“I’m not holding my breath.” Preparation is the key.” Ryan Reynolds, one of Canada’s most beloved actors, has some wise and self-fulfilling words for us all. Early in his youth, Reynolds aspired to leave Vancouver, British Columbia, not to leave behind his family or birthplace, but to act. Exactly as he had promised, the Vancouver actor and a friend set out on a whim one night for Los Angeles. On his first night in Los Angeles, his automobile was robbed and stripped of its valuables. Was our intrepid hero deterred in the least? Indeed, it is correct. Within months, Reynolds had a steady stream of work, and he worked whenever he could. After five years, he finally had a starring role in a well-known film, Van Wilder: Party Liaison, a collegiate comedy. The only reason it didn’t make our list today is because Reynolds has since gone on to make a slew of much better films.
When the framing is exactly right, you can get some nice Ryan Reynolds features from him. The reason for this is that we’ve put together a ranking of the top ten best Ryan Reynolds movies. To be clear, these films were ranked for their overall quality and watchability, not only for the most memorable Ryan Reynolds performance.
10. Just Friends (2005)
As a follow-up to Waiting, Reynolds’ crude and ludicrous role in Just Friends, this picture is one of his many really entertaining comedic flicks, which makes Just Friends look like a shining spot on his career. This is a coming-of-age story in which Ryan Reynolds’ heart was broken and he became a stone cold, womanizing modern-day Ryan Reynolds as a result of a devastating high school event. Anna Faris was in her prime when she co-starred in this film, which had a blatantly repetitive premise but was redeemed by the characters’ ability to go wild and their hilarious timing.
9. The Nines (2007)
As a mix of documentary, drama, and humor, The Nines pushes the boundaries of science fiction and fantasy a bit too far. The story, though intriguing, may use some tinkering. Consider this an early Quentin Tarantino film in the vein of Memento or The Number 23. Despite the fact that this film isn’t quite what director/writer John August had hoped it would be, Reynolds truly helps to connect the characters as they twist and turn through complex story threads. It’s a terrific movie for a mind-melting double feature night because you can easily create a drinking game for it.
8. Life (2017)
Life, a sci-fi thriller, revolves around a group of astronauts who find themselves stranded in space. As they discover signs of extraterrestrial life on Mars, Ryan Reynolds joins the crew, but it’s not what they expected. Reynolds, working with a talented cast and a dedication to the horror genre, crafts a spine-tingling scene that raises the stakes of the film to terrifying new heights. This film isn’t on any best-of lists of sci-fi films because of its shaky physics and flawed characters, but it will make you look around the dark room you’re watching it in.
7. The Voices (2014)
Reynolds plays a psychopath with a childlike view and demeanor in this underrated black comedy. He just wants to enjoy his life without interruption. If you’re not a fan of gratuitous violence, you might want to steer clear of this one. There are a lot of chuckles in this film, especially when Ryan Reynolds gets creative with the voice dubbing for his two house pets. It’s full of homicidal naivety and uncomfortable moments. Reynolds successfully completes the film as the sociopathic Ryan Reynolds, despite the film’s many strengths.
6. Mississippi Grind (2015)
As a fast-talking gambler (Ryan Reynolds) seduces another chronic gambler (Ben Mendelsohn), Reynolds and Mendelsohn embark on a road journey to get away from their mounting debts in this A24 film. Despite the novel’s boisterous tone, the story gradually becomes more human as the protagonists’ deceptions and drug addictions worsen. Mississippi Grind is a realistic drama with a slow pacing that you should see if you want to see what it’s like to be an addict, where “We can’t lose.”
5. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Definitely Maybe is a girl flick, but it’s also one of the best, thanks to an all-star cast and a unique take on the rom-com formula. To keep his daughter (Abigail Breslin) guessing about how he and her mother met, Ryan Reynolds (a nearly-divorced actor) narrates the story of his prior love affairs to her. All of the characters in this film are perfectly at home in the film’s empathetic moments of closeness and vulnerability. Reynolds isn’t playing the Ryan we’re used to seeing, but he’s still the same Ryan we adore.
4. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019)
Everyone had a wonderful time with Pokemon: Detective Pikachu because it is adorable, humorous, and endearing. Young man (Reynolds) is forced to befriend a Pikachu and realizes that this small creature can not only talk, but it may also be the only way to find his absent father. This hilarious reimagining of the world’s most popular card game is a fitting tribute, delighting audiences of all ages with its abundance of Pokemon cameos and typical Ryan Reynolds humor. It’s a must-see. As the star of the program, our superstar actor skillfully displays his voice acting skills, demonstrating his versatility across a wide range of projects.
3. Buried (2010)
An unique premise and Ryan Reynolds’ performance are all that’s needed for Buried to be a gripping claustrophobic thriller. Ryan Reynolds is a hostage buried alive in the desert with only a few haphazard items at his disposal, with no explanation or light to guide him. Despite being the sole character on screen, Ryan Reynolds excels here at conveying a wide range of emotions in a raw and compelling manner.
2. Deadpool (2016)
With its amazing script, fourth-wall breaking, and irreverent violence, this film is a wonderful portrayal of the Marvel eccentric. Ryan Reynolds, an ex-mercenary who was diagnosed with cancer, goes through an experimental procedure that makes him regenerative and essentially invincible, but it comes at a significant deal of expenses. Reynolds: A decade after Ryan Reynolds (real) and friends competed to bring Deadpool to the big screen, the red-suited lunatic proved to be just what we needed in an anti-hero.
1. Deadpool 2 (2018)
Deadpool 2 is a spectacular resuscitation of a unique superhero film adaption that leaves no delicate subject unturned and makes every obscure allusion you may or may not comprehend. There are more laugh-out-loud moments and barbs at other Marvel characters than some can count in this sequel, which takes the universe to new levels of lunacy. They are Ryan Reynolds’ best work on the big screen, and they show that he’s a natural at playing comic book characters, as if he was born to play them.