10 - Good Morning Vietnam
In 1987, one could argue that Robin Williams took on the role that launched him from bankable comedian to leading actor. In Barry Levinson’s 1987 hit Good Morning, Vietnam, Williams brought his manic energy and sympathetic style to a role as a radio DJ ruffling feathers during the conflict. Adrian Kronauer was the perfect subject for him to embody and use all the tools in his huge bag of tricks. Never mind the broadcasts that served as great fodder for his patented rants, his emotional range left a mark as well. As he strolls through the devastation left by a bomb that took out a local bar, we see the sadness in his eyes and it brings the weight of his role in the war to the surface. It was a star-making moment. It earned Robin Williams his first Oscar nomination -- and the respect of his peers
9 - Aladdin
Aladdin came out in 1992, when animated films were just starting to become a force to be reckoned with. Robin Williams was one of the first actors to lend his star power to an animated vehicle and truly make a cartoon character soar into the stratosphere. As the voice of the unforgettable Genie, the multi-talented actor turned the film into a blockbuster, and it earned 16 Oscar nominations coming away with two wins. The Genie became an iconic character for Williams, who never shied away from a chance to lend that voice to the Genie (he reprised it in 1996 in the lesser-known sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves) and kids -- or, for that matter, just about anyone -- could pick that voice out of a vocal lineup.