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The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard

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List of all movies directed by Ron Howard ranked from best to worst. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Ron Howard as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Ron Howard movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so your opinion can be factored into this list.

From Ron Howard's studio films to his independent films, this filmography lets the cream of the crop rise to the top. This list has everything from A Beautiful Mind to Apollo 13.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Ron Howard direct?” or “who is Ron Howard?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by Ron Howard?” and “what's a good selection of good Ron Howard movies?” If you're wanting to get into Ron Howard films, then this list is a great starting point.

Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie are among the many great actors who have worked on a Ron Howard movie. We also have lists of the best movies directed by Oliver Stone and George Lucas, too, which you might like if you're a fan of Ron Howard.

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  • Apollo 131
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • A Beautiful Mind2
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    A Beautiful Mind

    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

    Released2001

    Directed byRon Howard

    A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a... more on Wikipedia
  • Cocoon3
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    Cocoon

    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard

    Released1985

    Directed byRon Howard

    Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cinderella Man4
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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

    Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Backdraft5
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    Backdraft

    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Howard

    Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen.... more on Wikipedia
  • Splash6
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    Splash

    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Released1984

    Directed byRon Howard

    Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Far and Away7
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    Far and Away

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Howard

    Far and Away is a 1992 romance film directed by Ron Howard from a script by Howard and Bob... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ransom8
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    Ransom

    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Howard

    Ransom is a 1996 American thriller film written by Richard Price & Alexander Ignon and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Parenthood9
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    Parenthood

    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Howard

    Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gung Ho10
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    Gung Ho

    Michael Keaton, John Turturro

    Released1986

    Directed byRon Howard

    Gung Ho is a 1986 Ron Howard comedy film, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • Willow11
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    Willow

    Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Howard

    Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas12
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    Released2000

    Directed byRon Howard

    This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and... more on Wikipedia
  • Rush13
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    Rush

    Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl

    Released2013

    Directed byRon Howard

    Rush is a 2013 biographical sports film directed by Ron Howard. The merciless 1970s rivalry... more on Wikipedia

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  • EDtv14
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    EDtv

    Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Hurley

    Released1999

    Directed byRon Howard

    EDtv is a 1999 American satirical comedy film directed by Ron Howard. An adaptation of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Da Vinci Code15
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    The Da Vinci Code

    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen

    Released2006

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian... more on Wikipedia

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  • Night Shift16
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    Night Shift

    Kevin Costner, Shannen Doherty

    Released1982

    Directed byRon Howard

    Night Shift is a 1982 American comedy film, one of former actor Ron Howard's earliest... more on Wikipedia

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  • Frost/Nixon17
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    Frost/Nixon

    Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

    Released2008

    Directed byRon Howard

    Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Missing18
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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Dilemma19
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    The Dilemma

    Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder

    Released2011

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Dilemma is a 2011 American comedy-drama film starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • Angels & Demons20
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    Angels & Demons

    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Howard

    Angels & Demons is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan... more on Wikipedia

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story21
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson

    Released2018

    Directed byRon Howard

    This film is a 2018 American space Western film directed by Ron Howard. Before joining the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • The Paper22
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    The Paper

    Marisa Tomei, Robert Duvall

    Released1994

    Directed byRon Howard

    The Paper is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • Grand Theft Auto23
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    Grand Theft Auto

    Ron Howard, Clint Howard

    Released1977

    Directed byRon Howard

    Grand Theft Auto is a 1977 American comedy road movie directed by Ron Howard. It was Howard's... more on Wikipedia

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  • Inferno24
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    Inferno

    Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones

    Directed byRon Howard

    Inferno is a 2016 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by David... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cotton Candy25
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    Cotton Candy

    Clint Howard, Charles Martin Smith

    Released1978

    Directed byRon Howard

    Cotton Candy is a 2007 comedy film written and directed by Ron Howard.Amazon_watch buy button