Earlier this week, the news broke that Eva Mendes is possibly pregnant with boyfriend Ryan Gosling’s child.
With this news, Ryan Gosling fans everywhere have despaired, as the possibility of getting together with the 33-year-old star becomes even smaller.
However, this Top 10 hopes to focus not on what has potentially been lost, but on all the great roles that Ryan Gosling has given fans over the years. From his first roles in television programs such as Young Hercules, which everyone should really watch a few episodes of at least, to the greatness of his roles in movies such as Drive, Gosling is truly a talent.
Through this Top 10, Ryan Gosling’s greatest movies will be explored, reminding fans that while Ryan Gosling might possibly be a father, characters like Jacob from Crazy, Stupid, Love will always be single. At least for the first quarter of the movie.
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10. Gangster Squad (2013)
Role: Sgt. Jerry Wooters
Filled with old school glamour and an all star cast that includes Sean Penn and Emma Stone, Gangster Squaddeals with a secret police squad tasked with getting rid of a mob king pin. Gosling, who plays Wooters as part of this elite force, is smooth and slick, the way you imagine cops working in a corrupt force would have to be in order to survive.
Watch the trailer below:
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9. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
The bittersweet tale of a man who starts a relationship with a doll he ordered off the internet, Lars and the Real Girl, tugs on the heartstrings. Gosling’s portrayal of Lars shows his talent, as he portrays the shy protagonist slowly branching out with the support of the people who care about him.
Here is the trailer:
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8. Half Nelson (2006)
Role: Dan Dunne
A darker role than Lars and the Real Girl, Half Nelson tells the story of a friendship between a student and her teacher, that is cemented when the former learns about her teacher Dan’s drug habit. Gosling, as Dan, shows his capacity for deeper darker roles through this movie, and his many facets as an actor.
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7. Drive (2011)
Based on the novel Drive by James Sallis, Drive tells the story of a mysterious stuntdriver fittingly called Driver, who works as getaway driver at night. Through his role as the enigmatic Driver, Gosling creates a character that can invoke sympathy while still leaving the viewer in the dark about his character’s background.
Check out the trailer below:
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6. Remember the Titans (2000)
Role: Alan Bosley
Alright so granted Gosling’s role in Remember the Titans is not very big, but in a movie about a football team, all team members are important. The true story of one high school football team’s struggle to integrate and win during their first season together is an amazing story. Gosling’s role, as country-loving Alan just adds to the incredible ensemble that made the movie so great.
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5. Ides of March (2011)
Role: Stephen Meyers
Directed by and starring George Clooney, Gosling was in good company in Ides of March where he played an idealistic campaign worker who slowly became more and more entrenched in dirty politics through the course of one campaign. Gosling and Clooney are the perfect balance for one another in this political film, with Gosling’s character struggling to know what is right in the face of Clooney’s candidate’s slick charisma.
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4. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
A movie that’s about family, fathers and sons, in The Place Beyond the Pines Ryan Gosling plays Luke, a former motorcycle driver who resorts to crime in order to support his infant son and the mother of his child. Along with Gosling, this movie combines Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, and was the first time the Gosling and Mendes had ever worked together.
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3. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Role: Jacob Palmer
Crazy, Stupid, Love is a feel good movie. Filled with an all-star cast including Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, the movie tells the story of one man’s attempts to regroup after his wife tells him she wants a divorce. In this film, Gosling plays the charming playboy mentor who tries to help Steve Carell’s character move on from his wife only to (SPOILER) fall in love himself by the end. The film is hopeful and happy, but manages to give the characters depth as well, which can be a hard balance to find.
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2. The Notebook (2004)
One of the most beloved romance movies of all time, The Notebook cemented Ryan Gosling’s status as a leading man through his portrayal of Noah. The film tells the story of a couple from different backgrounds, Noah and Allie, as they fall in love and their love’s struggle to survive. A tearjerker, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the two leads, ended up dating for a couple of years after the movie was made.
Check out the trailer below:
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1. Blue Valentine(2010)
Co-starring with Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine tells the story of a married couple whose marriage is slowly deteriorating. While parts of the movie are in current time, there are also flashes back to how the couple’s relationship began. Gosling and Williams perfectly portray a couple whose relationship has slowly fallen apart, as deeper emotional and personal quirks have come to surface, sucking the audience into their dysfunction. While not necessarily enjoyable to watch, the film’s excellence is in its ability to make the audience feel so involved in the couple’s failing relationship that by the end it is difficult to pick a side between the two,.