13 Best Ryan Gosling Movies (Ranked), To Watch Before ‘Barbie’

Best Ryan Gosling Movies
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Ryan Gosling is one of the most talented and versatile actors working in the film industry. The Canadian actor started his onscreen career by playing a neo-Nazi in The Believer before stepping up to join the Mickey Mouse Club in 2001. Since then Gosling has worked in all kinds of films including independent films and major studio films showing his full range of acting, which impressed both the audience and the critics. Gosling recently starred in the Netflix action-adventure film The Gray Man and is all set to star in the upcoming Barbie movie opposite the always-wonderful Margot Robbie. So, if you also love Gosling’s performances here are the 10 best movies starring Ryan Gosling that should be on your watchlist.

13. The Notebook (Rent on Prime Video)

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Synopsis: As teenagers,Allie(Rachel McAdams) and Noah(Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind courtship that soon blossoms into tender intimacy.The young couple is quickly separated by Allie’s upper -class parents who insist that Noah isn’t right for her.Several years pass and when they meet again,their passion is rekindled,forcing Allie to choose between her soulmate and class order. This beautiful tale has a particularly special meaning to an older gentleman(James Garner) who regularly reads the timeless love story to his aging companion(Gena Rowlands).Based on the Best selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking and will capture you in its sweeping and emotional force.

12. The Ides of March (Hulu)

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Synopsis: Ambition seduces and power corrupts in a nerve-wracking thriller from Academy Award® nominated director George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck). Idealistic campaign worker Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) has sworn to give all for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), a wild card presidential candidate whose groundbreaking ideas could change the political landscape. However, a brutal Ohio primary threatens to test Morris’ integrity. Stephen gets trapped in the down-and-dirty battle and finds himself caught up in a scandal where the only path to survival is to play both sides. The all-star cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

11. First Man (Rent on Prime Video)

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Synopsis: Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

10. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Hulu)

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Synopsis: At forty-something, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream—good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protégé to handsome, thirty-something player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).

In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren’t the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie, is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal’s makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can’t be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.

9. Lars and the Real Girl (Pluto TV & Tubi)

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Synopsis: Sometimes you find love where you’d least expect it. Just ask Lars (Gosling), a sweet but quirky guy who thinks he’s found the girl of his dreams in a life-sized doll named Bianca. Lars is completely content with his artificial girlfriend, but when he develops feelings for Margo, an attractive co-worker, Lars finds himself lost in a hilariously unique love triangle, hoping to somehow discover the real meaning of true love. Offbeat and endearing, this romantic comedy takes a fresh look at dating and relationships and dares to ask the question: What’s so wrong with being happy?

8. Half Nelson (Peacock, Tubi & Plex)

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Synopsis: An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit (Ryan Gosling) forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

7. The Place Beyond the Pines (Prime Video)

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Synopsis: A motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. Starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.

6. Blue Valentine (Max)

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Synopsis: Blue Valentine is the story of love found and love lost told in past and present moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their failing marriage. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this honest portrait of a relationship on the rocks.

5. The Big Short (YouTube & Pluto TV)

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Synopsis: When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

4. La La Land (Netflix)

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Synopsis: Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Summit Entertainment presents, an Imposter Pictures / Gilbert Films production, a Marc Platt production, a Damien Chazelle film.

3. The Nice Guys (Netflix)

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Synopsis: Set in 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

2. Drive (Rent on Prime Video)

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Synopsis: Ryan Gosling stars as a Hollywood stunt driver for movies by day and moonlights as a wheelman for criminals by night. Though a loner by nature, “Driver” can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband. After a heist goes wrong, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman). Soon he realizes the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash and is forced to shift gears and go on the offense.

1. Blade Runner 2049 (Rent on Prime Video)

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Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.