When it comes to movies featuring Ryan Gosling, I will always be front row and center. Whether his role takes on a serious or comedic tone, he never fails to draw audiences in with his devotion to his acting. With each film conquered brings another chance to experience his raw skill as an actor. Here are a few interesting movies featuring Ryan Gosling to look out for in no particular order.
1. Remember the Titans (2000)
Starting off this list of compelling movies featuring Ryan Gosling is the classic Remember the Titans. Based on the true story, this movie brings racial equality and teamwork to the forefront. Denzel Washington's character Coach Herman Boone must find ways to get his racially integrated team to work together. This is a wonderful depiction of a truly inspiring story.
2. Drive (2011)
Drive is a film adaptation of the popular novel featuring the same name. It focuses on the life of a Hollywood stuntman who spends his nights as a getaway driver for criminals. Featuring an A-List cast such as Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, this movie is absolutely phenomenal!
3. The Notebook (2004)
While I've never actually seen The Notebook, this film has cemented its spot on this list based off of reviews and word of mouth alone. As the best films are, this movie is based on a novel. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams play a young couple with different social statuses who fall in love. "The Notebook" has become a cult classic amongst audiences everywhere.
4. The Ides of March (2011)
Along with the star studded cast, Ryan Gosling's role as Stephen Meyers, an aspiring politician who is a key element in each deceitful character's mysterious storyline, is utterly captivating. The climax of the film is definitely one you will not want to miss!
5. Half Nelson (2006)
In Half Nelson, a teacher who suffers from a drug addiction unexpectedly forges a friendship with his student after his secret is revealed. This is one of my favorite films by this brilliant actor because of the way it tackles these tough issues.
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
2011 was certainly a good year for this beloved actor. This quote by Ryan Gosling sums up his part in the movie: "Show me a man who wouldn't give it all up for Emma Stone and I will show you a liar. As Jacob Palmer, Gosling gives dating advice to a recently divorced man named Cal Weaver (played by the comedic Steve Carell). His character eventually attempts to pursue Cal's daughter (the lovely Emma Stone assumes this role).
7. The Believer (2001)
Gosling stars as a young Jewish man who, after becoming confused about the religious teachings, joins the neo-Nazi movement; the height of the film arrives just as his true identity is discovered. Despite its extremely controversial plot, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
8. Blue Valentine (2010)
Nominated for an Academy Award, this film follows two people's inevitably doomed relationship from beginning to end. Blue Valentine displays Ryan Gosling's impressive acting range. Watching the marriage between Gosling and Michelle Williams' characters fall apart is truly heart-wrenching.
9. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
As Lars Lindstrom, a socially awkward man who purchases a sex doll, Ryan Gosling manages to wow audiences. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first heard of the premise. However, after watching the film, it is plain to see that this unconventional movie is worth watching if not for his acting ability alone.
While this may be a biased opinion, I truly feel that each role that Ryan Gosling has embodied has been incredibly intricate and interesting; it's no surprise that many of the films that he has starred in are critically acclaimed. I am always on the lookout for more films that showcase his talent as an actor; I'm looking forward to hearing you all sound off below! What are your favorite movies featuring this talented actor?