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.
Directed by: Darren AronofskyBlack Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Mark DindalChicken Little is a 2005 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Miloš FormanOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick ParkChicken Run is a 2000 British-French-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Walter LantzWoody Woodpecker is the first animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series.... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: John HustonThe Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
The Snowy HeronEijirō Tōno, Hideo Takamatsu
Directed by: Teinosuke KinugasaThe Snowy Heron is a 1958 Japanese film directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa. It was entered into... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Karl GoldenA love story set in the world of obsessive bird watchers.
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller, Doug SweetlandStorks is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Nicholas... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Stephen HerekThe Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Francis LawrenceRed Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Rob LettermanGoosebumps is a 2015 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Rob Letterman and written... more on Wikipedia
AlbatrossFelicity Jones, Julia Ormond
Directed by: Niall MacCormickAlbatross is a 2011 British coming-of-age comedy drama film directed by Niall MacCormick and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Paul LeniThe Chinese Parrot is a silent film, the second in the Charlie Chan series. It was directed by... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Norman LearCold Turkey is a 1971 satirical comedy film. It stars Dick Van Dyke plus a long list of... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Directed by: Sidney LumetThe Sea Gull is a 1968 British-American-Greek drama film directed by Sidney Lumet. The... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Zack SnyderLegend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole is a 2010 American-Australian computer-animated... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Simon WincerLonesome Dove is a 1989 American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Kim NguyenThe Hummingbird Project is a 2018 thriller film directed by Kim Nguyen. Cousins and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Alex ProyasThe Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J.... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Alan J. PakulaThe Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal thriller based on the novel of the same name by John... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Willard HuyckHoward the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Luc JacquetMarch of the Penguins is a 2005 French nature documentary film directed and co-written by Luc... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Ridley ScottBlack Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an... more on Wikipedia