Whether he's the jock, the brain or the pale pretty boy with a taste for blood, we all have our favorite movie boyfriends. Some would take us joyriding through downtown Chicago on a school day; others might kill to date us (literally). Check out these ten iconic movie boyfriends-ranked from the baddest bad boy to the cream of the crop-and decide which of them you'd take home to meet the folks.
10. J.D. (Heathers)
Cads and murderers are bad enough, but what if your guy is a full-blown serial killer? Misfit teenager Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) falls for the anarchic J.D. (Christian Slater), the only one willing to rebel against the oppressive social order at Westerburg High. At first, Veronica finds herself a reluctant accomplice to J.D.'s sinister payback plots. But as the bodies pile up, J.D.'s radical nihilism loses its appeal and their toxic relationship runs its course, prompting Veronica to revolt and stop her crusading boyfriend from blowing up the entire school.
"Yeah, but this is Ohio. I mean, if you don't have a brewski in your hand you might as well be wearing a dress." -J. D. to Veronica Sawyer
9. David McCall (Fear)
Rebellious teenager Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) finds the perfect bad boy to annoy daddy when she meets the sexy, gentle-voiced David McCall (Mark Wahlberg). Unfortunately for her, in addition to a killer six-pack, David's got a jealous temper and a tendency towards homicidal rages. One home invasion later, Nicole breaks it off with her psycho ex-boyfriend for good ... by helping her father throw him out of a second-story window.
"It could have all been different, Mr. Walker. You should have let nature take its course ... but in the end, it will anyway ..." -David McCall to Steve Walker
8. Chris Wilton (Match Point)
Some bad boyfriends can be reformed. Others get away with murder. Such is the case of Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), the upwardly mobile tennis pro at the center of Woody Allen's Match Point. First he betrays the infatuated Chloe (Emily Mortimer), whom he marries while carrying on an affair with the sensual Nola (Scarlett Johansson). Then, he kills Nola and their unborn child, making it look like a robbery gone wrong. And what does it all boil down to? Chance. Some jerks get all the luck.
"I know that it's not the most honorable thing to cheat on your wife, but that does not make me a murderer." -Chris Wilton
7. Rob Gordon (High Fidelity)
Acerbic audiophile Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is a far cry from Lloyd Dobler. He's a self-involved commitment-phobe who can't understand why live-in girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) has broken up with him. In Rob's narcissistic world, everything revolves around him; even breaking the fourth wall is an act of self-pitying attention-mongering. Still, Rob eventually grows up enough to realize he's to blame for his own relationship woes and by the film's end has begun creating a mix-tape for Laura-the ultimate Gen-X expression of love.
"John Dillinger was killed behind that theater in a hail of FBI gunfire. And do you know who tipped them off? His ... girlfriend." -Rob Gordon to camera
6. Scott Pilgrim (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
Toronto musician-slacker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) isn't a particularly good boyfriend to high school naïf Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), especially when he falls head over heels in love with the surly and mysterious Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). He's not that great a boyfriend to Ramona either, but he is willing to fight for her love—with his fists! By the time he's done turning Ramona's evil exes into gold coins, Scott has learned a little something about relationships ... but we're not quite sure he deserves his happy romantic ending.
"I think garlic bread would have to be my favorite all-time food. I could eat it for every meal. Or just constantly, without stopping." -Scott Pilgrim to Ramona Flowers
5. Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga)
The Twilight Saga's dreamy heartthrob is Bella Swan's (Kristen Stewart) swoon-worthy soul mate, but he comes with plenty of baggage. There's the fact that vampires who thirst for sweet human blood can make a simple make-out session turn lethal. And that one time he dumped her in the middle of the forest. (So not cool.) But Edward (Robert Pattinson) is Bella's beloved, no matter how many hunky werewolves and evil bloodsuckers try to get in his way. And we have to admit it: he looks pretty when he sparkles.
"I'm the world's most dangerous predator, Bella. Everything about me invites you in. My voice, my face, even my smell." -Edward Cullen to Isabella Swan
4. Keith Nelson (Some Kind of Wonderful)
Oh, Keith Nelson. Every tomboy that lived through the ‘80s yearned for a Keith (Eric Stoltz), the beautiful, sensitive, but clueless boy who spends most of Some Kind of Wonderful pining for the wrong girl (Lea Thompson) while his drummer-chick BFF Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) watches in agony. Eventually he realizes that his heart belonged to Watts all along (duh!), so we'll give him a pass. He's lucky we love John Hughes-ian declarations of devotion in the middle of darkened streets.
"Well, I like art, I work in a gas station, my best friend is a tomboy. These things don't fly too well in the American high school." -Keith Nelson to his father
3. Landon Carter (A Walk to Remember)
When popular kid Landon Carter (Shane West) falls for preacher's daughter Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore), the campus taunts are initially hard to bear. But as the terminally ill Jamie shares her world and her bucket list with the arrogant Landon, he learns what love is all about and devotes his life to fulfilling her every dying wish. Now that's commitment-the kind you only find in Nicholas Sparks novels.
"Can you find this star, right here? ... Because I had it named for you. See? It's official. It's from the International Star Registry." -Landon Carter to Jamie Sullivan
2. Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything...)
Say Anything...'s Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) may not have much in the way of traditional aspirations, but his heart is in the right place. So when Diane Court's (Ione Skye) disapproving father and the pressures of an uncertain future get the better of her, this cynical, gutsy dream geek boy grabs life by the horns and stands outside her window, boombox aloft, blasting the most romantic ballad ever known to man. And she takes him back. Oh yes, she takes him back.
"What I really want to do with my life-what I want to do for a living-is I want to be with your daughter. I'm good at it." -Lloyd Dobler to Diane Court's Father
1. Ferris Bueller
He's fun, he's outgoing and he can make a leopard-print vest look good. Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) isn't just the guy girls love to love—he's the guy everybody loves. He'll break you out of class and take you on the best day-long date ever (don't mind his best friend, along for the ride) and still get home in time to greet his parents with a smile. The only thing he can't do is run the odometer backwards on a prized Ferrari, but who needs Ferraris when you have Ferris?
"The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is "what aren't we going to do?" -Ferris Bueller to Sloane Peterson