It's been 15 years since we were treated to Michael Bay's dramatic retelling of Pearl Harbor, and while we're focusing on the movie's star-studded cast and its comic book connections, there's one topic I personally feel requires a much closer focus: Josh Hartnett's face.
Before you start, there's clearly a lot more to this nostalgic dreamboat than his dreamy visage, but, considering I spent much of my teen years gazing upon it, I'm venturing down this shallow route regardless. Sorry. However, if you care to join me, below you'll find a list of the seven movies that, between 1998 and 2001, introduced us to the Hollywood hunk we all know today.
So, grab your self some popcorn and buckle up folks, because this movie night fodder is "guaranteed to jack you up."
1. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later - 1998
His first feature length movie, Halloween H20, features a fresh faced Hartnett. Although the slasher received some pretty divisive reviews, his charming good looks were one of the few factors for which the movie was actually praised.
Best quote: "Mom, I am not responsible for you. That's it, I've had enough. I can't take it, Mom. He's dead. Michael Myers is dead."
2. The Faculty - 1998
Sticking on the horror train, his second movie, The Faculty, is a '90s masterpiece that not only features JH as a "drug" pushing, floppy-haired bum/genius named Zeke, it also investigates real-life concerns such as realizing all your teachers are aliens.
Best quote: "I'm about to take my chances. I leave for five minutes, and when I come back everyone's a fucking alien. Now, if I have to Men in Black your ass, you're gonna fucking take it!"
3. The Virgin Suicides - 1999
The Virgin Suicides may have heavy subject matter — what with the narrative circulating around teen suicide and isolation — but Sofia Coppola's ethereal wand makes this '90s movie a total treat for the eyes. Helped, of course, by JH's (a.k.a Trip Fontaine) super '70s hairstyle, which I've got to admit — I actually kind of dig.
Best quote: "She was the still point of the turning world, man."
4. Here On Earth - 2000
Let's talk about how lucky Leelee Sobieski's character is in this film, shall we? Like, JH's character delivers the line below to her and she falls for someone else?! Um, what?
Best quote: "No. Nobody knows you like I do. Alright? Nobody gets you like I do. We belong together. We... I love you. I love you, Sam."
5. O - 2001
Not only is JH very cute in this movie, he's also helping you learn Shakespeare, so this addition is basically just studying masked as eye-candy, which is a great start if you ask me. Plus, he plays Hugo, a character based on Iago, who, let's be real, is the best character in Othello anyway.
Best quote: "You didn't steal anything, you just borrowed it for a little while. And if you wouldn't mind I'd like to borrow you."
6. Pearl Harbor - 2001
Everyone loves a guy in uniform, so JH starring as Capt. Danny Walker is one of many reasons to check out this drama-filled gem of a movie, which also stars Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Garner!
Best quote: "This ain't the farm and these ain't no crop dusters, I'm not playin' chicken with ya."
7. 40 Days And 40 Nights - 2001
Masquerading as Matt Sullivan the sex addict, 40 Days and 40 Nights is literally just about his abstinence, which, if you have a crush on this dude, makes for pretty entertaining viewing. He also gives his on-screen girlfriend an orgasm by touching her with an orchid; although we can all call bullshit on that straight away, let's not.
Best quote: "I'm seeing things! I swear to God, everywhere I look I'm seeing tits and ass. When I came in here, I swear to God, I thought I saw you kissing a nun. Oh, my God! You *were* kissing a nun!"
Please note: I'm aware that he also starred in Sin City, Lucky Number Slevin and Black Dahlia among other titles, the movies in this list are — as the intro states — only up until 2001.