Whatever Happened to All the Rugged Men?

When it comes to male movie stars, I think you can generally break them down into two basic groups: The Pretty Boy or The Rugged, Manly Man. 

Don’t get me wrong, I like the pretty boys too. But is takes a manly man to sweep you off your feet!

The Pretty Boy

The Pretty Boys tend to be the leading men in love stories, romantic movies, and dramas. You know who they are…they are gorgeous.

The Pretty Boy movie star is usually very well-groomed and is likely to get just as many manicures, facials and plastic surgeries as his female counterpart.

Now the Rugged Type generally shows up in action movies with guns, fast cars and fist fights. They are the brooding, moody hunks with all the muscles and  a troubled past.

Sometimes a Pretty Boy can play rugged roles, like Brad Pitt in Troy. He was a muscled armor wearing warrior, but oh my was he ever pretty. [Sorry Brad… you know I love you, but you are one of the Pretty Boys.]

  • Brad Pitt
  • Channing Tatum
  • Matt Bomer

The Rugged, Manly Man

Call them what you will,  you know what I mean.  Old Hollywood however, was full of  manly men who were both gorgeous and rugged.  Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, and many others.

  • Idris Elba
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Hugh Jackman

So tell me, who are the rugged male movie stars today?

That question was answered  after I saw the movie Australia, starring the oh sooooo rugged Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.  Jackman, who was recently chosen as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive redefines rugged manliness as the character “The Drover” in his new movie directed by Baz Luhrmann.  I knew he was ‘the hotness” when I saw him as the Wolverine in X-Men.


hugh-jackman-australia-1For most of the movie, Hugh was the walking, talking, horseback riding definition of ruggedness.  Sporting what  my friend, LeeAnne likes to calls “frontier stubble” and grubby outback clothes, he was the exact opposite of a Metro-sexual.

He took my breath away.

At just under 3 hours, Australia is almost 2 movies in one. There is the storyline of the cattle drive and then the movie shifts to another story that involves World War II. If that seems like too much for you, keep in mind that you will have just under 3 hours of watching Hugh in all his rugged glory.

Check out some of my favorite Hugh Jackson movies:

The Prestige

Kate and Leopold

The Wolverine

Les Miserables


What do you think? Who are you favorite rugged man and pretty boy movie stars?
About Clara Mathews

Clarabela (Clara Mathews) is freelance web content copywriter, professional blogger and Hugh Jackman fan. In addition to writing about her love of movies at JustChickFlicks.com, Clarabela is also a regular contributor to DignityZine.  Follow Just Chick Flicks on Facebook.