The Believer (2001)
We're guessing that most Gosling fans have not seen The Believer, in which he plays a terrifying Nazi who was actually born Jewish but abandoned his faith and became the worst possible thing ever. See if you still think he's charming after this movie, because there is no such thing as a charming Nazi. But we're betting hardcore fans have seen it and weren't even fazed; they just saw Noah with a shaved head.
Murder By Numbers (2002)
In this movie, Gosling plays a smarty-pants who thinks he can get away with murder. The reason why fans weren't turned off is probably because he plays opposite someone infinitely creepier, Michael Pitt. Gosling was such a charismatic murderer, in fact, that leading lady Sandra Bullock, who is 16 years his senior, fell for him, and the two dated for a year.
The United States of Leland (2003)
Sure, he looks like an adorable high school kid who falls in love for the first time with the equally adorable Jena Malone, but in Leland, Ryan Gosling murders a mentally challenged child in cold blood. For no reason. Yet, instead of shivering, we swoon.
In this trippy psychological thriller, Gosling plays a mysterious starving artist type bent on killing himself. Also, he has really greasy long bangs that fall limply over and around his face.
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Half Nelson (2006)
Gosling's role as a substance-abusing history teacher in Half Nelson garnered him his first and only Oscar nomination. Acting chops aside, he's a little too convincing as a cocaine freebaser.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Just when you think you've seen the weirdest of the weird indie films, along comes Lars and the Real Girl. Gosling plays a lonely, socially inept man who falls in love with a RealDoll, aka an anatomically correct sex doll. And girls everywhere squealed in delight.
All Good Things (2010)
In this one, Gosling starts out as the charming, handsome, and rich man of Kirsten Dunst's dreams, and then he goes and kills their dog and then, very likely, her. To top it all off, he becomes a cross-dresser later in his life and then kills some more. Hot.
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In Drive, Gosling again plays a mysterious character, so mysterious that he's nameless. The only things we learn about him are that he's an exceptional stunt driver and really aggressive about stomping on people's faces.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Like Drive, Gosling plays another stunt guy, but this time, instead of having a knack for killing people, he's a natural at robbing banks. Hey, he just found out he has a baby, so how else do you expect a grown man to provide for it?
Only God Forgives (2013)
Directed by Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives sees Gosling as an amateur muay thai fighter, who likes to look ominously down hallways and do inappropriate things to his mother's corpse.
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