The Best Ron Howard Movies  

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List of the best Ron Howard movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ron Howard's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Ron Howard movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ron Howard movies will be at the top of the list. Ron Howard has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ron Howard movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ron Howard films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ron Howard role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ron Howard performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like Act of Love and The Journey.

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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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Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers
American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more
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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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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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Huckleberry Finn Ron Howard, Jack Elam, Don Most
Huckleberry Finn is a 1975 American television film adaptation of Mark Twain's famous boyhood novel, Huckleberry Finn. The film stars Ron Howard as the eponymous lead.
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John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart
The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role, about a gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to stop with the least ...more
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Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more
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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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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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Ron Howard, Stella Stevens, Shirley Jones
The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Glenn Ford as a widowed father, with a young son to care for, played by Ronny Howard. It ...more
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Ron Howard, Clint Howard, Vera Miles
The Wild Country is a film directed by Robert Totten released on December 15, 1970.
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Ron Howard, Beau Bridges, Toni Basil
Village of the Giants is a 1965 science-fiction/comedy movie with many elements of the beach party film genre. It was produced, directed and written by Bert I. Gordon, and based loosely on H.G. ...more
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Kirsten Dunst, Bill Murray, Chris Rock
Osmosis Jones is a 2001 live-action/animated buddy cop comedy film directed by Tom Sito and Piet Kroon for the animated segments and the Farrelly brothers for the live-action ones. Unusual in ...more
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Ron Howard, Buddy Ebsen, Xander Berkeley
Fire on the Mountain is a 1981 made-for-television movie adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel, Fire on the Mountain, directed by Donald Wrye and starring Buddy Ebsen as John Vogelin, Ron Howard ...more
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Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Mackenzie Phillips
More American Graffiti is a 1979 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill L. Norton. It is a sequel to George Lucas's 1973 film American Graffiti. Whereas the first film followed ...more
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Ron Howard, Brad Davis, Christopher Norris
Eat My Dust! is a 1976 action film from New World Pictures starring Ron Howard.
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Ron Howard, Lee Marvin, Noah Beery
The Spikes Gang is a 1974 Mirisch Company motion picture adaptation of the Giles Tippette novel The Bank Robber. It was directed by Richard Fleischer and starred Lee Marvin, Gary Grimes, Charles ...more
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Return to Mayberry Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts
Return to Mayberry is an American television reunion movie for the 1960s American sitcoms The Andy Griffith Show and, to an extent, Mayberry R.F.D. as well. The movie premiered on April 13, ...more
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Ben Stiller, Ron Howard, Andy Dick
The Independent is a mockumentary comedy film made in 2000, directed by Stephen Kessler and starring Jerry Stiller and Janeane Garofalo. Stiller portrays an independent film maker who makes ...more
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I'm a Fool Ron Howard, Amy Irving, John Light
Ron Howard and Amy Irving star in this romantic comedy about a young horse trainer who woos a woman with his lies of importance and wealth. Based on Sherwood Anderson’s classic short story. ...more
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Johnny Cash, Ron Howard, Vic Tayback
Five Minutes to Live is a 1961 American crime film. It was re-titled Door-to-Door Maniac for a re-release in 1966. The film stars Johnny Cash and Cay Forrester, who wrote the screenplay and ...more
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Ron Howard, Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner
The Journey is a 1959 American drama film directed by Anatole Litvak. A group of Westerners tries to flee Hungary after the Soviet Union moves to crush the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. It stars ...more
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Ron Howard, Art Carney, Barry Corbin
Bitter Harvest is a 1981 TV movie.
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Act of Love Mickey Rourke, Ron Howard, Robert Foxworth
Act of Love is a 1980 made-for-TV film adaptation of the book Act of Love: The Killing of George Zygmanik by Judith Paige Mitchell. It was directed by Jud Taylor and written for screen by ...more
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When Your Lover Leaves Ron Howard, Ed O'Neill
When Your Lover Leaves is a film directed by Jeff Bleckner released on October 31, 1983.