During his life-time, Robin Williams brought a great deal of happiness to the world. He built up a career which lasted decades, and through his quick wit and excellent comic timing, he managed to bring a smile to millions of faces – especially through his movies.
From Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), The Birdcage (1996), and Patch Adams (1998), to Aladdin (1993) and Jumanji (1995), Williams delighted audience of all ages with his mirth. He also had a knack of picking roles where he could play against type too, with notable examples being his turn in One Hour Photo (2002) and his role in Insomnia (2002), which made it clear he had range and versatility.
In this post I am taking a look back at Williams’ film portfolio, with a rundown of all his movies (including films he cameoed in). I will be going through his film career, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of the pictures he has featured in over the years.
Although Robin Williams’ movie career didn’t take off until the 1980s, mostly because he was busy on the television sitcom, Mork & Mindy (1978 – 1982), he did take a couple of roles in the 1970s. His films in this decade included:
- Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses? (1977)
- Sorority ’62 (1978)
Moving onto the ‘80s now, and this is where Williams really started to make a name for himself with movie audiences. His first big film of the decade was the comic book adventure, Popeye, while his stand-out turn in Good Morning, Vietnam cemented him as a true star.
Other films during this decade ranged from The Best of Times to Dead Poets Society. Robin Williams movies during the 1980s included:
- Popeye (1980)
- The World According to Garp (1982)
- The Survivors (1983)
- Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
- The Best of Times (1986)
- Club Paradise (1986)
- Seize the Day (1986)
- Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
- Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
- Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge (1987)
- Portrait of a White Marriage (1988)*
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
- Dead Poets Society (1989)
Heading into the ‘90s, and this decade gave Robin Williams some of his most iconic roles and biggest hits. In Hook he got to play the part of Peter Pan; in Aladdin he played the Genie; while in Flubber he became an absent-minded professor.
Other key roles in the 1990s came via Jumanji, What Dreams May Come, and The Birdcage. And of course, who could forget Mrs. Doubtfire?
The movies Robin Williams featured in during the 1990s included:
- Cadillac Man (1990)
- Awakenings (1990)
- Dead Again (1991)
- Shakes the Clown (1991)
- The Fisher King (1991)
- Hook (1991)
- FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
- Aladdin (1992)
- Toys (1992)
- A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (1992)
- Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
- Being Human (1994)
- In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994)
- Nine Months (1995)
- To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)*
- Aladdin on Ice (1995)
- Jumanji (1995)
- The Birdcage (1996)
- Jack (1996)
- Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)
- The Secret Agent (1996)*
- Hamlet (1996)
- Fathers’ Day (1997)
- Deconstructing Harry (1997)
- Flubber (1997)
- Good Will Hunting (1997)
- What Dreams May Come (1998)
- Patch Adams (1998)
- Jakob the Liar (1999)
- Bicentennial Man (1999)
More films came in the ‘00s, with roles in Insomnia, and Happy Feet. One of his most notable parts was in the dark thriller, One Hour Photo, where he delivered a truly captivating performance.
Williams won a legion of fans for his part in Night at the Museum, and its sequel, Night of the Museum 2. He also entertained younger audiences with a voice-over role in Robots.
Robin Williams films throughout the 2000s included:
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
- One Hour Photo (2002)
- Death to Smoochy (2002)
- Insomnia (2002)
- The Final Cut (2004)
- House of D (2004)
- Noel (2004)*
- The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch (2004)
- Robots (2005)
- The Big White (2005)
- The Night Listener (2006)
- R.V.: Runaway Vacation (2006)
- Everyone’s Hero (2006)*
- Man of the Year (2006)
- Happy Feat (2006)
- Night at the Museum (2006)
- License to Wed (2007)
- August Rush (2007)
- World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
- Shrink (2009)*
- Night at the Museum 2 (2009)
- Old Dogs (2009)
Sadly, Robin Williams passed away in 2014, meaning his career was cut short in the 2010s, but prior to his death he was still appearing in movies with regularity.
Films during this decade included Happy Feet Two, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. His final role was in Absolutely Anything, which was released posthumously in 2015.
Robin Williams’ movies throughout the 2010s included:
- Happy Feet Two (2011)
- The Big Wedding (2013)
- The Butler (2013)
- The Face of Love (2013)
- Boulevard (2014)
- The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
- A Merry Christmas Miracle (2014) (aka A Merry Friggin’ Christmas)
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
- Absolutely Anything (2015)
So, those are all the Robin Williams movies, but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of Aladdin or is Jack your go-to film? Perhaps What Dreams May Come is the movie for you, or maybe Jumanji?
Whatever your favourite Robin Williams movie is, be sure to drop a comment below and show your appreciation for the actor. His legend and his fantastic body of work will last forever.
And if you are a fan of Robin Williams you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including one of his most acclaimed movies, What Dreams May Come.
If you’ve not watched What Dreams May Come before, the film is an emotionally poignant drama about a man whose love exists beyond the realms of Heaven and Hell.
The What Dreams May Come DVD is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.
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5 Responses to Robin Williams movies in order
Such an expert but you left out merry frigging Christmas released in 2014
Actually it’s there, just under its other title: A Merry Christmas Miracle (2014)
You have the movie title Wrong : A Merry Christmas Miracle (2014) is definitely named, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Hope you can update the title.
Hi, I’ve added both titles, but neither is wrong. A Merry Friggin’ Christmas is the title used in the US. Outside of the US the film is called A Merry Christmas Miracle.
You missed Cadillac Man – 1990