The Fisher King
It's perhaps odd that a man who made his name as a stand-up comic would find his greatest success on the big screen in more dramatic roles. But Robin Williams' talent really stood out when he took on serious fare. (Consider this clip from his guest appearance on the television series Homicide as a grieving husband.) The Fisher King — which is streaming on Netflix — has some lighter moments thanks to Robin's performance as a homeless man who thinks he's a knight. But it also has its share of heavy drama, which Robin handles deftly. Throw in a strong performance by Jeff Bridges as a shock jock trying to redeem himself, a memorable turn from the late Michael Jeter, and Terry Gilliam's distinctive direction, and you've got one of the more memorable movies in Robin Williams' filmography.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Robin Williams didn't have to be the leading man to make his mark on a movie. If you can track down Dead Again — which sadly doesn't seem to be streaming anywhere — Robin nearly walks away with the movie in just a handful of scenes as a disgraced psychiatrist who schools a detective played by Kenneth Brannagh on the concept of past lives. Another one of Robin's smaller roles does happen to be available for streaming, though — The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. He appears in just one scene and not even under his own name — he's credited as "Ray D. Tutto" — but his performance is as memorable as his accent.
Some Robin Williams performances are going to be very hard to watch for a while, until the shock and incredible sadness surrounding his death have had some time to fade. His title role in Bobcat Goldthwait's dark comedy World's Greatest Dad is definitely one of those (it's streaming on Netflix and Amazon, although you might want to wait a while). Robin's guest starring role in Louie, in the season 3 episode "Barney/Never," streaming on Netflix and Amazon, is likewise more poignant now that he's passed away, but watching it is more likely to make you smile than cry. In the episode, Robin and Louis C.K. are the only two people to show up for a mutual friend's funeral, and afterwards they get to talking about how much they both honestly disliked the guy — but still, they couldn't let him be alone at his final send-off. Because it's Louie there's a funny twist in the middle, and a cathartic belly-laugh at the end, and I won't spoil it for you, so just check it out and remember to hug your loved ones tight.
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