30 Celebrity From the 90s We All Had Crushes On 

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Ah, the 90s! A decade filled with neon scrunchies, Tamagotchis, and of course, heartthrobs galore. Whether you were a teenybopper glued to your TV screen or a movie buff swooning in the theatre, there was no shortage of dreamy celebs to crush on. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about 30 celebrities from the 90s who captured our hearts with their charm, talent, and oh-so-dreamy looks.  

30. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the action-packed powerhouse who flexed his way into our hearts in the ’90s! From his iconic role as the Terminator in the blockbuster franchise to his larger-than-life characters in ‘True Lies’ and ‘Total Recall,’ he dominated the silver screen with his muscles and charisma. With his unforgettable catchphrases and adrenaline-pumping stunts, Schwarzenegger became the ultimate action hero, leaving audiences cheering for more. Whether he was battling cyborgs or saving the world from terrorists, he brought the fun and excitement to every scene.

29. Britney Spears

Britney Spears, the pop princess who ruled the ’90s with her catchy tunes and iconic dance moves! From her breakout hit ‘Baby One More Time’ to her infectious performances in ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ and ‘Stronger,’ she had us all grooving to the beat and singing along. With her charm like no other, she became the ultimate teen sensation.

28. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Co-starring with heartthrobs like Antonio Banderas in ‘The Mask of Zorro’ and Sean Connery in ‘Entrapment,’ she captivated everyone’s hearts. With her smoldering gaze and graceful demeanor, Zeta-Jones exuded old Hollywood glamour, moving us to a world of romance and intrigue. Whatever she did, from stealing hearts as an enchanting heroine to lighting up the stage with her musical prowess in ‘Chicago,’ she proved to be a true icon of the 90s era.

27. Matt Damon

Matt Damon, the charismatic leading man who became a household name in the ’90s! From his breakout role in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ which he co-wrote and starred in alongside Ben Affleck, to his gripping performances in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ he stole our hearts with everything that he did in the 90s era.

26. Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts is the radiant Hollywood icon who lit up the ’90s with her smile! From her unforgettable role as the charming and enigmatic Anna Scott in ‘Notting Hill’ to her captivating performances in ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Erin Brockovich,’ she captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. With her magnetic presence and infectious laughter, Roberts became the ultimate leading lady, earning her the title of ‘America’s Sweetheart’ (quite deservedly so!).

25. Uma Thurman

From her iconic role as the deadly assassin Beatrix Kiddo in ‘Kill Bill’ to her captivating turn as Mia Wallace in ‘Pulp Fiction,’ Thurman captivated audiences with her strength and style. With her commanding presence and iconic beauty, she quickly became the epitome of onscreen coolness and confidence. Everything that she did, from dancing with John Travolta to wielding a katana, she left an indelible mark on ’90s cinema and her adoring audiences.

24. Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, the acting maestro who reigned supreme in the ’90s with his unmatched talent and chameleon-like ability to embody any character! From his intense portrayal of gangster roles in ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino’ to his comedic genius in ‘Analyse This,’ he showcased his versatility and range. With his iconic onscreen scowl and piercing gaze, De Niro won the hearts of his many, many admirers.

23. Penelope Cruz

You know Penelope Cruz, right? The fiery Spanish bombshell who lit up the ’90s with her smoldering presence on screen! Yeah, she’s the one who set hearts racing with her steamy romance alongside Tom Cruise in ‘Vanilla Sky’ and stole scenes with Johnny Depp in ‘Blow’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.’ Talk about versatility! Critics couldn’t get enough of her talent, and fans around the globe fell head over heels for her.

22. Sarah Michelle Gellar 

Sarah Michelle Gellar, the badass queen of ’90s TV! From her stake-wielding antics as Buffy Summers to her sassy scheming as Kathryn Merteuil in ‘Cruel Intentions,’ she ruled the small and big screens. And we are definitely not getting over her iconic one-liners and fierce fight scenes. Gellar really was saving the world from vampires and breaking hearts with her wit, which painted her as the ultimate ’90s heroine, and we’re forever under her spell (and honestly, won’t even complain!). 

21. Keanu Reeves 

Keanu Reeves, the enigmatic heartthrob who defined ’90s cool with his effortless charm and badass attitude! From dodging bullets in ‘The Matrix’ to cruising the streets in ‘Speed,’ he captivated audiences with his intense performances and undeniable charisma. With his laid-back demeanor and unparalleled action sequences, Reeves became the ultimate action hero and leading man of the decade. Reeves can be defined as forever the epitome of ’90s cool and rightly so!

20. Ethan Hawke

Alright, let’s talk about Ethan Hawke, the guy who made the ’90s look effortlessly cool! From his debut in ‘Reality Bites,’ where he perfectly captured that whole ’90s slacker vibe, to his mind-bending role in ‘Gattaca,’ this dude had us all hooked. And who could forget the swoon-worthy romance of ‘Before Sunrise’? Hawke was like the king of soulful gazes and tousled hair, making hearts flutter everywhere.

19. Matthew Perry 

Matthew Perry, the king of sarcasm and wit from the iconic ’90s sitcom ‘Friends’! With his quick comebacks and impeccable timing, he kept us laughing as Chandler Bing. Who could forget his hilarious dance moves or his endless supply of jokes? Even when he was professing his love for Monica, he had us all rooting for him. Matthew Perry brought humor and heart to every episode, making the boy-next-door the ultimate crush of the 90s. 

18. Kate Hudson

Oh, Kate Hudson, the bubbly blonde bombshell! From her star-making turn as the iconic Penny Lane in ‘Almost Famous,’ where she made us all want to join the band, to her sidesplitting antics in rom-com favorites like ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ and ‘Raising Helen,’ she had us in stitches and swooning simultaneously. With her infectious energy and that million-dollar smile, Hudson was the ultimate 90s Hollywood sweetheart, spreading sunshine wherever she went.

17. Mathew McConaughey

Alright, alright, alright! Let’s talk about Matthew McConaughey, the laid-back heartthrob who defined the ’90s with his Southern charm and irresistible charisma. From his breakout role in ‘Dazed and Confused,’ where he coined this iconic ‘Alright’ catchphrase, to his swoon-worthy performances in romantic comedies like ‘The Wedding Planner’ and ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,’ he had us all falling head over heels.

16. Katherine Heigl

From her breakthrough role in ‘Roswell’ to her unforgettable performances in romantic comedies like ’27 Dresses’, ‘The Ugly Truth’ and ‘Knocked Up,’ Katherine Heigl stole hearts with all that she did. With her captivating presence and a laughter which could make anyone smile, Heigl became the ultimate leading lady of the decade, delivering iconic one-liners like “I may do dumb things, but I do them with enthusiasm” and “I’m the maid of honor, not the maid of dishonor.” She definitely made it the cute crush list!

15. Hilary Duff 

Hilary Duff started with her role as Lizzie McGuire, the awkward yet lovable middle schooler, then moving on to her chart-topping music career and winning hearts worldwide. Her transition into music and films only further solidified her status as a pop culture and cinematic icon. Duff’s relatable charm, confidence and authenticity definitely got her on that 90s cute crushes list!

14. Ben Affleck

Remember him in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ where Ben Affleck not only acted alongside Matt Damon but also helped write the darn thing? Talk about talent overload! And who could forget his epic roles in ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’? The man was everywhere, and we couldn’t get enough of him. With his rugged good looks and that twinkle in his eye, Affleck was like the ultimate crush material of the 90s decade, leaving us all weak in the knees!

13. Winona Ryder

Who could forget Winona in ‘Reality Bites’ or ‘Edward Scissorhands’? She was like the queen of coolness with those mesmerizing eyes that could tell a thousand stories. And let’s talk about her chemistry with Johnny Depp—both on and off-screen in ‘Edward Scissorhands’! Talk about sparks flying! Winona Ryder was basically the poster child for ’90s indie vibes, and we couldn’t get enough of her!

12. Heath Ledger 

Heath Ledger, the mesmerizing Aussie heartthrob from his breakout role in ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ to his haunting portrayal of the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight,’ he captivated audiences with his raw talent and magnetic presence. Ledger’s charm, intensity, and versatility made him a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood and the ultimate 90s man crush for every Monday!

11. Kirsten Dunst 

Kirsten Dunst, the ultimate ’90s sweetheart who spun her way into our hearts, quite literally, thanks to Jumanji and then Spiderman! From swinging through New York City as Mary Jane Watson in ‘Spider-Man’ to sinking her teeth into roles like Claudia in ‘Interview with the Vampire,’ she rocked the screen with her talent and charm. With her smile-so-pretty, Dunst became the poster child for ’90s soft glam girl crush!

10. Daniel Craig

Picture this: Daniel Craig bursts onto the scene in “Layer Cake” and instantly becomes the talk of Tinseltown with his smoking gaze and an aura like no one else. His suave moves and killer looks onscreen got many of his admirers in knots, even back in the 90s!

9. Pierce Brosnan

Alright, buckle up for some Pierce Brosnan talk! This guy? He’s the epitome of sophistication, the British gent who made ’90s cool look effortless! Think of James Bond and you’ve got Brosnan sliding into the role with killer charm and style. ‘GoldenEye,’ ‘Die Another Day’… He’s 007 incarnate, making us all wish we were Bond girls, right? But wait, there’s more! How about his hilarious turn in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ where he’s not just dodging bullets, but also navigating a chaotic family scene alongside Robin Williams? And can we just take a moment to appreciate his appeal in the 90s?

8. Leonardo DiCaprio 

Leonardo DiCaprio has been the eternal heartthrob of the ’90s and beyond! He is easily the ultimate poster boy for ’90s cool. From romancing Kate Winslet on the doomed Titanic or delivering powerhouse performances in gritty dramas, he left us begging for more! 

7. Angelina Jolie

Let’s dive into Angelina Jolie territory! She’s a force of nature. From her badass roles in ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ and ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ to her intense performances in ‘Girl, Interrupted’ and ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith,’ she’s got us all under her spell.

6. Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet had us all clutching our hearts as Rose in ‘Titanic’! Oh, the feels! And let’s not even get started on her in ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’… talk about range! With her fiery spirit and irresistible appeal, Winslet’s got us all wrapped around her finger like the crush that feels like it’ll never end.

5. Brad Pitt

Now, let’s spill the tea about Brad Pitt, the ultimate heartbreaker who’s been melting hearts since the ’90s and still going strong! He’s got more charm than a Hollywood red carpet event. No wonder he is the ultimate man crush to date!

4. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has got more personalities than a pack of Skittles. Who could ever get over his swashbuckling swagger in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’? And his role in ‘Edward Scissorhands’ make us really talk about cutting-edge charm! Depp is an icon that’s forever etched in time as a 90s heartthrob!

3. Anne Hathaway

Remember her ruling Genovia in ‘The Princess Diaries’? Anne Hathaway was the princess we all wished we could be! From then to now, Anne has remained a cinematic icon that make it back to our crushes list with every appearance on the silver screen.

2. Chad Michael Murray 

Hey, remember Austin Ames, the swoon-worthy quarterback from ‘A Cinderella Story’? Chad Michael Murray made hearts race with his portrayal of the modern-day prince, never failing to steal the spotlight. His brooding charm on ‘One Tree Hill’ had us all fainting and decking out our lockers with his posters. And who could forget his on-screen banter with Alexis Bledel? Murray’s journey to stardom solidified with his role as Tristan Dugray on ‘Gilmore Girls’—one of our favorite preppy crushes. Ah, those were the days!

1. Tom Cruise

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the one and only Tom Cruise! Remember when he swept us off our feet as the charming quarterback in ‘Jerry Maguire’? Or how about when he defied gravity in ‘Top Gun,’ making us all want to be fighter pilots? Cruise has been stealing scenes and making his way into our hearts since the ’90s.

There you have it, folks! A nostalgic trip down memory lane, revisiting 30 of the most crush-worthy celebrities from the ’90s. From heartthrobs to sweethearts, these stars captured our imaginations and stole our hearts with their talent, charm, and unforgettable performances. Let’s cherish these memories and keep the crushes alive in our hearts forever! 

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