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Top 10 Ryan Gosling Movies of All Time

Ryan Gosling. The name conjures images of smoldering intensity, effortless charm, and a filmography that's as diverse as it is captivating. Today, we delve into the latter, exploring 10 of his best movies released after 2000, all boasting an IMDb rating above 6 and a Rotten Tomatoes score that reflects their critical acclaim.

1. Drive (2011):

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller

Positives: Stylish neo-noir visuals, electrifying soundtrack, Gosling's enigmatic performance.

Negatives: Limited character development, some may find the violence excessive.

Personal Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's masterpiece is a masterclass in mood. Gosling's nameless Driver is a mesmerizing enigma, weaving through a neon-drenched Los Angeles underworld fueled by adrenaline and a synthesizer score that burrows into your soul. While the story is relatively simple, it's the execution that elevates Drive - a film that lingers long after the credits roll.

2. La La Land (2016):

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Genre: Musical, Romance, Comedy

Positives: A love letter to Hollywood musicals, dazzling visuals, powerhouse performances by Gosling and Stone.

Negatives: The ending might feel bittersweet for some viewers, the nostalgia for a bygone era may not resonate with everyone.

Personal Review: A modern musical that bursts with vibrant colors and catchy melodies. Gosling and Emma Stone share undeniable chemistry, capturing the intoxicating highs and gut-wrenching lows of chasing dreams in the City of Angels. La La Land might tug a little too hard on your heartstrings, but that's a testament to the film's ability to transport you entirely.

3. Blade Runner 2049 (2017):

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Genre: Science Fiction, Neo-noir, Mystery

Positives: Visually stunning sequel, thought-provoking themes on humanity and artificial intelligence, Gosling delivers a nuanced performance.

Negatives: Slow pacing might not appeal to everyone, the bleak atmosphere can be overwhelming at times.

Personal Review: Denis Villeneuve crafts a visually breathtaking follow-up to Ridley Scott's classic. Gosling inhabits the role of K, a replicant Blade Runner, with a quiet intensity, grappling with existential questions in a world teetering on the edge. Blade Runner 2049 is a slow burn, but a rewarding one for those seeking a visually and thematically rich sci-fi experience.

4. Half Nelson (2007):

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Genre: Drama

Positives: Raw and emotional performances by Gosling and Williams, unflinching portrayal of addiction, explores themes of love and redemption.

Negatives: The bleak subject matter might be emotionally draining for some viewers, the handheld camerawork can be shaky at times.

Personal Review: This independent drama showcases Gosling's raw talent. He portrays a charismatic but troubled high school teacher battling drug addiction. The film doesn't shy away from its dark themes, but the glimmer of hope that persists makes it a powerful watch.

5. The Nice Guys (2016):

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Genre: Action Comedy, Crime

Positives: Hilarious chemistry between Gosling and Crowe, witty dialogue, action sequences that are both thrilling and funny.

Negatives: The plot can be convoluted at times, the humor might not be for everyone.

Personal Review: Shane Black's buddy cop comedy is a riot. Gosling and Russell Crowe are an unlikely yet hilarious duo, navigating the seedy underbelly of 1970s Los Angeles. The film is packed with witty dialogue, slapstick humor, and some surprisingly well-choreographed action sequences.

6. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012):

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Genre: Crime Drama, Thriller

Positives: Ambitious narrative structure, strong performances by Gosling, Cooper, and Mendes, explores themes of fate and fatherhood.

Negatives: The non-linear storytelling can be confusing, the ending might feel ambiguous for some viewers.

Personal Review: Derek Cianfrance's ambitious film is a sprawling epic that intertwines the lives of two fathers across generations. Gosling delivers a powerful performance as a motorcycle stuntman who turns to bank robbery.  The non-linear storytelling can be challenging, but it ultimately rewards patient viewers with a thought-provoking exploration of fate, fatherhood, and the cyclical nature of violence.

7. Blue Valentine (2010):

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Genre: Drama, Romance

Positives: A raw and honest portrayal of a relationship, powerhouse performances by Gosling and Mendes, explores the complexities of love and loss.

Negatives: The film's unflinching look at a crumbling marriage can be emotionally difficult to watch, the handheld camerawork can feel intrusive at times.

Personal Review: This heartbreaking film takes viewers through the deteriorating relationship of a couple, from their initial spark to a devastating separation. Gosling and Michelle Williams deliver powerhouse performances, capturing the raw emotions of love, heartbreak, and the bitterness of lost promises.

8. The Big Short (2015):

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Genre: Comedy Drama, Historical

Positives: A darkly funny and informative look at the 2008 financial crisis, stellar ensemble cast, sharp screenplay.

Negatives: The complex financial jargon might be challenging for some viewers, the film's dark humor might not be for everyone.

Personal Review: Adam McKay's film tackles the complex topic of the subprime mortgage crisis with a biting wit and a stellar cast. Gosling portrays a perceptive investor who sees the housing market bubble about to burst. The film is both entertaining and enlightening, offering a critical look at the events that led to the global economic meltdown.

9. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011):

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Positives: Hilarious and heartwarming story, charming performances by the entire cast, a refreshing take on the rom-com genre.

Negatives: The plot might feel predictable for some viewers, the humor can be a bit slapstick at times.

Personal Review: This delightful rom-com takes a hilarious look at love and relationships in all their messy glory. Gosling shines as a charming ladies' man who finds himself under the tutelage of a recently divorced Steve Carell. The film is funny, heartwarming, and features a stellar ensemble cast that includes Emma Stone and Emma Thompson.

10. First Man (2018):

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Genre: Historical Drama, Biography

Positives: Stunning visuals and immersive sound design, strong performance by Gosling, portrays the emotional toll of the Apollo missions.

Negatives:  The film can feel slow at times, the focus on Neil Armstrong's emotional state might not appeal to everyone.

Personal Review: Damien Chazelle's biopic chronicles Neil Armstrong's journey to becoming the first man on the moon. Gosling delivers a nuanced performance that captures the quiet determination and immense pressure faced by the astronaut. First Man is a visually stunning and immersive experience, offering a glimpse into the sacrifices made in the name of exploration.

This list barely scratches the surface of Ryan Gosling's impressive filmography. From his early forays into independent cinema to his leading roles in Hollywood blockbusters, he consistently delivers captivating performances. So, grab some popcorn, dim the lights, and get ready to be entertained by one of the most talented actors of our generation.

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