7. Blue Valentine (2010)
“Blue Valentine” features Ryan Gosling as a hopeless romantic who falls for an ambitious girl (Michelle Williams) with some responsibilities of her own. The couple decides to take the road together, but with the passage of time, their relationship goes into a downward spiral.
With a non-linear timeline, the movie compares the emotional mindset of the couple at the beginning of their love and at the dissolution of their marriage. With gripping performances and amazing on-screen chemistry between the leads, the movie was critically acclaimed.
Ryan Gosling, along with his co-star, served as co-executive producer for the film. The actor also wrote and performed a few songs by himself and was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
6. The Big Short (2015)
Based on the 2010 book by Michael Lewis, “The Big Short” is an American biographical comedy-drama revolving around the financial crisis of 2007–2008 which was triggered by the United States housing bubble. With a star-studded cast and cameos, the film was highly recognized for its creative use of examples to explain financial terms to a layman.
Grossing over $133 million worldwide, the movie is well-scripted, entertaining and correctly captures the problem. Gosling serves as the narrator of the film, playing the role of an egoistic salesman at a bank who cashes up during the financial duress.
5. Half Nelson (2006)
Starring as an unorthodox history teacher at a local school in this drama film, Ryan Gosling received his first-ever Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Featuring a bittersweet story of the unusual and lifting relationship between teacher and student, the film is based on a 2009 short film, “Gowanus, Brooklyn”.
Gosling’s character is constantly on the verge of a breakdown, which he lets out by doing drugs and occasionally punching walls. His life takes a turn when a troubled student (Shareeka Epps) discovers him at his low, and a friendship starts to bloom between the two.
Grossing over $4.8 million worldwide against an initial budget of $700,000, the movie received excellent reviews and several award nominations. Winning the Independent Spirits Award for Best Actor along with other accolades, Gosling reached the peak of his career with this performance.
4. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
The long-awaited sequel to the 1982 film “Blade Runner”, the futuristic science-fiction movie received 12 different award nominations. The movie follows Ryan Gosling as a bioengineered police detective, with a mission to kill off older rogue models (replicants).
Giving depth to the 1982 experiences of Harrison Ford in this sequel, the story uncovers a secret from thirty years back. Despite receiving critical acclaim and being Gosling’s largest box office opening, the film did not perform well with the audiences.
3. The Nice Guys (2016)
Starring alongside Russel Crowe, Gosling delivered an entertaining performance which got him the People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Comedic Movie Actor. The movie features a team-up between a private investigator (Gosling) and a hit-guy (Crowe) to find a missing girl, with an amazing on-screen chemistry between the leads.
The movie follows a trail of murders, with additional environment-saving and political aspects. The action-packed comedy fared average at the box office but received positive reviews and several award nominations.
2. Drive (2011)
“Drive” is an action drama film, based on James Sallis’ 2005 novel of the same name. The movie features Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stunt driver and mechanic who does criminal-getaways for various clients. Growing fond of his new neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and her son, the unnamed driver goes to immense lengths to ensure their safety.
A box office hit, the film grossed $78.1 million worldwide, making five times of its original budget. Gosling played an important role in the film’s production as well. Receiving nominations for Independent Spirit Award, MTV Movie Award, and Satellite Award for Best Actor, Gosling’s performance was gut-wrenching and critically acclaimed.
1. La La Land (2016)
This musical romantic comedy grossed over $446 million worldwide, making it one of the top 20 most profitable releases of the year 2016. Featuring Ryan Gosling in the role of a Jazz pianist who dreams of saving Jazz by setting up his own club, alongside Emma Stone who plays an aspiring actress with the dream of being discovered for who she truly is; the two are drawn together by their common desire to follow their passion.
Deeply in love and helping each other up, the couple soon sees their relationship crumble as each move closer to their goal. With a bittersweet theme of treasuring things as they are soon lost and the triumph tale of conquering dreams, “La La Land” is a musical masterpiece, celebrating the ups and downs of life.
Seven wins at the Golden Globe Awards, five wins at the British Academy Awards, and six wins at the Oscar awards, the movie set new records in almost every category.
Gosling received his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance, along with several other nominations and wins. This movie marks the epitome of Gosling’s success as an actor and is a must-watch.
- All Good Things (2010)
- The United States of Leland (2003)
- Murder by Numbers (2002)
These were the few best Ryan Gosling movies of all time that we selected. Which one was your favorite? Did we miss one out? Let us know in the comments below!