25 Movie Titles That Give Away The Plot

Posted by , Updated on March 22, 2024

Generally, it’s often possible to glean a rough idea of a film’s plot or subject matter from its title. For instance, with a title such as ‘Everest’, it’s fairly safe to assume the film likely involves a significant mountain. That being said, this isn’t always the case. Take ‘Forrest Gump’; the title doesn’t instantly make clear what the film entails. One could be left wondering what a ‘gump’ is and why ‘forrest’ has an extra ‘r’. Although sometimes the title can reveal aspects of the film, this isn’t a certainty and at best, it may only provide a vague notion of the narrative. Yet, some films more or less divulge the whole storyline in their titles. There are typically two ways this happens. One is that the title is exceptionally lengthy and explicit (The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies). Another is when the plot is so basic and foreseeable that even a solitary word captures it succinctly (Sharknado). Remember, this compilation is intended to entertain, so if your cherished film features here, don’t be affronted. Here are 25 film titles that disclose the plot.


12 Angry Men

12 Angry MenSource: imdb, Image: amazon

Exactly as advertised, the movie really is about 12 angry men.


Home Alone

Home AloneSource: imdb, Image: amazon

His family leaves him at home…alone.


The Great Escape

The Great EscapeSource: imdb, Image: amazon

Not only do you know that they escape, you know about the quality of the escape.



SharknadoSource: imdb, Image: amazon

It’s a tornado…made of sharks



GladiatorSource: imdb, Image: amazon

He’s a gladiator and he fights people.


Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private RyanSource: imdb, Image: amazon

Some guys save a guy named Ryan.


The Truman Show

The Truman ShowSource: imdb, Image: amazon

A show about Truman


There will be blood

There will be bloodSource: imdb, Image: amazon

And there was blood (not much though).


Harold and Kumar go to White Castle

Harold and Kumar go to White CastleSource: imdb, Image: amazon

A guy named Harold and another guy named Kumar go to a place called White Castle.


12 Years A Slave

12 Years A SlaveSource: imdb, Image: amazon

He’s a slave for 12 years. Then he’s freed.


Snakes On A Plane

Snakes On A PlaneSource: imdb, Image: amazon

There are snakes on a plane


Dude, where's my car?

Dude, where's my car?Source: imdb, Image: amazon

A guy loses his car and wants to know where it is


Honey I Shrunk The Kids

Honey I Shrunk The KidsSource: imdb, Image: amazon

A comedy about a dad who…you guessed it…shrinks his kids.


The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up ZombiesSource: imdb, Image: amazon

Need we say more?


Kill Bill

Kill BillSource: imdb, Image: amazon

Somebody wants to Kill Bill dead.


Finding Nemo

Finding NemoSource: imdb, Image: amazon

It completely ruins the ending


Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the EarthSource: imdb, Image: amazon

This leaves little room for interpretation.


Killer Clowns from Outer Space

Killer Clowns from Outer SpaceSource: imdb, Image: amazon

Deadly alien clowns come to Earth


We Bought A Zoo

We Bought A ZooSource: imdb, Image: amazon

A family buys a zoo



TwisterSource: imdb, Image: amazon

A movie about a tornado


Open Water

Open WaterSource: imdb, Image: amazon

2 hours of people floating in open water


Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog MillionaireSource: imdb, Image: amazon

A boy from the slums becomes a millionaire



ZombielandSource: imdb, Image: amazon

The world is taken over by zombies


Toy Story

Toy StorySource: imdb, Image: amazon

A story about toys


Death of a Salesman

Death of a SalesmanSource: imdb, Image: amazon

A salesman dies.