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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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1
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
comicspies1 added 1950
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
2
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
comicspies1 added 1940
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
5
Halloween is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
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
7
Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1922
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
9
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Moana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2016
Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more
11
Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 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, based on the DC Comics character. The Dark Knight of Gotham City (Michael Keaton) begins his war on crime with his first major ...more
12
Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
BlueRanger added 2006
Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two ...more
14
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Clueless is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Up is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
UHF is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
BlueRanger added 1989
UHF is a 1989 American comedy film starring "Weird Al" Yankovic, David Bowe, Fran Drescher, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, Gedde Watanabe, Billy Barty, Anthony ...more
18
Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
2019
Yesterday is a 2019 British musical comedy film directed by Danny Boyle. A struggling musician, Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), discovers that the whole world has forgotten who the Beatles are and ...more
19
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
comicspies1 added 1942
Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more
20
Superman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1978
Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more
21
Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
Elf is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
Vacation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
1983
National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, ...more
25
Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 25 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