The late Robin Williams had a career unlike any other, from stand-up comedy to sitcoms to big-screen blockbusters, and everything in between. Any argument about the best Robin Williams is likely to result in a pretty wide variety of answers. In large part that’s because, despite his long-standing reputation for manic comedy, his on-screen output was varied and unpredictable.
He rose to television fame in sitcoms and sketch comedy, and his first feature starring role was 1980’s Popeye - a natural fit for his comedic sensibilities. But he was making inroads into more dramatic fare almost right from the start, with The World According to Garp and Moscow on the Hudson being among his early film roles. En route to an Oscar for another dramatic role, Good Will Hunting, in 1997, Williams starred in some of the highest-grossing movies of all-time (Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire, among others) as well as smaller, critically acclaimed films like Dead Again and The Fisher King.
He was often the hero, sometimes the comic-relief sidekick, and on occasion he even went to the dark side, including three consecutive villain roles in the early 2000s: One Hour Photo, Death to Smoochy, and Insomnia.
Several of the best directors in the business worked with Williams during his career, including Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Terry Gilliam, and Peter Weir. But which of them got the best out of Williams? What are the best Robin Williams movies of all?