Remembering Robin Williams: Five of His Best Films

Today marks the second anniversary of Robin Williams' shocking death.  Instead of discuss and lament the circumstances behind his passing, I want to celebrate this man's amazing talent and the smiles that he's brought to so many across the globe over the length of his career.

So, to honor him, here's a list of, in my opinion, five of Robin's best films (Spoiler: Yes, I loved Good Will Hunting, and Aladdin is on my top 5 Disney films, but no, those aren't included.)!

Check them out below (in no particular order)! RIP Robin!

1. Patch Adams (1998)

Patch Adams was a real life story about a man who was once suicidal that, after time spent away in a mental institution, realizes that he wants to use his humor and compassion to help other people. So he enrolls in medical school, but eventually opens up his own clinic without a license because of the uncaring and cold practices he experiences while in school. It was perfect for Robin, because he was hilarious and kind-hearted, so he played this role well. It also put the healthcare industry on blast a bit, as some doctors really don't get they're working with real people, not cases. 

2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

This was probably the very first film I physically saw Robin in as a kid, and is CLASSIC. He played a struggling actor going through a divorce, who would literally do anything for his kids and to spend time with them, even dress up and pretend to be a 60-year-old English nanny. That's dedication right  there. Again, hilarious role surrounding real life topics: divorce and custody battles. This was a character that nobody else would ever be able to touch. Ever.

3. Hook (1991)

An awesome live-action remake of a classic. Robin plays Peter Pan who lost his soul and spunk once he leaves Neverland for the real world, becoming a lawyer. However, when his kids are kidnapped by Captain Hook, he has to go back and fight for them, and re-discover his true self in the process. This was such a funny and exciting movie to watch, and Robin worked so well with the kids who played the Lost Boys. In fact, in honor of the film's 25th anniversary and to celebrate Robin, some of the Lost Boys from the film came together this week to recreate their poster pic for the movie, and I was definitely here for it. Bangarang!

4. One Hour Photo (2002)

Y'ALL. When I saw this one, it threw me for a MAJOR loop. I was Robin played this man Cy, who worked at the One Hour Photo at this movie version of Walmart. With no family of his own, Cy becomes obsessed with a family who gets their photos developed by him regularly, even printing extra copies of their pics and posting them all over the wall at his own house! I don't want to give too much away, but this was CREEPY.

Of course, Robin has had his serious roles throughout his career, and a few odd ones as well, but this one took the cake for me. It's one of those movies I have literally only watched a few times, simply because seeing Robin like that was just too much for me. Cy scared the crap out of me. That's how well he played this role, showing again that he was much more than a comedian. He was a truly talented actor that could handle a variety of different roles.

5. Dead Poets' Society (1989)

I saw it for the very first time a few years ago, and automatically loved it. I was literally just watching this again yesterday. Robin played Mr. Keating, a new English teacher at an all-boys school who challenged his students (and lowkey all of us watching) to think outside of the box, and not just go along with the status quo! His teaching style was seen as "unorthodox" and "radical," especially since the film was based in the late 50s, but many of his students admired and respected him for it. Robin definitely played this role incredibly well, and I find it still to be so inspiring and moving.

What are some of your favorite Robin Williams films?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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