Best Male Film Roles

We asked the w&h team about their all-time favourite manly moments in film.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

“Without a doubt. Playing the gangster, Jay Gatsby, he’s powerful, suave, intense, and single-minded about reaching out across the bay to grasp the love he so yearns for. Leonardo is as formidable as he is vulnerable… irresistible.” Frith Thomas, Editorial Director

Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall

“When I think of Brad Pitt playing the rugged character of Tristan in this epic tale, three words come to mind: passionate, brooding, and beautiful. A winning combination for any leading man!” Stacey Love, managing and chief-sub editor

Bill Murray in Lost in Translation

“Bill Murray is my number-one actor, and I’ve always had a not-so-secret crush on him. The karaoke scene – when he sings Roxy Music’s More Than This (I love that song!) – finishes me! I’ve seen the movie countless times, but I still bawl like a big baby every time I watch that part.” Jenna Grenfell, Sub Editor

Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey

“There’s just something about Christian Grey. It must be the fact that he is really good at playing hard to get, but is still incredibly alluring. Such a hot and steamy role; I loved it!” Tracey Kroukamp, Beauty Editor

Edward Norton in Primal Fear

“Even though the delicious Richard Gere was the lead actor in this movie, Edward stole the show for me. His role as an altar boy, accused of brutally murdering an archbishop, was so believable that I was thoroughly taken in.” Mini Zwane, Designer

Channing Tatum in The Vow

“Let’s just say, if I woke up with memory loss, and Channing Tatum claimed he was my husband, I wouldn’t question it.” Samantha Joseph, Brand Ambassador

Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto

“The transformation he went through for this character was amazing, and he played such a convincing role. To me, he has proven to be a very diverse actor, and he totally deserved the Oscar he won for this role.” Melanie Olivier, Marketing Co-ordinator

Brad Pitt in Fight Club



“This is one of my all-time favourite movies – and I have never before seen abs like that in my life.” Megan Wellman, Lifestyle Editor

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