Then And Now

Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Hot They Still Are  

Jacob Shelton
939k votes 85k voters 2M views 14 items

List Rules Vote 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.

Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Hot They Still Are
Photo: 20th Century Fox/YouTube

Then: Back in the '90s, this curly-haired waif jumpstarted puberty for a nation of sixth graders, and the world is better for it. Maybe Justin Timberlake's bleached white hair was questionable, but who cares when he's got a smile that can turn on the sun. 

Now: It took almost two decades, but Timberlake finally learned what not to do with his hair. He's still looking good, still insanely successful, and that smile is still poppin'. 

Would You Still Hit It?: Will he wear marionette strings? Either way, yes.

Age: 38

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Credits: Love Actually, Get Smart, Inside Llewyn Davis, Bad Boys II

More Justin Timberlake

#30 of 468 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #55 of 305 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like featuring The Best Songs Ft. Justin Timberlake The Best Justin Timberlake Movies

Would you?
see more on Justin Timberlake
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Hot They Still Are
Photo: CBS Television Distribution/Sony Pictures Television

Then: MPG was already a little old in the '90s to be a heartthrob, but who cares when he can freeze time and has that immaculate sandy blond hair?

Now: After Saved by the BellGosselaar managed to keep himself from turning into a joke by taking jobs on a ton of different shows. He's appeared in everything from his very own USA lawyer show to Happy Endings - and he still has that hair.

Would You Still Hit It?: Sure, as long as he didn't try to pull any "time out" stunts.

Age: 44

Birthplace: Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Credits: Saved by the Bell, NYPD Blue, Franklin & Bash, Dead Man on Campus

More Mark-Paul Gosselaar

#8 of 128 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars #69 of 227 on The Greatest Former Child Stars #64 of 79 on Famous Pisces Male Celebrities #2 of 32 on The Cast Of Saved By The Bell: Where Are They Now?

Would you?
see more on Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Hot They Still Are
Photo: 20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox

Then: Did Leonardo DiCaprio come out of the womb with a squinty pout? It's pointless to argue about whether or not Leo was a babe in the '90s. The only conversation to have is which Leo do you think is hotter: Romeo, Jack, or Arnie?

Now: Leo can still be hot when he wants to be, but he's moved from "steaming hot piece of meat" more into the realm of "serious, Oscar-winning actor." 

Would You Still Hit It?: Of course you would! It's not like the beard from The Revenant is that much of a turn-off.

Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Credits: Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic, The Departed

More Leonardo DiCaprio

#2 of 267 on The Best (Male) Actors Working Today #18 of 1159 on The Best Actors in Film History featuring Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Leonardo DiCaprio What It's Like To Date Leonardo DiCaprio

Would you?
see more on Leonardo DiCaprio
James Van Der Beek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Heartthrobs From The '90s Ranked By How Hot They Still Are
Photo: Sony Pictures Television/20th Television

Then: Was James Van Der Beek actually hot in the '90s, or was his hotness simply a creation of Big Heartthrob? He's arguably not the hottest guy on Dawson's Creek, but somehow he became the guy. The '90s were weird. 

Now: More like James Van Der Babe, right? The Beek has somehow reinvented himself into a hot basic bro who has a sense of humor. Who said there were no second acts? 

Would You Still Hit It?: Turn up the Paula Cole and let's get weird. 

Age: 41

Birthplace: Cheshire, Connecticut, USA

Credits: Dawson's Creek, Castle in the Sky, The Rules of Attraction, Varsity Blues

More James Van Der Beek

#37 of 128 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars #7 of 15 on Actors Who Are Terrible at Doing Accents #76 of 81 on Who Is America's Boyfriend in 2016?

Would you?
see more on James Van Der Beek