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Top 10 movies of Robert Downey Jr.

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Two-time Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. was first recognized in the mid-’80s. Since then, he has done wonders in his acting career. It’s clear why he is considered one of the most outstanding actors of his generation by both critics and peers. He has been a versatile, powerful actor in the industry and has also appeared in a wide variety of films.

His filmography continues to be a masterpiece in terms of genre and style. He’s done it all, from heart-wrenching drama and witty satire to frothy romance comedy and character-driven dramatics.

He starred in the role of Tony Stark, a genius, billionaire, philanthropist, and playboy in Iron Man, its sequels, and Marvel’s Avengers series.

While Downey Jr.’s time in MCU is over, he is still one of the most popular Avengers and actors. It is unlikely that anyone can ever match his portrayal of Iron Man.

To acknowledge his great accomplishments in the industry, we have referred to IMDB (the greatest online hub for movie ratings and ranking) for Robert Downey Jr’s top 10 movies of all time.

Sherlock Holmes (2009) - IMDb

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  1. Sherlock Holmes

Year: 2009

Runtime: 128 mins

IMDB rating: 7.6

Director: Guy Ritchie

Also starring: Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams

Gross: $209.03

Plot: Downey Jr. plays the famous Detective Sherlock Holmes in this movie. Jude Law plays the role of Dr. Watson, Sherlock’s loyal partner in the movie. Together they engage in a combat of brawns and wits with a nemesis who threatens entire England.

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  1. Zodiac

Year: 2007

Runtime: 157 mins

IMDB rating: 7.7

Director: David Fincher

Also starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Jake Gyllenhaal

Gross: 33.08M

Plot: The movie encompasses a time span from 1968 to 1983. The movie is based on the true story of a San Francisco killer known as the Zodiac Killer. A cartoonist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a detective (Mark Ruffalo) become obsessed with nailing down the Zodiac Killer. However, the identity of the individual who terrorized Northern California with his killing spree remained unconfirmed till the end. Robert Downey Jr. plays a colleague and sort of mentor of Jake Gyllenhaal. He has played the role of an enigmatic and eccentric journalist with his usual charm and amazing acting.

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  1. Chaplin

Year: 1992

Runtime: 143 mins

IMDB rating: 7.5

Director: Richard Attenborough

Also starring: Geraldine Chaplin, John Thaw, Paul Rhys

Gross: 9.49M

Plot: The movie shows an elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with an editor. The story depicts the old Chaplin’s recount of his journey, from his poor childhood to global success after the ingenious creation of the Little Tramp.

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  1. Avengers: Infinity War

Year: 2018

Runtime: 149 mins

IMDB rating: 8.4

Director: Russo Brothers

Also starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Gross: $678.82M

Plot: Avengers: Infinity War is the second last installment of the last mission that veteran Avengers did together. In this movie, the Avengers call their allies to defeat the powerful Thanos. They are most willing to sacrifice their lives in an attempt to save the Earth and its residents from Thanos’ mad plan to eliminate half the humanity from existence.

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  1. Avengers: Endgame

Year: 2019

Runtime: 181 mins

IMDB rating: 8.4

Director: Russo Brothers

Also starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson.

Gross: $858.37M

Plot: Endgame is the finale of MCU’s infinity saga. The avengers fail to stop Thanos from snapping his finger and eliminating half of the Earth’s population in Infinity War. So, they assemble once again in Endgame to reverse Thanos’ deeds. With the help of their allies, the Avengers time travels to restore the universe and bring back all the victims of Thanos’ snap that happened in Infinity War.



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  1. Captain America: Civil War

Year: 2016

Runtime: 147 mins

IMDB rating: 7.8

Director: Russo Brothers

Also starring: Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

Gross: $408.08M

Plot: The movie depicts a conflict between the Iron many (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans). The unwanted political intervention in the Avengers’ affairs fuels the rift.

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

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  1. Good Night, and Good Luck

Year: 2005

Runtime: 93 mins

IMDB rating: 7.4

Director: George Clooney

Also starring: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels.

Gross: $31.50M

Plot: Good Night and Good Luck is a historical drama set in 1953. It shows the story of Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) working with his news team to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. Robert Downey Jr. plays a reporter, Joseph Wershba, who works side by side with the team for a greater cause.

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  1. The Avengers

Year: 2012

Runtime: 143 mins

IMDB rating: 7

Director: Joss Whedon

Also starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner.

Gross: $623.28M

Plot: In this movie, MCU, for the first time, brings Earth’s mightiest heroes to the big screen altogether. The Avengers learn to fight as a team when they have to defeat the mischievous Loki from enslaving humanity.

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  1. Tropic Thunder

Year: 2008

Runtime: 107 mins

IMDB rating: 7

Director: Ben Stiller

Also starring: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Jeff Kahn

Gross: $110.52M

Plot: A series of freaking events forces a group of actors to become the soldiers they are depicting in a big-budget war movie. Robert plays Kirk Lazarus, an overbearing Australian method actor who is also a five-time Academy Award-winner.

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  1. Iron Man

Year: 2008

Runtime: 126 mins

IMDB rating: 7.9

Director: Jon Favreau

Also starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard

Gross: $318.41M

Plot: Marvel’s Iron Man, who is also billionaire Engineer Tory Stark is captured in an Afghan cave. The movie shows Iron Man creating a unique weaponized suit of armor for the first time. The suit is updated and used in every other Avenger movie to fight evil.



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