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07.19.2013by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Coolest Movie Titles of All Time

ONLY GOD FORGIVES opens in limited release today which got me thinking about how awesome of a movie title that is. Simple and yet incredibly complex, movie titles can convey a hell of a lot. So, with that in mind, here are my picks for the ten coolest movie titles in history. Some are simple, some are funny, and others are downright bold. If your favorite didn't make the list, feel free to add it below.

#10 - YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY

This Italian giallo film from the 1970s has one of those unwieldy titles that sounds like the name of a Fiona Apple album. In fact, the movie is a version of Edgar Allan Poe's THE BLACK CAT, albeit with a helluva lot more nudity and violence. I checked out this film based solely on the title and I was pleasantly surprised with it. If you haven't ventured into the world of giallo, you should give this one a shot.

#9 - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

A brilliantly bizarre movie from the minds of Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry, ETERNAL SUNSHINE required a similarly lofty and obscure title. Even if you don't know that it is a reference to a poem by Alexander Pope, the lyrical wordplay matches the visual trip this movie takes you on. Jim Carrey has rarely been better and Kate Winslet is hot as usual. The best part of this title is that once you hear it, you will immediately know which movie it is.

#8 - LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS

Guy Ritchie has had some great one word titles like SNATCH and REVOLVER, but nothing matches the badassitude of LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS. The name of the movie grabs you and lets you know right away that you are about to see a movie about violence. What is not conveyed is the great sense of humor the movie has as well. This was my first introduction to Vinnie Jones and what an intro it is.

#7 - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

We often take for granted how great this title is. Forget the major cinematic impact George Romero's film made, just listen to that title. How many movies since have incorporated the format of NIGHT OF THE in their names to sell us on the bleakness to expect on screen. While DAWN OF THE DEAD is a great name in it's own right, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is both a terrifying prospect that sells exactly what you are going to get.

#6 - I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

Which movie would you rather see: DAY OF THE WOMAN or I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. A total f*ck you of a movie title, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is a f*cked up movie. If you want to see a woman get violent revenge on her rapists, this is the movie for you. It plays like a much more grotesque LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and is not for the squeamish. That poster is damn perfect and both the 1978 and 2010 versions of the movie use it to great effect. This is an exploitation movie through and through but can you honestly say that title doesn't grab your attention by the balls?

#5 - THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Paul Thomas Anderson could have kept the title of the Upton Sinclair novel he based this movie on, but would you have rather seen OIL! over THERE WILL BE BLOOD? I didn't think so. This is a title that would have worked as an alternate name for THE EXPENDABLES. There is certainly blood spilled both literally and figuratively in this movie, but that title is ominous and foreboding, a feeling you get for the duration of the film. I would have been okay with naming it I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE, but that doesn't have quite the same appeal until you have watched the movie.

#4 - KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE

A silly, stupid title with the word clowns misspelled, but hell if that doesn't sound like a ridiculously fun movie. A complete guilty pleasure, KILLER KLOWNS is a dumb film with a really dumb premise and really cheesy performances, but there is no way that you hear that movie title and not want to see it. The movie never takes itself seriously and we shouldn't either and that is the fun in watching it.

#3 - DR. STRANGELOVE OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

From the same man who directed LOLITA, THE SHINING, BARRY LYNDON, THE KILLING, and many other normal titled movies comes the extra long DR. STRANGELOVE. What a phenomenal movie and one of the funniest films of all time. Most of us always drop the part of the title following OR, but when I recommend this movie I always make sure to include the subtitle. DR. STRANGELOVE is a great name by itself, but HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB gives it another level of uniqueness. We don't have nearly enough movies with OR in their names.

#2 - APOCALYPSE NOW

Simple, brutal, and poignant. APOCALYPSE NOW is a staunch reminder of how Vietnam affected the soldiers who fought and the world at large. The inspiration for the movie was the novel HEART OF DARKNESS and the original screenplay was titled THE PSYCHEDELIC SOLDIER. Both would have worked well, but Milius came up with the immortal final title after seeing a hippie button that read "Nirvana Now". The rest is history.

#1 - INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM

For decades in early movie serials you had titled that featured the name of the hero and their quest or adventure for that tale. Simple and clear, this was a classic way to title films. After RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, Spielberg and Lucas wanted to pay homage to this and titled their prequel INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. TEMPLE OF DOOM by itself would have sounded awesome, but just adding in the Indiana Jones prefix set it apart. HARRY POTTER would follow this trend and few series outside of that and INDIANA JONES could pull it off as well. The best, coolest movie title of all time.

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2:46AM on 08/23/2013
ure site fucking sucks
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2:43AM on 08/23/2013

decent

you forgot; hobo with a shotgun
resivour dogs
naked lunch
attack of the killer tomatoes
some like it hot
jaws
countdown to liquor day
any bond title except quntom of solace
and the best ever (movie or title) pulp fiction
my suggestions for the inevitable "worst list"
i know who killed me
the stupids
percy jackson and the whatever whatever
and the tentitvley titled batman vs superman
you forgot; hobo with a shotgun
resivour dogs
naked lunch
attack of the killer tomatoes
some like it hot
jaws
countdown to liquor day
any bond title except quntom of solace
and the best ever (movie or title) pulp fiction
my suggestions for the inevitable "worst list"
i know who killed me
the stupids
percy jackson and the whatever whatever
and the tentitvley titled batman vs superman
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12:43AM on 08/23/2013
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!
Joe Versus The Volcano
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!
Joe Versus The Volcano
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2:16AM on 07/21/2013
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
What to do in Denver when your Dead
Eight heads in a duffel Bag
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
What to do in Denver when your Dead
Eight heads in a duffel Bag
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10:06PM on 07/20/2013
BACK TO THE FUTURE. Think about it. No really, think about it.
BACK TO THE FUTURE. Think about it. No really, think about it.
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3:25PM on 07/20/2013
For your consideration:

- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
- No Country for Old Men
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- Three Days of the Condor
For your consideration:

- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
- No Country for Old Men
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- Three Days of the Condor
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1:10PM on 07/20/2013
One of my favorite films of all time.
One of my favorite films of all time.
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1:09PM on 07/20/2013
This title always cracks a smile on my face.
This title always cracks a smile on my face.
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1:04PM on 07/20/2013
This title always cracks a smile on my face.
This title always cracks a smile on my face.
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12:59PM on 07/20/2013
This title is godlike.
This title is godlike.
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12:57PM on 07/20/2013
Too bad this movie is crap.
Too bad this movie is crap.
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9:21AM on 07/20/2013
God (oups, wrong word, sorry), I love this movie ;-)
God (oups, wrong word, sorry), I love this movie ;-)
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3:37AM on 07/20/2013
Good list, if I may offer a few more:
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
My Stepmother is an Alien
The Milagro Beanfield War (great film)
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
To Wong Foo, thanks for everything, Julie Newmar
Good list, if I may offer a few more:
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
My Stepmother is an Alien
The Milagro Beanfield War (great film)
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
To Wong Foo, thanks for everything, Julie Newmar
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11:01PM on 07/19/2013
All great titles...but i was waiting for Don't Be a Menace in South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
All great titles...but i was waiting for Don't Be a Menace in South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
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7:58PM on 07/19/2013
Awww, how the hell could you possibly forget THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BONZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION? Also, I would have put A WAKING LIFE.
Awww, how the hell could you possibly forget THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BONZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION? Also, I would have put A WAKING LIFE.
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6:44PM on 07/19/2013
Rebel Without a Cause.
Rebel Without a Cause.
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4:07PM on 07/19/2013

Thank you for Temple of Doom love

Thank you for recognizing the brilliance of Temple of Doom's title.
Solid list. Other considerations: The Empire Strikes Back, Dog Day Afternoon, American Graffiti, The Dark Knight, Skyfall, Duck Soup, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Ghostbusters.
Thank you for recognizing the brilliance of Temple of Doom's title.
Solid list. Other considerations: The Empire Strikes Back, Dog Day Afternoon, American Graffiti, The Dark Knight, Skyfall, Duck Soup, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Ghostbusters.
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1:29PM on 07/19/2013

Should Have Been Raiders

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12:15PM on 07/19/2013
I definitely would have included Snakes On a Plane. Also would have put The Dark Knight on the list... It's simplistic and bad ass.
I definitely would have included Snakes On a Plane. Also would have put The Dark Knight on the list... It's simplistic and bad ass.
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12:06PM on 07/19/2013

A long Kiss of Good N....

..... the title and the movie are the badass.
..... the title and the movie are the badass.
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11:12AM on 07/19/2013
Awesome title, awesome movie
Awesome title, awesome movie
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11:11AM on 07/19/2013
This should've been the title for Kill Bill vol1...
This should've been the title for Kill Bill vol1...
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11:09AM on 07/19/2013
One Badass title.
One Badass title.
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10:15AM on 07/19/2013

Great list

For simple names, I choose "Jaws"
For simple names, I choose "Jaws"
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10:08AM on 07/19/2013
Great list. I thought it might have more bad or mediocre movies on there, but you make a great case for all of these. Titles can be such subjective things. The Long Good Friday comes to mind as a title I've always liked.

It could be interesting to compile a list of bad titles (maybe bad titles for good movies).
Great list. I thought it might have more bad or mediocre movies on there, but you make a great case for all of these. Titles can be such subjective things. The Long Good Friday comes to mind as a title I've always liked.

It could be interesting to compile a list of bad titles (maybe bad titles for good movies).
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9:54AM on 07/19/2013
Really, pretty much the perfect title for this masterpiece.
Really, pretty much the perfect title for this masterpiece.
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9:20AM on 07/19/2013

Great idea for a list

maybe take it further with a list dedicated to genres?
maybe take it further with a list dedicated to genres?
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8:28AM on 07/19/2013
A Clockwork Orange is one of my personal favorites. And Reservoir Dogs of course.
A Clockwork Orange is one of my personal favorites. And Reservoir Dogs of course.
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7:45AM on 07/19/2013
I'm surprised "Snakes On A Plane" isn't on the list. Some titles that I would put on the list are "Scanners", "Vanishing Point" and "Die Hard".
I'm surprised "Snakes On A Plane" isn't on the list. Some titles that I would put on the list are "Scanners", "Vanishing Point" and "Die Hard".
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7:40AM on 07/19/2013
The title says it all.
The title says it all.
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7:39AM on 07/19/2013
One bada** title.
One bada** title.
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7:01AM on 07/19/2013

Cool single word titles?

I agree with the list, but single word titles are tougher to pull off.
Not sure if 'Skyfall' can be considered a single word title (because 007 is prominently featured with it), but I think it's up there.
Another single word title that does it for me is 'Gnomercy'. Its an indie horror movie out of Ottawa about a killer gnome.
I agree with the list, but single word titles are tougher to pull off.
Not sure if 'Skyfall' can be considered a single word title (because 007 is prominently featured with it), but I think it's up there.
Another single word title that does it for me is 'Gnomercy'. Its an indie horror movie out of Ottawa about a killer gnome.
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6:58AM on 07/19/2013

dude you forgot

all you is kill

tidbit

bleh
all you is kill

tidbit

bleh
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4:57AM on 07/19/2013
Cool list.

Other titles I've always enjoyed were The Assassination of Jesse James Told By The Coward Robert Ford, Kiss Kiss Band Bang, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Place Beyond The Pines.
Cool list.

Other titles I've always enjoyed were The Assassination of Jesse James Told By The Coward Robert Ford, Kiss Kiss Band Bang, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Place Beyond The Pines.
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4:53AM on 07/19/2013
Good choice for this list.
Good choice for this list.
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