Not a conventional college movie, but a college movie nonetheless. A Beautiful Mind is perhaps Hollywood veteran Ron Howard’s best film to date. Russell Crowe was fresh from an Oscar win for Gladiator and co-star Jennifer Connelly went on to win one for her performance in this film. Although drinking and sex happen in the film, it isn’t in a raunchy, comedic tone. Crowe played John Nash, jr., a Nobel Prize-winning paranoid schizophrenic. The camera follows Nash from pre- to post-graduate to university professor.