Honorable Mention: “The Fable of the Kid Who Shifted His Ideals to Golf and Finally Became a Baseball Fan and Took the Only Known Cure” (1916)—23 words
This one actually has the longest movie title ever written, but since it’s just a short rather than a full-length film, it doesn’t count. I’m not clear on what the plot of this was but it’s a short silent comedy about baseball.
1.“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007)—10 Words
This title pretty much sums up the whole movie. If you watch this, you will not be surprised by what happens to Jesse and who kills him. Actually, it’s a pretty good movie and has the best performance that Casey Affleck ever did.
2.“The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?” (1964)—11 words
No, I’m not making this one up. Google it. This is really the title. It was listed in Roger Ebert’s “The Movie Answer Man” as having the funniest title of all time. The film is as bad as it sounds.
3.“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (2006)—12 words
The only movie title to have an accent. It’s as long as it is grammatically incorrect.
4. “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)—13 words
One of the greatest comedies ever made, with one of the longest titles. A very dark but hilarious film, with Peter Sellers playing three different roles. This is also an anti-war commentary made during the Cold War.
5. “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” (1996)—14 words
The title is more memorable than the movie itself. This Wayans brother’s vehicle actually advertised itself with the line “It’s the only movie released this year with fourteen words in its title”.
6. Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)—14 words
The movie is about finding the meaning of life but most people have trouble understanding the meaning of the title. It’s a mediocre film, mostly memorable for its long title, and for the great Dustin Hoffman playing a hippie songwriter obsessed with death. It alternates between bits of energetic rock music and contemplative moments.
7.“The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent” (1957)—17 words
The title of the movie describes the first 20 minutes of the film. The Sea Serpent has a cameo early on in this film about Viking ladies going in search of their missing men. It should actually be called “Viking Women Meet the Barbarians” because that’s what the bulk of the film is about, but I guess the sea serpent was more marketable. (This movie was given the Mystery Science Theater: 3000 treatment. Hilarious!)
8. “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes” (1965)—20 words
The longest ever title for a full-length film. This British all-star comedy from the 1960’s not only had a memorably long title but also had a very catchy theme song. A fun but unexceptional movie that pays tribute to the early aviators.