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Jeff Simon’s 10 favorite Robin Williams films

“Aladdin” (1992)

As the genie, Robin Williams helped redefine what voice actors in animated films can do. They can, among other things, be as funny as Robin Williams.

“Awakenings” (1990)

Williams starred as Dr. Oliver Sacks, the ultimate in physicians – one who wants to both cure and understand. Directed by Penny Marshall.

“The Birdcage” (1996)

Mike Nichols’ remake of “La Cage aux Folles” had Williams as one half of a gay couple in Miami, Nathan Lane as the other half. More proof that Williams could be happy without being the one who explodes.

“Dead Poets Society” (1989)

In some ways, Williams, as the idealistic teacher, may have come closer to the performer’s heart than most of his other roles.

“Insomnia” (2002)

In Christopher Nolan’s remake of the Norwegian thriller, Williams is at his actorly best as the dweeby, chilling bad guy.

“The Fisher King” (1991)

Robin Williams and director Terry Gilliam were a match made in heaven, particularly with Williams in the street-prowling “mad” role.

“Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987)

A character, based on truth, as close as a film could come to the real Williams – the comic apostle of desperation.

“Good Will Hunting” (1997)

The film that won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar starred Williams as the shrink who helps Matt Damon.

“Moscow on the Hudson” (1984)

Paul Mazursky’s comedy with Williams as a Russian defector in New York was the epitome of sympathetic aliens everywhere.

“What Dreams May Come” (1998)

One of Williams’ most obscure and weirdly ambitious movies – an actual vision of the afterlife in which computer-generated imagery was used in a wildly creative way it would seldom, if ever, be used again. It’s Williams who makes it all work.

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