Legendary comedian and film star Robin Williams has died at age 63, and we're shocked and saddened to hear the news. Whether you first got to know him as Mork in Mork & Mindy or as the genie in Aladdin — or through his super-raunchy stand-up — he was a huge part of our entertainment landscape for the past 40-plus years, and it'll be weird not having him around.
We've put together our top 10 Robin Williams movies — aka, the list of movies we're watching this week — as a way to remember him. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites in the comments.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Robin's role in this Terry Gilliam surrealist epic — as the King of the Moon, credited as the character's alias, Ray D. Tutto — wasn't huge, but was necessary. That pink floating head was creepy and hilarious in ways only Robin could be.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
This classic drama has caught some flack lately for perhaps being too maudlin, but we respectfully disagree. The film's sentimentality is pitch-perfect for the subject — 17-year-old poets-to-be finding themselves in a strict, private-school environment. To younger viewers, Dead Poets Society is totally inspiring, and older viewers are reminded of their own small creative rebellions.
Plus, it's relentlessly quotable: "What will your verse be?" We're already tearing up a little.
The Fisher King (1991)
Robin reunited with Adventures of Baron Munchausen director Terry Gilliam for dramedy The Fisher King, featuring Robin as a homeless man who becomes an unlikely spiritual guide to a broken, self-loathing former shock-jock (Jeff Bridges). Their quest to find the Holy Grail earned Robin a Golden Globe award for Best Actor, plus an Academy Award nomination.
While we were super hooked on Rufio, Robin's lost, slightly-aged Peter Pan was the glue that held this re-imagined fantasy classic together.
Robin solidified himself as a child-friendly voice actor when he starred as the manic, blue genie in Disney's Aladdin — thus traumatizing a whole generation of children who eventually saw his kind of NSFW stand-up bit where he uses his hairy arm as a stand-in for a lady's nether-regions. Still, he carried this otherwise pretty-heavy film's tone with the Genie's madcap riffing on pop culture happenings that hadn't quite happened yet.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
In a film probably written around Robin's unreal voice acting ability, he plays a down-on-his-luck voice actor who loses custody of his three kids — so he poses as their brand-new, elderly nanny. While Robin performed it as not-Mrs. Doubtfire, the dinosaur song is one of the best 60 seconds of the '90s.
Based on the 1991 picture book, Jumanji helped launch Kirsten Dunst's career — but Robin Williams made it a success as Alan Parrish, a 36-year-old man stuck inside the titular board game since he was 12 years old. It's relatively controversial whether or not this film holds up, but Robin's performance as an overgrown child is right in his wheelhouse.
The Birdcage (1996)
The 1996 adaptation of Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles starred Robin as Armand Goldman, the owner of a drag club called The Birdcage, and Nathan Lane as his drag-star partner — both temporarily playing straight while meeting their future daughter-in-law's family. The film was praised by GLAAD as going "beyond the stereotypes to see the characters' depth and humanity."
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Robin flexed his Dead Poets Society drama-muscles once again to co-star in the Gus Van Sant film Good Will Hunting as Sean Maguire, a psychiatrist that doesn't give up on underachieving genius Will Hunting (Matt Damon).
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Robin played an unstable, drug-addicted children's TV star in this criminally underrated dark comedy, co-starring Edward Norton as a big, purple, hippie hippo. We're not 100% agreed on this one here at Wetpaint Entertainment, but if you haven't seen it yet, it's definitely worth a watch.
Honorable mention: 1987's Good Morning Vietnam, which launched his career as a serious film actor after a decade of being known as Mork, even earning him his first Oscar nomination.
What's your favorite Robin Williams movie? Share your memories in the comments.
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