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13 Notable Movies Directed by Ron Howard

Willow (1988)

If you were a kid in the 1980s, chances are good you saw Willow at least once. This sci-fi/fantasy story, penned by George Lucas, follows the adventures of a diminutive farmer and amateur magician named Willow as he attempts to save a baby princess from death at the hands of evil queen Bavmorda. With the help of a swordsman named Madmartigan (played by Val Kilmer), Willow executes his quest with courage, will, and more than a few lucky breaks. The movie did pretty well at the box office, but not well enough for a sequel. Willow was a big break for Ron Howard, who, until the movie's release, had been pigeonholed as a director of light comedy.