50 Best Movie Titles (So far)

Movie titles are fascinating, are they not? They are also powerful, since they can almost make or break a movie on their own. I think that a good movie title should be able to draw you towards it, wanting to learn more about what kind of story that could be lurking behind it. Of course, it does not hurt if they are funny or provocative as well.

Since I have a thing for list and compilations, of any kind, I decided to pen down what I consider to be the best movie titles, so far in movie history. I know that my list probably differs from what you consider to be good titles. Therefore, feel free to add your own titles in the comments below.

Ready? Then let us get started!

The Top 10 Movie Titles

Requiem For a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000) – Poetic, stylish and self-evident that sums up the movie in a perfect way.

Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981) – A short and heavy title that hits you in the stomach like a rock.

American History X (Tony Kaye, 1998) – An interesting title that has a nice flow, with the X awaking curiosity.

Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979) – Feels powerful, definitive and direct, which cannot be misunderstood.

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (Guy Ritchie, 1998) – A cool title with a rambunctious tone, which makes it hard to resist.

No Country for Old Men (The Coen Brothers, 2007) – A wistful and dramatic title, with an undetermined deepness attached to it.

Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone, 1994) – A redoubtable and ice-cold title, with a brutal undertone.

The Boondock Saints (Troy Duffy, 1999) – An elegant and hypnotic title that gets stuck in your head.

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (Benjamin Clark, 1973) – So morbid and inappropriate that you are bound to love it.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004) – Not the coolest title, but it has a lovely and beautiful ring to it, which is hard to beat.

The Rest of the Best

11. Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino, 2009
12. Die Hard – John McTiernan, 1988
13. The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan, 2008
14. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Stanley Kubrick, 1964
15. Full Metal Jacket – Stanley Kubrick, 1987
16. The Hills Have Eyes – Wes Craven, 1977
17. A Clockwork Orange – Stanley Kubrick, 1971
18. The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Jim Sharman, 1975
19. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Sergio Leone, 1966
20. Snatch – Guy Ritchie, 2000
21. Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Tobe Hooper, 1974
22. Sin City – Frank Miller, 2005
23. Lost in Translation – Sofia Coppola, 2003
24. Killer Klowns From Outer Space – Stephen Chiodo, 1988
25. Citizen Kane – Orson Welles, 1941
26. Blade Runner – Ridley Scott, 1982
27. Gladiator – Ridley Scott, 2000
28. Reservoir Dogs – Quentin Tarantino, 1992
29. Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock, 1960
30. There Will Be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007
31. Zombie – Lucio Fulci, 1979
32. The Evil Dead – Sam Raimi, 1981
33. Lesbian Vampire Killers – Phil Claydon, 2009
34. Last House on the Left – Wes Craven, 1972
35. Dead Man Walking – Tim Robbins, 1995
36. Dawn of the Dead – George A. Romero, 1978
37. Pulp Fiction – Quentin Tarantino, 1994
38. Blood In Blood Out – Taylor Hackford, 1993
39. The Thing – John Carpenter, 1982
40. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead – Sidney Lumet, 2007
41. The Devil’s Rejects – Rob Zombie, 2005
42. Slaughterhouse-Five – George Roy Hill, 1972
43. Dazed and Confused – Richard Linklater, 1993
44. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – Martin Scorsese, 1974
45. Cop Land – James Mangold, 1997
46. The Shawshank Redemption – Frank Darabont, 1994
47. Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead – Gary Fleder, 1995
48. Dirty Harry – Don Siegel, 1971
49. Hellraiser – Clive Barker, 1987
50. Where Eagles Dare – Brian G. Hutton, 1968

Honorable Mention

I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney – This creative title comes from a short movie, which was made by no-other than Ben Affleck, during his studies at Occidental College, back in 1993.

Even though my list contains 51 titles, there are still titles that I consider to be good, clever and creative, but if I should have listed them all, this list would have taken forever to write. Also, if you miss a title, which you surely do, rush down to the comments field and share your favourite movie titles, with the rest of us!

19 thoughts on “50 Best Movie Titles (So far)

  1. Revolutionary Road
    In A Better World
    Slumdog Millionaire
    City Of God
    Far From Heaven
    Unbearable Lightness Of Being
    Blue Valentine
    Good Will Hunting


  2. Nice, I would add these

    Das Leben der Anderen
    Me and You and Everyone We Know
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain


    The Mysterious Yearning Secretive Sad Lonely Troubled Confused Loving Musical Gifted Intelligent Beautiful Tender Sensitive Haunted Passionate Talented Mr. Ripley


  3. Adaptation
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Dancer in the Dark
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    Lost Highway
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    The Motorcycle Diaries
    From Dusk Till Dawn


  4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    That Obscure Object of Desire
    Wings of Desire
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting
    City of God


  5. Fun! Thanks, I’ve added a few of my own.
    The Mist
    The ONE
    How to lose a Guy in ten days
    Crazy Beautiful
    Breaking Dawn


  6. Horribly insulting that an article listing great titles then gives the credit to the directors rather than the WRITERS OF THE SCRIPTS.


  7. I loved film, “The Shawshank Redemption” but thought the title was bad, bad,bad.
    Couple titles I would add are “Pieces of April” Peter Hedges, “Some like it Hot” Billy Wilder and “Rebel without a Cause” Nick Ray


  8. Yeah, ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ definitely tells you what the movie is about. But ‘The Shawshank Redemption’?!? Forget about it. What’s a shawshank?? ‘Redemption’ sounds like it might be religious or something, anything but a prison movie, which it is. It became successful only when word of mouth leaked out that the movie is a whole lot better than its title.


  9. I agree with Phil B. about the WRITERS ultimately deserving the most credit… These are some of my favorite titles, based only on the essential need to state what the movie is about in a minimal, and/or creative play on words:

    The Devil Wears Prada
    Grumpy Old Men
    Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag
    Thank You for Smoking
    The Santa Clause
    The Aristocats
    Maid in Manhattan
    Legally Blonde


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