The 10 Best Ryan Reynolds Movies of All Time

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When it comes to effortless charisma and wry wit, it’s hard to top Canadian charmer Ryan Reynolds. But even though the Vancouver-born actor is mostly unchallenged in those categories, it took him a while to become a proper movie star. Reynolds’ most notable early role was as co-lead on ABC’s ’90s sitcom Two Guys and a Girl (which earned him many comparisons to Jim Carrey), but his transition to the big screen was not an instant hit.

After a decade of hit-or-miss comedies, Reynolds tried his hand at superhero acting. After the failure of Green Lantern in 2011, he finally hit the bullseye with Deadpool in 2016 (which was actually his second time playing “Merc with a Mouth” after X-Men Origins: Wolverine), scoring the use perfect fit of Reynolds’ cheeky humor and comedic delivery.

We’ve put together a quick Top 10 here, highlighting Ryan Reynolds’ best movies and performances. From dramas to romantic comedies to high-octane action flicks, these are Reynolds’ greatest cinematic releases.

Ryan Reynolds’ 10 Best Movies

Honorable Mention: The Voices

Where to watch: Cinemax, Cinemax Go or for rental on most platforms.

One of Ryan Reynolds’ most interesting projects over the past decade was 2014’s The Voices, in which he played a factory worker with mental health issues, Jerry, who imagines his pets (also voiced by Reynolds) speak to him. Normally, movies featuring talking animals are family fare, but in this great dark comedy, Jerry’s detachment from reality leads to multiple murders. Reynolds excelled as a lead here, helping to elevate this very dark and bizarre tale. Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick co-starred.

Lily IGN’s review of The Voices here.

10. Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Where to watch: Hulu, or watchable on most platforms.

In a romantic comedy that plays much like CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, Ryan Reynolds portrays a father who tells the stories of his past romantic relationships with his ten-year-old daughter (Abigail Breslin), including how he ended up marrying his mother, to help explain his impending divorce. Also starring Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, and Elizabeth Banks, this film is a refreshingly intelligent dramedy about the search for love.

Lily IGN’s review of Definitely, Maybe here.

Where to watch: HBO, HBO Max, Cinemax, Cinemax Go or for rental on most platforms.

Written and directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola and loosely based on the upstate New York theme park, Adventureland is a comedy about summer park workers in 1987. Reynolds plays a supporting role here, in as a former Fun Zone maintenance man, but it’s still a great use of him in an ensemble (while nodding to previous “big fish in a small pond” roles that he had starred in Waiting and Van Wilder). Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star, alongside Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Martin Starr.

Lily IGN reviews of Adventureland here.

8. The Proposal (2009)

Where to watch: Commendable on most platforms.

From Step Up and Anne Fletcher to 27 Dresses, 2009’s The Proposal was like an explosion of charisma. Reynolds and Sandra Bullock starred in this hit rom-com about a female executive who forces her assistant to act like her fiancé so she won’t be deported to Canada. Reynolds and Bullocks’ chemistry was off the charts here, both with impeccable comedic timing and the extraordinary ability to play off each other. Also starring Malin Åkerman, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen and Betty White.

7. Buried (2010)

Where to watch: HBO Max, or commendable on most platforms.

The claustrophobic thriller Buried, from 2010, was another risky start for Reynolds. It paid off though, working with very little to release a ton of tension. As an American truck driver in Iraq, kidnapped and buried alive in a coffin with only a lighter, flask, flashlight, knife, glow sticks, pen, pencil and cell phone. Reynolds delivered a frenetic and agonizing performance as a man desperate to survive this crucible in real time.

Lily IGN’s review of Buried here.

6. Deadpool 2 (2018)

Where to watch: FX Now, or commendable on most platforms.

While Deadpool 2 wasn’t the quick delight in a bottle that the first film was, it was still a ferociously funny outing, often grosser and more gory than the original film. Court-ish on plot, Deadpool 2 featured Reynolds’ sassy superhero reeling from tragedy and trying to rebuild his life with a family of surrogate supers – namely Josh Brolin’s future warrior Cable. , Zazie Beetz’s “luck is no superpower” Domino, and Julian Dennison’s pyrokinetic Russell (who Deadpool intends to save from a heel turn).

Lily IGN review of Deadpool 2 here.

5. Free Guy (2021)

Where to watch: Disney+, HBO Max, HBO or rentable on most platforms.

For Free Guy, which emerged after several pandemic delays to a healthy box office, Ryan Reynolds delivered a fun and entertaining performance in an imaginative and breathtaking environment as an NPC in a GTA-style MMO that gains in sensitivity and falls in love. of a real world player character. With a catchy concept and sweet, self-aware humor, Free Guy proved that Reynolds could deliver great success with an original character. Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery and Taika Waititi also star.

Lily IGN’s review of Free Guy here.

4: Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Where to watch: Sling, TNT app or rentable on most platforms.

Ryan Reynolds lent his heartwarming fantasy to the world of Pokemon, voicing Detective Pikachu in 2019’s Pokemon mystery-adventure Detective Pikachu. Starring Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy, Detective Pikachu was a rare delight in video game movies, thanks in large part to Reynolds’ appeal (and facial motion capture) in as a coffee-obsessed detective, in an endearing comedic performance that’s closer to his subversive Deadpool schtick than you might expect from a Pokemon movie.

Lily IGN review of Pokemon Detective Pikachu here.

3. The Adam Project (2022)

Where to watch: netflix

Stranger Things and Free Guy director Shawn Levy landed a futuristic family adventure that captured the spirit of ’80s sci-fi with Netflix’s The Adam Project. Reynolds plays a pilot from a dystopian future who travels back in time to uncover the truth behind his wife’s disappearance, only to find himself in the wrong year when he meets his 12-year-old (Walker Scobell). A thoughtful mix of movies like Back to the Future, The Last Starfighter, and more, The Adam Project also stars Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, and Zoe Saldaña. For more, check out our guide to the best sci-fi movies on Netflix.

Lily IGN’s review of Project Adam here.

2. Mississippi Grind (2015)

Where to watch: Fubo, Hoopla, Showtime, Showtime apps/add-ons, or rentable on most platforms.

One of the smaller films on this list, Mississippi Grind, from (eventual) Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, stars Reynolds and co-star Ben Mendelsohn in a drama about a gambling addict during a road trip to high stakes poker. game in New Orleans who is convinced that his new friend (Reynolds) is a lucky charm. Together, Reynolds and Mendelsohn create a tragicomedy character study for the ages.

1. Deadpool (2016)

Where to watch: Fubo, FX Now or commendable on most platforms.

Ryan Reynolds has finally found the role he was born for. Fans were terribly teased with the casting of Reynolds/Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine where Reynolds first played mercenary Wade Wilson (who was stripped of his ability to speak and growl in the third act ). Tim Miller’s Deadpool, however, did it all right and suddenly the perfection of this actor/IP pairing became apparent. Deadpool was a comedy-action triumph, filled with great one-liners, slick action, and loads of fun fan service.

Read IGN’s review of Deadpool here.

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