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Top 10 Ryan Reynolds Movies

5. Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Though it is still in romantic comedies where Reynolds has scored his biggest hits, with Definitely, Maybe delivering a decent return on its modest budget. Oasis fans might have been suitably aggrieved about an ostensible chick flick sharing a title with their favourite album, but those who actually caught this tale of a budding politico (RR) finding love were left largely impressed by its depth and charm.

4. Adventureland (2009)

Depth is the key strength of Greg Mottola’s Adventureland too, as the writer-director serves up characters who, while familiar, are nuanced enough to escape possible criticism as stereotypes. That is certainly true of Connell (Reynolds), handyman at the eponymous theme park, who flirts with heartless bastardry as he cheats on his wife with Kristen Stewart’s Em, but also acts as a mentor, of sorts, to corkscrew-haired nerd James (Jesse Eisenberg).

3. Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002)

While Reynolds currently holds the title of People’s Sexiest Man, it was not as the next great screen heartthrob that he was hailed when his breakthrough movie, Van Wilder, was released back in 2002. Rather critics tipped him as the fresh-faced heir to one of the principal yuk-getters of ‘80s cinema, namely Cornelius Crane Chase, aka Chevy.

It was a comparison which surely led to the offer a few years later for Reynolds to star in Fletch Won, the Kevin Smith-planned renewal of the character made famous by Chase two decades earlier. For his part, Reynolds turned down the gig, saying it was a movie he’d rather watch than appear in.

2. The Proposal (2009)

For all the column inches devoted to the screen career of Reynolds, The Proposal remains perhaps the sole unequivocal smash hit on his CV, and even then he was paired up with the evergreen Sandra Bullock. The set-up might have been familiar enough – circumstance forces a couple with nothing in common into a phoney relationship, only for them to subsequently begin to fall for each other in between bouts of bickering – but the appeal of the leads proved a potent potion at the box office.

1. Buried (2010)

If Van Wilder, nearly a decade ago now, was one breakthrough for its star, announcing him as a charismatic screen presence, then Buried was when he really demonstrated the acting chops which back up his good looks. ‘Man trapped in box’ might sound a bit threadbare to fill out 90 minutes of screen time, but thanks to some neat framing from director Rodrigo Cortés, a tense script from Chris Sparling, and a stellar turn from Reynolds as the man living out this universal nightmare, the interest is gripped all the way through to the devastating denouement.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    I don’t think there’s an actor out there who comes across as so much more serious and likeable with the addition of a beard. If he’s not wearing a beard, for me it’s better to walk away. I liked him in the Amityville Horror in part for this reason.

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  • Joel Doubek said

    Buried was hands down the best movie he was in. Ryan should have won an oscar.

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  • Thom said

    Ryan Reynolds is one of those smug actors that I hate (partly due to jealousy!). I cringe whenever I hear a film is going to have him in it, in fact the movie immediately goes down in my estimation.
    Having to be sat through rom-coms often I can say that The Proposal & Definitely, Maybe were both average, which is pretty bad in rom-com land and the fact that they are top 5 in the list is quite telling.
    The only films I have enjoyed him in is as Wade Wilson in Wolverine:Origins & Adventureland. I haven’t seen Buried but have heard good things about it.
    Change Up seems like it will be average too, an easy pay-cheque for him & Bateman. Surely he’s rich enough to be a bit more choosy in his roles?

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  • Mahmoud El-Azzeh said

    Great article. Defintely agree with the order of the Top 10 although I still need to see Definitely, Maybe. The Proposal deserves to be at Number 2 – an excellent, well-written and well-acted rom-com with immense chemistry between the two leads. Buried was always going to be Number 1 and deservedly so.

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  • Alex said

    I would have liked to see Chaos Theory somewhere on this list or at least an honourable mention in the intro blurb. Otherwise it’s a solid top ten.

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  • gini said

    Ryan Reynolds is a brilliant actor! He is so believable that I feel like im inside the movie watching the whole story unfold. Just Friends is one of my favorite movies of all time. My 35 year old friend, who has 3 children and a loving husband is in a coma and i was feeling horrible with nothing cheering me up. This movie helped me to change my attitude and made me laugh so hard I cried. Of course the other actors he was with were brilliant too but Ryan Reynolds was the best! Movies serve society a purpose and that is to take people out of a current state of reality into another one for a little while to change our perspective or simply to give us a break. Ryan Reynolds is an actor that can pull you in to the story and feel for his character in any of the movies i saw him in. The xfiles movie made my heart sink to see his mouth sewn, I felt so sorry for him and it made me want to cry. Actors like Ryan Reynolds allow us to experience and release a variety emotions in a healthy way. Movie writers and directors do the same but without Actors like him, the movies would not Move…. the audience to these varying emotions. 🙂

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  • Penny said

    Ryan is my favorite actor. I first started watching him in the T.V. sitcom “Two guys and a girl”. He is a great actor. I love him when he is funny or serious. I think he is the hottest guy ever. I love his voice. I think his acting career will last forever.

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  • Marion said

    Always liked him. But since Buried, sh*t! I’ve got great respect for him now. He’s a great actor!
    Buried’s become one of my favorite movies. Amazing. brilliantly done!

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  • kianpour said

    I’m Iranian and Ryan is my favorite actor,i love him so much..

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  • yudha said

    the proposal…make my falling in love with you Ryan…
    R.I.P.D make me falling in love with you deeper…

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  • Jordan said

    Buried. Deservedly No. 1.

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  • bee said

    i love ryan !! he.s so cool !

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  • douga said

    No Deadpool? No Turbo? No Croods? you really are a moron.

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