Robert Downey Jr - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 81

Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man (2008)
Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man (2008)

A Chronology of Robert Downey Jr. Movie Posters 1987-2013.

Robert Downey Jr. was born in Manhattan, New York City on April 4th, 1965.
He has been nominated for two Oscars - Best Actor for Chaplin (1992) and Best Supporting Actor for Tropic Thunder (2008).

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Less Than Zero (1987)
Less Than Zero (1987)


Less Than Zero (1987) Directed by Marek Kanievska. 98mins.

Andrew McCarthy - Clay
Jami Gertz - Blair
Robert Downey Jr. - Julian

Also starring James Spader, Tony Bill and Nicholas Pryor.

Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1985.

Keanu Reeves was considered for the Andrew McCarthy role.

Box Office $12.4m (US)

IMDB rating 6.1

Chances Are (1989)
Chances Are (1989)


Chances Are (1989) Directed by Emile Ardolino. 108mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Alex Finch
Cybill Shepherd - Corinne Jeffries

Also starring Ryan O'Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson, Christopher McDonald and Josef Sommer.

Romantic fantasy.

Tagline - Alex has a lifetime full of wonderful memories. Unfortunately, they're not his.

Oscar Nomination for Best Song.

Box Office $16.2m (US)

IMDB rating 6.2

Air America (1990)
Air America (1990)

Air America (1990) Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. 113mins.

Mel Gibson - Gene Ryack
Robert Downey Jr. - Billy Covington

Also starring Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins, David Marshall Grant and Lane Smith.

Based on the non-fiction Vietnam book by Christopher Robbins, first published in 1979.

Tom Cruise was considered for the role of Billy Covington,

Cost $35m - Box Office $31m (US)

IMDB rating 5.5

Chaplin (1992)
Chaplin (1992)

Chaplin (1992) Directed by Richard Attenborough. 143mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Charles Spencer Chaplin

Also starring Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomei, Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Kline, Milla Jovovich and James Woods.

Based on the books Chaplin: His Life and Art (1985) by David Robinson and My Autobiography (1964) by Charles Chaplin.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr), Best Music (John Barry) and Best Art Direction.

Nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards - Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr), Bust Supporting Actress (Geraldine Chaplin) and Best Music (John Barry,

Nominated for 4 British Academy Awards winning 1 - Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr)

Cost $31m - Box Office $9.5m

IMDB rating 7.4

Heart and Souls (1993)
Heart and Souls (1993)


Heart and Souls (1993) Directed by Ron Underwood. 104mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Thomas Reilly

Also starring Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Sizemore and Elisabeth Shue.

Nominated for 10 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.)

Tagline - The story of four souls who needed a body and one guy who needed some soul.

Box Office $16.5m (US)

IMDB rating 6.6

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Natural Born Killers (1994)

Natural Born Killers (1994) Directed by Oliver Stone. 118mins (122mins)

Woody Harrelson - Mickey Knox
Juliette Lewis - Mallory Knox

Also starring Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield and Robert Downey Jr. as Wayne Gale.

The original screenplay was by Quentin Tarantino which was heavily revised for the movie. Tarantino said at the time , "It's not going to be my movie, it's going to be Oliver Stone's, and God bless him. I hope he does a good job with it. If you like my stuff, you might not like this movie. But if you like his stuff, you're probably going to love it. I actually can't wait to see it, to tell you the truth."

Michael Madsen was considered for the lead role.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Director.

Cost $34m - Box Office $61.6m

IMDB rating 7.2

Only You (1994)
Only You (1994)


Only You (1994) Directed by Norman Jewison. 115mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Peter Wright
Marisa Tomei - Faith Corvatch

Also starring Bonnie Hunt, Joaquim de Almeida, Fisher Stevens and Billy Zane.

Bridget Fonda was first choice for the female lead.

Tagline - A love story written in the stars

Box Office $20m (US)

IMDB rating 6.2

Restoration (1995)
Restoration (1995)

Restoration (1995) Directed by Michael Hoffman. 117mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Robert Merivel
Sam Neill - King Charles II

Also starring David Thewlis, Polly Walker, Meg Ryan, Ian McKellen, Hugh Grant and Ian McDiarmid.

Based on the historical novel by Rose Tremain, published in 1989.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

Tagline - In a world of seduction and power, temptation has its price.

Cost $19m - Box Office $4m (US)

IMDB rating 6.5

Richard III (1995)
Richard III (1995)

Richard III (1995) Directed by Richard Loncraine. 104mins.

Ian McKellen - Richard III
Annette Bening - Elizabeth Woodville
Robert Downey Jr. - Lord Rivers

Also starring Jim Broadbent, Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith.

Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare and updated to the 1930's.

Ian McKellen suggested Robert Downey Jr for the role of Lord Rivers after he enjoyed working with him on Restoration.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor (Ian McKellen)

Cost $10m - Box Office $2.6m (US)

IMDB rating 7.4

The Gingerbread Man (1998)
The Gingerbread Man (1998)


The Gingerbread Man (1998) Directed by Robert Altman. 114mins.

Kenneth Branagh - Rick Magruder
Embeth Davidtz - Mallory Doss
Robert Downey, Jr - Clyde Pell

Also starring Robert Duvall, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah and Famke Janssen.

Based on a discarded manuscript by John Grisham.

Annette Bening was considered for the lead female role.

Cost $25m - Box Office $1.6m (US)

IMDB rating 5.7

US Marshals (1998)
US Marshals (1998)

U.S. Marshals (1998) Directed by Stuart Baird. 131mins.

Tommy Lee Jones - Marshal Samuel Gerard
Wesley Snipes - Mark Sheridan
Robert Downey Jr. - Special Agent John Royce

Also starring Joe Pantoliano, Daniel Roebuck, Tom Wood and Kate Nelligan.

Based on characters from The Fugitive, created by Roy Huggins.

Wesley Snipes hated working in water, because he couldn't swim.

The movie's showpiece sequence is the Boeing 727 airplane crash which took 6 months and 75 people to put together.

Box Office $102.3m

IMDB rating 6.3

Wonder Boys (2000)
Wonder Boys (2000)

Wonder Boys (2000) Directed by Curtis Hanson. 107mins.

Michael Douglas - Prof. Grady Tripp
Tobey Maguire - James Leer
Robert Downey Jr. - Terry Crabtree

Also starring Frances McDormand, Katie Holmes and Rip Torn.

Based on the novel by Michael Chabon, published in 1995.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Song

Nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards winning 1 - Best Song

Tagline - Undependable. Unpredictable. Unforgettable.

Cost $35m - Box Office $33.4m

IMDB rating 7.4

The Singing Detective (2003)
The Singing Detective (2003)

The Singing Detective (2003) Directed by Keith Gordon. 109mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Dan Dark

Also starring Robin Wright, Jeremy Northam, Katie Holmes, Adrien Brody, Carla Gugino and Mel Gibson.

Based on the BBC TV mini-series by Dennis Potter, first shown in 1986.

Al Pacino was considered for the lead role.

Tagline - When it comes to murder, seduction and betrayal he wrote the book. Now he's living it!

Cost $8m - Box Office $0.3m

IMDB rating 5.6

Gothika (2003)
Gothika (2003)


Gothika (2003) Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. 98mins.

Halle Berry - Miranda Grey
Robert Downey Jr. - Pete Graham

Also starring Charles S. Dutton, John Carroll Lynch, Bernard Hill and Penélope Cruz.

Supernatural thriller.

Tagline - Because someone is dead doesn't mean they're gone.

Cost $40m - Box Office $141.5m

IMDB rating 5.7

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Directed by Shane Black. 103mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Harry Lockhart
Val Kilmer - Gay Perry

Also starring Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok and Larry Miller.

Partly based on the novel 'Bodies Are Where You Find Them' by mystery writer Brett Halliday, first published in 1941.

Nminated for 5 Saturn awards including Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr) and Best Supporting Actor (Val Kilmer).

Tagline - Sex. Murder. Mystery. Welcome to the party.

Cost $15m - Box Office $15.7m

IMDB rating 7.7

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)

A Scanner Darkly (2006) Directed by Richard Linklater. 100mins.

Keanu Reeves - Bob Arctor
Robert Downey Jr - James Barris
Woody Harrelson - Ernie Luckman
Winona Ryder - Donna Hawthorne
Rory Cochrane - Charles Freck

Based on the novel of the same name by SF writer Philip K. Dick, first published in 1977.

Rotoscope animation.

Hugo Award nomination for Best Dramatic Film.

Saturns Award nomination for Best Animated Film.

Cost $8.7m - Box Office $7.6m

IMDB rating 7.1

Zodiac (2007)
Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac (2007) Directed by David Fincher. 157mins (162mins)

Jake Gyllenhaal - Robert Graysmith
Robert Downey Jr - Paul Avery
Mark Ruffalo - David Toschi

Also starring Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Chloë Sevigny, Elias Koteas and Dermot Mulroney.

Based on the non-fiction book by Robert Graysmith describing true events. The Zodiac Killer claimed to have killed 37 people in California during the 60's and 70's though only 5 have been confirmed. Despite many theories on who he was, his identity is still unknown and he was never caught.

Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cost $65m - Box Office $85m

IMDB rating 7.7

Iron Man (2008) Taiwanese poster
Iron Man (2008) Taiwanese poster

Iron Man (2008) Directed by Jon Favreau. 126mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Tony Stark / Iron Man
Terrence Howard - Lt. Col. James Rhodes
Jeff Bridges - Obadiah Stane
Gwyneth Paltrow - Pepper Potts

Also starring Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir and Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.

Based on the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee. Iron Man made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 published in March 1963.

The success of Iron Man turned Robert Downey Jr into a bankable movie star. The charismatic actor fit the role of swaggering billionaire and inventor Tony Stark perfectly and has played Iron Man three more times - Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012) and Iron Man 3 (2013).

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

Nominated for 8 Saturn Awards winning 3 - Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr).

One of the AFI's 10 Best Movies of the Year.

Cost $140m - Box Office $585.1m

IMDB rating 7.9

Tropic Thunder (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)

Tropic Thunder (2008) Directed by Ben Stiller. 107mins (121mins)

Ben Stiller - Tugg Speedman
Robert Downey Jr. - Kirk Lazarus
Jack Black - Jeff Portnoy

Also starring Matthew McConaughey, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride and Tom Cruise as Les Grossman.

Robert Downey Jr is hilarious as Australian method actor Kirk Lazarus, who has surgery to darken his skin so he can play a black soldier in his latest movie.

Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Robert Downey Jr)

Nominated for 2 Golden Globe Awards - Best Supporting Actors (Robert Downey Jr & Tom Cruise)

Cost $92m - Box Office $188m

IMDB rating 7.0

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Directed by Guy Ritchie. 128mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law - Dr. John Watson

Also starring Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan and James Fox.

Based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Colin Farrell was considered for the role of Dr. Watson.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Art Direction and Best Music (Hans Zimmer)

Golden Globe Award winner for Best Actor Comedy / Musical (Robert Downey Jr)

Nominated for 8 Saturn Awards including Best Action Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr) and Best Supporting Actor (Jude Law).

Cost $90m - Box Office $524m

IMDB rating 7.6

Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 (2010) Directed by Jon Favreau. 124mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Tony Stark
Gwyneth Paltrow - Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle - Lt. Col. James Rhodes
Scarlett Johansson - Natasha Romanoff
Mickey Rourke - Ivan Vanko.

Also starring Sam Rockwell, Garry Shandling, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Oscar Nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards - Best SF Film, Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr), Best Supporting Actress (Scarlett Jiohansson) and Best Visual Effects.

Cost $170m - Box Office $624m

IMDB rating 7.1

Due Date (2010)
Due Date (2010)


Due Date (2010) Directed by Todd Phillips. 95mins.


Robert Downey Jr. - Peter Highman
Zach Galifianakis - Ethan Tremblay

Also starring Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis and Danny McBride.

Comedy road movie.

Tagline - Leave Your Comfort Zone

Cost $65m - Box Office $211.7m

IMDB rating 6.6

Sherlock Holmes 2 (2011)
Sherlock Holmes 2 (2011)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Directed by Guy Ritchie. 129mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law - Dr. John Watson

Also starring Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams. Stephen Fry and Jared Harris as Professor James Moriarty.

Loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "The Final Problem", published in 1893. The first Sherlock Holmes story to feature his nemesis Professor Moriarty.

Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis and Brad Pitt were considered to play Moriarty.

Nominated for 2 Saturn Awards - Best Action Film and Best Costumes.

Cost $125m - Box Office $543.8m

IMDB rating 7.5

The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (2012) UK Tilte Avengers Assemble. Directed by Joss Whedon. 143mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris Evans - Steve Rogers / Captain America
Mark Ruffalo - Bruce Banner / The Hulk
Chris Hemsworth - Thor
Scarlett Johansson - Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Jeremy Renner - Clint Barton / Hawkeye

Also starring Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson as Sgt. Nick Fury.

Edward Norton was to have reprised his role of the Incredible Hulk but couldn't negotiate a deal with Marvel Studios, he was replaced with Mark Ruffalo.

It's Lou Ferrigno's voice you hear when the Hulk talks.

The biggest grossing superhero movie to date and the third highest grossing film of all time following Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997), a second Avengers movie is targeted for release in 2015.

Oscar Nominated for Best Visual Effects.

British Academy Award Nominations for Best Visual Effects.

Released in 3D

Cost $220m - Box Office $1,511,757,910

IMDB rating 8.3

Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 (2013) Directed by Shane Black. 130mins.

Robert Downey Jr - Tony Stark / Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow - Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle - James Rhodes / War Machine

Also starring Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin.

Iron Man faces his arch-enemy The Mandarin, his greatest foe in the Marvel comic books, played on film by Sir Ben Kingsley.

Jude Law was considered for the Guy Pearce role.

Released in 3D

The top grossing film of 2013

Cost $200m - Box Office $1,215,439,994

IMDB box office 7.4

Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Geekdom 3 years ago

Robert Downey Jr. is such an amazing actor. I am happy that he was able to get control over his drug addiction before it was too late.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Geekdom, Mhatter99, thanks for commenting, always appreciated.

An excellent actor whose life was going down the sink hole but he finally beat his demons and grabbed the role of a lifetime, the studio took a big gamble hiring him for Iron Man and they paid him peanuts, co-star Terrence Howard received a bigger paycheck than Downey jr. But he negotiated a better deal for Iron Man 2.


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MzChaos 3 years ago from Indianapolis

You have an interesting concept here with the movie posters...nicely done, and interesting reads. Thumbs up.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks MzChaos, appreciate the comment and vote. It was an experiment at first but the poster hubs have been popular. Most viewed so far is Westerns 1950-1959.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Great collection, Steve,....Robert Downey is a favorite and definitely a guy who never disappoints. Regardless of his role, he manages to knock 'em dead.

This is one guy I continued to cheer on and was so relieved when he got his life together and was back on track.

His enormous talent would be missed by his fans and the industry itself.

Enjoyed these posters.....UP+++ shared


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Paula, thanks for commenting, voting and sharing, it is appreciated.

Yep Downey made it out of the wilderness, he made more money on that second Iron Man movie than all his previous films put together. And an even bigger paycheck for The Avengers. I think he's in a happy place now. Thanks for posting!


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Thanks for the Robert Downey, Jr. posters and filmography. He's a wonderful actor--always one of my favorites--and, in my opinion, one of the most handsome men on the planet. (Is the latter TMI coming from a senior citizen?) He's also obviously intelligent.

I worried about him as though I knew him personally when he was in the throes of addiction and was so afraid he would die from it. (His comment to a judge, "It's as though I have a gun in my mouth, and I like the taste of metal" sticks in my memory as one of the most accurate descriptions of addiction I've ever read or heard.) I, like all his fans, was thrilled that he achieved sobriety and maintains it today.

My favorite of his movie roles is still that of Chaplin. I recently watched it again on Netflix and loved it just as much as the first and subsequent times I saw it. (Don't ask me to confess that total number.)

Excellent hub! Voted Up++++ and shared

Jaye


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you Jaye, appreciate the comment and kind words. I was thrilled when I read that he was hired to star in Iron Man, a leap of faith from the filmmakers that he was the best man for the job and he would complete the film without incident. And I was very happy the film turned out to be such a success.


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dilipchandra12 3 years ago from India

I like Robert Downey's movies, he is a good actor. Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes are excellent movies.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I admire Downey's struggle and perseverance to overcome his addictions and the movie industry and fans are also the beneficiaries. Another nice list.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

dilipchandra12, David, thanks for commenting, always appreciated.

Lets see, highest rated film here is... The Avengers, followed by Iron Man. Lowest rated is Air America.


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Talk about a guy that turned his career around. I remember when Mel Gibson stood up for Downey during a lull in his career....so it was good to see Downey doing the same for Gibson...now that Gibson seems even lower than Downey went.

My favorite Downey movies include ...Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Less Than Zero, The Avengers and Iron Man.....although I did not like Iron Man 2 at all.

Lots of great posters and information....voted up and useful.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Good to see you're a fan of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, one of my favourites of Downey Jrs, Val Kilmer is great in it too. The director of KKBB,Shane Black, is directing Iron Man 3, hopefully it's a big improvement on the first sequel.

Appreciate the comment Bruce, cheers amigo.

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