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The Best Movies With A Bird Name In The Title

Updated June 14, 2019 372 votes 34 voters 2.3k views28 items

List RulesNot 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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    Black Swan
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Chicken Little
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    Chicken Little

    Patrick Stewart, Joan Cusack

    Released2005

    Directed byMark Dindal

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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    Chicken Run
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    Chicken Run

    Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall

    Released2000

    Directed byPeter Lord, Nick Park

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    Woody Woodpecker
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    Woody Woodpecker

    Mel Blanc, Sara Berner

    Released1941

    Directed byWalter Lantz

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    The Maltese Falcon
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    The Maltese Falcon

    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

    Released1941

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    The Snowy Heron
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    The Snowy Heron

    Eijirō Tōno, Hideo Takamatsu

    Released1958

    Directed byTeinosuke Kinugasa

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  • 8
    Pelican Blood
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    Pelican Blood

    Oona Chaplin, Arthur Darvill

    Released2009

    Directed byKarl Golden

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    Storks
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    Storks

    Andy Samberg, Katie Crown

    Released2016

    Directed byNicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

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  • 10
    The Mighty Ducks
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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland

    Released1992

    Directed byStephen Herek

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    Red Sparrow
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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 12
    Goosebumps
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    Goosebumps

    Jack Black, Odeya Rush

    Released2015

    Directed byRob Letterman

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  • 13
    Albatross
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    Albatross

    Felicity Jones, Julia Ormond

    Directed byNiall MacCormick

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  • 14
    The Chinese Parrot
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    The Chinese Parrot

    Hobart Bosworth, Marian Nixon

    Released1927

    Directed byPaul Leni

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  • 15
    Cold Turkey
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    Cold Turkey

    Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart

    Released1971

    Directed byNorman Lear

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  • 16
    The Owl and the Pussycat
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    5

    The Owl and the Pussycat

    Barbra Streisand, George Segal

    Released1970

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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    The Sea Gull
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    The Sea Gull

    Vanessa Redgrave, Simone Signoret

    Released1968

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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  • 18
    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Released2010

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 19
    Lonesome Dove
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    Lonesome Dove

    Anjelica Huston, Timothy Scott

    Released1989

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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  • 20
    The Hummingbird Project
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    Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård

    Released2019

    Directed byKim Nguyen

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  • 21
    The Crow
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    The Crow

    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee

    Released1994

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    The Pelican Brief
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    The Pelican Brief

    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

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  • 23
    Howard the Duck
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    Howard the Duck

    Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones

    Released1986

    Directed byWillard Huyck

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    March of the Penguins
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    Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling

    Released2005

    Directed byLuc Jacquet

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  • 25
    Black Hawk Down
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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