5. Only God Forgives
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke, Rathar Phongam
Release Date: May 23
The last time Ryan Gosling linked up with Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, they made the brilliantly progressive action flick Drive, our no-brainer choice for 2011's best movie. So, naturally, their next collaboration, Only God Forgives, immediately registers highly on the must-see scale. But thanks to its intriguing plot synopsis, Refn's latest sounds like it could be even crazier than Drive.
Gosling, once again playing against his pretty-boy swag, stars as a guy who runs a Thai boxing club in order to hide his family's drug smuggling hustles and has to track down and eliminate the people who've killed his brother. Check out his battered face up above—your boy Gosling is in for some real lumps. Anyone who's seen Refn's hypnotically brutal Bronson (starring a ferocious Tom Hardy) knows what could be in store. And needed to see Only God Forgives yesterday.