Pointless List Ignores Too Many Screen Beauts, but Why?

bergman225.jpgNow hear this: Movieline loves a good pointless list. Problem is, we like when pointless lists actually have a point -- and people are ranked and weird subject matters are brought to the fore. In the case of LA Times Magazine's newest list, the 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film, the selections aren't even ranked. They're just listed in alphabetical order, as if we don't know who Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor are, and need to look them up in the Yellow Pages. The amount of notable omissions is also worthy of a fight. Let's give them one.

First, the 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film:

1. Isabelle Adjani

2. Brigitte Bardot

3. Kim Basinger

4. Monica Bellucci

5. Halle Berry

6. Louise Brooks

7. Claudia Cardinale

8. Julie Christie

9. Jennifer Connelly

10. Joan Crawford

11. Penelope Cruz

12. Dorothy Dandridge

13. Catherine Deneuve

14. Faye Dunaway

15. Farrah Fawcett

16. Greta Garbo

17. Ava Gardner

18. Eva Green

19. Anne Hathaway

20. Salma Hayek

21. Rita Hayworth

22. Audrey Hepburn

23. Angelina Jolie

24. Grace Kelly

25. Beyonce Knowles

26. Nicole Kidman

27. Hedy Lamarr

28. Vivien Leigh

29. Virna Lisi

30. Blake Lively

31. Jennifer Lopez

32. Sophia Loren

33. Ali Macgraw

34. Marilyn Monroe

35. Kim Novak

36. Merle Oberon

37. Michelle Pfeiffer

38. Freida Pinto

39. Natalie Portman

40. Julia Roberts

41. Jean Seberg

42. Brooke Shields

43. Sharon Stone

44. Elizabeth Taylor

45. Charlize Theron

46. Gene Tierney

47. Lana Turner

48. Rachel Weisz

49. Natalie Wood

50. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Now, the uproar: Where is Ingrid Bergman? Lauren Bacall? Claudette Colbert? Joanne Woodward? Jane Fonda? Anjelica Huston? Better yet: Why are half of these people on the list?

It appears that The LA Times picked specific quantities of ladies from each decade of film. That's why you see Farrah Fawcett, Brooke Shields, and Ali Macgraw here. They're definitively '70s. But Farrah Fawcett was barely a movie star, right? Logan's Run and Dr. T. and the Women? It's weird that she's here? Thought so. (R.I.P. nonetheless.)

Then there's the strange smattering of modern-day stars. Freida Pinto has two completed films to her name. Clearly The LA Times wanted an Indian actress on the tally -- but was an anti-Aishwarya Rai dark force in charge here? She's pretty stunning. Also, is Blake Lively secretly a thriving Indian film star, because what the hell is she doing here? Apparently acting ability was not taken into account, because Blake Lively was secretly played by an old Cheri Oteri character in The Town. Beyonce isn't really a movie star, and Jennifer Lopez barely qualifies. At this rate, we should include the spellbinding Natalie Imbruglia for her contributions to Johnny English. I wouldn't object. Or maybe, like, Cate Blanchett. She'd work too.

If we're getting nit-picky about the "types" listed, I'd pick Hitchcock blonde Eva Marie Saint over the smokin', but more generic Kim Novak. I'd also throw in more obscure Hollywood glamor girls, like James Dean's main girl Pier Angeli. Who would you include or un-include?


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