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The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title 

Amy Boal
Updated October 11, 2019 7k votes 419 voters 24.8k views 139 items

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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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1975

Actors: Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, John Searle, + more

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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2
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
comicspies1 added 1950

Actors: June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton, Jimmy MacDonald, Lucille Bliss, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...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

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, James Cameron, Bill Paxton, + more

Directed by: James Cameron

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

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4
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1960

Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, + more

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1990

Actors: Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, + more

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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6
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2009

Actors: Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo, + more

Directed by: Pete Docter

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1989

Actors: Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton, Jack Palance, Billy Dee Williams, + more

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1978

Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence, Sandy Johnson, Charles Cyphers, + more

Directed by: John Carpenter

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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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1958

Actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock, Barbara Bel Geddes, Ellen Corby, + more

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
comicspies1 added 1940

Actors: Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski, Jimmy MacDonald, Paul Smith, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, T. Hee, Ford Beebe, + more

Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1979

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, + more

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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

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12
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1976

Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, + more

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1982

Actors: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Beatrice Straight, + more

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1987

Actors: Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, + more

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1942

Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, + more

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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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16
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1992

Actors: Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2016

Actors: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2010

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, + more

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1922

Actors: Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Karl Etlinger, + more

Directed by: F. W. Murnau

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released ...more

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20
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
comicspies1 added 1942

Actors: Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King, Ann Gillis, Will Wright, + more

Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright, + more

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21
Clueless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1995

Actors: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Wallace Shawn, + more

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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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Superman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1978

Actors: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Margot Kidder, + more

Directed by: Richard Donner

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23
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2001

Actors: Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, + more

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1990

Actors: Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan, Rob Reiner, Richard Farnsworth, + more

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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Elf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2003

Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, + more

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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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