Robert Downey Jr., a truly compelling and personal story, with his constant struggle with drug addiction, has put out some outstanding movies in his tenure as an actor. The Golden Globe Winner’s performance on screen is rarely less than phenomenal. Here is a quick look at the best movies he has had to offer to date.
1. Iron Man, 2008
Tony Stark (Downey), a spoiled genius who has recently inherited his father’s weapon-constructing titan, Stark Industries. Though he is initially convinced that the best way to peace is having the “bigger weapons”, being held hostage in the middle of nowhere, guarded by the very weapons his company created, has given him second thoughts. After building a man-shaped suit with a vast array of firepower, Stark literally patrols the skies.
2. Chaplin, 1992
Based on a fictional conversation with an elderly Charlie Chaplin, the movie follows the life of Chaplin (Downey) from his perspective. The originator of slapstick comedy reflects on events in his life, starting with his childhood hardships and the poverty he emerged from to his success in the film industry and the remainder of his life following. Truly a remarkable story, Robert Downey Jr. plays the role to a T. He was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and received a BAFTA; all for Best Actor.
3. Sherlock Holmes, 2009
Though fans of the book series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would argue that the movie is not a true depiction of the Baker Street dwelling crime solver at all, Robert Downey Jr. still delivers a phenomenal performance as the bare-knuckle boxing, yet highly intelligent detective. He and Jude Law, as Watson, make an incredible onscreen duo, as the two comedically and skillfully search for murdering warlock, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong).
4. Tropic Thunder, 2008
Australian-turned-African American actor, Kirk Lazarus (Downey), joins Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), and Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) in an effort to make the most epic war movie of all time. What they don’t know, however, is that the place they are filming a war movie in is an actual war zone. The movie follows both their comedic reactions and their quest for survival.
5. Good Night, and Good Luck, 2005
Set in the early 1950s, Good Night and Good Luck follows the life of Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn), Fred Friendly (George Clooney), and Joseph Wershba (Downey). It follows the controversy among early broadcast journalists, and the jealousy, rivalry, and backstabbing the trade brings with it. The film was nominated for Best Picture.
6. Due Date, 2010
Expecting father, Peter Highman (Downey), and aspiring actor, Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis)’s lives collide in a movie that surely must be every father’s nightmare. The two are on a mission to reach Highman’s wife before she’s due and gives birth to his first child.
7. Less Than Zero, 1987
One of Robert Downey Jr.’s earliest breakout roles, Downey plays drug addict, Julian Wells. This role is ironic for Downey in that he was struggling with drug addiction of his own right around and directly after the release of the film. Due to his addiction, Julian is in a bad way with some worse people, namely Rip (James Spader, whom he owes $50,000. Mixed in it with him are high school sweethearts, Clay (Andrew McCarthy and Blair (Jami Gertz. The film centers around the trio searching for a way to escape Rip’s clutches and achieve sobriety.
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