As James Brown memorably hollered: "it's a man's world, but it don't mean nothing without a woman or a girl." This is especially true in the cinematic world; female roles have become stronger and stronger in recent years, and Hollywood is currently awash with talented actresses who continue to light up the screen. And it certainly helps that most of them are absolutely stunning in the looks department, too. When I originally conceived this piece, it was to be a straightforward "sexiest women in cinema" article, but - in an attempt to be slightly less misogynistic - I compiled a list of women at the top of their game who have either dominated cinema this year or are set to do so in 2014. The fact that they are all very beautiful is merely a coincidence, though it's certainly a happy one. As a nod to the previously considered list, I've ranked them in order of personal preference. Anyone who's ever doubted my appreciation of redheads will be surprised to find at least four on the list, but hey - it's all about individual taste, isn't it? I've stuck strictly to 10 actresses who I thought were brilliant in the past couple of years, or are about to become even bigger in 2014. Therefore there is no room for women who traditionally make Hot Lists, such as Rihanna- Battleship was irredeemably terrible, after all. If I've missed anybody more deserving, or you simply want to mock my taste, feel free to join in on the comments thread at the end of the article.
I am a freelance writer, currently residing in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. I was raised by wolves in the woodlands of Northumberland, but am still posher than Colin Firth having dinner with The Queen. I write all of my pieces by swallowing a cocktail of scrabble tiles and vodka, then regurgitating them over my jotter. Hope this explains the typos.