The other day, I watched a bit of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Both the original and 1978 remake are great movies. Part of that greatness is the title. It’s fun, cool, ominous… everything that the movie aims to be. It got me thinking about other movies with awesome titles.
The one that immediately came to mind was the Sam Peckinpah classic, “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.” Now, this isn’t a great movie (in my humble opinion), but darn if the title isn’t one of the all-time classics. It’s a bit hard to explain why, but I think most people with a sense of humor and a certain immunity to cinematic ultra violence would agree.
I posed the question to some of my friends, and they came back with some more inspired suggestions. “Revenge of the Nerds,” one friend said. Another said, “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly,” while yet another chimed in with the film noir classic, “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”
Of course, this is all subjective, but most people would agree that those titles are bold. And with boldness, I argue, comes coolness. There are also those movies that have such bad titles that they’re almost good. “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” is the textbook example. As a friend of mine pointed out, the film always seems to get mentioned whenever anybody makes fun of an unnecessary sequel.
What do you guys think about cool movie titles? I’d love to hear your opinions. A few more possibilities to get the juices flowing: “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “The Last House on the Left,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,” and, and, and… Sound off with your own favorite movie title in the comments below.
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