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Movie Title Ideas for Filmmakers and Writers

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Writing is one of my several hobbies, and lists like the one below help me with writer's block every now and again.

Roll of movie film.

Roll of movie film.

Why Good Movie Titles Matter

Coming up with a good title for your movie may seem like one of the smaller chores you must do as a movie maker, but it's actually much more important than most people think. Catchy movie titles help promote, distribute and get word of mouth going on your film. Advertising is an essential part of making a successful movie, even if most directors don't want to admit it, and great movie titles that pique the curiosity of the audience are a part of that.

Some people may think that movie title ideas are so easy to come up with, that there's no reason to spend much time on them, but they would be wrong. A good title can make a good movie even better, and ensure that people will continue talking about it for decades instead of years. The title you give your film will be forever used to describe your creation to others; would you rather have a generic or mundane title or a movie title that people know you took your time to come up with and care about.

While I hope that the movie title suggestions below will give you some inspiration, you need to be sure to look over all the tips, tricks and suggestions in the rest of the article so you can truly come up with a awesome movie title. Thank you for paying a visit and I hope your film is a great success.

Death Wish screenshot.

Death Wish screenshot.

This title tells you exactly what you're going to get when you see this movie. Everyone knows the implication of this phrase, and if the film didn't deliver a story about revenge, it would have been a failure; it delivered and was a huge success. Make sure your movie title keeps its promise.

Action Movie Title Ideas

Pump Action Interaction

Battle Drive

Option to Kill

Overreaction Agency


Rough Talk

Similar Attempts


Blood Guilt

Revenge of the Lost Pioneer

More Like Glory

Eye Spy

All Down But One

Descent of Animals

Level Up

Skirmish of Idaho Jones




Cold Sweat

Second Half Retreat

Knuckle Sandwich

Hell Low

Chewing Bubblegum

Bullet Buried

Spit the Blood

Last Kill

Dark Tunnel Bluff

Just Bodies

Dead Tired

Relocation Canada

The Beast from Bostwick

Bump and Run

Desert Dawn

No Safe Place

The Entire Piece

Awesome Titles; Lesser Known Movies

  • Hell Up In Harlem (1973)
  • Idle Hands (1999)
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  • The Lickerish Quartet (1970)
  • The Nickel Ride (1974)

How To Title Your Movie

  • The more simple you can make your title, the better. People will be able to remember and pronounce your movie better which will make word of mouth advertising more efficient. Just don't confuse "simple" with "uninteresting", as they are two very different words.
  • Be careful about coming up with a title that closely resembles an existing title of a good movie. This may be acceptable when making a spoof, but frowned upon by most.
  • If you don't know what your script is really about at its core, then it will be a lot tougher to choose a title that will sound natural to the finished product.
A movie name with bite.

A movie name with bite.

While simple film titles can work well, they must be chosen carefully to make sure they fit with the content of your flick. Do you think "Jaws" would still be talked about today if it were called "Great White Shark Attack"? Maybe, but it definitely wouldn't be because of the title, now would it?

Horror Movie Title Ideas


The Monster That Ate the Mutant


Bad Egg

Safari Slaughter


Head Choppers

Croc Party

Cadaver Family

Double Guts

The Freak Scene

Revenant Devil

Doom Switch

Right Through the Window



How to Get Rid of the Survivors

Fairy Children of Toledo


Tip of the Spear

Murder Noob


We Have Eyeballs

Shout of the Sasquatch

Into the Cut

In the Ditch


Epic Kills

The Mysterious Streets of Whitechapel

Off the Hooks

Wicked Knights

Mystery of the Crooked Coffin

Night of the Killer Man Eating Bunnies

Giving Your Movie a Crazy Title!

If you have a really crazy, weird and bizarre movie, then giving it an equally goofy or outlandish title can actually work in your favor. Weird titles for weird movies can actually draw in an audience looking for some mindless popcorn fodder. These kinds of titles will only work if your movie is off-the-rocker strange... and many will view the trailer first. Below are some of my favorite examples:

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  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
  • Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  • Piranhaconda (2012)
  • Sharknado (2013)
  • Snakes on a Plane (2006)
  • The Toxic Avenger (1984)

Comedy Movie Title Ideas

Stooge Activism

Back Seat Beggar

Cheek To Cheek


Nomination Blusteration

The Witch Flip

Bus and Kiss

Floor Model

There Wolf

Strict Tricks

Calico Queen

Take Out Tango

Braces Off!


Pushing Clouds

Thunder Stunt


Desperate for Detroit


Cool Beans

Belly Up

Flex Fury

All Good News

Hopping the Twig

Retail Fail

Kiss the Ring

Altered Herbs

Bird Dog

Cruisin' for a Bruisin'

First House on the Right Down the Street on the Left

First Day Pop

Ton of Runway

Big Tickle


State of Dismay

The Hairy Ones

Streaming for New Year's

Blame It On the Pigs

Been There Done That

Diamonds on Call


Hard Times In Paradise

Two Shot Lead

Jack of One Trade

Awesome Mad Balls

Kisses Galore

Friends In Common

Breaking Ranks

A funny movie title that rocks.

A funny movie title that rocks.

There are some titles that when said alone, aren't that impressive, but when you combine them with good acting, good story and good advertising their stock goes through the roof.

Good movies should be watched at least three times in your lifetime. Really good movies can be watch three times a year.

— Mark Morrow

Drama Movie Title Ideas

Forced Efforts

Adam's Ale

Frivolous Failure

Barrens Border

No Time To Read


A Heavy Lift

Lows of the Day

Bless Your Heart

Terrible Madness

Over Yonder

End Pieces

Weeknight Burden

Any Given Quarter

Silk Worms

Ink Kingdom

Risk of Abuse

Attention Wall Street

Carnival Magic

Five Steps Behind

The Misadventure of David

Intimidation of Sarah

I Imagine

Stepping Off Dublin

Burning Omaha

Visionary Needs



Majority Control

Important in the Space

Loss In Theory

Only Eighty

Beyond the Summit


The Third Bind

Everything In Between

Holiday in Winter

Drunken Kisses

Tips For Coming Up With Cool Movie Titles

  • Come up with a good title for your movie by looking at it from several perspectives (title based on setting, title based on main character, title based on situation or theme, etc.). Now you'll at least have some choices that you'll know make sense.
  • If your film is about a group, couple, individual, etc. you title needs to address that in some way if at all possible.
  • Don't try to be too clever with the title. A good title will almost always tell (or at least strongly hint at) what genre your movie will be in. A good title should reflect the story.

Movies With Terrible Titles

Looking at a few movies with bad titles can be a real learning experience; it will let you know what not to do when naming your film a lot better than anyone can tell you. Most of if it is common sense and taking the time to work through what you want your title to say. The question you need to answer is if your title will make people curious enough to check out your film.

Science Fiction Movie Title Ideas

One Kind of Machine

Pain in the Rain

Colony Empires

Nova Busters

Quantum Mech



Tim's Time Paradox

The Clones of Dark Rift

In the Mix

Zero Hour Till Death

The Day Before Roswell

Cool, Well-Known Movie Titles

The Godfather

American History X


Pulp Fiction

Spirited Away

Toy Story

Fight Club

Full Metal Jacket

The Silence of the Lambs

Seven Samurai

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Die Hard

North by Northwest


L.A. Confidential

Finding Nemo


Gone with the Wind

Groundhog Day

Jurassic Park

Cool Hand Luke



The Princess Bride

Blazing Saddles

Stir Crazy

A Nightmare on Elm Street

West Side Story


Good Will Hunting

Hard to Kill

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Five Deadly Venoms

Dial M for Murder

Cool Movie Title of the Month - Stir Crazy (1980)

© 2019 Don

Any Title Suggestions?

rafael reyes on August 21, 2020:

The titles i have read on this sight are good

I would like to add to that

Title- subconcious realm

Title- street society

This movie title was used in indonesia but you can make one in the usa

Marie Lisa on May 28, 2019:

End pieces

It’s clear yet gives the zeal to want to see or read more

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