Monday’s Emmy Awards will feature a fitting tribute to the late Robin Williams, led by Billy Crystal. The beloved actor died earlier this month, but fans still can’t believe he’s gone. Ahead of Hollywood’s honor to the comedic genius, brush up on his noteworthy roles with our guide to his best films currently streaming on Netflix.
The Big Wedding (2013)
Williams isn’t the star in this film, but his role as a lovable priest offsets the other characters’ hilarious drama. A family pretends to get along as the wedding of their adopted son and sibling approaches. The star-studded cast includes Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton.
The Birdcage (1996)
Similar to The Big Wedding, The Birdcage centers on family. However, the latter flick was also ahead of its time, transcending fans’ perception of homosexual couples at the time. Based on the play La Cage aux Folles, Williams plays a Miami nightclub owner who stages a lifestyle ruse to placate his son’s conservative future in-laws. Nathan Lane shines as Williams’ partner, and Hank Azaria is the family’s live-in housekeeper with showbiz dreams of his own.
A favorite for all the ’90s kids out there. Williams stars as Alan Parrish, a man who began playing the mysterious Jumanji game as a boy. He becomes trapped in the game’s jungle for 25 years, until two children (one being a mini Kirsten Dunst) free him with a roll of the dice. Along with a former childhood friend (played by Bonnie Hunt), they all become entangled in Jumanji’s terrifying puzzles.
We never thought that if Peter Pan did grow up he’d become an uptight corporate lawyer. In Hook, an impromptu trip to Neverland forces an adult Peter to get back to his heroic, youthful roots. Williams plays Peter, facing off against Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook. Your childhood wasn’t complete without this film.
The Fisher King (1991)
Williams’ role in this redemptive tale earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He stars as a mentally disturbed homeless man helped by Jeff Bridges’ dejected former DJ. The actors’ chemistry led to the film’s widespread acclaim.
The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1989)Robin Williams’ King Of The Moon is just one of many colorful characters in The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen. The film follows a wealthy German claiming to have grand adventures as he goes up against the Ottoman Empire. Terry Gilliam’s pre-CGI visuals make the fantasy flick come alive.
One of Williams’ early films saw him take the lead as a spinach-loving sailor. Popeye may have not been a big hit with critics, but anyone who remembered cartoons featuring the seafarer had a soft spot for the flick.
WHAT YOU SHOULD PUT IN YOUR DVD QUEUE
Night At The Museum 2 (2009)
License To Wed (2007)
Night At The Museum (2006)
Jakob The Liar (1999)
What Dreams May Come (1998)
Patch Adams (1998)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
The World According To Garp (1982)
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