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The Best Movies With Return in the Title

Updated June 18, 2019 790 votes 120 voters 17.1k views

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Since it's such a common word, it's not surprising there are many movies with return in the name. This list ranks the best movies with return in the title, regardless of what genre it is. Do you have a favorite movie with return in the name? This isn't a common way to categorize films, but that's part of the fun. There are probably one or two movies with return in the title that you instantly think of, but you might be surprised how many others there are as you scroll through this list.

This ranked poll of films with return in the title includes movies like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Return of the Jedi, and The Return of the Living Dead. Don't forget that this list is interactive, meaning you can vote the film names up or down depending on much you liked each movie that has the word return in it.

  • 1

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher


    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring...  more

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  • 2


    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the...  more

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  • 3

    Return of the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris


    Directed byBruce Lee

    Way of the Dragon is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film written, produced and directed by Bruce Lee, who also stars in the lead role. This was Bruce Lee's only completed directorial...  more
  • 4

    The Return of Swamp Thing

    Heather Locklear, Louis Jourdan


    Directed byJim Wynorski

    The Return of Swamp Thing is a sci-fi-comedy film released in 1989, and directed by Jim Wynorski. It is based on the DC Comics title Swamp Thing and is a sequel to the 1982 horror film Swamp Thing...  more


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  • 5

    The Return of the Vampire

    Bela Lugosi, Nina Foch


    Directed byLew Landers

    The Return of the Vampire is a horror film released in 1944 by Columbia Pictures. It is in black and white, and describes an Englishwoman's two encounters with a vampire. The first encounter takes...  more
  • 6

    Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler

    Jōji Yanami, Toshio Furukawa


    Directed byDaisuke Nishio, Mitsuo Hashimoto

    Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Clash!! The Power of 10 Billion Warriors, is the sixth Dragon Ball Z movie, originally released in Japan on March 7, 1992 at the...  more

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  • 7

    Return to Horror High

    George Clooney, Maureen McCormick


    Directed byBill Froehlich

    Return to Horror High is a 1987 American comedy/horror film. It was executive produced by Greg H. Sims, directed by Bill Froehlich, and written by Mark Lisson, Dana Escalante, Greg H. Sims and Bill...  more

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  • 8

    Return to Me

    David Duchovny, Minnie Driver


    Directed byBonnie Hunt

    Return to Me is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Bonnie Hunt and starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. It was filmed in Chicago in 1999, and released in April 2000. ...  more

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  • 9

    The Return of Jafar

    Gilbert Gottfried, Jason Alexander


    Directed byAlan Zaslove, Tad Stones, Toby Shelton

    The Return of Jafar is a 1994 American animated film that is a direct-to-video sequel to the 1992 animated film Aladdin, both produced by The Walt Disney Company. The film was released on May 20,...  more

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  • 10

    Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam

    Danica McKellar, James Garner


    Directed byJoaquim Dos Santos

    Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam is a 2010 short animated film, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and written by Michael Jelenic, featuring George Newbern and Jerry O'Connell reprising their...  more
  • 11

    The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

    Clancy Brown, Buddy Hackett


    Directed byJim Kammerud

    The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea is a 2000 Disney animated feature film and direct-to-video sequel to the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. Directed by Jim Kammerud and Brian Smith, the...  more

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  • 12

    The Return of Godzilla

    Raymond Burr, Taketoshi Naitô


    Directed byKoji Hashimoto

    The Return of Godzilla, released in Japan as Godzilla, is a Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Koji Hashimoto, with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film...  more
  • 13

    Return to House on Haunted Hill

    Amanda Righetti, Taye Diggs


    Directed byVíctor García

    Return to House on Haunted Hill is a 2007 horror film and sequel to the 1999 film House on Haunted Hill. Directed by Víctor García, the film depicts a group of people searching for a mysterious idol...  more
  • 14

    Return of the Living Dead 3

    Melinda Clarke, Sarah Douglas


    Directed byBrian Yuzna

    This film is an American romantic-horror film released in 1993. It was directed by Brian Yuzna and was written by John Penney. The film stars Melinda Clarke as Julie Walker, J. Trevor Edmond as Curt...  more

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  • 15

    XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

    Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen


    Directed byD. J. Caruso

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage is a 2017 American action film directed by D. J. Caruso. Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is left after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough...  more

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  • 16

    Return to Halloweentown

    Debbie Reynolds, Sara Paxton


    Directed byDavid Jackson

    Return to Halloweentown is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered on October 20, 2006. It is the fourth and final installment in the Halloweentown series. In this sequel, Marnie Piper and her...  more
  • 17

    Point of No Return

    Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda


    Directed byJohn Badham

    Point of No Return is a 1993 American action film directed by John Badham and starring Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne. It is a remake of Luc Besson's 1990 film Nikita. Maggie Hayward is found guilty...  more

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  • 18

    Cocoon: The Return

    Courteney Cox, Steve Guttenberg


    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Cocoon: The Return is a 1988 science fiction film that is the sequel to the 1985 film Cocoon. All of the starring actors from the first film reprised their roles in this film, although Brian Dennehy...  more
  • 19

    Return from Witch Mountain

    Christopher Lee, Bette Davis


    Directed byJohn Hough

    Return from Witch Mountain is the 1978 sequel to Walt Disney Productions' 1975 film, Escape to Witch Mountain. It was written by Malcolm Marmorstein and is based on the novel by Alexander Key. Ike...  more

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  • 20

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence


    Directed byDwight H. Little

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 horror film directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Alan B. McElroy. It is the fourth installment of the Halloween film series and focuses on...  more

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  • 21

    The Return of the Living Dead

    Clu Gulager, James Karen


    Directed byDan O'Bannon

    This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Linnea Quigley. The film tells the story of how...  more

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  • 22

    Return of the Living Dead Part II

    Mitch Pileggi, James Karen


    Directed byKen Wiederhorn

    This film is an American zombie horror comedy film that was released in 1988. It was written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn. The film was released by Lorimar Motion Pictures on January 8, 1988, and...  more

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  • 23

    Return to Never Land

    Frank Welker, Dan Castellaneta


    Directed byRobin Budd, Donovan Cook

    Return to Never Land is a 2002 American animated fantasy comedy-drama film produced by DisneyToon Studios in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is a sequel to the 1953...  more

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    The Return of the King

    John Huston, Casey Kasem


    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Return of the King, is a 1980 animated musical television film created by Rankin/Bass and Topcraft. The film is an adaptation of the The Return of the King, the third book in The Lord of the...  more