Technical troubles scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew in director Ron Howard’s chronicle of this true-life story, which turns a failed journey 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.
A Beautiful Mind (2001) Rated PG-13
John Forbes Nash Jr. was a brilliant economist — when his mind was clear. But life changed forever with the revelation that he was schizophrenic, although his brilliance persisted amidst the anguish his mental illness caused for him and his wife.
Far and Away (1992) Rated PG-13
In Ron Howard’s epic drama, two 19th-century Irish immigrants make the journey to the United States together, but for very different reasons. Joseph Donelly is a poor farmer who’s lost everything, while Shannon Christie is chafing against her privileged but stifling upbringing. Looking for land as they make their way west, they also find love as they endure a series of hardships that strengthens their relationship.
Parenthood (1989) Rated PG-13
Director Ron Howard teams with Steve Martin for a heartwarming comedy about life’s most rewarding occupation: parenthood. Gil and Karen Buckman are facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise their children the “right” way. But as Gil and the rest of his clan soon discover, being the “perfect” parent often means just letting children be themselves.
Splash (1984) Rated PG
In Ron Howard’s first directorial hit, Tom Hanks stars as workaholic Allen Bauer, who’s convinced he can’t fall in love until he’s rescued from a boating accident by the woman of his dreams — a mermaid named Madison. But if the world discovers Madison’s secret, it will be sink or swim for the duo.
Synopsis by Netflix.