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11 of Robin Williams' movies and TV series to stream right now
Robin Williams spent nearly four decades making audiences laugh, from both the stage and the screen.
In his memory, watch one of his notable performances on Netflix.
Good Will Hunting
Williams won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Sean, the therapist from South Boston who is able to finally get through to Matt Damon's genius from the same neighborhood. The "bench scene" where Damon utters just one line but Williams delivers a heartfelt monologue about experience, is one of Williams' best scenes ever. And don't forget to bring out a box of tissues for the famous "It's not your fault" scene.(Credit: Miramax Pictures)
The Crazy Ones
Williams returned to television in 2013 with "The Crazy Ones," about an advertising executive working with his daughter, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. CBS Network president Nina Tassler called Williams "literally a force of nature" and Gellar also spoke fondly about working with him. But while the show started out strong, it soon fell in the ratings and was canceled after one season.
Gellar posted a photo on Instagram in memory of Williams, showing the iconic bench from "Good Will Hunting" and sharing a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson about the value of making people laugh.(Credit: CBS )
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Williams' last film to be released in his lifetime, "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn," is the tale of an angry man who has one reason to be even angrier: He has just 90 minutes left to live. The all-star cast includes Mila Kunis as his doctor, Melissa Leo as his estranged wife, Peter Dinklage as his brother and Louis C.K. as another doctor. The film was critically panned, and released directly to video in May 2014, just two months before Williams' death.(Credit: Lionsgate)
The 1998 film was almost universally panned by critics, but it was a box-office success and nominated for a Golden Globe. Based on a true story, the film told the story of Patch Adams, who used unconventional humor to treat his patients. Variety's Joe Leydon wrote that Williams "pulls out all the stops," but Leydon added, "it's unwise to underestimate the appeal of a popular star doing crowd-pleasing shtick in slickly packaged Hollywood hokum."(Credit: Universal Pictures)
Lee Daniels' The Butler
In the 2013 film about a man who served as a White House butler for 34 years, Williams played President Eisenhower. In a ranking of the presidents in the film, Vulture said Williams needed "a couple more scenes" to convince viewers he was Eisenhower.
"The Butler" is available to stream on Netflix.(Credit: The Weinstein Company)
In Steven Speilberg's "Hook," Robin Williams played the role he was seemingly born to play: a grown-up version of Peter Pan. The film tells the story of Peter Banning, a lawyer who grew up after being adopted by Wendy -- and whose children have been kidnapped by Captain Hook for a rematch. The trick is, Banning needs to remember how magic works to get them back. The role, Hal Hinson of The Washington Post writes, "fits [Williams] like a glove."(Credit: TriStar Pictures/Photofest)
Bruce Vilanch is famous behind the cameras as a comedy writer, but few people outside of Hollywood know his work. In this 1999 documentary, Williams and other comedians pay tribute to Vilanch.(Credit: AJK)
Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore played expectant parents in the 1995 comedy, with Williams playing Dr. Kosevich, her Russian "obstruction" doctor. Williams steals every scene he is in, especially when he brilliantly says the wrong word in every situation.(Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)
The Big Wedding
This 2013 comedy was mostly panned by critics, despite its all-star cast that included not only Williams, but also Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro and Amanda Seyfried. Williams played the priest advising the would-be couple, a role that critic Alonso Duralde of The Wrap says is "dialed down a notch or 10" from Williams' usually lively performances.(Credit: Barry Wetcher)
The 1995 film, also starring Bonnie Hunt and a young Kirsten Dunst, is about a board game gone horribly wrong. Neil Smith of the BBC said the film "signaled the start of a cycle of family-oriented films in which the anarchic edge of old was supplanted by gruesome sentimentality."(Credit: Bob McUnon)
World's Greatest Dad
In this 2009 film, Williams plays Lance, a failed writer turned teacher whose son dies in a humiliating accident. Lance pens a suicide note to save face. But he soon learns that getting what you want won't necessarily make you happy. Time Out's Tom Long calls the film Williams' "richest role in memory" and says "World's Greatest Dad" is a "surprisingly smart and severely twisted dark comedy."(Credit: Magnolia Pictures)