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The Best Ron Howard Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 664 votes 104 voters 12.9k views27 items

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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ron Howard movies?" and "What are the greatest Ron Howard roles of all time?"

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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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

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    The Shootist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    The Shootist

    John Wayne, Lauren Bacall

    Released1976

    Directed byDon Siegel

    The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his... more on Wikipedia

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    Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Huckleberry Finn

    Ron Howard, Jack Elam

    Released1975

    Directed byRobert Totten

    Huckleberry Finn is a 1975 American television film adaptation of Mark Twain's famous boyhood... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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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

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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones

    Released1962

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones... more on Wikipedia

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    #42 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#85 of 372 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written... more on Wikipedia

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    The Courtship of Eddie's Fathe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    The Courtship of Eddie's Father

    Ron Howard, Stella Stevens

    Released1963

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli... more on Wikipedia
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    Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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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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    Osmosis Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Osmosis Jones

    Kirsten Dunst, Bill Murray

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Osmosis Jones is a 2001 live-action/animated buddy cop comedy film directed by Tom Sito and... more on Wikipedia

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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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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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    The Wild Country is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    The Wild Country

    Ron Howard, Clint Howard

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Totten

    The Wild Country is a film directed by Robert Totten released on December 15, 1970.
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    Village of the Giants is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Village of the Giants

    Ron Howard, Beau Bridges

    Released1965

    Directed byBert I. Gordon

    Village of the Giants is a 1965 science-fiction/comedy movie with many elements of the beach... more on Wikipedia
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    More American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    More American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1979

    Directed byBill L. Norton

    More American Graffiti is a 1979 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill L.... more on Wikipedia

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    Bitter Harvest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Bitter Harvest

    Ron Howard, Art Carney

    Released1981

    Directed byRoger Young

    Bitter Harvest is a 1981 TV movie.
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    Fire on the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Fire on the Mountain

    Ron Howard, Buddy Ebsen

    Released1981

    Directed byDonald Wrye

    Fire on the Mountain is a 1981 made-for-television movie adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Act of Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Act of Love

    Mickey Rourke, Ron Howard

    Released1980

    Directed byJud Taylor

    Act of Love is a 1980 made-for-TV film adaptation of the book Act of Love: The Killing of... more on Wikipedia
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    Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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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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    When Your Lover Leaves is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    When Your Lover Leaves

    Ron Howard, Ed O'Neill

    Released1983

    Directed byJeff Bleckner

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    Cannes: All Access is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Cannes: All Access

    Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Schickel

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    Eat My Dust! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Eat My Dust!

    Ron Howard, Brad Davis

    Released1976

    Directed byCharles B. Griffith

    Eat My Dust! is a 1976 action film from New World Pictures starring Ron Howard.
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    The First Nudie Musical is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    The First Nudie Musical

    Ron Howard, Cindy Williams

    Released1976

    Directed byGuy Haines

    The First Nudie Musical is a 1976 American motion picture directed by Mark Haggard and Bruce... more on Wikipedia
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    The Spikes Gang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    The Spikes Gang

    Ron Howard, Lee Marvin

    Released1974

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    The Spikes Gang is a 1974 Mirisch Company motion picture adaptation of the Giles Tippette... more on Wikipedia
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    Return to Mayberry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Return to Mayberry

    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith

    Released1986

    Directed byBob Sweeney

    Return to Mayberry is an American television reunion movie for the 1960s American sitcoms The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Independent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    The Independent

    Ben Stiller, Ron Howard

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Kessler

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    Five Minutes to Live is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ron Howard Movies
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    Five Minutes to Live

    Johnny Cash, Ron Howard

    Released1961

    Directed byBill Karn

    Five Minutes to Live is a 1961 American crime film. It was re-titled Door-to-Door Maniac for a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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