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Every Ryan Gosling Movie, Ranked

Every Ryan Gosling Movie, Ranked

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Ryan Gosling could have had a long and successful career simply looking good in front of the camera for stupid rom-coms and action movies. Instead, after a successful early career, he pivoted, and took roles in smaller indie dramas and honed his serious acting chops to the point where he's one of the most respected performers in the business. These are the best Ryan Gosling movies ranked.

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This psychological thrillerâ€"actually written by Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioffâ€"is almost as bad and confusing as Ryan Gosling’s Conor Obe rst hair.

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Two bored, rich white boys do some murder. It’s up to Sandra Bullock to solve it!

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It’s a squad. Of gangsters! Theory: This is actually the prequel to La La Land.

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It’s a movie inspired by Robert Durst that somehow becomes more cliché than its title.

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Wow, the 2000s was a decade of Ryan Gosling as a weirdo murderer with bad hair.

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Ryan Gosling is in Austin and South America doing something? I’m not exactly sure what, but it looks kinda nice.

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After their triumph with Drive, Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn reunited for this deeply problematic and immoral bloodbath.

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Anthony Hopkins is basically his Silence of the Lambs character, only this time he’s the defendant and Gosling is the Deputy D.A. trying to prosecute him.

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Very early in his career, Hollywood really wanted Ryan Gosling to be a football movie guy, despite the fact that his actual childhood was very much the opposite.

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Even though you already saw him in Remember the Titans, this is mainstream audiences’ first real exposure to Ryan Gosling, in this Extremely Nicholas Sparks-adapted hit.

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Ryan Gosling stars alongside writer and director George Clooney in this competent and well-acted political drama that had no idea what was coming in 2016.

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Before he became the puppy-faced heartthrob we know him as today, Gosling’s first starring role was as a neo-Nazi in this deeply disturbing (especially today) indie drama.

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For his first-ever film role, Gosling played Alan Bosley in this beloved Disney classic about a football team whose players must overcome their own prejudice to win the big game.

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Young hot man Ryan Gosling teaches older single and sad Steve Carell how to meet ladies. Despite its reliance on heterosexual gender norms, it’s an absolutely charming rom-com.

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For all its stunning visuals, it’s easy to overlook Gosling’s understated and complex performance as a Replicant Blade Runner dispatching his own kind and trying to figure out his own past.

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Surpris ingly, Ryan Gosling as a tatted-up, badass bank robber/stuntman actually works in this crime drama directed by Derek Cianfrance.

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Unreasonably attractive human man (even with a creepy mustache and bad haircut) Ryan Gosling falls in love with a sex doll in this comedy that works thanks to its tender portrayal of loneliness and Gosling’s compassionate and funny performance.

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This emotionally brutal romanti c drama follows the courtship and implosion of a couple’s relationship in a non-linear order. Gosling was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor, while co-star Michelle Williams earned an Oscar nomination.

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Gosling disappears into the role of Jared Vennett, the slick narrator of the film, who guides us through this hilarious and shocking re-enactment of the collapse of the housing market.

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This comedy about G osling as a bumbling '70s private investigator is surprisingly underrated, and is an excellent example of his tragically underutilized comedy chops.

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Yes, he’s not much of a dancer, and yes, his mansplaining of jazz is deeply annoying, but that’s not enough to overshadow the sunshine and charm of La La Land. Though the Academy Award for Best Actor eluded him a second time, Goslingâ€"who’s always been an endearing singer, going back to Blue Valentineâ€"holds his own as the driven and talented Sebastian Wilder.

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Shockingly ahead of its time in terms of fashion, visuals, and music, Drive remains one of the most stylish crime dramas of all time. Anchoring the film is Gosling’s quiet and subtle performance as the stunt driver hero.

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This is the movie that marked the turning point in Gosling’s career. Just as he was about to become locked into the pretty-boy, heartthrob typecast, Gosling instead took a turn in an indie film as a drug-addled, yet caring, inner city middle school teacher. His tortured, sensitive performance earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor and pivoted his future toward the smart complex, often award-caliber roles we know him for today.

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