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The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title  

Amy Boal
183 votes 19 voters 28 items

List Rules Not necessarily movies about birds and not The Birds - any film where the title includes the name of a specific type of bird.

Movies with a bird in the title, ranked by film fans and birdwatchers, from "best bird title" to "well, just OK use of a bird name in the title." These aren't all movies about birds, though some are. What these great movies do all have in common, however, is that they have the name of a specific type of bird in their official Hollywood-release title. Whether it is a silly goose movie title like Goosebumps or a more serious, elegant sounding bird title such as The Maltese Falcon, birds have been celebrated throughout film history for their symbolism, special avian talents, and names that roll right off the tongue.

What other good movies about falcons and pelicans and owls and sparrows are available for your viewing pleasure? Plenty! From modern spy movies like Red Sparrow to foreign films like The Snowy Heron, this list includes all the bird movie names that speak to you.

Editor's note: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is not on this list because "Birds" is not a specific type of bird; it is just the word "bird," which is not following the rules - anyway, that film is ranked on plenty of other lists, so go vote on those.

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The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli
The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring Emilio Estevez. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It ...more
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more
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Chicken Run is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton
Chicken Run is a 2000 British-French-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the Aardman Animations studios and directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park. Chicken Run received positive ...more
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Chicken Little is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Patrick Stewart, Joan Cusack, Catherine O'Hara
Chicken Little is a 2005 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and loosely based on the fable of the same name. As the 46th animated feature in the ...more
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.
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The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow
The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby ...more
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March of the Penguins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk
March of the Penguins is a 2005 French nature documentary film directed and co-written by Luc Jacquet, and co-produced by Bonne Pioche and the National Geographic Society. The documentary ...more
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The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor
The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed by John Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam ...more
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Woody Woodpecker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen
Woody Woodpecker is the first animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on July 7, 1941, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and ...more
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The Snowy Heron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
The Snowy Heron Eijirō Tōno, Hideo Takamatsu, Fujiko Yamamoto
The Snowy Heron is a 1958 Japanese film directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa. It was entered into the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.
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Pelican Blood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Oona Chaplin, Arthur Darvill, Harry Treadaway
A love story set in the world of obsessive bird watchers.
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Storks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer
Storks is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages, but when an order ...more
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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd
The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more
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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan
Goosebumps is a 2015 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Mike White and Darren Lemke. It is based on the children's book series of the same name by R. L. ...more
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Red Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by Jason Matthews. A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and ...more
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Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom
Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in ...more
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Legend of the Guardians: The O... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Helen Mirren, John Cleese, Hugo Weaving
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is a 2010 American-Australian computer-animated epic fantasy-adventure film based on the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. Zack Snyder ...more
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The Owl and the Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Barbra Streisand, George Segal, Buck Henry
The Owl and the Pussycat is a 1970 romantic comedy film directed by Herbert Ross and starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal. Streisand plays the role of a somewhat uneducated actress, model ...more
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Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones, Lea Thompson
Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones. Produced by Gloria Katz and George Lucas and ...more
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The Chinese Parrot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Hobart Bosworth, Marian Nixon, Florence Turner
The Chinese Parrot is a silent film, the second in the Charlie Chan series. It was directed by Paul Leni and starred Japanese actor Kamiyama Sojin as Chan. The film is an adaptation of the 1926 ...more
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Albatross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Albatross Felicity Jones, Julia Ormond, Jessica Brown Findlay
Albatross is a 2011 British coming-of-age comedy drama film directed by Niall MacCormick and written by Tamzin Rafn. It stars Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond, Felicity Jones and Jessica Brown ...more
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Cold Turkey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Maureen McCormick
Cold Turkey is a 1971 satirical comedy film. It stars Dick Van Dyke plus a long list of comedic actors, several of whom are well known to North American television audiences. The film was ...more
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Lonesome Dove is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott, Robert Duvall
Lonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four part adaptation of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by ...more
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The Hummingbird Project is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek
The Hummingbird Project is a 2018 thriller film directed by Kim Nguyen. Cousins and high-frequency traders Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton Zaleski (Alexander Skarsgard) go up against their ...more
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Willy the Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title
Sarah Schaub, Klári Tolnay, József Gyabronka
Willy the Sparrow is a 1989 Hungarian animated film directed by József Gémes. It was released in Hungary to critical acclaim and it won the Prize of the Audience at the 3rd ...more