When Robin Williams died, the whole world mourned the death of one of the best actors of his generation. Williams had the ability to single handedly carry a movie on his shoulder purely through his facial expressions and bodily gesticulations. Williams’ films are not only entertaining, but also a study of great acting. There are many films on Netflix starring Robin Williams, but we’ve picked the top 7 for your viewing pleasure.
Hook is a film that will inspire you to revisit your childhood again because that is exactly what it’s about. In this film, Robin Williams plays a fully grown up Peter Pan who is a lawyer in the normal world; however, when his children are kidnapped by Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), Williams returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) to rediscover the magic that lies inside. Watch this one with your kids you won’t regret it.
Williams has somewhat of a slapstick style when it comes to comedy, which suits him well in Flubber. Flubber is a film about a professor who is so absent-minded that he has forgotten about his wedding twice. Would you guess that he is also a genius who ends up inventing a special, rubbery, and alive substance known as flubber? This is definitely another uproarious Robin Williams film that you should be watching with your kids.
When Jumanji came out, it was an instant hit with kids. It has a unique story with some interesting morals that you can spell out for your kids while watching it. More than that, though, this film is sheer entertainment with all types of adventures, dangerous situations, and animals on display. While targeted to kids, this is a movie that even you can enjoy with your buddies.
#4 The Birdcage
The Birdcage is out of the box but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a watch. This film tries to stereotype homosexuals as well as drag queens in a completely outrageous manner, but that is exactly what the film is trying to do, and what makes it funny. Williams is a drag club owner in this film, living with his drag queen partner. They have to put up a heterosexual front when their son decides to bring home his fiancé’s parents.
If you thought Robin Williams was all about comedy, think again. One of the best acting performances of Williams’ career came in this thriller mystery, where he plays a lonely, nearly insane hermit. In Insomnia, Williams teams up with two other great actors – Al Pacino and Hillary Swank with the superlative Christopher Nolan directing them all.
#2 Good Morning, Vietnam
Good Morning, Vietnam is a film about an unconventional DJ taking over the US Armed Forces’ radio in Vietnam in an unorthodox manner. In this film, Williams plays the DJ, but the interesting bit is that he wasn’t given a script for his radio dialogues. He improvised all his on air DJ dialogues on the spot. This film, out of most other Williams’ films, showcases the pure talent that emanated from the late actor’s heart and soul.
#1 Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting sees Robin Williams in a sombre role as a psychologist, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck along for the intense, emotional ride. In this film, Williams takes Damon, a crazy intelligent math prodigy working as a janitor in MIT, under his wing. If you’re looking for intense, physical action, this is not it but instead, this film is a slow building, emotionally wrenching journey that you’ll want to follow through to the end.