In the spotlight: Robin Williams!

This week we have another in the spotlight. This time we're writing about Robin Williams! Is there anyone who doesn't know him? I can't imagine! He was such an amazing actor. He could literally play ANY role. Comedy, serious, scary. He also played a woman ("Mrs. Doubtfire"). Robin Williams always makes me laugh. His movies are so much fun to watch. But also his serious and creepy roles are a must see. 


Robin Williams was an American actor, stand-up comedian, director, producer, writer, singer and voice artist. He's known for playing in a lot of comedies. But he did many sort of movies and played a wide variety of characters. Movies he's best known for are for example "Jumanji", "Mrs. Doubtfire", "Good Will Hunting", "Good Morning Vietnam", "Flubber" and "Hook". Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014. 


I've seen quite some Robin Williams movies. And I really like a lot of them. Luckily for me, I haven't seen them all yet. So I still have something to watch and to look forward to. The first movies I saw were "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Jumanji". I thought both were nice. However I do prefer "Jumanji". For those of you who are not familiar with "Jumanji": Two children play a magical board game. While playing, they release a man who was trapped in the game for decades. But they also release many dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.. So I grew up seeing movies with Robin Williams starring in it. After "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Jumanji", I watched "Good Morning Vietnam". Robin Williams shows some amazing acting in that movie. After these three, I started to watch more and search for his movies. 


One of the movies that is less known is "What Dreams May Come". Have you ever heard of it? I've even owned this movie on VHS. Finding it on dvd was quite the challenge. It was on a Belgium flea market where I was lucky enough to find it. I've seen the movie twice now and it's a beautiful movie. Robin Williams plays doctor Chris Nielson. He and his wife lose both of their children in an accident. A few years later, Chris also dies in an accident. He finds himself in an amazing heaven. With more beautiful things than he ever thought of. But: His wife is desperate after losing their two children and her husband. She takes her own life. But she doesn't end up in heaven. Chris desperately wants to find his wife and what follows is an tough journey through heaven and hell. 


The movie I liked least was "Death to Smoochy". You won't see the dvd in the picture because I don't have it anymore. (I really didn't like it). I had hoped for a funny movie. And it looked very promising ( It stars Robin Williams and Edward Norton). But for me it just wasn't funny at all. Not my kind of humor. 


My top 5 Robin Williams movies? Here we go! 


1. "Good Morning Vietnam"

2. "What Dreams May Come"

3. "Good Will Hunting"

4. "One Hour Photo"

5. "Jumanji"


My favorite one is "Good Morning Vietnam"! Have you seen that movie? In short: It's about a DJ that gets assigned to the U.S. Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. Who can't recall Robin Williams saying "Goooood Morning Vietnaaaaaam!" I won't tell any more about it. Just watch the movie!

Liv: I couldn't agree more "Good Morning Vietnam" is a true classic and a perfect example of the talant of Robin Williams. I would like to include my top 5 (more or less) in random order: 

   1. "Good Morning Vietnam"

2. "Jumanji"


4. "Good Will Hunting"

5. "Dead Poets Society"


What's your favorite Robin Williams movie? 

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Comments: 19
  • #1

    Milton Coyne (Wednesday, 10 August 2016 06:23)

    I am a big Robin William fans.. i just love his style in comedy and my top five Robin william films are :
    1. Mrs Doubtfire
    2. Bicentinial Man
    3. Jumanji
    4. Patch Adams
    5. Hook

  • #2

    Mirriam (Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:07)

    I would include Dead Poets Society!

  • #3

    Sabine (Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:28)

    Very sad story that he committed suicide. Good that you're writing about all his great movies. His talents and so on are very interesting to share. Personally I liked flubber a lot. So unique!

  • #4

    Roselle CT (Thursday, 11 August 2016 04:07)

    I really love the movies of Robin Williams but my favorite among his movies is What Dreams May Come. I have yet to watch Dead Poets Society. I honestly don't know why I haven't seen that yet.

  • #5

    Janine Ella (@wandering_ella) (Thursday, 11 August 2016 04:11)

    Robin Williams is indeed a great actor! I love Jumanji!!! :)

  • #6

    Mauie (Thursday, 11 August 2016 15:45)

    I loved Robin William when he was still in showbiz and I'm still loving him now. I first watched him in Good Morning, Vietnam! My favorite movie of his, though, is What Dreams May Come.

  • #7

    Geraldine Guo (Thursday, 11 August 2016 16:32)

    I like Robin William's movies! My favourite has got to be Goodwill Hunting. And I have to check out the classic Good Morning Vietnam, seems like a fab one! A pity a talent like him is gone.

  • #8

    cykaniki (Thursday, 11 August 2016 16:34)

    I've known the movie Jumanji and that's once of my favorite, I like how talented Robert William is, but it was just shocking how he end his life.

  • #9

    Nilyn Cartagena (Thursday, 11 August 2016 23:52)

    I'll be honest I don't remember watching any of these films. Back when I was young, we live in a rural place and we weren't introduced to movies that much. I only started doing marathons during my late teens. Now, I watch movies from time to time but I haven't remember watching an entire Robin William film. Or maybe I have. I remember watching a few Mrs. Doubtfire clips. I hope I don't sound weird right now. lol.

  • #10

    Dominic (Friday, 12 August 2016 18:25)

    I love Robin Williams and it was really unfortunate and sad to hear what happened to him. I was looking forward to seeing him in movie screens again. Anyway, I will always love watching him in Patch Adams which is very heartbreaking too. The other one would be the Jumanji.

  • #11

    Jane (Friday, 12 August 2016 21:52)

    I really loved Robin Williams and I was devastated when he killed himself. I think he was one of the funniest and best actors I've ever seen. I still get really emotional when ever I see one of his movies. One of my favorites is "Jack". From what I've heard and read about him he was a wonderful person.

  • #12

    Zwitsy (Saturday, 13 August 2016 00:22)

    One of the movies he has which I will never forget is the Jumanji indeed. That marks my childhood. It's just so saddening that he passed away already. :(

  • #13

    walkwithmisspiggy (Saturday, 13 August 2016 15:30)

    I love his movies. he made me cry but he made m laugh most of the time. I love his natural acting. He's a great lost to the industry

  • #14

    Miranda (Saturday, 13 August 2016 16:24)

    I love Robin WIlliams, I am soo sad that things ended with him the way they did. I will always remember his role in Jack and Mrs. Doubtfire! He was such a funny guy. I miss his jokes and life stories. There are a few movies here I have never seen, must find them and watch them. Thanks for posting a great psot!

  • #15

    Maria (Sunday, 14 August 2016 13:42)

    I knew him because of the influence of my mom. I really like Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji and Dead Poets Society. Also include his performance as Peter Pan!! He is just a versatile actor admired by almost everyone

  • #16

    Angelie Pangilinan (Tuesday, 16 August 2016 14:55)

    I can remember when he died, everyone mourned and sympathized. He is such a talented soul gone too soon.

  • #17

    Nya (Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:53)

    I am a big fan of Robin Williams. Thanks for this Great tribute to a great author! The movies he's in are true classics. Good morning Vietnam was a perfect choice. I don't think I could pick a favorite but I really liked dead poets society too!

  • #18

    Teresa (Friday, 19 August 2016 02:38)

    I have not seen #1 and #3. But I have seen other movies of his that you have not mentioned. I hope to find copies of the two movies on your list that I have not seen. I like Robin Williams a lot. He's a really good actor.

  • #19

    Louisa (Friday, 26 August 2016 13:13)

    Robin Willimas is iconic! I liked all the movies in your list and Patch Adams. It didn't get the greatest reviews but it's really touching. Awakenings is also heart wrenching. My ultimate favorite is Good Will Hunting.