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Top 10 Robert Downey Jr. Movies

# Top 10 Robert Downey Jr. Movies After 2000

Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) has been one of the most prominent and versatile actors of his generation, especially noted for his resurgence in the 21st century. Here, we delve into his top 10 movies post-2000, all boasting IMDb ratings above 6/10. Each film is analyzed for its strengths, weaknesses, and overall impact.

# 1. Iron Man (2008)

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


- Groundbreaking special effects.

- RDJ's charismatic and witty portrayal of Tony Stark.

- Engaging storyline with a blend of humor and action.


- Some predictable plot points typical of superhero origins.

Personal Review:

"Iron Man" revitalized RDJ's career and kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). His performance as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist set a new benchmark for superhero portrayals.

# 2. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery


- RDJ's unique take on Sherlock Holmes, balancing intellect and physicality.

- Strong chemistry with Jude Law (Dr. Watson).

- Visually striking with a clever plot.

• Negatives:

- Some historical inaccuracies and modernized elements may not appeal to purists.

Personal Review:

Guy Ritchie’s reimagining of the iconic detective was both fresh and entertaining, with RDJ’s nuanced performance adding a layer of depth and charisma to Holmes.

# 3. Tropic Thunder (2008)

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Genre: Action, Comedy


- Hilarious and satirical look at Hollywood.

- RDJ's method acting as Kirk Lazarus, an actor playing an actor, was genius.

- Strong ensemble cast.


- Some humor might be controversial or misunderstood.

Personal Review:

"Tropic Thunder" showcased RDJ's comedic talents, demonstrating his ability to dive into eccentric characters and elevate a movie with his performance.

# 4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama


- Epic conclusion to the MCU's Infinity Saga.

- RDJ’s poignant performance as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

- Stellar special effects and emotional depth.


- Complex plot may confuse newcomers.

Personal Review:

RDJ’s role in "Endgame" was a fitting and emotional farewell to Iron Man, encapsulating his journey and evolution over the MCU's decade-long arc.

# 5. Zodiac (2007)

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery


- Meticulously detailed narrative.

- Strong ensemble performances, including RDJ's portrayal of journalist Paul Avery.

- Atmospheric and tense direction by David Fincher.


- Slow pacing might deter some viewers.

Personal Review:

"Zodiac" is a masterclass in suspense and character-driven storytelling, with RDJ adding a layer of vulnerability and charisma to his role.

# 6. Iron Man 3 (2013)

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


- RDJ’s performance exploring Tony Stark's PTSD.

- Shane Black’s direction brought a unique style.

- Exciting action sequences.


- The twist involving the Mandarin was divisive among fans.

Personal Review:

"Iron Man 3" offered a deeper, more personal look at Tony Stark, with RDJ delivering a nuanced performance that balanced action and emotion.

# 7. The Judge (2014)

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Genre: Drama


- Strong performances by RDJ and Robert Duvall.

- Emotional and thought-provoking storyline.

- Beautifully shot.


- Predictable plot elements.

Personal Review:

"The Judge" allowed RDJ to flex his dramatic muscles, offering a touching and intense look at family dynamics and personal redemption.

# 8. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime


- Sharp and witty screenplay by Shane Black.

- RDJ’s chemistry with Val Kilmer.

- Clever blend of comedy and noir.


- Complex narrative structure may be confusing for some.

Personal Review:

"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is a hidden gem in RDJ’s filmography, showcasing his versatility and impeccable comedic timing in a stylish and engaging mystery.

# 9. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

• Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


- RDJ’s mentor-like role adds depth to Tony Stark's character.

- Fresh take on Spider-Man with Tom Holland.

- Balanced mix of humor and action.


- RDJ’s role is more of a supporting character.

Personal Review:

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" was a delightful addition to the MCU, with RDJ’s presence adding gravitas and continuity to the overarching narrative.

# 10. Due Date (2010)

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Genre: Comedy, Drama


- RDJ’s comedic chemistry with Zach Galifianakis.

- Hilarious and heartwarming moments.

- Engaging road-trip narrative.


- Predictable plot and some uneven pacing.

Personal Review:

"Due Date" is an enjoyable comedy that leverages RDJ’s deadpan humor and timing, making it a fun ride despite its formulaic storyline.


Robert Downey Jr. has proven his versatility and star power in a wide array of genres and characters. His ability to bring depth, humor, and charisma to each role makes these movies stand out, not just for their individual merits, but for how they collectively showcase the breadth of his talent. Whether he's donning the iron suit or solving intricate mysteries, RDJ continues to captivate and entertain audiences worldwide.@


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