryan (Courage Under Fire; Captain Karen Emma Walden)
Yes, there are female soldiers as well. And Meg plays a pretty badass one in this 1996 film. After rescuing the crew of a Black Hawk that had been shot down, she posthumously becomes the first woman to receive the Medal of Honor for her valor in combat.
8. Charlie Sheen (Platoon; Chris Taylor)
Most of what Charlie has done in his more than 25-year career has been pretty craptacular, but this movie is a rare exception. Not only did it win the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1986, it immediately thrust Charlie into A-list celebrity status that hasn't wavered to this day.
9. Ben Affleck (Pearl Harbor; Captain Rafe McCawley)
Despite making nearly $450 million at the box office, this Michael Bay movie was pretty godawful... nice try at following Matt's Saving Private Ryan footsteps, Ben, but no. On the plus side, Ben looked really, really hot in his soldier uniform.
10. Josh Duhamel (Transformers; William Lennox)
This 2007 sci-fi film based on the toy line featured plenty of things being blown up, a whole bunch of guns, and lots of hot, hot actors. But despite being surrounded by good looking men, Josh was able to make camo pants look sexy in a way that few people can. The film earned over $700 million at the box office and Josh took part in the two Transformers movies that followed; a fourth film is scheduled for release in June 2014.
11. Steve McQueen (The Great Escape; Captain Virgil Hilts USAAF)
The baby blue eyes and rugged good looks of Steve made him a sex symbol throughout the '50s and '60s, but that hormonal boil among movie fans reached a peak with this 1963 flick. Chronicling his escape along with other prisoners of war from a German POW camp in World War II, the film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and was one of the highest grossing films of that year.
12. Demi Moore (G.I. Jane; Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil)
Demi's look in this movie was certainly gender-bending and unconventional, but there were plenty who found her buzzed head to be hot. Despite an earnest effort to do everything possible to pull off the part, the film received mixed reviews from critics, but still managed to earn $97 million at the box office, remaining one of Demi's most memorable and defining roles. (She sure hasn't done a whole lot since.)
13. Denzel Washington (Glory; Private Trip)
Not only did Denzel look hot in this 1989 movie about the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up entirely of African American men, but his acting was equally smoking. He ended up winning the Oscar for Best Suppoting Actor for his portrayal of Private Trip.
14. James McAvoy (Atonement; Robbie Turner)
Based on the novel of the same name, James beat out a slew of A-list actors for the role, including Jake Gyllenhall. He described as Robbie as one of the most difficult characters he's ever played, but the hard work paid off. The film was a commercial success and ended up being nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. James has been riding the wave ever since and has four movies scheduled for release in 2013.
15. George Clooney (Three Kings; Major Archie Gates)
George's 1999 portrayal of a U.S. Special forces soldier during the Gulf War who is disillusioned with the battle probably wasn't too far off from George's own beliefs on combat. It also provided yet another avenue for George to make everyone swoon. The movie did well commercially and critically, with The New York Times calling it "the most caustic anti-war movie of this generation."
Who do you think is the hottest soldier ever?
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