Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! Here Are Your Most Swoonworthy Leading Men!

Yes, this post confirms that we here at Hollywood Crush can find any holiday to celebrate the hotness of Hollywood’s hunks (did you see yesterday’s Earth Day post?). So, in honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, we’ve rounded up some of the greatest men to grace the silver screen in adaptations of the Bard’s greatest masterpieces. Sonnets and steamy make-out sessions with hot babes: we think we might be on to something.

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Romeo + Juliet”
We probably only need to point out the aquarium scene as evidence to why Leo is so delicious in the classic ’90s flick, directed by “The Great Gatsby” helmer Baz Luhrmann. Leo’s often-replicated floppy haircut, his boyish good looks and the way he wears a Hawaiian shirt is so hot that it’s no wonder Juliet defied a family feud to make out with him in a pool.

Mekhi Phifer, “O”
Mekhi, along with a bevy of early 2000s superstars (Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles), re-imagined the classic “Othello,” setting the famed play in high school. This basketball diary all about jealousy, love and lies is so juicy that only a man like Mekhi could inhabit the part of the man caught in the middle.

Heath Ledger, “10 Things I Hate About You”
In this version of “The Taming of the Shrew,” Heath is just too good to be true. He’s funny, devastatingly good-looking and disarmingly charming as a high school student who inspired the line “I want you. I need you. Oh, baby. Oh, baby.” Truer words have never been spoken, even if sarcastically. Julia, BTW, stars as his leading lady.

Ethan Hawke, “Hamlet”
Shout out to Stiles for starring in three of the greatest Shakespearean re-makes. Hamlet is so tortured by his father’s death that we just want to be his shoulder to cry on. So, imagine how irresistible the role became when ’90s super-babe Ethan Hawke was cast in the role. Vengeance never looked this angsty or sexy.

Joseph Fiennes, “Shakespeare in Love”
Hey, who’s hotter than the Bard himself? Mr. Fiennes played the legendary writer in this biopic with just the right amount of artistic sensitivity. A man with talent and good looks? Yes, please.

Who’s your favorite Shakespearean leading man? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!