My Top 10 One Word Movie Titles

Movie titles are key to drawing audiences to come to the theater.  Whether you know what the movie’s about or not, these one word movie titles stand out and are a testament of what the film represents.  These titles have stood the test of time as the titles truly capture the essence of the film itself.  You don’t even have to look at the poster to conjure an image in your mind based on the title alone.  

There were ten one word movie titles which I feel give us the overall tone of what these films are.  Read on to see if one of the movie titles you were thinking of made my list!

#10.  Halloween

To name a film after the scariest holiday may seem rather cliche, but John Carpenter’s masterpiece cannot be overstated.  The film of course takes place during Halloween as we learn that a killing psychopath is out to kill anyone who stands in his way.  This movie is also considered to be the film that established what we now label the “slasher film.”  This is a good title for what the film stands for.

#9.  Zombieland

The title alone should give you a helpful hint that this is a film starring a LOT of zombies.  The film of course involves a land full of zombies and includes our group of four rag-tag heroes who team up to combat their greatest foes.  It’s a fun film to enjoy with a great title.

#8.  Gladiator

Ridley Scott’s  Gladiator  features a story about a man who loses his family and is thrown into the ring to face off against all kinds of beasts and other warriors.  The title gives us a good indication that the movie will take place during Roman times inside the Colosseum.  Russell Crow gives a fine performance here as our hero battles to the death.

#7.  Braveheart

Mel Gibson’s  Braveheart  is about a man named William Wallace who once led the Scots against King Edward I of England in the First War of Scottish Independence.  The title clearly stands for our main protagonist, as he’s a man who has a “brave heart.”  This title captures a sense of wanting freedom knowing that a hero is going into battle.

#6.  Alien

Yet another Ridley Scott film cracks this list.  The title  Alien  is transparent, but it tells you all you need to know.  The word Xenomorph (which is what the creature is actually called), isn’t even mentioned at all in the movie.  That doesn’t happen until James Cameron’s sequel  Aliens.  The title makes you aware that it is a science fiction film though unless you’ve seen the trailer, you probably wouldn’t have known that it’s also considered to be a horror movie.      

Now let’s get into my top 5…

#5.  Scream

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that this movie title’s genre is probably horror.  Wes Craven’s  Scream,  basically gives you the film in a nutshell.  You can anticipate a whole lot of screaming as the characters are each killed off one by one.  A true horror classic from a true horror legend.  Wes Craven, may you rest in peace.

#4.  Predator

Unless you’re thinking about another type of predator, this title clearly defines our antagonist.  According to the dictionary, the word ‘predator’ means, “an animal that naturally preys on others.”  However, this thing is no animal.  The film focuses on a group of men led by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who are sent on a mission to rescue hostages inside a remote jungle.  However, they are not alone.  The Predator stands for what it sets out to do and that’s to eliminate its targets.  The title definitely suits the movie.

#3.  Taken

Liam Neeson stars in this epic thriller as he plays a former CIA agent named Bryan Mills who is tasked with finding his daughter who has been ‘taken.’  This title gives you a feeling that it is some sort of thriller, especially with Liam Neeson in the lead role.  The name is perfect in every way, knowing that we are in for quite a ride.

#2.  Psycho

The name of this movie describes our killer in one word.  Of course if you’ve seen the film, you know who the real killer is.  Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece tells the story about a woman named Marion Crane who is on the run from her employer after stealing $40,000.  She meets Norman Bates, a proprietor of the Bates Motel who is also having difficulty with a relationship with his mother.  I won’t spoil the ending here, but you’ll definitely know after watching the movie why Hitchcock chose to use this title.

#1.  Jaws

Honestly, could this choice have been anything else?  Of course now when we think of the word ‘jaws,’ we immediately picture a shark terrorizing the folks off the beaches of Amity Island.  Steven Spielberg’s  Jaws  has to be the perfect one-word title to a movie.  Even though this word obviously represents the sharks numerous amounts of teeth, the title gives us a feeling of dread, knowing all to well that things aren’t looking good for our characters.  It’s sheer terror at its finest, as this movie proves that you should be afraid to go back into the water.  Or as one of the many movie taglines state: “It’s as if God created The Devil, and gave him Jaws.”

Did you agree with my list?  What famous one word movie titles do you think should have been here?  I’d like to hear what you have to say in the comment section below and don’t forget to share this piece with your friends!  



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