La La Land’s Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone: Better Together or Apart?

It isn't a secret that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are exceptionally talented movie stars. So few were surprised that La La Land, a Hollywood favorite in which they co-star, landed a record seven Golden Globe® and 14 Oscar® nominations, putting La La Land in league with the Titanic and All About Eve.

This dynamic duo didn't appear out of nowhere. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have worked together in a number of films, and have made quite the splash on their own, as well.

Are they better together or apart?

Point: Two are Better Than One

Crazy, Stupid, Love

A comedy-drama featuring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, and Kevin Bacon is hard to compete in, yet Gosling and Stone's collective comedic talent and chemistry hold their own in Crazy, Stupid, Love. The pair turns an awkward one-night stand into an unexpectedly serious and loving relationship while navigating a series of other entangled relationships. It also didn't hurt that Ryan Gosling's Dirty Dancing lift was very well-executed.

Set in the late ‘40s, Gangster Squad is a movie that explores the L.A. criminal world with gangster Mickey Cohen. Gosling plays Sgt. Jerry Wooters, who is recruited by the L.A. Police Department to help bring down the Cohen empire.

In the process of destroying Cohen's illegal gambling enterprise, Sgt. Wooters begins a romantic relationship with Cohen's girlfriend, Grace Faraday, played by Emma Stone.

Gangster Squad is a departure from both actors’ duet debut in Crazy, Stupid, Love, but no less wonderful to watch.

Counterpoint: I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T

Of course, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have had their own series of hits. Here are just a handful of movies you should watch.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone has been in a number of comedies that are charming, witty, and sometimes a little dark. Here are a just a few of our favorites here at Netflix DVD.

Easy A

Emma Stone plays Olive, a 17-year old high school student, in this hilarious teen comedy. A little white lie snowballs into more than Olive can handle, leading to a tumultuous school year filled with popularity and hard lessons. Stone's stellar performance in Easy A helped launch her from a lovable support character (like in Superbad) to a popular leading woman in her own right.

Zombieland

A seriously escalated case of mad cow disease has turned the American people into zombies. Wichita (Emma Stone) and her sister "Little Rock" are on their way to Pacific Playland, an amusement park. Along the way, Wichita and her sister take a college student named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) hostage and play golf with Bill Murray.

If this doesn't sound like your typical zombie movie, that's because it isn't. While zombies are a core part of the movie, Zombieland, with Emma Stone’s help, manages to stay lighthearted and fun.

Special Consideration: Birdman

Emma Stone was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Birdman, one of last year’s Best Picture nominees; she also won a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of the smart, tough, and loving daughter to Michael Keaton, who also served up a tour-de-force performance.  

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling has played a wide variety of characters over the years, which has landed him four Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for La La Land. Here are some other amazing roles Gosling has been in.

Drive

Ryan Gosling has always played the cool guy, and in Drive, he plays a triptych of amazing roles: a Hollywood stuntman, mechanic, and getaway driver. It's a movie that toes the line between darkness and redemption, and it features wonderful actors that, according to Stephanie Zacharek of Movieline, "defies all the current trends in mainstream action filmmaking."

In addition, Drive has an amazing soundtrack that has been lauded by moviegoers and reviewers alike.

The Big Short

In this movie about 2008 financial crisis, Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vannett, an anti-hero who narrates and profits hugely off the housing crisis by seeing the warning signs of the crash before anyone else. It's a role that fits perfectly with Ryan Gosling's suave persona, and the movie also shows off the actings chops of Christian Bale and Steve Carell.

Special Consideration: The Notebook

The Notebook shows up nearly every week as one of the most searched-for movies on DVD Netflix. Ryan Gosling plays the loyal romantic lead in the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel.  

Our Verdict: It’s A Draw

Are Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling better apart or together? We think it's too close to call, but we do hope they continue their collaborations in the future.