13 Notable Movies Directed by Ron Howard


Splash (1984)

Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah star in this film about a young man in love with a mermaid. Splash made a bundle for Disney's new Touchstone division and was the studio's most successful live-action feature up to that time. Burgeoning star Hanks took the role of Allen (after it was turned down by John Travolta and Bill Murray), then watched as it launched him as one of Hollywood's most popular stars. With Splash, Ron Howard proved his ability to warm audience's hearts while keeping them laughing.