Entertainment 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
2
48 22
Psycho is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
45 20
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
36 13
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
56 29
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
45 21
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
50 25
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
37 15
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
35 15
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
36 16
Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
40 20
Halloween is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
38 19
Batman is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
45 25
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
16 2
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies with Only One Word for a Title
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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
15
40 21
Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
44 25
Alien is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
33 16
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
28 12
Misery is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
38 21
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
35 19
Seven is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
37 21
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
23 9
Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
27 13
Big is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
28 14
Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
29 15
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 25 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