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The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title

Updated June 16, 2020 10.1k votes 517 voters 39.5k views155 items

List RulesOne 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.

  • 26
    Clueless
    74
    32

    ActorsAlicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Wallace Shawn

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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  • 27
    Goldfinger
    55
    15

    ActorsSean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall, Shirley Eaton, Lois Maxwell

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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  • 28
    Big
    63
    23

    Big

    1988

    ActorsTom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins, Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Loggia

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • 29
    Ratatouille
    56
    17

    ActorsPeter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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  • 30
    Amadeus
    52
    13

    ActorsJeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole, Abraham Murphy, Tom Hulce

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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  • 31
    Clue
    62
    23

    Clue

    1985

    ActorsTim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

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  • 32
    Ben-Hur
    59
    20

    ActorsCharlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith, Stephen Boyd, Sam Jaffe

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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  • 33
    Elf
    80
    40

    Elf

    2003

    ActorsZooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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  • 34
    Vacation
    60
    22

    ActorsChevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy, Jane Krakowski, Randy Quaid

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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  • 35
    Speed
    62
    24

    Speed

    1994

    ActorsSandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels, Joe Morton

    Directed byJan de Bont

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  • 36
    Chinatown
    52
    16

    ActorsJack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski, John Huston, Diane Ladd

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • 37
    Inception
    80
    41

    ActorsLeonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 38
    Aliens
    65
    28

    Aliens

    1986

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 39
    Shrek
    94
    56

    Shrek

    2001

    ActorsCameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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  • 40
    Matilda
    55
    20

    ActorsDanny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Rhea Perlman

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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  • 41
    Gattaca
    58
    23

    ActorsUma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke, Maya Rudolph, Ernest Borgnine

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

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  • 42
    Predator
    59
    25

    ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Peter Cullen

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 43
    Patton
    48
    15

    Patton

    1970

    ActorsGeorge C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees, Lowell Thomas, Alan MacNaughtan

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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  • 44
    Philadelphia
    53
    20

    ActorsTom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving, Antonio Banderas, Mary Steenburgen

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 45
    Amélie
    51
    19

    ActorsAudrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Dominique Pinon, Mathieu Kassovitz

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

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  • 46
    Rudy
    49
    18

    Rudy

    1993

    ActorsVince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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  • 47
    Scarface
    56
    24

    ActorsAl Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 48
    Moonstruck
    52
    21

    ActorsNicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello, Olympia Dukakis, John Mahoney

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • 49
    WALL-E
    62
    31

    WALL-E

    2008

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • 50
    Caddyshack
    55
    25

    ActorsBill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Brian Doyle-Murray, Ted Knight

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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