Emma and the 10 greatest Gwyneth Paltrow movies of all time

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) /
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6. Iron Man

Original Release Date: Iron Man first premiered in Sydney, Australia on April 14, 2008 before hitting theaters in international markets on April 30 and in the United States on May 2.

Box Office Earnings: The film proved a massive success, earning over $98 million in its opening weekend and going on to gross $318.4 million in the United States alone. Ultimately, Iron Man closed out its theatrical run with a worldwide gross of $585.2 million, just a taste of what Marvel was made of in its future of box office-breaking, record-shattering domination.

Critical Acclaim: Iron Man helped usher in a new era of superhero films that were taken seriously, which would be further set into motion by The Dark Knight later the same year. The film pulled a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grabbed a number of award nominations, from MTV Movie Awards to Academy Awards nods for its visual effects and sound. Gwyneth Paltrow was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, Scream Award, and Saturn Award for her role.

About the Role: Paltrow plays Pepper Potts in Iron Man, which tells the original story of Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) superhero alter ego. The billionaire and genius inventor finds himself kidnapped while he’s overseas testing weapons, and his captors force him to construct a world-threatening weapon.

Instead of following orders, Stark invents his Iron Man suit and outwits the group holding him hostage. Once he returns home, he refines his new suit and persona, using it to fight crime and terrorism with the help of his team and love interest, Pepper.

Simply the Best: Even though Paltrow has co-starred in all three Iron Man films and a number of Avengers films, it’s always best to honor the first. Fans may have strong opinions about which film she was best in or which film offered a more significant role for her character, but you never forget the first time a movie star steps into a major role.

She added something invaluable to the MCU and seemed to carve a path for Academy Award-winning movie stars to make the move to superhero movies. You can’t deny she’s a trendsetter and a certified on-screen talent.