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Death, Dying, Killing

Humans are preoccupied and fascinated with our own mortality. There are thousands of movies titles that are linked with the word 'die,' 'death,' 'dead,' or 'kill.' These are a few of the best sounding titles.
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1. Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard
It's hard to top a title like Die Hard. It says nothing and everything all at once.
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2. The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead: The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror

If a title like that doesn't get you exited, you're already dead.

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3. Color Me Dead (1969)
Color Me Dead

Does anyone actually die in this film? Who knows, but the title has my attention.

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4. Dead Alive (1992)
Dead Alive
Oxy-morons make great titles for films. At least with Dead Alive it did.
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5. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead
The title tells you absolutely everything you need to know. There's going to be some living dead... tonight!

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6. Death of a Salesman (1951)
Death of a Salesman
Many of these great movie titles were great book titles first. This is just one example.

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7. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
This sounds like an English translated title of a Japanese comic book. But alas, it's a 1960's classic about mean girls and violence. It's really hard to imagine a better title to go along with this movie.
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8. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
Things to do in Denver When You're Dead
What a great title. I want to see this movie now.

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9. Death Becomes Her (1992)
Death Becomes Her
What a great title. It really doesn't get much better.
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The -- of --

So many titles are done this way. It seems to work pretty well, at least in the English language.
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10. The Dogs of War (1980)
The Dogs of War
I'd be interested to know how many Shakespearean snippets became movie titles. In the case of this movie title, it was Julius Ceasar Act 3, Scene 1 line 273.
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11. The Color of Money (1986)
The Color of Money
Everyone knows what color money is in your respective country. But somehow, it just sounds cool to say it.

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12. The Hands of Orlac (1924)
The Hands of Orlac
So, what do we know? There's this dude named Orlac. And something is going on with those hands of his... I'm interested already.
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13. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sounds intriguing, right? It piqued my interest.
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14. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Again, a book title that became many movies. But at least you know who it's about, right?


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The Big --

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15. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski
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16. The Big Sleep (1946)
The Big Sleep
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17. The Big Chill (1983)
The Big Chill
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18. The Big Bang (2010)
The Big Bang


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19. Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes
Hell yeah, that's a title I could get behind!
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20. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead
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21. Village of the Damned (1960)
Village of the Damned
Doesn't sound like the place you want to spend summer holiday.
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22. Legends of the Fall (1994)
Legends of the Fall
Is anyone sure what that actually means? But it sounds cool, and that's all that matters.
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23. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Revenge of the Nerds
Imagine how lame it would have sounded if they simply called the movie "Nerds' Revenge". Somehow the 'of the' makes the title sound more impactful.
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24. Masters of the Universe (1987)
Masters of the Universe
This is the movie based on the popular cartoon and toy line. The production company behind this movie smartly removed the 'He-Man' preface in their movie, 'Masters of the Universe'.
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Two Word Titles

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25. Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club
Simple, straightforward and informative. You couldn't ask for more out of a title.

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26. True Romance (1993)
True Romance
I've heard of a lot of different types of romance. But true romance? If you want to get cynical, it's practically an oxymoron. If you want to get simple, it just sounds cool.

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27. Permanent Midnight (1998)
Permanent Midnight
Putting the word 'permanent' in front of something makes it seem more... I'm not gonna say permanent. Oh shit, I just did.

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28. Permanent Vacation (1980)
Permanent Vacation
What would a permanent vacation be like? I'm intrigued already.
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29. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs
Is it just me, or does Quentin Tarantino like two word titles? This movie has nothing to do with dogs, or reservoirs. And yet, it still fits somehow.
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30. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction
The beginning of this movie has a dictionary definition of the word 'pulp,' and the word 'fiction.' It still doesn't explain why it's the title of the movie, but doesn't make it any less awesome.

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31. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill

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32. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
Star Wars
Yes, I realize that each of the Star Wars movies have their own separate title. But they're still called Star Wars movies, right?

Something so simple as 'Star Wars' can tell you everything you need to know. Some shit's gonna happen in space. And you're gonna like it.

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33. Near Dark (1987)
What time is it?
Near Dark

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34. X-Men (2000)
X-Men
Based on the popular Marvel Comics series, this title tells you exactly what it's about.

Sort of. There's women too.
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35. Vanishing Point (1971)
Vanishing Point
Vanishing point has to do with perspective in drawing and the point at which parallel lines appear to converge. In the case of the movie, I think its purpose was to sound badass.

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36. Terminal Velocity (1994)
Terminal Velocity
With a title this cool, you'd think the movie would be just as cool. But not even a cool title, Charlie Sheen, or Nastassja Kinski could keep this movie from going down at 9.81 meters per second²
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37. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dirty Dancing
There a lot of different types of dance. But dirty dancing sounds the like most fun.
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38. Red Dawn (1984)
Red Dawn
Kind of a double meaning going on with the title of this movie.
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39. Point Break (1991)
Point Break
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40. Road House (1989)
Road House
If you're counting, that's four two word titles in a row starring Patrick Swayze. How many other two word titles was he in?
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41. Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner
The title of Philip K. Dick's novel that inspired this film is 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'

Very witty. And it's a great book. But Blade Runner just sounds so much cooler than anything else that could have been used.

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42. Red River (1948)
Red River
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43. The Howling (1981)
The Howling
It's no secret what this movie is about. And that's what makes the title so great. Truth in advertising.

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44. Woodchipper Massacre (1988)
Woodchipper Massacre
What?! There's such a thing as a woodchipper massacre?!


Three Word Titles

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45. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Grosse Pointe Blank
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46. Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being John Malkovich
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47. The Longest Day (1962)
The Longest Day
It's not just any day. It's
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48. The Black Cat (1934)
The Black Cat
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49. American History X (1998)
American History X
As you may have noticed, adding X to the title of your movie makes it sound cooler.
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50. The X Files: Fight the Future (1998)
The X Files
I suppose you could call this one 'Fight The Future' instead, since that's technically the movie title. Fight the Future sounds pretty cool too.
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I had planned on making this list months ago, but became distracted when I started making all those TV lists.

These are some of the most direct, cool sounding or ominous movie titles. Suggestions are welcome, but I'll stop before I get to 100 items.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Nov 28 4:55
This is one hell of a list! I need to watch a lot of these too, there is so many that sound so intriguing.
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Dec 1 6:48
Great list!
Here are a couple off the top of my head that make me wonder:
"The Way We Were"
"Enough"
"I Married a Witch"
"Teeth"
and "Coneheads"
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Dec 1 22:26
Awesome list!
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Dec 4 9:00
Agreed! Some titles win for describing the whole movie in a word or two. Others win based on the awesome name alone. Solid list!
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Dec 14 10:19
Awesome list! ;)

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