Alex Barker

Ode to Opie! Ron Howard’s Rush – a thrilling tale of rivalry and car racing zooms into theaters, here are a few Ron Howard classics to enjoy beforehand.

A Beautiful Mind, 2001

Winner of Best Picture of 2001, this film beat out the now more cinematically-celebrated Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. That being said, this is nonetheless a classic Ron Howard tale. With an intriguing idea, great acting performances from Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly, A  Beautiful Mind provides an engaging tale of fidelity within marriage amidst tribulation and one of the more convincing films that tackles the topic of mental illness found within genius.

$2.99 iTunes

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Apollo 13, 1995

“Houston, we have a problem.” With these infamous words, an epic tale of survival, teamwork and space exploration beats with a cinematic glory that only Ron Howard could have done. With memorable acting roles by practically every single character (even Ron Howard’s father), Apollo 13 gives a wonderfully engaging look at NASA’s “successful failure”. It is a story of Americans, and more importantly, humanity, coming together to help three people get home.

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Cinderella Man, 2005

One of the more underrated Ron Howard cinematic adventures, it is based on the true story of James J. Braddock, nicknamed Cinderella Man. The film follows his fall and rise back into the boxing ring during The Great Depression. He is fighting for himself, for his country, but most importantly, for his wife and children. It is one of Howard’s more heartfelt and stand-up-and-cheer films he has ever made, and is a beautiful account of the America in New York City during the 1930’s. Not many films in recent years have been able to capture hope amidst poverty and hardship as well as this one.

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