The Noun and the Noun
In a more upscale cousin of the Magic Ampersand, lots of novels and classic films have names that consist solely of lists of two or three nouns. Frequently these nouns are abstract, reflecting overarching themes more than specific plot points. A standard subtrope is a title that parodies the Austen examples below; these will generally have two alliterative nouns, the second of which is considerably longer than the first. See also Name and Name.
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Anime & Manga
- Magic: The Gathering often uses this for split cards, i.e. cards that can be played as either one of two different cards, such as Order//Chaos or Spite//Malice. The first time they were used, one was almost named "Pride//Prejudice" but it was deemed not magic-y enough. A few years later though, we got Crime//Punishment.
Films — Animation
Films — Live Action
- The Agony and the Ecstasy
- Angels and Insects
- Angels & Demons
- Ashes and Diamonds
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
- The Bad and the Beautiful
- Beauty and the Beast
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
- Blood and Black Lace
- Bread and Tulips
- The Cat and the Canary
- Cloak & Dagger
- Cowboys and Aliens
- Cries and Whispers
- Crimes and Misdemeanors
- Dead & Buried
- The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
- Dumb and Dumber
- The Fast and the Furious
- Gods and Generals
- Gods And Monsters
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- Good Night, and Good Luck.
- Heart and Souls
- The Hottie & the Nottie
- Hustle & Flow
- Kind Hearts and Coronets
- The King and the Clown
- Knight and Day
- Land and Freedom
- Love and Death
- Love & Other Drugs
- Love & Rage
- Lovely & Amazing
- A Man and a Woman
- Master and Commander
- Mother and Child
- Music and Lyrics
- Night and the City
- An Officer and a Gentleman
- Pride and Glory
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Quick and the Dead (multiple examples — this is also a biblical allusion)
- Rails & Ties
- Rust & Bone
- Secrets & Lies
- Sex And Lucia
- Sinners and Saints
- The Whip and the Body
- The Wind and the Lion
- The Ghost and the Darkness
- The Serpent and the Rainbow
- A Zed and Two Noughts
- The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
- Of Mice and Men
- War and Peace
- Jane Austen novels:
- Elizabeth Bear's "Promethean Age" novels:
- Blood and Iron
- Whiskey and Water
- Ink and Steel
- Hell and Earth
- Freedom and Necessity by Steven Brust and Emma Bull
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- From C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia:
- The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
- Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
- The Red and the Black by Stendhal
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
- Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
- Dragonlance Dark Disciple trilogy:
- Amber and Ashes.
- Amber and Iron.
- Amber and Blood.
- The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
- The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.
- The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
- The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
- From John Jakes' North and South series:
- North and South
- Love and War
- Heaven and Hell
- China Mieville's The City & the City is a perfect example of this.
- The Fox and the Hound
- The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
- Warrior Cats has both "Fire and Ice" and "SkyClan and the Stranger"
- O. Henry's short story, "The Cop and the Anthem."
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bolgakov
- Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
- Stephen King:
- The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (also a film)
- The Doctor Who New Adventures novel Death and Diplomacy by Dave Stone.
Live Action TV
- All the titles of Blackadder the Third were like this, parodying Austen ("Dish and Dishonesty", "Ink and Incapability", "Nob and Nobility", "Sense and Senility", "Amy and Amiability", and "Duel and Duality").
- "Sense and Sensitivity", episode of Angel.
- "The Unicorn and the Wasp", episode of Doctor Who which is set in 1926 with Agatha Christie. Ironically, this name was chosen to sound suitably Agatha Christie-like, even though Aggie never used The Noun and the Noun as a title...
- Slings and Arrows
- Lampshaded in Seinfeld where Elaine rents a movie called "The Pain and the Yearning", whose plot summary is simply "An old woman experiences pain and yearning".
- The Bold and the Beautiful
- The Young and the Restless
- Law & Order
- Sons And Daughters
- On one episode of Mash, we hear that there will be a screening of the captured Chinese propaganda film The Imperialist Running Dog and the Showgirl.
- Toddlers & Tiaras
- The Lion and the Cobra, Sinead O'Connor
- The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen
- Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, Elton John. And its sequel, The Captain And The Kid.
- The Broadsword And The Beast, Jethro Tull
- The Geese And The Ghost, Anthony Phillips
- "The Holly and the Ivy"
- Guns N' Roses
- "The Well and the Lighthouse," Arcade Fire
- The Bird and the Bee
- Restless and Wild, Accept
- Also their songs "Losers and Winners", "Rich & Famous", "Sick, Dirty and Mean" and "Thunder and Lightning".
- Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath
- Also the songs "Sick and Tired" and "Devil and Daughter"
- Insanity and Genius, Gamma Ray
- Also the songs "Rich and Famous" and "Father and Son"
- Denim and Leather and Power and the Glory, Saxon
- Power and Pain, Whiplash
- Violence & Force, Exciter
- Roses & Champagne, Silver Mountain
- Also the song "Axeman and the Virgin"
- Triumph and Agony, Warlock
- Abattoir song "The Living and the Dead"
- Anthrax's Armed and Dangerous EP and song.
- Chateaux song "Chained and Desperate"
- Angus song "Leather and Lace"
- Blind Guardian song "Skalds and Shadows"
- Annihilator song "Sixes and Sevens"
- Artillery song "Hunger and Greed"
- Grave Digger song "Wild and Dangerous"
- Running Wild songs "Fire and Ice", "Fire and Thunder" and "Chains and Leather".
- Ludo song "The Lamb and The Dragon".
- The Gaslight Anthem song "Boomboxes and Dictionaries"
- "Fashion and Fame", by The Angels/Angel City.
- "Sabra and Chatila", by the lesser-known NWOBHM band Legend.
- "Sword and Steel", by the better-known NWOBHM band Iron Maiden.
- Thin Lizzy, Thunder and Lightning.
- Selena's remake of Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang" was retitled "Fotos y Recuerdas" ("Pictures and Memories").
- Sturm Und Drang (Storm and Stress), the transition style between Classical and Romantic, circa 1800.
- Cole Porter, "Night and Day"
- The Wild, the Willing, and the Innocent, UFO
- The Birds, the Bees, and The Monkees
- Nightwish: The Poet and the Pendulum, The Crow, the Owl and the Dove, Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean, Passion and the Opera.
- Midnight Oil song Power and the Passion.
- Lynyrd Skynyrd's "The Needle and the Spoon."
- "Dominance and Submission" by Blue Oyster Cult.
- "Sympathy and Acknowledgement" by Mark Isham.
- Two albums by the Doubleclicks are called Chainmail and Cello and Lasers and Feelings.
- Edward Lear's light verse narrative "The Owl and the Pussycat"
- Robert Browning's late career epic, The Ring and the Book.
- Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter."
- The King and the Mockingbird
- The Fox And The Crow
- The Ant and the Aardvark
- This is a recurring episode title structure for Littlest Pet Shop (2012). Incidentally, they are always plural nouns, though it's inconsistent whether an ampersand is actually used or not: