All of Ron Howard’s Movies Ranked – Part Two

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14 – Night Shift (1982)
Ever since two enterprising young men turned the City Morgue into a swinging business, people have been dying to get in.
IMDb: 6.50 / 10
RT Users: 6.30 / 10
Letterboxd: 6.34 / 10
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6.38 /10
Comedy
Directed by: Ron Howard
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Chuck (Henry Winkler) has given up life as a stockbroker because it was too stressful. Now, he works an easy gig as a night shift attendant at a New York City morgue. His co-worker, Bill Blazejowski (Michael Keaton), on the other hand, is always looking to make a quick buck. When Bill finds out that Chuck’s prostitute neighbor, Belinda (Shelley Long), needs a place to do her work, he convinces Chuck to turn the morgue into a brothel where they can work as her pimps.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 21,017,056
Production Budget:  $ 8,100,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 12,917,056
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 2.59
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13 – Ransom (1996)
Someone is going to pay.
IMDb: 6.70 / 10
RT Users: 6.20 / 10
Letterboxd: 6.28 / 10
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6.39 /10
Action  |  Thriller
Directed by: Ron Howard
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Through a life of hard work, airline owner Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson) has amassed a great deal of wealth. When a group of criminals want a piece of his cash, they kidnap his son (Brawley Nolte) for a $2 million ransom. Encouraged by his wife (Rene Russo) and an FBI agent (Delroy Lindo), Tom prepares to pay the money, but the ransom drop goes awry. Enraged, Tom decides to turn the tables on the kidnappers by making the ransom a bounty on their heads — which he announces on national television.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 309,492,681
Production Budget:  $ 70,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 239,492,681
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 4.42
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12 – Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Never tell him the odds.
IMDb: 6.90 / 10
RT Users: 6.40 / 10
Letterboxd: 5.98 / 10
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6.43 /10
Science Fiction  |  Adventure  |  Action
Directed by: Ron Howard
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Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins forces with a gang of galactic smugglers and a 190-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission — the Millennium Falcon.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 393,151,347
Production Budget:  $ 275,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 118,151,347
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 1.43
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11 – The Paper (1994)
A behind-the-lines look at work, marriage and other forms of combat.
IMDb: 6.60 / 10
RT Users: 6.60 / 10
Letterboxd: 6.54 / 10
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6.58 /10
Comedy  |  Drama
Directed by: Ron Howard
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Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) is an editor at the New York Sun, a tabloid paper facing financial cuts. His pregnant wife, Martha (Marisa Tomei), pleads with him to get a more respectable job so he can spend more time with his family. Hackett is considering an offer from another paper, with fewer hours and higher pay, when he gets his hottest story in years. When this scoop leads to a burst of violence and a conflict with his new boss, Alicia (Glenn Close), he faces a startling moment of truth.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 48,424,341
Production Budget:  $ 20,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 28,424,341
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 2.42
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10 – Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
Inspired by a true story three generations in the making.
IMDb: 6.70 / 10
RT Users: 8.20 / 10
Letterboxd: 5.28 / 10
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6.73 /10
Drama
Directed by: Ron Howard
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An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ STREAMING
Production Budget:  $ 45,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $
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9 – Backdraft (1991)
Silently behind a door, it waits.
IMDb: 6.70 / 10
RT Users: 7.50 / 10
Letterboxd: 6.28 / 10
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6.83 /10
Crime  |  Drama  |  Thriller
Directed by: Ron Howard
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Chicago firefighting brothers Stephen (Kurt Russell) and Brian (William Baldwin) have been rivals since childhood. Brian, struggling to prove himself, transfers to the arson unit. There he aids Don (Robert De Niro) in his investigation into a spate of fires involving oxygen-induced infernos called backdrafts. But when a conspiracy implicating a crooked politician and an arsonist leads Brian back to Stephen, he is forced to overcome his brotherly competitiveness in order to crack the case.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 152,368,585
Production Budget:  $ 40,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 112,368,585
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 3.81
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8 – Parenthood (1989)
A comedy about life, love and the gentle art of raising children.
IMDb: 7.00 / 10
RT Users: 7.60 / 10
Letterboxd: 6.84 / 10
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7.15 /10
Comedy  |  Drama
Directed by: Ron Howard
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Perfectionist Gil Buckman (Steve Martin) struggles with the deficiencies of his children, thinking they reflect poorly on his parenting — and Gil’s siblings only add to the stress of his life. One of his sisters (Dianne Wiest) faces difficulty when her teenage daughter (Martha Plimpton) becomes pregnant. Another (Harley Jane Kozak) clashes with her husband (Rick Moranis) when she asks for more children. Gil’s immature brother (Tom Hulce) turns up as well, with a young son he can barely handle.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 126,297,830
Production Budget:  $ 20,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 106,297,830
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 6.31
Willow (1988) directed by Ron Howard
7 – Willow (1988)
Adventure doesn’t come any bigger than this.
IMDb: 7.20 / 10
RT Users: 7.90 / 10
Letterboxd: 6.74 / 10
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7.28 /10
Action  |  Adventure  |  Fantasy
Directed by: Ron Howard
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Enter the world of “Willow.” Journey to the far corners of your imagination, to a land of myth and magic, where dream and reality live side by side … to a place that never existed, a time that never was. It is a world where a young man named Willow lives out an adventure that explodes beyond the boundaries of his own hopes and fears.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 137,600,000
Production Budget:  $ 35,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 102,600,000
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 3.93
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6 – Frost/Nixon (2008)
400 million people were waiting for the truth.
IMDb: 7.70 / 10
RT Users: 8.80 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.22 / 10
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7.91 /10
Drama  |  History
Directed by: Ron Howard
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For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost’s team harboured doubts about their boss’s ability to hold his own. But as the cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 27,426,335
Production Budget:  $ 25,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 2,426,335
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 1.10
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5 – Apollo 13 (1995)
Houston, we have a problem.
IMDb: 7.70 / 10
RT Users: 8.70 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.46 / 10
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7.95 /10
Drama  |  History  |  Adventure
Directed by: Ron Howard
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The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the astronauts work furiously with the ground crew to avert tragedy.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 355,237,933
Production Budget:  $ 65,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 290,237,933
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 5.47
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4 – Cinderella Man (2005)
One man’s extraordinary fight to save the family he loved.
IMDb: 8.00 / 10
RT Users: 9.10 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.24 / 10
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8.11 /10
Drama  |  History  |  Romance
Directed by: Ron Howard
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During the Great Depression, former successful boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) loses all of his possessions and savings with the crash of the stock market. His beloved wife Mae Braddock (Renée Zellweger) and their three children survive starvation and lack of heating and the daily difficulties supported by their love. In 1934, when James’ Coach and Manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) offers to him a chance to return to boxing, he becomes the symbol of hope of hopeless people in a ruined nation.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 108,539,911
Production Budget:  $ 88,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 20,539,911
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 5.47
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3 – Rush (2013)
Everyone’s driven by something.
IMDb: 8.10 / 10
RT Users: 8.80 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.46 / 10
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8.12 /10
Drama  |  Action
Directed by: Ron Howard
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In the mid-1970s, charismatic English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) share an intense rivalry in Formula 1 racing. Driving vehicles that are little more than gas-filled, rolling bombs, Hunt and Lauda burn up the track, all the while pushing themselves to the breaking point of physical and mental endurance. Meanwhile, the women (Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara) in their lives can only watch as both drivers risk death with every lap.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 96,983,009
Production Budget:  $ 38,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 58,983,009
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 2.55
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2 – Thirteen Lives (2022)
5000 people, 17 countries, 1 miracle that united the world.
IMDb: 7.80 / 10
RT Users: 9.50 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.34 / 10
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8.21 /10
Drama  |  Thriller  |  Action  |  Adventure
Directed by: Ron Howard
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Based on the true nail-biting mission that captivated the world. Twelve boys and the coach of a Thai soccer team explore the Tham Luang cave when an unexpected rainstorm traps them in a chamber inside the mountain. Entombed behind a maze of flooded cave tunnels, they face impossible odds. A team of world-class divers navigate through miles of dangerous cave networks to discover that finding the boys is only the beginning.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ STREAMING
Production Budget:  $ 55,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $
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1 – A Beautiful Mind (2001)
He saw the world in a way no one could have imagined.
IMDb: 8.20 / 10
RT Users: 9.30 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.54 / 10
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8.35 /10
Drama  |  Romance
Directed by: Ron Howard
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From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally – late in life – received the Nobel Prize.
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Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 316,791,257
Production Budget:  $ 58,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 258,791,257
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 5.46
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