A desire to make it in Hollywood and a father who is a force to reckon with within the industry is a recipe for success for any budding actor or actress. However, Bryce chose to buckle in and take a long way round to show the world that she was more than just her father’s connections. As a result, Bryce Dallas Howard’s breakout movie came when she was already in her early 20’s but her decision to play the long game was worth it.
The actress is the daughter of Cheryl Howard and Ron Howard. Her father is one of the greatest actors-turned-director of his generation. His directing credits include everything from Parenthood (1989) and Apollo 13 (1995), to Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Bryce Dallas and her siblings were raised as far away as possible from the world of showbiz. However, after she turned seven, she was allowed to appear as an extra in a few of her father’s projects.
The actress then took almost a decade away from acting to focus on her education and to hone her skills as an actor. The former saw her attend Stagedoor Manor and later, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts among others. After showing up in several off-Broadway projects and making her feature film debut, the actress was spotted by famous director M. Night Shyamalan and he cast her as Ivy Walker in his psychological thriller, The Village (2004). This proved to be the springboard for the rest of Howard’s career.
Bryce has had her stumbles since that time though but remains a top actress in the industry. We have created a list of projects here that highlight some of Bryce Dallas Howard’s most popular movies and tv shows, starting from the best to the worst.
Bryce Dallas Howard’s Top 10 Movies
1. 50/50 (2011)
Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is best friends with loud-mouthed Kyle (Seth Rogen) who does not approve of his relationship with his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard). However, when Adam is diagnosed with cancer, he can only turn to Rachael to care for him as Kyle refrains himself from objecting. As the story unfolds, Adam breaks up with Rachael on account of her discovered infidelity. He then slowly develops a close rapport with his therapist Katherine (Anna Kendrick), as she and Kyle help him on his way to recovery.
This movie was a strong reminder of the infinite power of friendship and love to heal any wounds, physical or otherwise. 50/50 deserves every single digit of its 93 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. Rocket Man (2019)
The title of this biopic was inspired by Elton John’s 1972 hit song “Rocket Man”. This movie follows the life of rock icon Elton John (Taron Egerton) and his transformation from his upbringing years as music prodigy Reginald Dwight, all the way to his establishment as the global music superstar Elton John. Rocketman chronicles all the highs and lows of Elton’s life in his journey of transformation and includes the best touchpoints in his evolution as a person and an artist. These include his relationship with his grandmother and his mother, Sheila (Bryce Dallas Howard, his friend Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), and first partner and manager John Reid (Richard Madden).
Rocketman was a huge critical and commercial success, rated at 89 percent by critics on Rotten Tomatoes and bringing in $195.2 million at the box office from a production budget of $40 million.
3. Pete’s Dragon (2016)
This animated live-action film carries the same name as its 1977 Disney predecessor. However, it’s plot prices to be a reimagining of the original that, according to critics, manages to maintain the would and charm of the original movie.
Pete’s Dragon follows the story of Pete, a five-year-old boy who survives a car accident that kills his parents and is subsequently saved from a lack of wolves by an elusive green dragon, whom Pete would later name “Elliott”. Pete grows up with the dragon as his new family. However, in a few years, he is discovered by the daughter of Jack (Wes Bentley), a lumber mill owner. Pete’s Dragon tells how his discovery and that of Elliott put the town in a state of chaos and put them in serious danger while Jack, his daughter Natalie, and his girlfriend Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) fight to set Elliott free and to reintroduce Pete to human society through their offer of family and friendship.
The movie banked more than double its $65 million production budget with a box office gross of $143.7 million. It also got a positive critics approval rating of 88 percent from 234 critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
4. The Help (2011)
This movie may be a period drama, but its story bears themes that will echo timelessly. The Help tells the story of an unlikely friendship between three women: Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone), Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer).
Set in the 1960s Mississippi and drenched in the theme of the Civil Rights Movement, the story tells the tale of Skeeter, an aspiring writer and journalist, and two maids, Aibileen and Minny as they come together to write a book exposing the horrors and racism that maids endure at the hands of their white families. In this movie, Bryce Dallas Howard plays the role of mean-spirited Hilly Holbrook.
Critics felt that the movie underused its theme of racism but made up for it with a strong cast and an especially noteworthy performance from veteran actress Viola Davis. The Help earned itself a 76 percent approval rating and brought in $216.6 million against a $25 million budget.
5. Jurassic World (2015)
Bryce Dallas Howard is a movie star on account of the Jurassic Park movie franchise alone. The events of Jurassic World are set once again in the fictional island of Isla Nublar, just like its predecessor Jurassic Park. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, a new theme park on the island has been in the business of cloning dinosaurs for over a decade, all for the sake of profit. However, their dangerous venture soon comes back to bite them in the rear after a genetically engineered Dinosaur escapes its holding facility and goes to town on the park.
The movie stars the likes of Marvel’s Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce as Claire Dearing, and BD Wong who reprises his role as Dr. Henry Wu. In its opening weekend, Jurassic World became the first movie to gross over $500 million. It was also the second-highest-grossing film of 2015, and the sixth-highest grossing film of all time. It generated a box office gross income of over $1.67 billion from a production cost of $150 million. The movie also holds a 72 percent critics approval rating.
6. Spiderman 3 (2007)
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) has finally learned to fulfill his role as the city’s hero and Mary Jane’s (Kirsten Dunst) lover without failing at either. Unfortunately, his newfound sanity is disrupted by a fallen comet and Harry Osborn’s quest to avenge his father’s death. These two circumstances bring the city’s webbed hero to a point where he has to protect the city once again from more than his fair share of monsters and villains, only this time, he is also in a battle against his dark side too.
In this movie, Bryce Howards takes on the role of Gwen Stacy who is Peter Parker’s lab partner and love interest of Eddie Brock (Topher Grace). Spiderman 3 continued the franchise’s trend of commercial success, even though it wasn’t as well-received as the first two installments. It was made on a $250 million budget and raked in over $890 million. It holds a 63 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. Manderlay (2006)
This is the second installation of the USA — Land of Opportunities trilogy by Lars Von Trier. In this Bryce Howard movie, the actress plays the lead role of Grace Mulligan, replacing Nicole Kidman who was Grace in the trilogy’s first movie, Dogville.
After leaving Dogville, Grace, her father, and a few gunmen happen upon a plantation where slavery is still very much alive even though the year is 1993. Grace is appalled and moves into action to see the slaves transitioned safely to freedom. However, her strategy for implementing this proves to be sometimes counter-productive and unconventional. This included her deciding to reverse the roles for slaves, making them owners of the plantation, and making their white owners work as slaves.
This avant-garde drama did not perform nearly as well as its predecessor, either critically or commercially. It earned a decent 50 approval rating but performed terribly at the box office. It recorded a return of $675,000 on a $14.2 million budget.
8. The Village (2004)
A small village known as Covington, in 19th-century Pennsylvania lives in terror of strange humanoid creatures that harbor the surrounding woods just beyond the walls of the village. But there appear to be secrets being held back that detail the entire truth of the village’s story.
After Chief Elder Edward (William Hurt), the father of Ivy Elizabeth Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), let’s her leave the village to find medicine for her wounded love interest Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix), she discovers that the village and the outside world are not at all what the elders of the village have made them believe their whole lives.
The Village is one of Bryce’s earliest lead role movies and was her introduction to the limelight. Made by award-winning director M. Night Shyamalan, the movie performed well at the box office with a $256.7 million return on a $60 million budget. The period horror/psychological thriller has a below-par approval rating of 44 percent.
9. As You Like It (2006)
Bryce played Rosalind in this adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular and funny plays of the same name. As You Like It differs from its original material in that it is set in a 19th-century European colony in Japan. And it follows the romantic adventure of Rosalind and Orlando De Boys (David Oyelowo) as they battle everything to stay in love. There’s enough infusion of wit and comic elements to keep the movie entertaining.
Critics did not feel the same, however, and took the movie apart, bestowing it with an abysmal 36 percent approval rating.
10. Terminator Salvation (2009)
This star-studded lineup completes our roundup of Bryce Dallas Howard’s movies. This military sci-fi action film follows a now grown-up John Connor as he tries to put together a human resistance army to battle Skynet and defeat its plans to take over the world and end humanity with its ever-proliferating robot invasion. Christian Bale plays John while his wife, Kate Connor, is portrayed by Bryce Howard. Terminator Salvation also had the likes of Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, and rapper cum actor Common on its set.
The movie cast did nothing to help the film on the critical front though. While the movie did bring in $371.4 million against a $200 million budget, it was termed as “mechanical and lacking the heart of the original films.” On Rotten Tomatoes, it was given a very poor rating of 33 percent.