Ryan Gosling's Top 5 Roles

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The actor exercises his funny bone in 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' opening July 29.

Crazy, Stupid, Love may be Ryan Gosling's first truly comedic role on the big screen, but the actor, who got his start alongside Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears on the Mickey Mouse Club, has managed to rack up quite a few critically-acclaimed performances in his 31 years.

Here are five essential Gosling flicks to see before Crazy, Stupid, Love opens July 29.   

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1. Remember the Titans (2000). In one of his first big-screen forays, Gosling played a small role as a member of a recently-integrated Virginia high school's football team in 1971. His most memorable scene? Getting his boogie on in the locker room while the team sings Marvin Gaye's "Aint No Mountain High Enough." 

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2. The Notebook (2004). The actor shot to prominence after his turn in this romance-heavy film co-starring then-real-life girlfriend Rachel McAdams. The duo played saccharine soul-mates Noah and Allie, whose rowboat kiss in the rain became infamous, winning them the MTV Movie Award for 'Best Kiss.' 

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3. Half Nelson (2006). Gosling received an Academy Award nomination in 2006 for his portrayal of drug-addled inner-city junior high school teacher Dan Dunne in Half Nelson. And while he didn't take home the statue (Forest Whitaker won for The Last King of Scotland),  he did win the Independent Spirit Award.

4. Lars and the Real Girl (2007). He stretched his acting chops telling the story of emotionally-damaged Lars, who has full-fledged a relationship with a blow-up doll he ordered on the internet. Gosling received praise for the out-of-the-box role and was nominated for both Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. 

5. Blue Valentine (2010). The actor appeared alongside Michelle Williams in last year's tale of an ill-fated marriage. The duo, who portrayed their characters falling both in and out of love, received tons of critical praise, and Gosling earned yet another Golden Globe nom.