40 Hottest Women over 40
Welcome to our Top 40 list of Hottest Women over 40. We scoured the internet for lists of other people’s hottest over 40 lists, and compiled them against our own feelings, to come up with the list. Hope you enjoy it.

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Joan Jett

Joan Jett

#40: Joan Jett
Age: 49
Where you know her from:
Joan Jett ran away from home at 15, and released her first record only a few short years later. She’s headed a number of bands, and eventually went out on her own as a solo (and highly successful) rock act.
Why she made the list
Joan Jett’s been rockin’ out, and kickin’ ass since before I was born. The sheer fact that she’s been kicking so much ass, for so long makes her worthy of our list.

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan

#39: Meg Ryan
Age: 46
Where you know her from:

Meg Ryan’s been making chick flicks, since before you or I even knew what a chick flick was. Movies like When Harry Met Sally (1989), Joe Versus The Volcano (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) all put Meg Ryan on the map, and made her a go-to girl for romantic comedies. Though the first real thing I can personally remember seeing her in, is Top Gun, as Goose’s wife.
Why she made the list
Meg Ryan’s one of those women who you never see age. She’s looked exactly the same for the last twenty years, and shows no sign of looking any older, any time soon. She’s got the classic girl next door look about her. And the scene at the sandwich shop in When Harry Met Sally certainly helped get her on the list.

Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash

#38: Stacey Dash
Age: 41
Where you know her from:

Stacey played the best friend of Alicia Silverstone’s Cher, in 1995’s Clueless. She went on to do the Clueless TV show shortly thereafter, but has been mostly silent since then. According to IMDB, she’s got six movies in the works, due out later this year, and early next.

Why she made the list
She was gorgeous when you saw her in 1995, in Clueless, and she’s still gorgeous twelve years later. It almost weirds me out that she’s 41 years old. She still could play a seventeen year old.

Michael Michele

Michael Michele

#37: Michael Michele
Age: 41
Where you know her from:

She did a few seasons on TV’s “ER”, an episode here and there of various law-type TV shows. She had a small role in 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days opposite Kate Hudson.
Why she made the list
Michael Michele is a classically gorgeous woman, who looks just as good in jeans and a t-shirt, as she does in an evening gown. It’s hard to leave her off this list.

Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue

#36: Elisabeth Shue
Age: 44
Where you know her from:

Elisabeth got her started in 1984’s The Karate Kid, as Ali, the love interest. Since then you’ve seen her in Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future III (1990), and my favorite Adventures in Babysitting (1987). Elisabeth continues to make movies today, though it seems she doesn’t work as much as she used to. 2007 brought us Gracie, which was another movie about soccer. Needless to say, I passed on it.

Why she made the list
Ever since Adventures in Babysitting, I can safely say that any guy my age always hoped that they had a babysitter as hot as Elisabeth Shue, when they were a kid. Elisabeth’s grown up nicely over the years, but still retains her childlike beauty. From what I gather online, she’s never had any type of surgery, and she still looks great at 44.

#35: Catherine Keener
Age: 48
Where you know her from:

Catherine had done a ton of movies, before she made it big in 2005’s The 40 Year Old Virgin. You may also remember her from 1998’s Out of Sight, 1992’s The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, or 1999’s Being John Malkovich. Since Virgin, Catherine has gone on to roles in Capote, Friends With Money, and has a number of upcoming movies in the works.
Why she made the list
Keener’s Trish (The 40 Year Old Virgin) made us all fall in love with her. Some people may argue that she’s not gorgeous, in the traditional sense, there’s just something about her.

Demi Moore

Demi Moore

#34: Demi Moore
Age: 45
Where you know her from:

“St. Elmo’s Fire”, One Crazy Summer, The Seventh Sign, Ghost, A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal, Striptease. Need I say more?
Why she made the list
Demi had been playing typically “safe” roles for the first part of her career. I remember seeing The Seventh Sign at a drive-in, and being scared silly. It all turned around, and suddenly Demi was a sex symbol in 1996, when Striptease came out. Perfectly suited that the year I turned 17, a R rated movie that my friends and I all wanted to go see comes out in theaters. Destiny? I say so.

Daisy Fuentes

Daisy Fuentes

#33: Daisy Fuentes
Age: 41
Where you know her from:

If you watched MTV at all, in the 90s, you know Daisy. She hosted about 4 trillion shows over the years, from spring break shows, to dating shows, to anything else MTV would pay her for. Nowadays, she’s doing VH1’s I Love the ’90s shows. And apparently she runs some clothing line now, too.
Why she made the list
As a kid, Daisy Fuentes was one of the only reasons to watch MTV. Even back in the 90s, there was hardly any music played on the station. But Daisy made it worth while.

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

#32: Maura Tierney
Age: 42
Where you know her from:

Maura has portrayed Dr. Abby Lockhart on TV’s ER since 1999. You may also know her from 1997’s Liar Liar, where she acted opposite man-of-the-decade Jim Carrey.
Why she made the list
Maura gets bonus points for being from Boston, since that’s where we live. Aside from that, she’s classically beautiful. No plastic surgery for Maura, either. You very rarely hear about her in the press, she’s low key, and keeps to herself. She wins points for the “no drama” factor.

Julia Louis Dreyfus

Julia Louis Dreyfus

#31: Julia Louis Dreyfus
Age: 46
Where you know her from:

You must live under a rock, if you’ve never seen Seinfeld. Or, Saturday Night Live. Or maybe you remember Julia in 1989’s Christmas Vacation, and the Griswold’s neighbor, Margo.
Why she made the list
Julia Louis Dreyfus portraying Elaine Benes on Seinfeld was never an attractive woman, by any means. I can safely say that no man alive found Elaine attractive. Suddenly, this The New Adventures of Old Christine show pops up (which I’ve seen a few times), and it’s like bam! Julia Louis Dreyfus is suddenly a knock-out. Plus, anyone who can go from starring in Troll (one of the worst movies ever), to a hit television show, is okay with me.

Eva La Rue

Eva La Rue

#30: Eva La Rue
Age: 41
Where you know her from:

If you’re a fan of “CSI: Miami”, as I am, you loved the day that Eva La Rue joined the cast, playing Natalie Boa Vista. Prior to “CSI: Miami”, Eva starred on soap opera All My Children for twelve years.
Why she made the list
For the sheer fact that when she was getting her implants, it looks like she told the doctor “make them so big, they’ll look ridiculous. Then they’re perfect.” A woman with a figure like her’s, real or not, deserves to be on the list. Whether she’s twenty, thirty, forty, or a hundred. Fake breasts or not, she keeps her balance perfectly well.


  1. mike on said:

    No Jennifer Anniston?? Seriously? Give your heads a good shake sirs.

  2. Thom on said:

    Lest we forget Gina Davis and Andie McDowell? What gives? Stacey Dash, really?

  3. Thom on said:

    Also, where is Cindy Crawford?

  4. Thom on said:

    What about Jill Hennesy?

  5. Nate on said:

    Where the hell is Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mariah Carey??? The definitely deserve to be on the list

  6. Thommo on said:

    How can you leave out Emily Proctor, Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue? Those 3 should be in the top 20

  7. Dave on said:

    WTF? Where is DIANE LANE? She is the most beautiful woman over 40 in the entire universe!!!!

  8. Faustina Galeoto on said:

    well…YOU POUR WET CAT FOOD IN HER BOWL INSTEAD OF DRY CATFOOD..DURRRRRRR..why even ask a question like that?

  9. Nick on said:

    Where is Mary-Louise Parker?? She is definately deserving to be on this list.

  10. Paul on said:

    I think most people don’t realize she is over 40, but I think Kelly Hu (Deathstrike in X-Men 2, the sorceress in Scorpion King) is incredibly hot.

  11. George on said:

    How can you not include Jennifer Coolidge and Mary McCormack? Two tall, thick and gorgeous women though not as popular as the others.

  12. Sara on said:

    How about Dana Delany?? She’s so pretty and looks so young for her age..

  13. Sabrina on said:

    Wondering why Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Faith Hill aren’t on here.

  14. Mike on said:

    As a man in my early 30’s- let me just say that these women are gorgeous! Beauty has nothing to do with age- Most of the women my age that I know either sprout a ‘muffin top’ over low slung jeans (shudder), are ‘chunky’, or are not interesting. Plenty of unattractive young ones out there. The beauty and confidence that a lot of these ‘babyboomer’ women have are HOT. Look around you- there’s lots of them – (I’ll bet you just think they’re a lot younger than they really are). And Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon – jeeze- gorgeous!

  15. DrHaver on said:

    Yes, Diane Lane should be there. What’s more attractive than a well preserved woman in her 40s? – nothing. I REALLY have to stop thinking about sex with beautiful women I hardly know.

  16. NotBad on said:

    Surprised to not see Diane Lane on there somewhere.

  17. ann on said:

    Here are my thoughts: First thanks for this! Personally, I think the only problem with a list such as this is TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT!! There are so many sexy, beautiful, interesting women out there, who could possibly list them all…and that certainly includes women in the “celebrity/entertainment” world.

    Just a lot of us!!

    Again, thanks. Too much emphasis on what is wrong and it is nice to see emphasis on what is right, good and beautiful.

  18. McG on said:

    Overall, a pretty good list. I love that you’ve got some lesser-known talents out there (Michael Michele, Eva LaRue) who made it. Also, super props for putting two incredibly hot 50+ somethings – Sela Ward & Jayne Seymour – in your Top 20. I’m only in my mid-30’s, and those two make me look forward to getting older. :-)

    Also, I love Sheryl Crow being high – YES people, she IS that hot! … And Helen Miren? Good God! Yeah OK, I’d say she was hot … if she were my buddy’s grandma.

    On the top 10: been in love with Marisa Tomei since “A Different World.” Marcia Cross is so sexy, and Sandra Bulock (looking GREAT for the new movie “The Blind Side”) is hotter than ever. Also agree with Mariska being #1 – she’s fantastic in every way.

    Only complaints: Jamie Lee Curtis, who, with her Yogurt commercials now reminds me of a late 50s something in mom pants. Also, just don’t see why Laura Graham is #2 when many lower are much hotter. But overall, great job.

  19. andreasz89 on said:

    ok i have some problems with this list,

    where are Susan Sarandon, Mary Louise Parker, Elle McPherson, Vanessa Williams, Cindy Crawford, Kim Basinger, Faith Hill, Sharon Stone, Heather Locklear, Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy McDowel?
    these women are musc hotter that half the women on this list and the aren’t even in it!! outrage!

  20. Cloudborn14 on said:

    I’m not big on t.v. but have any of you EVEN SEEN the movie Desperado??!

    #1 Salma Hayek

  21. shawna on said:

    i think this list is pretty good but if i were to chose the top tree it would have went likt this
    number 3: Mariska Hargitay
    number 2: Marg Helgenberger
    number 1: the best looking woman on tv of course……..Marcia Cross :) i lov DHW so much and think she is the best acctress in hollywood :) xxxx

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  23. Wisc on said:

    Stacy Dash was ranked way too close, Jamie lee curtis way too high.

  24. Sam Wise on said:

    Tea Leoni?

  25. Queenie Dang Nguyen on said:

    yeah!Marcia Cross is really hot.but why do u use that picture?not so sexy.please choose another

  26. ski on said:

    What kind of list is this? I can’t believe that miss. Cindy Crawford the most beautiful woman/mom didn’t make the cut or get in the top 10.

  27. Jerry on said:

    I was linked here from the same kind of list on and both were missing one of my favorites, Jeri Ryan (Boston Public, Shark) who recently had her second child at age 41.

    Maybe they can sub her in for Sheryl Crow!!!

  28. Elle on said:

    Wait, wait, wait. Back up to Monica Bellucci:

    Where you know her from:
    Probably nowhere, unless you saw the hysterical Shoot ‘em Up flick earlier this year, or have a tendency to watch Italian made flicks. Bellucci’s a rather unknown in the states.

    what. the. f***.

    What kind of American hasn’t seen the last two Matrix movies? Also: Passion of the Christ? (not that anyone saw that, but it’s not as if it wasn’t well-known)

    And as much as I like Mariska Hargitay and believe she definitely should be on the list, I’m not sure she belongs at #1

  29. Apis on said:

    Nice list, however some of the placements are just wrong. Too low on the list:
    Salma Hayek
    Eva La Rue
    Julia Louis Dreyfus
    Stacey Dash

  30. Mauricio M. on said:

    Daisy Fuentes is Still Hot and Sexy for age of 41 or 42 years old,This Real Two SWEET………….SWEET……….SWEET…………SWEET……….SWEET……..

  31. bri on said:

    I agree with Mariska being 1. She’s absolutely stunning.

  32. sv on said:


  33. yum on said:

    Hargitay is the hottest over 40 ,30 ,20 whatever!!

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  36. Sheila on said:

    “Secondly, I can’t believe how many men leave Helen Mirren off their lists”

    Agreed! I’m STRAIGHT and I think Helen Mirren is hotter than the sun!

    I think many men are afraid to admit that they find Helen Mirren sexy (there are boatloads of comments posted at IMDB and other blogs under anonymous aliases posted by guys as young as FIFTEEN who admit that they are attracted to her but, are afraid to admit it their friends or family due to her age.)

  37. Christine on said:

    First of all – Sheryl Crow? Really?

    Secondly, I can’t believe how many men leave Helen Mirren off their lists: she’s 62 and still hotter than most of the women in Hollywood. See here for proof.


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