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The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies

Updated January 17, 2020 21.2k votes 3.5k voters 164.1k views74 items

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List of the best Robert Downey Jr. movies, ranked best to worst by thousands of fans' votes. Long before he was Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was a member of the Brat Pack appearing in such films as Weird Science and Less Than Zero. The order of this Robert Downey Jr. movies list is decided by how many votes each film receives, so only hist most highly rated movies will be at the top of the list.

If you think the RDJ's best role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Robert Downey Jr. performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list includes Robert Downey Jr's impressive filmography from The Avengers, Chaplin and more, and answers the questions, "What are the best Robert Downey Jr. movies?" and "What are the greatest Robert Downey Jr. roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Downey Jr.'s super-hero performances, you might also enjoy our list of best Christian Bale movies and best Chris Evans movies.

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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert Downey...  more

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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if...  more

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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of...  more

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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 period mystery action film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart...  more

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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After Thanos (Josh Brolin)...  more

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    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byShane Black

    Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's Iron...  more

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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2016

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift...  more

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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try...  more

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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must...  more

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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2011

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. It is a sequel to the...  more

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    Chaplin

    Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich

    Released1992

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    Chaplin is a 1992 British-American biographical comedy-drama film about the life of British comedian Charlie Chaplin. It was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Robert Downey,...  more
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    Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller, Jack Black

    Released2008

    Directed byBen Stiller

    Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the...  more

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    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, based on the 1986 non-fiction book by Robert Graysmith. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist (Jake...  more

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    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

    Released2017

    Directed byJon Watts

    Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school student...  more

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    The Judge

    Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meester

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Dobkin

    The Judge is a 2014 drama film written by Bill Dubuque, Nick Schenk and David Seidler; and directed by David Dobkin....  more
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    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer

    Released2005

    Directed byShane Black

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 American neo-noir dark comedy film written and directed by Shane Black, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen. The script is...  more

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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel...  more

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    Less Than Zero

    Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1987

    Directed byMarek Kanievska

    Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for Christmas...  more

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    Heart and Souls

    Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue

    Released1993

    Directed byRon Underwood

    Heart and Souls is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Thomas Riley, a businessman recruited by the souls of four deceased people - his...  more
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    Due Date

    Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2010

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Due Date is a 2010 American comedy road film directed by Todd Phillips, co-written by Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, and Adam Sztykiel, and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. The film...  more

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    U.S. Marshals

    Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1998

    Directed byStuart Baird

    U.S. Marshals is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Stuart Baird. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Roy Huggins and John Pogue. The events depicted in the story do not...  more

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    Only You

    Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei

    Released1994

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Only You is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey, Jr., and Bonnie Hunt. Written by Diane Drake, the film is about a young woman...  more

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    Chances Are

    Robert Downey Jr., Cybill Shepherd

    Released1989

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Chances Are is a 1989 romantic comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey, Jr., Ryan O'Neal, and Mary Stuart Masterson. The original music score was composed...  more

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    Back to School

    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield

    Released1986

    Directed byAlan Metter

    Back to School is a 1986 comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr. It was...  more

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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the...  more

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