My Top Ten Ron Howard Movies

Happy (belated) birthday to Ron Howard, who turned 63 on March 1st. I was going to post this last Thursday but decided to post My Top Bill Paxton Movies (R.I.P. Bill Paxton – such a sad & unexpected loss).

Okay – I’ll admit that Ron Howard would never really make a list of my favorite directors (Oh… I should really make that list! That would be a tough one). I do like how varied his filmography is, though. I truly enjoyed my number one choice as well as thinking it was a very good movie. Numbers two & three aren’t exactly Oscar-worthy but they’re guilty 80’s pleasures of mine. And number four would probably top most people’s lists (and is admittedly a better film than two & three). The rest? I could take them or leave them. And man I hate How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

So, counting down to my favorite (and including all 13 I’ve seen) here are My Top Ten Movies Directed By Ron Howard:

13. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Hate)
12. Ransom
11. Angels & Demons


10. Edtv

9. The Da Vinci Code

8. Parenthood

7. Backdraft

6. A Beautiful Mind

5. Willow

4. Apollo 13

3. Splash

2. Cocoon

1. Rush

Saw But Don’t Remember:
– The Paper

Not Seen:
– Frost/Nixon
– In The Heart Of The Sea
– Everything else he’s done that I’ve not already listed… (Okay – I got bored with typing. Have a nice day, everyone!) πŸ˜‰

18 thoughts on “My Top Ten Ron Howard Movies

    • Agreed – Rush was very good. Was it not nominated for any Oscars at all?? I’ll have to look that one up. Definitely worthy of at least a few nominations! I really should check out Frost/Nixon… : )

  1. I like Ron Howard as a person. I grew up with Happy Days and watched Andy Griffith reruns. But he’s never impressed me with his directing. He makes good movies but there is nothing artistic about any of them. They might as well be documentaries. If it’s not in the script… They’re not bad. Just not special. Rush would be my number one too. But I don’t think it would make my top 500. (OMG I should do a top 500… Ha! Noooooo) Literally, my favorite thing Ron Howard has ever done is the VO for Arrested Development. And on a weird note to end my comment… I’m pretty certain Ron Howard has never watched a Horror movie or seen a Porn in his life. I’m fairly certain. He’ll always be Opie.

    • Bwahaha! No, Opie has definitely watched no porn. But maybe he’s at least watched one of his brother’s horror movies?? πŸ˜‰ Agreed – I doubt Rush would make it into my Top 500 either. Ohh… That would be a difficult list to put together. Now I want to. Or at least 100. I could bore everyone to tears with my top 100! I’d post ten a day. And I’d probably have more than ten sometimes since I’m annoying like that. (Nah, I won’t do it – I change my mind too often). Where were we? Oh! Ron Howard. He does seem like a nice guy. He’ll always be Opie. And I doubt I’ll ever truly LOVE one of his movies (if I was really honest, I probably “like” Cocoon the most on my list but Chris Hemsworth is hotter than Wilford Brimley).

      • I did a mega movie list once. It wasn’t in any order. But I opened up Academy lists and top 100 lists and wrote down every movie I liked. It was probably more than a 1000 movies. I was building my library (after I got my settlement) and was trying to buy every movie I’d ever wanted to own. The funny thing is I ended up buying all the kitsch movies. I didn’t really want the classics. I found out that I’d rather own Mean Girls than Citizen Kane because I’d rather watch Mean Girls than Citizen Kane.

      • Totally understandable. I really have to force myself to watch the classics. Which is stupid since I rarely don’t enjoy them. But I’d rather watch something fun or some obscure cult classic or something. Or Mean Girls. (Or Heathers instead of Mean Girls!) πŸ™‚ I’m still working my way though the IMDB Top 250 & Citizen Kane is the highest one I haven’t seen. I can’t be bothered. I know all about that damn Rosebud by now.

      • Heathers is better than Mean Girls. But you’d be surprised how good Citizen Kane is… actually you shouldn’t be because it’s the best movie ever made. There is a reason why people call it that. And the sled is like 20 seconds of the movie. It’s like saying Titanic is about the necklace. Watch it. It is surprisingly good. And that really shouldn’t be a surprise.

  2. I like him better behind the camera than in front of the camera. He makes nice enough movies but nothing that really stands out except for Apollo 13. I love that film and have lost track of the number of times I have watched it. A few are ones I really like, such as Backdraft, Willow, and Splash. And I think that A Beautiful Mind was considered one of those critical dramas that they say everyone must watch. But it didn’t interest me. Just like so many ‘critical dramas’ fail to interest me.

    • He’s definitely better behind the camera but he certainly doesn’t tend to make the sort of movies I usually go for. Agree that none really stand out beyond Apollo 13, although several are fairly good. A Beautiful Mind is yet another film I saw and now barely remember but, like you, it’s probably because it’s not my type of genre. πŸ™‚

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