Right from his debut lead role, Ryan Gosling became a favorite among the toughest of critics and though he has had breaks and misfires, he has never truly let them or the audiences down. Even in the weakest of scripts, he has stood firm with the “albatross” around his neck, a statement of solidity rather than misfortune. As Keating says “Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced”, Gosling never regrets a single feature he’s been a part of, always claiming to gain something valuable from his experience and this is a defining quality that has turned him into the most beloved performer at present.
Right from his childhood, from being a part of Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club, he has professed his love for the arts and with “artistic” stagnancy creeping in through his teenage years, he took decisions many young performers never even consider. He opted to try to walk along his idol Marlon Brando’s footsteps by working in independent projects irrespective of the gravitas of the role for the sake of real experience and versatility, and though he is still quite far from reaching the landmarks Brando set, he surely has achieved one thing Brando couldn’t : consistency. Gosling follows the routine of an outburst of films, 3-4 films in a span of a couple of years and then takes a break to review his decisions and accordingly plan for the future, while working on his sub-projects. A remarkable trait considering the amount of actors that get carried away by success and appear in films as a means to add another zero in their fortune. With his charming looks, quirky comical timing and a highly developed body language, Gosling is a multi-faceted performer who squeezes into most roles he’s given and has reserved no personal inclination towards a certain characterization. Bidding farewell to the intro, let’s take a look at the list of Ryan Gosling movies, selected from his impressive filmography. You can watch some of these best Ryan Gosling movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. The Believer
Starting off the list with ‘The Believer’, a confounding decision by Gosling to play a negative role in his first feature film. The Believer is loosely based on the true story of Dan Burros, a member of the American Nazi Party. Gosling’s character Daniel Blaint, despite having a Jewish upbringing turns into a neo-nazi skinhead, a result of his troubled childhood and conflicting views about religion and god. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” says Aristotle, and Daniel though being a bright intellectual teenager falls victim to the socio-economic blight, a primary subtext of the film.
This is the most raw and intimidating Gosling you’ll ever see in a movie and in a world where many actors fear to signal off their careers with a negative role, he not only does that but combines Amon Goeth’s satanous contempt with Danny Vinyard’s tragic exploration of the world around him. This is a performance Gosling is yet to replicate, not the torn apart teenager but a character that openly retaliates through striking dialogues and emotions.
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