Movie Title Ideas for Filmmakers and Writers

Updated on April 5, 2019
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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 gives what the title promises.

Action Movie Title Ideas

 
 
 
Pump Action Interaction
Battle Drive
Option to Kill
Overreaction Agency
Jumpstart
Rough Talk
Similar Attempts
Proactive
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
Ouch!
Blowout
Downswing
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

The Making of Movie Titles

While you can always go for a simplified title sequence for the opening of your flick, it may be the film's benefit to splurge a little bit. There's a lot that goes into a good intro, but the good news is that the people who do it are really good. Why not let them throw some icing on an already good title?

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Tips and Tricks On How To Come Up With A Title for 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Jaws Screenshot
Jaws Screenshot

Really simple film titles can work well, but must be chosen carefully based upon 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 wouldn't be because of the title.

Title Ideas for Horror Movies

 
 
 
Transfusion
The Monster That Ate the Mutant
Abnormality
Bad Egg
Safari Slaughter
Starving
Head Choppers
Croc Party
Cadaver Family
Double Guts
The Freak Scene
Revenant Devil
Doom Switch
Right Through the Window
Headless
Frenzy
How to Get Rid of the Survivors
Fairy Children of Toledo
Lollipop
Tip of the Spear
Murder Noob
Extras
We Have Eyeballs
Shout of the Sasquatch
Into the Cut
In the Ditch
Seconds
Epic Kills
The Mysterious Streets of Whitechapel
Off the Hooks

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:

  • 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)

Why Use Working Titles

Working titles are often used to hide a film's production from rabid fans or other studios who might try to make similar films. Keeping location costs down is another good reason for doing this as some places will charge more when filming sequels. The fake title needs to sound convincing, though, especially if the project involves well known actors or directors. Below are two examples.

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Titanic (Planet Ice)

Return of the Jedi (Blue Harvest)

Miss Congeniality
Miss Congeniality

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.

Movie Title Ideas for Comedies

 
 
 
Stooge Activism
Back Seat Beggar
Cheek To Cheek
Walkout
Nomination Blusteration
The Witch Flip
Bus and Kiss
Floor Model
There Wolf
Strict Tricks
Calico Queen
Take Out Tango
 
Shortcuts
Pushing Clouds
Thunder Stunt
Rework
Desperate for Detroit
Scaredy-cat
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
 
 

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

— Mark Morrow

Best Opening Title Sequences

Opening movie title sequences are a chance to see your title in all its glory. While a good title is just a small part of opening credits, it is the center of a complex wheel that can really get the audience into the movie early. The type of font you use, effects and music will only add to the choice you made in naming your film.

Movie Title Suggestions for Dramas

 
 
 
Forced Efforts
Adam's Ale
Frivolous Failure
Barrens Border
No Time To Read
Crackerjacks
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
Abracadabra
Wisenheimer
Majority Control
Important in the Space

Movies With Terrible Titles

Looking at a few movies with bad titles 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.

Great Movie Titles That People Already Know

 
 
 
The Godfather
American History X
Oldboy
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
Braveheart
L.A. Confidential
Finding Nemo
Fargo
Gone with the Wind
Groundhog Day
Jurassic Park
Cool Hand Luke
Phantasm
Up
The Princess Bride
Blazing Saddles
Stir Crazy
A Nightmare on Elm Street
West Side Story
Videodrome
Good Will Hunting

© 2019 Don

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