Top 5 Ryan Gosling Movies

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Ryan Gosling is an actor with a diverse range and a willingness to take on unusual, risky roles. In 2000, Gosling emerged from a background in television to star in his first feature film. Since then, the Canadian-born actor has become a well-known fixture in Hollywood. As of 2013, Gosling has already established himself with roles in a number of remarkable films.

5 Lars and the Real Girl

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In this quirky comedy-drama, Gosling plays a young man whose lackluster love life takes a strange turn when he falls for a lifelike doll of a woman that he buys online. The film explores romantic relationships and loneliness. Gosling portrays a range of emotions, from depression to joy, as the story unfolds.

4 Blue Valentine

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Ryan Gosling stars with Michelle Williams in this independent romantic drama that chronicles moments in a relationship. Gosling and Williams present the joy of young love and the pain of a breakup, transforming their mannerisms and appearances to portray the couple over many years. The Oscar-nominated film split opinions from critics but generated a great deal of publicity for Gosling in the process.

3 Half Nelson

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In one of his most intense and transforming roles, Gosling plays a drug-addicted schoolteacher in this Oscar-nominated drama. Gosling’s character, Dan Dunne, works in a lower-class public school where his drug addiction doesn’t prevent him from trying to be an inspiring and exciting educator. The movie deals with socio-economic issues of race, class and gender, establishing Gosling as capable of carrying serious themes forward through his acting.

2 The Ides of March

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Ryan Gosling’s first political thriller role sees his starring opposite George Clooney. Gosling plays a campaign manager who stumbles onto evidence that might determine the fate of a hard-fought battle for the presidency. Released just as the 2012 presidential campaign was heating up, this film earned Gosling a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

1 Drive

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In this violent crime movie, Ryan Gosling stars as the nameless “Driver,” a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for an organized crime ring. The film features extended sequences of stunt driving while Gosling also gives feeling to a love story in which he becomes a guardian for his neighbor and her young son. The Oscar-nominated film by Nicolas Winding Refn gave Gosling several acting nominations and grossed over $35 million.

Dennis Hartman is a freelance writer living in California. His work covers a wide variety of topics and has been published nationally in print as well as online. Hartman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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