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By Hannah Soo Park

Shoot-em-up flick "Gangster Squad," which hits theaters today, is mostly (at least visually) associated with its 1940s backdrop. And one of its stars, Ryan Gosling, is not a stranger to visiting the past—jumping from decade to decade, Gosling has played characters living in nearly every decade within the past century—except not quite so. Here are a few genre suggestions we think Mr. Gosling should tackle next in his next period film.

'40s Film Noir

Ryan Gosling in black and white? Ryan Gosling standing in dark shadows? Ryan Gosling disarming us with snappy film noir dialogue? We'll take it!

'50s Melodrama

Even though Gosling blew us away as the mysterious figure behind the wheel in "Drive" and managed to make us really depressed as one part of the troubled marriage in "Blue Valentine," we'd like to think his star power is actually rooted in melodrama. »

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