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Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Much We're Still Crushing

Updated September 22, 2020 887.2k votes 85.7k voters 2.1m views14 items

List RulesVote up the former heartthrobs you're still way into.

Was there a better era for heartthrobs than the '90s? The decade was a magical time for teen boys who were total dreamboats. But as hot as your fave '90s boy toy may have been on TGIF, would you bang your '90s crush now? Not only are you different people these days, but most of your boy crushes from the '90s peaked in 1996. What do your '90s crushes look like now? And do you really want to spend a night in Sherman Oaks making out with a guy who won’t stop talking about the buffet at Danielle Fishel’s wedding?

Is your '90s boy crush still hot? You want to pretend like it doesn’t matter. You want to act like nothing's changed, even if they no longer resemble that Tiger Beat poster you smooched every day before leaving to catch the bus. But deep down, you know you can’t stop thinking about whether Devon Sawa still has those haunting eyes, or if he just looks haunted. Read to the end to find out if your '90s teen boy crushes are still cutie pies, and maybe consider printing out this list and taping it to your mirror. No judgment.

  • Devon Sawa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Much We're Still Crushing
    Photo: Universal Pictures/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

    Then: Devon Sawa was such a '90s spooky babe; if you were into ghosts, demon-infested hands, or movies where death slowly stalked a group of sexy teens, then you had a whole thing for Sawa. Why was he such a babe? It probably had something to do with that ocean wave-styled hair part. 

    Now: After his heyday came to an end, Sawa seemed like he was doing anything he could to keep from becoming a child actor cliché. Apparently that means mostly playing detectives and guys that scowl. Good for him. 

    Would You Still Hit It?: Bring back the tidal wave hair and we'll talk.

    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Credits: Final Destination, Idle Hands, Slackers, Extreme Ops
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  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Much We're Still Crushing
    Photo: Buena Vista Pictures/Open Road Films

    Then: In the '90s, JGL had the perfect floppy hair and supercute grin. Also, when he spent 7/8 of 10 Things I Hate About You pining for Alex Mack, he was straight-up adorable. 

    Now: Gordon-Levitt is one of the few heartthrobs that managed to escape heartthrobdom unscathed. He takes on weird character roles more than romantic leads these days, and runs a production company.

    Would You Still Hit It?: This is really a judgment call, but keep in mind that if you stay the night he's probably going to show you his collection of pork pie hats. 

    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Credits: Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, (500) Days of Summer, Looper
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  • Freddie Prinze, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Much We're Still Crushing
    Photo: Miramax Films/20th Television

    Then: Freddie Prinze, Jr. was a jock with heart of gold, and a lot of pre-teens in the '90s were totally into that - at least, until he put on a yellow Fred Jones wig and freaked everyone out. 

    Now: After the '90s, Prinze more or less disappeared from the film world to do voiceover work, have kids with Sarah Michelle Gellar, and count his money. He's the one heartthrob who figured out how to get out of this world alive.

    Would You Still Hit It?: That depends on how you feel about someone calling you "bro" in bed.

    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Credits: Scooby-Doo, She's All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
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  • Nick Lachey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Much We're Still Crushing
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    Then: Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees was a classic '90s dreamboat. He had muscles that made him look like a statue, sported weird tribal tattoos, and wore a ton of vests.

    Now: He still has his statue bod going on, so good on him for not letting himself go. Lachey has had some personal struggles (he divorced Jessica Simpson) but has since settled down and started a family.

    Would You Still Hit It?: He's still a looker, but he looks like he might use Axe body spray.

    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Harlan, Kentucky, USA
    • Credits: Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey, The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour, 98 Degrees and Hoku in Concert
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