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What makes a great leading man?

Depends on where you're coming from. He's either the guy you want to be or the guy you want to be with, and while Hollywood huffs and puffs and spits out endless new challengers, the true champs combine a surprisingly nuanced variation on basic hunkitude. They're manly, not macho. They're witty instead of comical. They're confident without being cocky, vulnerable but not too much. And, as befits a Valentine's Day face-off, they often (but not always) need a leading lady to dazzle, confuse, and inspire them.

So no pec-rippling action heroes here; even Superman's a sensitive guy once he puts the glasses on. When Meredith and Ty cooked up their separate lists of the best leading men in the movies -- 16 great guys each, facing each other across the gym floor of a classic NCAA bracket system -- they looked for that indescribable combination of rebel twinkle and stand-up reliability, of sweetness and smolder. The rest is up to you. Pit the actors and their iconic roles against each other. When the dust clears, one leading man will stand tall, and his winning film will play at Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel Boston Common on Feb. 25. Ladies and Gentlemen, start your testosterone.

About the voting: Voting runs Feb. 11-15, with a round being decided each day. The winner will be announced Feb. 18. You may vote once per matchup. If you vote more than once, your latest vote is counted. When you return to this page, your previous votes won't be displayed.

More information: See the winners of best romantic film and favorite sexy film.

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