Ryan Gosling is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, thanks to turns in everything from quirky indies like Half Nelson to rom-com blockbusters like Crazy, Stupid, Love. Though he took a break from acting to focus on his personal life for quite some time, he’s recently returned to the spotlight, with highly praised roles in the action comedy, The Nice Guys, and the critical darling, La La Land. But those films are just the latest in a versatile and acclaimed career. Below, check out six more of his best film roles ever:
1. Half Nelson
Gosling earned an Oscar nod for Best Actor for his work in this 2006 critically acclaimed drama, about an inner city middle-school teacher who forms a friendship with one of his students after she discovers that he has a drug habit. While not a box office blockbuster, the movie earned overwhelmingly positive reviews. Reviewers cited Gosling’s terrifically convincing performance as the main force behind this compelling character study. His committed portrayal cemented not only his full-blown movie stardom, but also his status as one of the best actors of his generation.