Want to know the best Ron Howard movies? How about the worst Ron Howard movies? Curious about Ron Howard’s box office grosses or which Ron Howard movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Ron Howard movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
For nearly 60 years Ron Howard has had one of the greatest entertainment careers ever. He has had great success on television and in movies as both an actor and as a director. I have been fascinated by his career since the mid 1970s. I remember coming home from school everyday and watching a re-run of The Andy Griffith Show and on Tuesday nights at 8 o’clock I would watch a new episode of Happy Days. Of course both shows starred Ron Howard. Howard played Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith show from 1960-1968 and he played Richie Cunningham on Happy Days from 1974-1984.
As a movie actor, Ron Howard appeared in 11 motion pictures from 1959 -1979. In 1976 he starred in Roger Corman’s Eat My Dust. Eat My Dust had a budget of $300,000 and returned a profit of over 5.2 million dollars. After that success, Corman wanted to make another movie with Howard. Howard only agreed to make 1977’s Grand Theft Auto if he was allowed to direct the film. So at the age of 23 Ron Howard started his directing career. Once he caught the directing bug, Howard decided he wanted to spend the rest of his career behind the camera rather than in front of the camera.
Over the next five years he finished his role on the Happy Days series and directed numerous tv movies. His most notable tv movie that he directed was 1980’s Skyward starring the legendary Bette Davis. In 1982 he got his second chance to direct a movie for the big screen. Night Shift became a hit and Howard’s directing career never looked back.
His IMDb page shows 82 acting credits and 41 directing credits from 1956-2017. This page will rank 37 Ron Howard movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television appearances, video shorts, documentaries and movies not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.
Ron Howard Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.
- Sort Ron Howard movies by co-stars of his movies
- Sort Ron Howard movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Ron Howard movies by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Ron Howard movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Ron Howard movie received.
- Sort Ron Howard movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Beautiful Mind, A (2001)||Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly||$254.80||11th of 2001||82.67%||08 / 04||88.70|
|Apollo 13 (1995)||Tom Hanks & Bill Paxton||$333.50||3rd of 1995||85.33%||09 / 02||80.04|
|American Graffiti (1973) Actor Only||Richard Dreyfuss & Harrison Ford||$795.60||3rd of 1973||83.67%||05 / 00||75.82|
|Music Man, The (1962) Actor Only||Robert Preston & Shirley Jones||$260.10||7th of 1962||79.50%||06 / 01||74.86|
|Parenthood (1989)||Steve Martin & Keanu Reeves||$212.40||9th of 1989||81.00%||02 / 00||69.87|
|Splash (1984)||Tom Hanks||$175.20||10th of 1984||77.00%||01 / 00||64.49|
|Cocoon (1985)||Don Ameche||$180.70||6th of 1985||72.50%||02 / 02||64.17|
|Ransom (1996)||Mel Gibson||$260.30||5th of 1996||68.50%||00 / 00||63.20|
|How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)||Jim Carrey||$406.70||1st of 2000||55.00%||03 / 01||58.65|
|Backdraft (1991)||Kurt Russell & Robert DeNiro||$155.90||14th of 1991||69.00%||03 / 00||58.01|
|Frost/Nixon (2008)||Michael Sheen||$21.90||120th of 2008||85.67%||05 / 00||54.23|
|Cinderalla Man (2005)||Russell Crowe & Paul Giamatti||$81.20||42nd of 2005||82.67%||03 / 00||52.48|
|Da Vinci Code, The (2006)||Tom Hanks||$278.70||5th of 2006||44.50%||00 / 00||51.92|
|Shootist, The (1976) Actor Only||John Wayne & James Stewart||$71.80||50th of 1976||81.50%||01 / 00||49.83|
|Paper, The (1994)||Michael Keaton & Robert Duvall||$80.20||36th of 1994||75.50%||01 / 00||48.24|
|Angels & Demons (2009)||Tom Hanks||$149.90||22nd of 2009||51.50%||00 / 00||47.68|
|Willow (1988)||Val Kilmer||$117.50||14th of 1988||58.50%||02 / 00||46.91|
|Night Shift (1982)||Michael Keaton||$60.50||33rd of 1982||79.00%||00 / 00||46.40|
|Rush (2013)||Chris Hemsworth||$27.90||96th of 2013||84.50%||00 / 00||44.84|
|Far and Away (1992)||Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman||$119.60||18th of 1992||56.50%||00 / 00||44.83|
|Journey, The (1959) Actor Only||Deborah Kerr||$51.20||64th of 1959||72.50%||00 / 00||42.01|
|Beatles Eight Days A Week The Touring Years, The (2016)||The Beatles||$2.90||187th of 2016||85.00%||00 / 00||41.34|
|Wild Country, The (1970) Actor Only||Steve Forrest & Vera Miles||$65.90||27th of 1971||63.00%||00 / 00||39.82|
|Courtship of Eddie's Father, The (1963) Actor Only||Glenn Ford & Shirley Jones||$53.20||55th of 1963||63.00%||00 / 00||37.86|
|In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)||Chris Hemsworth||$24.20||95th of 2015||69.00%||00 / 00||36.56|
|From Up On Poppy Hill (2011) Actor Only||Anton Yelchin & Bruce Dern||$1.10||216th of 2013||77.00%||00 / 00||36.36|
|Gung Ho (1986)||Michael Keaton||$83.20||32nd of 1986||47.00%||00 / 00||35.57|
|EDtv (1999)||Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson||$37.40||81st of 1999||62.50%||00 / 00||35.32|
|Missing, The (2003)||Cate Blanchett & Tommy Lee Jones||$37.80||96th of 2003||61.00%||00 / 00||34.48|
|Eat My Dust (1976) Actor Only||Clint and Rance Howard||$66.00||40th of 1976||39.00%||00 / 00||28.56|
|More American Graffiti (1979) Actor Only||Cindy Williams & Candy Clark||$72.30||43rd of 1979||36.00%||00 / 00||28.13|
|Inferno (2016)||Tom Hanks||$34.30||84th of 2016||46.00%||00 / 00||27.76|
|Spikes Gang, The (1974) Actor Only||Lee Marvin||$11.60||126th of 1974||52.50%||00 / 00||26.47|
|Five Minutes To Live (1961) Actor Only||Johnny Cash & Donald Woods||$9.00||245th of 1961||52.00%||00 / 00||25.84|
|Dilemma, The (2011)||Vince Vaughn||$51.50||22nd of 2011||35.00%||00 / 00||24.67|
|Grand Theft Auto (1977) Actor & Director||Clint and Rance Howard||$25.50||84th of 1977||38.50%||00 / 00||22.05|
|Village of the Giants (1965) Actor Only||Johnny Crawford & Beau Bridges||$15.10||117th of 1965||29.00%||00 / 00||15.97|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Ron Howard Table
- Fourteen Ron Howard movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 37.83% of his movies listed. American Graffiti (1973) is his biggest box office hit.
- An average Ron Howard movie grosses $125.94 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 23 Ron Howard movies are rated as good movies…or 62.16% of his movies. Frost/Nixon (2008) is his highest rated movie while Village of the Giants (1965) is his lowest rated movie.
- Fourteen Ron Howard movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 37.83% of his movies.
- Five Ron Howard movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 13.51% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 22 Ron Howard movies scored higher that average….or 59.45of his movies. A Beautiful Mind (2001) got the the highest UMR Score while Village of the Giants (1965) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Ron Howard
1. Let’s say you decide to watch all of Ron Howard’s Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show episodes in one sitting…..it will only take you a 192 hours or 8 days non-stop to watch all 380 episodes.
2. Ron Howard uses his family members in all most of his movies. You can usually spot his father Rance Howard and brother Clint very easily. Spotting his wife, Cheryl, is a little harder but she is there too.
3. Talk about bad timing…..on the morning the Oscar® nominations came out for the 1995 movies….Apollo 13 received 9 nominations but no nomination for Howard as Best Director. Within hours of the announcements he was back on the set of his current movie, Ransom starring Mel Gibson…..Meanwhile Gibson arrived on set having just receiving the news that he got numerous Oscar® nominations for Braveheart…including his surprise nomination for Best Director.
4. Ron Howard has received two acting Golden Globe® nominations.…he won Best Actor in a comedy series for the 1978 season of Happy Days… he was also nominated as Best Supporting Actor in 1976 for The Shootist.
5. Ron Howard and business partner Brian Glazer formed Imagine Entertainment. Imagine Entertainment has produced such movies as Friday Night Lights and 8 Mile. Imagine also produced the television shows…..24, Felicity, Arrested Development and my daughter’s favorite show…Curious George.
6. Ron Howard has been married one time in his life. In 1975 he wed his high-school sweetheart, Cheryl Alley. They have four children, oldest daughter Bryce, twin daughters Jocelyn and Paige and son Reed. His daughter’s middle names indicate where they were conceived. Bryce was conceived in Dallas, Texas so her full name is Bryce Dallas Howard. While the twins were conceived at the Carlyle Hotel…so they are Jocelyn Carlyle Howard and Paige Carlyle Howard.
7. Ron Howard attended high school with actress Rene Russo. They later would make the movie Ransom together.
8. Ron Howard and Tom Hanks have been working together for almost 30 years. The first time they worked together was when Hanks appeared on Happy Days in 1982. They have made 4 movies together. Those 4 movies are Splash, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
9. When casting Willow, Ron Howard gave Gavan O’Herlihy the part of Airk Thaughbaer. Gavan played Ron Howard’s older brother Chuck on the first season of Happy Days. Chuck Cunningham(or the missing Cunningham) was never mentioned again after season one…….but at least Ron did not forgot his older brother.
10. Check out Ron Howard‘ career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time
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Just wanted to take a minute and list some of the television shows that Ron Howard has appeared on during his career. Checking out the names of the shows he appeared on, is like reading an encyclopedia of television history. Twilight Zone (1959), Dennis the Menace (1959-1960), The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968), The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959-1961), Dr. Kildare (1964), The Fugitive (1964), The Big Valley (1965), Gomer Pyle (1966), I, Spy (1966), Mayberry, R.F.D. (1968), Gunsmoke (1969), Lassie (1970), M.A.S.H. (1973), Happy Days (1974-1984), The Waltons (1974), Laverne and Shirley (1976-1979) and Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013).