10 Good Movie Titles

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

Looking for some good movie titles to fill an evening or an entire weekend? Well, pal, I’ve got just the thing! Below, you’ll find 10 good movie titles that are guaranteed to make you laugh, make you think, and just flat-out keep you entertained. All of these titles can also be rented through Netflix.

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7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) – Tony Randall displays his many talents as the 7,322-year-old Dr. Lao, an ancient Chinaman who brings his fantastical circus to the small town of Abalone, Arizona. As the locals are exposed to the magic of this unique carnival, lessons are learned and mistakes are mended. Appropriate for both kids and adults, it was based on a 1935 fantasy novel titled The Circus of Dr. Lao.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)Apocalypse Now was a fascinating work of art, but it pales in comparison to this documentary about the making of the film. Watch Martin Sheen have a heart attack on the set, soldiers seize their borrowed helicopters to put down an uprising, and Marlon Brando and Dennis Hopper act like a couple of madmen. Strong behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process, and one has to wonder how director Francis Ford Coppola kept from losing his mind.


Beowulf & Grendel (2005) – When the monstrous Grendal begins killing men of the Daneland, the heroic Beowulf and his warriors come to the rescue. As it turns out, however, the tales of Beowulf’s deeds have been a bit exaggerated, so the battle against Grendel isn’t so easy. Things are also complicated by a king on the verge of madness (Stellan Skarsgard) and a local witch (Sarah Polley) who claims to know how Beowulf dies. An fresh take on the classic tale, with plenty of dark humor to accompany the bloodletting.

Altered (2006) – Directed by Eduardo Sanchez, the mind behind The Blair Witch Project, Altered tells the story of a group of men intent on getting revenge against the aliens who abducted them and killed their friend years before. When they manage to capture one of the creatures, all hell breaks loose. The ever-crusty James Gammon also makes an appearance. The movie went straight-to-DVD, but it deserved far better.

The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) – Created by the men who would go on to make Airplane!, Police Squad!, and Top Secret!, The Kentucky Fried movie is a series of comedy sketches about everything from disaster film parodies to a spoof of a high school science film. The feature part of the movie is a send-up of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon, which features a villain who’s built a “fighting force of extraordinary magnitude.” Oh, and don’t forget about Donald Sutherland as the clumsy waiter.

Fail-Safe (1964) – A tense drama about a U.S. bomber group who mistakenly receives orders to initiate a nuclear strike on Russia. Henry Fonda delivers a powerful performance as the President of the United States, and the rest of the cast includes Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman, Fritz Weaver, Sorrell Booke, and Dom DeLuise (in a non-comedic role). Strangely similar to Dr. Strangelove, which was released in the same year, although Kubrick’s film is filled with black humor.

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The Blue Max (1966) – Years before he was heading up The A-Team, actor George Peppard starred as a World War I German pilot obsessed with winning the coveted Blue Max medal (given to pilots who shot down 20 enemy aircraft). Spectacular aerial dogfights are the highlight of the film, and Peppard leads an excellent cast which includes James Mason, Ursula Andress and Jeremy Kemp.


Bound (1996) – Before they made The Matrix, the Wachowski Brothers directed Bound, a neo-noir crime thriller starring Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly. Gershon plays Corky, a lesbian ex-con recently released from prison. Before you can say “lipstick lesbian,” she’s involved with Violet (Tilly) the busty girlfriend of a ruthless mobster (Joe Pantoliano). The two lovers hatch a plan to steal $2 million from the mob and start a new life together, but can they avoid Caesar’s bloody revenge? Tilly and Gershon sizzle, and Pantoliano makes a real impression in his first leading role.

Internal Affairs (1990) – Andy Garcia plays an Internal Affairs officer who becomes obsessed with bringing down L.A. cop Dennis Peck (Richard Gere), but the manipulative and murderous Peck has no intention of going down without a fight. Gere is usually bland in his nice guy roles, but he really excels when playing a cocky bastard, and Peck personifies that quality. Nancy Travis was still hot back in those days, and look for an appearance by a young Elijah Wood. If you’re a fan of the crime thriller genre, give Internal Affairs a try.

Death and the Maiden (1994) – Directed by famed sex offender Roman Polanski, the film stars Sigourney Weaver as Paulina Escobar, a housewife in South America. When a stranger (Ben Kingsley) gives her husband a lift home, she becomes convinced that the man is the same person who raped and tortured her during the country’s previous fascist regime (she was blindfolded at the time). In order to prove his guilt, she arranges a trial for the frightened man. Weaver and Kingsley really get to show off their acting chops, and the ending avoids the usual Hollywood clichés.

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October 30, 2009

Ballard Andy White

Interesting list. I was expecting something about how to create or come up with good movie titles for your screenplay or something, but these make for good inspiration. I sure do like your blog, dude.

October 30, 2009


Sorry, Mr. White. You’ll have to come up with those catchy movie titles all on your own.

Here’s one for free, though: Citizen Kane. I’ll bet you could make a pretty good movie around a title like that.

October 31, 2009

Ballard Andy White

Okay, here are 10 good movie titles that any independent moviemaker can feel free to use:

1- Runaway Shane
2- Shane’s World
3- The Shane That Wouldn’t Die
4- Atomic Shane
5- No Pain, No Shane
6- No Shane, No Gain (could be a sequel to #5)
7- Ill Gotten Shane
8- The Human Shane
9- The Andromeda Shane
10- Citizen Shane

Whaddaya think?

November 2, 2009


Not bad, but you forgot the following:

1. A Lowdown, Dirty Shane
2. Shane of the Dead
3. Put the Blame on Shane

By the way, I think Shane’s World is the title of a porn series.

November 2, 2009


Actually, Shane’s World is a porn company as well as a series of porn films. Great stuff if you’re into that sort of thing.

May 30, 2010

Cletus Czerno

I am grateful to you for this wonderful content. You actually did make my day :


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