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The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title  

Amy Boal
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List Rules One word titles only. "2," "III," and other types of numerals count as a word. Do not add District 9 or Rocky II to this list.

A list of the best 1 word title movies, ranked by film lovers and fans of economy of words. All the films listed here have a short title, made up of just one word. These one word titled movies cross genres and eras and star many of Hollywood's most famous faces. From sci-fi classics like Alien and Gattaca, to comedies like Airplane! and Ghostbusters, movies with one word names come in all shapes and styles.

The next time you are browsing Netflix, consider some of these short titled movies, and if you come across one that is not included here, add it for others to vote on. I purposefully have not included Crash on this list at the time of publishing, but you may add it if you feel passionately about that particularly bad Best Picture winner.

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Clue is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1985
Clue is a 1985 American mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film is a murder mystery set in a Gothic Revival mansion, and is styled after The Rocky Horror Picture ...more
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Misery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1990
Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more
28
Alien is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1979
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more
29
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1997
Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more
30
Big is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1988
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more
31
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1987
RoboCop is a 1987 American cyberpunk action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop ...more
32
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1990
Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more
33
Inception is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2010
Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
34
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1964
Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more
35
Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1980
Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, ...more
36
Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1984
Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.
37
Network is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1976
Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film stars ...more
38
Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1974
Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more
39
Heathers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1988
Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.
40
Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1986
Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It ...more
41
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
EvanEnglish added 2007
Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more
42
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1985
Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. British National Cinema by Sarah Street describes the film as a ...more
43
Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1997
Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan ...more
44
Predator is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1987
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more
45
Speed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1994
Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more
46
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1993
Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more
47
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1983
Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more
48
Rudy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1993
Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more
49
Clerks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1994
Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also appears in the film as Silent Bob. Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson ...more
50
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2009
Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more