View Full Version : Best Movie or Book Titles

01-25-2006, 08:48 PM
I'll start...

Sixth Day -- good title, lousy movie

Aliens -- great title for a sequel. great movie

Reign of Fire -- good word play. good movie

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- simply poetic

To Kill a Mockingbird -- a classic

aka eraser
01-25-2006, 09:14 PM
I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream - a short story (maybe novella?) by Harlan Ellison. I read it as a teen and honestly don't recall what I thought of the story itself but loved that title.

Something Wicked This Way Comes - another brilliant title, this time for a Ray Bradbury book.

01-25-2006, 11:04 PM
The Shining - Stephen King got it from the John Lennon song Instant Karma, from the line "We all shine on." I love the title, the book, the movie, and that song.

01-26-2006, 02:14 AM
'Do androids dream of electric sheep?' Another SciFi one. Philip K. Dick.

01-26-2006, 02:18 AM
House of Flying Daggers
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

01-26-2006, 10:45 AM
I love myself when I am laughing... and then again when I am looking mean and impressive

~Zora Neale Hurston

01-26-2006, 09:04 PM
I always admired Hello, He Lied. Never read the book, but like the title.

Maryn, who has a nice titles file but not enough books to go with

01-26-2006, 09:10 PM
The Man Who Would Be King
The Dirty Dozen

01-27-2006, 01:04 AM
Someone To Catch My Drift

I'm not even sure who wrote it (and I'm too lazy to look it up) but I saw it on a book as I was walking through the BX a couple years ago, and wished I'd thought of it first...

01-27-2006, 04:07 AM
Debbie Does Dallas

Fun with Dick and Jane

01-27-2006, 04:09 AM
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

01-27-2006, 05:10 PM
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeJust read it--terrific novel, its stilted title entirely apt. Highly recommended!

Maryn, who even got Mr. Maryn involved

01-27-2006, 06:57 PM
I won't repeat the several good ones I thought of that are already nominated. Some others:

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike (an obscure posthumously-published Philip K. Dick novel)
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
No One Writes to the Colonel
Kiss of the Spider Woman
All the King's Men
Light in August (one of the great puns of all-time)

Just for info, Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes is a line from Macbeth.


01-27-2006, 08:26 PM
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

01-27-2006, 08:32 PM
This Island Earth. Fifties-era sci-fi movie with a good story if you can see past the dated special effects. Love that title; in three simple words it says so much about our isolated place in the universe.

01-27-2006, 08:34 PM
The Wind in the Willows

Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

01-28-2006, 05:51 AM
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes -- the title says it all.

Jaws - can you be more succinct than that?

01-28-2006, 05:54 AM
I Don't Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling

01-28-2006, 05:56 AM
Telling Lies for Fun and Profit

01-28-2006, 05:57 AM
Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward (great book)

01-28-2006, 05:58 AM
How To Lose Friends and Alienate People

01-28-2006, 05:58 AM
"The Story of How I Became a Millionaire and Got Joaquin Phoenix to Make Sweet Love to Me" by scarletpeaches.

What? WHAT?

William Haskins
01-28-2006, 06:01 AM
dr strangelove, or how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

even cowgirls get the blues

a clockwork orange

naked lunch

fear and loathing in las vegas

01-28-2006, 06:02 AM
"The Story of How I Became a Millionaire and Got Joaquin Phoenix to Make Sweet Love to Me" by scarletpeaches.

What? WHAT?

Is this one of them "memoirs", with slight embellishment of certain facts?


01-28-2006, 06:12 AM
If it's good enough for Frey...

01-28-2006, 06:15 AM
Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown

- It's an article which was printed in Analog magazine and later reprinted in a book with other humorous science articles. The title is funnier than the article.

01-28-2006, 02:28 PM
Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Personal Achievemnet Book.