Whether you are talking about a business, a book, or a movie, coming up with a creative name is very important. Names are essential for creating a positive first impression. Without an interesting name, it can be very difficult to get people’s attention. Funny movie titles are a great example.
If there is anywhere in the world that understands the importance of the naming process, it is Hollywood. Once a production company chooses a name for their film, it will be seen on billboards, posters, and other sorts of advertisements across the entire world. Though they are yet to develop an Oscar category for “Best Name”, there is no doubt that a good name can make a tremendous difference. We take a look at some of the funniest movie titles of all time.
It has been said that the greatest threat to democracy is the “tyranny of the majority.” In a movie that is about a futuristic society that is plagued by the ineptitude of the common individual, creating a portmanteau based off of the words “Idiot” and “Democracy” certainly makes for a hilarious title. This punchy yet hysterical title allows the movie to rank as the funniest movie title of all time (in our opinion).
- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
This incredibly lengthy grammatical train-wreck is the perfect title for a mockumentary about a clueless foreigner trying to learn about the United States.
- The 40-Year Old Virgin
The great thing about this hilarious film starring Steve Carrell is that from the moment you hear the title, you are able to easily imagine what the central character might actually be like.
- Dumb and Dumber
This comedic 90s flick is another excellent example of a film whose title helps you immediately know something about the main characters. Even funnier, the sequel to this movie is incorrectly spelled as “Dumb and Dumber To”.
- Wet Hot American Summer
What is great about the farcical movie Wet Hot American Summer is that the title contains all of the awkwardness and nostalgia that is inherent to its American summer camp theme.
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Walk Hard is a movie that satirizes many of the biggest names in music of the 20th Century. Considering that the movie came out just two years after the Johnny Cash movie Walk the Line, the title helps depict an obvious attempt to parody it.
- Death at a Funeral
A central focus of a lot of dark comedies is having things quickly go from bad to worse. Though having someone die at a funeral is obviously something no one would ever want to experience, the very idea of it can certainly make for an interesting comedy.
- Jesus Christ Superstar
This legendary rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber uses the juxtaposition of opposites—the central figure of Christianity and the idolization of entertainers—to create a name that immediately gets your attention.
Though the name of this hilarious farcical comedy may be simple, it still seems to be hilarious. By using an exclamation mark in all of their promotional material, this 1980 classic is able to effectively distinguish itself from the competition.
- The Big Lebowski
For a movie that is considered by many die-hard fans to be the greatest of all time, The Big Lebowski does exactly what a title ought to do. For those who have seen the movie, the title makes perfect sense. For those who haven’t, it still seems to catch your interest.
The best and funniest movie titles seem to be the ones that give a little bit away about the film while also giving the audience something to look forward to. When it comes to creating hilarious films, the name is something that essentially functions as the film’s first joke.
Do you agree? What do you believe are the funniest movies titles of all time?