We lost one of the greatest comedic minds EVER when Robin Williams died six years ago, to this day, in 2014.
Williams was born on July 21, 1951 and died August 11, 2014…and he remains one of the funniest people ever.
But in addition to his brilliant comedic work (whether it was as a stand-up, or on TV, or in the movies), Robin was also an extremely talented actor. One could argue that Williams’ drama work is as fantastic as his comedy.
So, to honor this hysterical and talented legend, we’re making a list. Check out East Side Dave’s Top 5 Robin Williams Movies!
We’re kicking off the list with something for kids…and adults! I submit that Aladdin is not a Disney movie…it is a Robin Williams movie. Period. And he’s amazingly funny in it as the voice of “The Genie”.
Have you seen Insomnia? If not, what are you waiting for?! Directed by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight, Memento, Dunkirk), this psychological thriller puts Robin as a potential killer with Al Pacino as the detective who is hunting him. It’s one of Robin’s darkest performances and the movie is a trippy, twisted masterpiece.
3.) Good Will Hunting
The movie that landed Robin a much-deserved Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, this was the role of a lifetime. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck said that they specifically wrote the part for Robin. And he delivered. This Oscar-winning performance is one of the greatest of his career.
2.) Good Morning, Vietnam
This wonderful film let Robin stretch out his incredible improv abilities to deliver a spectacular performance (which also led to an Oscar nomination).
1.) Dead Poets Society
Not just Robin’s finest film ever…but truly one of the greatest movies ever made. This picture allowed Robin to be brilliantly comedic (as usual) but also deeply dramatic. It’s AMAZING.