Ryan Gosling is notable for being cast in a string of films and sitcoms which have earned him about 105 award nominations with 22 wins so far. Major film associations which have recognized his efforts include Academy Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, British Academy Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is a proud recipient of a Golden Globe Award for the musical drama, La La Land in 2016. The latter is one of the internationally acclaimed among Ryan Gosling movies.
The talented actor who hails from Canada has his birth date as November 12, 1980, and he comes from a working-class background. His father, Thomas Ray Gosling was a sales representative while his mom, Donna Gosling initially worked as a secretary but later switch over to teaching. His mother made the choice to be a teacher to enable her homeschool Ryan when he developed Hyperactivity Disorder.
It was during his formative years that Ryan picked up interest in acting and records have it that at age 12, he became a member of The Mickey Mouse Club on a 2-year contract. He was later seen in some productions like Goosebumps, Flash Forward, Ready or Not and many others. Ryan Gosling even left his base in Canada for New Zealand to appear in the series, Young Hercules from 1998 to 1999. As his career progressed, the actor evolved from a child actor to a handsome film star with appearances in several top-notch movies, although he has also been seen in lowly-rated films too. At a time, the actor had to even go on a break to redefine his acting perspective as he felt he was not as focused like he used to be. Find below a list of Ryan Gosling movies ranked from best to worst.
Ryan Gosling Movies Ranked From Best To Worst
1. The Notebook
This film is regarded as one of Ryan Gosling’s greatest movies as it did not only launch him into stardom but it was also a hit. The Notebook which is based on a titular novel by Nicholas Sparks is a romantic drama in which Ryan played the male lead role of Noah Calhoun. The actor’s impressive performance along with his female partner, Allison played by the actress Rachel McAdams was simply spectacular. It was very predictable that the on-screen couple would definitely take their romance into the real world as their chemistry was just perfect! However, the euphoria of their relationship faded shortly after it started. It is also worth knowing that the movie which had a budget of $29 million went ahead to gross up to $115.6 million at the box office which indicated a very good reception both at the local level and internationally.
2. Crazy, Stupid, Love
The next big film Ryan Gosling has been seen in is the 2011 romantic comedy titled, Crazy, Stupid, Love which also starred popular actress, Emma Stone. To pull off his role in the popular film, Ryan had to learn the art of cocktail making in a bar in Los Angeles. His impressive portrayal of a ladies man was applauded by Washington Post who believe Ryan might just be the new George Clooney. It is also a movie to watch if you want to have a good laugh while enjoying the romantic display of scenes it comes with. The movie received a 78% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes and other platforms also ranked it high. At the box office, it grossed a very impressive amount which is estimated to be more than $142 million compared to its budget of $50 million.
3. Half Nelson
Half Nelson which was directed by Ryan Fleck is an American movie in which Ryan Gosling was cast as Dan Dunne. His character is a school teacher with a drug problem that finally cost him his job. The film received a lot of good audience review, as well as being praised by film critics. Ryan won several awards for this movie which include a National Board of Review Award under the category, Best Breakthrough Performance. He also took home an Independent Spirit Award and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The movie made about $4.9 million at the box office on its budget of $700,000.
4. La La Land
In Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, we get to see another great combination when the actress, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling showed their musical side. La La Land received a lot of critical acclaims for its screenplay and directing. The film bagged 7 awards from the Golden Globes, as well as 5 British Academy Film Awards. It also earned 6 Academy Awards and its box office figure read $446.1 million while its budget was at $30 million.
5. Blade Runner 2049
Ryan Gosling, in 2017, showed that he can pull off any role in a sci-fiction when he appeared alongside Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049. His character easily blended with that of Ford’s and together, they worked magic in the science fiction. The movie got a good reception in the box office where it earned a whopping $259.2 million upon a budget within a range of $150-185 million. Ryan was also nominated for a Saturn Award under the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Film for his role in the movie.
This 2005 film is far from being called a masterpiece work by the actor as it was a disaster for Ryan Gosling who was featured in it as a troubled student. Many film critics gave the movie a low rate and on the Rotten Tomatoes site, it was given only 27%. Ryan even recounted an incident when a 10-year-old kid asked him an embarrassing question about what the movie really intended to portray as he had no clue after watching it. The film was generally criticized for its plot and how events unfolded and many film lovers expressed it was not able to fully strike the balance between life and death. Stay was only able to record about $8 million at the box office which was a far off figure from its $50 million budget.
7. Gangster Squad
Gangster Squad which is an action film released in 2013, cannot be rated among Ryan Gosling’s best films. The movie is known to have cast the actor as Sergent Jerry Wooters but most critics believe that he did not give an impressive portrayal of his character. According to film critics, the director of the movie, Reuben Fleischer, is better at making comedy films. Moreso, Stone, and Ryan have appeared in other films together that showed better chemistry than what is seen in Gangster Squad. In general, sources have it that the movie was not fully executed. Its box office performance, however, grossed about $105.2 million in comparison to its budget of $65 million – $75 million.
8. Only God Forgives
Only God Forgives is a movie that had a mixed reception as some critics were pleased while others were not amused with Ryan Gosling’s performance. The crime movie which cast the actor as Juliana Thompson, a high profile criminal in Bangkok was given less than 50% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site. The actor’s performance was not an impressive one and many attested to this fact. There are scenes in the movie where Ryan could not pull off the appropriate face or body language which further messed things up. However, the movie managed to gross about $10.6 million at the box office against a budget of $4.8 million.
9. Murder by Numbers
This movie is regarded as one of Ryan Gosling’s worst projects so far with a rating of 31% on the Rotten Tomatoes site. The actor was cast alongside the likes of Michael Pitt, Sandra Pitt, and Ben Chaplin. Its was directed by Barber Schroeder who also served as the producer of the film. Many critics gave a negative review of the movie as it failed to maintain the element of suspense in spite of the fact that it’s a thriller. It was deemed too predictable for the genre and the cast members were also not efficient in portraying their roles. The movie is also notable for its failure to enter the Cannes Film Festival competitions, irrespective of the fact that it was screened there. It finally only grossed $56.7 million and its budget was $50 million.
10. The United States of Leland
This 2003 film which was directed by Matthew Ryan Hoge featured Ryan Gosling as the son of a wealthy man who was in prison for murder. His character, Leland, became a subject of interest for the prison writer, Pearl Madison played by Don Cheadle. The writer’s conversations with the young prisoner unveiled numerous side effects of the murder that was committed. He even found out that Ryan’s character was in a romantic relationship with the murder victim and his father was a renowned novelist. The movie was first shown during the Sundance Film Festival in 2003, however, it received negative reviews from film critics who saw it as a ‘moral muddle’. Although its budget is unknown, it is gathered that it grossed a little above $300,000 at the box office.