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ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988)
Williams is here one of a huge assembly of big-name stars showing up for small but memorable supporting roles in Terry Gilliam's revisionist dream-logic fantasy-spectacle based on the famous Munchausen stories. He plays the King of The Moon, a giant whose mind and body are (literally) at odds: Everything from the neck down just wants to debase and indulge in vice and pleasure, while the head just wants to fly off and ruminate on matters philosophical (though it follows the body's lead when attached). It's a singularly strange role, and even now remains one of the most unusual turns Williams ever gave -- which is saying something.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)
Yes, it's inspired a hundred terrible "unorthodox teacher" movies (and probably a hundred-thousand actual terrible movie-emulating teachers in real life) but good is still good. Williams had done drama before, but this was the movie that made him one of Hollywood's go-to sensitive/inspirational figureheads.