PROVOKR picks the cinema’s sexiest
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011) and 2 sequels
Before going Oscar gold, Jennifer Lawrence stunned us all in full-body blue as a young Mystique in the X-Men prequel series. Despite the yellow eyes, scales, red hair and blue skin that’s entirely painted on, this completely imaginary character leaves very little to the imagination.
Rebecca Romijn as Mystique in X-Men (2000) and 2 sequels
To give Lawrence all the credit would be a disservice to Rebecca Romijn. While she lacks some of the innocence and pathos that the Oscar winner now brings to the character, Romijn matches (if not exceeds) Lawrence strut for strut in action. And she brought the original, uh, mystique to our favorite shape-shifting blue baddy.
Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s Mother in Beowulf (2007)
While the mighty Beowulf has no problem vanquishing the giant troll Grendel with his bare hands, he is helpless against the creature’s mother when she assumes the form of Angelina Jolie. Any skeptics who doubt the tantalizing nature of an animated film will soon be breathing heavily as a perfect (and faithful) motion capture of Jolie emerges from a pool, in the buff, with liquid gold dripping off of her.
Elizabeth Hurley as the Devil in Bedazzled (2000)
When the devil offers to buy your soul, conventional wisdom tells you to run the other way. But if Lucifer looks anything like Elizabeth Hurley and wears a tight red leather suit, then Elliot (Brendan Fraser) and those of us in the audience can’t help but wonder: how bad can damnation be, really?
Zoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Saldana adds a tint of yellow to her Avatar blues to become the green-skinned Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, a leather-clad, knife-wielding assassin determined to do good. Despite Saldana’s hotness in both colors, Gamora gets our nod for the sheer fact that only old-fashioned skin paint—and not CGI—was used to create her look.
Halle Berry as Storm in X-Men (2000) and 3 sequels
There certainly are a lot of fantastic heroes that populate the world of X-Men, but Berry’s Storm, the white-haired weather-manipulating mutant, is the only one that manages to stir the clouds and our passions in equal measure.
Jessica Alba as Sue Storm in Fantastic Four (2005) and Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
In the comic book, Sue Storm’s draw is her ability to become invisible. But for Alba in the movie, it’s just the opposite: While the Torch flames, the Thing clobbers, and Mr. Fantastic stretches, we cheer for the blond, blue-eyed, oh-so-hot Alba to remain visible before our eyes.
Daryl Hannah as Pris the replicant in Blade Runner (1982)
Dystopian future setting notwithstanding, the android Pris’s big hair, intense makeup and crazy clothes scream ’80s in the best possible way. Though a mere “pleasure model,” Pris can take that limber programming meant for the bedroom and kick some serious ass on the streets. In one of the best scenes in the movie, the flawless Pris hides in plain sight as a mannequin and passes easily.