Robin Williams

Kaitlyn McCluskey , Assistant Editor-in-Chief

I recently went and watched Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and I couldn’t help but feel bittersweet when Robin Williams first came onto the screen, knowing that this was one of the last movies that we would be seeing him in.  Williams really touched many lives and throughout different generations gave us movies that made us laugh, cry, and feel every emotion in between. So here is a compiled list of his movies you should consider watching for your next Friday night get-together.

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a well-known Disney classic for everyone of all ages to enjoy, telling the story of a boy who has lived on the streets his whole life and then runs into  a princess. Aladdin, the title character of this movie, finds a magical lamp which then releases a genie that helps him get the girl and grant his wishes.

(Starring Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, and, of course, Robin Williams)

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

This one messes with your head a little bit. In Mrs. Doubtfire, a man who has recently been divorced from his wife begins dressing as a woman so that he can become the housekeeper to his ex-wife and spend more time with his kids who went to live with her.

(Starring Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, and Harvey Fierstein, alongside Mr. Williams)

Jumanji (1995)

Jumanji was a classic movie to watch as a little kid. Filled with pandemonium and excitement all around, this is the movie to watch (especially if you’re babysitting, the kids will love this one). Jumanji tells the tale of an interactive board game that literally comes to life. Two kids find this board game when they move into a house that had been vacant since the man they later release from the game went missing. This board game brings unexpected surprises and chaos, things that can only be reversed by finishing the game.

(Starring Robin Williams, Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst, and Bonnie Hunt)

Jack (1996)

Jack tells the amazing story of a boy who has an interesting aging disorder that cause him to age very rapidly. The boy, Jack, is going into the fifth grade and starting school for the first time in life with the outside appearance of a 40-year-old man and the heart and mind of a 10-year-old boy. He is just trying to find himself while battling how to adapt and “grow up” just like everyone else while also having to deal with having the body and health of a middle aged man.

(Starring Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin, and Jennifer Lopez)

Patch Adams (1998)

Patch Adams is a movie that is based on a true story of a young med student who begins using humor to help treat patients illegally. It’s full of humor and the idea of laughter truly being the best medicine. This is one that you won’t want to miss out on.

(Starring Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter, and Philip Seymour Hoffman)

RV (2006)

This hilarious family comedy is the story of a dad wanting to reconnect with his family and making them go on a road trip to the Colorado Rockies. A typically normal family affair turns into trip full of mayhem when they begin to meet other people out for camping.

(Starring Johanna ‘Jojo’ Levesque, Cheryl Hines, Josh Hutcherson, and, of course, the late Robin Williams)

Night at the Museum (2006)

Night at the Museum is one of my all-time favorites that is perfect for people of all ages. Here, a night guard named Larry Daley is in search for what he should do in life and ends up being the night guard at the Natural History Museum in New York. He soon finds out that the entire museum comes to life at night. Making friends with Williams’s character (Teddy Roosevelt), he learns how to get everything under control after his first night and not having any clue as to what is going on. This fun-filled movie has two sequels that are both also worth checking out.

(Starring Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, and Bill Cobbs)

The Crazy Ones (2013-2014)

The last TV project Williams worked on for his career follows the stories of a father-daughter duo who are both trying to run an ad agency. Zach Cropper and his daughter Sydney are both battling for who will ultimately have the final say when it boils down to ads they work on.

(Starring Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Amanda Setton)

Absolutely Anything (2015)

This is the final movie that will be released starring Williams. IMDb describes it as, “A group of eccentric aliens confer a human being with the power to do absolutely anything, as an experiment.” I’m intrigued to go and see this and you should be too.

(Starring Williams, Kate Beckinsale, Simon Pegg, and Terry Gilliam)

So, if you are looking for a great way to spend your next movie night, I strongly encourage you to look into watching one of the movies I mentioned and keep in mind that these are just a few of the many you could watch. Help remember this awesome comedian and the fun and laughter he brought to the past few generations. Come and join in the fun!