Robin Williams burst onto the movie scene after a hit TV show called Mork and Mindy that introduced the manic comic to the world. His first major film was a flop, Popeye (1980); though Williams was very good as the spinach eating sailor man. Hollywood never knew quite what to do with him, his stand up with too wild for them, and when he went off script to riff they could not keep up.
It is often forgotten that he was a classically trained actor, student of Julliard, where he became best friends with the future Superman (1978) Christopher Reeve, paying his medical bills after that tragic accident that left Reeve incapacitated. He put that training to good use as a dramatic actor, and in fact his best performances tended to be dramatic, perhaps tinged with comedy. There was never really a great comedy Williams was featured in, a full out ballsy comedy other than his work with Walter Matthau in the under rated The Survivors (1985) in which he portrays a meek and mild push over who after being mug becomes a terrifying survivalist. Here is the list of top 6 Robin Williams movies that prove what a gifted actor he was.
1. Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
In a school, where discipline is revered, a new english teacher comes in a breather among the strict disciplinarians. To a motley group of students, he reaches out and asks them to come out of their shell. He tells them to live their lives in their own way and not to someone’s expectations. One’s life duration is limited and eventually everyone will die. What will be left, is his legacy. So instead of living a dull life, one should do something to make it extraordinary. That’s the essence of Carpe Diem. The character of John Keating was played by the late Robin Williams, who demonstrates the importance of individuality to the students through this inspiring speech. He inspires them to be achieve greatness rather than to be successful.