Robin Williams: 10 Most Memorable Movie Moments
From an animated genie to a cross-dressing nanny, the comedian delivered a lifetime of awe-inspiring performances...
On August 11, the world lost a comedic hero who has been entertaining audiences for over three decades.
Robin Williams made us laugh and cry with his charismatic screen presence. From inspiring professors to cross-dressing nannies and magical genies, he delivered a lifetime of comedy and drama to generations of fans.
As everyone mourns the loss of such a bright light, we’ve compiled 10 of Robin’s most memorable film moments to help reminisce in the joy and art he gave to the world.
10. Death to Smoochy
It’s a cult classic for many, and one of Williams’ most underrated roles. It’s considerably darker than his other comedic performances, but definitely one of the most standout gems of his career.
9. One Hour Photo
Williams’ turn as a photo lab technician that becomes unhealthily obsessed with a suburban family may have been the most disturbing role of his career. Though he is in large part remembered for his rambunctious brand of comedy, ‘One Hour Photo’ showed the wide range of Williams’ acting ability.
8. The Birdcage
Before ‘Will & Grace’ or ‘Queer as Folk’, Robin Williams was helping to break down stereotypes of the gay community in ‘The Birdcage’. He makes you laugh from beginning to end as he and Nathan Lane teach a mid-90s world how to love in spite of differences and that all love is equal. His attempt to get a hysterical Nathan Lane onto the stage in full costume is one of the most iconic freak-outs on film.
7. FernGully: The Last Rainforest
It’s a little known fact that ‘Ferngully: The Last Rainforest’ was the first environmentally-themed movie targeted to children. They may not have picked up on that directly, but surely they remember Batty Koda’s ‘Batty Rap’ about saving the rainforest.
It was hard to pick just one scene from the movie about the most terrifying board game to ever exist. The lion in the bedroom? The quicksand and the spiders? Robin Williams helped convince the world that the jungle was no joke, but his throw-down with the crocodiles was one of the most heroic scenes of the entire film.
Who knew imaginary food could be so fun? Williams showed us in ‘Hook’ that even if Peter Pan grows up he doesn’t have to lose his happy thoughts. We’re sure this scene lead to many flung mashed potatoes at the dinner table. #Bangarang
4. Disney's Aladdin
There is a whole generation of fans who could recognise Robin Williams’ voice as Genie before they ever saw his face. He was the flamboyant blue hero of the entire movie – the magical best friend we wish we could have. There were amazing musical numbers, like ‘Friend Like Me’ or ‘Prince Ali’, but the Genie getting his freedom seemed the most fitting for the somber moment.
3. Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams became Hollywood’s greatest dad when he gave us ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ – the story of a desperate man who cross-dresses as an elderly British nanny so that he could spend more time with his kids. Mrs. Doubtfire’s first attempt at cooking dinner will be forever burned (pun intended) into our memories.
2. Dead Poet’s Society
“O Captain, my captain.” Everyone remembers the ending scene of ‘Dead Poet’s Society’, but even more notable is the first day the boys meet Mr. Keating and Robin Williams becomes the greatest professor we would all love to have. His inspiring speech is what spurs the young men to go after their dreams and learn to think for themselves.
1. Good Will Hunting
Robin Williams earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of Matt Damon’s therapist in ‘Good Will Hunting’. He moved us and brought us to tears several times during one of the most artful performances of his career. Nothing showcases it better than his final scene in the movie when he brings Matt Damon, and the millions of people who saw the film, to tears with four small words – “It’s not your fault.”