Top 10 Movies with Robin Williams
On August 11th the world said goodbye to one of the most talented and funniest actors ever. Mister Robin Williams would forever be remembered as the genius who made Mrs. Doubtfire the favorite nanny around the world, or the boy who had to face some serious challenges in Jumanji. He was Peter Pan and Popeye, the “Captain” in Dead Poets Society and Genie in Aladdin. Favorite among everyone, he managed to make the world laugh and cry with him. And while everybody was shocked from the terrible news, we should celebrate his life and his magnificent performances. The following list contains some of his best movies.
#1. Mrs. Doubtfire (1991)
Who hasn’t seen this movie? We all fall in love with the hilarious Mr. Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard. In the role that inspired Tobias Fünke’s Mrs. Featherbottom, Williams plays man who plays a British nanny (with an inexplicably Scottish accent) in order to spend time with his kids. The amazing transformation and the goofy ways of Daniel Hillard to come closer to his children even as a woman, made this comedy timeless and loved by many.
#2. Awakenings (1990)
He wouldd put his doctor’s coat (and goofy persona) back on eight years later for the film Patch Adams, but the audience still prefers his portrayal of Dr. Malcolm Sayer, whose concern for a group of catatonic patients leads him to revive one in a medical trial. Together with his co-star Robert De Niro, Williams made this movie unforgettable.
#3. The World According to Garp (1982)
This was the first film adaptation of a John Irving novel was also the first major cinematic role for Robin Williams, who played the title character, T.S. Garp. With an unconventional mother and an unconventional life, Garp exlpores feminism and tolerance with a healthy dose of “lunacy and sorry,” the book’s original title.
#4. Aladdin (1992)
We all love the silly and hilarious genie from the Disney animated film Aladdin. Robin “gave” him his voice and made one of the best voice characterizations ever. Though the part of The Genie was specifically written for him, Williams turned down it down until he saw a clip of the character doing his own stand-up routine. He reportedly “laughed his ass off,” and then made millions of viewers do the same.
#5. One Hour Photo (2002)
Sy Parish isn’t the first creepy loner Williams has played. One Hour Photo was released just a few months after Insomnia but he might be the most nuanced villain of the usually comic actor’s oeuvre. The detachment at the far end of a sterile big box retailer leads to a desperation for human connection that breaks a fragile psyche in scary ways.
#6. Dead Poets Society (1989)
This was one of his roles that touched everyone’s heart. He played the unorthodox teacher John Keating who made his students ripping up textbooks, standing on desks, displaying barbaric yawps and learning to both love poetry and seize the day. A Hollywood heartstrings kind of film, no doubt, but a good one thanks to the unconventional charisma of Robin.
#7. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Williams already played the inspiring teacher, but he faced a bigger challenge when the student who played Matt Damon, wasn’t ready to learn. Williams keeps the eccentricities in check in a subtler supporting role, but the result is a more believable and original tale. The role in this film brought him an Oscar.
#8. Jack (1996)
Not very praised by the critics, but this is a movie worth watching. Robin plays a child (yes, as a grown man) who has a rare disease of fast ageing. It is hilarious to see him as a grown man who in fact has 8-9 years and acts like a natural heart. One of his most endearing parts.
#9. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
If any role was tailor made for Williams’ manic comedy timing, it’s his turn as a wartime DJ, frustrated at the U.S. Army’s censoring the truth he sees in Vietnam. “What does three up and three down mean to you, airman?” “End of an inning?” Worth watching.
#10. World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
When his son’s body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note.