Skip ahead several years later when Dean and Cindy’s marriage is slowly falling apart.
Before catching him in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, check out our list of the best Ryan Goslingroles. The Believer (2001) Gosling’s performance in Henry Bean’s indie flick The Believer helped the film win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
He plays a young Jewish man who develops a cruel and anti-semitic view on the world he inhabits. If it weren’t for The Notebook, it’s possible that Gosling wouldn’t have secured any of the roles that followed. It’s also a quite decent movie—when your girlfriend made you watch this, you know you were thinking, “Damn, Noah is making us all look bad.” 8.
But behind all of this beautiful cinematography is Gosling as its anchor.
We can’t imagine any other actor playing the secretive and violent character that Gosling nails at very turn. Blue Valentine (2010) In Derek Cianfrance’s wildly ambitious indie about love, Gosling plays Dean, an eager and compassionate high-school dropout who falls in love with Cindy (Michelle Williams) at first sight.
At the very end of one twisting tunnel, a long walk from the surface, there is a chamber, and in its center, barely visible through the smoke that fills the room, is a small crouching statue of a grotesque, winged demon perched above a flat rectangular tombstone.