13 Notable Movies Directed by Ron Howard


Cocoon (1985)

Hot on the heels of the mermaid love story, Ron Howard took on another seemingly too-bizarre-to-work plot and made a hit out of it. In 1985, audiences watched a bunch of elderly people discover the fountain of youth in a swimming pool occupied by aliens. Not only did the uplifting movie go over well with audiences of all ages, the Academy saw an inspired performance by lead Don Ameche and gave him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1986. Another Oscar went to the special effects team that worked on Cocoon -- incredibly enough, those misty, glowing aliens from the mid-1980s still hold up in today's world of computer-generated imaging.