Robert Downey Jr. has made himself synonymous to Iron Man aka Tony Stark that fans can’t see anyone else other than him. He helped MCU getting the top position in Comic World in less than a decade.
The franchise we all love began with Downey Jr. in 2008’s Iron Man. Fans can’t argue with the fact that his role as Iron Man irrevocably altered cinema. After Endgame, this is the best time to glance back over his filmography and select the very best of his films.
#1 ‘Chaplin’ (1992)
Downey, Jr. is eerily uncanny as silent movie legend Charles Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s autobiographical drama. He manages to capture the blithe spirit and cunning charm that made Chaplin the world’s biggest star. Downey, Jr. won the BAFTA as Best Actor and received an Oscar nomination, losing to Al Pacino (“Scent of a Woman”).
2 ‘Zodiac’ (2007)
Downey, Jr. gives one of his best performances as Paul Avery, whose life unravels when he becomes a target of the Zodiac. Stunningly, “Zodiac” didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. Now that’s criminal.
David Fincher is easily one of the most popular filmmakers working today, and with such efforts as Fight Club, Gone Girl and The Social Network under his belt.
3 ‘Short Cuts’ (1993)
Altman’s 1993 film chronicled the lives of numerous suburban Los Angeles residents. It’s humorous, it’s heartfelt, it’s horrific, and it’s always marvelously entertaining.
Everyone’s great in it, including Downey Jr. who plays everyman Bill Bush. Although Short Cuts doesn’t exactly boost his very best performance, it’s arguably the best film he’s ever starred in.
4 ‘Iron Man’ (2008)
Marvel Studios kicked off its plot for domination of the world’s movie market with “Iron Man,” in 2008. Downey, Jr. stars as Tony Stark, a fast-talking, narcissistic billionaire. Jon Favreau keeps things light, witty, and entertaining, allowing his star’s personality to shine through that armor mask. Though the movie had 3 sequels, the first remains one of the very best superhero films.
5 ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (2009)
After 2008’s Iron Man, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes wonderfully capitalized on audiences desire for more Robert Downey Jr. His charm and charisma are on full display here. The actor’s portrayal of the famous fictional detective felt like a spiritual continuation of his work in the aforementioned blockbuster; as if Tony Stark had been transported through time.
6 ‘Natural Born Killers’ (1994)
Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers was incredibly controversial upon its release in 1994. Today, it’s generally considered one of Stone’s best films thanks to its satirical comment on the media and intense performances.
Downey is perhaps the most memorable element of the film for fresh audiences, making this subversive Bonnie and Clyde revamp essential viewing.
7 ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ (1995)
Writer-director Shane Black recently disappointed Predator fans with his 2018 action romp – The Predator. It’s a fun film, elevated by Downey Jr.’s unwavering ability to chew through Black’s dialogue with ease. If you’re an Iron Man fan, you’ll probably love this.
8 ‘Less Than Zero’ (1987)
Downey, Jr. became a star in this harrowing adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ bestseller. Directed by Marek Kanievska. the film centers on three rich best friends (Downey, Jr., Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz) who go their own ways after graduating from high school in Beverly Hills.
9 ‘The Avengers’ (2012)
Downey, Jr. reprises his role as billionaire Tony Stark, who teams up with Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye to stop Thor’s evil brother Loki.
The gang’s all here for Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers,” the first of the superhero mashup movies that solidified the Marvel Cinematic Universe as being true to its title.
10 ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ (2005)
Downey, Jr. plays Joseph Wershba, a CBS reporter who’s secretly married to a co-worker (Patricia Clarkson). .Now more than ever, “Good Night, and Good Luck” is a testimony to the importance of a free press in the face of government deception.