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Top 10 Ryan Reynolds Performances

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Alex Slade

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He's got charm, looks, and a great sense of humor. From Adventureland, to Buried, to Van Wilder, Ryan Reynolds has turned out some great performances over the years. WatchMojo ranks the top Ryan Reynolds performances.

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Top 10 Ryan Reynolds Performances

Funny, intense, romantic; this man can do it all. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Ryan Reynolds Performances.

For this list, we’ll be taking a look at the many movies Ryan Reynolds has been in and ranking his acting, charisma, popularity and so on. Whether he’s got guns ablazing, he’s mysterious and sullen, funny, creepy or a heartthrob, if it’s an impressive or memorable performance, it’s eligible.

#10: Richard Messner

“Smokin’ Aces” (2006)
This is an intense movie filled with equally intense performances. While the cinematography and gunplay are hyper-stylized, Reynolds’ performance brings a certain gravitas to it. Shining in the latter half of the movie, we can empathize with the pain and loss his character is feeling, as well as the anger welling up inside him. Trying to follow protocol doesn’t always work out for him, and the internal battle we bear witness to makes his problems almost as real as our own. Red-eyed and always on the move, this is Reynolds like we’ve never seen him.

#9: Mike Connell

“Adventureland” (2009)
There’s just something about Reynolds’ character Mike Connell that won’t let us hate him, even if some of the stuff he says makes him come off like a major jerk. Despite his not so pure intentions, he’s got a certain charm, and that’s thanks to Reynolds being able to bring a lot of subtlety to the character. Whether he’s talking himself up as a musician to girls or giving life advice, we can’t help but shake our head at the stories that come out of his mouth.

#8: Chris Brander

“Just Friends” (2005)
Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit? You know that had to make the list. Transforming from an awkward teen to the suave and successful producer that we see for most of the movie deserves some merit. While trying to seduce his childhood friend, he has to keep the annoying pop singer Samantha at bay. He finds himself flustered at times, talking to himself in disappointment, and raging at his current predicament, but also manages to squeeze in some romance. It’s this versatility that makes this role one of his most memorable.

#7: Matthew ‘Matt’ Weston

“Safe House” (2012)
We’ve all been in situations that we aren’t prepared for, whether it be an unexpected school speech, a job interview or stopping a safe house assault by armed and highly-trained individuals. Okay, maybe not that last one. What starts as a somewhat comical performance turns into a serious one, and Ryan gives it his all in this film, as we watch him become a hardened killer. His character is a markedly different person by the end of the movie, and it clearly shows in his performance.

#6: William Matthew ‘Will’ Hayes

“Definitely, Maybe” (2008)
Ryan Reynolds is no stranger to romantic comedies. One that isn’t full of physical gags and slapstick moments is hard to come by for him though, but thankfully, “Definitely, Maybe” is much more than that. As Will tells the story of his past relationships to his daughter, we get to see how charismatic he is with each of the women, and the chemistry he has with each of them is also on point. You can’t be a great actor without working well with your peers, and Ryan is able to hit every beat no matter who his costars are.

#5: Jerry Hickfang

“The Voices” (2014)
Playing a unique character is one thing. Playing a psychopath who thinks his pets are actually talking to him is something completely different. Jerry is almost as perplexed by everything that happens to him as the audience is, yet he can’t stop listening to his cat telling him to kill people. As he converses with the voices in his head, the trauma he has inflicted on himself continuously breaks him down, and we’re somehow able to sympathize with this murderer, which is a testament to Reynolds’ performance.

#4: Andrew Paxton

“The Proposal” (2009)
Character transformations, if pulled off effectively, make for a good movie, and it’s up to the actors to carry that thread convincingly throughout the film. As Ryan’s character, Andrew, spends more time with his boss, who he hates, they slowly grow to appreciate one another. Andrew acts as a surrogate for the audience as he discovers more about Margaret’s personal life. As he maintains the charade that they’re a couple, the nuances in his performance hint at real feelings, and it’s a journey that we take right along with him.

#3: Vance ‘Van’ Wilder

“National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” (2002)
Ryan Reynolds was at his peak when it came to playing this young and popular heartthrob. His charisma shines as his character befriends almost everyone around him. He’s able to seduce girls easily, and hell, he even has people lining up to be interviewed to be his personal assistant. Why would anyone want to leave school if it was like this? His one-liners about life always make us laugh, and his situational and comedic timing when it comes to making sarcastic remarks always entertain. He’s the type of guy you want to hate, but never can bring yourself to.

#2: Paul Conroy

“Buried” (2010)
When you’re one of the only actors in the film, and you’ve literally got no room to move, the movie’s success is riding on your performance. The fact that Ryan can maintain audience fixation on him throughout the runtime of “Buried” is a testament to his onscreen presence. We’re able to relate to this man just from knowing him in a coffin, and care about his predicament. As his situation becomes more dire, we can’t help but hold our breath with him while he’s running out of air.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions:

“Mississippi Grind” (2015)

Hannibal King
“Blade: Trinity” (2004)

“Waiting…” (2006)

#1: Deadpool / Wade Wilson

“Deadpool” (2016)
Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. After seeing his performance in this superhero flick, you can almost see the character in every other role he has ever played. It’s almost like Deadpool was created with Ryan Reynolds in mind from the get-go- that’s how much it works. His performance is a culmination of all his previous films, seamlessly combining humor and drama. Funny, sarcastic, and a total bad-ass, this is Reynolds exploring every aspect of his acting skills and delivering on a whole other level. This franchise is definitely here to stay.

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