In Memory of Robin Williams: 12 of Our Audience’s Favorites

August 12, 2014

Last night after the death of Robin Williams, we polled which of his films were our audience’s favorites. Here is what we heard.

Throughout his prolific career, Robin Williams won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also won Golden Globe Awards for his performances in: Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, The Fisher King, Good Morning Vietnam and Mork & Mindy.

Mork and Mindy (1978)

The ABC sitcom that introduced Robin Williams to American audiences. Robin Williams starred as Mork, an alien from the planet Ork. Mork and Mindy was a spinoff off Happy Days and ran for four seasons.

Popeye (1980)

“Strong to the finish, cause he eats his spinach,” Robin Williams is Popeye the Sailor Man. This movie is an early example of how well of a character actor Robin Williams was.

Good Morning Vietnam (1987)

Robin Williams doesn’t need the help of anyone to be entertaining. As a radio broadcaster in Vietnam, Williams shows off his plethora of voices and characters. Check out just how fast and how slow he can pace himself on the radio in Good Morning Vietnam.

Dead Poet Society (1989)

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying.” In this Oscar-winning performance, Robin Williams stars as the inspirational English teacher to “the best prep school in America.”

The Fisher King (1991)

In one of his more serious roles, Robin Williams stars as Parry, a homeless man who is searching for the Holy Grail and who suffers from witnessing his wife’s murder.

Hook (1991)

Robin Williams is Hook in this star studded cast. This live-action adaptation of  Peter Pan, is a childhood staple for many.  

Aladdin (1992)

“Robin Williams and animation were born for one another, and in Aladdin they finally meet.” This were Roger Ebert’s opening lines to his review of Aladdin. “Williams’ speed of comic invention has always been too fast for flesh and blood… in “Aladdin,” he’s liberated at last, playing a genie who has complete freedom over his form.”

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

This is the revealing scene of Mrs. Doubtfire. We watch as Robin Williams’ tricks his way back in to the heart and home of his separated wife. His character Daniel is not much unlike Robin Williams– he is also an actor, dubs voices for cartoons and captivates both children and adults prolifically.

Jumanji (1995)

This film is another of Williams’ that is both humorous and endearing. Robin Williams plays Alan, a boy who has been stuck inside the board game Jumanji since 1969. He helps children, Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), play out the game and return to their family– something he was unable to do.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Robin Williams is psychologist to Will Hunting (Matt Damon), as well as a community college professor. Williams’ life-experience, laden advice helps Damon accept that the abuse he was subjected to as a child, was not his fault.

One Hour Photo (2002)

A lonely and creepy film developer, Robin Williams, acts as Seymour Parish. This psychological thriller speaks to the breadth of Williams’ acting talent.

World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

As an unpopular English teacher, in school where his son is also unpopular, Robin Williams stages his son’s death as a suicide. In this scene we watch as Williams joyfully sheds his inhibitions along with his button up and skivvies and dives into the school pool.


What are your favorite Robin Williams films?


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