The Gosling guide to romance: the top 5 films to watch with your significant other.
La La Land
This is one of the most controversial films in the actor's career. Audiences greeted the picture warmly in 2016, and it won as many as six Oscars and seven Golden Globes, but many critics also argued it was nothing special and at times too superficial.
True, La La Land is a simple love story of an aspiring actress and a musician, whose life throws up a few problems they need to overcome — and learn to enjoy the moment and sing their way through it, despite all the obstacles. This is something we all should try to do, so don't worry about the criticism and give La La Land a chance: you'll soon find yourself singing and dancing together with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
Lars and the Real Girl
The role of Lars isn't the most typical in Gosling's filmography. His character suffers from extreme shyness and finds it hard to socialize or make friends, so he decides to get himself the girlfriend who will understand and accept him, no matter what: a life-size plastic woman. At first, Lars' family is more than suspicious of this idea, but gradually, they come to accept the unusual couple.
The film conveys the importance of being kind and supportive, showing patience, compassion, and understanding to all people, however strange their actions might seem. This is a melancholic and deeply touching movie.
Nick Cassavetes' romantic drama is considered a cult film today. When it was released in 2004, it immediately won the hearts of viewers across the world. The film itself is based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, which also became a bestseller in the first week of sales in 1996. Noah and Allie's love story is magical, heartwarming, and infinitely believable — it's a kind of story we all want to experience ourselves.
At the beginning, the young couple is overwhelmed with love, but the girl's parents believe Noah is no match for their daughter and don't approve of their relationship. The lovers are separated but, despite the troubles and obstacles on their way, carry their feelings through the years — to meet again one day and never part.
Interestingly, the passionate love portrayed by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams on the screen was a major deception. In reality, the two actors couldn't stand each other and constantly argued on the set. But love and hate are just one step apart: after the filming was finished, the duo actually developed an off-screen relationship, which lasted for two years.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
In this comedy, Ryan appears as a true sex symbol: he plays a womanizer and self-proclaimed pickup coach. His character, Jacob Palmer, befriends Cal — a middle-aged man going through a painful divorce — and teaches him how to communicate, drink, and dress properly to win the attention of women (incidentally, Goslings' style tips are still relevant today).
However, Jacob has to give up his playboy charms when he meets the one and only girl of his dreams, played by Emma Stone. Watch till the end to see if their characters find common ground and manage to stay together.
The Ides of March
This is not a romantic comedy, and the relationship of Ryan Gosling's character doesn't play a prominent role in the plot. But the political twists, intriguing dialogs, and subtle humor surely make the movie worth watching even to those who don't normally enjoy "serious" cinema.
The overall plot, focusing on a presidential campaign in which Gosling plays the press secretary, is so compelling, it will make you stay in your seat for the entire 1.5-hour runtime, itching to know how the story ends.