The 25 Hottest Blonde Bombshell Actresses | Real Amazing Hollywood Boobs

Do blondes really have more fun? Based on the carefree exploits of redhead Lindsay Lohan and brunette Kim Kardashian, that old adage is certainly arguable, but one thing is unquestionable: Men such as ourselves won’t ever grow bored with light-haired ladies. It’s a fetish that males have been exercising since well before the 1950s, yet, in regards to popular culture, the mainstream’s obsession with blondies traces back to the rise of Marilyn Monroe.

The eye candy icon ruled guys’ fantasies throughout the ’50s, and in the new Oscar-baiting flick My Week With Marilyn, Michelle Williams brings the beauty queen’s dominance to life. Early reviews place Williams’ performance at the top of this year’s potential Best Actress nominees; in our eyes, though, the gifted actress falls short in one major category: that certain “va-va-voom” quality given off by the knockouts on our countdown of The 25 Hottest Blonde Bombshell Actresses.

25. Amber Heard

Notable projects: Pineapple Express (2008), Zombieland (2009), The Stepfather (2009), Drive Angry (2011), The Rum Diary (2011)

One of these days, Amber Heard is going to really blow up. Or at least she should. Up until now, though, the young, bisexual hottie hasn’t been able to push her career beyond the B-list, yet not for lack of effort. Whether she’s performing alongside Johnny Depp (The Rum Diary) or Nicolas Cage (Drive Angry), Heard holds her own thanks to strong chops and a pair of killer stems. Why the hell else do you think we suffered through all three inept episodes of The Playboy Club?

24. Patricia Arquette

Notable projects: A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), True Romance (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Lost Highway (1997), Medium (TV series, 2005-2011)

Patricia Arquette’s sexuality is far more complex than the other women on this countdown. All of the necessary physical attributes are in check (pretty face, nice rack, tight curves), but the underused actress has a haunting quality to her that’s both fascinating and arousing. Maybe it’s her deep, penetrating, and alternately doe eyes, or how she projects disarming innocence into dangerously flawed characters. Whatever the case, Arquette is never less than spellbinding.

23. Natasha Henstridge

Notable projects: Species (1995), Species II (1998), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), The Secret Circle (TV, 2011-present)

After years on the Canadian runway circuit, Natasha Henstridge made one hell of a cinematic first impression. In her debut film, the perverted sci-fi creature feature Species, the leggy blonde played an alien succubus that seduces male earthlings, begins having sex with the men, and then puncture their skulls with her tongue if she deems them unworthy of fathering her demon spawn. Not exactly the type of fantasy we’d have in mind for someone as fine as Henstridge, but it’ll do.

22. Kim Novak

Notable projects: The Man With The Golden Arm (1955), Picnic (1955), Vertigo (1958)

In addition to mastering suspense, Alfred Hitchcock also displayed an impeccable knack for casting actresses capable of balancing sex appeal with fine acting. Case in point: Kim Novak, the curvaceous knockout best known for playing dual roles in Hitch’s twisty psychological masterwork Vertigo. In the film, Novak embodies a pair of mysterious dames who both disrupt leading man James Stewart’s sanity—we wonder why.

21. Heather Locklear

Notable projects: Dynasty (TV series, 1981-1989), T.J. Hooker (TV series, 1982-1986), Melrose Place (TV series, 1993-1999), Spin City (TV series, 1999-2002)

We hate to call use the word “bitch” when describing women, even fictional ones, so we’ll just say this: When it comes to playing the word that technically means “female dog,” very few actresses do it better than Heather Locklear. Honing the stone-heartedness on Dynasty, and perfecting it as the ruthless Amanda Woodward on Fox’s shamefully great soap Melrose Place, Locklear has earned her legacy as TV’s coldest hot chick.

20. Brooklyn Decker

Notable projects: Just Go With It (2011)

So what if Brooklyn Decker only has one film to her credit? And who cares if it’s one of those painfully unfunny post-Funny People Adam Sandler comedies? All it took for Sports Illustrated swimsuit model turned actress Brooklyn Decker to justify that flimsy SAG card was the scene in which she emerges from the ocean in a yellow bikini that’s hanging onto her bouncy twins for dear life. They can’t all be Meryl Streep.

19. Heather Graham

Notable projects: License To Drive (1988), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Boogie Nights (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Bowfinger (1999), The Hangover (2009)

One of the many joys in 2009’s mega blockbuster The Hangover was getting to reunite with Heather Graham. The physically fit and altogether striking blondie consistently brought sexiness before falling back from the mainstream for what seemed like an eternity, so her misadventures with the Wolf Pack ignited warm memories of Roller Girl (Boogie Nights) and Felicity Shagwell (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me). The less said about this year’s Judy Moody And The Not So Bummer Summer the better, though.

18. Ali Larter

Notable projects: Varsity Blues (1999), House On Haunted Hill (1999), Final Destination (2000), Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Final Destination 2 (2003), Heroes (TV series, 2006-2010), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Obsessed (2009)

Ali Larter has an uncanny flair for giving us serious blue balls. Firstly, she’s a legitimate scream queen who’s yet to give us horror lovers even one shower scene, or glorious booby shot. Second, the supreme looker, along with the rest of her castmates, got our hopes up with awesome entertainment on NBC’s Heroes only to shit the bed creatively in its later seasons. And lastly, Larter got into a catfight with Beyoncé in 2009’s lame Fatal Attraction imitation Obsessed and they didn’t hold the bout in an inflatable pool filled with oil! Being the gluttons for punishment that we are, though, we still can’t get enough of her.

17. Morgan Fairchild

Notable projects: Terror In The Aisles (1984), Falcon Crest (TV series, 1985-1986), General Hospital (TV series, 1996)

In the annals of TV’s unofficial hall of fame, Morgan Fairchild is main attraction. With roles on an endless string of small-screen properties over the years, including soap operas (General Hospital) and action dramas (Perry Mason), the 40-year veteran has brightened up more television sets than Cablevision.

16. Diana Dors

Notable projects: Diamond City (1949), Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)

Why should America—specifically, Hollywood—have all of the fun? Seemingly tired of hearing about the States’ bombshell Marilyn Monroe, the film magnates in England groomed their very own yellow-mained heartbreaker: Diana Dors. As they say, you can never have too much of a good thing. Especially when that good thing has knockers like those.

15. Sharon Stone
Notable projects: Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), Sliver (1993), Casino (1995)

Let’s ignore Sharon Stone’s more recent debacles. *ahem*Basic Instinct 2. *cough*Catwoman. Sorry, had to cough up a lung right quick, a hairball lodged so deep that it forced us to type out the throat clearing. Now that we’re chipper, let’s focus on Stone’s finer hours, such as Casino, in which she towered over Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci at times, and Basic Instinct, the one for which her hoo-ha was robbed of awards consideration. That’s why they have honorary categories, damn it.

14. Cheryl Ladd

Notable projects: Charlie’s Angels (TV series, 1977-1981), Permanent Midnight (1998)

Give Cheryl Ladd some credit—she had a steep hill to climb in order to earn her bombshell reputation. In 1977, right when the ABC series Charlie’s Angels was hitting its stride, breakout star Farrah Fawcett exited stage right, leaving a gaping hole in the show’s trinity of sexy co-stars. Ladd bravely stepped in to pick up Fawcett’s slack…and remained on the hugely popular TV classic until its 1981 closing. Salute Miss Cheryl, and then tip your hats to the legendary beauty for also giving birth to a fetching offspring, horror movie frequenter Jordan Ladd.

13. Mamie Van Doren

Notable projects: Untamed Youth (1957), High School Confidential (1958), Guns, Girls, And Gangsters (1959)

Not much has changed in Hollywood. Even back in the 1950s, major studios would shamelessly mimic the successful moves of their competitors, much like today. When 20th Century Fox struck gold with Marilyn Monroe, Universal Pictures quickly unleashed their own version of the blonde starlet: Mamie Van Doren. Arguably just as sultry as Monroe looks-wise, Van Doren’s career didn’t erupt similarly; by the end of the decade, she was relegated to cheesy B-movies with titles like Sex Kittens Go To College. Which reminds us: Our NetFlix queue needs some updating.

12. Michelle Pfeiffer

Notable projects: Scarface (1983), The Witches Of Eastwick (1987), Married To The Mob (1988), Dangerous Liasons (1988), Batman Returns (1992), Dangerous Minds (1995), What Lies Beneath (2000)

Before Hollywood gets all nostalgic about Michelle Pfeiffer during her soon-to-happen career revival (to be kick-started by New Year’s Eve and heightened in next year’s Dark Shadows), it’s imperative that we all pay homage to one of ’80s cinema’s most acclaimed sexpots. It takes a special kind of actress to please both snooty critics and horny lunkheads, but somehow Pfeiffer did so in her prime, a prime example being how well she rocked the skintight latex suit in Batman Returns as Catwoman. Anne Hathaway best bring her A-game in next year’s The Dark Knight Rises.

11. Rebecca Romijn

Notable projects: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), The Punisher (2004), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Not all supermodels should act—look no further than Kathy Ireland’s awkward attempts at becoming a comedy player, or Tyra Banks’ amusing effort to achieve scream queen status in Halloween: Resurrection. Rebecca Romijn, however, gets a pass, simply because she’s a key player in two of the best comic book movies ever made: Bryan Singer’s X-Men and X2. And because of bikini pictures like this one.

10. Nicole Eggert

Notable projects: Charles In Charge (TV series, 1987-1990), Baywatch (TV series, 1992-1994), Blown Away (1993)

It’s the Alyssa Milano syndrome: A button-cute teenage actress captures adolescent men’s hearts on a family-friendly sitcom, and then, years later, she matures into a late-night cable TV dimepiece. First catching roaming eyes as the cuter daughter on Charles In Charge, Nicole Eggert gave dudes’ heart palpitations a few calendars after Charles wrapped up in 1990 by donning the iconic red swimsuit on Baywatch. But it’s actually Eggert’s softcore oddity Blown Away that’s her most watchable effort, mainly because she’s naked a good amount of the time. Her bared assets more than make up for the presences of Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, neither of whom have any business co-starring in a quasi-porno.

9. Jaime Pressly

Notable projects: Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), Not Another Teen Movie (2001), My Name Is Earl (TV series, 2005-2009)I Love You, Man (2009),

What’s sexier than a woman with a great sense of humor? Yes, the ability to wear skimpy two-piece attire like Jaime Pressly is above. But when you combine those two characteristics, it’s clear as day that Pressly is one of Hollywood’s hottest double threats. So why in breast’s name isn’t she a bigger deal? Just imagine how much better those Gerard Butler romantic comedies would be if Pressly had been his leading lady? OK, not that much greater, but you get the point. It’s not like she’s a wizard who can magically transform crap scripts into gold.

8. Joi Lansing

Notable projects: Singin’ In The Rain (1952), The Merry Widow (1952), Touch Of Evil (1958)

Often, bikini photos from back in the black-and-white times aren’t as steamy as today’s swimsuit pics—blame it on the tamer standards of the day, or two-pieces with bottoms akin to granny panties. Yet, have another gander at the picture above; it’d be a standout in any 2012 calendar, no? That’s what Joi Lansing was working with during the 1950s, and exactly why some of Hollywood’s biggest names (including Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, and Dean Martin) found themselves sharing screen time with her.

7. Pamela Anderson
Notable projects: Home Improvement (TV series, 1991-1993), Baywatch (1992-1997)

If you haven’t noticed yet, this countdown isn’t preoccupied with such trivial matters as acting talents and impressive role choices—there’s a time and a place for that, and it’s not now, nor here. Rather, it’s a superficial party, gents, and the guest of honor at this moment is Pamela Anderson, one of the game’s all-time knockout champions. Sure, her performances in Baywatch were barely steps above watching busty mannequins walk and talk, and 1996’s Barb Wire is a comic book travesty. But just try staring at any random Pamela Anderson bikini shot without getting stiffer than rigor mortis.

6. Scarlett Johansson
Notable projects: Ghost World (2001), Lost In Translation (2003), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010)

It’s easy to throw darts at Scarlett Johansson’s name for not being such a great actress, though we’d beg to differ on some accounts (she’s quite good in Lost In Translation, for one). But you know what’s not so effortless? Denying ScarJo of her overpowering sex appeal. She could be the female Brendan Fraser for all we care.

5. Jayne Mansfield
Notable projects: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957), The Wayward Bus (1957)

Unlike most beautiful actresses, who concern themselves more with clean-cut credibility than generous exhibitionism, O.G. bombshell Jayne Mansfield had no shame, and we mean that in the best way possible. In movies, she was a popular scene-stealer, able to handle both laughs and emotional turmoil. But once the cameras stopped rolling, she was quick to parade around in cleavage-bursting outfits and pose for Playboy. For that, she’s the genuine article.

4. Elisha Cuthbert
Notable projects: Old School (2003), The Girl Next Door (2004), 24 (TV series, 2001-2010), Happy Endings (TV series, 2011-present)

If you haven’t given ABC’s increasingly hilarious sitcom Happy Ending a chance yet, we’re thinking that Elisha Cuthbert’s presence should be enough to make you at least set your DVRs for weekly taping. Yes, it’s that same ten-spot from the underrated teen comedy The Girl Next Door, and, yup, she’s the underaged minx who slept with the unaware Luke Wilson in Old School. But you really need to check her out on Happy Endings, though; looking better than ever, Cuthbert’s divine rack is only matched by her wicked comedic skills.

3. Marilyn Monroe
Notable movies: All About Eve (1950), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Misfits (1961)

It’s forgivable to forget that Marilyn Monroe had an acting career of any kind. To the less-knowledgeable pop culture dabbler, she’s the iconic pin-up known for having affairs with President John F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby, for marrying Joe DiMaggio, and for being unbelievably beautiful. Which all takes away from the fact that Monroe (born Norma Jean Baker) was a gifted comedienne, using her slick timing and humor to bolster funny pictures like Some Like It Hot (an undeniable classic). Undervalued performances—just one downside to being one of Hollywood’s all-time sexiest women.

2. Kim Basinger
Notable projects: The Natural (1984), 9½ Weeks (1986), Batman (1989), L.A. Confidential (1997), 8 Mile (2002)

Hurl all of the professional compliments you want at Kim Basinger—she certainly deserves them. On screen, particularly throughout the '80s and '90s, the golden-haired stunner rested atop Hollywood’s A-list, bringing prestige to superhero fare (Batman) and elegance to austere period drama (L.A. Confidential). Around here, however, we’re partial to how quickly her smoking body melts ice cubes in the kinky, erotic thriller 9½ Weeks. Frozen water and men’s libidos don’t stand a chance.

1. Charlize Theron

Notable projects: 2 Days In The Valley (1996), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), The Italian Job (2003), Monster (2003), The Road (2009), Young Adult (2011)

Who is Hollywood’s most underrated beauty queen (and we mean “underrated” in terms of looks)? It’s a toss-up between Kate Beckinsale and Charlize Theron, two gifted actresses who, aside from their individual Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” covers, are rarely gushed about with the same tirelessness as, say, Scarlett Johansson. But Theron, specifically, blesses mirrors with a virtually flawless exterior, and her acting is just as grand. Early word on her “comeback” project, acclaimed director Jason Reitman’s dark comedy Young Adult, has her pegged as a surefire Oscar contender. We can’t wait to see her slaughter the industry’s elite in her many red carpet dresses.

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