Robert Downey Jr: One of the most important and box office actors in the history of cinema.

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We have seen him as a super hero, reporter, comedian, playboy, even as an African-American. Undoubtedly, the name Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most recognized of the moment. Between 2012 and 2013 he became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.

His career has not been limited to film, but he also ventured into television when participating in the series Ally McBeal as Larry, where he demonstrated his great musical talent by singing alongside Sting. Ten years later, the singer and bassist of The Police invited him to take the stage for his 60 years making it clear that he is not only good in front of the cameras, but also behind a microphone.

Robert Downey Jr. has been involved in the acting world since he was five years old when he participated in the film Pound, directed by his father. He has been nominated for an Oscar twice and has won two Golden Globes. In the same way, we can see its name in some movie soundtracks.

Without more to say about this multifaceted talent, here is a list of his best films

10. Tropic Thunder (2008)

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It is about an action comedy in which a group of actors is sent to the jungle to film a movie from the Vietnam War. In the middle of the recording the cast is abandoned with hidden cameras. They believe that the filming continues but they do not know that what is happening around them is real. Tropic Thunder made Robert Downey Jr. a recipient of an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor by playing Kirk Lazarus, a 5-time Oscar-winning Australian actor who undergoes surgery to change the color of his skin and be able to play an African-American

9. Chaplin (1992)

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Robert Downey Jr. plays this interesting character with a domed hat, bushy mustache, cane and a very peculiar way of walking. It was thanks to this role that Robert’s career was consolidated as an actor. He was no longer the young man with immature roles. His version of Chaplin awarded him an Oscar nomination for best actor. In addition to his performance, Robert Downey Jr. participated in the soundtrack of the film, with the song Smile. Unfortunately, this was not used in the movie.

8. Two girls and a guy (1997)

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As the name says, the story is about two girls and one boy: Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Robert Downey Jr. In this amorous entanglement, the girls find out that they are dating the same person, a young actor named Blake. . They come together to make him suffer a bit inside his apartment.

7. Wonder boys (2000)

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Winner of an Oscar in 2001 for best original song, Wonder Boys has a great cast, highlighting Michael Douglas in the lead role, Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey Jr. The latter plays the editor of Douglas who has been waiting for the writer’s book for several years to publish it. In turn, Douglas is also a teacher who has Frances McDormand as her lover.

6. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Guy Ritchie’s version of Sherlock Holmes is played by Robert Downey Jr. who won the Golden Globe in 2010 for best actor in a comedy or musical film. Sherlock, along with his inseparable companion Watson, played by Jude Law, investigate the evil that lurks in England. It is entertaining to see Robert Downey Jr. in another franchise outside of Marvel, where his greatest qualities are similar to those of Iron Man: his intelligence and arrogance but this time mixed with the use of martial arts.

5. The Judge (2014)

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Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, The judge is a drama between father and son who have not spoken for several years. Robert Downey Jr. is a lawyer who returns to the place where he grew up to learn that his mother has died and that his father, the town judge, is prosecuted for being the main suspect in a murder. Robert Downey Jr. enters the court as his father’s lawyer to defend him, becoming the biggest challenge of his life.

4. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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An action comedy that has many layers to discover. The plot is a crossroads after another in which Robert Downey Jr. is a thief disguised as an actor whose failed theft in a toy store leads him to meet Val Kilmer, a detective who helps him to better interpret his role for a movie. As the plot progresses, he meets up with Michelle Monaghan, his love from the past, who also complicates things for our protagonist.

3. Zodiac (2007)

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A series of murders, whose author remains a mystery until today, is the case that a group of journalists investigated in the movie Zodiac, a name that was called the killer in the late sixties. The story, based on real events, follows Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo in this cat-and-mouse game where the assassin makes fun of the police and the press by leaving code notes of their murders.

2. The soloist (2009)

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For the second time, Robert Downey Jr. plays a real-life reporter. This time it’s Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times journalist who rediscovers Nathaniel Ayers, who was a child prodigy with the cello and studied at Juilliard. Lopez finds Ayers on the street and soon realizes he suffers from schizophrenia, which is why he leaves his studies at the prestigious music school and begins to live in the streets.

1. Avengers (Iron Man)

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The list of Robert Downey Jr.’s best films could not be complete without mentioning Tony Stark. Since 2008 in Iron Man, the playboy billionaire and CEO of Industries Stark has captivated us with his irony and sarcasm in the most tense moments of the Avengers. Iron Man is one of the main members of Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has three films of his own and has participated in six others, including a cameo in the Incredible Hulk in 2008. Soon we will see in the sequel to Infinity War, whose title is still in the mystery.

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