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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.

Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie are among the many great actors who have worked on a Ron Howard movie. We 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 13 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard
A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva ...more
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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy
Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack ...more
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Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti
Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by ...more
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Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, ...more
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Splash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah
Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more
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Far and Away is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson
Far and Away is a 1992 romance film directed by Ron Howard from a script by Howard and Bob Dolman, and stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cinematography by Mikael Salomon, with a music score by ...more
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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo
Ransom is a 1996 American thriller film written by Richard Price & Alexander Ignon and directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Gary Sinise, Delroy ...more
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard
Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, ...more
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Willow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis
Willow is a 1988 American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, produced and with a story by George Lucas, and starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty. ...more
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde
Rush is a 2013 biographical sports film directed by Ron Howard. The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl).
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 story of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. ...more
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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Kevin Costner, Shannen Doherty, Michael Keaton
Night Shift is a 1982 American comedy film, one of former actor Ron Howard's earliest directorial efforts. It stars Howard's Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler along with Michael Keaton, in his ...more
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The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou
The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The screenplay was written by Akiva Goldsman and adapted from Dan ...more
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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer
The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based on Thomas Eidson's 1996 novel The Last Ride. The film is set in 1885 New Mexico Territory is ...more
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Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen
Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the ...more
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Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård
Angels & Demons is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan Brown's novel of the same name. It is the sequel to the 2006 film, The Da Vinci Code, also directed ...more
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Gung Ho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Michael Keaton, John Turturro, Clint Howard
Gung Ho is a 1986 Ron Howard comedy film, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe. The story portrayed the takeover of an American car plant by a Japanese ...more
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The Paper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Marisa Tomei, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close
The Paper is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall. It received an Academy Award ...more
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Solo: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
starwarssuperfan added Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
This film is a 2018 American space Western film directed by Ron Howard. Before joining the Rebellion, a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) has adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, and ...more
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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster
Inferno is a 2016 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by David Koepp, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dan Brown. The film is the sequel to The Da Vinci ...more
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The Dilemma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum
The Dilemma is a 2011 American comedy-drama film starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. The film is directed by Ron Howard. Savvy businessman Ronny and genius engineer Nick are best friends and ...more
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EDtv is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellen DeGeneres
EDtv is a 1999 American satirical comedy film directed by Ron Howard. An adaptation of the Quebec film Louis 19, le roi des ondes, it stars Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, ...more
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Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Ron Howard, Clint Howard, Marion Ross
Grand Theft Auto is a 1977 American comedy road movie directed by Ron Howard. It was Howard's feature film directorial debut and features himself as Sam Freeman and Nancy Morgan as Paula Powers ...more
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The Dark Tower is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Ron Howard
Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey
The Dark Tower is a 2017 science fantasy western horror film directed by Nikolaj Arcel, based on the series of novels of the same name by Stephen King. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young ...more