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Ryan Gosling's Steeliest Gazes On Film

Updated January 7, 2021 102 votes 19 voters15 items

List RulesVote up Ryan Gosling's steeliest gazes.

A great actor can speak volumes with just his eyes. In Ryan Gosling movies, audiences are frequently treated to his iconic steely gaze. The Canadian actor has the ability to communicate a deep longing, sheer rage, or even wild passion, with just a stare.

Among Ryan Gosling’s best roles are a famed astronaut, a Jewish Neo-Nazi, a jazz pianist, and a charismatic playboy. He’s not only one of the most handsome men on the planet, but he also has the ability to totally mesmerize an audience with his eyes.

It's often the emotion behind the gaze that separates a good actor from a great one - the ability to sell the moment even without uttering a word. Vote up the Gosling gazes you think make the biggest emotional impact.

  • La La Land
    Photo: La La Land / Lionsgate

    Who is his character? Sebastian

    Why is he staring? It was the love that wasn't meant to be. After years apart, Sebastian and Mia (Emma Stone) lock eyes from afar. They both silently acknowledge that they've moved on, but will never forget their past.

    • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
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  • Half Nelson
    Photo: Half Nelson / THINKFilm

    Who is his character? Dan Dunne

    Why is he staring? Dan, an inner-city school teacher with a major substance dependency, takes issue with the drug-dealing father of a young student he is trying to help.

    • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Denis O'Hare, Anthony Mackie, Jay O. Sanders, Tristan Wilds
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Ryan Fleck
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  • Blade Runner 2049
    Photo: Blade Runner 2049 / Warner Bros.

    Who is his character? K

    Why is he staring? K, who believes he may not actually be a replicant, finally tracks down Deckard (Harrison Ford) in search of the hard answers about his past.

    • Actors: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
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  • Drive
    Photo: Drive / FilmDistrict

    Who is his character? Driver

    Why is he staring? The stuntman-turned-getaway driver patiently waits for two robbers to finish their job so they can make an escape.

    • Actors: Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Nicolas Winding
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