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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.

Notable directors that have worked with Robert Downey Jr. include names like Robert Altman, Joss Whedon and Steven Soderbergh. Is Robert Downey Jr. your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg films lists too.

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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 ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss 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 ...more

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

Released: 2009

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie. In the film, ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

Released: 2013

Directed by: Shane 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 ...more

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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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.) ...more

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Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane

Released: 1992

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

Released: 2011

Directed by: Guy 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 ...more

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The Avengers: Age of Ult... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
rhrsh added Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2015

Directed by: Joss 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) ...more

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Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ben 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 ...more

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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Anthony 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 ...more

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2005

Directed by: Shane 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 ...more

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Captain America: Civil W... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

Directed by: Anthony 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 ...more

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Fincher

Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a person ...more

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Due Date is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx

Released: 2010

Directed by: Todd 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 ...more
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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anthony 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 ...more

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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: John 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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The Judge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
isa-barnett added Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meester, Robert Duvall

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Dobkin

The Judge is a 2014 drama film written by Bill Dubuque, Nick Schenk and David Seidler; and directed by David Dobkin.
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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Released: 1987

Directed by: Marek 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 ...more

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Heart and Souls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ron 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 - ...more
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Chances Are is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Cybill Shepherd, Mary Stuart Masterson

Released: 1989

Directed by: Emile 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 ...more

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Only You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Billy Zane

Released: 1994

Directed by: Norman 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 ...more

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U.S. Marshals is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stuart 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 ...more

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Oliver 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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The Soloist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jena Malone

Released: 2009

Directed by: Joe Wright

The Soloist is a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Wright, and starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.. It is based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who developed ...more

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Back to School is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison

Released: 1986

Directed by: Alan 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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