SusanP here, with the Tuesday countdown. This week's list focuses on a subject I know well: Sexy, difficult men. As a certain space princess once described: "scoundrels." I love them in the movies and unfortunately, tend to find them appealing in real life too.
10 Sean Connery as "James Bond" in any number of films, but starting with Dr. No (1962)
All the Bond’s could fit to a certain degree, but to me nobody embodied it better than Connery. Because Bond is known more as a "womanizer" than a true cad, he just makes the list.
09 Thomas Haden Church as "Jack" in Sideways (2004)
You probably can't get much lower than a sex-binging liar who's about to get married. Yet the former television star manages to make this jerk likable.
Cad Quote: "I get chicks lookin' at me all the time. All ages. Dudes too."
08 Mike Myers as "Austin Powers" in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Does he make me horny? Frankly, no. But the first incarnation of the character was a clever take on sexy super spies. And more of a cad than the characters he was spoofing. Cad Quote: "Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later?"
07 Cary Grant as "Walter Burns" in His Girl Friday (1940)
Grant used his undeniable charms to carve out a few lovable cad characters, but his newspaper man is my favorite. Cad Quote: "Walter, you're wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way." (Uttered by Rosalind Russell's "Hildy.")
06 Hugh Grant in several films, but most notably as "Daniel Cleaver" in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
It’s never a good idea to shag the boss, but he’s hard to resist here. Grant made a smart career move when he morphed from stammering uptight Brit to the more roguish types. Cad Quote: "Come on Bridget, we belong together. You, me, your little skirt."
05 Brad Pitt as "J.D." in Thelma & Louise (1991)
Steals their money and messes up Thelma's hair. Can’t say I’d complain.
Cad Quote: "I've always believed that if done properly, armed robbery doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience."
04 Jack Nicholson as "Garrett" in Terms of Endearment (1983) Nicholson would go on to repeat himself in Something’s Gotta Give, but he perfected the type as the arrogant, womanizing astronaut who woos and melts a chilly Shirley MacLaine. Cad Quote: "If you wanted to get me on my back, all you had to do was ask me."
03 Vince Vaughn as "Trent" in Swingers (1996)
The first time I saw Swingers I found Vaughn’s character grating and then suddenly, his Rat Pack impersonation grew on me. He was never hotter. Cad Quote: "All I do is stare at their mouths and wrinkle my nose, and I turn out to be a sweetheart."
02 Harrison Ford as "Han Solo" in Star Wars (1977)
The “scoundrel” eventually shows he’s not out for himself, but along the way his sexy swagger infuriates and attracts spunky Princess Leia. Cad Quote: "...whaddya think? You think a princess and a guy like me..."
01 Clark Gable as "Rhett Butler" in Gone with the Wind (1939)
His quintessential cad is the blueprint. Cad Quote: Vivien Leigh's Scarlett observes, "Sir, you are no gentleman," His perfect response: "And you, Miss, are no lady."