The legendary American actor Robert Downey Jr. made his debut at the age of five in his father’s film Pound, which was released in 1970. And till now, he has acted in 65+ films, which created a huge fan base of him among the audience. In his starting time, he was not so successful and also got arrested a few times because of some personal problems. But his movie Iron Man which was released in 2008, created a new revolution for him in his acting career, and from that movie, he started ruling the box office.
Also, his fan following increased, and he became a favorite of many, especially the teenagers. His movie has now made billions of dollars, and therefore, he has taken the place of the second richest actor throughout the globe. He has made many mistakes in his life, which created a lot of high-level troubles for him; still, he managed to be at the top because of his passion and hard work. Now, he has become the idol and mentor of many people of all age groups.
Now, I would like to tell our audience that in this post, I will be giving the best or we can say top 20 movies of Robert Downey Jr. which the audience liked the most and also received the highest critics points and you should also watch them who haven’t watched them yet. But I do not believe that anyone has not watched his movie but still;
Here are the best 20 movies of Robert Downey Jr. released till now.
1. Avengers: End Game (2019)
This is the best movie of Robert Downey Jr. till now and the most profitable movie of the Avengers series and therefore it has taken first place in our list of top 20 movies of Robert Downey. It is an American superhero film which is based on Marvel comics. It was also amongst the most expensive films ever made and also came in the most profitable movie by breaking the box office records completely.
The film is directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and was the continuation sequel of the 2018 release Avengers: Infinity War. This sequel is produced by Kevin Feige and screenplay work was managed by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. With Robert Downey Jr this film also stars some great actors which include Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow in the lead roles.
This film was released in April 2019 and has a runtime of 181 minutes and was the last part of the Avengers series. If anyone has not watched this movie yet, then I would definitely like to advise you to watch it in this quarantine period. You will really love it.
2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
This film was the first part of the Avengers: End game and was released in 2018. The director, producer, screenplay writers, music artists, and cast everything was the same as the movie which has taken first place in this list of top 20 movies. Avengers: Infinity War ended on a high note by leaving a big doubt in the minds of the audience that Is Iron Man or Robert Downey Jr. has died in this part or not.
It was left as a confusion which created a lot of excitement among the audience and hence resulted in the great success of the new sequel. This film has a runtime of 149 min and it also became one of the most loved and most appreciated movies of Robert Downey.
3. The Avengers (2012)
2012 released ‘The Avengers’ was also American superhero movies based on the Marvel comics which were written by Stan Lee. The film was directed by Joss Whedon and was produced by Kevin Feige. The screenplay work was also managed by the director Joss only.
It starred some great celebrities with huge fan following and introduced some new characters in the story. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evan, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles.
In the film it was shown that all the characters of the film or we can say all the superheroes of the film came together to fight against the evil aliens to save the planet from their destruction. This was the first Avengers film which crossed the 1 billion marks on the box office. It has a runtime of 143 min and was also one of the most successful films of Avengers as well as Robert Downey.
4. Iron Man 3 (2013)
The third part of the movie was released in 2013 and it became one of the most successful parts of the Iron Man series. The superhero film was directed by Shane Black and Kevin Feige remained the producer in all the three parts.
It also introduced some new characters which made the star cast even more exciting. The star cast of this sequel includes Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, and Ben Kingsley.
It has a successful runtime of 131 min and also crossed the one billion mark on the box office that’s why it has taken the top place among all the three parts but has taken fourth place in our list of top 20 films of Robert Downey Jr. to watch.
5. Iron Man 2 (2010)
This is the second sequel of the American superhero movie Iron Man which has taken sixth place in our list of top 20 movies and this sequel has taken fifth place in our list. The director, producer, and writers were all same in this sequel as the original part. Also, the star cast and production house was the same in this sequel.
In this sequel the identity of Robert Downey as Tony Stark and as Iron Man was revealed in the world and everyone was aware of him in the movie. Because of this he had to face many ups and downs but he always performed his duty of saving humanity. This film was released in 2010 and has a runtime of 119 min which is the shortest amongst all the three parts.
6. Iron Man (2008)
This American superhero movie was released in 2008 and was directed by Jon Favreau. It was produced by Avi Arad and Kevin Feige in association with Marvel Productions and the distribution rights were owned by Paramount Pictures. It was based on the novel with the same name which was written by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Don Hack.
The film has some well-known celebs in the lead cast which include Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Robert has played the role of Tony Start aka Iron Man which was the main attraction of the film. This movie has a successful runtime of 126 min and was a great success therefore; its two more sequels were also released later.
7. U.S. Marshals (1998)
U.S. Marshals is an American action crime film that was released in 2018. It was directed by Stuart Baird and was produced by Anne Kopelson and Arnold Kopelson. It has huge star cast who have millions of followers throughout the globe which include Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Kate Nelligan, and Irene Jacob.
The story of the movie revolves around U.S. Marshal and his team of Marshals who are assigned a very difficult task to arrest Sheridan who has been accused of a double murder which he admitted that he and his friend performed together. This film has a runtime of 136 min and each and every min was worth watching. It received a great response because of the high-end acting of the great star cast.
8. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
This film was directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and was produced by Kevin Feige. It was also a part of Marvel productions and was based on the comic Captain America written by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. It has Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Bruhl as the lead cast.
In the story, it was shown that due to some political involvements, a big rift is created between Captain America and Iron Man. This film was released in 2016 and has a runtime of 147 min. It was a very exciting movie and I would like to advise our viewers to watch it whenever you have time.
9. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Age Of Ultron was released in 2015 and it was also a superhero movie and was a part of the Avengers series. The film was directed and written by Joss Whedon and was produced by Kevin Feige. Like all the Avengers movies it was also based on Marvel Comics written by Stan Lee and produced by Marvel Productions.
The distribution rights of the film were owned By Disney Studios. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evan, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, and Samuel L. Jackson as the main actors who have performed their role with such an immense acting that they were greatly appreciated by all the viewers. The film has a runtime of 141 min and it became one of the most important film of Robert’s life.
10. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
This movie was directed by Jon watts and even screenplay work was managed by him only. Kevin and Amy participated as the producers of the film in partnership with Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Pascal Pictures. This film was made with a huge budget and was also one of the most successful films of Marvels and Spiderman series.
It has some amazing star cast which was appreciated by all the viewers which include Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. The film has a runtime of 139 min.
11. Zodiac (2007)
Zodiac was directed by David Fincher and was produced by Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Cean Chaffin, Bradley J. Fischer, and James Vanderbilt in association with Phoenix Pictures. It was released in 2007 and has a successful runtime of 157 minutes. The film was not successful but still, the story of the film was really strong and thrilling and was liked by the audience.
When the movie was released on Television it attracted a lot of viewers throughout the globe. The story was based in the days of 1970s when an American cartoonist became a beginner detective who was always busy in tracking the Zodiac Killer, who has spread his terror in the California State of United States. This film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Lynch, and Dermot Mulroney in the lead role.
12. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011)
This is an action mystery film that was released in 2011 and was directed by Guy Ritchie. It was produced by Joel Silver in association with Silver Pictures. It is based on the book Character written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
It became quite famous because of its amazing star cast and also because of the interesting storyline. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, and Rachel McAdams as the lead actors.
The mystery film is based on a Detective named Sherlock Holmes who is the biggest detective in Europe and is always busy in solving the unsolved and difficult mysteries of Europe. This film has a runtime of 129 min and it also received very high critics rating that’s why it has taken place in our list of top 20 films.
13. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Sherlock Holmes is a mystery film which is directed by Guy Ritchie. We have already discussed its second sequel and in this, we will discuss the first and original movie from where Sherlock Homes Series started. This movie was produced by Joel Silver in association with Silver Pictures and is completely adoption of a book named Character written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
It has Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles. The story of the film revolves around Sherlock Holmes and his partner Watson who are completely busy in solving the fight of the Nemesis who is a threat to England. This film was released in 2009 and has a runtime of 133 min.
14. Tropic Thunder (2008)
It is an action-comedy film that was released in 2008 and was directed by Ben Stiller. Stuart Cornfeld and Eric McLeod participated as the producers of the film. The screenplay was completely managed by Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, and Etan Cohen. In the movie, it was depicted that the actors were shooting for a big-budget war movie and they were playing as soldiers but they are then forced to play their role really as soldiers.
The group of actors was trapped and forced to work as real soldiers. It stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Brandon T. Jackson, Bill Hader, and Nick Nolte as the lead actors. The star cast of the film has performed their roles so well that they were highly appreciated by the audience when the film was released.
15. Weird Science (1985)
This film of Robert Downey Jr. was released in 1985 and he was doing a small role but still was very much liked by the audience. The film was directed and written by John Hughes and was produced by Joel Silver. It includes an amazing star cast which has Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock in the lead roles.
The film has shown that two high school nerds use a computer program to create real women and as a result, they themselves got trouble for them and it destroyed their life completely. The film was only 94 minutes long and it was really a short film in comparison to others.
16. Back To School (1986)
Back To School is an American comedy film which was released in 1986 and it stars some really great actors which include Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison, and Ned Beatty. The film was directed by Alan Metter and was produced by Chuck Rusell.
The story of the film is written by Rodney Dangerfield, Greg Fields, and Dennis Snee. In the film, it was shown that to help his son to pass college a rich businessman himself enters the college as a student and starts helping his discouraged son to start enjoying and studying in college again. The film has a runtime of 96 minutes and it received a quite good response from the audience.
17. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
It is an American black comedy and crime film which was released in 2005. The film was written and directed by Shane Black and he also made his directional debut with this film. It is produced by Joel Silver. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang stars Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen in the lead role.
It is based on the novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them which is written by Brett Halliday. This film is a murder mystery that resulted in bringing a private eye, a thief hiding as an actor, and a struggling actress together. This film has a runtime of 105 min and it was not very much successful at the box office but still won the hearts of people.
18. Natural Born Killers (1994)
Natural Born Killers was directed by Oliver Stone and was produced by Jane Hamsher and Don Murphy. This film showed one of the best performances of Robert Downey Jr. and he even won many awards for this film. This film also stars Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tommy Lee Jone, and Tom Sizemore in the lead role.
The distribution rights were owned by Warner Bros. In the story two childhood friends who have a very bad childhood become lovers and they become psycho and are considered as murders by the media. The film was released in 1994 and has a successful runtime of 119 min. Robert received a good response to the film and his fan following also increased after this successful film.
19. Due Date (2010)
This film is a comedy-drama film which was released in 2010. It was directed by Todd Philips and was written by Phillips, Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, and Adam Sztykiel. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis and Jamie Foxx in the lead roles.
In the movie a father-to-be person, Highman is forced to go on a ride with an aspiring actor Ethan on a long road trip so that he can reach on time when his child is born. The story of the film was written by Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland.
They won many awards and nominations for the best storyline. This film proved to be a huge success in the box office and hence was liked by everyone. The film has a runtime of 95 min only still it was a must-watch movie.
20. Wonder Boys (2000)
Wander Boys stars Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Katie Holmes, Rip Torn, and Robert Downey Jr. in the lead roles. They have done a tremendous job in this film and were thus appreciated a lot by the viewers as well as the critics. This film is directed and produced by Curtis Hanson and is based on the book with the same name written by Michael Chabon.
The distribution rights of the film were owned by Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures. It has a runtime 111 min and each and every minute of the film was good and thrilling but I really don’t know why it didn’t succeded in the box office very much. But the star cast of the film won the hearts of the audience by their tremendous works.
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