Film 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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Inception is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2000 Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1997 Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of what happened to the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1975 Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 5 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, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1960 Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2016 Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being given mutant abilities with a scarred physical appearance, Wade Wilson (Ryan ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1990 Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2009 Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1942 Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2001 Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1976 Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1984 Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1995 Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1958 Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1996 Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1995 Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1992 Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1980 Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1989 Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment of Warner Bros.' ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1978 Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1995 Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more

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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1982 Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the first and most successful entry in the Poltergeist ...more

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2016 Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1986 Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more

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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1978 Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Big is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 30 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

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2011 Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more

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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1987 Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1972 Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their ...more

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1995 Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1995 Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 36 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

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2000 X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2000 Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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JFK is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1991 JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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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

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2008 WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1992 Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw who takes on ...more

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Network is listed (or ranked) 45 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

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 46 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.

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1989 Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2003 Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2007 Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began working on the ...more

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Speed is listed (or ranked) 50 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