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The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies

Updated January 17, 2020 22.4k votes 3.4k voters 163.1k 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
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia

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    The Avengers
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 3
    Avengers: Infinity War
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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.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Sherlock Holmes
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Avengers: Endgame
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Iron Man 3
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Captain America: Civil War
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    46

    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    The Avengers: Age of Ultron
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Iron Man 2
    875
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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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  • 10
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2011

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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  • 11
    Chaplin
    575
    129

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Tropic Thunder
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Zodiac
    441
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Spider-Man: Homecoming
    278
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    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

    Released2017

    Directed byJon Watts

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  • 15
    The Judge
    388
    71

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    509
    147

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Weird Science
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Less Than Zero
    333
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Heart and Souls
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    Heart and Souls

    Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue

    Released1993

    Directed byRon Underwood

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  • 20
    Due Date
    409
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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.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    U.S. Marshals
    269
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Only You
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Chances Are
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Back to School
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    57

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Natural Born Killers
    215
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    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

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