Top 10 Robin Williams movies

Last updated 13:39 12/08/2014

Look back at Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams' Top 10 movies.

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What is your favourite Robin Williams movie?

Good Will Hunting

Good Morning, Vietnam

Dead Poets Society


Mrs Doubtfire



The Fisher King

The Birdcage


Patch Adams

Bicentennial Man



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The world lost one of it funniest and most versatile actors today with the death of Robin Williams.

For more than 30 years he graced the big screen with roles ranging from an animated Genie to a serial killer.

Williams had the poise and talent to be successful across a wide range of genres. From animated classics and kids movies to gritty, dark dramas.

Here is our top 10 list of his best movies, although notable mentions must go to Patch Adams, Awakenings and countless other films - such was Williams' acting talent.

1. Good Will Hunting (1997): It sits at number one because it earned Williams his only Academy Award, for best supporting actor, for his role as psychologist Sean Maguire. It was perhaps his most critically acclaimed performance as an actor. 

2. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987): This was the movie that put Williams on the map. The role as a wartime DJ, frustrated at the US Army's censoring of what he sees in Vietnam, was perfect for this manic comedy style and timing. It earned him his first best actor Golden Globe and also his first nomination for an Academy Award in the best actor category.

3. Dead Poets Society (1989): His touching role as English teacher John Keating, who inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day, showed his acting versatility. Although he received no awards for the role, the film and his performance, were critically acclaimed. He was also nominated for the best actor Oscar, but lost out to Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in My Left Foot.

4. Aladdin (1992): Perhaps Williams' best childrens movie, his lines for the role of the Genie were mainly off-the-cuff and improvised. It showcased his voice-acting ability and comedic talents to the world. The role was later at the centre of a dispute between Disney and Williams, when Disney tried to reproduce the character in a TV show. Williams claimed the character and its voice to be his property and could not be replicated.

5. Mrs Doubtfire (1993): In this heartwarming family classic Williams portrayed an actor who, after a bitter divorce, disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children whom his former wife has custody of. It earned him his third and final best actor Golden Globe. There was a rumour this year that Williams and the original director, Chris Columbus were working on a sequel. 

6. Insomnia (2002): In the early 2000s, Williams was able to display his darker side in this movie - along with the film One Hour Photo. In Insomnia he played a murderous and manipulative crime novelist on the run from a sleep-deprived Los Angeles policeman (played by Al Pacino) in rural Alaska.

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7. Hook (1991): Another of Williams' classic 90s kids films, in which he played an adult Peter Pan who was forced to return to Neverland to do battle with Captain Hook after the evil pirate kidnaps his children. For many it is the role they remember Williams for from their childhood.

8. The Fisher King (1991): Williams played a troubled homeless man who developed an unlikely friendship with an abrasive radio DJ, played by Jeff Bridges. It earned Williams his second Golden Globe award for best actor and a nomination for the best actor Oscar, which he didn't win.

9. The Birdcage (1996): Williams played a gay cabaret owner who, along with his drag queen partner, agree to put up a false straight front so their son could introduce them to his fiancee's moralistic parents. His role was praised by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for "going beyond the stereotypes to see the character's depth and humanity".

10. Jumanji (1995): The movie that many children born in the 1980s and 90s will remember Williams for. He played a man trapped in a board game for decades, who was released when two kids found the game a started playing. The game unleashed a host of dangers that could only be stopped by finishing the game.

What's your favourite Robin Williams movie?

- Stuff


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