Joe Manganiello in Magic Mike[Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Taye Diggs in How Stella Got Her Groove Back[Photo Credit: 20th Century FOX]
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan The Barbarian[Photo Credit: Universal Pictures]
Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon[Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Brad Pitt in Fight Club[Photo Credit: 20th Century FOX]
Cuba Gooding Jr in Jerry Maguire[Photo Credit: TriStar Pictures]
Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love[Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Steve Carell in the 40 Year Old Virgin[Photo Credit: Universal Pictures]
Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine[Photo Credit: 20th Century FOX]
Christian Bale in American Psycho[Photo Credit: Lions Gate Films]
The film industry may be in a constant state of change, but the need for shirtless male actors has always withstood the test of time. And from Marlon Brando sweating it out in A Streetcar Named Desire to Chris Evans flexing some patriotic muscle in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we, the audience, remain unfazed by handsome men who just so happen to take their tops off on screen.
Most of the time having a character go shirtless serves the plot: In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell’s Andy Stitzer is popping his chest waxing cherry, Fight Club’s Tyler Durden avoids mounting dry cleaning bills by fighting topless and Magic Mike is a film about male strippers. But sometimes, male toplessness is completely gratuitous — not that we’re complaining. Directors have artistic license, after all.
In honor of the release of Neighbors, where Zac Efron and Seth Rogen go head-to-head as shirtless Abercrombie and Fitch models and an entire fraternity refuses to wear sleeves 90 percent of the time, we’re taking a look at memorable male chests from the big screen. How well do you know the famous pectorals of Bruce Lee from Ryan Gosling? Check out some of the most iconic chests, above.
[Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures]