About to slash up screens everywhere this weekend as a saucy buccaneer in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' Penélope Cruz has, in just 20 years, gone from being a promising newcomer in Spanish cinema to raising temperatures around the globe as one of the sexiest women in the world.

Perhaps no performer since Sophia Loren (who co-starred with Cruz in the musical 'Nine') has won over audiences with equal parts acting chops and va-va-voomery. And now that she's nailed the whole bilingual thing, Cruz gets raves for English-language movies like 'Vicky Christina Barcelona' (which won her an Oscar) and 'Elegy' while still returning home to Spain to work with her close friend and mentor, Pedro Almodóvar.

But whether she's acting in Spanish or in English, Cruz suffuses almost every role with a palpable sexuality that has made her one of this generation's hottest international stars. Keep reading to find out more about just a few of Cruz's hottest moments on the big screen.