Ryan Reynolds: a definitive ranking of his best films.

To coincide with the recent release of Ryan Reynolds new film, Free Guy, we’ve put together a definitive ranking of some of Ryan Reynolds best films.

Free Guy, released in the UK on the 10th of September, is about a guy, called Guy, who discovers he is just a background character in a video game… until he decides to write his own story and become his own video game hero.

With Ryan Reynolds as the leading actor, Free Guy combines a clever concept with the incredibly self-aware, sometimes smug humour that we have come to know and love with Ryan Reynolds and is frivolous in a way very similar to other favourites such as Deadpool and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Ranked worst to best:

Green Lantern (2011)

There is only one reason this film has made the list. It’s the film the brought together one of Hollywood’s funniest couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. Bringing us hilarious social media content and funny interviews, the pair have made their own legacy from what was an otherwise terrible film…

Just consult the ending of Deadpool 2 where Wade fixes the timelines.

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Looking back, sometimes it feels like Ryan Reynolds plays himself in a lot of his movie… but it’s what we love. His witty, sarcastic humour just seems to work in every setting- including this film about vampire hybrid Blade. Though it was one of the worst rated from the trilogy, it’s worth noting that if it wasn’t for Blade, we may not have gotten Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

Based on the novel and a remake of the 1979 film by the same name, this film goes the way of most horrors nowadays. It’s steadily creepy, rather that outright scary. It marks a modest improvement on the original, being generally better executed. It employs all the same archetypes of the horror genre, so for avid horror fans, there’s not much that can be done to really cause a scare anymore. Though in hindsight it’s weird not seeing Ryan Reynolds take on the playful satire we’ve come to know and love.

Waiting… (2005)

The independent comedy-drama that makes us rethink how we speak to waiters, Waiting… is about a group of friends who work in a restaurant called ‘Shenaniganz’ together as hey turn up the antics during an eight and a half hour shift. If you’ve worked in any customer facing job role, this film is a must see.

Just Friends (2005)

The film revolves around the observation of strictly platonic relationships, “just friends”… We’ve all been there. It follows the archetypical storyline of most early noughties feel-good romantic comedies. It takes romantic comedy with a pinch of salt though, tipping more toward comedy.

Plus, as all noughties rom-coms go, it has that one song that it will always share an association with. All-4-One –  ‘I Swear’, as lip-synced by Ryan Reynolds himself.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard & The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2017 & 2021)

Another Ryan Reynolds as Himself film, though again not a bad thing. This action-comedy saga is another satiric addition to Ryan Reynolds film repertoire. The follow-up sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard was also incredibly funny.

Free Guy (2021)

Though it has only just been released, Free Guy was an instant hit just from the trailer release. Knowing it would house all the same irreverent antics as Deadpool, Free Guy should definitely be on everyone radar to watch this year.

Though the number one spot seems obvious at this point, here are a few honourable mentions:

The Proposal (2009)

Buried (2010)

Woman in Gold (2015)

Deadpool and Deadpool 2 (2016 & 2018)

It comes as no surprise that Deadpool ranked number one, it may seem like the easy option but that’s because it is. The film that really puts Ryan Reynolds sarcastic comedy on the map, this follow-up on Wade Wilson from the X-Men film series takes the superhero movie genre that Marvel has gotten everyone interested in and spits it out to produce a film where the main character is somehow woefully relatable- and we love it. Packed with iconic one-liners and plenty of promo teasers and quirky marketing campaigns featuring the wisecracking mercenary, the Deadpool frenzy would have always been a hard one to beat.

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